For BrookLynn’s 6th birthday she received an EZ Bake oven. Every little girl’s dream!! Except, let’s be real, the little packages of food are crap! Well, on the 1st she rediscovered her oven that has been hiding in plain sight in her closet, and together we baked these simply terrible cake balls. Immediately she wanted to bake more; declaring that baking is her New Year’s promise (her version of resolution). I refused, instead, we went to the grocery store for real ingredients: boxed Pillsbury Cake Mix, and frosting out of a can! We also picked up sprinkles, white and milk chocolates to melt and sticks to make cake pops.
One thing about EZ Baking is that the process is fairly quick. Not so much in the real kitchen with real ingredients and a real oven. The longer wait times and duration that it was going to take was longer than an evening so I had to put off our little project for the weekend. This was frustrating for my little baker in the making.
So on Saturday, as soon as her little body was awake her first request was to begin the cake pops. She poured in the oil, water, broke the eggs, dumped them (I checked for shells) and added the mix to the bowl. She needed a little assistance with the hand mixer but together we mixed up one heck of a cake batter! We poured it into a glass pan and into the preheated oven! Siri set the timer for us and we waited. BrookLynn doesn’t care for waiting when she is excited.
The cake had to completely cool before we destroyed it and during the cooldown, I probably got asked if it was ready no less than 10 times. Once the cake was sufficiently cool she crumbled up the cake into a large bowl.
Before the next step of the pop process, I announced it was time to make lunch. She was bummed but was helpful in making our spaghetti lunch. During lunch I received a text asking if she wanted to play with her cousin, cake pops forgotten, she was already out the door. It was 11 pm before I saw her again.
Day 2, Sunday morning, once again as soon as I see BrookLynn the first thing she asks is to add frosting to the cake and make the pops. After putting her off until after breakfast we did just that. She opened the can of frosting and began to dump and mix. She did amazing! But I think we got a little ambitious with our frosting scooping because the cake mix was a bit soggy.
I made the balls, she placed the sticks and as the process took longer and longer we both were losing interest and the balls were getting bigger and bigger. But we completed the task and into the freezer the balls went for two hours!
Much later than two hours later and along with her cousin Kylie, we melted white chocolate into a bowl and silver sprinkles on a plate and we started dipping the pop in chocolate.
**I could cut this already long story short by showing you a picture of the finished product and calling this a success. But why would I do that to my loving subscribers!!**
BrookLynn dipped the first pop, added her sprinkles and it went fairly smoothly. Kylie struggled with hers a little because the pop just rolled around on the stick. I took a turn to see if I could find an easy way, but as the chocolate got cooler and thicker, the pops began to get heavy and just slide around even more on the stick. Some of the pops were already on the big side so this was positively an issue. After a handful of white chocolate pops, we melted some milk chocolate and the milk was runnier and somewhat easier to work with for a few mins longer but still having the same issues of having to constantly reheat the chocolate.
As you can imagine the girls wanted to eat their creations. I heard a lot of giggles about them being cold but never any positive taste feedback. Also, as you can imagine the girls got bored about halfway through so I was left to finish the pops myself.
Note to self: the EZ Bake oven crap, it’s fast and easy for a reason dumbass. Just go with it because you are no Betty freakin Crocker and your daughter has the attention span of a 7-year-old!! Or maybe together we can learn to bake with a simpler project like cookies.