I’ve really hesitated to jump on to the cake pops bandwagon. Mostly because I didn’t own a cake pop maker.
Some friends made cake pops once, where they scooped out pieces of a baked cake, and smushed and rolled them into balls with their hands. This idea is not one I find appealing.
Plus, I think cake pops are a super cute party treat for little kids, but I don’t have any little kids. My kids are all big and
All that changed when I found myself in possession of a brand new cake pop maker, courtesy of an awesome friend who has known me since the dawn of time. I did a little research, and realized that these are really close in size to a mini-muffin… which means they’re not just for cake and you’re certainly not required to put them on a stick.
I decided to prove that by using a recipe for muffins to give this cake pop maker it’s maiden voyage.
I have made these muffins before, but had completely forgotten about them, until I went rummaging through my recipe file, looking for something else. This one was right near the top, staring at me. Begging me to pay attention to it. Daring me to bring it to life.
If you are not in possession of a cake pop maker, don’t despair. This recipe will work as mini-muffins, or as regular muffins for that matter.
They just won’t be as cute.
The real problem with cute foods is that the value of their cuteness completely disappears in the presence of teenage boys. It’s really unfortunate. On the other hand, the rate at which the boys devour these might just make up for it. My poor hardworking husband spent his day doing manual labor, and didn’t even have any muffin bites to come home to.
Just because I’m your friend and stuff, I’ll make you a list of reasons to make these: Breakfast; After school snack; Late night movie party; Sack lunches; Finger food for guests; Just because you feel like it.
In other words, I’ve listed this as a breakfast food, because technically it’s a muffin, but you should find some other ways to use it. This will not be a difficult task at all. Just make sure you save a couple for yourself before you put a basket full of them in front of a gaggle of teenage boys.
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¾ tsp. nutmeg
- 2¾ cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 3 T. butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¾ tsp. vanilla
- 2 T. hot water
- Combine butter, oil, sugar and brown sugar, and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, and stir until well incorporated.
- Add flour alternately with milk, mixing until well combined.
- Heat cake pop maker, add spoonfuls of dough to each well. Cook according to manufacturer's instructions (about 4 minutes). Remove balls from cake pop maker, and continue with another round, until dough is all cooked.
- Prepare glaze by mixing all ingredients together until smooth. Dip cooked muffin bites into glaze and allow to cool. If desired, dip a second time.
If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:
Pumpkin Poppers from Clever Housewife
Banana Chocolate Chunk Mini Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Cinnamon Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs from Smitten Kitchen
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