Australia Day Push Pops

With Australia approaching this thursday (yippee for a public holiday ๐Ÿ™‚ ย ) I thought I’d make some Australian Lamington inspired push pops. Because it would be unAustralian NOT to eat a lamington on Australia Day…

I did promise one of my facebook likers once I hit 100 likes that I’d start creating some recipes for her, and have been very tardy with her request! So this is for you Chriss…

Speaking of facebook likers – we recently hit 200 likers (and look set to hit 300 soon), so please let me know via the comments section or on my facebook page of any tutorials you’d like me to create for you.

Before we get started, I’d firstly like to say….

Whoo hoo!!! I won!! Very exciting to be the inaugural winner of this wonderful competition by Invite Me.ย My cake received over 1000 ‘likes’ and I was so proud that my little cake and blog with 200+ likers bet some stiff competition from other cakes and blogs with 5000+ likers ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for the underdog!

Onto our pushpop recipe….

Ingredients (Makes 20 pushpops)
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CAKE
190g of unsalted, softened butter
1 cup of caster sugar
2 vanilla beans
3 eggs
350g self-raising flour
1 cup milk
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CHOCOLATE CUSTARD
Thermomix Users:
60g sugar
500ml milk
2 eggs
50g cornflour
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Otherwise:
310ml milk
2 egg yolks
70g caster sugar
1 1/2 tb plain flour
2 tb cocoa powder
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GANACHE
130g dark chocolate
65g double cream
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desiccated coconut
300ml double cream
Strawberry Jam
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Organise your helpers, preheat your oven to 170C and mix your butter, sugar and vanilla seeds (have you gathered how obsessed with vanilla beans I am?? these are really expensive to buy in the supermarkets, so I’d advise you buy in bulk from ebay – works out to be approx 50c a bean) on a high speed for about 2 mins until light and fluffy.

Don’t forget to give your KitchenAid lots of love…

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

Add half of the milk and flour, mix well, then add the remaining milk/flour and mix until just combined.

Pour into a lined cake tin and bake until cooked and a skewer comes out clean (approx 50-60mins). I cannot stress how important it is to line your tins with baking paper…. yes, it takes extra time and is a pain in the backside, but seriously, it is better to take that extra time and not have to scrape your cake from the bottom of the pan ๐Ÿ™‚

I have used a 12″ cake tin, but it doesn’t matter what type of pan you use as you’ll be cutting out circles later on.

Once cooked, leave on a baking rack to cool down. Don’t forget to lick the bowl and spoon ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime, make your chocolate custard. I recently purchased a Thermomix (more about that another time), so making the chocolate custard was simply a matter of dumping in the ingredients and hitting a few buttons. For those without a thermomix, try this recipe (the creme patisserie part).

Using a circle cutter the same size as your pushpop containers, stamp out your circles.

Slice them into 1cm widths (you should end up with over 60)

Whip your cream and place your cream and chocolate custard into piping bags, or if you can’t find any (like me!), use glad bags.

Don’t forget to save any leftover cake for cake pops in the freezer

Spread some strawberry jam over 20 circles of cake and then insert into your pushpop containers. Take out the ‘push’ part (ie the stick part) of the container so that you can place it level on the table.

Add in the cream, a round of cake, the custard and then another round of cake.

Make up your ganache by heating the cream and chocolate in the microwave in 20 sec batches.. stirring in between until it has melted and combined.

Pipe over the top of the pushpops and cover with a sprinkling of coconut.

I found these cute Australia Day cupcake toppers from Moooย and used them for the final decoration!

Leave to chill in the fridge and when ready to serve, place the stick into the bottom of the container so they can be pushed out and eaten.

Happy Australia Day!!!!

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7 Responses to Australia Day Push Pops

  1. Paula January 25, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    What a great tutorial for some delicious looking push-up pops and your little helper is cute as a button. Happy Australia Day ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Love the cupcake toppers!

  2. Jane January 25, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Looks delicious Bron!

  3. Aleesha January 25, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Love it! If only I had the push pop moulds!
    I never knew about getting vanilla beans from ebay! I’ve been using the vanilla bean paste, got a small tin at the s’market (crazy pricey!), then found a MASSIVE bottle at Costco. That’s lasted me FORVER, have been a bit scared when that will run out cause I’m not sure Costco has it anymore, but Ebay? That I can do!

  4. Shona January 25, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Yay Bronnie! Congrats to you! You certainly deserve it as you’re super talented! Couldn’t be happier for you. x

    • BronnieBakes Admin January 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Thankyou Shona!! xx

  5. Emma January 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Super cute idea! And congratulations on the win, it looks so gorgeous!

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