5 Stars By CnK on 2015-10-07
Perfect cake pops!
First off, this mini cake pop maker is a life saver! I used to make cake pops the traditional way with crumbled cake and frosting, then followed by rolling them into balls but that whole process took far too much time so I decided to invest in this machine. With this machine I don't have to worry about the consistency of the cake pop and the frosting (when it's too moist the cake pop will break through the lollipop stick or it can sometimes break when you coat your chocolate due to the weight- very frustrating!).
The first time I used this machine, I used brownie mix and it turned out to be a disaster. The brownies would stick on the non sticking plate even though I rubbed/sprayed cooking spray on it every single time. The second time I used the cake mix box sold in stores and they came out to be perfect! Greasing the plates were not required because they popped right out and in perfect shape! When I poured too much cake batter into the maker, it'd overflow and leave extra cake scraps but it's easy to remove. Some of the balls had "Saturn" rings around it and I kept it that way without trimming the edges because it wasn't too visible and it kind of gave the cake pop a natural lollipop look to it. In the end I coated my cake balls with Wilton Candy Melts which can be purchased in Walmart, Michaels, or Joanns.
Easy to use
Easy to clean
Makes the cake pops extremely fast! (3-5 minutes for a batch)
Machine gets extremely hot so make sure to touch the handle for open and close access
Overall my experience with this machine was good. I wasn't too happy with this machine at first because my pops failed (with the brownie mix).. but practice makes perfect right? They came out perfect the second time (as shown in my pictures when I used cake mix) so don't be discourage if you fail the first few times because you need to get the hang of it first. It is recommended that you do test the machine to make sure it works properly and test your cake balls before you decide to make cake pops for any occasions.
5 Stars By Tiffany N. on 2015-02-03
Great for kids or a decadent chocolatey treat! :)
Great cake pop maker! I am so glad I purchased this machine! My original broke so I ordered a replacement and decided to keep both because the cake pops turn out so well! My younger sisters (ages 1, 3, and 9) all adore making cake pops with me, and the pops are always a hit when family and friends are over. 5 stars for sure!
-BEST TIP: When making white cake mix, add white baking chips (white chocolate chips) to the batter! It adds a special creamy and richness and makes for delicious cake pops. I love to add chocolate chips to chocolate cake pops as well! They are always most raved about in the family and I can rest assured that even if I mess up a recipe, the chocolate chips will cover any blemishes with deliciousness! You can even use candy like hershey's kisses, Reese's pieces, and snickers! Yellow cake pops covered in nickers and peppermint are my favorites :)
-Use inexpensive cake mix if the cake pops are for personal enjoyment. I use the save-a-lot brand of cake mix to save money, and seasonal Aldi mix. (The box is $0.50 at Aldi for delicious seasonal mix and I get about 50 cake pops per box!! Surprisingly, It tastes just as good as name brand mix but it's a lot richer in flavor!)
-Use a phone timer for 4 minutes- out comes delicious cake pops
-Do not use icing!!!! Use chocolate! If you are making the pops with kids, use white melting chocolate or white baking chips. Add in food coloring for fun with different colors! Youtube has many tutorials for making Doc Mcstuffins, Sponge Bob, Dora, Peppa Pig, and many other popular cartoons for cake pops.
-Surf google for coupons before going into stores! A lot of stores, especially Michaels and Joann's, can scan coupons off of your phone. If I'm feeling fancy, I visit Michael's for my Wilton's melting chips and they always cost around 1.50-2.00 each time :)
All in all, I love this maker and I hope that you'll love it too! It is definitely a family favorite!
5 Stars By K Kahealani on 2016-05-22
The cake pop maker is similar to a waffle maker and how it works so it's super easy. The plates are non-stick and we just ...
Cake pops are a hit in our house but they are so expensive to buy already made, so I was excited to get a bunch of tools to make our own at home. My family was excited too since that now meant we could make whichever flavor combo we want at any time! The first couple times we started by picking out a couple cake box batters to test. It worked so well, we followed the box recipe but just added the water based on consistency and didn't add it all into the batter. The cake pop maker is similar to a waffle maker and how it works so it's super easy. The plates are non-stick and we just filled them almost to the top with batter and closed/locked it. The light indicates when it's heated, ready and done, so it really is a no brainer and takes no time at all. The pops turn out perfect every time and when accidentally filled too much, it's still easy to remove from the plates and pick off the excess. The unit itself is very compact which is great if you use it so much that it stays out on your counter (like my house). Easy to clean, I just take a damp paper towel and wipe the plates down. Nothing sticks to it! We now have cake pops for any, all and no specific occasion!
5 Stars By esther on 2016-08-26
Do not use boxed cake mix!
Tried to "hack" the recipe by using boxed cake and totally failed. The balls came out flat and super fluffy! I finally gave in and used the suggested red velvet recipe that came along with this machine and it came out great! I was able to easily push out over 150 cake pops in just a little under 2 hours! So glad I made the purchase!
5 Stars By agorak on 2016-08-04
These are mini!
