I’ve never been much of a baker even though my mother and two sisters are. I always wanted to be, but when it came time to break out the measuring cups and stand mixer, my eagerness for homemade cupcakes was replaced with crippling anxiety. The precision and delicacy of it all left me in a cold sweat. So off to the bakery I’d go to pass off some magician’s cupcakes as my own at the family party, swearing to my husband that “next time would be different,” while he rolled his eyes in the driver’s seat.
We did this little dance for years until I had the ultimate motivator to change my ways: children. 3 kids later and the birthday parties, class events, and church functions keep rolling in. Sneaking off to the bakery to buy enough cheesecake bars for another potluck was getting expensive, and let’s be honest, a little ridiculous.
Then, my homemade dessert prayers were answered when a new neighbor brought a tin full of delightful cake pops to my doorstep to introduce herself. They were delicious and adorable and, I could tell, definitely homemade. I went into an online frenzy, scrolling through Pinterest boards of cake pops like my life depended on it. I already knew that they were a crowd-pleaser, but to my surprise, they were also relatively easy to make.
With my father’s retirement party coming up, I had the perfect opportunity to give my new obsession a go. The night before, I put on some tunes, dusted off my apron, and pulled out the ingredients. There I was, making something from scratch! Go me!
I made 3 dozen Oreo cake pops that night, dipping them in frosting, and carefully topping each one with sprinkles. When they had hardened completely, I found my prettiest serving dish, covered them, and popped them in the fridge to save for the next day. I could hardly recognize myself.
To my delight, the cake pops were a huge hit. Family young and old could be seen gobbling them down, a few people asking who brought them. I was elated.
Since that day, cake pops have become my go-to dessert for everything from kids’ parties to bridal showers. They can be made in a variety of ways, are simple, delicious, and look impressive when necessary. Everyone knows me as the cake pop gal now and they're excited when I show up with my cakes on a stick.
My husband has since taken my cake pop game to the next level by surprising me with the Cake Pop-n-Dip Kit. This magical kit has made my cake pops even easier to make and the finished products more beautiful. The nonstick baking tray creates even, perfect balls every time; the dipping pot is perfect for quickly covering your pops with hardly any mess; and the display stand can conveniently come with me wherever I need, while always looking special.
My kids love helping make the pops whenever they get the chance, and I no longer mind since there is hardly any clean-up with my new kit. We even made a batch at my daughter’s slumber party, providing some quality entertainment and a delicious treat, if I do say so myself.
If baking leaves your paralyzed with dread and you can be found in the bakery section of the grocery store every other weekend, it’s time to regain some dignity and make a batch of cake pops with the Cake Pop-n-Dip Kit. You’ll wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner.
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