The new addition to the world of Mickey-shaped sweet treats is the cake pop. In case you’ve missed out on this relatively new foodie trend, cake pops are small treats composed of cake and frosting mashed up to form a sort of cake paste, then formed into a ball or circle, and served on a stick.
The cake is almost always dipped into a chocolate or candy coating and often amusingly decorated. You can find do-it-yourself cake pop recipes here.
Intro to Cake Pops in Disney World
On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I found cake pops sold at the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Confectionery, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Sweet Spells, and at Downtown Disney’s Goofy’s Candy Company and Candy Cauldron.
The pops come in four possible cake flavors: chocolate, vanilla, marble, and red velvet. The candy coating is milk chocolate with either white chocolate drizzle or a dusting of sprinkles; or white chocolate coated with sanding sugar.
During my week-long trip, I saw the sugar coating in red, blue, pink, purple, orange, and teal, but not every color was at every location. It seemed to be luck of the draw as to which colors and which cake flavors were in each store at any given time.
Cake Pop Assembly in Magic Kingdom
I was able to watch the pops being assembled at the Confectionery. The process is quite labor intensive.
The cast member starts with a two-inch disk of cake/frosting base and inserts a stick.
Then individual marshmallows are snipped in half. The half marshmallows are attached to the cake disk, then the proto-pops are individually dipped into melted chocolate.
A cast member then snips whole marshmallows in half with scissors. See the little pile of cut marshies?
The colored pops are then placed into a dish of sugar and coated with that as well. The care and attention that each pop got was extraordinary.
Cake Pop Review
Given all the love that goes into the pops, I’d really like to say that I was head-over-heels for them; but I just didn’t enjoy them as much as I wanted to.
I am extremely fond of desserts of all shapes and sizes, but the cake pops were too much for me. I never really understood the phrase “too sweet” until I bit into one of the colored cake pops. It’s sugar, enrobed in sugar, coated with sugar. I had the red velvet, but I couldn’t make out any particular flavor other than general creamy sweetness.
My other issue with the cake pops is texture. The cake part itself is so soft that it ends up sticking to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. It simply doesn’t feel like you’re having cake, instead it’s more like a wad of raw cookie dough covered with a bunch of extra sweet.
The chocolate pops worked out a bit better for me. There was a mellow milk chocolate flavor that reminded me somewhat of Disney fudge, but again, the sticky mouth-feel seemed “off” to me.
The finished product is fairly small, about the size of my palm and an inch thick, but there’s no way I could have finished one by myself.
Overall, if you like eating spreads from a spoon (peanut butter, Nutella, marshmallow fluff), and you have a friend to share your pop with, then by all means dig in.