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!

Donna said...

Sugar cookies with the grandchildren!!Yummy and always fun!

December 1, 2010 02:55 PM
Josephine said...

My dad’s famous butterscotch cookies…so yummy with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee!

December 1, 2010 02:58 PM
Tricia said...

My mother-in-law makes the best sugar cookies!!

December 1, 2010 03:01 PM
Abby said...

I love the peanut butter-kiss cookies so much! can’t wait! :)

December 1, 2010 03:01 PM
Lana J said...

I can’t wait to make gingerbread men with my little boys and then eat them together!

December 1, 2010 03:04 PM
deb said...

Nutty, melty, sugary pecan sandies! mmmm!

December 1, 2010 03:06 PM
Kyriea said...

I cannot wait to eat sea salt caramels and almond toffee from Utah’s one and only!

December 1, 2010 03:06 PM
Miriam said...

Buckeyes =]

December 1, 2010 03:07 PM
Nina said...

Sugar cookies with royal icing. Maybe I’ll learn to make them this year rather than eat them!

December 1, 2010 03:08 PM
Kerstin said...

How do I pick? Carmel and chocolate covered pretzels, toffee, chex mix, sugar cookies………………………too many to choose from:)

December 1, 2010 03:10 PM
Ashley Ashworth said...

I can’t wait to eat homemade salted caramels! YUM!

December 1, 2010 03:10 PM
Amna Harb said...

Any kind of pie :)

December 1, 2010 03:11 PM
Stephanie said...

My Grandma’s skillet cokies. Yum!

December 1, 2010 03:11 PM
Becky C said...

I’ve been drooling for your book and a signed 1 would be even better.

December 1, 2010 03:12 PM
Abby Andersen said...

I found your recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites a while ago and finally made them for Thanksgiving. They were a hit! Everybody loved them but nobody could believe I had made them. My family seems to think I am domestically challenged! I can’t wait to see how they respond to what I’m making for Christmas Dinner! Thanks for the AWESOME recipes! :)

December 1, 2010 03:13 PM
robyn said...

oh I would LOVE to win one!! I can’t wait to eat my mama’s perfect dessert, chocolate mocha mousse..

December 1, 2010 03:13 PM
Jo Rutt said...

My 6 year old is addicted to banana bread. And, she has a gracious heart. She wants to bake cookies for the firemen & policemen in our area.

December 1, 2010 03:17 PM
HamiHarri said...

Ohh…there are so many! I’d have to say the Hamilton Family Oatmeal Cookies – yum!

December 1, 2010 03:17 PM
Mindy said...

I can’t wait for peppermint bark! The minty freshness makes it not seem so naughty. :)

December 1, 2010 03:19 PM
Amie S. said...

Anything pumpkin!

December 1, 2010 03:19 PM
Eileen said...

I’m so excited about making sugar cookies with my young cousins when I go home for Christmas. But I bet I could convince them to make a few cake pops too.

December 1, 2010 03:20 PM
Jan Murphy said...

mmm….mom’s homemade mince meat tarts (and I don’t even like raisons!)

December 1, 2010 03:21 PM
Melissa said...

Homemade Sugar Cookies… With a pinch of nutmeg.. YUMO

December 1, 2010 03:22 PM
Christina said...

I can’t wait to have my aunt’s russian tea cookies and honey balls! They are a tradition in my family!

December 1, 2010 03:25 PM
Michelle said...

We have a dessert fondue every Christmas with chocolate and caramel for dipping. The caramel is my favorite!

December 1, 2010 03:26 PM
Courtney C. said...

I won’t lie… I’m looking forward to cookies and eggnog!

December 1, 2010 03:28 PM
Yolanda said...

Christmas pudding!!!

December 1, 2010 03:29 PM
Danielle said...

Can’t wait to make chocolate caramel shortcake. It’s like a TWIX bar in square form! MMMMMmmmmm!

December 1, 2010 03:29 PM
Tina said...

