July 15, 2014

Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Makers


I have never made any secret for my love of my Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker.  Every time I share a party or event where I've served Cake Pops I get inundated with questions about how to make them.  I literally could have sold this nifty little machine hundreds of times over.  I purchased mine about two years ago and it has become a staple piece of equipment in my party planning.

I have tried so many different recipes and techniques to make Cake Pops over the years.  My first and second attempts were made using the Bakerella method.  Bakerella is the original creator of the Cake Pop and she makes them by baking a cake, crumbling it all up, mixing in a Betty Crocker style store bought frosting to bind it all back together, then rolling the mixture in to balls for icing.

Here was my first attempt at Madeline's Sweet Shoppe 1st Birthday Party.


And here is my second attempt at Madeline's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2nd Birthday Party.


No special little machines needed so this is a pretty handy method.  I found the cake pops were too dense and fudgey for my liking but I didn't know any different and the kids seemed to like them.  It wasn't until I came across the Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker that I realised how labour intensive this method was and it used way more ingredients than necessary.  Plus because they were so dense I found they kept falling off the sticks when I was icing them.  So frustrating!  Oh how much I have learnt since those early party planning days!

Dissatisfied with my earlier attempts (and being time poor after just having Maisie), I decided not to fuss around making Cake Pops for Madeline's Cinderella 3rd Birthday Party but make a polka dot cake instead.  It's super easy - you just insert precooked Cake Pops (made using the Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker) into the raw cake batter before cooking.  Something a little different and it looks pretty cute effect huh :)  But I digress...



9 months later (and back on track time wise), I made some Cake Pops for Maisie's 1st Birthday Party using the Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker and they turned out great.  The Cake Pops were light, fluffy and delicious.

I've checked out some other brand cake pop makers but the features and functionality of the Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker make it really stand out.
- It cooks 12 cake pops at a time - a lot of other brands only cook 6 or 8.
- It cooks said 12 cake pops in just 7 minutes.  Yep, that's quick!
- It comes with a special cake pop recipe book (which you do need to use).  The recipes use basic ingredients in very small quantities making them super cheap to make.
- It comes with 12 reusable cake pop sticks and a cake pop stand for cooling the cake pops and then standing the iced cake pops in.


So I had the cake part sorted but now I was having trouble icing them.  A local Cake Decorator have me some white chocolate compound to try from his commercial kitchen (similar to what you get at the supermarket) but it was really thin (you can see a seam around the middle from the cake pop maker) and took forever to set.  I had to refrigerate them to dry which wasn't ideal.  These cake pops were from Maisie's 1st Birthday Afternoon Tea.


A local professional Cake Pop Maker swore by Truffle Mixture so I tried this for Madeline's Vintage Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday Party but again it was so thin I had to coat each cake pop three times (and even then you can still see that damn seam!).  It took AAAGGGEEESSS!!!  And it wouldn't set so I ended up having to pop them upside down in cupcake papers which wasn't ideal.


In May I baked some Frozen cake pops for Maddie's Kindergarten Disco Fundraiser.  I wanted them to be pale blue so I decided to try some coloured Wilton Candy Melts from Indulge Fine Foods.  Success!  The candy melts completely covered each cake pop the first time and beautifully smoothly.  No more seam around the middle!  They do have some down sides (you may need to thin the melts out, you need to keep them very hot once melted and they dry very quickly) but once you get in to the rhythm of it they work a real treat!


So you don't have to go through all the trial and error that I have, I'll be posting a Cake Pop Tutorial in the next few days showing how I make and decorate my cake pops using the Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker and Wilton Candy Melts.  In the meantime, Little Housewife has teamed with Kambook and Indulge Fine Foods to bring you this amazing giveaway...

Four lucky readers will be chosen at random to receive a Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker (which comes with 12 plastic reusable cake pop sticks and a reusable decorating stand) and two Kambrook Little Chefs Childrens Aprons valued at over $100!


And one very lucky reader will receive this amazing prize pack.


