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Tennis Ball Cake Pops Recipe

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Baking ingredients

  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 150 ml boiling water
  • 200 g unsalted butter, softened (for baking)
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Quarter tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Quarter tsp salt

Decorating ingredients

  • 120 g unsalted butter, softened (for frosting)
  • 200 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 100 g dark chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 400 g green colour melts
  • 200 g white colour melts
  • 50 g green glimmer sugar
  • Edible glue


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 190°C / Gas mark 5.

Step 2

Line a 25cm round cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Step 3

Put the cocoa powder into a jug and stir in the boiling water until combined.

Step 4

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 5

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each egg.

Step 6

Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

Step 7

Pour in the dry ingredients and gently beat until well combined.

Step 8

Fold in the cooled cocoa until mixed well.

Step 9

Pour into the cake tin and bake for 45-60 minutes.

Step 10

Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 20 mins and then turn out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Step 11

Cream the butter with an electric whisk. Gradually add the icing sugar.

Step 12

Pour in the melted chocolate and cream until light and fluffy. Refrigerate for 30 mins before use.

Step 13

Crumble the sponge cake into fine crumbs. Add the frosting a little at a time mixing with your hands until you have a fudge like texture.

Step 14

Wrap the mixture in cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour before rolling into balls.

Step 15

Using a spoon, scoop out a ping pong ball size of cake pop mixture. Roll the mixture in your hands to create a round ball.

Decorating Instructions:

Step 16

Melt the green colour melts as per the instructions on the pack. Dip a cake pop stick about 2 cm into the melts and insert it into the bottom of the cake ball so it goes half way into the cake. Place the cake pop into a polystyrene block and leave to harden for a few minutes.

Step 17

Making sure the melts are still warm, dip and swirl the cake pop into the green melts. Tap off the excess on the side of the tub. Place in the polystyrene block until the melts have set and are dry to the touch.

Step 18

Melt the white colour melts. Using a paintbrush, paint on the tennis ball lines.

Step 19

Clean the paintbrush then paint on the edible glue where you can see the green. Sprinkle on the green sanding sugar.

Step 20

Pull out the cake pop stick, with a knife trim off the bottom to create a flat bottom and fill the hole with green melts.