Friday, December 11, 2009

Books and Balls

Cake Balls

Monday night The Pioneer Woman was in town for her book signing tour. So the night before the signing, I worked on making her a little treat. I thought it would be nice to bring her something sweet to snack on while she signed away. I decided on cake balls. But, made them smaller than usual, so they could easily be eaten in one bite. I was right in the middle of finishing them when I received an unexpected invitation for dinner. Pioneer Woman (PW), was already in town with her sister, Betsy and friend Hyacinth. They were going to dinner and invited me along.

Ummm… decision time. Can I make it to dinner in an hour? I’m not dressed. My hair is wet and has been wrapped in a towel all afternoon. (Don’t ask.) And the restaurant is at least 30 minutes away. Or should I stay home and finish my present for her like a reasonable person. I think you know what I picked. And dinner was fantastic. I’m completely glad I went, because there was simply no time to chat Monday evening as there were hundreds of people in line to see her hours before she even arrived.

I paid the price late Sunday night though, because I had to finish assembling the cake balls and take pictures of them. Plus, I had a post I wanted to put up. And, that’s when I found out my camera was broken. So, no post and no pictures. Luckily I borrowed a camera (Thanks Ted) Monday afternoon so I could take these photos.

Okay, back to the cake balls. You see, I didn’t just want to bring her a box of balls. I wanted to make them a little special. So I stuck a stick in them.

Cake Balls

And came up with this to accessorize them…

Mini Books

What are they you say?

Well, they are teeny-tiny, little, itty-bitty…

Pioneer Woman in Paperback

miniature Pioneer Woman Cook Books.


Complete with inside pages. Yes, you can say it. I know. I’m crazy.

Pioneer Woman Cake Balls

But look how cute they are.

The inside is made using her chocolate sheet cake recipe. If you want to use it to make them, follow the basic how-to for cake balls here, substituting PW’s sheet cake and icing. Bake the cake and cool. Make the frosting and let it sit in a bowl, covered overnight to thicken. I used about half of the frosting to mix in with the crumbled cake and it worked out great.


A snack pack of her book in paper back.


And all wrapped up.

Now, off to the signing.


I met my friend Lori there.


And my friend Meimi and her friends.


I even made some new ones. Pam is on the right. She’s a hoot. We all waited together and had a blast.


There were people everywhere. Hi Robin! Hey, that’s a nice camera.


After reading Ree’s recaps from her previous signings, I expected to see lots of smiling faces.


Everywhere… everyone was so happy to be there to meet Ree. She has that effect on people. Me included.


I expected to see lots of adoring fans. Aren’t these two the cutest.

But I didn’t…

I didn’t expect …



or this…



Something weird was happening. I found myself on the other end of the camera throughout the night.


And it was a completely unexpected treat to meet so many people that love Ree and also visit my little website. And just about everyone I met had even made cake pops. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. The evening was very surreal.

Here are some more photos from the night. I tried to get pics (Thanks Lori) of all the people that asked for photos so I would know I wasn’t dreaming the next day.

But wait…

I was here for a book signing. I had books to be signed.


Everyone received post it notes to write their names on … it made things go faster since there were so many people.


Ree is a machine. Signing, and spinning pens and pages. Even Betsy and Hyacinth were swamped. Seriously, I think they all signed books for at least five hours. Non-stop. And all with a smile.


When it was my turn, I kneeled down beside Ree and looked up to find several cameras taking our picture together. I think that’s why I look like a dork. Disbelief behind those cheeks.

And … P.S. – I’m still short.


All I can say on this one is …… paybacks…


Just kidding … I heart you PW.


And, you too guys. Hope you all had fun while you were here. I did.

Amiyrah said...

hahaha! you two together are so adorable. those little tiny books were precious too. I love seeing two of my favorite bloggers meet up in “the real world.” As usual, great work!

December 11, 2009 12:53 AM
Crazy About Cakes said...

Bakerella, what a fun post! I would be in absolute heaven if I could be in the same room with you and Pioneer Woman. And the little books were adorable. You are one creative gal.

December 11, 2009 01:02 AM
cheri said...

You are beyond amazing!! I can’t believe how much talent you have – keep it up!!

December 11, 2009 01:04 AM
Marchelle said...

How wonderful! You looked like ya’ll had a great time.

I can’t imagine the time you spent on those *CUTE CUTE* little books! WOW….You rock!

December 11, 2009 01:04 AM
Jamie said...

How fun! I love you both. :-)

December 11, 2009 01:09 AM
Sue said...

