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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. Hey Ann ! I need your advice, please 🙂
    First, I wanna say that I love your channel, How To Cook That makes me dream ! So I tried to do your own poppin cookin. I did 5 kits. The cake mix and the frosting mix are working really well but the fondant one doesn’t work.
    When I put it in the microwave, it has made a strange noise and electricity, just like when you put a fork in the microwave. It is maybe because my microwave doesn’t work with % but with watt. In your video, you said to put it in for 15 seconds at 100% of the power. The higher “power” of mine is 750 watts. So I put it in at 750 watts for 15 seconds and it didn’t work…
    Anyway, keep doing videos like that, you’re perfect 🙂

    • Oh, thank you ! I just received your mail !

  2. Thanks I love this it’s a “sweet” idea it will be great for presents

  3. Thanks I love this idea for Christmas presents or presents in general

  4. Hi how much of the ingredients can you blend for one box

  5. Hi. I really loved this cake. I really want to bake it. The problem is I cant access powdered egg where I live. Can I use an alternative instead?
    Waiting anxiously for a positive reply.

    • Hi, You must use powdered egg for this recipe.

      • Would milk powder work? Someone told me to try it out.

        • Hi Again, No milk powder would not work. Egg provides a different fat content and helps bind the ingredients.

  6. where did you buy the 1/4 teaspoon spoon thing??

    • Hi Abbey, Ann usually gets these supplies from the local supermarket or cake decorating stores. You could also us a little ice cream spoon. These you get from party supply stores in bulk packs, juust choose one that is close to a 1/4 teaspoon in size.

  7. hi… where can i print the logo and the instructions pls?

    • Click on the ‘GET IT NOW – Free’ button to download the printables.

  8. Could this work for the powdered whole egg just boil the egg in the water and take the yellow thing inside and put it in the recipe

    • Hi Katherine, that won’t work. Use powdered egg.

  9. I dont like Dark choklate Can i use another choklate

    • Yes you can but it will have a more subtle flavour.

  10. im from canada where can i get those strong lined cupcake cases?

  11. Hello Ann , how many dark chocolate and compound white chocolate do I need for one kit ? 🙂

    • Hi Sarah, You need about 100g dark chocolate for 10 kits, so 10g will do for one. 30 g of white compound chocolate for 10 kits, which means 3g for one.

  12. Where did you bye the box?

    • Hi Leticia, Ann made her own box.

      • ann how do i buy this from you

        • We don’t sell these Lisa, You can make your own using the downloadable templates available via the ‘Buy it now-Free’ Button.

  13. hi ann what app are you using to make the labels and all the other things related to labeling.

  14. can i get the hole kit on this site,if i cant thats ok

  15. Can you please send me the recipe

  16. Hi, I’d just like to ask what are the dimensions for the cupcake cases. I can’t find any stronglined ones that stand up on their own ANYWHERE, so I’m planning on making my own.

  17. Hi Ann, I was thinking about making this cake to surprise my bestie for her birthday, Are you happy of the result? Does the cake taste good?

  18. HI! I’m cutting this recipe in half and I wanted to know do I still add the same amount of the mixes into the bag?

    • Yup, halving the recipe will only change how many you can make, but the amounts in the little,bags stay the same

  19. Thanks tallie

  20. Thanks tallie
    Thank you tallie

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