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Cake pop shop comes to Park Slope - Brooklyn Paper

Cake pop shop comes to Park Slope

Tasty treats: Fabiola Scarbrough opened Fabipops, a gourmet cake pop store and showroom, on Fourth Avenue on July 25.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Move over, cronut.

Brooklynites no longer have to cross the East River to scarf down hybrid pastries now that cake pops have come to Park Slope. The cake pop, also known as the cakesicle, is the brainchild of Fabiola Scarbrough, who opened Fabipops in the neighborhood last Thursday. The dessert comes on a stick, but do not be fooled by the lollipop looks of its exterior. The treat is really a sugary shell that contains a morsel of moist cake.

According to Scarbrough, they’re the next big thing — and they are already a hit with the little ones.

“Kids just go crazy over them,” Scarbrough said. “It’s unbelievable.”

The confectioner started a baking business out of her home after her one-month-old son died of pneumonia in 2011. She said the project helped her cope with the devastation of losing her first-born.

“I went through a tragedy,” she said. “Baking takes me away.”

Once Scarbrough discovered the strange sweets at a birthday party last year, she became hooked — and so did her family and friends. Scarbrough said that she never baked before delving into her cake-pop venture and that she never expected that what started out as a hobby would turn into a full-time business.

Balls of fun: Fabipops has 17 different flavored cake pops, and can even customize them to your liking.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

“I started off making them for friends and family and then I started getting hardcore orders,” she said.

The former accountant quit her job to take on the full-time task of crafting the colorful golf ball-sized treats. Last week, Scarbrough opened Fabipops, a business she says is Brooklyn’s first-ever cake-pop shop, on Fourth Avenue between Bergen and Dean streets, just blocks from Barclays Center.

Fabipops carries 17 flavors and creates custom treats. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and President Obama are all in her stable of celebrity cake pops. Nor does Scarbrough’s pastry customization end there. She is willing to accommodate narcissists, too.

“You send us your picture; we can create you,” Scarbrough said.

Cake pop flavors include: birthday cake, s’mores, strawberry shortcake, cheesecake, cotton candy, and lemon raspberry drop.

Fabipops [60 Fourth Ave. between Bergen and Dean streets, (347) 480–7677, www.fabipops.com]. Basic pops go for $2.50 each or $30 for a dozen. Custom pops are $50 a dozen.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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