I LOVE those tiny books!!! You keep surpassing yourself in going over the top! BTW…the girl in the purple(with glasses) is my daughter’s BF from H.S. in CA! So exciting! Small world this blogging world! (I knew she met you, but didn’t think she’d be HERE!)

December 11, 2009 01:09 AM
Baking and Mistaking said...

Oh my, tiny books! You really go above and beyond! I’m lucky if I can get my cake out of the pan. :)
Totally amazing.

December 11, 2009 01:16 AM
Shirl said...

OMG! Those teenie weenie books are sooooooo cute!! How thoughtful! :D

December 11, 2009 01:34 AM
Victoria said...

Are you kidding me? We “heart” you too, Bakerella! Didn’t you know that you are as much a superstar to us as PW. We “heart” you both for sharing all of your wonderful gifts and talents with us. What you made for PW was simply extraordinary!

December 11, 2009 01:35 AM
gabby rogers said...

RAD! Those are super cute and clever. What a cute picture of you two. Bunny ears are the best!!!!

December 11, 2009 01:40 AM
Angilyn said...

Dear Bakerella, Thanks for always making me smile. : ) I love the little books!!

December 11, 2009 02:08 AM
Rose said...

Seriously, little teeny tiny ree cookbooks? Where do you find the time to bake AND make teeny tiny cookbooks? Amazing!

December 11, 2009 02:26 AM
Shana said...

Oh my Heavens! Those tiny little books are too stinkin’ cute! You crazy girl I can’t imagine how much time that took, but what an awesome idea! You. Are. Awesome!

December 11, 2009 03:10 AM
morgana said...

OMG!!! All those mini tyni little books… GENIUS!!! The perfect cake balls for the moment.

December 11, 2009 03:17 AM
Elisa said...

You ARE crazy! But the awesome, brilliant kind of crazy :-)

December 11, 2009 03:25 AM
Mel' said...

OMG, these tiny books are very cute…
You are so creative and talented, you will always surprise me !

December 11, 2009 03:29 AM
Dani said...

Only you would think to do something so personal and so wonderful! Just fabulous!

December 11, 2009 03:37 AM
Nofi said...

Wow.. Those tiny books are amazing!! How’d you make them??? Fabulous…

December 11, 2009 03:43 AM
Jenny said...

I can’t handle how cute the little books are. Insanely awesome!

December 11, 2009 03:52 AM
SandraM said...

Tiny books idea only from a huge talented person … love it.
You’re amazing!
And I felt soooo good now giving a face behind to this blog I love so much!

December 11, 2009 04:07 AM
ErinsFoodFiles said...

OMG! You are TOO creative!

December 11, 2009 04:07 AM
Art and Appetite said...


I love you

Now here is my question





Hehehe, love ya Bakerella!

December 11, 2009 04:32 AM
Erica said...

Love this! You are very creative! I get so excited when I see that you have posted again! Can’t get enough of your blog!

December 11, 2009 05:02 AM
June said...

Oh my goodness, Bakerella you are amazing!! Those tiny books are out of the world! How did you make those them? What program do you use?

December 11, 2009 05:13 AM
ChrisZ said...

Now how in the world did you make those tiny books?? Inquiring minds want to know! You are too much!

December 11, 2009 05:40 AM
BethieofVA said...


December 11, 2009 06:29 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

So cute! I love the sheet cake balls.

December 11, 2009 06:37 AM
Wendy said...

The mini-mini PW cookbooks are way too cute. Crazy though, but quite awesome!

December 11, 2009 06:40 AM
lizzy said...

Love those cake balls with the itty bitty PW books attached.
You are amazing!!

December 11, 2009 06:43 AM
june said...

those mini books….i”m speechless. i can’t even fathom how you made them. i think a tutorial is in order:)

December 11, 2009 06:56 AM


December 11, 2009 06:59 AM
Vellum said...

Aw, that’s too bad about the camera, but yay! Yay for the book signing and the little books! Those are so adorable.

December 11, 2009 07:04 AM
Ann @ HouseOfEstrogen said...

Wow! You really outdid yourself with those tiny PW books! FANTASTIC! I’m sure PW was duly impressed!

December 11, 2009 07:16 AM
Stefanie said...

AMAZING! Simply amazing, Bakerella! But I shouldn’t be surprised, you’ve always got something up your sleeve :)

So cool you guys got to hang out, I SO wish I could’ve been there, Atlanta is my home town :)

I bet everyone swooned to have not just PW in the house but Bakerella, too?? What a night!

Hugs to you, lady! Hope you have a VERY MERRY Christmas this year!!

December 11, 2009 07:19 AM
Anne ( said...

