Do you know what cake pops are??
I’m feeling a little embarrassed that, up until recently, I did not. Maybe I can blame the goodly proportion of my time I spend in Eastern Europe?
This is your generic cake pop: basically, its construction involves making a cake, smashing it, mixing the crumbs together with icing, rolling that mixture into balls and decorating them. (It suddenly occurs to me that this could be a good idea to keep in mind as Plan B for all those times when you’re baking a cake and it comes out misshapen, or a bit burnt, or some manifestation of housewifely failure.)
The genesis of the cake pop seems to be Bakerella. Since the appearance of cake pops on her site their popularity has, apparently, sky-rocketed (in all places of the world bar Eastern Europe? Although ‘everywhere’ on the internet tends to mean ‘all over the United States’). This article explains.
If you go to Pinterest and search for cake pops you’ll see examples of the genre that take these little beauties from home-baking experiment to high art form. (Please, though, if you’re not familiar with Pinterest, don’t go there. Or if you do, and then you get addicted and you start wasting hours of your time there, please don’t blame me.)
I might give them a go one of these days. Found this tutorial, which gives you the basic idea as to how to do it, although it uses a cake mix and that very American thing, frosting in a can (what can’t you get in a can in the US?)
Luckily (yep, in my geekier moments I do actually thank my stars for this), we have a daughter and two small nieces, so what with birthdays, name days (it’s a Hungarian thing), etc, I tend not to lack opportunity to take girliness to extremes in my baking and other craft projects. If cake pops can’t be classified as ‘girly’, I don’t know what can.
PS: I was trying to research how easy it is to screw these up, coz in my experience things that look perfectly cute online often look very (read ‘disappointingly’) different fresh out of your own kitchen. I searched “cake pops fail” and randomly stumbled upon this little gem … Oh. Em. Gee.