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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

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325 Comments View Comments

  1. just wanted to know where u can buy the measuring spoon for the packs (without having to buy the whole measuring spoon set)


  2. Hello I was wondering if you could replace the egg powder to a regulalr egg because its hard finding this at my local supper markets thanks 🙂 .

    • Hi Daniela, You can’t really do a kit with a fresh egg and assessing the quantity would be very difficult.

  3. I think your videos are great so dose my grand daughter totaly loves your you tube videos thanks for sharing your great talent on baking

    • Thanks Vickie.

  4. My grandaughters love to make fun cooking proyects and they would love this,so cool and cute.

  5. This is such a good idea for a group of children.
    Thank you for your great works as always.

    • Thanks An Bui.

  6. one more great tutorial !!! i love playing around with kids in the kitchen,and they will be thrilled with this idea!!thank you very much for sharing!!
    i would love to try it very soon,but i can t get powdered eggs,can i use meringue powder and what quantity do i have to use?
    i m living on an island not so far from you,and i would love to receive one of this kit.please,put my name on your list.
    happy caking

    • Hi vahine island. Meringue powder isn’t a suitable substitute as it only replaces the white and not the yolk.

  7. What a fabulous idea you are so clever. Any child would love making those little cakes and the kits would make great presents…

    • Thanks Shirley

  8. How much is each scoop of wate supposed to be? Thanks.

    • Hi Allison, It is about 1/4 of a teaspoon.

  9. I LOVE your posts and look forward to reading them every week! These little cake kits will make adorable birthday party favors! Please put my name in the drawing for your last kit! Thank you.

  10. I can’t get the powdered eggs, but i can get an egg substitute. will that work?

    • Hi Sabrina, I don’t know. You would need to test it. Let me know what you used and how it went.

  11. Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely, cute and very useful video and recipe with us. I always follow your recipes. They are yummy and most important they are 100% correct recipe. Once again thank you very much for all your rrecipes.

    • Thanks!

  12. Hi,
    Could I make the cake powder without the whole powdered egg? I can’t find in the area I live.

    Lots of love

    • Hi Marit, as far as I am aware there is no suitable alternative for powdered egg in this recipe.

  13. I think it would be amazingly fantastic to send this to RRCherryPie! To see her make your version of these popin’ cookin’ kits, it would be poetic. I don’t think ANYONE has tried to make their own version of these! I absolutely LOVE this! I LOVE little kits, and making them!! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for these, and ALL your hard work!!

  14. Hoi,
    I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake. What can I use to make a naturel cake instead of a chocolate cake? White chocolate or what?

    lots of love,

    • simply just leave out the cocoa powder

      • and what do I have to do with the dark chocolate then?

        • Just find a simple vanilla recipe and use the oven rather than the microwave.

        • Use white chocolate?

    • Hi Marit, I haven’t experimented with this yet. You could try it with white chocolate and replace the cocoa powder with more flour.

  15. Hi! What subtitute should I use for the whole egg powder. I don’t have it here. Thx

    • Hi Janet, There is really no substitute for egg powder in this recipe.

  16. Before the holidays, I discovered your wonderful “How to Cook That” site which is now my favorite site to visit. Every time I visit, I learn a little bit more. I’ve made your chocolate bombes for the holidays. I don’t know who was more impressed with this incredible presentation, my family or me, either way they were a huge hit! Now, this mini cake looks like the perfect birthday cake for this year’s birthdays. Thank you sharing your talents!

    • Thanks Cynthia.

  17. Hi my name is Sam with you new popin cookin mini cakes kits can you please make and sell On you online shop please

    • you know me 🙂

    • Glad you like the kit Sam.

  18. Omg these are so adorable, I know what I’m going to be making the teachers at the end of the school year 🙂

    • Sounds like a great idea Liza.

  19. Good afternoon Ann, hope you are well. Is it possible that you can show me how to form Percy the train’s face please. My grandson loves Percy and I would like to bake him a cake.

    Thank you


  20. Never mind giving as kits – I need to make this myself! Looks great fun!! Thanks for the instructions.

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