Hi! Such a great post! You are a genius with those mini PW cookbooks……..O.K……….how did you do it???? I am jealous of anyone who is able to bake or cook anything right now. I am in the middle of the longest kitchen renovation in history and am about ready to jump out the window. No oven, no stovetop….NO NOTHING! Hopefully I’ll be back on track soon because now I’ve got a powerful hankerin’ for some cakeballs!

December 11, 2009 07:47 AM
Miz Booshay said...

You are a doll! I know Ree just adores you!!

BUT those cakeballs and cookbook decorations are TRULY SPECTACULAR!!! You are too modest.

You are the AMAZING and delightful Bakerella!!!

December 11, 2009 07:51 AM
EG said...

You are CRAZY with those tiny cookbooks!

December 11, 2009 07:54 AM
sally said...

I LOVE those little books. What an adorable gift.

December 11, 2009 07:54 AM
Yulanda woodson said...

I’m so glad to be a apart of your ventures and recipes. I’m wedding/event planner and I love your stories. You have such great ideas. Your blog is the best.

December 11, 2009 07:55 AM
Nichole said...

those tiny cookbooks are so stinkin cute! you really outdid yourself with those!

December 11, 2009 08:03 AM
Allegra said...

Those teeny-tiny books are so creative, and very cute!

December 11, 2009 08:10 AM
Kristen said...

Oh my god, I am famous. I can’t believe I ended up on your blog! Whoo….they will be calling me for my star on the walk of fame any day now….

It was so much fun to meet you Bakerella! Hopefully Meimi can talk you into a Blythe one day soon!

December 11, 2009 08:17 AM
Robin said...

Oh.My.Goodness! THANK YOU for linking my blog in your post! I had such a great time….you are just the sweetest thing ever!


Robin :o)

PS….I’ll give you a dollar if you swap MY photo with the one you posted…..MAN, I didn’t realize my fat rolls could have fat rolls! LOL!

December 11, 2009 08:18 AM
A Cupcake for Moose said...

Bakerella – you are the coolest! What a fun post to see two of my favorite bloggers come together. You guys should do a cookbook TOGETHER! That would be amazing!!!

Love your little books, and that you chose dinner. :) Looks like a super fun night!

December 11, 2009 08:21 AM
Lisa Sturgill said...

First off…your cake pops with the little books attached..too cute!!! This is why people Love ya! You are having fun with what appeared to be a long lost past time and art…BAKING!!!

I remember when I was a little girl, I would read and re-read the Betty Crocker & Better Homes Cookbooks and wish I had the ingredients to make the marzipan candies, or the stain glass cookies… LOL I’m still not much of a baker, but I am going to make some version of the cake pops soon, I just look at them and smile!!! I want to have them for my Daughter to take to her German class (they have food day at least a couple days a month!). Even if they are Seniors, she & her friends love goodies!

Thanks Bakerella for all your inspiration and fun posts!!! I am SO glad I found your site!

December 11, 2009 08:30 AM
Lauren said...

I love you, Bakerella!! Your posts ALWAYS make me smile, and even tear up from time to time. You are amazing — from your unbelievable baking, to your adorable writing to your gorgeous photography. You truly inspire me. Thank you for making my days brighter.

December 11, 2009 08:30 AM
pam said...

tuesday was my birthday and some of my friends from KY (i currently live in AL, army wife) went to see pioneer women in Nashville. i was so jealous i was not able to go. but yesturday i got a package, it was her cookbook signed happy birthday. i took it with me last night when i took the kids to see nutcracker AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH.,
okay onto you. man i would love to spend a day with you watching you do all this. how in the world were you able to make those little books. so stinking cute.

December 11, 2009 08:33 AM
Donna said...

I saw your sweet little cake pops and tiny books sitting on the table! Adorable! How could I have missed seeing you? Oh yeah, you were swallowed up with fans having your picture taken! What GREAT night!

December 11, 2009 08:34 AM
chickyp said...

Oh, that looked like SO much fun! And your gift for Ree was wonderful! How on earth did you do those teensy books? What a great idea! I’m just pea green with envy!

December 11, 2009 08:34 AM
Beth said...

I would also love to know how you made those miniature books? It looks like such a great gift idea!

December 11, 2009 08:56 AM
Elizabeth said...

Those are REALLY cute and I bet she loved them! I would have loved to been there in Atlanta to see you both, but I saw PW in Nashville the next night.

December 11, 2009 09:15 AM
Melanie said...

that’s incredible!
and insane. ;)

December 11, 2009 09:16 AM
Kim S. said...

Awe! I have to say that you & PW are my absolutely favorites! So to see you guys together was a real treat!! I just wish she’d come to Florida.

