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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darlingbeatrice said...

I’m glad you’ve gotten recognition for your cake pops. I was so surprised to see cakepops in that coffee chain! I made Jack Skellington cakepops for Halloween one year. My coworkers thought they were the coolest treats ever! I love seeing all of your cute treats. I can’t wait to hear about your upcoming surprises! :)

February 1, 2012 10:53 PM
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Daniel Rensing said...

Because of cupcakes and cake pops, my wife and I started a company which makes, among other things, high quality, reusable and adjustable cake pop stands. You can check them out at:

http://www.thesmartbaker.com/categories/Cake-Pop-Stands/

They have been very poplar and has allowed us to start a family business selling baking supplies.

Thanks!

February 1, 2012 11:03 PM
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Jennifer Cucci said...

Cake pops have changed my life for sure! Not only do I have my own cake pop biz, website and fb page, I also developed the Easy Roller:)! You know the one you can use to roll up to 21 cake balls at a time! You say Albeit you cant make cute shapes with any of the machines out there… well I am here to say in March that will all change:)!! The Easy Roller will launch it’s first set of interchangeable shapes, first to be your fav and mine, the Cupcake:)!! Thank you for inspiring me to create! <3

February 1, 2012 11:06 PM
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Jamie J. said...

Happy Birthday to your Cake Pops! How exciting! So much has happened with these goodies on a stick in the past few years. I love it! The first time I made cake pops was for a dessert buffet at my cousin’s wedding a couple of years ago (I know… a wedding probably wasn’t the best place to try something new, but she thought the idea was fun, so we went with it!). They turned out really cute and everyone LOVED them. I’ve been making pops for family & friends ever since. They even convinced me to make a facebook page featuring my treats (www.facebook.com.jjscreativeconfections).

I have to tell you a term that my husband says he’s coined for what happened in my earlier cake popping days when the chocolate or candy coating didn’t totally coat the pop and/or the stick. You know how the cake will escape through the hole or crack in the coating? Well, he said my cake pops had the “cake poops!” Ha! Your mention of Martha Stewart and the chocolate cake pops made me remember that. :)

Thank YOU for inspiring me and so many others. I can’t wait to see what’s up next in your world!

February 1, 2012 11:09 PM
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Rebecca M said...

I have made the cake-pops twice. Most recently as the edible favor for my daughters school Halloween party. The are easy and fun to make. I still have problems icing them though because I never get a smooth shell like you do. Any pointers would help with that as I would love to keep making them. You really are an inspiration. Here is a link to the ones I made for the school party. http://rebeccascrafts.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-treats.html

February 1, 2012 11:18 PM
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Candice said...

Cake Pops totally changed the way I look at cakes and cake decorating. I love how fun they are to make (and eat!) and I even made cake balls, inspired by you, for my wedding favors last year! Everyone loved them and they are definitely something that I’m going to continuing making and experimenting with :) You are a total legend for coming up with this and you deserve all the success you’ve had and more!

February 1, 2012 11:20 PM
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LaKisha Smith said...

Hi Bakerella!!!

Well God is good, because he led me to you and I was able to purchase your book as a birthday gift to myself about a year ago. I’ve been popping every since. I’m on facebook with my bakerella and self inspired pops. Thanks so much!

http://Www.facebook.com/1KJoys.Cakepops

February 1, 2012 11:23 PM
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Evelyn said...

You’re an American success story. And you’re so artistic…great combo…and happening to such a sweet, normal person. You’ve been through a lot and God has been good to you. Congrats.

February 1, 2012 11:29 PM
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justJENN said...

I remember the post that started it all and I’m so happy for you, Angie!

February 1, 2012 11:33 PM
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stacy said...

I made cake pops in August for my son’s 3rd birthday. They were SOOO basic because I had never made them before but i was so proud! I posted them on facebook and was shocked at how many of my friends and family back home-in South Dakota, I now live in Canada-had not heard of them. They have now! And they have all tried them and fallen in love with them just like I did. My husband, who isn’t a big cake fan-crazy man!-LOVES cake pops and tells me every time that I make them that they are going to get him in trouble because they taste so amazing. Mmm…now I want to make some more! Maybe this weekend!

February 1, 2012 11:37 PM
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wendy said...

I remember seeing these and I was in aww… I lost my job almost four years ago with the economic hit and I was surfing the web trying to remember where I had seen the cake pops and here was your website :) I was able to pay my morgage during christmas by selling baked goods and pops. So I thank you for your creativity and I’m so glad Your so blessed in all your endevors!

February 1, 2012 11:44 PM
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Carla Walker said...

I so want to be a Pop Star! I just made little Acorn Cake Pops, and they are featured on my new blog and on my facebook page:

http://www.carlasconfections.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.241491672597346.59809.100002095463947&type=3&l=aa7fbb83a0

It has been my goal to get on your pop stars page since I discovered it! I made these Acorn Cake Pops for a good friend’s birthday and got tons of compliments on the look and the taste. Please check out my website. Its new, but its a continuation of my old website, so I have been doing this for the last year :) You have been a huge inspiration to me since I started baking. I have your book, and it would really be amazing to make it onto you pop stars page.

Thank you and happy cake pop anniversary!!!!
Carla

February 2, 2012 12:51 AM
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Lori said...

Hi Angie,
I have enjoyed and been amused by your website for ages.
Finally decided to give cake pops a try.
Now I am even more in awe of your talent.
I posted the results on my blog:

http://tblondonlori.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-first-attempt-at-cake-pops.html

http://tblondonlori.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-cake-pops.html

So much fun, Lori

February 2, 2012 12:54 AM
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Mayra S. Alcantar said...