Valued at over $160, the main prize pack includes:

A Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker and two Kambrook Little Chefs Childrens Apron from Kambrook New Zealand.  Plus a Wilton Cake Pop Display Stand, a packet of four Wilton Candy Colours, Glitter Sprinkles and Lollipop Moulds from Indulge Fine Foods.  Plus a packet of white Wilton Candy Melts and a packet of green chevron paper straws from Little Housewife.





Traditionally Cake Pops are made on thin white paper sticks however I just love making them using bright coloured paper straws.  The kids look SO cute holding them.  Check out this cute Super Girl from the Kindy Disco holding her Little Housewife Cake Pop :)


To enter all you need to do is like, share and comment (you must do all three for a valid entry) on the Kambrook post on the Little Housewife Facebook page with who you would make your first batch of Cake Pops for.  Remember to like the Little Housewife Facebook page too so you can see in your newsfeed if you are a winner.

Leave a comment on this blog post for an extra entry with who you would make your first batch of Cake Pops for.

Due to international voltage and plug differences, the Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker Giveaway is open to New Zealand residents only (sorry international readers!).  Entries close on Thursday 24 July at 8.00pm.  Five winners will be drawn using random.org - one main prize winner and four runner up prize winners.

Thank you to Kambrook and Indulge Fine Foods for this amazing giveaway.


Indulge Fine Foods is my local cake decorating supply store and they stock everything you can imagine.  You can find them by visiting their Facebook page or visiting them in store at Shop 7/94 Clyde Court, Clyde Road, Browns Bay, Auckland (which also happens to be next to my favourite emporium, Ikes) :)

Best of luck x

55 comments:

  1. I would love to win one of these for my boys birthdays that are two days apart :)

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  2. Ooh love having a wee daughter...am very excited to begin the world of cake pops!

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  3. I would love to make these for a friends baby shower! The perfect sweet treat!

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  4. I would let Mr 12 make the 1st batch of cake pops for me!!!

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  5. I would make my first batch for my sons birthday, he will be having a super hero themed party and some spider man cake pops would just go down a treat

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  6. I would love to make some magical fairy ones for our little miss' 3rd birthday! This would definitely get well used at our place!

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  7. I would make a polka dot cake for my sons upcoming 3rd birthday!

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  8. I would make my first batch for my kids and my nephews - they haven't had a play date for ages due to chickenpox and bad weather so this would be perfect!

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  9. Would love to make some for my son, as I'm not usually a baker but this makes it look so easy!

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  10. This would be fantastic, would love to make cake pop's for our Grandaughters 2nd birthday party

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  11. I would make the first batch for me - just to QC them of course ;P

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  12. What an awesome prize, my daughter (with my help) would love it make these for her daddy :)

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  13. Yum. I'm sure my kiddos would love to have a whirl at this. So first batch for them ;)

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  14. I would love to make these for my daughter's 8th birthday - They just look so darn cute!

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  15. This is a great prize, I would love this for my daughter so we can make different dairy free recipes for her to try :) yum

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  16. Claire RosenbergJuly 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Wow I want to make these for my daughters birthday !!! I'd be mum of the year !

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  17. I would love to win one of these for my girls. What an awesome prize :)

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  18. I have always wanted to try making these but too intimidated by how hard they seem, this looks much more my style. I would love to make them for our next shared morning tea at our kids gym.

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  19. Iv always wanted to try making these, since I first saw them at Maddys 2n Birthday .

    Id love to make cake pops for our daughters 1st birthday coming up in August.

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  20. Wow I am completely sold on cakepops after reading this! Easy enough for my 3 year old to help too. Can't wait to see your tutorial when it's uploaded :) I would really love to win!

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  21. wow! if I don't win one of these I may just have to save up and buy one! im going to attempt the crumbled cake/frosting technique for ava's 3rd birthday party, I have the wilton red candy melts, I have used these before they are so good! going to attempt red toadstools for the fairy woodland party! wish me luck! I thihnk ill e watching your tutorial!

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  22. im going to be making cake pops for ava's 3rd birthday party using the cake/frosting technique and covering in red candy melts. youre right they are the best coloured melts for the job! cant wait to watch your tutorial on it too! keep up the awesome blog, love reading it! x

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  23. Thanks for the tips- looking forward to trying them out

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  24. What great tips! Thanks!

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  25. Agree they would taste a lot better than mixing cake with icing. Would love to win this.

