Food Friday – BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker

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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Caramel Popcorn Twists Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Twists Recipe

I wish I could say I invented this awesome, sweet and crunchy snack but I most certainly did not. It’s actually been on the back of bags of Old  Dutch Popcorn Twists forever. But somehow I never got around to trying it out until last holiday season. And of my word have I been missing out! This may be one of the most addictive snacks ever created. It’s so amazing that I will only make it around the holidays because it’s just become one of those only on special occasion treats in our home. If you haven’t tried it yet you need to. And bonus, it’s really easy to make.

 

Caramel Popcorn Twists

Ingredients:

  • One bag (175 grams) of popcorn twists
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup (the original recipe calls for light corn syrup but I have used the golden syrup and it’s just fine)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Pour the popcorn twists in a large roasting pan.

In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook for two minutes. Add the baking soda – be careful because the mixture will foam a bit. Let the foam cook down a bit and remove the caramel mixture from the heat.

Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn twists in the roasting pan. Mix well, coating all of the twists.

Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes. Give the twists a stir every 10 or 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and pour the caramel popcorn twists on to a pan (or the counter) covered with wax paper. Allow to cool enough to handle and then break into pieces. Once it has cooled completely store in an air tight container.

caramel popcorn twists

This article has 2 comments

  1. interesting. I have never seen this kind of popcorn. I will try to cook it. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. I have made this at Christmas time for about 6 years now.  It is addictive, so watch out!  Everyone loves it, everyone wants more.  And, it even freezes well in Ziplock bags!!!!  

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