This year The Tween asked to have hibachi for her birthday again with the family, and bring one little girlfriend home for a night of popcorn, movies, and manicures. My plan was just to pick up some cupcakes from the Publix Bakery to stick some candles in... until I saw my friend on Facebook talking about her new "toy" - a Baby Cakes CakePop Maker. I knew immediately I had to have one.
But I was skeptical still. As someone who LOVES cake pops to have "just a little bite of something sweet" I had never attempted to make them, because of all of the LABOR involved. As much as I love digging in the dirt, hand rolling an entire box of cake pops and getting all that sticky stuff all over my hands (not to mention the Tween and Toddler getting it everywhere) just did not sound appealing enough. But a Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker... just sounded... well, a little too good to be true.
So I Googled it to learn more. And that is when I found this review.
I knew I was going to have to move fast since naturally I discovered this invention at 10 pm on a Saturday night - with the birthday party at 4 pm Sunday - so when I woke up early I headed straight to Walmart for all of the supplies... killing time until our local Kohl's opened up.
At 8:47 (they open at 9) I loaded the girls into the car and headed for Kohls. We got there before they opened and sat outside on the bench talking about all of the fun stuff we were going to make with our cake pops. It was actually very pleasant out there, but they let us in early anyway, and we found it right away.
Best money I have spent in a LONG time!
We came home with everything ready to go!
The first step is mixing the batter - just normal cake batter - and spooning it into the Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker. Now, I will tell you this - when they say to use a teaspoon per cake... they mean it! Thankfully though, if you overfill
like I did every time when they cool the little "spaceship" pieces break right off. They cook for only FOUR MINUTES (the Toddler was in control of the timer) and they even come with a little pitch-fork-thingie to help pop them out with.
I thankfully only mixed one box of batter... because it made SEVENTY-TWO CAKE POPS.
Then lay them all in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and pop into the freezer for about an hour.
Then, melt just a little bit of the Melts - I had to add some oil to mine as it was REALLY thick - and dip the end of the sticks in, and then push into the pops. The end result looks something like this:
Put them back in the freezer for another hour to let everything secure together.
Then you are ready to get to dippin!
Melt the rest of your Melts - I ended up using two bags... did I mention the Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker made SEVENTY TWO pops!?! Well, I mean *I* did... but it did... you know what I mean.
We added some food coloring just for fun. And the Toddler was in charge of the Sprinkles.
Since it was her birthday, we needed to make candles happen somehow since I put them in the freezer before putting the candles in:
The Cake Pops were a HUGE hit at the party! Everyone loved them, and we loved showing them off! I even gave them to people eating at the tables around us. (SEVENTY TWO.... I mean... seriously!) And I am proud of myself... I ate ONE. ONE. Yay for will power.
I am already hooked on the Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker, and from the dozens of comments on my Facebook Page where I have been sharing our progress, I am betting some of my friends will soon be addicts as well. I will be making some this week for a Baby Shower... and then my birthday is next... and Mike's in August... and then the baby will be BORN in August (that's a good reason to make more... right?!) and then my friend Jeannie's birthday is in September.... and then ooohhhh.... HALLOWEEN!!!!!!! (I am going to need a 12 step program)
Oh, and if you don't have a Kohl's near you - it's all good - Amazon has the Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker too!!