Espresso Meringue cookies, dipped in chocolate!

December 1, 2010 03:32 PM
Jeni said...

I don’t really have a “holiday treat” that I’m waiting to eat but I am spending NY’s day with my boyfriends family (this is uncharted waters here) and I’m excited about that. I guess that could be considered a holiday treat.

December 1, 2010 03:33 PM
Sarah said...

I can’t wait to eat Octopus Stew!

My family is Portuguese and we have it every year on Christmas Eve. It is so delicious the octopus melts on your tongue.

December 1, 2010 03:34 PM
Lindsay said...

Rum Cake!!! Alcohol and cake are always a great combination…if you’re into that sort of thing. ;)

December 1, 2010 03:35 PM
Becke McCoy said...

My peppermint meltaway cookies

December 1, 2010 03:36 PM
LisaD said...

One word…..FUDGE!

December 1, 2010 03:40 PM
Carla said...

I love anything my mom makes…but enjoy green bean casserolle at this time of year. I’ve started making cupcake pop’s for every season and everyone loves it!

December 1, 2010 03:40 PM
Stephanie said...

Can I say everything that my grandmother ever makes? I’m studying abroad this year and although my flatmates are good cooks and kind enough to share what they make with me, I miss me some good home cooking.

December 1, 2010 03:40 PM
Stephanie said...

Can I say everything that my grandmother ever makes? I’m studying abroad this year and although my flatmates are good cooks and kind enough to share what they make with me, I miss me some good home cooking.

December 1, 2010 03:40 PM
Amelia said...

I can’t wait to eat buckeyes-peanut butter dipped in chocolate!

December 1, 2010 03:44 PM
Kay said...

I can’t wait for lots and lots of decorated sugar cookies!

December 1, 2010 03:48 PM
Julie said...

Krumkake, a Norwegian cookie my family makes every year for Christmas.

December 1, 2010 03:50 PM
Jennifer said...

I am looking forward to eating my aunts Chocolate Pie!!! They are so delish and I have never had one better than hers. I could share the recipe if you would like.

Thanks and I hope I win a book. Love your work, made the pumpkin cake pops as my wedding favors a few weeks ago. They were a huge hit!!!

December 1, 2010 03:52 PM
Jennifer said...

Red Velvet Cake Pops that I’m attempting for my daughters first birthday! I would love to be able to give her your book someday. And of course just good ole chocolate chip cookies!

December 1, 2010 03:54 PM
Nati said...

Cannot wait for candy canes!! My dentist would kill me if he knew about my love for them :)

December 1, 2010 03:55 PM
Lisa B said...

Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream on top!

December 1, 2010 03:56 PM
Dova Weinberger said...

Lucky for me, Chanukah starts tonight and I cant wait to eat everything! I fried up my latkes last night – sweet potato, cauliflower and potato – and have my cupcakes ready to frost into a big ol’ dreidel…and then, my favorite thing to eat, that I make on Chanukah, are fresh donuts. I don’t like them jelly filled and the kids love them frosted – yum! Happy Holidays!

December 1, 2010 03:56 PM
Maria said...

I can’t wait to eat homemade Christmas cookies! Yum!

December 1, 2010 03:56 PM
Izumi said...

I can’t wait to eat all the homemade goodies people usually give as gifts at Christmas! Especially chex mix… my favorite!

December 1, 2010 03:57 PM
Rachel said...

Homemade Apple Pie and peppermint hot chocolate!!

December 1, 2010 03:58 PM
nikki said...

I cant wait to eat the cookies bake, sugar cookies, florentines, cream wafers.. YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!

December 1, 2010 03:59 PM
Cassie said...

Mmmm…I love anything sweet, but I’d have to say Christmas cookies in general. =)

December 1, 2010 04:03 PM
Melissa Collins said...

I can’t wait to make what my Oma (grandmother) did all those years ago…chocolate letters. It’s a dutch tradition that I’ve kept up with for my 9 year old. She loves the chocolate of course, but in an “F” for Francesca makes her feel so special :)

December 1, 2010 04:03 PM
Brenda said...

