Cakepop-Maker Test - 08/2019

They are an eye-catcher at almost every party and it's hard to imagine life without them: The cake pops. The American trend has also arrived in Europe. The sweet, mostly colourfully decorated cake pops not only convince of their appearance but also taste delicious. There are various ways to prepare the cake pops. One of them is the preparation with the help of cake pop makers.

We have tested 4 cake pop makers, paying particular attention to handling and baking results. Our test winner is the Tristar SA-1123 Cake-Pop Maker: The device is stable and non-slip, easy to use and provides a delicious baking experience. Our favourite with a test score of 8.5!

last modified: 13.09.2019, 12:54
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Our winner: Tristar SA-1123 Cake-Pop Maker Bestron 3-in-1 Cakemaker Rosenstein & Söhne Cake Pop Maker Clatronic CPM 3529 Cake Pop Maker

Tristar

SA-1123 Cake-Pop Maker

Bestron

3-in-1 Cakemaker

Rosenstein & Söhne

Cake Pop Maker

Clatronic

CPM 3529 Cake Pop Maker
  • Easy to use
  • Accessories: Cakepop sticks, fork and instructions incl. recipes
  • Stable and non-slip
  • Long warranty (60 months)
  • 3-1: Besides Cakepops you can also make Donuts and Cupcakes
  • Baking trays are dishwasher-safe
  • Many different recipes in the manual
  • Short baking time
  • Simple operation
  • Accessories: 50 sticks
  • Simple operation
  • At the beginning prone to smoke
  • Lots of smoke in the first few rounds
  • Unpleasant smell
  • Short connection cable
  • Lots of smoke during the baking time
  • The device may appear very unstable in some cases
  • Frequently deformed results due to loose cover
  • Handle heats up strongly despite thermal insulation
  • Control lamps flash during the baking time but have no meaning
  • When heating up, the oil partly swells over

Simple operation and optimum results in the shortest possible time, but initially prone to smoke. Good price-performance ratio.

A multifunctional device whose results convince by form and taste. However, it is prone to smoke during the first few rounds.

A device with simple operation and short baking time, but often with deformed results and slight smoke formation during baking.

A device with simple operation and good results, but with an unstable appearance due to the loose lid.

Handling
Safety
Speed
Workmanship
Cleansing
Overall impression
Scope of delivery Device, operating instructions, lollipop sticks, fork Device, operating instructions, three different baking surfaces Device, operating instructions Device, operating instructions, lollipop sticks
Quality impression Good Good Good Good
Differences in thermal energy During baking (60 degrees on the lid, 140 degrees on the edge) Baking time (lid up to 70 degrees, at the edge up to 140 degrees hot) Baking time (lid up to 88 degrees, edge up to 138 degrees hot) During use: edge (approx. 134 degrees), surface (approx. 60 degrees)
Additional Warranty 24 months 60 months No Information 24 months
Height 9 cm 10 cm 10 cm 12.2 cm
Width 20 cm 20 cm 20 cm 20 cm
Depth 25.5 cm 26 cm 24.5 cm 21.5 cm
Weight 2512 g 1791 g 1636 g 1563 g
Cooling time Approx. 30 min. Approx. 25 min. Approx. 30 min. Approx. 10 min.
Duration Approx. 4-6 min. Approx. 4-6 min. Approx. 6 min. Approx. 8 min.
Power 670 W 658 W 729 W 837 W
Heating time Approx. 3 min. Approx. 10 min. Approx. 3 min. Approx. 4 min.
Readiness indicator Yes (green/red lamp) Available Yes (green/red lamp) Available
Temperature levels No No No Not available
Dishwasher safe No Yes No No
Incl. sticks Yes (ca. 50 pieces) No No Yes
Incl. recipe recommendations Yes (classic muffins, chocolate muffins, lemon muffins) Yes Yes Yes
Control lamps Available (green/red) Yes Yes (red/ green) Available (green/red)
Non-slip feet Yes Yes No Yes
Heat insulating handle Yes Yes Yes Yes
Packaging Good Satisfactory Good Good
Manual language EN, NL, FR, GER, ES, PT, PL, IT, SV NL, GER, FR, EN, IT, ES GER, FR EN, GER, PL, AR, IT, ES, NL, FR
Quality of instructions Excellent Good Good Good
Test seal: Tristar SA-1123 Cake-Pop Maker, Rating 2
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Test seal: Bestron 3-in-1 Cakemaker, Rating 2.2
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Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Cake Pop Maker, Rating 2.3
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Test seal: Clatronic CPM 3529 Cake Pop Maker, Rating 3
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Tristar

