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Easy Ebleskiver (Ebelskiver, Aebleskiver)

One of my favorite memories of my Danish Great Grandmother is eating dinner at her house. As a kid, I was surprised that she had what looked like doughnut holes on the dinner table. I was delighted that she encouraged me to eat as many as I wanted when my mother tried to put the breaks on my third plus helping.

I later learned that those little powdered sugar delights were not doughnut holes but ebelskiver, pronounced able-skeev-er and spelled three different ways in English – ebleskiver, ebleskiver, aebleskiver.

Danish aebleskiver is a Danish pancake that traditionally has a slice of apple baked in the center. However, being the inventors of smorgasbord (you’re welcome by the way) there are many Danish ebleskiver variations.

I normally don’t go for one trick pony cooking appliances because I have a small kitchen. Everything has to be crazy useful like my breadmaker or double duty like my large toaster oven.

 Babycakes changed all that.

Baby Cakes Cake Pop MakerWhen I got an opportunity to review the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker through Mom Central, my first thought was of ebelskiver that didn’t need the tricky flip maneuver required when using a traditional Ebleskiver pan, not of cake pops.

I didn't have my great grandmother's ebelskiver recipe but Babycakes had my back. They have a Danish pancake recipe on their web site.

Babycakes Danish Ebelskiver Recipe

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt (I used ¼ teaspoon)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk (I substituted 1 tablespoon of vinegar in ½ cup of milk)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (I didn’t melt my butter. I dabbed butter in each ebelskiver well with a pastry brush. I think that works best.)
  • Powdered sugar
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together egg, sour cream and buttermilk.  Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Preheat Cake Pop Maker.  Using a pastry brush, brush each well with melted butter.
  4. Fill each well with about 1 tablespoon batter. Babycakes suggests using a pastry bag or a zip lock with the corner cut off. I used a clean coffee scoop. The coffee scoop was easier than rocking the pastry bag.
  1. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until softly set and golden brown on the bottom.  Turn ebelskiver and bake 2 minutes or until golden.

  1. Generously sprinkle with powdered sugar. I dunked my aebelskiver in a bowl of powdered sugar. It was much easier and less messy than sprinkling the powdered sugar as Babycakes suggests.

 Makes about 2 ½ dozen Ebelskiver

Traditionally Danes flip aebleskiver with a knitting needle although now most use bamboo skewers or a fork. The Babycakes Cake Pop Maker comes with its own fork tool, which makes removing the cake pops or ebleskiver from the cake pop maker easy and finger burn free.

If I had read the last part of the Babycakes ebelskiver recipe more closely, I would have flipped them and had a traditional looking plump Danish pancake. Instead, my ebelskiver is flat on the bottom. I thought since you don’t need to flip cake pops mid bake I did not have to flip aebleskiver either. Oopsie. However, my ebleskiver cooked all the way thought and taste just as good as I remember.

The only downside to the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker is it gets hot under the handle when the cake pops are ready. If you use a potholder to open and close the Cake Pop Maker, you’ll be fine.

Would I buy a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker? I would. I want to try making real cake pops. I think they will make me a hero at events where I’m supposed to bake cookies. Although I will most likely use my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker to make aebleskiver, so I can share my Danish heritage with my family and friends.

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Disclosure:  I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Babycakes and received a product sample to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. This did not influence this review in any way and all opinions are my own.


Anonymous said…
Hi - stopping by via Time Travel Thursday. I'm impressed with ebelskiver, which I had to copy and paste so I'd get the name right. I think the apple in the center would be great. The recipe sounds like it's good. Interesting appliance. Those little dribbles of dough make good snaking when they've toasted a bit.... I enjoyed your post. Very create, informative and easy-to-read and enjoy. Thanks, Jenn
Peggy said…
I ♥ aebleskiver! I have 2 pans, one is cast iron and the other one, that I haven' used yet, is non-sick (my mom just gave it to me). My recipe is almost the same as yours & you're right the flip is tricky! I like to serve aebleskiver on special occasions like out of town guests or birthdays.
Might have to check out the cake pop maker...
Rosa B. said…
I've never heard of aebleskiver, but it looks really delicious! :)
Stopping by via The Creative Girl
annies home said…
I love this idea looks so delicious
Elsa said…
I've never heard of these either, but it does look yummy!
Linette said…
Those look yummy! I want to try one of those pop makers! I got to review a Sunbeam mini cupcake maker, but I'd still love to check out a pop maker! Maybe someday.