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HALLOWEEN CAKE POPS

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Halloween Cake Pops decorated like a pumpkin ghosts make a great treat to bake up for your Halloween Party.They also make a great homemade treat for those special Trick-or-Treaters.
I like to make my cake pops from scratch, they taste so much better but this time I used ready cake mix to save some time and and prepared homemade butter cream icing.For the coating I usually use white chocolate and food coloring,

but I just couldn’t get the right colour of orange so I did have to use candy melts for pumpkins and green and red candy melts for ghosts that I purchased at a nearby party city store.

Happy Halloween to Everyone!

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hour
servings 25

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

3/4 cup Cocoa
2 tbsp butter softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter
3 cups icing sugar

For decoration

1 cup white melted chocolate
1 cup orange,red and green candy melts
black food colouring gel or black food writer.

Directions || How to prepare Buttercream Frosting

Using electric beater, whip butter until fluffy
Add in the icing sugar.
Keep the mixture beating till nice fluffy whipped cream is form.

Directions || How to prepare Chocolate Cake

In a bowl ,beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Stir in vanilla.
In a large mixing bowl , add together cocoa powder,flour, baking soda and salt.
Now add the prepared butter mix into it.
Beat both the mixture well until well blended.
Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 9 x 13 inch cake pan
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.

Directions || How to prepare Cake Pops

After cake is baked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.
Add in the prepared buttercream, for cake pops (butter cream keeps the pops firm)
Continue to mix until fluffy and thoroughly combined.
Add frosting a couple of heaping tablespoons at a time, mix thoroughly. You may not need all the icing, the consistency should form soft balls that hold together.
Use a small cookie scoop to make even sized pieces of dough, then gently roll dough between palm of your hands to make round, even balls.
Place on parchment paper,should make 20-25 balls.
Melt about 1 cup white chocolae in double boiler or microwave(30 secs -1 min)
Dip the tip of lollipop stick into white chocolate melt, then insert into the cake balls. Sticks should be inserted about half way into ball.
Refrigerate for 30-60 mins. until the cake pops firm up.

For decorating the cake pops

Melt orange,red and green candy melts. Dip each cake pop into candy melts by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered.
Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess candy melt falls off.
Refigerate the candies for 1-2 hours till its firm.
Next using a black coloring gel or food writer decorate the cake pops.

watch youtube video for detail instructions.

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Homemade Mango Cheese Cake

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IMG_8191Mango cheesecake is a smooth , silky fruity , delicious cheese cake made of cream cheese and mango puree. This is the best dessert you can prepare for guests or parties.
I always wanted to try this recipe and today is a special
day as my younger daughter turned 30 months old today. Mango is a favorite fruit and hence I wanted to prepare this special cake on this occasion. And I am glad it turned out good, just a little
glitch here and there as I had no baking pan but I am happy i could prepare it at home.So what are you waiting for , try this mango cheesecake today as Mango season is almost over now.

Ingredients

For the bottom layer:

14 to 15 crackers(I used chocos instead) or hide and seek biscuits
4 tbsp honey or 4 tbsp melted butter

For the middle layer :

8 pieces of Amul/Britania cheese cubes

3/4 cup of refined sugar
3 tsp of vanilla extract
200 gm whipped cream

For the top layer :

4 medium mangoes – yields about 2 cups of mango pulp ( i used Alphonso mangoes. use any good quality mangoes which are sweet)
1 tbsp of gelatin powder(agar agar powder)
2 tbsp water
3 tsp refined sugar

Preparation || How to prepare mango cheese cake:

Top layer :

Cut each mango and make a small pieces of it.
Put the mango pieces in a blender and prepare a mango puree.

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Take a tablespoon of unflavored gelatin and combined it with 2 tablespoon of water and give it a mix
till it combines well.Add gelatin to mango puree .

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Now add 3 to 4 teaspoon of refined sugar as per the sweetness to the mango puree and stir it once again.

Bottom layer :

To prepare a base ,add crushed biscuits (hide seek) or crushed chocos in a bowl

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and add 4 tablespoon of melted butter to it and mix everything together with the help of spatula untill you get a wet sandy mixture form.

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Now distribute the crushed biscuits to the baking pan.

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Middle layer :

Take 8 pieces of cheese cubes and add 3/4 cup of refined sugar as well as 3 teaspoon of vanilla extract
to it and whisk it well to form a cream (You need to whisk for 10 – 15 minutes ).

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IMG_8183Once a nice creamy cheese is form , add 200 gm of whipped cream to the mixture and whisk it again
(you can either use electric whisker or you can do it manually)

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IMG_8185To prepare the Cake

Now spoon the creamy cheese mixture over the biscuit layer(bottom layer) and fill the pan untill it covers 3/4 of it.

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Next pour the mango puree over the top and spread it evenly.

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Chill in the set cake in the fridge overnight or you can set it for 6-8 hours

Once the cake is nicely set , remove it gently from the baking pan and you can decorate it with
any design or message you like to.

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Once done , you are ready to serve this yummy delicious mango cheesecake 🙂

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Note : Removing the cheesecake from the pan is a bit tricky and a tedious job if you have no right equipment’s.

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I went through a challenge while setting and taking it out from the pan as I had no detachable pan. hence i suggest if making the cheese cake for the first time, then i would suggest you to use glasses or bowls,
so that you can just make the layers in them. The mango cheesecake served in individual bowls or glasses, looks pleasing as well as easy to serve.