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Mar 16, 2011 06:31 AM

Cake pops in Toronto?

I've noticed that Starbucks recently introduced their version of adorable little cake pops - a hybrid of cake and lollipops. I've read about them being a hot trend, but I can't seem to find info on whether any bake shops in Toronto sell them. Of course I had to try Starbuck's version because they were new to me and adorable (I tried the tiramisu flavour. it was fine - a coating of semi-hard chocolate and what felt like un-fully cooked cake dough on the inside), but I want to try a version from a real bake shop! Does anyone know of a place that makes them in Toronto?

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  1. The unfully-cooked mouth feel is likely from the way they are made. Essentially you bake a cake, then reduce it to crumbs and mush the crumbs together with some sort of binder such as icing to create the balls. So it has a much softer, more moist feel.
    I can't think of any bakeries that I have seen though, which is a bit surprising now that I think of it. It's quite a trend, people are the office are always bringing them in.

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    1. re: FrenchSoda

      So when you say people at the office are always bringing them in, does that mean they bake the cake pops themselves? This whole curiosity about cake pops started at our office too! We'll have to start doing the same!

      1. re: expensivetaste_tightbelt

        Oh, sorry, I should have been more clear! Yes, they are making the cake pops themselves. They aren't too hard to make if you don't plan to go crazy on the decorating.

        I suspect some are from a cake mix and jarred icing rather than from scratch, ;) but it's still nice of them to share the treats.

        1. re: FrenchSoda

          Starbucks was giving them away free at the airport on Friday. Inedible and disgusting, I thought.

          1. re: FrenchSoda

            Great! Well, if there are none but Starbucks available in Toronto right now, I guess we'll have to learn how to make them! I wouldn't call Starbucks' version inedible, but I know they've got so much potential in the right hands!! I'm sure it's only a matter time before the cupcake shops around the city start to make them...

            1. re: expensivetaste_tightbelt

              The Cookbook Store sells a book on Cake Pops. I've been twiddling around in my head with the idea of a savory "cake pop".

              Think cornbread instead of cake, pommes puree (or grits) instead of icing, and then wrap the whole thing in chicken skin and deep fry. It's like a fried chicken dinner in your mouth!

          2. re: expensivetaste_tightbelt

            If you do decide you want to make them, apparently now there's a gadget!


            1. re: FrenchSoda

              I like the idea of this gadget--making a round ball of cake rather than mixing crumbs with icing. It seems like you could also make takoyaki or Timbits with that device.

              I tried the Starbucks cake pop (vanilla) yesterday ($1.68 including tax). It did seem (and taste) like undercooked cake--which makes me think that it would be better if you just used a round ball of cake rather than using the crumb/icing mixture.

              I have not tried a cake pop anywhere else, so don't know if a bakery version would be any better than Starbucks.

              Here's a video I found on how to make cake pops. Seems pretty simple.

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          1. Petite thuet sells cake balls. Cake pops without the stick.

            1. Groupon has a deal today for cake ball from Fro the Love of Cake in Liberty Village. I think it's $11 for 10 or 12 cake balls.

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