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Last week I reviewed the Pillsbury Cake Pop kit.
This week I am reviewing the Easy Bake Oven Cake Pop Kit.
As a little girl, I was not fortunate to have had an Easy Bake Oven. My mom is not very “domestic”. She really doesn’t bake or cook or sew or do arts and crafts. She was a single mom and I guess my brother (and sometimes I) wore my Mom out. So, as a gift to my inner little girl, I bought the kit.
When I saw the Easy Bake Oven Cake Pop kit in Target, I was intrigued. I wasn’t sure if I could make this sans oven. I guess the little ovens are no longer cooking with a light bulb, so I googled “At what temperature do Easy Bake Ovens bake at?”. Thanks to Yahoo answers, it’s 375 deg F. Easy enough, I can make this at home without the entire system. Fifteen Dollars later, I was headed home with my Easy Bake Oven kit.
The Cake Pop Kit is advertised to make 2 batches of 6 cake pops.
This is what you get in the box:
– 2 bags of Chocolate Chips
– 2 packs of Sprinkles
– 1 pack of Frosting Powder
– 2 packs of Chocolate Cake Mix
– 6 plastic sticks and a stand to hold them with a decorative ribbon
– 2 plastic baggies and ribbon to share your cake pops
Since I don’t have the Easy Bake Oven (boo hoo), I had to use a makeshift pan. I got my smallest toaster oven pan and then lined it with a smaller bit of foil.
I added some water to the cake mix and baked it.
I admit, I didn’t have the correct sized pan, so some of the thinner edges got a bit crunchy. I removed those hard bits and crumbled the remaining cake.
I added some water to the powered frosting, mixed it up and added it to the crumbled cake. Man, they do NOT give you a lot of frosting to work with.
I used my cookie scoop to measure my cake balls, however, I had to split up the balls and make them smaller than I normally would make them. I only ended up with 4 cake balls.
Their chocolate melting directions were to add the chocolate chips to a baggie and then submerge the baggie into hot water. This actually worked very well as a makeshift double boiler.
I didn’t really like the rest of the directions to leave the chocolate in the baggie in the cup and dip into that or off of a spoon.
Also, Chocolate and Water DO NOT MIX!! If the water gets into the chocolate, it will seize the chocolate and then the chocolate is trash.
Another thing I did not like were the plastic sticks. The tips are thick and have four prongs that extend out of the stick. My problem was that the pops were small and dry and inserting this blunt stick into them was not ideal. My smallest cake ball completely fell apart on the first attempt. I had to re-roll and re-stick it. This could lead to some minor frustrations for girls.
The third frustration came to dipping the cake pops. There was minimal chocolate to coat the cake pops. I’m not sure how I was supposed to dip 6 pops when I could barely dip 4 pops. And the last cake pop stuck to the baggie and fell off the stick when I removed it from the chocolate.
Ultimately, I ended up with three cake pops. I did not try to bake the second pouch of cake mix.
+ Cute Packaging and Kit
+ Love the novelty of the Easy Bake Oven
+ Baggies and Ribbons to give some to your friend
+ Tasted more like fudgy brownies than cake
+ Fun for girlfriends to do together
– The girls WILL ask for Mom’s help
– There was not enough frosting for the amount of cake resulting in a dry, crumbly cake ball.
– Blunt sticks caused more damage to cake balls making it difficult to insert stick and adhere to cake ball.
– Not enough chocolate chips for cake pops.
– Only 2 baggies. I guess the girls eat 4 now, and save 2 for later. But what about the next 6 in the kit?
– Kit sold for $15.00
Here’s my advice to Mom’s who will inevitably be making these cake pops with their daughters.
1. Use the Easy Bake Oven. Hopefully, you’ll have a full cake to work with.
2. Have some extra vanilla frosting on hand to add to the batch.
3. Have some extra chocolate chips to melt to coat the cake pops.
4. Do not leave the melted chocolate in the baggie. Put it into a tall, skinny glass to allow dipping straight down and back up again.
If you do have an Easy Bake Oven and have made these, I would love to hear about your experience.
Finally, I would not recommend this Cake Pop Kit to any of my friends.
My Verdict = Skip it
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