Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweet links

Happy Thursday! Here’s a handful of quick links to some sweets I created for People.com. Hope you enjoy!


Boo Bark!
Need a last minute treat for Halloween? You can whip this one up in no time.

 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Thick bars of pumpkin yumminess! And the cream cheese frosting doesn’t hurt either.

 

Chocolate Coffee Truffles
Need a little perk me up? Bite size and no-bake. These balls are fun and easy to make.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Dig right into this giant peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie. Top it off with ice cream and share with friends… or not. I won’t tell.

 

Banana Caramel Bourbon Milkshake
I seriously wish I had this milkshake right now. So good and so easy to make.

 


Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut Frosting
Swirls of hazelnut frosting top off these chocolaty cupcakes.

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sugar Skull Cake Pops

Sugar Skull Cake Pops

Sweet Sugar Skull cake pops.

These are a fun little project celebrating Day of the Dead that I wanted to share with you. I made them with the candy wafers in my new line of products with Make’n Mold. I love how much you can customize them using different colors and patterns. Just start with a molded skull cake pop shape and dip it in melted white candy wafers for a blank canvas. You can use a black edible ink pen to draw on the pop and bright colors of melted candy wafers to dot and decorate different designs using a toothpick.

Here are the full instructions over at Make’n Mold if you want to make them, too.

Blue Cake Pop Striped Sticks

Bright Candy Wafers

Bakerella Candy Wafers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Very Cute Vampires

Very Cute Vampires

Halloween will be here before you know it and I wanted to share one of the new projects from my Cake Pops Halloween Book in case you want to give them a go. There are 20 spooktacular treats in the book including some of my classic favorites. And these very cute vampires have now joined that group. I want to hug them – they’re so cute. I love their pale purple faces, sweet little fangs, candy bow ties and cupcake wrapper capes.

That’s right! You can use a hole punch on mini cupcake wrappers folded in half and then slide it on a lollipop stick and curve it around the bottom of a vampire head for a cute little cape.

For the bow ties, I used my new Playful Shapes Candy Mold and melted white candy wafers to shape them. Then I attached them to the pop sticks with more candy coating as glue.

Bite me

 

Want to dress these dashing fellas up even more? You can use my these printable treat tags to take them over the top.

 

Here’s an example of a bunch of the tags you can download. I hope you use them for cake pops, cupcakes and other treats this Halloween! Tag them with #CakePopsHalloweenBook on instagram so I can see your spooky sweets!

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>>> Download the FREE printables or order the book here. <<<

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Very Cute Vampires

Servings:

Ingredients

  • 48 uncoated cake balls (see basic instructions here.)
  • 24 oz (680 g) light purple candy coating
  • 48 oz (1.4 kg) white candy coating
  • 2 deep, microwave-safe plastic bowls, plus 2 small, microwave-safe plastic bowls
  • 48 lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Small squeeze bottle
  • Bow candy mold
  • Wax paper
  • Black candy coloring (not food coloring)
  • Toothpicks
  • Black edible-ink pen
  • 96 pink confetti sprinkles
  • 48 miniature red cupcake wrappers
  • Hole punch

Instructions

TO DECORATE:

