Monday, November 29, 2010

Books & Signings

I’ll start with the signings.

King of Prussia, PA. Short Hills, NJ and New York City, NY.

Three cities in three days…


… and full of fun.


… and meeting lots of great people.


This is Esther. … I love putting faces with the people that I’ve emailed with. She makes the cutest little wire whisk necklaces.

You must check them out.


… King of Prussia had lots of little cutie pies in the store.


Lots of them.




Including these charmers. So cute in their matching tees.


Even the Williams-Sonoma folks joined in on the fun. This is Brian and Mandy. Loved them.


Then in Short Hills, I met more wonderful people. These folks welcomed me with smiling faces.


And cute cupcakes. The lovely young lady in the pink scarf above made these. We may or may not have shared a cry.


This is Melanie. She’s a Pop Star of the Star Wars variety. Check em out.


Look at these two. Stylish. Both of them.


And these two. Smiling and having a great time, despite getting in a little car accident on the way to the signing.

So glad no one was hurt.


I love these photos. Trying to get everyone to look at the same camera at the same time is easier than it sounds.


Side wave.

Bye New Jersey.


Hello New York.

Again… everyone was so fun.


Including their sweetly painted fingernails.


Families came out together.


And young bakers did, too. This is Kaira. Another Pop Star.


And here’s Nora. If you remember seeing the Cupcake Kabobs all over the web… well, she started that.


Laughter all around.


And look – it’s Rachel from Cupcakes Take The Cake. I was so glad to finally meet her. If you love cupcakes and you don’t know about this site, or you’ve been under a rock, let me introduce you.

New York was a fantastic way to end the Book tour – or so I thought.

There will be one more recap and then that’s it.

I hear a bunch of you cheering because that finally means more baking … right?! YAY! YAY! YAY!

Anyway… Toronto is coming up this weekend. And it turns out I’ll be at two locations.

If you’re in Toronto, and can’t make the Williams-Sonoma signing on Saturday, I’ll also be at Teatro Verde at 4:30 pm on Friday. Hope to meet you guys.

And as usual… if you attended a signing and see your photo in one of the slideshows below, feel free to use it. Thanks again for making the tour so much fun.


Okay, okay … that was the signings.

Now for the books.


I’m giving away ten of them. Ten Cake Pops books. And signed if you like.

  • To enter for a chance to win one, just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what holiday treat you can’t wait to eat.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 1st at 5:00 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winners will be announced below.
  • Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random and announced by the end of the week.

Good luck guys!

Okay – Here they are. Here are the 10 Cake Pops Book Winners. Yay!


835 – Betty-Ann – …any one of my husband’s authentic, hazelnutty, German Christmas cookies…love, love, love them!

3987 – Leigh McGilvray – I can’t wait to eat mincemeat pies this holiday season! My mum just sent me the recipe so I can make them for the first time : ) I know the smell will remind me of home.

738 – trifitmom – pecan bars i make, yummmmmmmmm

5084 – Paula – I can’t wait for … mmmm flan!

4748 – Ashley M. – I’m looking forward to cheesecake!

2180 – Nadia – I love making (and eating) beautifully decorated sugar cookies at christmas time too! … but first I’m making cake pops for my hubby’s workplace charity fundraiser on Thursday!!! Welcome to T.O. this weekend!

4718 – Stephanie – Broken glass torte…made by my grandma!

5721 – Rachel R – baking, eating and decorating some sugar cookies with my lil one.

54 – Chelsea A – I love French Silk Pie this time of year! It’s an annual treat that I limit myself to making only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s almost the same recipe as PW! Also, I love all the pictures and stories you share from your signing. I am amazed you remember all the details!

2750 – Julie – Banana split cake!

Congratulations everyone!

Alana said...

I can’t wait to eat some yummy red velvet cake!

November 29, 2010 04:11 AM
MellyKitch said...

Me and my little girl, Indianna, will be keeping the tradition i have I used to do it with my mum and grandma before she passed and making and eating gingerbread men garlands and hanging decorations for our tree. I can’t wait :)

November 29, 2010 04:13 AM
danielle said...


November 29, 2010 04:14 AM
Jason Tibbrine said...

I can’t wait to eat my Snickerdoodle cookies! I only make them during the holidays..

November 29, 2010 04:14 AM
robin said...

i can’t wait to have some chocolate peppermint cake!

November 29, 2010 04:15 AM
Viiriainen said...

