Cake Pops are a gift from God

Cake pops are amazing.  They just are.  But then I looked at the steps involved in making them and laughed.  I’m not going to do that.  Cook a cake, crumble the cake, add frosting, smash them together, freeze them.  If I have a bunch of crumbled cake and frosting, I’m probably just going to eat that, it’s never going to make it into cute edible works of art.  Pinterest mom’s- I will team up with you- I will make the cake pops and you can make them beautiful.

Anyway I found this amazing little device- Baby Cakes mini cake pop maker.

It’s glorious.  Seriously.  You- you who only use box mixes because you are scared of cake recipes- I get it- but you can do this.  You can do hard things.  Also, this is an easy thing.

So here’s my favorite chocolate cake pop recipe (they have a whole little recipe book inside the box, and I have loved them all…all two that I tried, I pretty much stick with chocolate and vanilla, but hey if they can do those well, I have faith in the rest of them).

I altered the chocolate one below since I never have buttermilk or coffee.  You can get fancy and put sticks on them and dip them in things. We haven’t gotten that far yet.  Literally, the girls and I ate an entire batch for a mid morning “snack”- does that count as a snack? I say yes. It has eggs, milk, flour- it’s basically healthy.

Chocolate Cake Pops

Ingredients:

• ¾ cup all-purpose flour

• ½ cup sugar

• 3 tablespoons cocoa (I use the basic hersheys cocoa powder)

• ½ teaspoon baking soda

• ¼ teaspoon baking powder

• ¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup buttermilk (or regular milk, it’s still delicious)

• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

• 1 egg

• ½ teaspoon vanilla

• ¼ cup freshly brewed hot coffee (I use another 1/4 milk here instead since we don’t have coffee)

• Glaze or coating of choice (someday I’ll try this…possibly)

Directions: 1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla. Using a mixer, blend until smooth. 2. Add coffee and continue mixing until coffee is evenly incorporated into mixture. 3. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 1 tablespoon of batter. 4. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cake pop comes out clean. 5. Allow to cool and glaze or coat, as desired.

It’s this adorable little purple machine that makes perfect little cake balls.  I found that just under 1 tablespoon is perfect for each cup.  Pour fast, that machine starts cooking them the second that the batter touches it.

Lastly, I was going to get a super cute artsy picture of these…but then we ate them all.  Sorry not sorry.

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