Used a Cakepop Baking Pan (138/366)

“I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.”
~ Confucius

A few weeks ago, our cousin asked me if I could make some cakepops for his daughter’s first birthday party. I was excited to do so, but just recently found out they’d need over 200 of them! I had my work cut out for me … but while at Michael’s today, shopping for supplies, I saw a “Cakepop pan” which you could bake individual cakeballs in, instead of the traditional method of baking a cake, crumbling it, adding frosting and mixing, and finally rolling small amounts into balls. I was a bit leery, but I thought I should try this. It would save me enormous amounts of time, but also I’ve always liked my cake less sweet, and since cakepops are normally mixed with frosting (and coated with candy melt), they’re a bit too sugary for me. I thought maybe this could be a grand new solution!

The instructions for using the cakepop pan are pretty straightforward – you use a different amount of oil and they actually suggest adding instant pudding mix as well, both so that the end result is a denser cake. I made my cake mix with these changes, and sprayed the pans.  The top pan actually requires spray on both sides, in case batter overflows out of the hole in the top of a mold and bakes on top of the pan!

I filled the sprayed pan sections to about 3/4 high each, covered the pan with the top, and secured them together with the included silicone clips. Then into the oven it went!

I rotated the pan halfway during cooking time, and everything seemed to be going along okay. When they came out, voila!  Okay, so not exactly – they sure had overflowed a bit, but that was why they tell you to spray the top of the cover pan – these overflowed bits pretty much came right off.

These sure were cute little cakeballs … but they were larger than the cakepops I usually make … And they were kind of egg shaped. I think I didn’t put enough batter in each section. I tried it again … and this time they came out with … nipples! Aargh! Oh well, I was able to remove those pretty easily … but these ones also had a more pronounced seam where the two pans met.  I thought maybe it wouldn’t matter and that the seam would be covered by the candy melt.

The other interesting thing about this pan is it comes with special, reusable pop sticks – this should have been more of a red flag for me. The sticks have a small platform near the top, and are flattened out above that, making the top part of the stick more like a popsicle stick (tongue depressor style), with this little ledge below that.

I had hoped this design was just another aid for people who might be making these cakepops for the first time, so I tried dipping my first cakeball on a regular pop stick. I dipped the stick in candy melt, tapped off the excess, and I steered the stick into the cakeball. I gave that a few minutes to set, and when it had, I proceeded to dip the pop in the candy melt. The cakeball slid almost completely off the stick, and when I picked it up and held it sideways, the weight of the whole thing nearly ripped the cakeball in half. FAIL!

I thought maybe if the cakeballs were a day old and had a chance to dry out a bit, they might be a little easier to work with. But I had just spent the better part of a day testing something that in the end just didn’t seem worth it. I already knew how to make cakepops the “old fashioned” way, and had I spent this day doing that, I’d have been a LOT further along than I was now! I decided to chuck the cakepop pan idea, and make these my way.

I think this pan is neat if you want to bake cakeballs or donut holes. If you use cooking spray with flour, it’s a breeze to get the cakes out, and you just cool them on a wire rack. I didn’t try using the special pop sticks this came with, but there’s an order form in the box for you to buy more sticks if they work for you. But with the extra ingredients you have to add, the fact that this will only bake 18 at a time, and that you’d likely have to use their special sticks to make these work, I’d totally suggest using just a tiny bit more elbow grease and if you’re going for cakepops, just make them the traditional way.

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