Thank You So Much Bakerella for being such an inspiration. Thanks to you, I am now able to support my child, continue my education and have my own at home cake pop business. I love all your creations. You are amazing!!! Gracias.

February 2, 2012 01:24 AM
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Carrie - Carrie's Creations said...

You are a true testament that anyone can do anything with the right tools and a little creativity. Your posts and your story are so inspiring!

I have made cakepops, but nothing fancy like your creations. I just love how cute and amazing tasting they are.. here are my latest: http://cookiecarrie.com/2011/12/31/rainbow-treats/

February 2, 2012 01:28 AM
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tina toomata said...

ever since my friend introduced me to cake pops, I have been obsessed! I have cake ball tastings where people can taste my then flavors and help me with new ideas for new flavors! People always ask me to bring cake pops to events and people even pay me to bake them for them! Its wonderful! I even get to teach the kids I work with how to make them

February 2, 2012 01:32 AM
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Michelle R said...

I LOVE cake pops. My daughter and I have been wanting to make some for some time now. She is SUCH a baker like her mom! I also wanted to say I LOVE your blog. I found you a few years ago when I stumbled upon your blog looking for an idea for my welcome back to school treat for my students in 5th/6th grades. I saw your “hamburger and fries” cupcake and sugar cookies with the printed tissue paper made to look like to go containers….too cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

Hugs,
Michelle

February 2, 2012 02:31 AM
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megan said...

i found out about your site from the martha stewart show and i pretty much never watch it. i was just flipping through the channels and landed on your presentation. after seeing your demo i knew i had to find your website and i wrote it down. i’ve never taken so much interested in something on tv before. i’ve been following you ever since! it’s crazy how cake pops have blown up!

February 2, 2012 02:41 AM
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Theresa said...

I made them to sell for our Alzheimer’s Walk last year.

February 2, 2012 03:20 AM
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Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

A most heart felt congratulations to you! I keep thinking I would love to introduce you to my son! lol! But in the meantime, you have inspired me to make Collegiate Cakepops for USC.

Here is my link ~
http://pinkmartinisandpearls.blogspot.com/2011/09/collegiate-cake-pops.html

You deserve all the wonderful things coming your way. xoxo

February 2, 2012 03:25 AM
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Isabel said...

I discover your cakepops recently and i love them. I have your book (in spanish because i’m from Spain). I have make them a lot of times and everybody say that they are awesome. I have a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabakery/305587576119324 and a blog: isabakery.blogspot.com and twitter account if you want to follow me @isabakery and there you can see my cakepops and cupcakes and more.
I made them the first time for a Birthday party and now i can’t stop of made them!
Thanks a lot for everything you teach us! I’ve learnt a lot!

February 2, 2012 03:53 AM
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Penny said...

What a fantastic journey for you Bakerella! Needless to say, I caught the cake pop bug off you after receiving your book as a birthday gift last November, and I haven’t looked back! I have a facebook page called Penny Pops where I post pictures of the pops you’ve inspired me with, and also some of my very own originals like Officer Cutie! ^_^ I’m very proud of him! He was for my dad’s birthday, and he was very POPular! I’d love to hear what you think of my facebook page! All the best and happy cake popping everyone!! :D

February 2, 2012 03:59 AM
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Penny said...

Here’s my link for those who are interested: http://www.facebook.com/PennyPops83?ref=ts ^_^

February 2, 2012 04:01 AM
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Not Just A Mommy! said...

I can’t believe it’s been that long!! I’ve followed you from the beginning and every time I see some iteration of them, I always think, one woman started them all!

I was one of your Pop Stars and met you when you came to Seattle for your book signing. That was the icing on the cakepop because you’ve inspired so many ideas for me. I’ve even have a post label called Cake Poperella, (even though a few pushpops have snuck in there). http://www.dawnypoo.blogspot.com/search/label/cake%20poperella

I’ve shared horror posts of ‘Why can’t I get the cake to work’ and used brownies instead, which inspired the great CakeSpy to make her own http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/05/cakespy-brownie-pops.html

Thank you for letting us share here, and sharing your life struggles with us…

February 2, 2012 04:03 AM
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Lei said...

i totally remember that martha stewart episode. that’s how i actually found you and your blog. i was so intrigued and have been following your posts ever since. really great work, very inspiring. keep it up :)

February 2, 2012 04:05 AM
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Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine said...

Your baking (all of it :) ) has totally inspired me! I have a food blog because i adore your cake pops and cupcakes and photography and YOU! U are awsome Angie! Thank you so much for sharing all your gorgeous ideas with us! U have touched so many lives!

February 2, 2012 05:25 AM
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Patty S said...

No website, no blog, but after loosing a business in 2010 and dragging myself around for several weeks not having a clue what to do, I ran across your blog and you inspired me to start baking again. Something I loved to do prior to the business venture. I started baking and baking and creating. Forgot how much I enjoyed playing with the cake decorating supplies and chocolates. It even landed me a part time job helping out in a kitchen which turned into a full time job as manager of a kitchen where they love homemade goodies. Congrats on your success and the heart and enthusiasim that your share it with. I appreciate the fact that you share. I have the book and love it. Blessings for continued succes and health. Can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you.

February 2, 2012 05:56 AM
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Julie Parker said...

