Lil Rae Cakes; Courtesy of Jenny Rae.
There are many contenders for the "next cupcake," but no dessert has ever truly secured that title. While doughnuts and macarons vie to become an enduring national obsession, F&W thinks one innovation is better poised for this feat: the cake ball, a.k.a cake truffle. Sugar genius Christina Tosi introduced a superrich version at New York's Momofuku Milk Bar in 2010, and the trend has continued to take off at bakeries across the country.
The appeal is understandable. Similar to mini cupcakes, their modest size makes cake truffles seem less indulgent; they can be speared on sticks and sold as cake pops; and batches are easily portable because they're glazed, like Godiva's new chocolate-covered collaboration with Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman himself. The round shape also takes well to out-there decorations. West Coast baker Lil Rae Cakes created the pretty ladies in the photo above and has also designed versions that look like robots and sporting equipment. Given their viral popularity on blogs like Bakerella, it's also not surprising that cake balls and pops are inspiring new technology. F&W recently enjoyed testing the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker for home bakers, and there are multiple iPhone apps, including Cake Pop Maker, which turns mixing and matching flavors with different looks into a game. To try the trend, here are five top spots to buy delicious cake balls now. Check back in October to make Grace Parisi's terrific, lemony, ghost-shaped cake pops for Halloween.
WHERE TO FIND CAKE POPS + TRUFFLES