Once Upon a Cake Pop: A Look Back at My First Time

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No stranger to birthday parties, with four kids aged 12 and under, Erica offers some tips, tricks and how-tos for hosting budget-friendly bashes. She'll even show you her cakes and share her cake pop (mis)adventures.
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Erica pulls out a practically-vintage post from her former website, EG Cakes, where she talks about her first experience making cake pops and reminds herself, and her readers, of how it all began. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com

I came across this old post from my days as a baker-for-hire and my now-defunct business/website, EG Cakes. Not only did it remind me of how little my older two kids were, but it reminded me of that epic moment when I discovered cake pops.

If you follow my posts here at all, then you’ve heard me rant about cake pops plenty. But I don’t think I’ve ever shared the moment of my first attempt. Following is the original, unabridged, unedited post which was written circa September 2009.

So, I began writing this post last night and when I tried to get ‘fancy’ I ended up losing the whole kit and caboodle.  Now I’m back for my second attempt at introducing you to my version of Cake Pops, a wonderful little bite-sized piece of cake heaven whose invention is credited to Bakerella, a very talented lady.

Erica pulls out a practically-vintage post from her former website, EG Cakes, where she talks about her first experience making cake pops and reminds herself, and her readers, of how it all began. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Mommy, NOW can I take a bite?

This past weekend I decided to try my hand at cake-balls-on-a-stick for our neighbourhood barbecue. I whipped up a couple of dozen (of course, with a few flops and taste-tests, ’cause let’s get real, I can’t very well send out a treat without having sampled it first, only about 18 made it out of the house.)

My son, Aidan, above, poses patiently before very gingerly delving into this sweet treat, unsure of whether to lick it to death or chomp it off. All four kids licked first, bit second. Definitely ‘kid-approved’.

Super cute, right? And they are equally as delightful to both children and adults as evidenced by the reaction of a group of businesswomen I was fortunate to be able to meet yesterday, each of whom went home with an individually-wrapped ‘Pop’. These are a fantastic option for birthday loot bags, classroom treats, promotional items (attach a business card and you’re good to go!), wedding or shower favours, or even festive centrepieces.

Pink and Lime green Cake Pops
Shortly after my first attempts, I made these cake pops to match this eye-catching business card.

No matter the name, whether the originally-dubbed ‘cake pops’ or my variations: ‘lolli-cakes’ or ‘cake lollies’, these deliciously-dipped cake balls are as fun to look at as they are to eat. And addictive. I dare you to eat just one!

Erica pulls out a practically-vintage post from her former website, EG Cakes, where she talks about her first experience making cake pops and reminds herself, and her readers, of how it all began. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
The poster child for Cake Pops Rock.

They DO rock. They really, really do.

For the record, I did not retain my fancy name variations of ‘cake lollies’ or ‘lolli-cakes’ because ‘cake pop’ always just sounded better.

Also, it’s clear from my first attempt that aesthetics were not a priority, but I assure you they tasted AMAZEBALLS. Ironically, the more I honed my cake-pop-making skills, the more my frustrations mounted as I encountered problems like cracking and leaking. They really are an exact science.

Curious how to make cake pops? Click here for my dos and don’ts.

Hats off to you if you’ve had cake pop success. I, on the other hand, save my cake-popping prowess for only very special occasions now, like the odd birthday party or my annual Christmas blitz.

About @ericablogs

Erica kicked off her party-planning adventures when her eldest turned one and even had a home cake business for a short time. Now, four kiddos later, she shares the cakes she has made over the past 12 years as well as ideas and tutorials for hosting budget-friendly birthday parties. And if you're looking for the ins and outs of how to make (or break) cake pops, you've come to the right place!

4 Replies to “Once Upon a Cake Pop: A Look Back at My First Time”

  1. I like Lolli-cakes. 🙂
    They’re a really great option for school birthdays. They don’t like you to send in anything with icing because it’s just too messy, but who wants a cupcake with no icing? I made them for my 7yo’s class last year, and one of the kids came up to me afterwards to invite me to his upcoming birthday party – but only if I brought cake pops. 😉

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