Don’t chuck out your cake pop maker just yet — this seemingly single-use appliance can make your time in the kitchen just a little bit easy. Here’s how.
Cake pop makers are the worst tool you could use to make cake pops. For you see, cake pop is not a cake that has been shaped and baked into a ball; it’s cake that has been crumbled, mixed with frosting, and then rolled into a ball—using your hands—and stuck on a stick. But just because the appliance seems like garbage when it comes to making cake pops, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other, more savoury applications.
As Reddit user zainedcrassvindow discovered, the appliance is pretty good at making a very large batch of falafel without using a whole bunch of oil, as most makers are nonstick. (The exterior won’t get as crisp as a deep-fried falafel, but you have to admire the efficiency of this.)
And as several commenters note, there’s no need to stop at falafel. The maker can be used to craft salmon croquettes, takoyaki (video on how to do that here), and—though my Mississippi-born heart pains to say it—“healthier” hush puppies. Just don’t use the thing to make cake pops. It makes truly terrible cake pops.
This article has been updated since its original publication.