What a sweet, sweet blog. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes a simple idea grows into something so huge! Thank you so much for your inspiration. My brief story…..after 14 years in pharmaceutical sales, I was laid off in December 2010. Feeling a little blue, I began to seek solace in baking (A LOT). I stumbled upon the reindeer pop, and I was hooked. I began making so many pops that so many suggested I start a small business…..so I did. I got a business license, a kitchen license, and a kitchen aide mixer. I’ve learned and grown more in the last year than I thought possible….and I love my job. Thank you again for all you do – Please check out my site if ever have a spare moment! http://www.partypopsbyjulie.com or Facebook: Party Pops by Julie

February 2, 2012 06:57 AM
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Lora said...

I made “Hello Kidney” cake pops when a friend of mine discovered he needed a kidney transplant coincidentally the same time you did. They are totally wonky but were made with love and best wishes to both of you: http://tinyurl.com/3g29xdn

February 2, 2012 07:00 AM
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karen clevidence robertson said...

Long story kinda short… I saw cake pops this past fall being sold at the counter of a local burger joint and thought, “What a cute idea for homemade Christmas gifts.” So I went home and did a little researching online (which included discovering you, of course), and did my first trial run end of October. What a disaster. Everything went wrong. But instead of throwing my arms up in defeat as is my nature, something compelled me to want to get it right. Plus, I started getting all these fun ideas for decorating them and presenting them, and I wanted to try them out. I’ve never been any sort of crafter, so this inclination of mine took me by surprise.

Anyway, I just kept plugging away in my kitchen and online, and although I continued to face challenges and countless road blocks of one sort or another, I learned from each failure, and got a little better each time.

In the meantime, I was gathering ideas and supplies for displaying, and made my first full-fledged display as a housewarming gift for a friend. I was pretty pleased with the outcome, and posted pictures of it on face book, and the response was overwhelming. People admired my creativity (Who, me?!) and wanted to order for the holidays.

Then I got really excited, and, well, downright obsessed. I started playing around with all sorts of ways to adorn and display holiday pops, posting pics as I went along, and the positive responses kept on coming, as did the orders. And there you have it. I’ve (re)found my calling. I say “re-” because I used to cater on the side years ago, and loved it. But somehow ended up taking another career path that I’m frankly quite sick of. It requires my being at a computer day in and day out, and I just can’t take it anymore.

So… my son (a culinary school graduate, who attends to making the insides of the pops taste good) and I are going to start our own catering company of bite-sized treats, both sweet and savory, including cake pops, of course.

I started a blog a while back, but haven’t kept it up (www.cakepopping@blogspot.com). I’m pretty active on my facebook page though (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cake-Pops-by-Karen/319183248109896), and am trying to get my website up and running (cakepopsbykaren.com).

Lots of adventures lie ahead, I am sure, including getting into our own commercial space. Now, if I could just win the lottery!

Thank you, Bakerella, for sharing and for asking us to share. Your clever little idea has truly been life-altering for me, and came to me just when I needed it, it seems.

February 2, 2012 07:14 AM
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Sharon Dodds said...

Oh My Ganache! Are you kidding me?! I heard about Bakerella 1 1/2 yrs. ago and tried making them….the very first time was a great success….I purchased the book, bought my daughters (5) all a book…They encouraged me to start a business…and the rest is history….I have made 21 different flavors and enjoy seeing all the creativity many of you do with them….Thank you Bakerella! Your have been an inspiration to many!!!!
http://www.sharonsbabycakes.com. please visit me on FB and like..

February 2, 2012 07:21 AM
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Marcy Chaya said...

love your story -truly an inspiration!

February 2, 2012 07:36 AM
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Laura said...

Your blog was the first one I started reading and I still love it. I have your book too and it is so cute. Feb 1st is my birthday so having cake pops day on that day sounds perfect to me. Congratulations on all your success, excited to see what you’re working on at the moment.

I’ve blogged about some Peppa Pig cake pops I made here;
http://www.craftstorming.com/2011/10/peppa-pig-pops

February 2, 2012 07:38 AM
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Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Angie, it’s been so fun watching you experience all these exciting things with your adorable cake pops that have taken the planet by storm! Every time I see cake pops (now in local bakery shops and yes, a ‘certain’ well-known coffee shop), I think of you, and what an amazing impact you’ve made… it’s truly wonderful how many smiles you’ve brought to people’s faces – whether they know of the talented Bakerella or not. *Thank you* and I can’t wait to here what’s in store next! It HAS to be a TV show! Pretty please!

February 2, 2012 07:52 AM
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Connie said...

Sigh….I wish I could say that I have made amazing cake pops but my few ventures into this have been amazing flops! I tried making bunny pops and the only thing cute about them were their tails. :) But you bring me joy with every post, I get so excited to see each new design, I haven’t given up trying to make them right….I hope it will still happen. LOL I love reading your posts, have enjoyed watching your success grow (from the first Martha Stewart show!) You inspire me and I am so happy for you and your success. Thanks for it all…………

February 2, 2012 08:04 AM
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Sandy G. said...

I made cake-pops in December for a bake sale fundraiser we were having for Cancer Aid & Research. The cake pops were the first to disappear. I have a pictures, but not sure how to send it.

February 2, 2012 08:10 AM
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Tammy said...

