We are excited to share these grown-up cake pops for St. Patrick’s Day created by Meagan Cooke owner of Cooke’s Confections.
Being part of a very devout Irish Catholic family, St. Patrick’s Day ranks right up with Christmas. So naturally, I had to make a dessert that was worthy of this most prestigious holiday. I knew it had to be cake pops, a family favorite among kids and adults alike. But it had to be something more…something special.
As always when I am looking for inspiration, I look to Pinterest. I stumbled upon a gem of a recipe that was pinned from Brown Eyed Baker for Irish Car Bomb cupcakes.
Chocolate, Guinness, Irish Whiskey….Perfect!
1 cup Guinness Stout
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
2/3 cup sour cream
Whiskey Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Irish Whiskey
There are two ways to make a cake pop. The original method consists of baking a sheet cake, reducing it to crumbs, and mixing in frosting to hold in together while shaping it into a ball. The second method, which is gaining in popularity, is to bake the cake batter into a ball shape using either a specially made baking pan or a donut hole maker.
For this project I elected the second method because I knew I was going to be filling my pops with the Whiskey ganache.
(Note: once the ganache cooled, I discovered it would be a sufficient replacement for frosting using the first method. )
Using a piping pump, I injected the whiskey ganache into the center of the cake pops after they had cooled. The hole left by the pump was later sealed with the cake pop stick dipped in almond bark.
Once cooled, all the cake pops were dipped in almond bark to seal them, and then the fun began….decorating! This is where each person’s unique style can shine through. There are no wrong designs and the object is to just have fun.
Here are my finished St. Patrick’s Day cake pops. I’m happy with the way they turned out and they have just enough alcohol to make them “adult only”. Now I’m off to make some kid friendly ones for the party. I’m thinking four leaf clovers…
Check out all of our other cake pop creations at Cooke Confections. Happy Baking!