Today I’m testing out a popular item I found on Amazon’s “Most Wished For” list: the Babycakes Mini Cake Pop Maker. This gadget promises to whip up nine mini cake pops in just a few minutes. Skeptical but intrigued, I decided to give it a try, and here’s how my tests went.
Where to Purchase
You can find the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker on Amazon for about $24, as of this November 2023 writing.
Babycakes Mini Cake Pop Maker Review
The cake pop maker is more compact than I anticipated, barely larger than my hand. It’s not unlike a waffle maker or the Dash Mini Donut Maker I tried out in early 2023. After a routine unboxing, cleaning, and a thorough reading of the instructions and Amazon reviews, I was all set. Given my culinary skills are more rock ‘n’ roll than Betty Crocker, I opted for a standard box cake mix to ensure any success (or failure) was down to the device, not my baking prowess.
Making the First Batch
With the machine preheated, I used a modified ketchup dispenser for the batter (I cut the tip to make it larger), which I find easier than the suggested Ziploc bag method. Filling the molds quickly was key to avoid uneven cooking. I resisted the temptation to peek before the three-minute mark, and to my surprise, the first batch turned out great! They were well-formed, with those ‘Saturn rings’ some online reviewers mentioned, which didn’t bother me.
Proceeding with More Batches
Encouraged by my initial success, I went on to make several more batches. The process became smoother with each try. I experimented without using non-stick spray in the second batch, which worked out fine. By the fourth batch, I felt like a pro – each batch was consistently perfect. I stuck to the recommended cooking time, which worked for my preference, but it’s easy to adjust if you prefer a darker bake.
Adding the Finishing Touches
The best technique for inserting the sticks is to dip them in the candy melt, inserting in the cake pop, and then chilling for about 15 minutes. This hardens the candy melt, which acts like a glue to hold the stick in place. After chilling the cake pops, I dipped them in candy melt. This step was crucial – it’s where you get to be creative! I tried making some with just the candy melt, and others with sprinkles added. I did find, however, that inserting sticks after the candy melt didn’t pan out because they slipped right out. So, inserting sticks before chilling is the way to go.
Taste Test – The Moment of Truth
The real test, however, was the taste. The ‘naked’ cake pops were delicious on their own, rivaling the overpriced ones from well-known coffee shops. Adding the candy melt elevated them further, and those with sprinkles added a nice crunchy texture.
I was surprisingly impressed by the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. It’s nearly foolproof, and considering the price point of around $24, it’s a steal given the high cost of store-bought cake pops. This gadget could pay for itself after just a few batches compared to buying them in stores. A box of cake mix goes a long way with this machine! My 4 batches were probably not even half of the mix I made.
In the end, the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker is a winner in my book. I am already planning to make some holiday-themed cake pops in December. If you’ve tried it or something similar, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.