When it comes to cake pops, we’re a little bit stupid. Every time we try, they somehow fail.
In an attempt to redeem ourselves, we went to Target and bought this cake pop kit from Nordic Ware.
The kit does come with a recipe for classic from-scratch cake pops, but since we wanted to be festive for the 4th of July, we used a Pillsbury “Stars & Stripes” Funfetti boxed mix. We knew the batter needed to be thicker for denser cakes, so we used one less egg than the box called for. We filled the pan and baked for ten minutes.
When we took them out of the oven and removed the top half, we made a discovery that others before have no doubt made: this is not, in fact, a cake pop pan, but a device for making perfect baked donut holes.
Instead of dipping them in melted chocolate and putting them on sticks as we planned, we microwaved some store-bought frosting and dipped each donut in it using a spoon. We spread the donuts out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, refrigerated them for about 20 minutes, and had lovely little copycat glazed “Pop’ems” for tomorrow’s festivities.
The beauty of this is that you can use your favorite boxed or homemade cake batter and just call it donuts. Because really, baked donuts are just cake. Regular donuts are fried cake. There’s no big secret or mystery procedure/ingredient that differentiates the two. We’re not sure if we’ll ever be able to make proper cake pops, but at least we know we can make donuts.
-Danielle & Nicole
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