When my friend sent me the link about the Babycakes Cake Pop maker I HAD to get one. They sell them online and at Kohl's. I ran right out and got one at Kohl's. It was $29.99, but Kohl's always has sales, so it will probably go on-sale shortly. I thought I would share my first experience with the machine and maybe get some tips from others who might have one.
I did read a few tips on several message boards before I started, but clearly not enough, LOL. I read on one of the MB that you should use the Pancake Pen (Williams-Sonoma) to add the batter to the machine. I already had one so I used it and it did work very well. I used a Duncan Hines White Cake Mix. The bottle held almost all of one box of cake batter.
The directions say not to fill up the "hole" all the way. I followed directions and did not fill them up all the way. SN: the machine gets VERY HOT so use an oven mitt to open and close the lid. I cooked them for 4 mins. Here is what the first batch looked like.
Second batch I filled them up to the top. Here is the second batch. Better, but still not a perfectly round cake ball.
Third Batch, I used more batter and they turned out much better, but still not fully round. Mine did not look like the picture on the box. ;p
Fifth batch. I filled them up as much as I could. You have to be fast because they start cooking as soon as you get the batter in. You can see the top ones already spreading.
I did some more research tonight and found out that you have to turn them at about 3 mins. Since I cooked mine for 4 I think I will turn them at 2 mins. It comes with this "fork" that is meant to get the cake balls out of the machine. I guess it is for turning them too. I am going to give it another try and just turn the machine over and see if that works. lol If not, I'll try the fork thing.
I did like the ease and quickness of the making the cake balls. As well as how many you can make from one box of cake mix. I am going to give it another try and see what happens when I turn them. Hopefully I will get a better result. I think you can still use them if you insert the stick on the "not so smooth" side. I will post pics of the second attempt soon. :)