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What are cake pops and how can I make them?

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Rachel Manley Rachel Manley | 15:35 UK time, Thursday, 2 September 2010

Cake pops from Pop Bakery

Cake pops from Pop Bakery 

Move over macaroons, cake pops are the new sweet treat to sink your teeth into and it seems that everyone is getting in on the act. British cake poppers at the Pop Bakery have been making cake pops for the likes of Topshop and InStyle, while over in the US, Bakerella arguably started the trend with her beautiful cake pops for just about every occasion including the American elections.

So, what are they? A bite-sized morsel of cake coated in chocolate and stuck on a lollipop stick, that's what. Thankfully nowhere near as daunting as creating the perfect macaroon, cake pops are a doddle to make. Simon Rimmer showed us how in this week's Something for the Weekend. He uses shop-bought cakes in his version that would be perfect for making with kids (see his recipe here). Alternatively try this step by step guide

Once you've got it down, the sky's the limit. Here at BBC Food we're thinking wedding favours or cute take-home treats for a birthday party - try displaying them in a jug filled with sweets. 

Have a go at Simon's recipe and email your photos to the team at Something for the Weekend. Your picture might appear on next week's show. 

Have you popped into this cake trend? Do you have any other original ideas for sweet treats? 

Rachel Manley works on the BBC Food website

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