Friday, 15 April 2011

Green & Black's Brigadeiros (gone wrong) - International Incident Cake Pops Party!

So I shall call them upside down cake pops instead!

What? You don't know what cake pops are?? :O I saw them on Bakerella and I thought they were the cutest thing. 

I was meant to make brigadeiros (a Brazilian chocolate truffle) from the Green & Black's cookbook (which I have finally added a countdown to in the sidebar! As you can see, I mostly just have the weird recipes left) after I made the fish cake, but then I had all this cake left I decided to put them in the milk mix. Also because the original brigadeiros recipe went a bit wrong (read the recipe section to find out why...)

I also made some fruit shaped ones as well, which I shall do another post for. This is because cake pops aren't as easy to ice as I thought they were, and I want to show you my better attempt first :)

I've also now entered this post to Jeroxie's International Incident Cake Pops Party, because, frankly, when there's cake, who doesn't want a party? (You can check out the other awesome cake pops at the bottom of this post.)

Now, here is where I'd normally go onto an anecdote or a story or a haiku or something.

But I've been told that I do a lot of waffling on my blog.

...this is true.

Usually, when I get bored of waffling, I write a poem. But I've been told that poetry isn't really my strong point.

This is also true.

(Apart from my rice poem, I'm very proud of that).

Now, I wish I could just write a post with 'this is what I baked it smelled nice and was yummy we ate it all and then I spent two hours washing up The End. Que recipe!'.

But who am I kidding??

Besides, a very special person told me that the waffle was the best bit because it shows what I was thinking :) 

This was very sweet, especially because usually what I'm thinking is a string of random thoughts that come out in a string of warble that make no sense.

For example:

"Cake...yummy...icing...hundred and thousands...yellow!... Rainbow! Leprechauns!!"

Yes, this is my thought process. Like Cady Heron said, it's like word vomit.

And you just read it all!

(I think you really deserve some cake now.)


So after I had loads of cake left over, I started the recipe for brigaderios, but then decided to blitz the cake in our blender and add that to the mix.

Added a good glug of Bailey's...

Shaped them into small balls (my mum said they looked like bombs...), and rolled each into a bowl of icing sugar and water.

Then rolled it into the a bowl of hundred and thousands, and put them in the fridge to dry!

And then I ate a few. Yum yum :)

Lesson learned today: Ok ok, I'm never going to be a poet, and yes I know it.

From the Green & Black’s cookbook

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooling time: 2 hours

1 can condensed milk
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
unsalted butter, for greasing
icing sugar, chocolate sprinkles, silver balls or other covering

Pour the condensed milk into a saucepan, add cocoa to taste and place over medium heat. Stir the caramel regularly and with care because it will be very hot. Once it begins to thicken stir continuously until the caramel separates as you drag the spoon through it.

This will take about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for about 2 hours.

Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl. Once the mixture has cooled, rub some butter on your hands and, taking a spoonful of mixture at a time, rool it into balls in your plams, then drop each one into the icing sugar, chocolate psinkles or silver balls, moving it from hand to hand to dust off any excess.
Pudding Pie Lane Cake pops
This is what I did instead…

Er…no. Icing the fruit shaped cake pops took at least 45 minutes.

+ all of the leftover chocolate cake
- therefore omitted cocoa powder

Start boiling the condensed milk and leave it on the fire, forgetting about it.

Come back 5 minutes later to find it’s now got sticky bits of caramel floating around once you stir.

Therefore throw in the leftover cake crumbs.


Add some Bailey’s.

Drink some Bailey’s.

Continue with recipe.


  1. Xinmei, these are so cute! Great job on them. They look absolutely delicious and perfect for a party! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. they look great to me thanks for visiting my blog will follow along :-) Rebecca

  3. Oh no! ha, I read lots about the brigadero before I started it. I was scared myself to either undercook or over cook!

    Good save.

  4. I love how proud you are about the rice poem :D

  5. These are so cute with the hundreds and thousands (I love that name)and they look chocolaty delicious too. :) I love the cake pops recipe- you are too funny!

