Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fiery Chili Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Pops



Step 1 – The Cake

Red Velvet Cake

1 C Sugar
1/2 C Vegan Sour Cream (I use Tofutti)
2/3 C Almond Milk
1/3 C Canola or Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 C Flour
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Red Food Coloring (can adjust to you desired color)
1/4 tsp. Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Using a paper towel or cloth lightly coat the edges of a 11 x 7 rectangle glass baking dish with a thin coat of vegetable shortening or vegan margarine.
In a large bowl, mix together your sugar, vegan sour cream, almond milk, oil, red coloring, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
Slowly add your flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix with an electric mixer until all of your ingredients are completely combined.  (The cocoa will mix better if you whisk it with another powder first.  For some reason cocoa clumps)

Fill your baking dish with your batter. 

Cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

If you are using a different size baking dish, check your cake every 5 minutes after an initial 30 minutes with a toothpick until the toothpick comes out clean.

 
Step 2 – Frosting

3/4 C Confectioners Sugar
1/4 C Vegetable Shorting
1 Tbsp. Soy Milk
1/2 tsp. Almond Extract

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth.

Step 3 – Forming the Balls

Once you take your cake out of the oven let it sit for about 15 minutes.  After the 15 minutes, with a spoon scoop your cake out of your pan in crumbles and into a bowl.  If your cake has stuck to your pan at all do not scrap the bottom of the pan with a spoon or you will have harder pieces in your pops.

One spoonful at a time start add your frosting to your cake crumble and mixing it together by hand.  Keep adding frosting until your cake and frosting have bound together enough to form balls. 

Roll your mixture into golf ball size balls and set on wax paper.  You should be able to roll approximately 15 or so balls depending on how big you roll them.

Place the balls in the freezer for at least an hour.


Step 4 – Making the Pops

1 Bag Vegan Chocolate Chips
15 Long Candy/Sucker Sticks (find at a food/candy supply store, or cut dowels to your desired length)
5 Dried Red Chilies
Thick Styrofoam or piece of wood with 15 1" holes drilled at least 3" apart.

Cut the tips off of the end of your chilies and tap them on a flat surface until all of the seeds fall out.  Once you have removed the seeds, mince the chilies into small flakes.

Place all of your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.

Remove your cake balls from the freezer.

Dip 3/4 of an inch of your sticks into your melted chocolate and insert them 3/4 of the way through your cake balls.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

Once the inserted chocolate covered sticks have fully dried take a spoonful of your melted chocolate and slowly roll your pop in your spooned chocolate.  If the chocolate is not soft enough microwave for another 30 seconds.  Coat the entire ball with a thin layer of chocolate.  While the chocolate is still hot on your cake pop sprinkle some of your minced chilies on top of your pops.  Insert your cake pops into your thick Styrofoam or wood so they stand upright to fully dry.

Wait 30 minutes for them to dry before eating.

ENJOY!  

Happy Valentines Day!
 

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7 comments:

The Chubby Vegan said...

What a cute idea! So cute!

Kaycee said...

THANK YOU!

Lindsay said...

Thanks for you entry! These look great!

Ashley said...

These look awesome!

Kit said...

Cute! I've wanted to try cakepops for ages. Have you seen the Hello Kitty ones? I'm dying to make them.

Yours turned out fantastic!

Kaycee said...

I haven't! They sound so cute! Let me know how yours turn out!
Thanks!

Lisa said...

I'm always craving spicy stuff so I love your idea of adding chilies to this. Sounds like a great way to add a little kick to a sweet treat. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog right now called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your pops up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-3.html