Angie, I have been following you since that first post on CTTC. I remember fondly when you announced that you were going to be on MS show. O…M….G…! I watched you with butterflies in my stomach knowing how excited you must have been! I followed your blog, commenting occasionally and as your success grew, I felt so much pride as if we were great old friends from way back when you and I were simply bloggers and cupcake enthusiasts. I crossed my fingers when I heard about your book tour and hoped you would be visiting South Florida (c’mon, the weather is really nice here…) and my heart broke for you when I read about your illness. I tried only once to make the original cake pops but mine really didn’t look like yours! So now, although I have been selling cupcakes for almost 5 years, I leave it up to the pro’s to make cake pops. I have your book and display it proudly on my bookshelf along with all my baking classics; I admire it as eye candy but most importantly, it serves as inspiration and a reminder of what can happen in your own kitchen when you combine creativity, passion, great photography skills (thanks for the tips and yes, I bought the lens you recommended!) and lots of humor. Wishing you many years of good health and success. xoxo

February 2, 2012 08:11 AM
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Erica said...

Just the other day I was thinking about how your blog was the first baking blog I ever started religiously following and once I started making cake pops for my friends in college, I caught the baking bug. A year or so later I started my own baking blog, and can’t imagine my life without it! Thanks for always inspiring me, introducing me to the beautiful world of food blogging, and being so sweet :) I’m very excited to meet you at the Food Blog Forum Conference in Orlando!

February 2, 2012 08:24 AM
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Shaina {Sha Bakes} said...

I have definitely made them and my sister sent me your book as a gift right when it came out. I’m sure you hear you are an inspiration all the time, but I, as a self taught baker and new blogger, find your story very inspirational. Thanks! :)

February 2, 2012 08:31 AM
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Deanna Bai said...

Bakerella, you’ve definitely been an inspiration! I’ve now become the mom that the teachers want because of the yummy cake pops I make for almost every holiday. My daughters 1st grade teacher is now addicted to them because of you and I! I make them for people when they ask and throroughly LOVE making them! I always head to your website first to see if you’ve made a particular design before I attempt it. Thank you for your brillance and lovely beautiful soul! Happy 4th Anniversary!

February 2, 2012 08:37 AM
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Chemeeka said...

Bakerella YOU HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD!!! …And now I’ve hitched my sled to your sleigh and i’m COMING WITH YA!!!!!!
You inspired me to start my own website, and cake pops are actually the first thing that i made!!
Check out my cake pops on my site bakiemesweet.blogspot.com

February 2, 2012 08:45 AM
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Becky said...

Thanks so much for giving us cake pops. We have used them for birthday party favors, anniversary favors, just plain fun, and mother’s day gifts. We have made all different shapes and sizes and designs. They are always SOOO beautiful and impressive, and they taste even better! NO ONE refuses a cake pop. We love cake pops!

February 2, 2012 08:52 AM
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Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration and I envy you!

I live in a small Minnesota town where people have never seen or heard of cake pops. I started my own side baking business where people in this small town were being blown away by fondant covered cakes and other gourmet-looking sweets. I ran across your blog about a year ago and tried my first pops – so frustrating the first time! I watched your tutorial video and did it along with you, haha :) I do have your book and follow you on facebook. Now people can’t get ENOUGH of these sweet treats, and people are blown away! I have an album devoted to them on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sweetsimplicityconfections

February 2, 2012 08:54 AM
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Lisa said...

I make them for my children’s class for Valentines/Christmas/end of the year.
I also have for the past 2 years made 300 of them for the grade 8 graduation. I got to know quite a few of the kids through cooking for them at the breakfast program. The program is part fill their bellies part socializing/nurturing, and you know I got so much out of being with the students that I enjoy doing something a little special for them!

February 2, 2012 08:59 AM
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Tammy said...

1) Do you sell them? What’s your site?- I will sell my pops but didn’t start out to do that. I would make them and give them to my neighbors, co-workers or mail them to family.
2) Have you made them on your blog? I’d love to see.- I don’t have a blog but I do take a photo of each one and put them on my FaceBook page. I’ve had a few friends who say I should sell them and I tell them about how many other people who are out there (here) doing just that and I work for the Sheirff’s Office 12 hour days I just don’t have the time to put toward making and selling them right now. I like making them on my days off with an audio book on my ears. It just relaxes me!
3) Do you have a picture of yours on your facebook? Share a link.- my Facebook page can be found at mistypuka@yahoo.com
4) Do you follow my facebook page for cake pop inspiration?- Oh, yeah! I tagged your page on one of my photos but I did not see it when I looked, {sigh}
5) Do you have the book? Do you have a favorite design?- yes!!! and I like the farm animals, I added in the chick to these also. As a matter of fact I made them on Sunday and shipped them all right to the family the same night. I spoke to all three house holds last night and all were excited about the gift in the mail!
6) Are you a Pop Star? Do you want to be?- No :( , But I have not posted. Sure!

February 2, 2012 09:22 AM
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The Partiologist said...

I love making cake pops, and grab your book whenever I have a minute. The last cake pops I made were some zebra pops for my Christmas Party.

http://thepartiologist.blogspot.com/2011/12/zebra-christmas-pary-iv.html

February 2, 2012 09:38 AM
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Shannon said...

Congratulations on all of your wonderful success! :)

February 2, 2012 09:42 AM
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Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} said...

what a sweet post. Happy Anniversary to the cupcakes cake pops!
Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next!

February 2, 2012 09:43 AM
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Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

You have certainly been on a wild ride for the past four years. I hope you are feeling well and enjoying your amazingly exciting life to the fullest. Congratulations on your success and Happy Cake Pops Day!!! I have been so inspired by you and your creations and just this week made some cute little Warm Fuzzy Cake Balls to celebrate Valentines Day. http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/01/valentines-day-warm-fuzzy-cake-balls.html
I wish for you continued success. Have a sweet day,

Beth
http://www.hungryhappenings.com

February 2, 2012 09:44 AM
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Clarissa F said...

You are such an inspiration! And you you have made the world just a little sweeter . Thank you and congrats! I first heard of you by accident while surfing the net about cake ,cupcake ect…….Then I saw it.!… The little oven charm by juicy. You had had a contest…I didn’t win, but eventually got on from my dear hubby for a gift, but I had already fell in love with your website and and come here often.Not just for the cuteness,but your wonderful humor and great outlook on life. I am a subscriber so I get you’re emails, and when I see one from you, it’s the first one I read. Well I could go on, as I am know to babble a bit . Best wishes to you and keep up the great work?

February 2, 2012 09:46 AM
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Tamara/Emily said...

Cake Pops, your book, has inspired us to quit our full-time jobs and start our own Cake Pop Company in NOVA/DC area! We had no idea the impact these cute little desserts would have in the community.

It started with making 100 cake pops (first trial run) for my husband’s change of command at Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD. The feedback was overwhelming, we had 12 orders and we hadn’t even considered selling these as as a full-time career. Shortly after, we decided if we were going to make a business out of this, we need a good cause and therefore we paired up with Operation Second Chance who helps the wounded, illed, and injured soldiers and their families.

We had the opportunity to meet the president of OSC, Cindy McGrew, yesterday who is by far the sweetest woman we’ve ever met. She is dedicated to the cause and extremely appreciative of our efforts. Baking for a cause is the most rewarding feeling on earth and we are so happy you have brought this to our lives to share with everyone. Thank you Bakerella and we will be celebrating National Cake Pop Day! (It’s offical in our book!) ;)

February 2, 2012 10:07 AM
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Anita said...

I love making caking pops! I have made many different variety cake pops for baby showers, Christmas parties, Birthdays and for my boyfriends school, as a fund raiser to help the kids raise money for there uniforms and this Valentines Day the Tennis club will be selling my heart ones for there team. I am able to donate and the kids benefit from it! It is a win win situation all around. I thank you for coming up with the book and website because I could NOT have done it with out your help!

February 2, 2012 10:25 AM
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Rocelia said...

Bakerella, I’m glad I had the chance to meet you when you came to Chicago. You’re very creative and not only with cake pops, but with your pictures as well. Don’t ever stop blogging!

February 2, 2012 10:36 AM
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Sandy said...

I love to bake, but I’m not an expert. Your blog posts have inspired and touched me since I started following. I got to see you in person when you were in Chicago a little over a year ago, and sure enough – you’re just as cute and sweet in person as on your blog!! I love that you’re sincere and humble and enthusiastic about life. And on top of that, you’re incredibly talented! Thanks for all you’ve shared and offered to us!!

February 2, 2012 10:41 AM
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Jennifer said...

Love love love you! Yes have the book, follow you on facebook, read your blog posts! You are great!!! :) I do make cake pops altho not my full time job but I loveeee doing them! They are so so so sooooooooo fun! I wish I had more time to make more!

Come check me out!!!!
https://www.facebook.com/delectaballs

Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

February 2, 2012 10:57 AM
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Melanie said...

Bakerella,
First and foremost, thank you for continuing to share all your wonderful ideas with all your fans. All your inspiration as led so many individuals to have a creative outlet such as myself. I began on my Cake Pop journey about a year ago and since then have had such a positive reaction from my family and friends. Family and friends begin to take notice in my talent and passion for making Cake Pops and other sweet treats that they encouraged me to create my own business! As of October 2011 I created my small home based business called Melrose Baking & Party Decor. So again I thank YOU for sharing all your work and giving me the confidence and inspiration I needed to create my own business :) You truly make all your fans including me feel we all have a little inner “Bakerella” <3 My goal is to one day become a Cake Pop star on your page :) So with that said thank you again and congratulations on all your accomplishments! All your fans are behind you 100%!!!!!!

Here is my favorite Cake Pop I have made thus far..

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/393494_298034296903779_269237726450103_867406_923389672_n.jpg

February 2, 2012 11:01 AM
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Denise H said...

I JUST LOVE CAKE POPS!!!! All of them, every single one!!! I just bought your book!! My first attempt at cake pops I was hooked. I do not have nearly enough time to make them as I would like, but I LOVE them!! Thank you for your inspiring posts and extremely creative ideas. They brighten my day

February 2, 2012 11:06 AM
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laura plunk davis said...

love cake pops but so glad to be a part of your life thanks for sharing it with us fans..

February 2, 2012 11:08 AM
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Melanie said...

P.s Bakerella I would be honored if you could check out my new site and see my work :)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melrose-Baking-Party-Decor/269237726450103

February 2, 2012 11:08 AM
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Erinn said...

The more I make them, the better at it I get! My friend had a dessert themed baby shower – bring your favorite childhood dessert. So I made rainbow chip cake pops. They were phenomenal!

February 2, 2012 11:12 AM
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Jenny S said...

I had NO IDEA that it had only been four years! For such a fantastic idea, I thought it would have taken decades (not that I think you look old enough!) or generations for something like CAKE POPS to be created. Congrats! I still do the plain old circle ones, but my daughter thinks I am fantastic, so thank you!

February 2, 2012 11:14 AM
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DiDi said...

Happy Cake Pops Day! Keep your spirit and continue doing sooo creative and beautiful things! You’re a star!
Here’s my two attempts in cake pops, hope you like it! Greetings from Bulgaria :)
http://didised.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/cake-pops/
http://didised.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/christmas-cake-pops-story/

February 2, 2012 11:18 AM
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Traci A said...

Congratulations and Thank you!! I’ve always loved baking and decorating and cake pops are so fun and they are the perfect treat. I’ve made tons and tons of them – I even made bride and groom pops for my daughters wedding. Until recently not a lot of people had ever heard of them and when I’d make them they just thought I was the cleverest person ever.
I always give you credit and direct them to your website if they want to know how to make them. Thanks for sharing your talents, ideas, beautiful photos and personal stories with all of us.

February 2, 2012 11:24 AM
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Tamara said...

Happy Cake Pop Day!!! (A day late, but still…)

I’ve been following your blog for about 2 years, I think, since just before you visited Ree on her blog. Thanks to you I got to introduce all my friends to cake pops. I have your book and everytime I see your T-shirt advertisement I want one of those too, just haven’t seemed to get around to it.

It’s been so good to see you posting more. My kids and I missed you. We’re praying for you and your mom.

Hugs from Texas!

February 2, 2012 11:28 AM
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Linda said...

I’ve made cake pops a few times – never anything super fancy, just the round chocolate inside with pink, white or chocolate on the oustide. Everytime, I’m a cake pop hero or something. At my daughter’s high school, which is quite small, the seniors get a treat from a parent every once in a while. I thought Valentine’s Day and cake pops would be a good treat idea when she was a senior, and was I ever right. Every senior received a cake pop (or two) and some of the teachers, too, and my daughter received thank yous and compliments all day long. Even boys were asking for the recipe. Cake pops could save the world. Thank you, Angie!

February 2, 2012 11:34 AM
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Diana said...

Hi Bakerella.

I´m from Spain and I love your blog. I´ve tried to make some cake pops but here its quite difficult to find the correct ingredients. I just want to thank you for share all your fantastic creations with us, I would like to have your book but I cannot find it in my country. I promise I¨ll keep trying. xoxo from Spain.

Olé Bakerella!!!

February 2, 2012 11:52 AM
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Karen Fletcher said...

OMG I can’t believe Martha said that!!!! How embarrassing. LOL.
I just wanted to say thanks for everything you have done. I think you are a cake ball/pop genius and have obviously inspired so many people. For me, I really enjoy trying to come up with new ideas but I also love making the ones in your book, which I actually had signed by you in Walnut Creek, CA!!
But I have started trying to sell my balls/pops. I’ve sold a few batches but I don’t have the confidence yet to really go for it. I’m working on it!!
Thanks so much!
xoxo
Karen

February 2, 2012 11:55 AM
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Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

It is incredible what you have created for yourself with these sweet treats. Congratulations for all your wonderful success and thank you for some of the most adorable desserts I’ve ever seen or tasted!

February 2, 2012 12:08 PM
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Monique said...

WOW, what an awesome post! I know you must read/hear this a lot, but I absolutely love your blog. What an incredible journey you have embarked on. Just like the donut, chocolate chip cookie and cupcake, cake pops are here to stay. Congratulations and keep having fun and inspiring others. You are the most creative baker I know! What a fun gift from God! And yes, I too and one of the many who have tried my hand at cakepops thanks to you sharing your idea.

February 2, 2012 12:34 PM
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marcie nielsen said...

My daughter made the chick cake pops to ask a boy to a school dance. “This chick wants to go to spring fling with you.” We did yellow ones and placed a pink one in the middle with her name on it so he knew who was asking. It was so fun. We love looking every week to see what you’ve made this time. Thanks Bakerella !!

February 2, 2012 12:47 PM
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Ms Paperlicious said...

YOU inspire me. I made cakepop for my girls bday. Not a baker at all but they loved them for their rock star princess bday party we had at a hotel. I had fun making them and they had fun eating them. Though I think I will stick with making invitations at future parties! LOL. http://paperliciousinvites.blogspot.com/2012/02/cake-pops-for-princesses-and-pirates.html

February 2, 2012 12:48 PM
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Traci said...

I just love seeing how creative you are with coming up with different designs. I think you’re a genius! I admit I get a little mad when I see big companies making a profit off your ideas and don’t give you any credit. You should have copyrighted them from day one. :)

February 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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Susan Santucci said...

I started making “cakepops” in 2009, but I called them Plushies. I felt quite silly once I stumbled across your blog in 2011 and read how you made them. (Mine came out the same, but your way was much easier.) I think what you have done for the Baking World as a whole is fantastic. You are so much more than “cakepops.” Considering your health challenges, and may I add that I pray you continue on a healthy recovery, you never stopped once trying to put a smile on other’s faces. The success you have been given is well deserved. I can not speak for others, but thank you for bringing a little sunshine into my day every once in a while. Has anyone created a “Bakerella CakePop yet?

February 2, 2012 12:50 PM
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Ms Paperlicious said...

PS Happy Cake Popiversary!

February 2, 2012 12:51 PM
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Christine said...

I made them this week for the opening night of my show! Red white and blue cupcake bites!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/396282_606431394732_27100122_32558011_456402099_n.jpg

I hope that link works.

February 2, 2012 12:53 PM
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Kendra said...

