I think cake pops are cute and fun, so I was looking forward to reviewing this new cookbook, 175 Best Babycakes® Cake Pops Recipes (softcover) by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss. Moore and Wyss are expert food consultants who develop recipes and test products like the Babycakes® Cake Pop Maker, which is designed to make cake pop-making quick and easy. The recipes in this book were especially created to be used with this cake pop maker, and there are all kinds of fun flavors you can make! The cake pops featured on the cover give you an idea of the many ways you can decorate cake pops. There are more ideas and some colorful photos inside to inspire you, too, along with helpful cake pop-making and decorating instructions. This book shows you how to do basic and not-so-basic things like coating the cake pops, decorating with sprinkles, adding decorative swirls and spirals, triple-dipping or marbleizing the pops, and making simple faces. Some of the yummy-sounding recipes include Caramel Cake Pops, Cream-Filled Chocolate Cake Pops, Chocolate Truffle Cake Pops, Root Beer Cake Pops, Almond Cream Cake Pops, and Classic Red Velvet Cake Pops.
The Babycakes® Cake Pop Maker not only makes cake pops–you can also bake doughnuts (or what many of us call donut holes), mini Ebelskivers, and cute little round biscuit and muffin bites! These would be great for brunch, showers, or parties. There are even recipes for savory nibbles you can serve as appetizers. So you can make lots of yummy things with this handy appliance!
If you’re not familiar with the Babycakes® Cake Pop Maker, here’s what it looks like…
It bakes 12 cake pops at a time in just 4 to 6 minutes, so it would be especially great for using in the summer months–you wouldn’t have to use your oven and heat up the kitchen. I don’t have this cake pop maker myself yet, but looking at all these recipes and ideas makes me want to try it out! If I had a cake pop maker, I’d probably try the Chocolate Malt Cake Pops first. So I thought I’d share that recipe with you. If you don’t have a cake pop maker, you might be able to make cupcakes with this recipe…I don’t know that for sure, but I don’t see why you couldn’t!
CHOCOLATE MALT CAKE POPS from 175 Best Babycakes® Cake Pop Recipes
Makes 26 to 28 cake pops
- 2/3 cup (150 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) chocolate malted milk powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 3 ounces (90 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) packed brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons (30 mL) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons (30 mL) sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons (30 mL) milk
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped chocolate malt candies
- Nonstick baking spray
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, chocolate malted milk powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Place semisweet chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave on High in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted. Set aside to cool for 2 minutes.
- Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat brown sugar and granulated sugar into melted chocolate mixture. Add egg and beat well. Add egg yolk and beat well. Beat in vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in one-third of the flour mixture. Beat in sour cream, then another one-third of the flour mixture, then milk. Beat in the remaining flour mixture. Stir in chopped candies.
- Spray cake pop wells with nonstick baking spray. Fill each well with about 1 Tablespoon (15 mL) batter. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer cake pops to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- If desired, attach sticks to cake pops.
TO DECORATE: Dip cake pops in melted chocolate candy melts, then immediately sprinkle with additional finely chopped chocolate malt candies. If not attaching sticks to cake pops, use the fork tool (or fork) to dip the cake pops, then place them on a wire rack over a sheet of foil or waxed paper to set.
Excerpted from 175 Best Cake Pops Recipes by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss © 2012 Robert Rose Inc.www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
Have you made cake pops before? What’s your favorite flavor?
This sounds like a wonderful book.. and a great recipe.. I have not yet tried the Cake Pop Maker … yet.. but I did just make over 700 cake pops in 12 different flavors…. for my sisters wedding a couple of weeks ago…it was a lot of fun … I am thinking this machine would have made it a lot easier though 🙂
Wow–700 cake pops! I think that qualifies you as a cake pop expert! 🙂 What a nice thing to do for your sister! Yes, this little machine may have made things easier but I’m sure your cake pops were wonderful!
This looks like so much fun! I may add one of these to my Christmas wish list. 🙂
I know, especially because you can make more than cake pops with it–I think making the donut holes would be fun, too!
A baker after my own heart! I have looked at this appliance and wondered if it would cut down on the “calories” that the original cake pops have because of the icing used to hold the cake together. The recipe looks inviting and this would certainly make them a lot easier. You may have just made a case for a purchase:-D! XOXOSusan
I was thinking the same thing about the calories–it does seem like they would be less without the icing mixed into the cake. So I guess these are a healthier way to have cake pops! 🙂
I purchased the Baby cakes cake pop maker at Kohls for $24.99. You bake 12 balls at a time, one cake mix bakes approximetly 72 balls. They bake for about 5 minutes. I baked then cooled them in the refirgerator to harden the candy so that the stick would stay firm to the cake ball. While some were baking , others were cooling and I was decorationg those that had cooled. It keeps you very busy if you are working alone. It might have been better had I baked them cooled and then coated them at the same time. The candy melts that I used to coat them with hardens quick when the balls have been cooled. I took them to a graduation Party and they were a big hit. I have had the ones that you mix with frosting and I did not like them, they were to dense and heavy, these are light and fluffy..
That’s great to know, Becky–I’m glad your cake pops were a hit! I still haven’t tried the cake pops maker yet, but hope to soon. I think I’ll like these better than the heavier cake/frosting pops, too.
I love them! So cute!
Yes, cake pops are a fun treat! 🙂