Alright! We made it to 500 fans on Facebook. That sure didn’t take long. Now as promised I will raffle off a dozen specialty pops. You know, the ones that take lots of time and look beautiful. You get to pick what you want. Here are just a few examples. If you are not already a fan on Facebook, again Shame on you!! Its not to late for you though. http://www.facebook.com/pages/cake-pops/121316601214008 . Raffle starts now and ends Saturday the 16th at noon EST. Just comment on this post to enter. Good luck all!!
Thank you to everyone that has entered, as well as your awesome comments. I want to send out a great Northwest congratulations to Maria Procter for being the first person to win something on this site. Again thank you everyone who entered and please stay tuned for more Pictures, tips and tricks to come.
You are either here because you’re a fan of our Facebook page or new to the site. Either way WOW and thanks for helping us get to 400 fans. Someday we’ll have a million, but nothings wrong with starting small. Because we are at 400 fans I promised I would raffle a copy of Bakerella’s “Cake Pop” Cook book. I love this book and I know you will too. All you have to do is leave your name and email for me in the comments of this post! Easy right. Raffle starts now and ends On Friday at 12am. Gook Luck! And if you are not already a fan of ours on Facebook… Shame on you! Lol, J/k look us up at Cake-pops.
First and foremost please know this article is my opinion and mine alone. I make homemade handrolled Cake Pops and put a lot of time and energy into them. I believe this is a great attempt at Cake Pops for Starbucks, but I do believe for a corporation there is room for much improvement.With that said, here we go…………..
It was only a matter of time until the coffee giant jumped on the Cake Pop band wagon. So of course as a Cake Pop perfectionist and an old Starbucks employee. I had to try them out. At this time they only have 3 flavors available Rocky road, Birthday Cake and Tiramisu .
I would say they are about the size of a normal cake pop (1 tbsp). The problem for me comes with the flavor and texture of these Cake Pops. Starting with the basic eye appeal. As with anything you mass produce and don’t spend time on you will have many imperfections. First the Cake ball itself was not completely round (more like if you turned it upside down, it would look like a golf club), nor was the chocolate coating even. I paid $2.00 for one Tiramisu Cake Pop, and could only stomach one bite. As I bit into it, I quickly noticed how thick the coating was. They must double to triple dip these pops (Which also makes it hard to bite into). The cake themselves are extremely doughy. It taste as if they use a spice cake and mix in alittle coffee flavoring. I truly believe that the best part of these pops was the chocolate covered espresso bean they put on top. As for the other two flavors, Birthday Cake and Rocky Road….. Birthday Cake very cute, it is simply yellow cake with pink chocolate coating. Also double dipped and overly mixed with frosting, far too moist. I found more white sprinkles on the bottom of my bag then I did on top of the Cake Pop
Rocky Road is probably the best flavored one out of the three. It seems as though they use just plain chocolate cake and frosting. It’s not as sweet or flavorful as I would have expected for a “Rocky Road” Cake Pop. It wasn’t overly done with frosting, and had good texture. I think if they would have used a devils foods cake or a fudge frosting it would have given them the sweetness I was expecting. Also if they would have mixed the miniature marshmallows into the cake and rolled them. That would have been better then putting them on the outside, where it is hard to keep them from falling off. Lastly I would have liked to see them clean off the sticks from the excess coating. This would have given them a more professional look. The whole thing looks messy and rushed. When I think of something hand made, this is not it. For $2.00 each (They do offer a discount if you by two) I want to be able to bring something home and have it still intact. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to leave them.
I have gotten a ton of emails about my favorite Cake Pop scoop. I bought it from Bed Bath and Beyond. Unfortunately it is an in store only item and is not found on the website. I spoke with the Store manager and they said if I provided you with the SKU number you could take that into the store and they could get it for you. If you do not live close enough to a Bed Bath and Beyond, Just email me and we can work something out. If you want to try your luck in the store… Here is the UPC (0 73287 30420 8 ) Here is the SKU (1009445)
Alright guys, here we go. Sorry it has taken me so long to get this done. I would hate to keep you guys waiting, so I’m doing two weeks in one. So many of you have entered the contest to win a signed Copy of Bakerellas Cookbook, and I don’t want to push the date out any farther. So here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve made these Cupcake Pops many times before, but for some reason I realized,
my two best-friends during this project were my toothpicks and napkins. I’m telling you right off the back, “YOU WILL NEED THESE”.