  6. Love this! Will you be setting yourself new challenges instead of the weird remainder of the G&B recipes? xx

  7. I love your personal comments! Sometimes it's refreshing to hear that other cooks don't always get things right!

  8. Hi Xinmei,
    Your cake pop looks cute and pretty! Thank you for visiting my blog and for following, I really appreciate it. Will be back visiting. Have a lovely weekend!

  9. Adding Bailey's sounds like the right thing to do :). Great looking cake pops!

  10. I like your style of presenting the recipe, more structured in table form, like an economist:)

  11. They look fabulous! I love the upside down aspect to them too-I can think of so many applications and occasions to use them for! :)

  12. Thank you for all the comments :) And yes, Bailey's is always a good addition!

    @Three-Cookies haha, well I do hope these three years at uni has at least taught me one useful thing! :)

    @Gilboy, now that poem, I love =D

  13. These are adorable. I love the little umbrellas.

  14. They indeed look like upside down cake pops :)! I've never tried Brigadeiros but now I am tempted to try!!

  15. Xinmei, these look so lovely and cute. Nice use of umbrellas there. :)

  16. AS long as they taste good, it's a success! :) I love the colours and who doesn't adore the umbrellas!

  17. I can see you are a real foodie; welcome to the club; we are happy eaters anc cookers. Thank you for your visit.

  18. Oh you should have entered the International Incident Cake Pops Party! You might still be able to join. My pops were facing down as well. I don't think they have to face any particular way (maybe not sideways ;p). These look and sound so yummy, especially with the baileys.

  19. @Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets Thanks for the heads up, I've asked to see if I can join, should be fun! :)

  20. What matters the most is their taste! I am sure you've enjoyed them a great deal!

  21. Totally cute! Love how when something went wrong, you just decided to turn it into something else wonderful instead!

  22. So very Cute!!

  23. Thank you for visiting my blog : )
    I'm really enjoyed your amazing posts. How creative!
    The sushi cake is the cutest sushi I've ever seen. Great job!

  24. Super creative to add cake and Bailey's to brigadeiros. They must taste delicious. They sure look pretty:)

  25. When I first saw cake pops I thought they were adorable too! Yours are so pretty as well.

  26. the cake sounds like a good addition! And any recipe that contains 'a good glug of baileys' gets my vote!

  27. love them....these are so so adorable :)

  28. Love the party umbrellas, mine ended up upside down too. Love your comments...especially drink Baileys lol. I think your pops look great

  29. Hi Xinmei, you have a beautiful name.
    And the cakes are really beautiful, though regret never seen them before. Bet they taste real good!
    Looks like they required some dexterity, delicacy, finesse and coordination on your part. Outstanding!

    Re your studies, here's wishing you, may the wind always be at your back, and the sun upon your face, and the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.

    Have fun, and keep a song in your heart.

  30. Xinmei, I love your brigadeiros gone wrong...anyway, your cake pops look great with the little the way, I love your "add" Bailey's and "drink" Bailey' are so funny...have a great week, maybe with some more Bailey's :-)

  31. these are mega cute...if only all "mistakes" could be so pretty!

  32. Love the term "word vomit" excellent. I can appreciate your thought process, very interesting.

    Fantastic execution of these cake pops. Would not mine some myself, maybe with another glug of Bailey's.

    Be well

  33. The creativity...the personal twist and the presentation...all characterize the Foodie I have been appreciating in you.
    Very cheerful post Xinmei, thanks for your passion and dedication.

    Flavourful wishes,

  34. I love reading others thought processes...most times it's much more interesting that just "I baked this, and this is what is was like..."
    These are adorable and I'm pretty sure I could eat about 13 at once without feeling too bad about it.

  35. Thanks to everyone for all of the comments (gives me motivation to keep blogging :), and actually reading the thought processes! I see most of you appreciate the Baileys - good on you :D

  36. I have not done the pops just yet, they are becoming so trendy these days.... and I haven't seen bright sprinkles like that since I was a child = ) Have fun this Easter Weekend!

  37. I love making cake pops and yours look adorable and yummy :)

  38. I didn't realize you were at the II Party, but great that you decided to join! Loved the use of Baileys and the umbrellas. Makes me want to eat these on the beach!


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