One of my Mother’s Day gifts this year was the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker.
I will admit, my first thought was “I bet this won’t work”. Cake pops require baking and destroying a cake, mushing it with frosting, and forming all of the pops by hand. It just won’t work if you don’t do it the way Bakeralla does it. I thought the cake pops would be dry, they will fall off the stick and probably won’t even taste good. It will be yet another kitchen gadget that will collect dust.
While I had my doubts, I also have to admit that I don’t LOVE the traditional cake pops (please don’t judge me!). I don’t know why – it’s frosting and cake – what’s not to love – but the flavor has just never been that great to me. I do love making Oreo truffle pops, but the true cake pop I’m only luke warm on at best. So part of me wondered if this little machine could create cake pops I’d like more. Maybe???
I am very happy to report that I was extremely impressed with the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. This sweet little machine won me over in less time than it would have taken me to bake a cake (much less the time spent letting it cool, mixing it with frosting and forming into pops). Let me share my batch of cake pops using the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker.
My cake pop maker (which was purchased at Kohl’s – with coupons and sales you can score a great deal on one) came with the machine, sticks, a fork, a syringe for fillings and a cake pop stand. I decided to use their vanilla cake pop recipe. It was a bit thicker than cake batter from a mix, it was incredibly tasty straight from the bowl and it was delicious when baked. It had a texture that reminded me of pound cake. Between my husband, daughter and myself, quite a few pops never saw a coating of chocolate. Those little cake balls are great on their on.
After mixing up my batter, I decided to follow their tip of putting the batter into a bag, and piping it into the machine I’m sure you can use a pastry bag, but a large Ziploc did the job nicely.
Whenever I need to fill a bag like this, I use a heavy mug to hold the bag for me while I scoop in the frosting or batter. After filling the bag, I snipped the end off and was ready to start cooking.
Piping the batter in was easy, I think spooning it in would be harder and probably a bit messier. My first batch I didn’t use quite enough batter, so they were not perfectly shaped, but they were certainly close enough. The other thing I learned with my first batch, was that I jumped the gun on thinking they were done, and cutting one open revealed that they were not. The 4-5 minutes recommended baking time was pretty accurate.
Look how cute they are! The machine does get very hot, and they include a special fork for you to use to get the cake pops out. I ended up just popping them out with my hands, but the fork works well (and is no doubt safer!). The included cake pop stand is perfect for cooling your cake pops…
They cooled quite quickly. I am going to order some additional cake pop stands (LOVE the stand), but for the time being I used an empty egg carton to hold my cake pops after they cooled off.
My daughter suggested we fill them with buttercream frosting. I figured it was worth trying. I whipped up a small amount of buttercream, filled the syringe, and we injected buttercream into about half of our cake pops.
After making all of my cake pops, I stuck them in the freezer for a few minutes while I melted my chocolate to dip them in. I used Wiltons Melts (which will set up better than using chocolate chips). I dipped each stick into the chocolate and then into a cake pop. I was a bit worried how the cake pops would do on the sticks, since they aren’t as moist as the frosting style cake pops. I am happy to report I actually found them easier to handle on the sticks. I didn’t have one fall off a stick, which I usually have a few of when I make cake pops.
After putting them on the sticks, I stuck them back in the freezer. Freezing them, and dipping them while cold, helps the chocolate set up quickly. Someone asked what the trick was to prevent the chocolate from dripping down the stick was. For me what works best is a combo of making sure the cake pops are cold, keeping the chocolate from getting too thick (I pop it back into the microwave for a few seconds as needed) and after I dip the pop in chocolate, I tap, tap, tap to get off as much excess chocolate as possible. After that I sort of twirl the the cake pop until the chocolate has started to set, than put it into the cake pop stand (or block of Styrofoam). That said, I always have a few that drip. I use that as an excuse to eat them.
For me, I found these far easier to dip than traditional cake pops. They never felt wobbly on the stick, not one came loose from the stick, and they are so perfectly round – something I never achieved with other cake pops.
How do they taste? Personally, I LOVE them. No, they are not dry – they were moist and delicious. No, they do not have the same consistency of the cake+frosting cake pops, but these suit my taste a bit better. It tastes like cake – and to me that’s a very good thing.
I think there is plenty of room for all of the different kinds of cake pops, but I think these will be the ones I make most often. They were so much quicker and easier, and I enjoyed the process more because of it.
I am also excited to see what else I can make with this little machine – and will be sharing one of my favorite desserts with you later this week – it involves donut holes, and this will be perfect for creating them. Tami over at Unique Party Food To Go made Pizza Poppers with her Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. Love it and think they would be a hit with the kids.
Are you ready to try the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker? The wonderful folks over at Babycakes are going to give one lucky reader a FREE Babycakes Cake Pop Maker! I am so excited to work with them and offer one of you a chance to own one of these great machines for FREE! All of the details on the giveaway will be included in my next post, so stay tuned (plus it’s going to be a yummy post, I promise!). In the meantime, check out Select Brands / Babycakes on Facebook and Twitter.
Cake pop anyone?