Christmas pudding cake pops

Christmas pudding cake pops

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins - 1 hr, 50 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Makes 10 cake pops

Try making these Christmassy lollipops as a festive treat for kids – and get them involved in the kitchen too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal334
  • fat18g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 200g madeira cake
  • 140g-160g white chocolate (see Tip)
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • 1 orange, zest finely grated



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

To decorate

  • 300g dark chocolate, 60-70% cocoa solids, broken into chunks
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

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    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 50g white chocolate, broken into chunks
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • sugar holly decorations or red and green writing icing


  1. Pulse the madeira cake in a food processor until you have fine crumbs. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over just simmering water or in the microwave. Shop bought madeira cake can vary in texture so you may need to add a little extra melted white chocolate to make the mixture stick into balls. Stir the orange zest into the chocolate, then work the chocolate into the crumbs using your hands.

  2. Form into 10 small truffle-sized balls, then roll gently in your palms to smooth the surface. Arrange the balls on a baking parchment-lined dinner plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the mixture to set.

  3. Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave or over a bowl of just simmering water. Dip a lolly stick into the melted chocolate about 1.5cm in and poke half way into a cake ball. Repeat with the remaining balls. Put them back on the plate. Return to the fridge for five minutes.

  4. Dip the cake pops one at a time into the melted chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off and spin the pops to even out the surface. Poke the pops into a piece of polystyrene or cake pop holder if you have one, keeping the pops apart. Allow to set for about half an hour.

  5. Heat the white chocolate in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Allow to cool for a few minutes until it has a thick, runny consistency. If the chocolate is too hot, it will melt the dark chocolate underneath so make sure you do not overheat it. Spoon a small amount on top of the cake pops and tip them back and forth so that it runs down the sides a little. If you have holly decorations, set one on each pop. If using writing icing, wait for another 20 minutes or so until the white chocolate has set. To avoid a bloom on the chocolate, cover the cake pops in chocolate on the day you want to eat them – or the day before at the earliest.

  6. Pipe on holly leaves with the green icing and two little dots for berries using the red. Once finished, store them in a cool place, though not the fridge

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28th Apr, 2018
Perfect & just the right size for just a little something sweet, especially at a xmas buffet/meal etc. Recipe worked perfectly for me & used a couple of times now, making my own gf madeira sponge. Can change it up by adding nuts etc onto the chocolate instead so handy little sweet bites with coffee etc. Love them.
4th Apr, 2013
Made these for Christmas, and for the amount of effort - not worth it. Cake pops were the bain of my life that day!!
3rd Jan, 2013
I made the Madeira loaf cake from this site too, it made an 800g loaf so I've frozen some for another batch of 'pops' in a few weeks time! I found the white chocolate perfect for binding but when I poked the sticks in, the ball cracked a little, it held together and dunked in the dark chocolate, up till this point I thought I was doing well... Found it hard to get enough choc on and then getting it even, used a pastry brush to help ease it round but this left marks, which I covered with choc stars, smarties & hundreds and thousands!! At the end, I think they look great, the harshest critics (kids) will be the judges tomorrow!!
22nd Dec, 2012
made these for a school Christmas Market. One lady bought one, tried it, and bought the rest! saved a couple for myself - yummy!
21st Dec, 2012
I made 2 batches of these, 1 batch as per the recipe and for the other I added a little more madiera & slug of brandy (sorry for the vague measurements but I'm a bit of a "chuck it in till it looks right kind of cook!" Both batches were very nice, one for the kids & one for the adults! I'll probably try these with a few different flavours as the first batch is almost gone already!
15th Dec, 2012
Did not 'Love' them - nice but I was expecting more. I think I will try them with the butter cream as sounds quite good.
9th Dec, 2012
Just made the cake balls ready to decorate - in fridge setting now. Binded fine, I used homemade Madeira and the lower amount of 140g of white chocolate. Also I didn't heat the chocolate too much just enough so it was only just melted, and not too hot and runny! I think that's the secret to the chocolate binding without the need of butter icing!
25th Nov, 2012
How long before the event can I make them? Can they be made and frozen?
2nd Jan, 2012
Made these for dessert on christmas day. They were really tasty and looked amazing. Took the advice of adding some butter icing to the cake mixture. Would definitely do again maybe for a birthday and add smarties or other small sweets to decorate.
23rd Dec, 2011
Just finished making these. I found the chocolate worked perfectly for binding the mix, I used a shop bought cake that was quite moist and has a good texture. Can't wait to serve these up with coffee and a wafer thin mint on Christmas day! They look fab and good fun to make!


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