I make cookies with marachino cherries every year for Christmas. I am looking forward to those, and sugar cookies.

December 1, 2010 04:04 PM
Dana Mueller said...

Hope I’m not too late. I have a copy but my sister and mom needa copy for the holidays still!!

December 1, 2010 04:04 PM
BreAnn said...

So excited for candied yams! I’ve tried for the last three years to get them as delicious as my grandma makes them, and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!

December 1, 2010 04:07 PM
susan said...

why cake pops of course!

i’ve been hearing so much buzz about them… i’m gonna give it a whirl!!

December 1, 2010 04:07 PM
Laura M. said...


December 1, 2010 04:12 PM
Jessica said...

Although not your traditional “treat,” I am looking forward to the brown sugar green beans! MMMMM! Pregnancy really brings out the weirdest “hankerings!”

December 1, 2010 04:12 PM
Shana said...


December 1, 2010 04:12 PM
Kristine Morales said...

I am so excited for my Christmas cookie bake and swap this weekend. I am a military wife originally firm New Jersey but my husband, daughter, cat and I are stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. The holidays always make me miss my family and so I have decided to bring my family’s traditions to my Hawaii friends who are my family. Several ladies and I are getting together with our daughters (just like my mom used to do) and we are baking and swapping cookies and recipes. We are each going to make a cookie or other treat from our different cultural and family backgrounds. I am making Italian Struffoli (honey balls) and can not wait to try the different things we’re going to make together.

December 1, 2010 04:13 PM
Anna said...

Cream cheese sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting, decorated with holiday sprinkles! Can’t wait!

December 1, 2010 04:13 PM
Corinne said...

i can’t wait for home made zeppoli!

December 1, 2010 04:14 PM
Sue Deese said...

LOVE your book! Bought one for myself and one for my daughter-in-law!

December 1, 2010 04:14 PM
julia Boyes said...

I can’t wait to eat peanut butter fudge brownies!!!
My family loves to eat them, and so do I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 1, 2010 04:15 PM
Jessica Quance said...

Peppermint bark and homemade hot cocoa.

December 1, 2010 04:15 PM
Kristen said...

I just love sugar at Christmas! But I have to say Terry’s Chocolate Oranges are a fav.

December 1, 2010 04:15 PM
Cindy said...

Would LOVE to have a copy of your book!!! My older daughter is getting one for Christmas…but I want one of my very own.:))

December 1, 2010 04:17 PM
Kenzie said...

Chocolate covered anything!

December 1, 2010 04:17 PM
Destiny said...

Mm oreo truffles man…. to die for <3

December 1, 2010 04:18 PM
Jamie said...

I can’t wait to make my honey-gingerbread man cookies… and I can’t wait to decorate them either!

December 1, 2010 04:20 PM
Little Lovables said...

wow, waht a fun time! I’m defiantly wanting sugar cookies with icing… so excited b/c we only ever make them for Christmas!

December 1, 2010 04:21 PM
Jess said...

I have a friend that makes gourmet chocolate pretzel rods…My favorite of hers is white chocolate dipped in crushed peppermint. So yummy!!

December 1, 2010 04:21 PM
Karen said...

Soft puffy pumkin cookies with white chocolate chips and cream cheese icing. They make the most awesome breakfast with a cup of coffee EVER!

December 1, 2010 04:21 PM
Stephanie said...

Red Velvet cupcakes….no question! Love the holidays!

December 1, 2010 04:22 PM
Elizabeth said...

I can’t wait to eat christmas cookies! Traditional sugar cookies iced!

December 1, 2010 04:24 PM
Tania said...

Sugar cookies and pumpkin bread, oh my!!!

December 1, 2010 04:25 PM
geri said...

Your pops are amazing. the book looks like it should be on a coffee table or in my very own cookbook armoire. right next to julia childs. if i did win, it would have to have your signature. that really would be the icing on the cake. pardon the pun. Geri Raso

December 1, 2010 04:26 PM
MC said...

