Thursday, February 9, 2012

BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker

Maybe you remember that the last time I made cake pops it worked like a charm… kind of. 

They were a lot more work than I had anticipated and vowed that I would definitely try them again (in a year or two ;)).

But then my mom bought us a cake pop maker by BabyCakes

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She bought it at the beginning of December and it took until now for me to try it.  Can you blame me?  I was nervous!  Plus, the whole idea of a cake pop holding together is the fact that it has frosting as the ‘glue’.  That’s how it works.  These were going to be pure cake… how in the world were they going to hold together and stay on the stick?  There was just no way!

Needless to say, I was skeptical.

And so it sat and sat forever and ever (two months counts as forever and ever, right?) until I finally mustered up enough courage to give it a go.

I used a recipe from the owner’s manual for chocolate cake pops.  The recipe called for a bit of freshly brewed coffee.  We don’t drink coffee at our house so what do you do when you have no coffee to freshly brew?  You brew up hot chocolate of course!  Worked like a charm!

I followed the directions to a T regarding how early to plug in the unit, how much batter to put in each section and how long to let them cook. 

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And I learned a thing or two about how quickly I needed to fill each section… umm, yeah.

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That’s what happens when you put a whole tablespoon in (as directed… it fills it to the top) and go too slowly filling the rest.  I recommend filling it just slightly lower than the top and then move quickly!  I also recommend spraying with non-stick spray between each batch.

But even that slight mishap didn’t ruin the cake pops.  The thin layer between them chipped away easily.  No worries.

To remove them from the unit, I used the handy dandy fork tool that came in the box.  Honestly I thought that would be a silly way to do it because it would break them.  Surprisingly, it worked wonders and I don’t know how I would have done it without that wonder of a fork-ish thing.  What would you call that thing?  I just don’t know.

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Look how cute they are! 

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Perfect little balls of happiness.  Yes, they made me happy.

Once they were cooled they went into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.  Then I left and my mom took over the process with her little helpers also known as my kids. 

After pulling the pops out of the fridge, she stuck them on the sticks.

She melted the chocolate in the microwave, added a few teaspoons of shortening to thin it a bit (you can also use coconut oil) and stirred until it was a good consistency for coating and then rolled the pops in it to coat. 

How cute are they? And they tasted good too.  Like, REALLY good!  It’s a good thing I have so many kids to help me out with eating naughty treats because I could have a major issue!

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Do I recommend this product?  Heck yes!  Will I use it again… SOON?  Heck yes!  Do I think you need one?  Heck yes! 

**I was NOT compensated in any way, shape or form for this review.  The BabyCakes ‘people’ don’t even know I exist and have no idea I am doing a blog post about their product.  It’s just a product that I tried and really loved and thought you might love it as well.  All opinions herein are my own and were not influenced in any way.  The link to the cake pop maker on Amazon is an affiliate link.  Should you choose to purchase from that link, I will earn an itty bitty percentage that would be much appreciated!  Thanks so much.**


Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

After my cake pop disaster I was not planning to make them again, but those look much easier for me! Assuming I had one of those forkish things. :) Have a great weekend Brooke!

Laurie said...

I LOVE my Baby Cakes cake pop maker! I make pancake balls, pizza poppers, corn dog poppers (my daughter said they should be called mini corn dogs instead since they don't have cheese!) I have made snicker doodle cookies in them (just put the cookie dough in & as soon as they come out roll the in the cinnamon sugar. My kids love what ever I crank out of that baby! I even have the pie pop maker & the cupcake maker! I make mini chicken pot pies in it! Just do a search & you'll find sites that make neat things with them! Enjoy your sweet little machine!

Kimberly said...

I purchased the as seen on tv cake pop pan and i love it as well. It basically works the same as this one but u bake them in your oven instead. I did try making the original cake pops where u mix the cake with frosting and roll them into the balls, before i purchased the pan, and it was a total disaster. Maybe I will give them another try. I also found the cake pop stand holder at wal mart :) its such a big help when your decorating! if you would like to check out my blog i just started @ :)