December 11, 2009 09:31 AM
kat said...

That is the most precious gift ever! Her heart must have totally melted when you gave her that complete with those tiny liitle books, pure genius!!! I was at that signing too, that crowd was insane!

December 11, 2009 09:34 AM
Christine Trebendis said...

Oh, I bet you had so much fun! And your amazing gift…those teensy books…Priceless!!!

December 11, 2009 09:36 AM
jan metcalf said...

Clever personalized gift for PW! Nicely done! It’s all in the details, right?

December 11, 2009 09:37 AM
Mandi Briggs said...

How’d you make those teeny tiny books? They are precious! What’d PW think?

December 11, 2009 09:37 AM
Ivona said...

Little PW cookbooks transfer your from crazy to positively wacky :P but they are soooooo adorable…. I admire your patience….

December 11, 2009 09:43 AM
Beth D. said...

Yes, you are crazy;) Can’t wait until we’re all at YOUR book signing. Oh, and of course a book tutorial would be great!

December 11, 2009 09:47 AM
PeachRainbow said...

Such a cute idea! you are so sweet!
great to see you and PW together!

December 11, 2009 09:48 AM
PeachRainbow said...

OOPS forgot to mention

December 11, 2009 09:50 AM
Dara said...

aww. i wish i could have been in the presence of you two great woman. I got to meet PW in houston, but I would have loved to meet you too! so now is your turn to do your book/baking tour. haha. j/k

December 11, 2009 09:57 AM
Judy L said...

what fun! I love the mini PW cookbooks, you’re amazing!!!

December 11, 2009 10:09 AM
katie said...

HA! I love the mini cookbooks. That is totally like some crazy crap I would do!

December 11, 2009 10:10 AM
Jennifer said...

Wow! You are definitely a detail queen and so talented! The only problem is that I couldn’t have ever eaten those cake balls. They are too cute! So creative!

I am glad you chose to go to dinner. The other details of life could certainly wait and now you don’t have to kick yourself for days wishing you had gone.

The guys and gals of Atlanta definitely received an extra treat meeting both of you at the same event!

December 11, 2009 10:10 AM
Tracy said...

WOW… I just happen to find your blog by accident and LOVE it this is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you so much I love the extra detail that you pay attention to.

December 11, 2009 10:18 AM
WishTrish said...

I saw the email in my box and I thought, “I can’t believe it’s Monday and I’m so far off in my days!” I had to really think to figure out if it was Monday or not… You have me well trained.

Those mini books are unbelievable. Well, I mean… I believe YOU made them… but it would be unbelievable if I did it. Amazing. Your most amazingishest cake ball decor ever. Love it!

December 11, 2009 10:25 AM
jan Sanderson said...

what fun! thanks for sharing. plz tell us how on earth you made the fun books. LOVE!

December 11, 2009 10:27 AM
Anne said...

It was so nice to meet you Bakerella! And thanks for the tips about the cakepops. You have a fan for life!

December 11, 2009 10:28 AM
CatHerder said...

AMAZING..thank you for being my creative muse today..time to get off the computer and create!

December 11, 2009 10:31 AM
Jessica Hinz said...

OK – When is your book coming out? Hmmmmm? I would buy it in an instant.

I just about died when I saw the little books – So much love in those details.

December 11, 2009 10:37 AM
Nancy J. said...

Oh my gosh, you are crazy and good, crazy good! Those books are so small, you must have tiny hands or something! So cute, love it, so fun to see the two of you together. Bravo Bakerella!

December 11, 2009 10:41 AM
Laura said...

I am so impressed….I tried to make cake balls a few weeks ago and it was a complete disaster. In the end, they were more like amorphous blobs than the picture perfect little balls your creations are!

December 11, 2009 11:03 AM
em-jay said...

OK, those tiny little books are absolutely adorable!!!!!

December 11, 2009 11:07 AM
Elaine said...

Brilliant! Is your “bakebook” in the works yet? :)

December 11, 2009 11:11 AM
Megan Holladay said...

Did she LOVE the cakeballs?! I am just dying to know!!

December 11, 2009 11:30 AM
TinkersMoon said...

The attention you got at PW’s book signing doesn’t surprise me at all. I started visiting PW’s site because of posts on your blog. It’s great to see a photo of you two together.

Love the mini books!

December 11, 2009 11:38 AM
Gillian said...

