Ann Reardon

Make your own ‘popin cookin’ mini cake kit

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Now you can make your very own Popin Cookin style mini cake kit at home.  Give these as a cute gift for birthdays or use as a fun activity with the kids.
A few weeks ago I did a Popin Cookin video and had hundreds of requests for a mini version you can make yourself … and one that actually tastes good! So many people love these little Japanese kits but they’re nervous about what is in the powders and also a bit turned off by the taste.
So I’ve been getting my food scientist on over the last few weeks, conducting experiments in my kitchen and designing some cute packaging. And now, it’s finally ready…  see the video for a demonstration of how to make this super-cute mini cake using the kit.  And then how to make the powders for the kit itself.

Get the labels, box cover and sheet of instructions to go in the kit via the link below.

 

 

Making Your Cake

Add 6 scoops of water to the cake mix.  Make sure each of your scoops are full to the top.  Stir well.
Place that in the microwave on medium heat for 1 minute.  Then take it out and leave it to cool.
Add the fondant mix to a new case and add 1 scoop of water.  Mix well.  Microwave on high for 15 seconds and then stir it really well.  Tip it out onto some baking paper and knead it until it is smooth.  Use it straight away because it will set hard when it is cold.  Make into candles as shown in the video.
Roll the left over fondant into two balls and squash down to the size of the cake.
Remove the cake from the case and cut into three layers.  Then stack them up again with the fondant between each layer.
Using two hands gently roll the cake between you hands to smooth off the sides so that you have a nice neatly shaped cake.
Place that on top of the measuring cup.
For the chocolate frosting pour the powder into the last case and add four scoops of water.  Stir until it clumps together like wet sand.
Microwave on high for 10 seconds and then stir it to get out any lumps.  Pour the frosting over your mini cake. and use the spoon to make sure it covers all the sides.  Place the left over frosting into the piping bag and pipe a pattern around the top edge. 
Pipe some more frosting around the base of the cake to make it look neat.
Add your decorations to the top.  Then add the candles that you made to the top of the cake.
And you can really eat the whole cake without feeling guilty and the candles too.

mini cake kit DIY

How to make your popin cookin style kit

In each kit you need to put:
– a mini piping bag
– a little medicine measuring cup
– three strong lined cupcake cases
– some decorations
– The three different powders a fondant mix, chocolate icing and cake mix. (recipes below)
– A 1/4 of a teaspoon measure (1.25millilitres (0.04 fluid ounces))
– a couple of mini sheets of baking paper
– and the instructions
Chocolate cake mix recipe, makes enough for 10 kits
100g (3.53 ounces) or 10 Tablespoons plain / all purpose flour NOTE: The tablespoon I used is a standard international one which is 15millilitres (0.51 fluid ounces)
114g (4.02 ounces) or 9 Tablespoons sugar
1 tsp baking powder
100g (3.53 ounces) dark chocolate
12g (0.42 ounces) or 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
13g (0.46 ounces) or 1 1/2 Tablespoons powdered whole egg. I bought it at my local supermarket but you can get it online here.

Place everything into a blender and pulse.  Then blend for a few seconds until all the chocolate is powder.
For each kit place two tablespoons plus one teaspoon of cake mix powder into one bag.
‘Fondant’ Mix Recipe, makes enough for 10 kits
140g (4.94 ounces) or 13 tablespoons icing sugar or powdered sugar
30g (1.06 ounces) compound white chocolate.
Place them both into your blender.  And pulse and then blend until smooth.
For each kit add 1 tablespoon and two teaspoons of the ‘fondant’ powder into a bag.
Chocolate Frosting Mix, makes enough for 10 kits
270g (9.52 ounces) or 2 cups icing or powdered sugar
17g (0.6 ounces) or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
225g (7.94 ounces) white compound chocolate.
Blend it together in a blender until it is a powder.  
For each kit put three tablespoons of mixture into a bag.
For each one fold the top over several times, seal it with tape and then place a label on the front.
You can get the instruction sheet, labels and box cover here:

 

 
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Watch Strawburry17 make the mini cake

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

322 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann my little sister and brother wanted to bake since they see me and my mom bake wonderful cakes so I made this kit for them and they loved it the problem was that I couldn’t find powdered whole egg so what I did was follow your recipe of the icing and fondant and I followed my recipe of a microvalve cake mud cake and that seem to work love what you have come up with I will be 12 years old on June 14 love your efforts and I’m a huge fan what would we do without you I mean we would be following content farms if it wasn’t for you and still wouldn’t be able to make anything😍🥰👍🏻😎😅.

  2. Rating: 5

    Hi, I’m just wondering if there is a replacement for compound chocolate because I live in the UK and they don’t seem to sell that here
    ~thanks Ellen

  3. Rating: 5

    This is my daughter’s mini cake ?

  4. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann I was wondering if you could show us how to recreate other Popin cookin sets ( cookies, soda, gummy’s etc.) or link it.
    Thanks

  5. Rating: 5

    Hey Ann!
    I know tha tthis may be a late comment but I was wondering if I could turn this recipe into a mini chocolate lava cake. Any ideas of how I should make the lava in the middle – I am making this as a gift to a friend

    • Ann

      Hi Pruyanka, chocolate lava would be tricky on such a small scale, it would tend to set the whole way through too fast. You could experiment with putting a chocolate chip or two in the centre and then bake.

  6. Hi Ann, I’m really into Popin Cooking and I love your mini cake kit recipe but the powdered egg is hard to find so I suggest to make some more Popin Cooking recipe.

  7. Hey Ann

    Can you replace the powdered eggs with anything, the person I am giving this gift ti is allergic to eggs ?

    Thank you

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Gael, Not easily. Some people have said they replace eggs with a vegetarian product when baking but I am not aware of a suitable powdered replacement.

  8. Hi Ann,
    I cant seem to get any 1/4 teaspoons for under 20 dollars.
    any suggestions?

  9. Hi Ann. I can’t seem to find this cake set . Where did you get it? My mom won’t let me make the kit at home so she said I have to buy but I can’t find it

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Lila, I think you can buy similar ones, but this one is for you to make.

      • Thank you Ann

  10. Hi Ann!
    I’m thinking on just making the kit as a large cake version (not a mini one), is it alright to just use the measurements provided as 1 big cake? and also, can the powdered eggs be replaced with normal eggs since I’m not making a kit? thanks and much love!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Elenoia, Yes that should work. You will need to estimate your quantities and then trial your cooking times. Let us know how it goes.

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