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  26. Oh my god...this looks completely amazing!, would absolutely love it & must say I am now feeling rather inspired :) Would Love to make the cake with the cake pops in it...along with pretty much everything else, would be wonderful for the kids' parties!

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  27. I would make my first batch for my daughter Ava's upcoming 3rd Birthday party! Thanks so much for the amazing ideas shared here! Have liked, shared, and commented. :)

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  28. would love to win this...
    my kids would be the 1st ild make them for and they could also help me...mummy son time...

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  29. i would love to win this...
    ild make them with and for my kids,
    my kids and i would have a lot of fun making them

    mummy son time :-)

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  30. I love to win this so I could do magical fairies pops for my twin girls who are fairies crazy!

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  31. I'd love to make these for my sons third birthday, I've never made cake pops because as you said above without the machine and knowing what to coat in they are very labour intensive

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  32. Where better to spend time with little ones than in the kitchen? The communication, learning and total fun is unbeatable, and these times set the standard for their keenness to cook in the future.

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  33. I had decided to make a cake pop cake for my two son's birthday in September and have just started looking at them. This blog is fantastic as I wasn't sure where to start.

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  34. I would make these for my daughter - I am sure she would love them.

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  35. grandson is having a birthday soon so this would be lovely to make cake pops for him plus they are all enjoying learning to cook

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  36. Wow this would be superb for my daughter's & son's birthday parties this month and next. There is so much colour and choice how to make these.

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  37. These look amazing!! Would make some for my daughters upcoming 2nd birthday.

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  38. Rachelle AldertonJuly 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Wow what an awesum prize. I would make my first set of cake pops for my daughters 5th birthday party :)

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  39. How fun! I would love to make these with my kids. boni lili

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  40. I'd like to make some cake pops put into a cake already cooked in different colours for my Mum & Dad. Have to read up the recipes to see which one to make.

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  41. these look super cute and I would love to make these for my gorgeous wee grandson's 1st birthday...such a cute idea :)

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  42. This would certainly make it easier to make cake pops for my wedding!!!

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  43. I love this tutorial. They're so pretty...! I'm so going to try...!

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  44. Ellen Crysell WatsonJuly 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    This would be amazing

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  45. Wow, AMAZING giveaway!!! My girls would be totally up for making these :) And for our upcoming little guy's first birthday party. What a cool machine!!

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  46. Love the giveaway. I'll make allergy friendly versions for a mid-winter 'just cos' for my 4 munchkins.

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  47. Found your site using google to research Cake Pops. What an amazing give away. Would love to win this great prize.

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  48. I would love to make cake pops with my four young children ... just because we baking together. The ones you have created look awesome! Yum, thank you, we would love to be in to win an awesome Kambrook Little Chefs Cake Pop Maker, what a fun way to spend some time with the kids.

    PS - where did you get your lolly jars from please? They are so lovely!

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  49. Hi Emma K :) Thanks for your message. Do you mean the lolly jars in the Sweet Shoppe Party photo? They are from Farmers. I'm pretty sure they have them in all sorts of gorgeous colours now - pink, yellow, aqua etc. From memory they were on sale for only around $4 each. Thanks for entering the giveaway. Good luck x

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  50. Bakerella inspired me to go into cake popping too! I even have the books to help with the ideas and always made them traditionally. The kambrook cake pop maker will definitely cut the moulding time.

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  51. This would be wonderful to make all sorts of goodies.

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  52. I have been wanting to try making cake pops for ages - this looks like just the thing to get me started! Less time making them means more time to decorate them (that seems like the fun part!).

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  53. This prize looks awesome - the less time spent making the cake pops, the more time you have to decorate them (that's the fun part for me!).

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  54. I would make my first batch of cake pops for my two gorgeous children - no special occasion needed rather than just doing it because we could! :) They would be pretty excited I think! :)

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  55. Wow, what an amazing giveaway. So pleased you've done all the trial and error too! If I win I'll read your post again before embarking on making them. Eden would love the frozen ones and is a huge polkadot fan, so we'd have the 5th birthday cake sorted. Fingers and toes crossed and off to like/share facebook post. Already like your page :)

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