Monday, September 26, 2016

Cake Pops Halloween

October is right around the corner and Fall is finally here. That means it’s the start of the sweet and spooky treat season and one of my favorite times of the year to bake. So, if you’re new around here or didn’t see my Halloween book when it first came out, then here’s a little peek at Cake Pops Halloween and a fun way to help you trick out your treats.

Cake Pops Halloween Cover

Candies

Halloween Cake Pops

Inside you’ll find some very cute vampires, cute black cat candy buckets, creepy cauldrons, mini monsters and more. But, they’re not all spooky, some are simply fall-inspired like the awfully cute owls, caramel apples, sweet scarecrows, and candy corn cuties.

Candy Wafers

The idea for the book started out as an ebook only. I had so many Halloween designs already created that I asked my publisher, Chronicle Books if they would want to do an ebook since Halloween has such a short selling period. They jumped on board and I combined some of my favorites from the blog plus cool new designs so you can have and refer to the pops all in one place. But Chronicle is all around awesome and they also created a special print edition for me, offered exclusively from them. You won’t find this one in bookstores so if you want a copy then get one while you can. (Note: Unfortunately, Chronicle only ships in the US.)

Cake Pops Halloween Book

You can get the printed book here from Chronicle Books.

Or get the ebook here on Amazon.

Cake Pops Tags

If you don’t need a book, that’s okay, too. I have some free printables you can use for cake pop tags, cupcake toppers or labels that you can download right here. The pdf contains 12 different tag designs in different colors plus… a few templates for projects from the book.

You can download the free printables here.

Enjoy!

Candy Eyes

And if you make any treats from the book, please tag them with #CakePopsHalloween on Instagram so I can see your spooky sweets, too.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Storks Cake Pops

Storks Cake Pops

I made these cake pops for the movie STORKS!!! So much fun. I’m working with Warner Bros. Pictures to help promote the movie hitting theaters this Friday, September 23rd. I love getting the opportunity to work on projects for animated movies and this one looks really good. Plus, what’s sweeter than cake pops to deliver the word.

Storks Movie Poster

Find your flock this Friday. Check it out.

Or if you’d rather learn how to make some cute Storks Movie cake pops, then keep on reading.

Storks - Cake Balls

To get started, you will need to make some basic cake pops that you can shape and decorate.

Making Storks

To make Storks Cake Pops:

  • Follow my basic instructions for cake pops and then form into rounded thumbnail shapes. Dip shaped cake balls into melted white candy coating. Allow any excess coating to fall off back into the bowl and then let them dry completely before decorating.
  • When dry, shape beaks using orange fondant. You can buy small packages of pre-tinted fondant at craft stores. For the beaks to fit against the cake pop, the base needs to be curved to mimic the curve of the cake pop surface. Try using a clean cylinder to shape the beak (I used a sprinkle bottle) so you don’t damage your pops. Then place shaped beak on the pop to make sure you have the correct curve. To attach beaks, paint base with melted candy coating using a toothpick. Press center part of the beak onto cake pop and then attach white candy gems or m&m’s for eyes in position using more melted candy coating. Finally curve the sides of the beak around the eyes and gently press against pop to attach in position.
  • Let dry completely and then draw pupils on the candy eyes using a black edible ink pen. To finish the look, apply more melted candy coating over the eyes using a toothpick to make the brows. Using a clean toothpick, make a small dot of candy coating on the pupils of the eyes for a little sparkle. It really helps give them personality.

Storks

Oh my gosh … who knew storks could be so cute.

Now… who wants to make some babies!

Dipping

So these are a little more work, but babies usually are. : )

  • Dip round cake balls into melted candy coating. You can melt and mix white coating with a few wafers of yellow and brown to make your desired flesh color.
  • After dipping, place two sugar candy eyes (these are smaller and flatter than M&M’s) in position on the center and bottom half of the front of the pop and let dry.
  • Draw big blue eyes with an edible ink writing pen. When the ink dries, draw on black pupils and eyelashes and place a dot of white candy coating on the pupils.
  • Dip a toothpick in melted coating and dot on noses.

Making Babies

Don’t worry about making mouths because these babies have tiny little pacifiers.

Attach pink confetti sprinkles to the pop using melted candy coating. Then attach a yellow sugar pearl to the confetti sprinkle.

Baby Decorating

Oh yeah, to make the hair and eyebrows, dip a toothpick in melted candy coating and use it to draw on the pop. The babies in the movie have bright colors for hair like pink, blue, yellow and purple. So, I used my party pink candy coating to make these after the main baby. As the coating thickens, you can make cute little strands of hair that stick up and stay in place.