SA-1123 Cake-Pop Maker

Test seal: Tristar SA-1123 Cake-Pop Maker, Rating good

The Tristar Cake Pop Maker is a very easy-to-use device that can prepare cake pops in a very short time. This device is of high quality and looks stable. The cake pops are nice round balls that taste good. The device is easy to clean. All in one a very good device, which prepares cake pops fast and without a lot of effort.

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  • How many Cakepops can you bake with one Cakepop Maker per operation? On average there are about 12 Cakepops per process.
  • The cake pop maker should have a non-stick coating to make cleaning easier.
  • Many instructions add their own recipe suggestions.
  • Cake pop sticks are usually included in the packaging.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Handling
  • Safety and security
  • Speed
  • Processing
  • Cleaning
  • Overall impression

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the Cakepop makers. These tests bake the maximum possible number of cake pops in all devices. The warm-up time of the devices is measured before the start. The operating instructions specify the required ingredients for the cake pops. These are then prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. During the baking process, the time is stopped and the temperature of the devices is documented with a thermal imaging camera. The handling and user-friendliness of the devices are also assessed during the baking process. The finished cake pops are removed from the maker and the appearance and taste are assessed. In addition, the scope of delivery is checked for accessories and the devices for additional functions. Finally, the devices are cleaned and it is checked whether parts of the Cakepop Maker are dishwasher safe.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure that they are not exposed to everyday wear and tear, each test is carried out in several stages.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

Functionality, application and tips

Do you like baking, but you would like to try out something extraordinary every now and then? Then the delicious cake pops could be the right thing for you. With the heavenly cakes on a stick, you can serve your children or guests something very special. All you need for the preparation is a cake pop maker and cake dough. The following guide explains exactly what this device is, how it works, what ingredients you need for cake pops and much more.

With a cake pop maker, several small cakes can be baked at once. The treats on the stick can be designed and decorated to your heart's content, for example with icing sugar and sprinkles. They are very popular not only with children but also with adults. At many parties, such as birthdays and weddings, they have become a popular snack. At a party, the cake pops can be beautifully served on an etagere. With it, your stems can be set optically great in scene. Creative minds can really let off steam when preparing the cake pops. The small cakes not only taste good but are also beautiful to look at. They are partially filled, then rolled into icing sugar or chocolate and embellished at will. There are hardly any limits to creativity.

Cakepopmaker
Result with the help of the Cakepop-Maker: Colourfully decorated cake pops

The cake pop makers work similarly to waffle irons: You pour the mixed dough into the pre-formed balls of the machine, which has a heating unit inside. Depending on the cake pop maker, up to 13 small cavities can be made. Then close the top or lid to close the cake pop maker and turn on the appliance. The dough is now heated and baked from all sides inside the moulds. After about five minutes the cakes are ready. The stem is then inserted into the cake pops. Then they are taken out and can be further processed as desired. The size corresponds approximately to that of ordinary lollipops. But there are also devices that can bake cake pops the size of quark balls. The sticks that are needed to prepare the cakes are included with some appliances.

Non-stick coating

Most forms are non-stick coated. This means that the dough does not stick and can be removed from the mould after baking the cakes. They are often difficult to remove without a non-stick coating. In addition, residues are left behind.

The Cake Pop Maker should have a non-stick coating to make cleaning easier.

The cakes don't look so nice and also the cleaning effort is much higher with these devices. To ensure that the non-stick coating lasts as long as possible, you should clean it by hand with a little water, mild detergent and a soft sponge.

