I am not much of a chef. I have a limited number of items in my repertoire. I do like to bake but even then if I can use a cake mix I will. One of my favorite cook books is The Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn who doctors recipe using cake box ingredients. Honestly by the time they have been doctored (and doctored very little actually) they are amazing and no one is the wiser.
Anyway. I wanted to give cake pops a try but everyone I had talked to who had attempted them said that the forming of the dough balls was the trickiest and messiest part. So when I saw the bella cucina cake pop maker at Target I thought I’d try it. And I had pretty good success!
For ingredients, I just used yellow cake mix. For frosting, I used candy melts because they melt easily in the microwave and you can melt a small amount at a time and not end up with a ton of extra frosting left over. It also allows you do make multiple colors easily. I used Wilton Candy Melts that I found at Michael’s.
Tips for using the Bella Cucina Cake and Donut Hole Maker:
- The cake pops with this little machine is that the cake pops do tend to be smaller than say the ones you may be used to at Starbucks. They are probably 2/3 of the size. The kids didn’t complain and they looked just as yummy, but definitely they are noticeably smaller than those you see in bakeries or Starbucks.
- Do not overfill. I can’t emphasize this enough. You don’t even really want to come all the way up to the rim of the divot when spooning in the batter. If you overfill, you’ll end up with edges around the pops that make it look like a satellite, which could be a cute cake pop idea but not what I was after. I made a few batches before I got it right.
- Let the dough cool a little before you put the sticks in. They don’t need to be all the way cooled, but enough so it doesn’t fall apart when you put the stick in.
- Don’t overcoat the pops with frosting – they can’t take the weight and will slide down the stick before your disappointed eyes.
- Make sure you have a styrofoam block ready to prop up the pops while they dry. Drying on their side doesn’t work. You can also prop them up in a mug, though I found the styrofoam block made decorating easier.
And the finished pops!