Cake pops have been growing rapidly in popularity over the past year or two. Easy to make and fun to decorate, they deliver the flavor of a whole cupcake in just one bite. As they have become more popular, there have also been all kinds of products popping up to help make or decorate them. Cake pops are usually made by squishing together cake and frosting, then shaping the result into a ball, popping it onto a stick and decorating it. Nordicware’s new Cake Pop Pans put a spin on this basic cake pop format by allowing you to actually bake cake into round balls. The pan has two parts, each with half-dome cavities. The base of the pan is filled with cake batter and the top piece is locked into place before putting the whole thing in the oven. The top pan has a vent that allows steam to escape as the cake rises and fills up the rest of the spherical cavity. The interior of the pan is nonstick, so while it will help to grease your pan, all of the finished balls should come out easily.
Some people find regular cake pops to be too sweet because of the amount of frosting used to create them. This pan gives you a good alternative, and pretty much eliminates the need for frosting as a binder (although you could pipe some into the center for a cream-filled cake pop). The round cakes can also be served on their own, or rolled in butter and sugar to create a treat like mini donut holes.