Hi! My name is Gillian and I work for Cedar Fort, a Publishing Company. We publish tons of cookbooks (you might have heard of 101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 minutes). I do the blogs for the company and have started up a recipe blog. I loved all the recipes on your blog- and was wondering if you would like to do a little exchange with me? I could give you a recipe from one of our cookbooks for you to share, and you could share one of your favorite recipes with us. Would you be willing to do that? If you are, my e-mail is I would love to hear from you! Thanks! Great Blog btw!

December 11, 2009 11:39 AM
Misty said...

I adore you. Your posts are always so fun to read! And creative, and you make me hungry. And I can’t believe you put those tiny little books on there. Where do you come up with these ideas? You’re adorable!

December 11, 2009 11:48 AM
Jessica said...

Bakerella…you are AMAZING! I cannot believe you made those adorable mini cookbooks. WOW. I’m beyond impressed.

December 11, 2009 11:50 AM
Laura S said...

Your talent and patience astound me!!! Could you throw some of your creativity up to TN to me?

December 11, 2009 11:55 AM
Dandy said...

How on Earth did you do that?!

You are amazing!!

December 11, 2009 12:02 PM
nat said...

That is amazing those little books how the the cakeballs did you do that?!!!

December 11, 2009 12:22 PM
Julie said...

They are so cute! I dont even know how you managed to make those tiny books. Seriously amazing! Maybe one day I’ll be that creative haha.

December 11, 2009 12:41 PM
Anonymous said...

Of course you’re loved, you crazy lady! I would have died of excitement if I was standing in line next to you!

December 11, 2009 01:12 PM
katie said...

Awe shucks, I made it onto Miss Bakerella’s website! Lovely to meet you the other night!

December 11, 2009 01:12 PM
Jamie said...

Now I’m dying. I was supposed to go with Pam, but my daughter had her first chorus concert. Arrggh!

December 11, 2009 01:32 PM
Lisa said...

I was just as excited to meet you as I was to meet PW. Add Betsy and Hyacinth to the mix and it was a little surreal. So much fun Monday night!

And I love the cake balls with the little books. You’re too much. :)

December 11, 2009 01:35 PM
christi said...

oh my good gravy….you are a NUT…look at those little books…how ADORABLE and what a thoughtful gift..You didnt tell us what Ms. pioneer woman said/reacted……i’m sure giddy with delight! so so fun…thanks for sharing.

December 11, 2009 01:39 PM
Eevi said...

I just love everything you bake or make! And I think that every baker and blogger loves you. Atleast here in Finland people are making cake pops and trying out other things you have made in your blog. I think that your town’s cake and baking store started to sell candy melts just because of you. We didn’t have those before your blog became a huge “celebrity”.Thank you for inspiration ja awesome recipes! :)

December 11, 2009 01:41 PM
Sues said...

You are amazing!! PW must have loveddd those little balls :) And of course everyone there knew and loved you!

December 11, 2009 01:47 PM
Tammy said...

OMG!! the cake balls are so cute!…I am so impressed with all the creativity and love that you put in your work! the little books warmed my heart so much that tears came out of my eyes with joy! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent and for making me smile today :D

December 11, 2009 01:55 PM
Cathy said...

Oh my Heck!! I LOVE them… this from the girly who used to make lamps for my sisters doll house out of beads and toothpaste lids. :)

December 11, 2009 02:00 PM
Trish said...

I find it wonderful how PW”s site (and yours) has such impact on us all. It comes from the generosity of spirit.

December 11, 2009 02:01 PM
Fire Wife Katie said...

All I can say is– you are the BOMB!

All bow to the master cake ball and book end –hahahaha–book end—hehehe (ok, I’m done now) maker!

December 11, 2009 02:22 PM
Eunice Sanchez said...

I looooove all your ideas!!!!!!!!!!!! A new post makes my day!!! Please share a tutorial on the mini books !!!!! Your are so talented, thanks for all that you share !

December 11, 2009 02:37 PM
Kolein V. Carlson said...

I screamed when I saw those books on the cakes! You go!!!! You are amazing!!!!!!!!! Did you just sit back and stare at them for like, 14 hours, in amazement? “I made those?!”

Talent abounds!

Love you site!

Kolein – NY

December 11, 2009 02:43 PM
Jen said...

those are amazing! I geeked out a bit when I saw you drop them at PW’s table! Who has that kind of time?! You are my hero!!!

December 11, 2009 02:44 PM
Jessica said...

Awww, those mini PW cake pops are the sweetest gift for Ree! Its funny, you’ve almost become a celebrity-blogger yourself! Pretty soon, you’ll have a book with all your adorable little creations and people will come flocking to your signings. I know I would!

December 11, 2009 02:45 PM
Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Holy cow! Those tiny books are amazing! Those pictures look so fun…

December 11, 2009 03:02 PM
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