Thursday, 10 March 2011

More Easter egg cake pops

I told you they were coming!  Gone mad with the sprinkles...

Easter cake pop alert!

Take a peek at my Bakerella-inspired Easter cake pops (in case it isn't obvious they are supposed to be chicks!)

And for my next trick, Easter Egg cake pops...

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Easter cupcakes, Mother's Day cupcakes, Royal Wedding cupcakes - too many excuses for a cupcake!

Today marked the official start of Easter at Little Cake Factory, (well it is Ash Wednesday).  We've given ourselves a good talking-to and have decided that it most definitely isn't too early to get egg-cited.  Sorry.

Coming soon...

Little Cake Factory will be busy this month making sure you have the perfect Mother's Day cupcakes and whilst we're at it, Royal Wedding themed cupcakes (but we draw the line at Halloween cupcakes this early).

Stay tuned!

What the... Starbucks do cake pops.

Yes, you read it right, Starbucks are SELLING CAKE POPS.

After a big *sigh* this morning, I decided that rather than form an opinion that might be not necessarily deserved, I would purchase said cake pops and review. So here you go:

I bought the Rocky Road and er "pink" one (I think it was vanilla). I have to 'fess up to having a cold at the moment so my senses aren't 100% accurate however I gave it my best shot.

Looks-wise, they are somewhat larger than other homemade cake pops. As another blogger points out, they look a little golf-club like but I put that down to them being more mass-produced than anything else. The coating did seem to be all over the sticks so they did look a little messier than they ought to.

Now for the tasting.  The rocky road one tasted a bit like cardboard.  I'm trying not to be harsh but I can't think of any other way of describing it.  The mini marshmallows just didn't really work as a coating and I couldn't identify any real chocolate "shell".  The cakey part just tasted like dried-out uncooked cake dough with chopped nuts in it.  Sorry Starbucks but you've got a lot to live up to - ask Bakerella for advice!
The pink one faired a little better on the outside, the coating seemed to taste quite nice but again, I have absolutely no idea what the cake part was supposed to be - I am guessing it was pre-made dried cake mix with a bit of water?  Now I'm not claiming to be the world's best cake-pop maker however I think Starbucks have gone for style (and £££ generation) over substance which is a real shame.  Yeah they look good in the shop but I felt quite disappointed!

Nevertheless, despite my protestations at how cardboard-like they were, I still managed to scoff both of them and left only crumbs so they can't have been THAT bad.

It is nice to see that Starbucks are ahead of the game on this but I feel quite relieved that the outcome won't be much to worry about.  If you want something sweet to go with your on-the-go coffee then there's nothing wrong with these but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one!  If you want a delicious homemade tasty treat which looks AND tastes great then get in touch with Little Cake Factory and order your cake pops today!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Red Nose Day / Comic Relief cake pops!

Yes - possibly the first cake pops made for Red Nose Day 2011!

If you'd like them as a fund-raiser for your event on 18th March, please contact

Cool or what!