You will need all of the regular items and tools we have used prior. A few extras are:
An extra bowl for any different colors of candy coating you want to use,
M&M’S or similar shaped candy,
Sprinkles or Colored sugar beads.
Everything else is the same. I used a cookie cutter I bought from Micheal’s craft store, it can be found in there romance pack . Here is the link: http://www.michaels.com/Mini-Romantic-Metal-Cutter-Set/bk0116,default,pd.html?cgid=products-bakeware-wilton&start=31
I used a devil’s food cake mix with home made cream cheese frosting. I can’t help it, it’s my favorite frosting to use. I was able to roll about 35 balls. After I rolled them out I stuck them back in the refrigerator to harden a little bit.
30min later, I was ready to get down to business. I took the balls I had rolled and made them into a little rectangle shapes. I then pressed the cake through the cookie cutter. I realized I wasn’t able to get it to really pack into the cookie cutter, so I place the cakeball on the cookie sheet and placed the cookie cutter over the top. I then used my fingers to really pack the cake into the cookie cutter. I took the extra cake and piled it on top to make the muffin top. I continued this way until all the balls were all shaped. After this I got the Chocolate candy coating ready. For this project I used: yellow (lemon flavored) and green (mint flavored) for the tops of the cupcakes. I first tried to dip them the way Bakerella recommends, man was that a pain! She has you turn the Cupcake shape right side up and dip the bottom into the chocolate. It seems like a great idea, but then you have to flip it over and try and set it down before the melted chocolate gets on your fingers. Lets just say that takes lot. So what I did was dip my sticks into the melted chocolate and put it into the upside down cupcakes. Then when they were dry ( 1-2 min) I took a large spoon, with the Cupcake Pop over the bowl with the melted chocolate and poured it starting from the base of the muffin top. Then I tapped the excess off and put it back upside down to dry. You can also stick it in the styrofoam if you want.
I then waiting for the bases to dry before dipping just the tops into my colored chocolate melts. I kind of view the chocolate like I do black clothing. It doesn’t matter if your muffin top is lumpy, once the candy coating is on there, it looks great. All you women out their feel me?? Something I noticed as well when dipping the tops, you want to make sure you are turning the stick in your hand and softly hitting the edges in the chocolate. Making sure there are no gaps or uncovered cake. Your toothpicks will come in handy here, because you can use them to make a definite line between the two colors. Then drop your M&M on top along with your sprinkles and let dry. Woohooo you made it! I know, I so need a better camera! When I redo these I few things I will do different. I will make sure to push the muffin top down more so to make it more pronounces. Also Work harder to make more of a separation between the two colors. I also included a picture of the very first time I made Cupcake Pops for a birthday.
Now onto the Cupcake Bites.
They are not as easy as they look to make. Lets just say that . First you want/need to get a mold. The mold I have only fits a 2 Tbsp cakeball.
It took me a few times to get this right. So don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t turn out right the first time. However, if you are one of those people that everything you do is perfect. Well, good for you then. I say that will all the love.
First I poor a little melting chocolate in the bottom of the mold and let it set. Then I put more melted chocolate in the mold along with my Cake Ball. Make sure to press your Cake Ball down into the melted chocolate so that it comes up along the side. Then place your mold into the refrigerator, freezer, or let it sit out to harden. Once they are ready press the mold up from the bottom and lift out your Cake Ball.
Its easy to take the excess Chocolate off with a pairing knife. Something I learned was if you know the chocolate is going to come out thick, take your toothpick and pull the extra candy coating away from the Cake Ball. This way when you pull it out you can just break it off. Now to my not so favorite part, once they are ready to dip, turn them over so you are holding them by the base and dip. Make sure you are fast, as to not drop your Cupcake Bite into the candy coating.
An after thought I had (it might take more time, but it also might mean a better looking product.) Do everything the same, only once you pull them out, put a chocolate dipped stick into the bottom of the cupcake. It might make it easier to dip. Then once they are dry you can remove them. Like I said … Just an afterthought. I really hope you have enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to enter the contest to win your own autographed copy of Bakerella’s Cookbook . Next week is all about tips, tricks, troubleshooting, and candy.