When the new, for-kids Cake Pops by Bakerella set arrived on our door step, I put it aside because I thought it would be a fun activity for the kids to do with the babysitter during the last few weeks of summer vacation.
As it turns out, I was only half right.
Over the past two years, Cake Pops have seemed like they were everywhere. The adorably decorated sweet treats that started on Bakerella’s web site made their way into magazine mentions, special occasions, new cookbooks and, of course, copycats. How fun that kids could now make Cake Pops at home with this cute and colorful kit?
While the kit did keep the kids entertained one sunny afternoon, unfortunately that is where the positive aspects of it ended.
Here are our take-aways:
– Too many steps and too complicated. Although the box states “ages 5 and up,” that is overly optimistic.
– Even though the cake was frozen for longer than the directions suggested, it was difficult to keep it from crumbling when shaped.
– The “grater” was pointless. While I understand the need for safe items within a kit that is specifically designed for children, it doesn’t crumble the cake at all. Far better to have an item that works and perhaps label that as a “grown-up needed” step.
– Once on the sticks, the cake pops kept sliding down. Even with extra frosting.
– The molds were too cumbersome to use.
While I love to support fellow bloggers and their various endeavors, this particular item is just not something I can recommend. It was such a disappointment, I have to wonder how rigorously it was tested with the target demographic.
Stick with the cookbook if you’re a Cake Pops fan – next!