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Food Friday - BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker - Outside The Box

Food Friday – BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker

  • 20th July 2012

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Cake pops, sweet little balls of gooey goodness made famous by the very talented Bakerella.  I’m sure you’ve seen them, probably tasted them and perhaps have even made them.  If you haven’t yet bought the book I highly recommend you do.  It’s full of some truly delightful cake pop recipes and decorating ideas.

I bought the book sometime ago and have frequently visited bakerella.com to see her latest cake pop creations (although her awesome creations are not limited to cake pops).  A few months ago, at Christmas time to be precise I finally decided to give them a whirl.  I’m no stranger to baking, it’s one of my passions actually so I wasn’t too intimidated by the whole process.  I decided to make some Christmas trees for the Christmas party at my daughter’s daycare.

I think they turned out pretty well (sorry for the less than stellar cell phone picture).  They weren’t perfect by any means but that’s one of the reasons I was so pleased with them.

They were fun to make but very tedious, particularly finding the perfect cake to icing ratio and getting them to hold their shape while dipping them.  I also find the cake/icing innards to be excruciatingly sweet and definitely not something that I would eat.  So, I started to keep my eye open for an easier (and less sweet) was to make them.

I had seen the BabyCakes cake pop maker in several stores and had also come across a few versions of cake pop pans.  I went online and researched both options.  The pans seemed to be quite finicky and not well received and the reviews for the BabyCakes maker seemed not bad.  I was on the fence about it to be honest.  Did I really need yet another appliance in my kitchen?  A couple of weeks later I saw it on sale in the Canadian Tire flyer for a good price and decided to buy it.

A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to trying it out.  I have to say I was really pleased with it.  It comes with a small recipe book but I went the easy route and whipped up a boxed mix.  I gave it a light dusting of nonstick cooking spray, filled a piping bag with batter (definitely the way to go) and 5 minutes later had my first batch of cake pops.  They turned out well, but a little small and, consequently not quite round.  I used more batter in the next round and, voila, near perfect little balls of chocolate cake.  They were super easy and fast to make.  They do have a bit of a ridge where the two side of the pan come together but it’s not a big deal at all and I think if you dipped them in candy melts (I didn’t) it might not be noticeable at all.  If you wanted to trim them it wouldn’t take much effort, certainly less effort than hand forming balls.

One of the things I loved about these cake pops are that they are perfect for little hands.  They don’t fall apart and they aren’t gooey.  I gave my two year old a can of icing and some sprinkles and she had a blast decorating (and eating) the cake pops.  It also comes with quite a few sticks and a very handy stand.  They also taste great.  You know how the brownies in the edge of the pan are the best?  Well, this is much the same.  They aren’t as dense or crisp as brownies but you get the idea.

I’ve bought some useless appliances over the years that are just taking up precious space in the cupboard but the BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker is not a purchase I regret.  Obviously if you want to make cake pops in any shape other than round you will have to do it the “old fashion” way and roll them by hand, but for any round projects it is perfect.


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Will You Make the Philadelphia Cheesecake of the Year?

Will You Make the Philadelphia Cheesecake of the Year?

I’m not sure I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love cheesecake.  I’m sure there are a few out there somewhere but they are few and far between.  It’s hard to resist the rich, creamy goodness of a cheesecake. And one of the wonderful things about baking cheesecake is that they lend themselves so well to creativity.  Cream cheese is so versatile and matches well with so many flavours. You really can come up with some amazing cheesecake combinations. Like this decadent mini chocolate caramel cheesecake.

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Do you have a favorite cheesecake recipe?  Is it smothered in berries?  Is it dripping with gooey chocolate or caramel?  Maybe your creation is completely unique and surprising. Whatever your secret recipe is – it’s time to let the secret out!  Why?  Because the call is out for the Philadelphia Cheesecake of the Year!  This is a fun and exciting contest that could put YOU in the hot seat.  How does a bake off sound to you?  I’ll admit the idea has me pretty stoked.  I enter recipe contests all the time but I’ve never entered one that gave me the chance at a bake off!  Intrigued?  Here are some details for you:

  • Bake up your favorite, original cheesecake recipe featuring Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese.  Make it festive because the winner will be featured in December advertising.
  • Take a photo of your yummy creation and submit it along with your original recipe.
  • Your entry will be judged by a panel of Kraft judges using the selection criteria posted on the contest website.
  • Five finalists will be flown to Toronto for the Cheesecake of the Year bake off!
  • The grand prize winner will not only receive the title of 2014 Cheesecake of the Year and be featured in a national print campaign but will also receive $5,000!
  • For an added bonus – the first 250 eligible entrants to submit a recipe into the contest twill receive a FREE brick of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

I don’t know about you but I have a million festive cheesecake ideas swirling around in my head now. Cranberries, candy cane, Christmas pudding – the possibilities are limitless.  It’s going to be hard to narrow it down. One thing I know for sure, my friends and family will not complain one bit about being my taste testers as I work away at my creamy creation. Yes, holiday flavours in June might be a little odd but I am pretty sure there will not be any complaints.

So go grab some Philadelphia Cream Cheese, get your thinking cap on, grab your camera and get cooking!  You have until June 16th to submit your masterpiece.

This post was brought to you by Kraft Canada via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kraft Canada.

 

 

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