  1. Have the cake balls chilled and in the refrigerator.
  2. Melt the light purple candy coating and 24 oz (680 g) of the white candy coating in one of the microwave-safe bowls, following the instructions on the packages. The coating should be about 3 in (7.5 cm) deep for easier dipping. Stir together until the color is a paler purple.
  3. When you are ready to dip, remove a few cake balls at a time from the refrigerator, keeping the rest chilled.
  4. One at a time, dip about 1/2 in (12 mm) of the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating, and insert the dipped end straight into a cake ball, pushing it no more than halfway through. Dip the cake pop into the melted coating. Gently lift the pop out of the coating and tap off any excess, as described on page 10. Stand the pop firmly in a hole in the Styrofoam block. Repeat with remaining cake balls. Let dry completely.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the remaining white candy coating in the second microwave-safe bowl. Pour some of the melted white coating into the squeeze bottle.
  6. Fill the bow candy mold with the melted white coating. Place the mold in the freezer for a few minutes until the coating sets. Remove from the freezer and gently separate the bows from the mold. Set aside on wax paper. Repeat until you have 48 bows. Reserve a small amount of the white coating in one of the small microwave-safe bowls to dot the eyes, draw the teeth, and attach the bows to the stick. Also reserve a small amount of the pale purple coating in the second small microwave-safe bowl for the ears and nose.
  7. Combine the remaining pale purple candy coating and any remaining white coating. Add black candy coloring and stir. Continue to add coloring until it’s almost black. It will dry darker. Using a toothpick and starting in the middle of the vampire’s forehead, draw two curves for the hairline that also come down the sides to form sideburns. Fill in the shape with more black candy coating until the hair is complete and let dry. When the hair is dry, use a toothpick dipped in more black candy coating to draw thick strands of hair starting from the center point moving toward the back of the head. Let dry completely in the Styrofoam block.
  8. When dry, use the black edible-ink pen to draw on eyes, a smiling mouth, and eyebrows. Use a toothpick to dot on reserved pale purple candy coating in position for cheeks and attach 2 pink confetti sprinkles. Then use the toothpick to create ears on either side of the vampire’s head. As it starts to set, use the toothpick to pull through the coating so that ears appear pointed.
  9. Dot the pupils with the reserved melted white candy coating. Then dot on coating at either side of the vampire’s smile with a toothpick. Pull the toothpick through the coating to create a sharp point for his teeth. Let dry completely.
  10. For the red collars, fold mini cupcake wrappers almost in half and then punch a hole as close to the crease as you can. Slide a collar onto each lollipop stick and move up around the base of the vampire’s head.
  11. To finish the vampires, apply the leftover white candy coating to the lollipop stick and attach the white candy bows. Hold in place until the bow is set. Let the cake pops dry completely in the Styrofoam block.

Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Many Mini Mummies

Mini Mummy Cookies

Mini mummies! And a bunch of them. I was inspired to make these little guys by the Mummies in my new Cake Pops Halloween Book.

Here’s the cover for reference.

But instead of cake and melted candy wafers, I had fun using fondant to decorate these tiny chocolate sugar cookies.

steps

Decorating them is pretty easy and a quicker alternative to using royal icing … which worked out perfect for me this weekend.

1. Make sugar cookies using a 1.5 inch round cutter. (You can use this recipe and swap out 1/2 cup of flour for 1/2 of unsweetened cocoa powder.) It makes several dozen 1.5 inch cookies. I think I ended up with like 72. Maybe more but I can’t remember how many I ate before decorating. Oops.

2. Tint fondant purple… or green. Cut circle shapes out of the fondant using the same size cutter and attach to cookies using a thin layer of frosting in the center of the cookie. Work with a dozen or so circles at a time so the fondant doesn’t start to dry out before attaching. Then cut out more and repeat. Also, if your cookies spread some during baking, then you can gently roll the cut fondant circle a little thinner and they will increase in diameter. When rolling, make sure your work surface and roller is clean. Sprinkle a little cornstarch or powdered sugar on the surface and rolling pin to keep the fondant from sticking.

Making mummies

3. Roll out white fondant and cut more circle shapes. Then cut the circles into thirds, removing the center piece. Attach the top and bottom pieces to the cookie with more frosting… allowing the purple center to show in the middle. You want to leave enough room for the eyes you are using.

You can also skip the purple fondant underneath and just use the white fondant for one color mummies.

Eyes

4. I used my DIY Sugar Eyes so I could customize their expressions with different size pupils looking in different directions to give them more character.

DIY eyes

You can find the eyes at A.C. Moore craft stores and online right here from Make’n Mold.

Mummies

5. Using the black edible ink writing pen, draw lines on the mummies so they look wrapped up.

And attach eyes to the cookies with a little frosting or melted white chocolate.

Mummy Sugar Cookies

Eeek!

These guys look a little paranoid.

And so they should be. Get in my tummy… you yummy little mummies!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The icing on the cake…plate

Hope you’re having a great week! I have the cutest cake plate giveaway to share with you today from my friend Cupcake Julie over at Tinsel and Twirl.

It’s a showstopper. I adore the giant cherry topper handle and the cake-decorated dome. It’s just too much fun and keeps my kitchen happy. I showcased the stand I have a while ago here on the site and so many of you have inquired about it since, that I thought it would be fun to give one away so it can brighten someone else’s day, too.

Enter for a chance to win this cherry-topped, frosting-covered, super cute cake plate!

  • Just answer the following question on this blog post:
  • What is your favorite holiday?
  • Deadline to enter is Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. TIME’S UP! Winner Announced Below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Saturday.

Good luck cake lovers!

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And the winner is… #1225! Congratulations Leslee! Your cakes have a place to keep cozy. Enjoy!

Giveaway courtesy of Tinsel and Twirl. 
 
 
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