Red Velvet Pokeballs

mmm I love red velvet cupcakes, they’re my favourite type of cupcake and once I start eating them I can’t stop. Anyway its my friends birthday this weekend and she loves pokemon, she also said no presents, and what’s a b’day without presents! So of course I couldn’t resist and decided on a compromise – Red velvet pokeballs. Its the perfect gift, because its not a gift…..its more an edible ….offering. Either way I get to give something, and I had so much fun baking it! I finished making them at 12.30 this morning, and of course couldn’t resist trying one- just to check they were ok of course ;P i think I was jumping up and down for an hour afterwards because of the sugar! So here’s the recipe, I used the same red velvet mixture as my red velvet cupcakes, and the rest is just icing it differently and using a different cake pan.Hope you enjoy!

Prep time: 20-30 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Icing time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

for the Cupcakes

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 x 15ml tbsp cocoa powder, sifter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 x 12-bun muffin tins

for the icing

  • 500g icing sugar
  • 250g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 10 table spoons icing sugar
  • around 2 tablespoons water (to mix with the icing sugar)
  • 50g compound chocolate – though normal chocolate works as well it just depends on how picky you are

Utensils

you need a 1/2 patty pan tray, or a tray with curved bottoms so you can make the poke ball round, if not use a normal muffin tray and just fill the bottom slightly however it won’t be curved anymore!

Method: 

To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C and grease the 1/2 patty pan tray with butter.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar, until pale. Then beat in the red food colouring and the vanilla.
  4. Still beating this mixture, now alternate adding 1 spoonful of the dried ingredients, then 1 egg, then dry , then egg etc. you get the point!
  5. Beat in the buttermilk and vinegar and fill the 1/2 patty cake moulds
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  7. allow to slightly cool like a minute or so so the tops have time to deflate a little. then invert and remove the cake-lets, if it is difficult to get out whack one edge of the tray on the bench and they should just drop out!
  8. Place the flat side (the top which has deflated side) on a wire rack and allow to cool completely
  9. repeat with the remaining batter as needed.

for the icing

  1. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the butter and beat together until smooth.
  2. Pour in the lemon juice and beat again to make it silky smooth.
  3. place icing mixture in a piping bag if you have one ( or just use a spoon if you like) and add a layer of icing on the flat side of half of the cake-lets.
  4. Sandwich another cake-let on top of these and voila you have your sandwiches,

now depending on what your using them for feel free to decorate as you like, you could pipe on a bow or a heart, whatever takes your fancy, or you can make it into pokeballs like me, to do this you….

  1. mix the icing sugar with the water as needed and coat the front half of each sandwich
  2. with the chocolate melt it down (if you want you can temper it so you get they glossy finish but it’s up to you) and then add to a piping bag (or a ziplock bag if you don’t have one. cut off a very small tip and pipe the thin belt across the middle with the hole in the centre .
  3. then with the remaining white icing from before  fill another piping bag and fill in the hole. If you want it to be different and please let me know if you find any, use a white mini mm’s to fill the hole

now throw it if your mouth and see if “its super effective!”