I couldn’t wait for plum pastries (puff pastry, filled with plum jam and shaped like a star – see so I made them yesterday ;)

The other must-have treat are green marmalade balls made by Finnish candy factory Fazer. My grandma always had a box of them open on the sitting room table. They are just big enough so that you are tempted to shove one in your mouth whole. And then you look like a chipmunk and your jaws hurt and it is absolutely impossible to look poised and stylish when chewing. And then you do it again. And again. Addictive, I say.

Sorry for being so Finnish with my treats. I’ll promise to make some seasonal Finn-inspired pops if I get the book ;)

November 29, 2010 04:16 AM
christine a said...

I can’t wait to eat wafer cookies that my mom makes. They were my favorite as a child and my grnadmothers favorite as well. This will be the first year my mom has made them since my grandmother died three years ago and I can already taste them melting in my mouth!

November 29, 2010 04:17 AM
Pam said...

Excessive amounts of cupcakes!

November 29, 2010 04:21 AM
Martha Summers said...

Can’t wait for Banana Cake … a holiday tradition!

November 29, 2010 04:23 AM
Tegan said...

Shortbread of course!
Cinnamon is especially delicious :)
xx <3

November 29, 2010 04:23 AM
Ashley Christy said...

My Mom makes an assortment of holiday candy every year. Caramels, peanut butter balls, brittle, turtles, fudge… It is glorious.

November 29, 2010 04:24 AM
Jessica said...

I can’t wait for Mor Mor’s kumla, lefsa and lappas. Salvating just thinking about it! :)

November 29, 2010 04:24 AM
Ellie said...

I am looking forward to making and eating sufganiyot – traditional Hannukah jelly doughnuts (though I might substitute chocolate for the jelly filling)!

November 29, 2010 04:25 AM
Martha Best Dooley said...

can’t wait to eat a cake ball…..taking to a cookie exchange to benefit Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired in KC……everyone else will want one too!

November 29, 2010 04:28 AM
Kara said...

There are so many – but I have to admit, the one that I am most looking forward to is the chocolate covered cookies that come in a tin box. I love to bake, but I am just craving those cookies!!

November 29, 2010 04:28 AM
Kayla T. said...

Pumpkin Pie.

November 29, 2010 04:34 AM
Kimmy said...

Cookies!! Especially with any with cinnamon, it always reminds me of the holidays :]

November 29, 2010 04:34 AM
Jane Tennet said...

I LOVE my mom’s home made mince pies…
they are AMAZING – i can’t wait for these….
and in South Africa it so hot that another Christmas FAV is peppermint Caramel fridge tart – YUM!

November 29, 2010 04:35 AM
Susannah said...

I always look forward to the German Christmas markets arriving so I can buy some German Christmas biscuits! No idea what’s in them but they’re gorgeous – and they are little hearts and stars. Always accompanied by an eggnog or gingerbread latte – lovely!

(PS I wasn’t sure about whether international people can enter the giveaway, but if not and I happen to be picked, you can pick another one I guess!)

November 29, 2010 04:36 AM
Belky said...

Peppermint ice cream and my grandma’s hot chocolate, it is to DIE for!!

November 29, 2010 04:36 AM
Arielle said...

Loving all your pics and stories from your book signing tour! Wish you were making it out to Okinawa, Japan! :) I have been looking forward to baking all sorts of holiday sweets to give away to neighbors as a way to meet new people this holiday. Next year, I definitely want to try adding in some cake pops to the holiday sweets baskets! Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!

November 29, 2010 04:38 AM
crystal said...

I love sweet potatoes! I made too few for thanksgiving and now I’m waiting impatiently for Christmas to make more!

November 29, 2010 04:39 AM
Tarisa said...

Mother’s homemade caramel! Can’t keep my hands away from them. ^.^

November 29, 2010 04:42 AM
Steffie said...

can’t wait to eat macarons !!

November 29, 2010 04:43 AM
Caty said...

My best friends peanut butter fudge she’s been promising to send me.

November 29, 2010 04:43 AM
Kathryn said...

Pavlova with fresh strawberries!

November 29, 2010 04:44 AM
Casey said...

Iced sugar cookies!

November 29, 2010 04:45 AM
Deanna said...

Family!!!!! I love to share all the goodies—— cookies, candy, cakes, and good food we make at this time of year. Time with them is the most precious. Merry Christmas everone.

November 29, 2010 04:46 AM
Andrea Jones said...

Sugar cookies, gingerbread men and women, rocky road, fudge…. love it all!!!! Would love a signed copy of your fab book!!!!

November 29, 2010 04:47 AM
Cherie said...

