I was late to the cake pop party. Not because I don’t think they’re cute, because they are. But it was because I thought I didn’t like cake pops. It turns out that I just didn’t like the ones that are made by taking a perfectly good cake, reducing it to crumbs, mixing it with frosting, and then molding it into balls. Nope, I don’t like those at all.
First because the texture is disgusting – mushy and wet. Like pre-chewed cake. Secondly, because there’s just way too many hands involved in making them and I’m a bit of a germaphobe. So when I saw the BabyCakes Flip-Over Complete Cake Pops Maker Kit which actually cooks cake dough into ball shapes, I decided to buy one. Boy am I glad I did!
Babycakes Cake Pop Maker – Fabulous!
The first cakeballs I made were chocolate with a chocolate coating – so very much like Ding Dongs only without the creme filling (which I’ll add next time) but organic and less sweet. I froze them, just like I like my Ding Dongs, and it took me 3 weeks to eat them all. That’s because a box of cake mix makes about 48 cake balls. It cooks 12 cake balls at time in about 3 minutes so it’s really fast and easy!
Still, it’s not for kids. The outside of the cakeball maker does get hot and getting the balls out, even with the tool provided, could result in burns if they’re not careful. Tweens and teens should be fine with it.
Using the BabyCakes Flip-Over Complete Cake Pops Maker Kit is so easy and it comes with everything you need to get started – sticks (although I prefer mine without sticks), pop holders, batter squeeze bottle, and cake ball remover. To clean just wipe it with a wet cloth (never submerge it).
BabyCakes Cake Pops Maker Hints & Tips
I’m really impressed with teh BabyCakes Flip-Over Complete Cake Pops Maker Kit and I’m glad I opted for the higher-end flip-over model – it cooks so evenly and the balls come out beautifully round. There are some things you can do be sure you get a great product. The first is to use non-stick spray. I didn’t the first time and they stuck. The second time I sprayed the bottom plate but not the top so they stuck to the top. The third time I sprayed both and it was perfect.
When you’re using a low-fat or fat-free recipe (I did carrot cake cake balls) or recipes that the dough doesn’t expand much, spray the mold, then fill them with the batter, close the top, let it cook that way for 1-1/2 minutes THEN flip it to complete the cooking process.
Using the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker for Freezer Cooking
The Babycakes maker is a fabulous tool for freezer cooking. Make pancake balls in minutes! Just mix up your favorite pancake batter (add syrup as part of the liquid if these will be eaten on the run), cook them for 2-3 minutes and they’re done! Flash freeze them by putting them in the freezer in a single layer cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Then place the frozen balls into a gallon zip lock bags. They won’t stick together and you can take out as many as you need for breakfast.
Cook in the microwave from frozen (about 1-1/2 minutes for 5 balls) or from thawed state (move them from the refrigerator to the freezer the night before) and and heat for about 30 seconds. Serve with butter, syrup, or fruit spread.
Final Thoughts about the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker
I love it! Two to three minutes until I have fresh baked cake! They’re portion controlled, easy to freeze and defrost, and delicious. I also highly recommend the [amazon_link id=”B005AYD2SS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Arrowhead Organic Chocolate Cake[/amazon_link] mix I used – it tastes just like the chocolate cake in Ding Dongs but all organic!
I also bought the Babycakes double chocolatier (chocolate dipping station) – I’ll share more about it soon.