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A monkey sits atop a lollypop stick, looking good enough to eat. Sink your teeth into this tiny, edible animal figure and a burst of chocolate instantly fills your mouth. The top layer of crisp chocolate gives way to chocolate cake — a heady combination of chewy and gooey. This bite-sized dessert, called cake pop, is expected to be the next big trend in the country's foodscape.
The past year has witnessed an evolution in the dessert scene of India. Cupcakes, for instance, have emerged as a sweet favourite with many foodies. As the countdown to the new year begins, cake pops seem poised to topple over cupcakes, with a number of confectioners and dessert shops planning to include it in their menu.
Cake pops are essentially cake, crumbled and bound by frosting before being moulded into various shapes, decorated with icing or frosting and placed on top of a lollypop stick. "The draw of cake pops lies in the novelty of their form — they are as handy as a lollypop but can be customised in terms of the cake base as well as frosting and other topping flavours," explains chef Ajay Chopra of The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Goregaon East. He adds that the dessert appeals not only to kids but also grown-ups.
Cake pops may have been a recent addition to the country's dessert menu, but the trend is an international one, with roots in the US. The credit for the creation goes to Atlanta-based Angie Dudley. Four years ago, the graphic designer — with a passion for baking — used cake crumbs to put together a cake pop and uploaded the recipe on her blog. The creation went viral and she was invited on a food show. Soon after, several confectioners, home-bakers and even food chains started to sell the dessert even as people lapped it up.
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