Hmmm, this is hard! I would practically eat strawberry chantilly cake!!

November 29, 2010 04:47 AM
Anna said...

probably mum’s christmas shortbreads……. yum!! or although it’s awhile away the ice-cream christmas pudding(cake) with brandy cream!!

November 29, 2010 04:49 AM
Rita said...

I wait the whole year to eat snowball cookies…they just melt in your mouth and are oh so delish!

November 29, 2010 04:51 AM
Kate said...

Homemade truffles! I usually make them for holiday gifts… and of course sneak a few myself in the process! :)

November 29, 2010 04:51 AM
Clara said...

omg, just ONE? :3, I think I cant wait to eat a pecan pie, or dulce de leche cheesecake :D

November 29, 2010 04:52 AM
Deb said...

Cookies! In another life I was a professional baker, now retired I bake small scale at home, give away cookie platters to all my friends and sample everything! But I can’t wait to have my Mom’s NY style cheesecake! YUM!!

November 29, 2010 04:52 AM
Terri said...

We do our Christmas baking next week. I have learned to love the Pecan Tarts. This will be my first year making cake pops too! Cant wait!!

November 29, 2010 04:55 AM
danielle said...

well its summer here so it would have to be watermelon

November 29, 2010 04:55 AM
Maren said...

I can’t wait to eat the homemade fudge! I only make it once a year, for waistline reasons!

November 29, 2010 04:55 AM
Heena said...

Do I have pick just one thing?

Eggnog and red velvet cupcakes and of course anything to do with cheesecake =)

November 29, 2010 04:55 AM
Brooke Hill said...

I totally love the mini cadbury eggs that appear at christmas. I also love everything with cinnamon!!!

November 29, 2010 04:57 AM
Nancy said...

Can’t wait to eat chocolate chip cookies made by my mom!

November 29, 2010 04:58 AM
Estee said...


November 29, 2010 04:58 AM
Liga said...

Wow! Your book for a giveaway – that’s just awesome! I hope it’s open for international readers, too ;)
I can’t wait to bake and eat some gingerbread cookies, of course. I love gingerbread cookies and I always can’t wait ’till Christmas to eat them. And what’s the best part – I’m going to make the gingerbread dough myself this year!

November 29, 2010 04:59 AM
Andrea said...

I cannot wait to eat some more of my apple pie! I know I may seem full of myself, as most people look forward to someone else’s confections, but my apple pie is to DIE for. Everyone is always very excited for it, as am I!

November 29, 2010 04:59 AM
Sarah said...

My mother’s trifle. It’s nothing fancy but it’s a once a year tradition and absolutely scrummy!

November 29, 2010 05:01 AM
Beccy @ Two Days Slow said...

I cant wait to eat hot mince pies with cream and brandy butter!

November 29, 2010 05:02 AM
Kassy said...

Frosted sugar cookies and homemade caramels!

November 29, 2010 05:02 AM
Tania said...

I can ‘t wait to eat home-maid chocolatecake :) and so much more, but some things I can’t translate (such as ‘klaaskoeken’, but to be honest, I allready ate them)

November 29, 2010 05:03 AM
kari said...

Every Chrstmas morning since I was 9 I’ve had “Christmas Coffee Cake” since I was about 9. Now I make it every year for my kids. Basically it is a glorified monky bread, but it’s a special something that always helps us kick off the day!

November 29, 2010 05:12 AM
osarah said...

I can’t wait to enjoy whatever iteration of ginger cookies/bars I decide to make this year. I need to start planning out our cookie treats this week!

November 29, 2010 05:12 AM
Renu said...

Cake Pops, of course! I’m so excited that I’m visiting Toronto from India just in time to see you at the book signing. Woo-Hoo!!!!

November 29, 2010 05:12 AM
Xuan Li said...

I’m looking forward to gingerbread cookies!

And if I get your book, well… ;)

November 29, 2010 05:15 AM
Angie said...

Hmm. That’s a difficult one. I do love cookies, and Christmas time is one of the only times that I really make and eat them. :)

November 29, 2010 05:15 AM
Angèle said...

I can’t wait to make lots of chocolate chip cookies and eat them in front of a holiday movie haha :)
Awww I’d love to have a signed copy of your book :)

November 29, 2010 05:15 AM
Jessica said...

I can’t wait to have my mother’s nut tassies made with pecans!

November 29, 2010 05:16 AM
Kathleen said...