Make sure you read that these are mini pops! Works great. Cook's evenly. I haven't had a problem with cake mix sticking to plates. Perfect for my project of Polkadot cakes.
5 Stars By Amber Avery on 2016-04-24
Super easy to use and clean! Cake pops didn't dry out. Made some for work and sold out instantly!
5 Stars By GrandpaJ on 2011-07-10
A good little product for those of us who are non-pros
I like it. It's easy to use, takes little care and comes with some nice accessories, such as pop sticks, a drying rack, a little fork and a syringe. Though these items are not made for heavy use, they are more than adequate for us non-pros. If you follow the instructions, you can easily produce doughnut holes/cake pops. This item produces more pops in one batch than other makers on the market. I suspect the balls may be slightly smaller, but to a 6-year-old, that doesn't matter. A dozen at a time is more or less a 'batch' so this model works well. The fork makes it easy to remove the balls from the maker and put them on a cooling rack. We've used a white cake mix, a brownie mix and a gingerbread mix and are pleased with the results. My wife used the injector to put melted marscapone into the gingerbread balls. It did a good job and the results are tasty. The key is to follow the instructions and to have someone who knows how the different type of mixes bake. The brownie mix takes a little longer than the white cake mix. The gingerbread pops took 3.5 minutes, but my wife decreased the water by about an ounce, so the batter was a little heavy. I did the white cake mix and baked them for 4.5 minutes each batch. The cake mix yielded 6.5 batches. The brownie mix produced about two dozen. Now some suggestions. Getting the right amount of batter into each well is crucial to a good pop; too little and they're not as round, too much and you get something that looks like Saturn and there's more clean-up. The brownies had mini-chocolate chips in them and many didn't make it into a ball. To get the right amount of batter and do it quickly, I recommend using a pancake batter pencil. You can add cake batter and squeeze out the right amount quickly. For thicker batters with chips and such, use a cookie press. The press should push the chips through. Trying to spoon a tablespoon of batter into the wells gets messy. You can use a canning (wide-mouth) funnel to transfer batter from your mixing bowl into the pancake batter pencil. Have fun.
3 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-06-23
AMAZON Service RULES!!! thank you ..the product is just "ok"
AlumiGogo is wonderful! first of all let me give them 5 stars for the service they provide. This cakepop maker is fun and good but there is a strange design flaw both my husband and I noticed ..that makes hard to handle and very slippery so be very careful! I purchased the first one and it came out of the package with a small crack but nothing I would care about ...then I made the first batch the cakepops were unevenly baked but "ok" when I went to pick it up the top and bottom were loose and off a bit so it slipped out of my hands and fell ..it was fine that time but my husband did the same thing. this is so hard to explain I hope you can get a picture ..it is not easy to clean because the top and bottom are so wiggly . So I sent it back and really thought this one was "flawed" over night AMAZON CAME TO THE RESCUE! (we did have plans for making the pops for a party) the next day in less than 24 hours my machine was replaced and on my doorstep. However it is just "ok" this one is in perfect condition and the top and bottom are still very loose and hard to handle while cleaning so be very careful especially when it is hot ..when you wipe the maching wtih a little oil and a peper towel like reccomended in slips and tips and could easly slide off the counter..so I put a mat under it and am keeping it becuase I love the tiny size and this one does bake the pops more evenly. It is good worth the price but not as great for the kids to use as I thought due to the slipping and slidding unless you put a mat under it and are right there with them ..so it is "ok " for the price and if you are careful it is fine ..AlumiGogog is superb yet again with the replacement thanks so much
5 Stars By PitchBlk on 2017-02-09
My Daughter Saw The Cake Pop Maker In Action at a Friend's House and Had to Get One!
Just what I need, another small single purpose mini appliance cluttering up my kitchen. So why did I buy it? Never underestimate the persuasive power of a 12 year old girl who loves to bake for her classmates at school!
We used a recipe from the instruction booklet with no issues and look forward to trying other recipes from the book as well.
Tips (some of them are also mentioned in other reviews so if you think someone else said it before, you're right!):
- Cake pop appliance gets hot. Be careful!
- Use a squeeze bottle to squeeze batter into the holes of the cake pop machine. It's fast, convenient, and easy to quickly fill the machine so the cake pops start baking close to the same time.
- Fill the holes close to the top (the batter will expand into the shape of a ball when baking is complete.
- Be sure the cake pop latch is closed when you set the top lid down to bake your cake pops. I had to manually close the latch every time (no biggie).
- Halfway through the bake cycle, use the two prong fork (included in the package) along with another kitchen utensil (I used a plastic knife) to flip each cake pop ball over so the top part is now facing the bottom of the appliance. This is so the cake pop can brown evenly.
That's it! There's nothing like popping freshly made cake pop balls into your mouth without using a full sized oven.
The cake pop maker is small, simple, and works well. My daughter and I are very happy with it and best of all, it's a great father/daughter bonding moment!
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-05-30
Worth its weight in gold!
It works really well if you follow the recipes in the book. They are thicker and create the perfectly round spheres.