Cake has been around for centuries. Ancient societies used sweetened breads for celebratory traditions, much like today's birthday or wedding cake. Cake pops, or cake balls, on the other hand, are a rather recent baking phenomenon. The precise origin of the cake ball is unknown, but it is clear that the round pastries were created from excess dough mixed with frosting or icing to bind the cake crumble together, resulting in a sweet and sugary bite-size delight. The idea of utilizing extra goods to prevent waste is nothing new, and cake pops are no exception.
A cookbook from 1963 provides directions for making lollipop cookies, but up until the past decade or so cake pops have never been used as a trendy or mainstream treat. The innovative dessert is often credited to the creator of the Bakerella blog, Angie Dudley, who was the first to put the cake ball on a stick. Her cake pop posts exploded with hits and the new dessert sensation went viral, quickly being adapted by bakers, restaurants, and homemakers across the nation.
Creativity and decorations with the popular treat now seem limitless. Candies, sprinkles, and chocolates are combined to create everything from Ninja Turtles to pineapples to the perfect accent for a summer dessert party. Cake balls are versatile, tasty, and ideal for a backyard birthday party or an upscale wedding. So make sure you have enough at your special occasion, because they will go quickly!
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