Originally Posted by FromScratchSF
So I read on another thread that someone picked up one of these little machines at Kohles on sale this weekend for $20. So I jumped in my car, drove 3 cities over to the closest Kohles and picked up 2 of them for myself. This machine is out of stock lots of places and I had to have them look "in the back" to see if they had one, it was not on the floor nor in their computer (or online).
Overview: The Babycakes Cake Pop maker looks like a small waffle iron but has 12 round cavities for your cake batter and bakes balls for making cake pops.
The Appeal: I don't like the texture of cake balls, it reminds me of chewed-up cake on a stick. I also was not interested in the bake cake>moosh cake with icing>roll into ball>freeze>put on stick>freeze>dip>rinse>repeat. Too much work. But if a machine baked cake into a ball, that would be something else entirely.
In the box: Pretty cool actually, besides the machine, it comes with sticks, a little fork for "flipping"(which looks like a fork you would use for dribbling chocolate), a plunger for adding fillings to your cake balls, and a plastic tray to set your balls in to cool that doubles as a stand for the finished balls on a stick to dry and set up.
Machine heats up super fast. I want to say 2-3 minutes.
I used my regular scratch yellow buttermilk cake, it's more dense and holds flavoring really well.
Each cavity takes about .8 oz (purple NSF scoop), or about 1 tbsp. of batter. My 1st batch I underfilled and it didn't work out. My 2nd batch I added more batter. Your overflow seeps out of the cavities but the result is a perfectly round ball of cake. It does have a little seam but after dipping I couldn't see it.
Cooking time: 5 minutes, but after removing the balls and checking the cooked balls later in the day I think I am going to bump down to 4 minutes as I thought they were slightly overcooked for my batter. Your results may vary.
Finished ball size: 1.5" ball, which is about the size of the Starbucks cake pop. Weight: varies on your batter, but my finished balls consistently weighs .45 oz, or about the same amount of cake as in my mini cupcakes.
Worth it? I think so, nobody in my area except Starbucks sells cake balls so I think I'd be able to come close to mass producing to sell these using 2 or more of these machines. However I have read here that other people make much larger balls, but I've never seen dimensions/weight posted.
Now I just need to figure out a yummy gourmet coating without having to use disgusting candy melts.