Don’t Buy It, Until We Try It: Bake Pop | VideoAmy Fox | 11/30/2012
They advertise Bake Pop as a product that will help you make 18 professional-looking cake pops. All you have to do is pick out your favorite cake mix, mix up the batter, pour it into the little trays and bake.
But, does this product actually work? Well, Don`t Buy It, Until We Try It.
Mary Helen Hasby spends hours in her bakery whipping up sweet treats. "Cake pops do take a while to do,” she said. "It`s nothing you can just whip out. There are a lot of different steps involved in it."
All those steps may sound a bit intimidating if you`re a novice baker like me.
"I wouldn`t be discouraged by, you know, the difficulty, or I`ve never done anything like that or whatever."
While Hasby is happy with her cake pop recipe, she`s always looking to perfect it.
“We`ll see if the directions are pretty easy and we`ll go from there," she said.
After taking the Bake Pop pan out of the box, it was time to read the directions.
"We`re using an extra egg, and we`re substituting the milk for water, and we`re using half as much as the recipe calls for."
After altering the recipe slightly, we threw the ingredients into the mixer. Since we didn`t have the cooking spray with flour, we greased the trays with shortening and flour. Then, we poured the batter into the trays and put them together.
"So, we`re going to turn this over and put the little clips on that came with it, and they just slip right on there. We`re going to put them in the oven, and it says to cook for 23-30 minutes," explains Hasby.
We set the timer and waited.
Then, it was time to pull the pops out of the oven.
“There was a lot of cake that had come out of the holes and it baked, like, the whole thing was just cake."
Once the pops cooled, it was time for the next step. We took the plastic sticks, dipped them in chocolate and put them inside the cake pops. We repeated the same step several times and the tray was ready for the freezer.
Finally, it was time to pull them out of the pan and decorate. But, it ended up be one sticky mess.
"They seemed to stick a little bit and you don`t get a ball with a hard finish that you can dip nicely,” said Hasby.
From start to finish, it took about 2.5 hours to make the cake pops, which is not exactly what they advertise on TV. The batter overflowed in the pan, they were hard to get out and didn`t dip nicely in the chocolate.
This week`s "Don`t Buy It, Until We Try It," earns a thumbs down.