It’s funny how Internet fads rise to overwhelming popularity so fast and then just like that, you find them discarded on the shelves at Goodwill , which is how I came to find a Babycakes cake pop maker about seven years after its big entrance onto the food blogging scene.
Yes, cakepops which you can now find at your local Starbucks for five dollars a hit are cake dough rolled into the approximate size and shape of a Tootsie pop, and occasionally extravagantly decorated, a la Bakerella. whose blog popularized cakepops. Of course, her creations are mostly food fantasy for the rest of us who aren’t about to buy or make 20 shades of fondant to re-create these adorable flower bouquets.
But when I saw a Babycakes maker for the hot price of $5.59 (about the price of ONE cakepop at Starbucks!!!) I couldn’t resist. My Goodwill cashier plugged it up for me to confirm that it worked and informed me about their return policy on electronics, which is to keep the price tag on it and the receipt, and its returnable within 14 days if it stops functioning.
But the thing that kind of gives most people a stop about buying appliances from Goodwill is well, how do you make sure it’s clean? Not just clean, but C-L-E-A-N. Well, thanks to the goodness of 2015, nearly every instruction guide for any appliance is available by the magic of Google. I checked the instructions to confirm that the plates of the Babycakes maker is in fact, non-stick which means no scouring pads or harsh chemicals should be used at all. This is going to apply to most iron-like appliances you’ll find at Goodwill including waffle irons, panini presses, tortilla presses, or doughnut makers that I believe are from the same company as the cake pop machine.
First, remove stickers (except the price one!) and other exterior and interior gunk and dust with a dry cloth. Then mix dish soap and hot water in a container and use an old rag to wipe every single nook and cranny. Anywhere food crumbs might be, wipe it. Then wipe the exterior of any residual mess, and let it sit for a minute with soapy water resting in the depressions in the iron.
Then take a clean cloth and wet it, Wring it out well and use to go back over the interior surface of the iron, paying special attention to remove all traces of soap. Put the iron to dry on a dish rack or laid out towel. After it dries completely, go back over all interior surfaces again with a new damp rag to make sure all of the soap is removed. Let dry and begin making some cake batter!
Again, because life is amazing and we live in the year 2015, there are several recipes included in the instruction booklet and I made the red velvet cake pops and used a bag of white candy melts from the craft store for the glaze, plus cute sprinkles. If you’re gonna be cute enough for cake pops, sprinkles are totally within your level of cuteness. And that, folks, is how we get a few dozen cake pops for the price of one from Starbucks!