Cupcakes are cute because they’re a small, individualized bit of cake with excessive potential for adorable decorating. The cupcake phenomenon is still going strong, and we will probably discuss it sometime here on “Eating Between the Lines.” But today, we’re jumping ahead to the cake pop.
a stick, covered in chocolate and copious amounts of sprinkles, sparkles and doo-dads.
They are a cross between a cupcake, a doughnut hole and a lollipop.
According to cakepopgallery.com, cake pops were originally a way to save old bits of cake, potentially dry and stale, by mixing them with enough icing that they softened right back up again. Recently they have taken on a life of their own and become a popular dessert.
Now they’re at Starbucks, on Amazon and on every child’s birthday party wish list.
Websites, blogs and cookbooks abound all dedicated to the dainty-but-dense dessert. To see cake pops living to their highest creative potential, check out cake pop queen Bakerella’s blog.
There are two basic methods for creating cake pops.
1) Crumble a cake method. First, bake a sheet cake. Then crumble said sheet cake. Mix with icing. Roll into balls. Attach stick, and coat in chocolate or candy coating.
2) The new machine by Baby Cakes. These eliminate the addition of icing, which cuts down on the sugar content, and also speeds up the process by eliminating the messy
rolling and lets you move directly on to the decorating.
There is also a pan by Nordicware. It’s American made. Funny, no one else has caught on yet.
3) Buy them!
The question remains, however, of whether the cake pops fad will fade away or if it will only gain strength, and perhaps its own show on the Food Network. A look at non prescription cialis the pros and cons, and we’ll decide for ourselves.
The pros: cute, cute, CUTE! They’re round and sprinkled, not to mention extremely sugary and moist. Individualized, they’re easy to serve.
The cons: Time-intensive to make—an average batch takes three hours! Perhaps too small to satisfy the average sweet tooth, which means you need more of them.
Bonus question: Cake pops as wedding cake?
My answer: No. As cute as the cake pop is, I do not believe that it will take the place of the traditional cake: they’re not as fun to smash into someone’s face, and their size may leave some guests wanting more. But they would make adorable favors!
The Verdict: Cake pops are cool, cake pops and awesome. Enjoy them now, because they won’t last forever, like the fifties and sixties’ Jello dessert craze.