I can’t wait to eat freshly baked, decadent cinnamon rolls!

December 1, 2010 04:26 PM
Cecilia said...

I can’t wait to eat some pumpkin cheesecake!

December 1, 2010 04:27 PM
Diana said...

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark!

December 1, 2010 04:28 PM
torie said...

homemade lemon cookies! yuuuumy!

December 1, 2010 04:30 PM
Danielle said...

Toffee! I love almond rocha, but love my homemade version even more!

December 1, 2010 04:30 PM
Jennifer said...

I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the spread of Christmas Cookies. For the last couple years my husband and I have been baking up a storm and then heading downtown to pass out our goodies to homeless folks. (of course all good bakers have to taste their work before giving it away).

December 1, 2010 04:31 PM
geri said...

oh gosh, i forgot to mention one of my favorite christmas treats. I make a great biscotti. it’s a recipe from an old Gourmet mag. just a hint of orange zest. delish.Geri Raso

December 1, 2010 04:33 PM
Caitlin said...

I love Baklava! for some reason I only eat it around christmas…

December 1, 2010 04:34 PM
Becky said...

Biscotti, fudge, sugar cookies, truffles, chocolate dipped oreos with candy canes crunched up on top, pie…oh the list goes on and on!

December 1, 2010 04:34 PM
Malena said...

The shortbread. That I make. Oh the sugah. Oh the buttah.

December 1, 2010 04:35 PM
Kim said...

I can’t wair for Triple Chocolate Trifle! Its my fav!!!!

December 1, 2010 04:36 PM
lynn r said...

My mom’s cranberry-orange bread! I can eat a whole loaf…and usually do! :)

December 1, 2010 04:36 PM
Karen S. said...

cut out sugar cookies, and lots of ‘em!!!

December 1, 2010 04:37 PM
Jelea said...

Definitely my mom’s egg nog log cookies! She makes them the first time it snows, and then again during the week of Christmas! mmmmm….

December 1, 2010 04:37 PM
Charity Verlander said...

I love your site! I’m a TX girl living in the United Kingdom and I love making your cake balls for friends! I can’t wait to make/eat Red Velvet cake balls!!!

December 1, 2010 04:38 PM
Thu Nguyen said...

I can’t wait for peppermint pinwheels–and my gramma’s fried glutinous rice balls. They might sound weird, but they are totally amazing.

December 1, 2010 04:38 PM
Katie said...

it’s a toss up between my mom’s peanut butter balls or her cornflake christmas wreath cookies! yum.

December 1, 2010 04:39 PM
Candice said...

I can’t wait to eat my Aunt Jonie’s apple pie!

December 1, 2010 04:42 PM
Megan said...

Now, I love desserts… I think “Death by Chocolate” which my stepmother makes is my favorite. But the “treat” I’m looking forward to the most is my grandmother’s sausage balls!! Not necessarily a sweet treat, but I can never find sausage balls that taste quite like hers! Of course my grandmother is the best cook in the world ;) (aren’t they all?!). I haven’t stopped craving them since last Christmas! Too excited :))

December 1, 2010 04:44 PM
Kristie S. said...

I am so excited to eat yummy homemade carmel!! yumyumyum

December 1, 2010 04:44 PM
Mel' said...

I can’t wait to eat my sugar cookies filled with Nutella !

December 1, 2010 04:45 PM
missy said...

Just one?! Let’s see, Buckeyes, my dad’s caramels and sugar cookies. Narrowed it down to 3 :)

December 1, 2010 04:46 PM
Bianca said...

I honestly cannot wait to eat the cake balls that I’m making tomorrow for a party… though I am tempted to dive into the frosting early.

December 1, 2010 04:47 PM
Monica said...

My sister’s chocolate covered pretzels and my mom’s sugar cookies.

December 1, 2010 04:48 PM
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