Oh how I struggled making these. Our recent hot weather has made kitchen chores more than slightly challenging. Power outages have meant that the air conditioner has been on and off, and my hot kitchen is certainly not a pleasant place to be.
All in all, I made about 30 cake pops. Very, very nice, easy in theory, but chocolate candy melts and hot weather don't really mix. Much fiddlier than I anticipated.
The smooth coating I was aiming to achieve was far harder than it looked. Perhaps next time I might try a different brand of melts as the Wilton brand was tricky.
I decided to keep them in the freezer, rather than at room temperature, and the combination of chilled, firm cake, and crunchy coating works well. These are to be taken in to my son's class this afternoon, to help celebrate his birthday which falls on the weekend.
They really are very good, and I have plans to make more in the next few weeks. Hopefully with practice they will look more like these.
Cupcake Bites are also very sweet, and Bakerella's are just so lovely. Possibly a good school holiday activity, or something for classmate presents.
On a more successful note, yesterday we released our butterfly.
As part of the Butterfly adventure's party package, Poppy was given a Chrysalis in a net cage. After three days of patient observation, it finally emerged. A day later, with wings fully dried out, we released it into our garden, where it hungrily flew to the nearest flower and drank for the next ten minutes before leaving.
A wonderful experience, and Poppy is already saving her pocket money so she can order another Chrysalis.