I have to admit every time I walk by the appliance section in any store I used to roll my eyes at the sight of all the kitchen gadgets you could buy now.  Donut maker, cupcake maker, pie pop maker, whoopie pie maker, and the list goes on and on.  It almost felt like we were loosing the art of actual baking, everything has become so simplified there really is no skill involved.

Insert foot into mouth...then I received a BabyCakes cake pop maker for my birthday.  I have to say when I opened the package I was actually really excited.  It was something I would never buy myself and quite frankly I only make cake pops once in a great while because of the time involved.  My life is now forever changed.

Can I just tell you how much time and sweat I save by this glorious invention.  First off if your looking for the traditional cake pop, baked cake blended with frosting, this is not it.  These are actual little balls moist delicious cake.  It was so simple, I sat there amazed at how easy it was and how quickly I was finished.

Here is my first attempt at using the machine.  I must admit...gasp...I used a boxed cake mix.  It has been years since I even bought a box cake mix, and I felt like I was cheating on my kitchenaid mixer as I was buying it.  My boyfriend Scott had the nerve to be annoyed when he walked in and saw the box.  He is so spoiled and he doesn't even know it.  Anyway for a little more fun I added sprinkles to the mix.
Attempt one..Fail.  I overfilled the cups and baked for to long.
After my failed first attempt I decided to go with the squeeze bottle for the batter.  I always use a squeeze bottle to distribute batter when I'm making mini cupcakes and now with the BabyCakes machine.  It really makes getting the batter into the cups easier and more exact, also you end up spilling alot less.  I found that a little under 4 minutes, 3:45, worked best every time.

Tip: If you take to long in filling up the cups the machine starts to bake the already filled cups.  This causes them to overflow when you close the machine and the pops turn out uneven.
The fork that comes with the machine makes for easy removal and transfer to a cooling rack.
Perfect little pops!
Recipe for Disaster
7/29/2012 01:50:48 pm

I too was so curious about this machine. I also feel that the art of cooking getting lost with all these gadgets, I mean come on a quesadilla maker, really? I have always wanted to try one because for the life of me I can't make a traditional cake pop (baked cake and frosting) and there are so many cute ways to use them on cakes and cupcakes. After reading about your experience I am half temped to buy one looks easy once you work out the quirks

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7/29/2012 10:27:30 pm

Lora,

Ok you've got to try it! I'm in New York until September if you're ever down our way stop by and pick up mine! I would love to hear your opinion on it. Let me know, because I really was impressed at how easy it was and how much less time it took.

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