Storks - Baby Cake Pops

See … so super cute.
For rosy cheeks, you can very lightly brush on pink powdered food color.

Storks Cake Pops

Soooo … right about here, I decided I need to add a little more joy.

Make that a bundle of joy.

Baby Bundles

  • To make little baby bundles, gently twist the baby’s head off the lollipop stick. (I know … that sounds terrible.) Once removed, you’ll use a new stick.
  • Okay, now take a cake ball and shape into a rounded bundle. Gently press and shape to mimic the bottom of the baby’s head. Then insert the stick into the shaped cake ball and go all the way through, leaving enough to insert back into the baby’s head.
  • Dip in melted white candy coating, allow any excess to fall off back into the bowl and attach the head before the coating dries. Now, you can leave them like this or add more melted white coating around the head to look like the baby is tied with a bow at the top. The bow was made with two white heart sprinkles.

Storks - Baby Bundle Cake Pops

This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.

From the studio that delivered The LEGO Movie. STORKS, in theaters September 23! Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world. | Starring the voices of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Katie Crown, Danny Trejo | Rated PG

Monday, September 5, 2016

Caramel Crunch Brownies

Caramel Crunch Brownies

Get ready to sink your teeth into these decadent chocolate brownies.

Brownie Ingredients

These sweet squares are made with melted chocolate and cocoa and mixed with chopped walnuts inside.

Brownie Batter

Prepare the brownie batter and bake away.

Caramel Sauce

While the brownies are in the oven, whip up some caramel sauce to top them off with and then mix in more chopped walnut pieces for good measure.

Caramel Topping

Oh yes, very good.

Mini Morsels

Spread the caramel on top of the brownies. And then, if you happen to have an opened bag of mini chips nearby, let’s just sprinkle a few of those on top too.

Caramel Brownies

Delish!

Caramel Crunch Brownies
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Caramel Topping
1 1/2 cup sugar
8 tablespoons butter, salted
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate morsels

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 13 X 9 baking dish and line with parchment paper. Lightly butter parchment paper as well.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Melt 1 cup chocolate morsels and butter in microwave on low in 30 second intervals stirring in between until melted and smooth. Allow to cool.
  • Whisk eggs and vanilla into cooled chocolate mixture until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate morsels and chopped walnuts. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 22-24 minutes.
  • While brownies bake, make the caramel topping: Heat sugar in a large pot on medium, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. The sugar will turn clumpy and then melt before turning into a thick amber-colored liquid. As soon as this happens (Be careful not to allow the sugar to burn) immediately add butter, whisking until completely melted. Remove from heat and slowly add cream. Whisk until combined and smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts. Allow topping to cool and thicken slightly before pouring on top of brownies. Sprinkle mini morsels on top.

 

Caramel Brownie

Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peanut Butter Chunky Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chunky Chocolate Cookies

These jumbo cookies delight with big chunks of chocolate in every bite. They’re simple but oh so good.

Peanut Butter

The cookie dough is kissed with creamy peanut butter …

Chocolate Wafers

…and hugged by giant chocolate wafers. Oh my… thighs.

Cookie Dough

I want to go just dive in.

Cookie Dough Scoop

I used a big scoop for these cookies. ?? inches wide that yields 12-13 cookies from the dough. But feel free to use a smaller scoop for more cookies.

Scooped Dough

Look at these great big balls of cookie dough though.

Cookie Scoops

Before baking sprinkle a little sea salt on top to make them taste extra special.

 

Cookies

Oh my … so much melty chocolate.

 

Melty Chocolate

Speaking of melty. If you can’t wait for these to cool like a certain sweets-loving person I know, then be prepared to enjoy puddles of warm chocolate with a tall glass of cold milk.

Peanut Butter Chunky Chocolate Cookies

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
12-18 oz semisweet chocolate baking wafers (I used these.)
sea salt

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Using a mixer, cream butter, peanut butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Add vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and slowly mix until combined. Stir in chocolate wafers.
  • Scoop dough using a large 2-1/2 inch scoop (yields 12-13 cookies) a few inches apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle the tops lightly with sea salt. Bake 14-16 minutes and let cool.
    Note: For more cookies, use a smaller scoop and bake for a little less time.

Enjoy!!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Summertime Sweets

Hey guys! I sure have missed you. I’m sorry for not posting as much lately, but I kind of got swept away by summer and some few things going on in real life. I am excited to say that soon, well it’s probably going to be several weeks from now, but soon I’ll have a new site for you. It’s been forever … years even … since I had this little sweet spot redesigned and I can’t wait for you guys to see it. Plus, it will finally be mobile friendly. Hands high in the air …Yay!

