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What is the appeal of Cake Pops?

Someone was asking where to find Cake Pops in Toronto and I have always wondered what the appeal is of Cake Pops. The idea of crumbled cake hand kneaded together with frosting and squeezed into a ball to make a lollipop type thing grosses me out. Anyone out there like these, and why?

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  1. I would like to know the answer to this, too. Is perplexing.
    I guess people like small, "cute" things. Like cupcakes. And cake pops are like an even worse cupcake. Blargh.

    1. It's basically a cake ball on a stick. Cake balls have been around forever. It's a great way to use up cake scraps from leveling cake layers, etc. I put them in the freezer and when I have enough, I make cake balls.

      "Anyone out there like these, and why?"

      I like them. They taste good. Why do people like cake? Same reason.

      1. They're probably used as childrens' party favors, like the cookie and chocolate pops. Had no idea that they "pressed" cake crumbs, would have thought they'd use a mold with the stick inserted like the cookie and chocolate pops with so many novelty mini molds available.

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        1. re: lilgi

          "They're probably used as childrens' party favors"

          And weddings, engagement parties, showers, etc. They are very "pop"ular. :)

          1. re: lilgi

            They now have a cake pop machine so you can do just this but very easily. I saw it on one of those infomercials on TV. -__-

            But most cake pops I have encountered are balls of cake and frosting smooshed together and then rolled into a ball, then dipped into candy coating, melted chocolate, frosting, etc. The cake pop machine would have balls of just the cake so perhaps the interior texture and flavor would be different.

            1. re: nafrate

              My basic cake ball (which is a cake pop without the stick) is cake scraps, a bit of powdered sugar, a bit of amaretto (or another complimentary liqueur), and add ins such as chocolate, peanut butter or white chips; nuts, etc. (I've never mixed in frosting; to me that seems like just too much.) I mix it all together with my KitchenAid and then scoop out balls with my small ice cream scooper. I usually coat them in dark chocolate and then sprinkle with colored sprinkles or I use a piping bag with royal icing to make a flower or some other small decoration.

          2. i've never been much of a frosting fan, so they don't appeal to me. but i can still see why people who like frosted cake & cupcakes enjoy them - it's just a different way of combining the elements of those traditional recipes...and maybe adding a little something extra to the mix.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Yes. I can't think of a way that frosting and cake could be combined that I *wouldn't* like.

              1. Never had one but do see the appeal.

                There was an Easter Tree decorated in a gorgeous candy store inside the most elegant hotel I've seen in a very long time in Salt Lake City about a month ago. Growing on the tree were cake pops in all appropriate shapes for Easter. I could have grabbed 5 for the little ones but knew they'd get ruined before they got them.

                Perfect size snack bite and sweet craving.

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                1. re: iL Divo

                  I made the christmas tree ones for my son's kindergarten class and they were a big hit. Yes, it's the cuteness factor. Same as decorated sugar cookies and cutesy cupcakes. It's not all about the taste.

                  That being said, I don't go for canned frosting at all but these weren't too bad. Perhaps it was the hard coating on the outside, maybe it was that I was delirious staying up until the wee hours making the darned things! But they were slightly addictive. I imagine they could be quite delectable with homemade cake and frosting.

                  1. re: 16crab

                    The ones I'm speaking of were 3 different "outers".
                    1. hard like you'd use on decorated sugar cookies
                    2. fondant covered
                    3. piped buttercream
                    So you had: smooth hard surface that you could affix/glue candy decorations on
                    decorative piping tips that you could create (say) grass or fur effects
                    You could stick or bury 'things' in the fondant
                    I'd say this candy store did their homework and the client willfully paid for their innovations.

                  2. re: iL Divo

                    My MIL sent us some from Williams-Sonoma for Easter. They were brownie pops and decorated to look like chicks, eggs and bunnies. Delicious!

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      See? Just what you said here. I think they have a fun purpose.