Friday, March 13, 2009

Cupcakes & Cows

Cupcakes & Cows

Let me just start by saying … WOW! Let me say it louder … WOW!!! I had the best time. Not only did I get to meet the Pioneer Woman (I have been drooling over her site for the past year, you know.) But, I also got to watch her bake her favorite cake recipe, cook great food, and blog about it the whole way through. On Monday, we made fondant covered cupcakes together and on Tuesday, we had a huge pop party with four winners from her site and some of her friends. And, in between all that I… I … just had a blast. So please indulge me while I recap everything for you. This will be a departure from previous posts. Think horses, cows, dogs, and not ones made out of cake pops.

So, to make it easier to follow and because I have a ton of pics, I’m going to divide it up by days. I’ll include all the relevant links on this post so it will be easy for you to navigate. I’ll also include links from the Pioneer Woman’s site. She posted several entries from the attendees to the tutorials and even managed a photoshop lesson in there, too. She is crazy talented. I also have a few links to recaps from some of the winners.

So enjoy if you’re interested. And, I’ll be back to baking soon!

My Adventures and Baking with the Pioneer Woman

Day 1: Day One with the Pioneer Woman
Day 2: Morning Cows
Day 2: The Pioneer Woman Hosts a Cake Pop Party
Day 3: Mustang Memories

Posts from The Pioneer Woman

Fun on the Horizon (The contest announcement)
Baking with Bakerella
I Can’t Wait to Share All This Detail With You
Another Peek
What I’m Making Today (And it was excellent)
Real Get-Together. Real Time.
Cake Pop Central
A Different Kind of Day (All the contest winners)
You Pick
Addicted to Bokeh (A photoshop lesson I need to read)
Cake Pop Lesson #1: The Cake Ball
Quick & Easy: Cupcake Bites

laura-dolcepics said...

You ladies are amazing! All that going on and you both STILL have the time and energy to blog? Very inspirational. Thanks for all the recaps! Looks like a great time was had by all!

P.S. I’m going to try those cake balls and cake pops for my girls 2nd birthday in a few weeks. Yay! Can’t wait!

March 13, 2009 07:19 AM
VeggieGirl said...

EVERY SINGLE PHOTO!!! BREATHTAKING!!! I just went through all 5 of the posts :-)

March 13, 2009 11:18 AM
Snobound said...

I just can’t stop reading! I am so jealous of you getting to meet the PW – but in a good way. I loved all the photos and your commentary was brilliant. I can’t believe PW has a huge tattoo! So unexpected. I’m so glad you had a great time and I can’t wait to see the tutorials on PW’s site. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us all!

March 13, 2009 12:52 PM
Stefanie said...

We had the BEST time visiting with you and Ree, thank you SO much for everything!!
I am so glad to see you arrived home safe and sound :)
Can’t wait to read up on all the posts and to see all your pictures! I am sure they are spectacular!!

March 13, 2009 01:33 PM
amylouwho said...

Such fun!! I loved reading all about this and wish I lived in OK just so I could have come!

I think I’m going to try my hand at cake balls for our easter egg hunt – maybe I’ll even shape them like little eggs….

March 13, 2009 01:43 PM
jc said...

Just wanted you to know what a fantastic job I think you did on the recap – not to mention the great baking/decorating lesson. I read Bakerella and PW and seeing you together was like seeing the Stones and the Beatles together. (How old am I ??) Anyway, great work.

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March 13, 2009 01:51 PM
Kelly said...

We could never get tired of Bakerella and PW! I LOVE SEEING the two of you together! Thanks so much again for going to all of this trouble to include the blog world!

March 13, 2009 01:57 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

I’m so excited to read about you two cooking together – you’re both fabulous!

March 13, 2009 02:20 PM
Amy @ Living Locurto said...

What a fun trip! I grew up in that small town, went to HS with MM. I always hated that there wasn’t a McDonalds for miles around! ha. Guess that’s why I was always so skinny back then:-)

I absolutely am in LOVE with your tiny cupcakes. Everything you make is wonderful and too pretty to eat:-) Can’t wait to try some of the things you all did at PW’s.

March 13, 2009 04:20 PM
duodishes said...

Dang, wish there was a pop party here in LA!!! This looks like good fun times.

March 13, 2009 05:48 PM
Dawn in CA said...

Excellent! Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for letting all of us visit the Ranch and take part in the cakepop party… vicariously, that is. ;)

March 13, 2009 05:52 PM
Sarah said...

Seems like so much fun!

March 13, 2009 06:39 PM
Bakerella said...

laura-dolcepics – I think PW has me beat on the energy.

VeggieGirl – so glad you enjoyed it.

Snobound – what to you mean tattoo. whatch talkin bout.

Stefanie – It was so great to meet you and Colleen, too. You two are fun!

amylouwho – do it.

jc – wow … that’s some comparison.

Kelly – that’s so sweet of you

Tabitha (From Single to Married) – awe shucks.

Amy @ Living Locurto – hope you have success. That’s neat that you know MM

duodishes – it sure was.

Dawn in CA – glad you had fun watching.

Sarah – and it was!

March 13, 2009 08:57 PM
luvinthemommyhood said...

Let’s just say I wish I was there. This is amazing to see and the photos are gorgeous! Thanks for such great posts!

March 13, 2009 09:13 PM
Stampmouse said...

I am totally JEALOUS. looking through yours and everyone elses blogs on the experience I think everyone would have to agree it was a priceless one

March 13, 2009 10:11 PM
Karen said...

Thanks for such an incredible day! Fun is such a tiny word for such a big, big day. Piper loved her Hello Kitty cake pop. She’s told everyone about it ever since. She even “makes” them herself in her play kitchen. Yep – they were a hit! Thanks again!

March 13, 2009 10:30 PM
alice said...

This is spectacular! