Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cake Pops: An adventure

Today almost snuck up on me. I realized it just in time to reminisce and celebrate with you guys.

Oh and this is a pretty long post, but I had a hard time making it any shorter.

Four years ago today, on February 1, I posted something that changed my life and maybe even some of yours.

Cupcake Pops

I posted these cupcake pops. I posted them the day after I posted these pink cake pops. And I had no idea then the impact they would have. Seriously, read the old posts. Pretty amusing.

While the pink cake pops were super cute and definitely different since they were cake on a stick, it was the cupcake pops that became crazy popular thanks to so many of you.  If it hadn’t been for your enthusiasm, I don’t know if I would have kept experimenting and creating craziness like the muppets cake pops for instance. It could have just ended right here with the cupcake pops. And, that would have been okay, too. They are still my and my mom’s favorite. I guess I have an attachment to them.

A little background history…  when I first made the pink cake pops, I was so excited by how they turned out. I wanted others to see them too because I thought they were so cute and I just knew they would make people smile. I was following the blog Cupcakes Takes the Cake (CTTC) at the time and I thought that if I could just make them look like a cupcake, they might feature them on their blog. So after I made the pink cake pop, I figured out a way to shape the cake balls with a cutter and dip them twice to make them look like a cupcake. Success! I couldn’t believe it. So I added my photos to the CTTC flickr group and crossed my fingers that they would pick them to feature on their site. And they did.

For me that was it. I wasn’t looking for anything more. Just to keep baking and making cute treats. And hopefully bring smiles to anyone that wanted to look at them.

But then, something crazy happened. A month or so after I posted the photos, I was invited to show Martha Stewart how I make them … on her show… like standing next to her. I thought I was being punked. I mean I had only been blogging for about four months when I received the invitation. And I hadn’t been baking much longer before that. Let’s just say I was petrified. But I did it anyway. You can watch the video here on her site. The link is on the sidebar. If you haven’t seen it before I think you’ll get a chuckle at what she calls them. Of course it wasn’t funny at the time. I think I managed to mask my shock pretty well. I know I told them we shouldn’t use chocolate cake on TV. Good times.

Lots of other fun things have happened since then, too.

  • I started experimenting with designs and creating all kinds of cake pop themes.
  • I visited the Pioneer Woman and we had a cake pop demo at the lodge. So fun. Love you Ree.
  • I proposed to Melissa for Rich with cake pops. Miss you guys.
  • Betty Crocker invited me to make cake pops for the cover of one of their magazines.
  • I wrote a little book. You may have heard of it.
  • I made cupcake pops with Blake Lively. Ummm… what is going on?
  • You guys became Pop Stars.
  • I made some cake pops for Disney’s website.
  • I made a little kit and some cards, too.
  • My cake pops were featured in magazines like People, Entertainment Weekly, Taste of Home, Family Circle, O, and more.
  • I went on the Today Show. Kathie Lee shook the pop a bit too hard and got candy coating on her eyelashes. My stomach sunk. Mortified.
  • The book has been printed in several languages throughout the world. Craziness.
  • And there’s a couple more fun things coming that I can’t say just yet.

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But that’s not all that’s happened because of these tiny treats on a stick. So many other things have popped on the scene because you all fell in love with the cake pops I made. Your excitement and enthusiasm for cake pops are probably the biggest reason for their success and why they are now so popular. For example…

  • Cake pops are sold in a certain world dominating coffee shop.
  • Bakeries and cupcake shops now sell them in their lineup.
  • Businesses have packaged sprinkles and such to market for them.
  • Commercials and other kits appeared. Some even use my designs. Flattering, I guess one could say.
  • Machines are now on the market to make them … albeit they don’t let you mix the frosting in or custom shape them.
  • Other books have surfaced on the topic, too, which just reinforces how popular cake pops have become.

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But it’s not all that stuff that makes me shake my head in amazement. You guys have done so much with them on a personal level and have continued to inspire me along the way.

  • So many of you have started home businesses selling cake pops.
  • Or websites devoted to cake pops
  • Or created rollers or stands or just about anything else you can think of to make or use with cake pops.
  • I know many of you that make them just for fun. And make lots of them.
  • Your emails and stories brighten my day every time I read them. There have been so many sweet ones too. Emails from all over the world. From places I’ve never even heard of. Some that made me cry and some that made me laugh. But all that made me feel so special to have played a little part in bringing smiles to your lives.
  • Big hugs and congratulations to all of you, too!

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I think cake pops have definitely made their mark in the baking world, making life a little bit sweeter.

Actually, I think we need a National Cake Pop Day. Or an International Cake Pop Day. And today seems like a great choice to me. That’s it I’m proclaiming February 1, the Official Unofficial Cake Pop Day. Who’s with me?

I’d love for you to tell me if cake pops have meant anything special to you.

  • Do you sell them? What’s your site?
  • Have you made them on your blog? I’d love to see.
  • Do you have a picture of yours on your facebook? Share a link.
  • Do you follow my facebook page for cake pop inspiration?
  • Do you have the book? Do you have a favorite design?
  • Are you a Pop Star? Do you want to be?
  • Have you started a business to help people make them?
  • Maybe you’ve just eaten them before. Or have seen them at a bakery or wedding or party.
  • Maybe someone has given them to you as a gift.
  • And maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about? That’s okay, too.

Leave a comment or a link and let’s share.

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Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

I don’t sell cake pops. but I do run a wedding cake business. I have met many cake celebrities, but meeting and talking with you at Food Blog Forum ATL was one of my career highlights. I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds in store for us Bakerella fans! February 1st should definitely be “Cake Pop Day”!!

February 1, 2012 02:09 PM
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Victoria said...

Happy cake pop day!

Cake pops indeed change my life, they’re the easiest thing to do and people think the price is very affordable. I saw them on tumblr and wonder what the heck were those weird things. Then my sister gave me the book and now everyone ask for different flavors and designs in large quantities for special ocassions.

My very first cake pops were these:
http://tinyurl.com/6m75z7b

As a graphic design student i don’t need to buy boxes or stands or pay expensive publicity, I made it myself, so I really save a lot of money!

February 1, 2012 02:10 PM
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bakerella said...

You guys are so sweet. You’re making me cry.

February 1, 2012 02:13 PM
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Leslie said...

Thank you, SO MUCH for the inspiration. I made my first cake pop last spring, to play around with, and for my niece’s birthday party. Then a friend asked for some for her daughter’s birthday…then my niece’s softball team…then Halloween…then a holiday party…Thanksgiving…Christmas…I was making them all the time!

I got so many compliments and encouragement, that I recently began selling them. My free time was going dull, so I’m so glad to have found something so crafty and fun! Thanks again!!! <3

P.S. I would love to be a Pop Star & this is my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/cakesonsticksaz

February 1, 2012 02:19 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

I started following you not too long after you started blogging, though I don’t think I realized it at the time. I’ve made cake balls (and eaten ones from the aforementioned coffee chain… their texture is a little off, though still tasty), and should remember that cake balls are the perfect thing to make when your cake doesn’t properly coming out of the pan.

February 1, 2012 02:20 PM
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Frances said...

I got you book for my 12th birthday because I love to bake. I went on your blog and have followed it ever since. Your the reason that I decided to make my own blog for baking. I made a blog and each week I make a new treat. Your blog inspired me a lot. I publish all the recipes on my blog. Please check it out!
http://girlbaker.blogspot.com
Happy Cake Pops Day!

February 1, 2012 02:21 PM
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Rachel Zimmerman said...

Today is my birthday, and then finding out that today has been recognized as the “Official Unofficial Cake Pop Day” is one of the best birthday presents ever. I started following your blog last year, and have been having fun making (and eating) Cake Pops ever since. Thank you for the hours of delight and deliciousness!

February 1, 2012 02:39 PM
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Anne M. said...

Miss Bakerella,
You deserve all of the attention you’ve gotten! And you’ve stayed so sweet and humble throughout it all.
Thank you so much for sharing!
I’ve started a (very) small business selling cake pops from my home, and it is going to be my “full time” job once my baby is born in August!
I’m not sure how else I would have been able to be a stay-at-home mom, if it weren’t for you sharing your amazing talent and inspiring me to try something that I never would have thought of on my own.
I owe a lot to you; thanks again for all of your sweet inspiration!!!!!!!! :)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Cakes-Cake-Pops/184826891548782

February 1, 2012 02:43 PM
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Anne M. said...

Oh, and happy Cake Pops day!!!!!! :D

February 1, 2012 02:44 PM
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Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

Cake Pops have changed MY life….and I have YOU to thank for that! Finding your site really made me think that I could do THIS…you are SO generous and your inspiration connects all of us that have been bitten by the Cake Pop BUG ;)
Making Cake Pops eventually led to me being able to leave my full time job to stay home with my kiddos and bake….no GIFT has been greater!
I have THE book (signed)…I sell pops, have posted tutorials, give them as gifts, and have posts on FB devoted to Cake Pops…you name it!
Here is a post I put up to share MY Cake Pop journey with YOU…words really can’t express what you have given me…but I’ll still say THANK YOU and hope my message is clear ;) http://sweetcheekstastytreats.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-cake-pop-journey.html

February 1, 2012 02:54 PM
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Nichole K said...

I went to your cake pop class when you were at the Oregon Coast in October 2010. Since then I have made cake pops several times and now my friends call me to come over whenever they make them…since I learned some neat tricks from you as to how to per-fect them! :)
My friend and I made trial ones for her daughters 1st b-day, the theme is Breakfast at Tiffanys!
You are amazing- Thank you for sharing your life with us!

http://krugerlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/cupcake-pops.html

February 1, 2012 02:54 PM
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alicia C. said...

I love cake pops & you have definitely inspired me over the past 4 years with your imagination.
I have come to making “cake balls” for family, friends & work. I’m also mid-process of having a home business based on the concept – which I will hopefully introduingn in the summer months via our local Farmer’s Markets.
I’ve made several varieties of flavors, even ventured into different shapes…I made an R2D@ & a Storm Trooper cake Pop for a co-worker that was moving on from our company & he was over joyed with them. I was pretty i,pressed with myself on them- being my serious first attempt at a “character” cake pop.
I’ve also got imagination, inspiration galor of putting “fillings” in my cake balls – I have my faithfull hubby & all my co-workers inline each month as my ever present guinea pigs…Thank you so much for bringing even more baking fun into my life :)

February 1, 2012 03:01 PM
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Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

First off… you are definitely the queen of cake pops! I am always amazed by your work and you definitely deserve every bit of credit! We make a lot of different kinds of pops on our site, but these Touchdown Football Pops are the first “cake pops” that we have ever made…http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/01/touchdown-football-pops.html.
You are so inspiring and bring so much joy to everyone that sees your flawless work!
Happy Cake Pops Day!

February 1, 2012 03:03 PM
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Dorothy said...

Soon after seeing you do the demo for Pioneer Woman, I catered a baby shower using cake pop cupcakes as one of the desserts. They were a HUGE hit!
Good luck with all your endeavors, congratulations and thanks for the inspiration!

February 1, 2012 03:04 PM
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Mercedes said...

Every time I read your blog I think I am reading a letter from a best friend. Your book changed my life. Fall of 2010 I purchased your book and read it in one afternoon. I found such joy creating cakepops that I decided to make them as holiday gifts. A few weeks later I needed to either sharpen up my resume or go into a cakepop business. It has been about one year since I started customcakebites llc I have had a wonderful year. I can only see growth at this point which is an incredible feeling. Thank you Bakerella, you truly changed the course of my career and I could not be more grateful. http://www.customcakebites.com http://www.facebook.com/customcakebites Thank you! Mercedes

February 1, 2012 03:08 PM
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Rhoda said...

You’ve gone a long way, Angie! I thank you for the inspiration in creating pretty delicious cake pops & other goodies. Thank you for sharing your talent with your readers. I wish you well, Bakerella.

February 1, 2012 03:08 PM
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katie said...

i discovered your site when i stumbled upon the fathers day burgers and fries.. clicked over to the red velvet cake balls, and the rest was history – i have been commissioned by friends and family to make cake balls and cake pops for wedding showers, birthday parties, baby gender reveal parties, graduation parties (those earned me the honor of becoming a pop star!) and so much more

i can’t thank you enough for your creative inspiration!!

February 1, 2012 03:15 PM
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kk said...

You are such an inspiration. I’m so happy that i got to meet with you in person when you came for a signing. who knew one little idea because such a huge thing! i’m also so amazed as how humble you are while you created this whole trend for people to follow :)

February 1, 2012 03:22 PM
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Emily P. said...

Where to begin? You are such an inspiration. I breathe through inspiration, and you really *lit my fire* (in a fun, creative way… lol!)

I came across your blog one day and have been hooked since. I practiced and practiced (which lead to eating and eating…. !) and finally became really comfortable with them – cake BITES more than pops, but the same none-the-less. Eventually, my new talents took off and I began selling them and doing dessert tables at events and such (I’ve even won an award for them!). I even expanded my horizens from cake bites and pops to other things on a stick. Treats-on-a-stick are so “in” thanks to YOU! =]

Since life has gotten in the way, I’ve fallen back on sharing my passion and inspiration from you through my blog. I try to take every opportunity to share with others and find inspiration in your work, and now my fellow baking friends. Following your blog has turned into following your Facebook which I love to check on almost daily! It’s amazing how many lives you’ve touched and how you have created a new community of cake popping people to share and grow with.

Today is a perfect day to celebrate the “Official Unofficial Cake Pop Day,” although most of us celebrate and are thankful for having you in our lives and being an inspiration on a DAILY basis. Whether or not you know this, you’ve made a footprint on this earth and will be loved and remembered for years to come! =] You ROCK, Angie!!!!

Blog: http://www.facebook.com/emilykdesign

February 1, 2012 03:34 PM
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Urban Wife said...

I have so much admiration for you, Angie. Your cake pops success story and more importantly, your life story are just two reasons why you are AWESOME. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I finally had the guts to attempt making cake pops for the first time as Christmas gifts last year. Tears of frustration might have been shed but after several tries, I felt like I got the hang of it. Again, thank you! I didn’t post a step-by-step (plenty of other pros out there already!) but here’s a picture of several of my finished pops:
http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/2011/12/merry-christmas.html

I’m looking forward to many more years of reading Bakerella! Much love from Florida.

February 1, 2012 03:35 PM
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Shelan said...

Hey bakerella! That is amazing congrats! I REALLY want to try them, I just don’t have the materials. All I need are the sticks and the melts… So pretty much everything. I have eaten them before they are SO good. I had a rocky road one yum! Once I make them (which will probably be within the next few weeks) you can check out my blog to see the results!
Btw I love your blog!!!!!!!!!

February 1, 2012 03:37 PM
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Jenna said...

You are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing! For one of my first posts on my page I made the always delicious pops…with a twist :)
http://jenna-kincaid.blogspot.com/2011/11/ice-cream-cake-balls.html

February 1, 2012 03:38 PM
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Eva @ Eva Bakes said...

I’ve made cake pops multiple times and even made them for our clients at work (I used an edible ink pen to draw their company logos!). I’ve had a former manager hire me to make some for her daughter’s first birthday. And I finally blogged about the cupcake cake pops here:

http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2011/11/cupcake-cake-pops.html

Thanks for inspiring all of us!

February 1, 2012 03:48 PM
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Wendy Fugal said...

Happy cupcake pop day! I have made them a few times and will definitely make them again.

February 1, 2012 03:51 PM
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Yolanda said...

Happy Birthday Cake Pops!

I have never made them, but I admire and eat them. There is just something so incredibly appealing about cute little cakes on a lollipop stick. Thank you for introducing us to them.

One of my clients made Mr. Potato Head cake pops for her sons Toy Story themed third birthday party. Here is a shot I took of them:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=245285255529556&set=a.117271011664315.15825.102276003163816&type=3&theater

February 1, 2012 03:51 PM
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Annie H said...

I truly love that you shared your cake pops with us. I love that cake pops are such a hit. I know my family, friends and church members love them too.

I’ve made the graduation cake pops, valentine cake pops and very simple plain round cake pops too. I’m about to make some more valentine cake pops in the next few days.

Again, thank you for this creative outlet! :-)

February 1, 2012 04:04 PM
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Debbie A said...

I fully support and second that February 1st shall forever be known as International Cake Pop Day. Congratulations on the success that you very well deserve.

February 1, 2012 04:28 PM
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Ann said...

Funny timing… I just made cake pops for the first time this past weekend and blogged about it. You… of course… were featured in the post! :) Enjoy!
http://houseofestrogen.typepad.com/house_of_estrogen/2012/01/move-over-bakerella-youve-got-competition.html

February 1, 2012 04:47 PM
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Susan said...

HAPPY CAKE POP DAY!!!

My 8 year old’s daughter’s name is Ella, so my mom bought her your book. Now she has HER OWN business selling to friends, family, and friends of friends. TODAY, Feb. 1, she cut a deal with a small local grocery store to sell her pops there! It truly is national cake pop day!

February 1, 2012 04:54 PM
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Natasha said...

Hi! i got your book as a college graduation present because i love to bake and had been follwoing your blog for awhile. Needless to say i check EVRY DAY to see if you have posted anything new. I love your site and the creative things you have been able to come up with. I was sad when you werent able to come to MIami for the book signings but im hoping you will do some more in the future. I have made many many many cakepops and they are very popular with every one i make them for. I even spiked some of them with kahlua and rum. the rum ones are a favorite amongst all of my friends. I volunteered at a homeless shelters school for a while and i made them cake pops and cupcakes from your blog. they loved them. THANK YOU for sharing your creativity with us :)

February 1, 2012 04:55 PM
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Heidi said...

Happy Anniversary! I found your blog two years ago and was so inspired by your creative ideas. I made your Snowman Pops first, and then I was hooked! Now, I’m back into baking and decorating cakes, cupcakes, and Cake Pops – even selling them at Farmer’s markets! Thank you for sharing with us. Hope to meet you someday.

February 1, 2012 05:13 PM
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Honeyleen said...

Oh Bakerella, where do I even begin. You gave me the courage and push I needed to start this wonderful Cake Pop journey of mine. You are amazing! Congratulations on all your success! Can’t wait to see what you have in the works!

February 1, 2012 05:16 PM
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MINDY1 said...

I just like to look at your site-it’s so cute and perky :D

February 1, 2012 05:18 PM
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Sarah said...

YOU are an inspiration to all of us cakepoppers, or should I say “Pop Stars”! I was honored when I found my Cake Pops featured in your pop star section, it seriously made my day! And to answer your questions, YES to pretty much all of them. Your Facebook page has become THE cake pop forum! And one of my favorite designs has to be either the chicks or the penguins, or the ….geez, I’m not good at making decisions…

Miss CandiQuik blog featuring plenty of cake pops:http://blog.candiquik.com/?cat=17

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candiquik

On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/misscandiquik/

Thanks and most of all, Congratulations to your success!

Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik

February 1, 2012 05:21 PM
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Taylor said...

Bakerella,
Happy Cake Pop Day!
You`re so creative! Cake pops are the best thing I’ve ever eaten!!!! I’d love to be Pop Star someday! I’m your biggest fan!!!

February 1, 2012 05:33 PM
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Andrea said...

what an awesome journey! i was so glad to meet you in Phoenix! Love me a good cake pop I make them all the time, and I’m the “desigated maker” for my husband’s office parties, all the birthdays and more!!

February 1, 2012 05:46 PM
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Angela said...

I LOVE your site and I LOVE making pops! I live in a Tasmania that is in Australia and not many people had heard of pops until I started making them and now I have people asking for them all the time! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pops and keeping us updated with all the wonderful things you do!

February 1, 2012 05:47 PM
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Becki D. said...

Ohhh Bakerella.

You are SO inspiring – and have provided so many of us stay-at-home-Moms with a fun, tasty, creative outlet!

Yes, I make and sometimes even sell cake pops. Thank you!!
http://www.beckibakes.com/category/baking-goodness/pops/

Yes, I have been a Pop Star – Thank you!!
http://www.bakerella.com/pop-star-becki-in-florida/

Yes, I have lots of cake pop pictures on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2437742259574&set=a.2265248107328.128949.1132268260&type=3&theater

Yes, I follow your facebook page!

No, I do not have a book – yet! When are you coming to Florida so I can get a signed copy???

You are awesome, lady! Thank you for inspiring so many of us to join in the fun!!

February 1, 2012 05:55 PM
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Gretchen said...

I don’t normally comment on your blog, but I thought this was a special post that deserved it! After first reading your blog over a year ago, I’ve fallen in love with cake pops. I anxiously awaited, and preordered, your book, and continue to bake them constantly! I’m in high school and my peers and friends also immediately fell in love with cake pops, and now expect me to make them for birthdays, parties, etc. Whenever I come to school with a box of baked goods, they expect cake pops! I’ve made many from your books, and have attempted to make up my own creations, but your’s are just so cute! And with that, I’m off to make some baby cake pops – I was hired to make them for a baby shower this weekend!
Thanks Bakerella!
Gretchen

February 1, 2012 05:56 PM
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Lola said...

I’m with you! Your creativity have traveled overseas all the way to Sweden. I havn’t made that many just yet, but I’m about to and your blog is such an inspiration to me. I have put up the very first cake pops ever made by me in my blog. Hapyy International Cake Pop Day!

February 1, 2012 06:08 PM
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buttercream bakehouse said...

you are definitely the reason I started food blogging. I sell brownie pops which were adapted from YOUR cake pops. I also did a blog post on cookie pops. You can find the link here

http://www.buttercream-bakehouse.com/2011/01/valentine-cookie-balls.html

February 1, 2012 06:31 PM
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iamshambleau said...

HI? from Japan!
I ‘m IN for your idea that make Feb.1 for national cakepopps day!! Because I happent to post my first pops photo on my blog. http://shambleau2.exblog.jp/15359916/
I just love your site, Bakerella
I finally steped into the world of pops you created

February 1, 2012 06:32 PM
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Bethany said...

Happy Cake pop day! I posted Cake Pops to my blog today in honor of it. http://happinessisweet.blogspot.com/2012/02/recipe-cake-pops.html

And as long as I’m commenting… I just want to say that I love all of your recipes! Your Dark Chocolate Comfort Cookies are the BEST!

-Bethany

February 1, 2012 06:36 PM
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Danielle said...

Hello Wonderful Bakerella!!
I don’t have a business, nothing even remotely like that. But, I have a best friend who LOVES to bake – and I introduced her to pops — and now WE love making them together.
We make about 100 of them each year as the dessert for our Relay for Life fundraiser – and people LOVE them. All thanks to you!! :) And your book now sits at her house, and my house :)
Keep the pops going :)

February 1, 2012 06:37 PM
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Andrea said...

We love them so much at my office we created a cake pop/any yummy treat stand that we now sell with our already existing product blumebox. Check it out, http://www.ideasinblume.com/2012/01/doughnut-hole-dessert-bar/

February 1, 2012 06:41 PM
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Doris H said...

Happy Anniversary Bakerella and 1st Happy International Cake Pops Day! My first try at Cake Pops was your darling cake pop cupcakes for my granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party. Based on my success with those, I made (with my darling soon to be daughter-in-law’s help) just over 200 cake pop favors for their wedding. They were a huge hit! I’m now a cake pop fanatic and love, love, love your book and the cute Cake Pop Kit! Keep on cake poppin’ and thanks for all the fun!

February 1, 2012 06:50 PM
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Stephanie said...

Your success story is one of my favorites! I admit I have not yet tried making any cake pops… but I can see the design ideas are endless! Congratulations!!

February 1, 2012 06:50 PM
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Mary Jane E. said...

Happy Bakerella Cake Pop day! Love to follow your site, admire all the pop stars, watch my own daughters awesome pops and my husband and I love to make (and eat them) too!

February 1, 2012 06:57 PM
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Erin @ she cooks, she gardens said...

Hey Bakerella,

Congratulations on your success, you come across as such a wonderfully bubbly, happy person and deserve all your success.

I recently made Cake Pops for my SILs engagement party. Everyone just loved them! I topped them with little candied hearts.xx

http://adelaidefood.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/cake-pops/

February 1, 2012 07:01 PM
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Carrie said...

I started with the Oreo truffles and made snowmen and trees with the reindeer cake balls in Dec 2008. Then I made the Valentine’s box of red velvet cake “chocolates” http://www.worthpinning.com/2009/02/like-box-of-chocolates.html that sold at a charity cake auction for over $85.

You were the springboard that had me branch out further than frosted cookies.

You are an incredible inspiration and I am so proud of you and your success!

February 1, 2012 07:05 PM
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Ginal said...

I do love your cakepops. You have inspired me to take the plunge and make some really cute….some not so cute, but totally delicious pops. My family requests that I make them for every occasion! We even made them for Christmas gifts in 2010…shaped them like presents and trees. You know, they make me happy because they are nummy, super adorable and fun to make. Thank you for taking the time to inspire us all to make these treats!

February 1, 2012 07:10 PM
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Shaunda said...

You are a true inspiration! Not only with your creative ability but what you have accomplished with it. Cake Pops have made it possible for me to be a stay at home mom and having a thriving business as well. I only hope to some day make it as BIG as you have. I would love to be the first contestant on ” Cake Ball Challenge” if only they had it. LOL Please visit my facebook page as I would LOVE to hear you feed back. Thanks for you Sweetness!

February 1, 2012 07:27 PM
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Shaunda said...

facebook.com/ShaundasSweetTreatsCakeBallsandMore

February 1, 2012 07:28 PM
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Shaunda said...

http://facebook.com/ShaundasSweetTreatsCakeBallsandMore

February 1, 2012 07:29 PM
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Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Such a cool story and I think that underneath it all is that you love what you do and it shows in the treats that you make. It seems tather than copying others you were just making stuff you thought was fun. I love to make pops, as well as other treats as well and have a blog which is a journey of my baking as well as a book – A lot of what I do is inspired by my 3 kids and what they enjoy.
http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/happy-rainbow-cloud-cake-pops.html
http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/lillis-6th-birthday-fairy-high-tea.html

February 1, 2012 07:29 PM
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Jessica @ She Bakes Here said...

Kitty Cake Pops were my first entry on my baking blog over a year ago. My grandma loved making them with us and we even managed to drag my brother out of his room to help. My mother was so impressed with your book and even more impressed that I was able to meet you in Toronto during your book signing in 2010.

Here’s the link. The pictures aren’t the best, but we had a blast! http://shebakeshere.blogspot.com/2011/01/kitty-cake-pops.html

February 1, 2012 07:30 PM
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sweetsugarbelle said...

I look up to you more than you ever know!!! Thank you!

February 1, 2012 07:37 PM
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Amanda said...

Congratulations! You’re too cute in the clip too! I’ve made cake pops a few times and my family always loves them.

February 1, 2012 07:40 PM
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tina said...

I don’t sell them, but I have made them. I’ve posted them on my blog a few times, including the regular cake balls & halloween cake pops

http://sugarbeanbakers.blogspot.com/2010/10/once-you-pop-you-cant-stop.html

ice cream cone cake balls

http://sugarbeanbakers.blogspot.com/2011/06/ice-cream-cone-cake-balls-made-easy.html

I’ve also posted about your Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, which has been declared the new MUST HAVE Holiday tradition dessert in my family

http://sugarbeanbakers.blogspot.com/2011/11/so-im-making-this.html

and about your Puffins!

http://sugarbeanbakers.blogspot.com/2011/09/breakfastis-served.html

I’m a big fan of you (cause you are just fun and adorable) and of your site!

Thanks, Angie!

Tina

February 1, 2012 07:41 PM
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christina @ ovenadventures said...

I love, love eating cakepops. They are my daughters favorite treat of all time. I actually requested and received your book for Christmas.

Though we have never met you are a part of my life and my kids lives. I will tell your story, about how you did something you loved, were great at it and changed the world, all with a mini cupcake on a stick. :)

February 1, 2012 07:44 PM
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kimmyann said...

I have been following you for about 3 years, and have made many, many cake pops. The only ones I’ve sold were for a bake sale, and they sold out! I have your book & check in on your blog several times a week. You’re so creative & special. Thank you for your blog!

February 1, 2012 07:52 PM
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Marjolijn said...

I gave my sister the Dutch version of the book and she made cakepops for the Christmas family gathering :)

February 1, 2012 07:57 PM
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Tamara said...

Happy Cake Pop Day! :-) I’ve never made cake pops, but I follow you on FB and Twitter. Your work is awesome. You are so creative!!

February 1, 2012 08:00 PM
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Lorena Zambrano said...

Angie,
You are such a blessing to many people, especially me. My first cake pops were Mr. Potato Head and Ham for my nephews birthday…and this was a year ago on February 6th 2011. I still feel like such a newbie, but I enjoy this as a stress reliever and a way to give back to special people in my life. I follow you on your blog and on facebook, and love to see your ideas. I have made them to sell at church for a woman’s retreat fundraiser, for orders that friends have asked for, and for birthday parties/baby showers. I have many “fans” that enjoy them often. :) A BIG thank you for allowing us as cake poppers to unite and share ideas. In my thoughts and prayers ….God Bless!
- Lorena Zambrano

February 1, 2012 08:08 PM
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Alejandra said...

THANK YOU!! First of all for sharing your experience with us!!! I read your blog almost every day, looking for the new one and reading some past blogs.
I’ve made them and my family, specially my son LOVE THEM!! and actually that’s what I’m making for Valentine’s this year, so COGRATS!!!

February 1, 2012 08:17 PM
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Adrienne said...

You are such an inspiration! I have only tried cake pops a few times (I usually do a regular cake) but I have used them for sculpting! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.26385883002.36511.698653002&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=10150260083853003&set=a.26385883002.36511.698653002&type=3&theater
I also made them as christmas gifts – everyone loved them!
Thanks for your wonderful instructions & inspiration!! Keep it up – I look forward to your blog :)

February 1, 2012 08:18 PM
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Laura H said...

Wow – what an amazing journey cake pops have taken you on! You have been a true inspiration to me! A friend at work showed me your book one day and we decided to try to make cake pops. Well I fell in love with making them and as you say t’he possibilities are endless’! That was a little over a year ago – since then I have started my own cake pop business in Markham, Ontario, Canada (just outside of Toronto) – 2Sweeties http://www.faceboook.com/2sweeties

I love the fact that you showcase others as ‘Pop Stars’ who are inspired by you – it would be such a thrill to be added to this group!

I continue to watch with anticipation what will be next in your journey! Happy Cake pop Day!

~Laura~

February 1, 2012 08:23 PM
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Pop Goes the Cake said...

Hi Angie,

Wow! I can’t believe how time flies! I started following your blog a little over 3 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I don’t have an official business but my facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/popgoesthecake and I have tons of pictures on there inspired by you and all of the wonderful creators on your facebook page.

My friend and family ask me all the time to make pops for them and I’m always happy to. I love to see everyone’s smiles on their faces when they bite into a pop! :) Especially if they haven’t had one before. I do have to giggle as I have held some cake pop classes for some friends of mine and most of them gave up half way through. People do not realize how much work goes into these delicious little bites! I think that is why can can appreciate so many that show their talent off on your facebook page.

I have been a Pop Star once so far on your site for my 4th of July pops. I add my pictures to your flickr page in hopes you will pick one of my cake pops again. :)

You truly have been an inspiration to me as a woman and a business woman. If it weren’t for you, I would have never known I am actually creative enough to make these!

By the way, if your mom was not a match, I’m sure you would have had a line of fans waiting to get tested to see if they were a match. I would have been one in line.

Please keep up the wonderful job so I can keep being inspired by such a wonderful, amazing, creative, and talented woman!

Thank you Angie, thank you….
Missy

February 1, 2012 08:24 PM
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Remy said...

Bakerella,

I think that it is because of your true love of the treat that these itty bitty bites have become a smashing success.
Without your zeal and care, this would not have been as successful. I remember the first day time I saw that at the so-called world dominating coffee shop. It is true testament to the idea that doing what you love will bring you great success. And Bakerella, I really, truly hope that it has! I have been following your blog immensely since 2008, and eating your little goodies with my eyes has been nothing but a true treat. I know it has lifted my spirits in times that were not so happy.
Never stop. Keep on going.
Thank you for your love in baking, and for sharing that with all of us.

love,
Remy

February 1, 2012 08:25 PM
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Cristina said...

I just can say thank you for sharing all this wonderful sweets. I love your page and I check almost everyday for new posts. I have many some cake pops for my family and they loved it.
Thank you again for all the “sweet inspiration and fun baking ideas”

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.209985605698796.56050.152368421460515&type=1

February 1, 2012 08:26 PM
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Diane {Created by Diane} said...

I LOVE that it’s Cake Pop Day!!!!! I’ve made a bunch of cake pops and everyone who has received them, enjoyed them so much. I was at your book signing in Costa Mesa and we even chatted at BlogHer Food in Atlanta, it was nice meeting you. You are so creative! I look forward to see what you’ll be coming up with next.

February 1, 2012 08:29 PM
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Cindy said...

You inspire me! I started a cake pop business from home 1 year ago Feb 4th…all because of you (and a little push from my friends and family)! Here’s to making life a little sweeter! Happy Cake Pop Day!

February 1, 2012 08:31 PM
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Lynn said...

I 100% support Feb.1 as national cake pop day, I think it is only appropriate since it isn’t b-day today! Love you Bakerella and youare an inspiration to those of us who love to cook and bake. There may be other spin offs that all started from your inspiration but there isonly one Bakerella!

February 1, 2012 08:43 PM
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Megan said...

Love ya girl!! You are AMAZING and so are the cake pops! I think today should definitely be National Cake Pop Day!

I had a cake pop making party just a few weeks ago and we had a blast!

http://megansmunchies.com/cake-pop-party/

February 1, 2012 08:49 PM
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Cristina B said...

I love the idea, should be a celebration for all things sweet!!!! I’ve been your follower for a very long time now, way before your book and magazines articles. I was automatically drawn by your creativity, sense of humor and humbleness. I’ve admired everything you do (treats that is) but most of all your strength. I followed every post about your health and your wonderful mother who donated her organ to you. I have to say, you have the most amazing mother in the world!!!
I have a small business and as soon as I got the whole technique of pop making down, thanks to you! I started offering it on my website, my facebook page and my blog. I’m still very small, I was actually wondering ways to be more noticed on the web so thank you for the hint on how you did it!
Anyway, among all this comments here, which only show a little on how you impacted all of us. I wanted to thank you and cheer you on, for your talent and for your life! I hope one day you can make it to Phoenix, I would love to meet you in person! Hope you actually get to read this.
My website (which needs to be updated) is: http://www.sunshinesweets.com
Facebook (updated!lol): http://www.facebook.com/sunshinesweetsbakery
And finally my blog: http://familylifeandfood.blogspot.com/

February 1, 2012 08:50 PM
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Cherie' said...

I’ve been so happy to stumble across your site. I am not a baker by any means, but these little pops were the first “dish” I’ve ever brought to pass at Christmas, and the first thing I’d ever made for a rehearsal dinner. They were a HUGE hit (of course)!

Here’s my small album on Fb.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1438696339471.55586.1594890017&type=3&l=dc25fb000f

February 1, 2012 08:54 PM
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Tamar said...

Congrats! You are amazing and inspiring. I first stubled upon your blog over a year ago, after I’d been decorating cakes for about 2 years. Once I saw the cake pops, I decided I needed to try making them, and wow! Thanks to you I now sell cake pops, and people in my town know me as the “cake pop lady.” Cake pops have become a given at events at my kids’ schools and synagogue. Anyway, thanks for being such an inspiration! And if you feel inclined to check my blog, you can do so at http://www.arcakeology.com.

February 1, 2012 09:10 PM
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Shannon said...

Hi Bakerella :) I love your site, and think that cake pop day is an excellent idea.
I have not once, but twice attempted to replicate the cake pops recipe, but alas, both times I was met with disaster. Tasty, messy, disaster.
Both times, I somehow managed to ruin the chocolate, first time milk chocolate, second time white. It blobbed, it chunked, it got heavy and didn’t cover the pop, and then took the ball to a chocolatey grave. Each time I ended up glooping the chocolate over the balls and sticking a stick in the top…. I didn’t put them in my blog, but I should have to show what not to do haha.
I do thoroughly enjoy them at the before mentioned coffee shop though ;) Keep up the amazing work please.

February 1, 2012 09:17 PM
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Kathy said...

Love those cakepops!

February 1, 2012 09:20 PM
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Simplysweeter said...

Thanks so much for all of your inspiration!

February 1, 2012 09:21 PM
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Kristen said...

Happy Cake Pop day! Love your site!

February 1, 2012 09:26 PM
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MB@weregoingtogether said...

Congrats! Those cake pops are adorable!

February 1, 2012 09:27 PM
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TRISHA said...

Oh how I wish I had the time and words to express my gratitude. It was November of 2010 and I was deep in a depression following the news of my brain tumor recurrence. I was looking at starting radiation and then chemo. I was sick and scared to death. My family told me that I needed to find something to occupy my thoughts and time…I was up one night late on the computer looking for something fun to make with my daughter for Thanksgiving and happened upon your site/blog. I was mesmerized. The next day we went out and bought a cake mix and cream cheese frosting and almond bark. It was a start. We laughed. I felt better. My interest and love for baking and sweet grew and grew….I started blogging myself (www.sweetology101.blogspot.com) and I was even able to send you a little get well package (not sure if you ever got it really) by way of Amanda at I am baker when you were sick. I was the one who sent the tea cup (I hope it didn’t break!) I too dreamed of getting a feature on Cupcakes Take the Cake……and I have….like 5 or 6 times. You inspired me. It was your cute website, your fun posts, your wonderful book (my favorite design are the babies and classic cupcake on a stick you have as your first photo). I have done those about a dozen times. While, in my opinion I suck at making cake pops ( I often call mine cake blops) I do make the effort on a regular basis b/c it reminds me of my start and I ALWAYS get a good laugh and well..it makes me happy. I am so profoundly happy you are healthy now, I prayed for you during your transplant times and wish you so many good things. I have given your book to just about everyone with a pulse. Thank you for what you have done for so many women. Inspiring.

With Admiration and Respect,

Trish S

February 1, 2012 09:37 PM
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Denise said...

I have your book and it got me hook. I sell them and give them out as gifts. I’m still finding ways to perfect the technique. It is very relaxing when I get in the kitchen and start creating a batch.
https://www.facebook.com/TwoStirs

February 1, 2012 09:42 PM
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Sara said...

Congrats! You are such an inspiration! I started following the blog after you made the Mickey & Minnie Pops. Everyone I have made cake pops for absolutely loves them and a few months ago I started my cake pop business. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saras-Pop-Shop/236930329676155

Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us, your designs are so amazing! My favorite from the blog are the garfield pops. =)

February 1, 2012 09:49 PM
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CS said...

I love your blog! I’ve been a long time reader, but I don’t think I’ve ever said as much. I’ve been making cake balls every Valentine’s Day for friends and coworkers for the last few years– not cake pops, but same thing, right?

My friends look forward to them every year. They’ve fought over them. Shared with one of their friends who promptly told me they wanted to be my best friend just to have some delivered to them next year. Out of state friends have begged me to mail them to them. One of my best friends asked me to make some for her upcoming wedding this summer.

Best of all, they persuaded a very shy guy into visiting me at work to eat some for himself, and we started officially dating not long after. He’s pretty thrilled that I’ll be making them again in a few weeks. ;)

February 1, 2012 09:53 PM
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Kim Celano said...

Hi Bakerella,
It’s Kim from @KCbakes – we sent you a stand that I’ve been ecstatic to see ‘pop’ up in some of your pictures on your blog.

Our site is http://www.kcbakes.com and my blog is mykcbakes.wordpress.com :)

I started making cake pops 2 years ago, here is my Flickr album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kims_cakes. I haven’t been a Pop Star yet, but would LOVE to be :)

I have been a long follower of yours on FB & have your book proudly in my kitchen. It’s quite hard to choose a favorite tho!

Congratulations on 4 years of success! Happy Cake Pop Day!!!

February 1, 2012 09:58 PM
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Charlette said...

My sister and I fell in love with cake pops! We make them for so many different occasions and just because everyone loves them. We even made a little money making them for baby shower, bridal showers and B-Day parties.
But my happiest moment with these little beauties is when I make them for my grandbabies baseball teams all season long. The kids coming running up asking if Grammies made cake pops! I make hundreds of them to raise money for their baseball league. What a joy! Thanks for so much for bringing them to us!

February 1, 2012 10:00 PM
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Margaret said...

I’ve never made a cakepop — and am probably not likely to. :) I’m a lazy baker! I started reading your blog years ago & at first I read it because i loved the photos and was totally amazed at how talented you were! But, after this many years, it’s become a blog I read because your personality really shines through — and after a hard day at school & work, it’s nice to come home to a voice, a person out there in the wilderness that reminds me that there are incredible people in it — making incredible things, with incredible imaginations. Strange to say, though I’ve never met you, but you’re a bit of a hero to me after all you have accomplished and done — and the things you’ve been through! And, really, i’ve been so, so utterly lucky to have stumbled upon your blog that many years ago. Thanks for everything, Bakerella!

February 1, 2012 10:01 PM
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Tara said...

Happy Anniversary Angie!!! May you continue to dazzle us with your skills, and inspire us to set the bar higher.

I was a proud recipient of one of your giveaways, and am proud to say that my 3 girls and I have a blast looking at all your book, cards, kit, and trying to make our own.

Keep up the good work!

February 1, 2012 10:08 PM
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Lindsay B said...

Hi Bakerella!

Last summer, my best friend gave me your book for my birthday. I had been making cakes here and there, and she said she just knew I would love cake pops. Fast forward a year later and I am just building my cake pop business. It’s called Once a Pop a Time :) The website is under construction (should be finished Feb. 7), but my Facebook page is set up already – http://www.facebook.com/onceapopatime.

You are such an inspiration! I love seeing your pops, but I love reading your stories – triumphs and struggles – even more!

February 1, 2012 10:11 PM
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valeriefrost said...

You are the Cake Pop Queen!! Many chocolate hats off to you! Can’t wait till you visit this way again with another book…
You inspire me in Cake pops and in Life… thanks for posting your courageous journey with your kidney (health scares.)
My Dad is on a long list waiting for a donor and it may be a long while since he’s much older (than you and I) and I hear they give them to the younger (more life on their tires!) You are tireless and still looking beautiful behind your pops! :-)
I look to you for more than cake pop inspiration but Life’s inspiration…thanks for being real and keeping it real for all of us…
(not to sound too deep)…but keep it sweet Cake Pop Queen! :-)

February 1, 2012 10:16 PM
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Heidi said...

I have made cake pops thrice before and they are so yummy and cute. The first time, I made your ice cream cone cake pops. The second time, I made eyeballs and monsters. The third time I made reindeer with my new Bella brand cake pop maker that you just put cake mix in and in about 6 minutes, they are done. They were a whole lot faster and easier than yours Bakerella, but were only half as yummy.

February 1, 2012 10:17 PM
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Marty said...

I’ve made your Red Velvet Cake Pops and then after having made those, created a few flavor variations. I’ve made a lemon flavor with white chocolate coating and yellow sprinkles, espresso flavored with dark chocolate coating, and a pumpkin flavor with white chocolate coating and orange chocolate drizzle. I’ve also packaged them in Christmas boxes and gave them as parting gifts to my dinner guests. They are always a huge hit. I even got my brother making them :)

February 1, 2012 10:18 PM
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Claudia said...

I am four-years behind…didn’t even know there was such a thing as a cake pop…I don’t remember if I saw it online or it was the kit that I saw at Barnes and Noble. What I do remember is that I instantly fell in love and I could not stop thinking about getting the kit and start cake popping :)

I could go on and on, but I want to thank you for creating such delicious sweets and for sharing it with us…even after four years your cake pops are going STRONG! I wish you lots of health, happiness, and much more success!

February 1, 2012 10:19 PM
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Alina said...

You are such an inspiration!
I had heard of cake pops when my friend Jazmin made them as roses and sold them as valentines (yellow = friends, pink = crush, red = love) and i instantly loved them. I also had them at Starbucks once! I hadn’t really thought about them until this year during the HUGE power outage, i found your website and since then have been constantly reading recipes and looking at your amazing ideas! my cousin bought my a cake pop pan (which is TOTALLy not as cool as making them by hand…) and i can’t wait to use it!
like i said, you are an AMAZING inspiration to me and i hope you continue to do what you do best!
be AMAZING
AWESOME
FABULOUS
and
INSPIRATIONAL

XOXO
Alina :D

February 1, 2012 10:20 PM
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Angelique said...

I, too, am simply amazed at how the cake pop scene has exploded. And I’m so excited that I’ve been following you almost since their inception. I have to giggle at the immitators – the cake ball pan infomercials (that totally leave out the frosting – what’s the point) and I’ve even had some that were just raw cake batter (ick!). So kudos! How wonderful it must feel to know something so small that you created has had such a big impact on the WHOLE WORLD! Thank you!

February 1, 2012 10:21 PM
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Karen said...

I made your Oreo truffle footballs last year for our Super Bowl party and they were a huge hit! They’re now a “tradition” so are on my to-do list for this weekend before the big game (might have to re-stock the Oreos by then…darn, I knew I shouldn’t buy them three days early!) ;)
Congrats, and keep up the great work! Especially love your photography in the directions.

February 1, 2012 10:28 PM
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Stephanie said...

I am new to your blog…I have already made 2 cookie recipes and asked my husband for your book for Valentine’s Day. Baking is my passion-I feel at peace in my kitchen with an apron on. Joy fills my heart to give homemade goods to those who do not bake. Angie-thanks for the inspiration to make it through a hard day at work so I can come home and bake:)

February 1, 2012 10:45 PM
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