It is COLD in London. It’s not snowing at the minute (fierce wind and rain), but over the last few weeks, the weather has definitely made me want to curl up in my bed and never leave! I’ve found that nothing’s better than hot chocolate for when you just need to curl up in bed. Accordingly, this post is more of an idea that I had, rather than a recipe itself.
I was snooping through the after-Christmas sale at JoAnn’s Fabric in Wilmington when I came across some marshmallow flavoured Wilton candy melts (I can’t seem to find it on the internet, which would lead me to guess that this isn’t particularly widely available) – and when I saw marshmallow, the first thing I thought of was a hot chocolate cake pop (with the obligatory marshmallow topping!) Luckily, I found this Betty Crocker Hot Chocolate Cupcake mix when I was browsing in America. Normally, I’m the kind of girl who always wants to make cake from scratch, but cake pops are an exception when you don’t really have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen!
If you are either feeling highly ambitious (or simply can’t find a hot chocolate cupcake mix), Love from the Oven has a pretty good recipe for hot chocolate cupcakes. I will note that it’s also hard to find proper hot chocolate in the UK with the distinctive flavour that I grew up with – the hot chocolate here isn’t that different from traditional cocoa powder used for baking.
I followed the directions on the cake mix – although I will admit, I find cakes from miz a little too oil-based for everyday baking – you can see the little mini marshmallows in the cake, which I thought was quite a cute touch!
To break the cake down into small pieces for cake pops, I promptly put the cake in the food processor! I then made the included marshmallow frosting, as per the instructions in the mix. I took half the frosting and mixed in with the processed cake to form a slightly damp mixture that you can roll between your palms to make into cake pops. (I’d recommend refrigerating the mix for a few hours to make sure it can be moulded easily.)
Once you’ve made cake and icing balls, dip the cake pops in the marshmallow candy melts, using this method. Sprinkle some hot chocolate powder on top and enjoy an absolutely delicious hot chocolate treat!
And if you happen to find where the marshmallow candy melts are being sold: please do let me know!