In honor of my beloved angel - Castiel (aka Misha Collins)
Sorry, this isn’t a super ‘proper’ recipe, as I didn’t really weigh out or measure things as I went. In the end, making these fun cake pops are more of just a little fun craft than a proper recipe, but I do hope that these cake pops have inspired some other die-hard Supernatural-loving bakers out there.
(approx. 1 8-inch) Chocolate cake, cooled and crumbled
(approx. 1/4-1/2 cup) Vanilla frosting
(approx. 10-15) Cake pop sticks
(approx. 100-150g each) Good quality white/dark chocolate
Step 1: Create the Cake Pop Mixture
In a mixing bowl, mix together the chocolate cake crumbs and vanilla frosting with your hands until fully combined. For every average 8-inch chocolate cake, I’d recommend using between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frosting. Start with 1/4 cup, and add about a tablespoon at a time until the mixture sticks together when you press it and resembles a dough.
Step 2: Roll the Mixture
Roll the chocolate cake mixture into balls. If the mixture starts to crumble in your hands, you need to add more frosting to the mixture.
Step 3: Attach the Cake Pops to the Sticks
Melt down about one small square of chocolate (either one). Dip one end of the cake pop into the melted chocolate and insert it into a chocolate cake ball until it’s about 1/2-3/4 of the way in. Repeat until all the cake balls have cake pop sticks attached and place in fridge to cool slightly and to help the chocolate set
Step 4: Prepare the Chocolate Coating
Temper the white/dark chocolate – this isn’t 100% necessary, but it’s preferable. If you have very good quality white and dark chocolate, then you may be able to get away with melting the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water, or in the microwave at 20-second intervals. However, if you’re using cheaper chocolate, or milk chocolate, then I’d recommend tempering it.
Step 5: Dip the Cake Pops in Chocolate
Remove the cake pops from the fridge. Make sure they aren’t too cool, or the chocolate will set too quickly and won’t let you get a smooth finish. Dip the cake pop into either the white or dark chocolate, coating the whole cake pop and then tapping the stick on the edge of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off, then leave to set (stick them in styrofoam or into the holes of a colander).
Step 6: Make Chocolate Patterns
If you wish to dye the chocolate, separate them into different bowls and color them before transferring the remaining melted chocolate into plastic bags and cutting off a tiny bit of the corner. Pipe chocolate stars/symbols/Castiel’s tie (see post above for more ideas) onto parchment paper and leave to set at room temperature, or in fridge.
Step 7: Decorate Cake Pops
Pipe melted chocolate directly onto the cake pops if you wish, and after your chocolate symbols have set, use the melted chocolate as glue to stick them onto your cake pop.
Step 8: Serve!
Offer these to your friends, saying “Please accept this cake pop as a gesture of solidarity”, or just eat them all while squealing and watching Supernatural!