I can’t wait for our rocky road christmas tree. It’s a family tradition now. Lots and lots of chocolate, peanuts, turkish delight, marshmallows..and a white chocolate “snow drop” finish. yum!

November 29, 2010 05:18 AM
Kim said...

I love Christmas fudge, but what I really want is some of my grandma’s sour creme candy, which is basically fudge made with left over sour creme. Tart but sweet…delicious:)

November 29, 2010 05:18 AM
Leni said...

I love baking and decorating so there will be lots of Christmas cookies this year, especially the decorated gingerbread ones. I plan some experimenting so I can´t wait to try the new kinds of cookies and then of course sharing them and eating them :)

November 29, 2010 05:19 AM
Delia said...

Gingerbread cookies!!!

November 29, 2010 05:20 AM
Katelyn said...

I cant wait to make cookie dough truffles, everyones favourite!

November 29, 2010 05:23 AM
Anna Sfe said...

I can’t wait to taste the cake my mother makes for New Year, is simple but it tastes so good with milk or coffee for the first breakfast of the year!

November 29, 2010 05:24 AM
Tina A. said...

I plan on making homemade pignoli cookies for my colleagues, but I’m planning on stashing some for myself as well. ;)

November 29, 2010 05:28 AM
Isabel said...

This Saturday me and some friends will bake christmas cookies, so I’m certainly looking forward to that! There are also these chocolate sprinkle thingies they sell over here and so-called domino bricks that I look forward to. So many awesome treats!

November 29, 2010 05:28 AM
Debbie Williams said...

OMG!! I have been looking and looking and looking for something extra special to make for daughter’s kindergarten class holiday party. The snowman cake pops are PERFECT and so EASY to make. Can’t wait to get started!! Thank you so much!

November 29, 2010 05:29 AM
Elaine Cromwell said...

The fall into winter is the time for hearty breads and cookies to share with family and friends you love to indulge your heart.

November 29, 2010 05:30 AM
annie said...

I can’t wait to make (& eat) my favorite caramel corn… YUM!!

November 29, 2010 05:31 AM
Sheri Wade said...

You have the most amazing job and meeting such amazing people and giving them such quality fun time with you. Love this blog and love the things I can make with my 4 grandchildren while there dad is over in Afghanistan. Cant wait to make them with my other 7 grandchildren when they come and visit.

November 29, 2010 05:32 AM
Kim said...

I can’t wait to eat my homemade shortbread! We bake it to give to the kindergarten teachers as Christmas gifts, and I always make an extra batch for us! Can’t wait to have one with a cup of tea on Christmas morning :)

November 29, 2010 05:32 AM
Debbie Williams said...

OMG!! I have been looking and looking and looking for something extra special to make for daughter’s kindergarten class holiday party. The snowman cake pops are PERFECT and so EASY to make. Can’t wait to get started!! Thank you so much! But i also look forward to eating my favorite cookies..Ginger Molasses Cookies!!

November 29, 2010 05:32 AM
Nancy said...

Peanut Butter Fudge and looking forward to baking cookies with my grandson and granddaugher who I’ve turned into little bakers (ages 4 & 2). Under the tree this year is an Easy Bake Oven for them. The will be so excited to have their very own “oven”! They LOVE Cake Pops too! I would love to have a signed copy of your book. I’ve asked for a copy for Christmas but since we have been unemployed for some time now, the money is really tight. Have a Wonderful Holiday!

November 29, 2010 05:33 AM
Marina said...

My Mum’s plum pudding- she makes it every year!

November 29, 2010 05:34 AM
Sheri Wade said...

oops forgot to say our favorite is Cinnamon Ball Cake Christmas morning, my grandma use to make it as my mother did too and I have carried out the tradition I bake one for every Christmas morning…MERRY CHRISTMAS

November 29, 2010 05:34 AM
Catriona said...

I can’t wait for trifle! I don’t know if you have it in the US but it’s sooo good!

November 29, 2010 05:36 AM
Isabel said...

there are way too many, but if i had to choose, i’d say sugar cookies with a cup of hot cocoa =]

November 29, 2010 05:38 AM
Christine Minard said...

My birthday is a few days before Christmas so I am most looking forward to Birthday Cupcakes! :)

November 29, 2010 05:40 AM
Ryan said...

I can’t wait to eat every single gingerbread cookie in the country!

November 29, 2010 05:40 AM
Constance said...

my grandmas chocolate bread-cookies!!!

November 29, 2010 05:40 AM
Hayley said...

Shortbread – yum yum!

November 29, 2010 05:41 AM
Bonnie said...

