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Sia Head Cake Pops

Peanut Butter and Banana poptacular

Sometimes I get a song stuck in my head, and it's already been converted to the grand old world of cake. This recipe came from an idea I made up while making the video for the song. I hoped it would taste nice, and it did. Here is the recipe for Sia Head Cake Pops. Enjoy! 


Ingredients

Decoration + Cake Popping

150g butter

150g peanut butter

400g dark chocolate (70% cocoa+)

100g Black fondant icing

100g White fondant icing

Cake pop sticks

Cake pop stand

 

Cake

200g Butter

200g caster sugar

3 eggs

1 banana

200g self raising flour

3tbsp Almond/regular milk


Method

Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC and mix together 200g butter with 200g caster sugar. One at a time (to save you cracking in a smelly one) mix in 3 eggs. Add a tbsp of self raising flour between each egg. Im not entirely sure why this stops it from curdling, or even if curdling is a thing to be avoided. Add your banana, which should make the mixture sticky. Then add the remaining Self Raising flour and beat gently. Finally, add your milk (almond or otherwise) make sure the mixture drops satisfactorily off a spoon when you lift it up. That's how you know its ready. So I have been told. 

Line a 20cm/8" cake tin and pour the mixture in. Pop this into the oven until baked all the way through. Around 30-40 minutes. A knife should come out clean. Check the middle as thats where it can be gooiest. The banana does cause some extra moisture, so be sure to factor in getting a bit of banana on the knife. You may have noticed I did 2 cakes, this was because I doubled the recipe for experimental purposes. 

 
 

Once the cakes have baked, then cooled. Pop them into a food processor (or with your hands) to break it into crumbs. Then, with your hands, mix in 150g of butter and 150g of peanut butter. Its so satisfying doing this. Take the mixture and mould into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball about 4cm/1.5" in diameter. 

Now pop all of them into the fridge (be sure to put them on a baking sheet or something similar to stop them sticking to the fridge shelves. Leave them in for 30 minutes until they go rock hard. Once they have done this, melt your chocolate (melt 300g first, and then if you need the last 100g, melt that too). Make a double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. this melts the chocolate more evenly than the microwave. 

Once melted, put a cake pop stick in the cake balls then dip into the chocolate. It's like fondue. coat liberally, and then place onto your cake pop stand to set. I forgot where my cake pop stand went, so had to improvise. Alternatively, you can place them upside down (sticks up) on your baking tray. This will give your Sia Head a bit of a flat top, but sometimes thats just how life goes. 

While the cake pops are setting (you can pop them back in the fridge, this will set them quicker) take your black fondant icing and roll out to 5mm thick, then cut out shapes that will be the black side of her hair. I found a slight trapezoid with a triangle at the top for the fringe worked well, but it's up to you and your creativity really. Do the same with the white icing. Then take the cake pops out of the fridge or wherever you have had them sitting, and place on top of your cake pops. Black on the left and White on the right, just like Sia's hair. Sorted. 

Now go enjoy your cake pops and listen to my joyful parody about Cheap Cakes and the times that people don't quite want to pay full price for a home made cake. Much like when someone takes the work of an artist and parodies it for personal gain... hmmm 

See you soon

Colin

x

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