Ok, so usually I am all about de-cluttering, so adding what could be considered just another kitchen appliance is a bit out of character for me, but I didn’t have much choice…and now I am quite happy about that!
We opened a few early Christmas gifts, and one sister got the other sister a ‘babycake’ cake pop maker. My first thought was, “oh my, another thing to store and have to get rid of when it just sits there unused” But I think I was wrong to so harshly judge our new appliance friend.
If you are looking for a last minute gift idea, this might just be the thing. All 3 of my girls were super excited to try it out (age 9, 11, and 13). We did just that tonight, and I was very surprised at how much I love this thing!
It heats up quickly and the red light turns green when it is ready. You add a tablespoon of batter to each hole, and in 4 minutes, you have cute little cake bites. It comes with a great recipe book full of different cake recipes & donut hole recipes, a handy tong tool to get the hot holes out of the baker when done, a cooling tray, sticks, & an injector to make little jelly filled babycakes. I love that you don’t have to heat the oven up, which means more baking when summer comes! I am eager to experiment with more wholesome ingredients.
Tonight we made Glazed Lemon Cakepops and Apple Cider Cinnamon Sugar donut holes. Both were amazing. There are directions on how to use a simple cakebox mix, but also recipes to make from scratch. I was super impressed with the Lemon Cakepop recipe. It called for real lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract. It was so moist and delicious. It made 24 pops, which is perfect. I love that you feel like you are getting a decadent treat, but really it is only a bite–if you can stop at just one. I like that it only makes a small amount, as I don’t really want these sitting around the house for too long!
The Apple Cider Cinnamon Sugar donut holes were perfection. Super easy to make, and right when they are done baking you toss them into a paper bag of cinnamon sugar mixture. The recipe made 36 donut holes. I am having my family over for Christmas brunch and these beauties are going to be served! They would also make a great homemade gift for the neighbor. We are in the middle of a winter storm here in Nebraska, so I think it would be quite fun to put on our snow boots and dig our way next door to deliver hot, homemade donut holes to our neighbors. We just might!