I can’t wait to eat my mini pecan tartlets in fillo cups…they are so goood! And I will take my book signed …please.
Bakerella I am so poud of if I had something to do with your success…I am excited for you! I have been a #1 fan from your start, and will be here always to see what comes next!
Keep wowing us !

November 29, 2010 05:43 AM
Bronwyn said...

Jewish Apple Cake…family tradition to serve one every Christmas!

November 29, 2010 05:43 AM
Sally F said...

Can’t wait to try the Brownie Pecan Pie!!!!! mmmmm

November 29, 2010 05:44 AM
This girl loves to Talk said...

Toblerone Dip. Its tradition. christmas day breakfast with Summer fruits (I’m in australia)

November 29, 2010 05:45 AM
Jeannie said...

You made the book tour look like fun! I sure it must have been both exhilarating and exhausting. I’m looking forward to two holiday treats in particular: Lemon Coconut Squares, (my mother’s favorite) and Sugared Walnuts (my father’s favorite!)

November 29, 2010 05:45 AM
DebbieS said...

I can’t wait for my mom’s nut rolls. They are the best. I also can’t wait to try to make bagels for the first time. Fingers crossed.

November 29, 2010 05:47 AM
Nik Clarke said...

If I win will you send it to Downunder. I so want to bring the pops to Australia!! Gorgeous work and am very excited to try out a Xmas Pud version of the POP.
XX Nik Clarke
Buderim Australia

November 29, 2010 05:47 AM
Anne-Julie said...

My granny spice bread! but also our French traditional “foie gras” and “escargots” XD
Loved the pics! all the smiling faces are really cheering up :D

November 29, 2010 05:48 AM
Kim said...

Apple pie! I LOVE apple pie!

November 29, 2010 05:49 AM
Mglòria Pié said...

1rst: Please: come to Spain to sign my book. That is my Christmas desire.
2nd: I allways wait Christmas to eat “Turron almendrado” and “Polvorones”. But this Christmas will be a surprise in my table: Sweet Snow Man cake pops”, but don’t tell to anybody…
Did you visit my blog? What do you think about it? (on top there is a translator to catalan or spanish to english).
Mglòria from Gourmenderies

November 29, 2010 05:50 AM
Tova said...

I celebrate Chanuka, so it has to be doughnuts for me, any size, any shape, any type!
PS I am in the UK, hope that doesn’t prevent me entering!

November 29, 2010 05:50 AM
Crystal Colburn said...

I can’t wait for Peanut Butter Fudge….oh yummy! :o)

November 29, 2010 05:52 AM
tammy said...

Can’t wait for the cookies! Love the assortment we will have!

November 29, 2010 05:54 AM
Mica said...

It is so hard to choose one treat that I can’t wait to eat, but I guess I would have to go with a salted pecan caramel cheesecake or any cookies that my mom makes!

November 29, 2010 05:55 AM
Minnah said...

Very excited for sugar cookies with royal icing this year- this year i will not let the royal icing defeat me! also, gingerbread has been on my mind recently… is it too early to make gingerbread men?

November 29, 2010 05:55 AM
Heather B said...

I’m super excited for cream cheese spritz cookies and a big ole piece of tiramisu cake!

Thanks for the chance to win – you’re super Bakerella!

November 29, 2010 05:56 AM
Ruthanne said...

Out of the dozen or so treats this time of year, I’m favorite is the simple sugar cookies with the Hershey kiss pressed onto the top just as they come out of the oven. Yummers!

November 29, 2010 05:57 AM
sydney said...

I made your brownie pecan pie and I can’t wait to eat more of it. I also want to make the Chanukah Pops. It starts Wednesday! I’ll be real impressed if you can shape some like dreidels. :)

November 29, 2010 05:58 AM
Sarah B. said...

My mom’s Swedish Kringle!!!

November 29, 2010 05:58 AM
Rebecca said...

Bread sauce! I love it and can’t get enough! It’s breadcrumbs and milk made into a porridge-like texture, with herbs. Served with turkey on Christmas day, it’s yummy!

November 29, 2010 06:00 AM
Anonymous said...

Can’t wait to make my moms recipe for apple cake and strawberry coconut candy!

November 29, 2010 06:00 AM
Ayundari said...

Classic sugar cookies sprinkled with colored sugar, Im going to style them up in boxes and ribbons and give them to my loved ones as Christmas gift. Also, I think I’ll bake homemade French croissants for Christmas breakfast :)

November 29, 2010 06:00 AM
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