I was so glad to read your post. I was afraid that so many people making the cake pops did not realize that you were the one that created them! I even saw them at that coffee shop that you mentioned!
With websites like Pinterest and various blogs, there are so many people doing them, but I remember 4 years ago reading your blog, falling in love with them and trying them for my daughter’s birthday party. Since then those have been known as my “thing” for holidays, birthdays, etc. My family is always asking me to make them and if they want the recipe, I refer them to your blog. I love all your stuff! You are so creative! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!!!

February 2, 2012 12:54 PM
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Amber said...

I just got started making cake pops and my entire family loves them! I have so much fun making them and only HOPE to be as great at decorating them as you are. I just ordered your book and can not wait for it to arrive!

February 2, 2012 01:05 PM
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Wendy in California said...

I’m casting my vote for Feb 1 to be Bakerella Day! Yes, my life has been enriched by you, Angie. I’ve made most of your designs and many of my own and have raised thousands of dollars for my kids’ school programs and other non-profits. I’ve hosted many team building sessions, with your signed book as our guide. You’ve honored me 5 times as a Pop Star. I’ve cheered you and your mom and rejoiced in your recovery. Its all GREAT!
My fav pop are probably the ones I made for my girls’ Viking soccer team “http://www.bakerella.com/pop-star-wendy-in-california/”
Thanks for the memories and fun that’s yet to be had, Angie!

February 2, 2012 01:06 PM
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colleen said...

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary! I just got an email for cake pop molds. You “little ” idea has created a buisness for everyone. I wish yu got that sweet idea patented
http://www.mylittlecupcakepop.com/variety-pack/

February 2, 2012 01:06 PM
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Sandy said...

I bought your book at Target over a year ago because I thought the pops were so darned cute! I am not creative but I am very crafty when given a pattern to follow. When I saw your book I just knew I could do them because your directions were so good. It was only later that I found out you have a blog. Anyway, I started this past Halloween withe the ghosts, then at Thanksgiving I did the turkeys and at Crhistmas I made the trees. Now for all the holidays everyone is wondering what I’ll do next. I am even contemplating the little wedding cakes for my daughter’s wedding shower. Thank you for helping me make all the holidays just a little more fun!

February 2, 2012 01:26 PM
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bridget {bake at 350} said...

Angie…I so loved reading your story. And do you know, I had NEVER seen that Martha clip! Martha said “turd!” Oh my gosh! Who knew that word was in her vocabulary?!? I just got the biggest kick out of hearing you giggle at her!

You are one of the most creative and generous people I’ve ever met. I mean, seriously…you brought the world CAKE POPS!!! The WORLD, Angie!

So happy for all of your success! Cheers to you…and to all the exciting things in your future!

February 2, 2012 01:55 PM
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Christina said...

I own your book and always find inspiration in what you make. You’re amazing! I first made them 3 1/2 years or so ago while we were living in Cuba (while my husband was in the Navy). I eventually started making them for all sorts of parties on the island since there was no way of getting anything like them on island. Everyone loved them and they still bring a smile to people’s faces when I make them for craft fairs here in Florida. :) I am always getting requests for different designs (I have made teacups and hamburgers, for example) and love the challenge of a new design. Thank you for bringing cake pops to the world and being an inspiration to so many of us.

February 2, 2012 02:04 PM
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Candace said...

Happy Anniversary! You’ve been an inspiration to me as well. I’ve made them for birthdays and a baby shower. Here are some pics.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1503944253814&set=a.1503932173512.51249.1690472592&type=3&theater

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1503942933781&set=a.1503932173512.51249.1690472592&type=3&theater

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1503942333766&set=a.1503932173512.51249.1690472592&type=3&theater

Hello Kitty ones are next for one of my friend’s bday!
Friends tell me I should sell them. Maybe I will :O)

Thank you Bakerella!

February 2, 2012 02:06 PM
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Rebecca said...

Ok so I am probably the only commenter who has YET to make a cake pop. I am an avid baker (mostly lots of varieties of bread and pies), but do not have the “decorating” or “artistic” gene so I have been a little timid. However I check your blog every week so finally I think I am ready. :) My two good friends (one who makes cake pops on a regular basis) are coming over next week for a Cake Pop Baking Day! So thanks for starting this fun new craze and I am sure in no time I will be addicted!

February 2, 2012 02:33 PM
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Lynnee said...

Thank you for sharing your journey and your cookie pop inspirations! I am so happy for your continued success. You bring smiles to so many of us. My sister was inspired by your creations and made turkey cookie pops for Thanksgiving: http://club.chicacircle.com/turkey-cookie-pops-diy/ Cheers to you!

February 2, 2012 03:32 PM
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Jenny said...

Congratulations on all you’ve done and have been able to do! I love your blog and creations, thank you so much for sharing them with us! :)

I thought of getting a cake pop maker, but I like the frosting in them so decided not to, I’ll spend the time making them myself. Plus soon enough my children can help :)

February 2, 2012 03:52 PM
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Kelly said...

Cake Pop Day is a fantastic idea!! I’ve made them several times, although none as cute as what you’ve done. Mine are usually the kind that aren’t much to look at, but are pretty darn tasty.

Thank you for your creativity, and for sharing it with all of us. You are awesome!

February 2, 2012 03:57 PM
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Mimi said...

Love your cakepops!
I made your cupcake pops soon after you appeared on Martha Stewart for Mother’s day. I bought your book as soon as it came out, (I actually pre-ordered it).
I have made the Hello Kitty pops for my daughter’s 24th birthday and also gave another batch of the cupcake pops as a thank you. My 16 year old daughter and all her friends made a batch of the plain cakepops soon after seeing the thank you pops.
And this past Christmas I bought another book and the cakepop kit for my sister-in-law because she loved my pops so much.
I look forward every week to a new post and was worried and concerned and prayed for you last year during your transplant. You are a part of my family.
Thank you so much for your blog.

