Cake pops are truly one of the best inventions of modern history. A portable form of cake that's so easy to dress up and customize to your liking is almost the ideal dessert. How could you possibly make it even better?
While it might seem impossible, there actually is a certain recipe we've cooked up that elevates the already amazing cake pop to new heights.
This is our take on some amazing maple bacon cake balls that break down the barrier between breakfast and dessert, now even easier to make with the invention of the convenient cake pop maker.
Cake balls may be the perfect dessert in the same way bacon may be the perfect breakfast food. With thinking like that, it's a wonder more people haven't tried mixing them together.
The amazing mixture of sweet, salty, smoky, and savory in maple bacon cake balls is unlike what you get out of most foods. While it might be an overwhelming combination in a more substantial dessert, the bite-sized properties of the cake ball make it an ideal vehicle for this terrific treat for your taste buds.
Vanilla cake is probably your best option here for making a quick maple base but you could try to mix things up with another type of dessert. Chocolate cake for example, since who would ever pass up chocolate and bacon?
Maybe even a marbled cake combining the vanilla maple and chocolate. If you're a little daring and just can't satisfy your sweet tooth, you could also try dipping the cake balls in icing instead of just drizzling it on.
What's your favorite type of cake pop? Any other unconventional combinations you think we should check out? Let us know and we might incorporate some of your ideas into our next recipe.
Hungry for more? Try our Cake Pop Maker Puff Pastry Chicken Balls
Cake Pop Maker Maple Bacon Cake Balls
For the cake balls:
- 6 ½ oz. vanilla cake mix - from a box
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 ½ tbsp. vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup water
For the icing:
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 3 bacon strips
- ½ tbsp. maple syrup
- Whisk the cake ball ingredients together to form a batter.
- Plug in the cake pop maker to preheat it.
- Working quickly, use a teaspoon to transfer the batter to the cake pop maker holes to just below the top (so that they don't overflow when baking). Close the lid and bake them for around 4 minutes, or until baked through. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Mix all icing ingredients until creamy. Cover and reserve.
- Cook bacon strips in a skillet at medium temperature until golden brown on both sides. Remove excess grease and cut them into tiny squares. Add them to a bowl with ½ tbsp. maple syrup and mix well to coat.
- Drizzle icing over cake balls and top with the glazed bacon bits. Serve.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.