Cake pops are all the rage these days. Generally, people make them by crumbling a baked cake into a large bowl and mixing the crumbs with a can of frosting, then scooping the mixture into balls and coating with almond bark. They’re delicious and so cute, but that’s a lot of work. That’s why I was so excited to find a cake pop maker. This countertop appliance turns ordinary cake batter into perfect little balls in 4 minutes. It does a dozen at a time, and I’ve found most cake mixes make just shy of 5 dozen balls.
All you have to do is add a stick and some candy or chocolate coating, and you’re all set! I have been going nuts with my new cake pop maker. So far I’ve made three different types of cake, just using a mix, and they turned out great. I’ve also made pancakes and muffins (shown at right) from a mix. I generally like to make things like this from scratch, but the mixes are so handy on busy school days. I can make the kids hot pancake balls or muffin balls for a super quick breakfast, and they’re excited to come home and have fresh cake pops waiting for a snack. My next project is to use a baking mix, grated cheese and mini pepperoni slices to make a savory pizza-flavored pop, which the kids can dunk in pizza sauce.
I went to a Halloween party over the weekend, and the cake pops were a hit. I made pumpkin spice balls, added sticks, coated them with white almond bark, and set them in the refrigerator to firm up. Then I used food coloring markers to paint them like eyeballs, and stuck them in a cardboard cake pop holder I found at the store. I also made devil’s food cake balls, coated them with melted chocolate, and sprinkled orange sugar on top. They looked and tasted great!
Speaking of Halloween, here’s a peek at the spooky school lunch I packed for my three sons:
They each got a jack-o-lantern PB&J sandwich with gummy worms (or are they?!?) crawling out of it, a mini banana “finger”, cake pop “eyeballs” and pretzels with candy corn and a pumpkin spice marshmallow stabbed with a sword. They also got a blood bag (juice pouch with blood label) and a Halloween card in their lunch bags. FUN!