February 2, 2012 04:15 PM
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Marissa said...

I don’t blog – just a fan of reading blogs. I found your blog when I was reading Ree’s blog. I made the reindeer cake pops with son and he loved making them…my only regret is that I did not take pictures of our completed Reindeer cake pops!
I love your style, your smile and your enthusiam for baking…it really does just ooze from the screen and become contagious! Love, Marissa

February 2, 2012 04:30 PM
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Rachel said...

You’ve made the world a little bit sweeter with both your words and your cake pops.

Happy Birthday Bakerella!

February 2, 2012 04:54 PM
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Mel said...

Congrats, Bakerella!

You have single-handedly started a world-wide baking trend! I LOVE cake pops and have made them for the holidays and for party favors for a baby shower. I just bought some cute stands from KC Bakes that I saw on your site for a Sip & See I’m giving at the end of the month. I have yet to make any design pops… I enjoy just the plain ones (they are a lot of work!)

http://melsmeadow.blogspot.com/search/label/Cake%20Pops

Blessings this new year in all your cake pop endeavors!

Love,
Mel

February 2, 2012 05:07 PM
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Bonnie Bradley said...

Yes! I actually was a teacher and started staying home when I had a little girl- you were my inspiration for cake pops, for sure. So, I began doing cupcakes and cake pops and then ventured out with cakes. I was even in our local newspaper – yay :) I now have child number 2 and things aren’t quite as busy, but you have def. inspired many, and yes I have your book and read your blog when I get a chance. I would be honored for you to take a look at some of my work. http://www.sweetstellatreats.blogspot.com I’m also on FB under sweet stella treats Thank you for sharing yourself with the world! :)

February 2, 2012 05:13 PM
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Stefanie said...

hi – i don’t have a book or a shop or anything, but just like to bake for fun. i’ve been following your journey via the blog and am really amazed by all that has happened in such a short time! i hope you take time to enjoy it and that you’re continuing to feel well. thanks for letting the rest of us live vicariously through you! :)

February 2, 2012 05:15 PM
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Karen said...

I love your story! You are an inspiration. I want to make cherry cake mix cake pops this weekend to send to my daughter away at university. We have your book and it is the first thing my daughters reach for when they want to bake! Thanks.

February 2, 2012 05:15 PM
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Diana said...

This was such a nice post (despite the dirt and turd commentary hehe) and also very inspiring for a fellow baker/blogger!. I make your cake pops all the time for my friends and family, and just LOVE them. Here is a link to my blog post for my sister’s baby shower http://dianasdreamsweets.blogspot.com/2011/10/baby-shower-cake-pops.html and here is a picture of Easter egg cake pops I made last year http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianasdreamcookies/6080917939/
Keep the amazing and innovative baking ideas coming!! XO

February 2, 2012 05:37 PM
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Sylvia T. said...

Thank you for doing what you do!!

I love making cake pops. I make them for every and any occasion, and I love the happiness that they bring!

February 2, 2012 05:37 PM
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Iliana K said...

You are just amazing Bakerella! I follow your posts and emails every week. I get pretty excited when I see your name pop up in my inbox and just know it’s going to be something that inspires me even more. I have started a home business making cake pops, and am in the process of making my nieces 3rd cake pop birthday cake. I have now mastered the consistency of cake and home made buttercream. Thank you for introducing me to the art of Cake Pops. Thanks again for bringing the va-voom back into my life.. I was certainly lacking the motivation to express my creativity. It’s all back thanks to you. Can’t wait for the next instalment. My congratulations to you could not even begin to cover your success in everything you have achieved in such a short space of time. All my best wishes to you, for a bigger and better 2012~ Love from OZ, Iliana x

February 2, 2012 05:39 PM
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Danae said...

I make them for church to raise money for our youth group. I made the chick ones for Easter and the Christmas trees and Hanukkah cake pops for our Christmas tree/cookie sale (I will say that the kids from the temple across the street LOST IT when they saw Hanukkah cake pops) And I just realized…while Tina Fey didn’t buy my cake pops, she did buy TWO of the Easter basket cupcakes that I made from a recipe on your site!!

February 2, 2012 06:03 PM
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Linda, Jennifer and Jaclynn said...

February 1st is a great Unofficial Official Cake Pop Day!!! Actually any day is, but this will make if unofficially official!! We have two ‘signed’ books from your visit to Toronto!! We were so excited to go and it’s the first time my daugher (and grandbaby) have EVER done anything like this!! It was worth it to meet you and your mom!!

We make these snowmen to sell at a show we do before Christmas. This year I had been thinking about how to do the hat better and I think it turned out quite well. I pipe the features on using a very fine tip for the eyes and mouth and I pipe the nose using orange chocolate melts in a plastic bag with a bit of the corner cut off. I like the more 3D look this gives them

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=325038804201200&id=507194859#!/photo.php?fbid=10150449162169860&set=a.10150342246259860.368068.507194859&type=3&theater

We made really mini cake pops for Jaclynn’s 1st birthday last year which everyone loved!!

February 2, 2012 06:14 PM
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Eat Cook Code said...

Well done. I watched the video and you did a great job. You have revolutionised the world of baking :-)

February 2, 2012 06:16 PM
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