6 Irresistible Reasons You Need A Cake Pop Maker

Last December when I was doing some Christmas shopping I ran across this delightful 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 (which I found on Amazon for about $20.) 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!

Cake Pop Maker

My personal favorite is corn dogs! These delicious little morsels definitely took me back to my childhood and they are so simple to make!

Cake Pop Maker

Corn Dogs

Ingredients

  • Corn bread mix
  • Hot dogs
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Directions

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.

Cake Pop Maker

Pizza Bites

Skip the pizza delivery! Enjoy these easy, cheesy pepperoni pizza bites hot and fresh from the pop maker! 

Ingredients

  • Pre-made pizza dough
  • Mini pepperoni
  • Marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
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Directions

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!

Cake Pop Maker

Mozzarella Bites

These quick and easy bites make the perfect savory snack, or appetizer. The deliciousness of fried mozzarella sticks without the frying!

Ingredients 

  • Pre-made pizza or breadstick dough – I used Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough.
  • String cheese
Cake Pop Maker

Directions

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.

Cake Pop Maker

Turkey Taco Bites 

My daughter-in-law Kaitlyn got this recipe from her college roommate and says she used to make them as a quick and easy meal while studying. Back then she cooked them in the oven but we decided to try making them in the cake pop maker and were delighted by how easy and delicious they were!

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
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Directions

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.

Cake Pop Maker

Blueberry Pancake Poppers

These fun pancake poppers are a super easy breakfast idea that the whole family will love! Perfect for weekdays, weekends, or on the go! I love the fact that they’re dunkable. :-)

Ingredients 

One quick note….while I love my homemade pancake mix, I sometimes use Kodiak Cakes because they are 100% whole grain. Kodiak Cakes is actually based in Park City, UT – just about 30 minutes from my house!

Cake Pop Maker

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. So good!

Cake Pop Maker

Cinnamon Roll Dippers

These are a real crowd-pleaser at my house. There’s just something about bite-sized cinnamon rolls that is irresistible!

Ingredients 

  • Store-bought cinnamon roll dough
Cake Pop Maker

Directions

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.

What is your favorite thing to make in a cake pop maker?

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  • The best part of this is that now that the “trendy fad” part has waned, you can find these at most donation stores. Just got one for @2.00! Since I live alone, I just buy those small Jiffy mix cake and muffin mixes and add in my own favorites.

  • I do the same with an old sandwich maker that does the sandwiches into triangles. My pancakes and cornbread made look weird, but I don’t have to stand over a hot pan to cook.

  • Thanks for sharing these! We have cake pop pans that go in the regular oven. My son is 30 years old and has severe autism. He loves baking so I am always Looking for recipes he can do. Those corn dogs and pancake poppers will be excellent. He can squirt the batter in with a squirt bottle and place the filling, then squirt some more, attach the top pan, and bake! He has a lot of friends the same age with the same issues and loves making yummy things to eat when they get together.

  • wow thank you so much I got one at a thrift store and had no idea what to make with it… i do not do anything with flours so will with your idea’s convert them to low carb.. thanks for the great idea’s..

  • My brother and I were laughing at Christmas time (when cake pop machines were on sale) about how these were such “uni-taskers”. Now after reading this blog I have to run right out and get one. I’m thinkin’ donut holes!

  • Great ideas. About a year ago my sister gave me the cake pop pans which were fairly involved to use. I’m definetly when I see a good deal going to have to get myself one. This was what I had wanted anyway. Lots of fun ideas.

  • Great ideas! Been wondering what to do with a cake pop maker in the cabinet. It will be great to make ahead snacks & breakfast grab & goes. Plus will make great snacks for camping. I wonder how cookies would do in it? I make oatmeal cookies using honey bunches of oat instead of just oats for more flavor.

  • These sound like really fun ideas, but I’m not sure it would be enough for me to go out and buy a cake pop maker. The one thing that does appeal to me is the ability to make things like this that can be adapted and customized to accommodate my son’s food allergies. He loves anything bite sized that he can just pop into his mouth on the run! Maybe I might have to shop for a cake pop maker after all . . . :)

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