Before Cronuts: 50 Years of Pastry Hybrids

Culinary historians will look back on 2013 as the year of the cronut—the flaky, fried croissant-cum-doughnut created by New York City pas...
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2008: Cake Pop

These easy-to-eat spheres are everywhere: weddings, Godiva shops, even Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen makes an über-chocolaty version of the trendy dessert. The mother of cake pops is Angie Dudley, a.k.a. Bakerella, a blogger whose January 2008 post about red velvet cake balls on a stick set off the craze. Dudley made a career out of the post: She appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, wrote a cake pops cookbook and created a cake pop kit.

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