Sarah and Duck Cake Pops
Recipe by April Carter
For the cake:
- 150g plain flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 60g unsalted butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 120ml milk
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
For the icing:
- 80g icing sugar
- 40g cream cheese
For the decoration:
- 400g white candy melts
- 1-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 20 x 15cm plastic lollipop sticks
- small amount of yellow, orange, black and white fondant
- green edible paint
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4 and line and grease a 20cm round deep cake tin. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt, and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat again. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Add the milk, continuing to beat, and then add the remaining flour mixture, beating until just combined. Finally, mix together the bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar and add to the cake mixture until just combined. Spoon into the lined cake tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set the cake aside to cool in the tin. Once cooled, break the cake up into crumbs by hand or using a food processor.
- To make the icing, beat the icing sugar and cream cheese together until smooth. Mix into the cake crumbs by hand or using a food processor to form a dough. Roll the dough into 20 pieces (about 30g each) and shape to form Duck’s body. Cover with clingfilm and chill for 2 hours, or until firm. Meanwhile, shape wide yellow bills, orange feet and black and white eyes using the coloured fondant and the photos as a guide. Once the cake shapes are firm and you are ready to decorate, remove them from the fridge.
- Melt the candy melts by following the instructions on the packet and stir in the oil one tablespoon at a time until smooth and runny (you may not need all of it). Set aside to cool slightly.
- Once the candy has cooled, dip the end of each stick into the candy, and insert halfway into each chilled cake shape. Then, dip each pop, gently tap off the excess and stand in a polystyrene block or glass to keep them upright. Paint Duck’s head using the edible paint. Decorate with Duck’s features using some extra melted candy to stick to the bodies. Set aside to dry and wrap in cellophane bags. Store covered in the fridge and serve at room temperature.