So with summer on the brain and my oven off this past weekend, I thought I would feature some of my fave summery sweets. If you’ve been a long-time follower you’ll remember some of these oldies but goodies and if you’re new to the site, then I hope you have fun looking through all the yum.

Let’s get started……

Banana Pudding

Some Like it Hot…
…and judging by how quickly this dessert disappeared, some like it cold, too. I’m talking about good, old-fashioned banana pudding, of course. Me? I like it cold… okay, and hot, too! My grandmother used to make a homemade one that was served warm and oh, how I wish I had the recipe for it. But, since I don’t and it’s summer… Continue Reading

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Lei Time
Just thought I’d say hi with a few Aloha Cupcakes. Hi there. Hello. Howdy. How ya doing? These are Pineapple Mango Cupcakes. All tropical like. With graham cracker crumbs for sand and fondant flowers for the leis. They’d be super cute for a luau party. They’re really pretty easy to make once you have all … Continue reading

Butterfinger Crunch Ice Cream

Butterfinger Crunch Ice Cream
I enjoy ice cream way too much. I think I could eat it every day. And I almost did last week when I was on vacation. Ice cream is my traveling must-have treat above all other sweets. And now that I’m back home, I already feel like I’m having withdrawal. Luckily, this no-churn ice cream … Continue reading

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for…
Ice Cream!!!!!!!!! Sorta. Kinda. Okay, not so much. These are all cake and candy impersonating cute little ice cream cones. The cool part is they don’t drip. Their frozen parts are frozen. And unlike the … Continue reading

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Have a ball
I hope you guys are enjoying the summer so far. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the pool, the sofa or somewhere else, I hope your summer is fun, fun, fun! And these beach ball cake pops are a great way to get in the right mindset. I made them for Target’s blog A Bullseye … Continue reading

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Easy Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
Okay, I almost feel silly posting this. It’s sooo so easy, but it makes me way happy when I bite into one that I can’t resist. It’s the simple things sometimes you know. I was at Bruster’s the other day getting some ice cream and this poster was staring me back in the face. Umm … Continue reading

Burger Bite

Fast Food Fun
Cupcake Buns + Brownie Burgers + Cookie Fries = One Happy Meal! Or many… I can hardly stand how cute these little guys are … Continue Reading

Lemony Lemonies

Mom Approved!
These may not look like all that much at first glance, but let me tell you they are fantastic! They’re little lemon brownies or lemonies. My mom found them on Pinterest and said she wanted me to make some for her right away. So I came up with this version to give her on Mother’s … Continue reading

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Burgers and Bees
Bzzzzzzzz. Bees first. I did these a while back. They were some of my first attempts at turning cake pops into little creatures. Since doing them, I’ve seen other variations shared by readers that are pretty darn cute, too. Some with smaller wings using jumbo white heart sprinkles that I think are just darling. I’ll … Continue reading

Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

Brownie Mocha Milkshakes
So, I’m kind of in love with this milkshake. Brownies, ice cream, chocolate syrup and a little Kahlua coffee. My Saturday night is to blame for these. With a sudden late night craving for chocolate, I went to the pantry … fingers crossed … that I had a brownie mix (aka my guilty pleasure quick … Continue reading

Sweet Shapes Candy Cupcake Toppers

Sweet Shapes Candy Cupcake Toppers
I have another easy little project to share with you today using candy wafers and one of the candy molds in my Bakerella for Make’n Mold line. If you liked the candy jewel pops from a few weeks ago, then I think you’ll enjoy this project too. It’s a fun way to make the cutest …Continue reading

Snowcone Cupcakes

Snow Cones
These snow cones won’t melt. Nope. They’re not icy… but they are frosted. They’re snow cone cupcakes and they were a lot of fun to make. I decorated them in red, white, and blue so you can see how cute they can be for Memorial Day or the Fourth. When I made them, I wanted … Continue reading

Brownie Sundae Bon Bons

Brownie Sundae Bon Bons

It’s been soooo hot the last few days. Like historically hot with record-breaking temperatures in Georgia. Throw in our humidity and it’s a recipe for staying inside and enjoying the cool breeze of the air conditioner. I’ve lived without one when I was younger, but in the south, the a/c is definitely appreciated. So instead … Continue reading

Enjoy

Sweet Tarts
I decided I need to add a little more fruit to my diet. My pie diet, anyway. Berries. Black and blue. And raspberries, too. I think I love you. These are really easy to make. Pie crust, plus berries… Just fold and bake. This one didn’t even make it to the plate. Enjoy them topped … Continue reading

Okay… now I’m seriously craving something sweet. Hope you enjoy these summertime treats. Hugs!

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