When I started thinking about my Holiday baking this year, I kept hearing about cake pops. I really didn’t know too much about them or how they were made. But when a friend informed me of a cakepop maker on sale (one day only!) at Macy’s for $17.99 (regularly $39.99) I jumped at the chance to be a part of the cakepop scene.
Before I could try out my cakepop maker, Aya found one at Kohl’s on sale for $19.99, and she had a 20% off coupon. In addition to this crazy savings, the Kohl’s cakepop maker made 12 cakepops at a time instead of the Macy’s 6, came with a cakepop cooling rack, a filling injector, and cakepop sticks! I’d be stupid not to get it! The only downside is that the only color it came in was lavender. I’m definitely a man living in a woman’s world. Lavender or not, I had to have it!
Now that I had a cakepop maker, I decided I was going to make Totoro cakepops for Ellie’s two year birthday dinner. But I knew this was way too ambitious for my first cakepop project. I needed to just make a simple batch first for non-judging eyes to see if this would even be possible. We had lunch plans with friends lined up that would be the perfect opportunity to try these pops out.
I had a reason, now I just needed to get started. And of course, I did not read the directions first. How hard could it be, right? All I had to do was put cake batter in the maker, wait for the light to turn on, and then take them out. Or was I supposed to wait for the light to turn off? And then, how do you get the batter in holes without getting it all over the place? I guess I should have read the directions first because they addressed all of my questions, and I could have prevented all of my cakepops looking like Saturn. Luckily once cooled, the rings easily broke off and proved to be a tasty snack while baking the rest.
It took me awhile to gauge how much batter to put in and for how long to keep them in, but they all came out mostly round, and were not burnt. The next step was to inject the filling. Included with my cakepop maker was a giant syringe used to inject filling into the cakepops. As I held the giant syringe with lemon filling, I felt like a large animal vet ready to administer hormone shots to a hippopotamus. I was surprised at how easy it was. I could apply for a job at a donut shop now. I was skilled and experienced!
With the filling applied, it was time to frost them. And this is when I ran into some real problems. The cakepops weren’t dense enough to stay on the stick and kept breaking apart and falling down. The directions did not cover this part. I had to hold the bottom half of the cakepop and only frost the top half. And for ease of eating, I put toothpicks in them. I have to say, they didn’t look stylish and appetizing like the ones I saw online, but they did tasted good.
I’m assuming the technical term is cakepops because they are supposed to be on a stick like a lollipop. But since mine aren’ton a stick, they are just cakeballs. And it’s pretty clear I need more practice before I can pull off the Totoro cakepop for Ellie’s birthday.