Snap-in function

Many good devices are also equipped with a snap-in function. This prevents dough from running out.

Heat-insulating handles

Depending on the performance of the appliance, a lot of heat is generated when baking the small cake lollipops. With ideal insulation, you won't burn your hands when you open or move the appliance.

Overheat protection

In the case of overheating protection, the Cakepop Maker automatically switches off the power supply if the baking plate is too hot. A control light often indicates whether the machine is switched on.

Cakepops are a fairly new trend in the baking world. It was only in 2008 that the little cakes found great enthusiasm worldwide. For the first time, they were rather hobby-made by the London Angie Dudley. From here, the hype spread like wildfire via pictures on the Internet. On her blog, Dudley has regularly published self-created, sweet inspirations. Since then, the stick cakes have found many imitators around the world, because the enthusiasm spread quickly. In the course of time, inventor Dudley has also published several books with numerous cake pop recipes. Her book "Cake Pop" was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks in 2010. In London, the cake pops are offered for sale in some luxury department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges. In Germany, they are now available in some Starbucks coffee shops. Nowadays they are available in all possible variations and flavours. This is one of the reasons why cake pops are so popular: They are very varied and changeable.

For the basic cake pops recipe you need the following things:

  • 300 g flour
  • 250 ml of milk
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A squirt of lemon juice

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Then mix the two eggs, butter, sugar and milk. Add the mixture to the flour mixture. The lemon juice provides a variety of flavours. Preheat the cake pop maker and grease it a little. This may not be necessary with a good non-stick coating. You can also add chocolate or dried fruit to the cake. Then pour the dough into the individual chambers of the appliance. After a few minutes, the cake pops are ready, are skewered on lolly stems and can be decorated, for example with a glaze. Most cake pop makers also contain basic recipes.

Dough in Cakepop Maker
Pouring the dough into the Cake Pop Maker

The ornaments ensure that the cake pops are given the finishing touches. As with the dough, the possibilities are endless:

* Frosting

Frosting describes a very popular coating of Cakepops. The basic recipe consists of the following ingredients:

- butter
- icing sugar
- milk

Also possible are peanut butter, chocolate cream and various flavours such as almond or rum. Colourful glazes add a special touch to the cake pops.

* Chocolate glaze

You can also use white or dark chocolate couverture. Sugar pearls, sprinkles, hazelnut brittle, coconut rasp, nut splinters or decorative hearts are just as popular for decorating the cake pops. There are virtually no limits to the possibilities. You can use what you like and what you can process.

* Candy Melts

The Candy Melts are a current trend. These are small chocolate chips that are available in various colours and are melted in a similar way to the chocolate coating. The cake pops are then immersed in the liquid mass.

* Lollipop sticks

The lollipop sticks can be short or long, white or colourful and can be made of plastic or wood. They also contribute to the look. 30 centimetre long stems are particularly suitable for making cake pops in the shape of a bouquet of flowers. The stems should not be too narrow, otherwise, the cake pops could bend over.

* Stand

Stands help to decorate because they prevent the cake pops from falling over. There is room for many Cakepop stems, which can be dried here and then served. A good alternative is a polystyrene plate into which the Cakepop stems can be inserted. Do not place the cake pops on a small board, as this can cause unattractive dents.

Cakepops
Delicious cake pops

3-in-1 cake pop makers are popular. These devices can often be used as donut, muffin and cake pop makers at the same time. This means that you only have to place one device in the kitchen and you can conjure up different delicacies. For this, the forms are changed. These multifunction devices, which are particularly popular in households with children, are often slightly larger than ordinary cake pop makers.

Conclusion

The Cakepops are very popular with young and old. They are ready baked within a few minutes. Afterwards, they are simply impaled and then you can start decorating. With little effort, you can always conjure up new works of art. You can also use the Cakepop Maker for other recipes, such as spicy balls of bread dough. If you want to use as little power as possible when baking cake pops, you should choose a device with an output of 700 to 900 watts. Anything beyond that should be avoided. Be sure to choose a model with a very good non-stick coating so that the cake pops can be easily removed and the subsequent cleaning effort is minimal.

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