Last December when I was doing some Christmas shopping I ran across this cool little appliance called a “Cake Pop Maker.” I’d obviously heard of cake pops before, but I had no idea they were so easy to make at home with this little gem. I also didn’t realize how many delicious things you could make in it besides cake! Turns out it’s ideal for creating bite-size versions of your favorite dishes in minutes!
When Jill suggested a post on things to make in a cake pop maker I was a little skeptical. We did a post last year on Things You Can (& Can’t) Make In Your Waffle Iron and had some pretty funny failures that were a bit of a mess. I had a feeling that would end up happening with the cake pop maker as well. But I was pleasantly surprised with how everything turned out! If you search for “cake pop maker” on Pinterest you’ll find tons of creative things to make but I decided to stick with 6 really simple recipes. My personal favorite of the bunch was the corn dogs! They were delicious little morsels that definitely took me back to my childhood.
- Corn bread mix
- Hot dogs
Mix up the corn bread according to the package directions. Cut the hot dogs into small pieces.
Pour about 1/2 a tablespoon of the corn bread mix into each well of the cake pop maker. Add a piece of hot dog to each well.
Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the corn bread starts to brown. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
- Pre-made pizza dough
- Mini pepperoni
- Marinara sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
Place a small piece of dough in the bottom of each well. Top with about a teaspoon of marinara, 1 or 2 mini pepperoni, a sprinkle of mozzarella, and another piece of dough.
Don’t worry about them looking perfect! Mine looked pretty messy before they were cooked but they turned out great.
Cook for 3-5 minutes or until pizza dough starts to brown.
Serve with some veggies and a little ranch for dipping and you’ve got a great kid-friendly meal!
- Pre-made pizza or breadstick dough – I used Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough.
- String cheese
Cut the string cheese into small pieces. Wrap a small piece of dough around each piece of cheese.
Place each mozzarella bite into one well of the cake pop maker. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until slightly browned.
Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Turkey Taco Bites
I got this recipe from my college best friend, Brillante. She used to make these all the time when we were roommates and I would gobble them up. She always just cooked them in the oven but I thought they would be even easier in the cake pop maker and I was right!
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 small can diced green chilies
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
Add about a tablespoon of the mix to each well of the cake pop maker.
Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the taco bites are browned.
Serve with your favorite salsa for dipping.
Blueberry Pancake Poppers
- Pancake Mix
One quick note….although homemade pancakes really aren’t difficult, I love to use Kodiak Cakes because they are 100% whole grain. I also just found out that Kodiak Cakes is based in Park City, UT – just about 30 minutes from my house!
Mix up the pancakes according to the package directions.
Pour about 1/2 tablespoon of the pancake mix into each well of the cake pop maker. Add a blueberry to each well.
Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the pancakes just start to brown.
Serve with pure maple syrup for dipping.
Cinnamon Roll Dippers
- Store-bought cinnamon roll dough
Simply break off a piece of cinnamon roll dough and roll it into a ball. Make sure to fold the cinnamon pieces to the inside so they don’t melt off onto the cake pop maker.
Cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly browned.
Serve with icing for dipping.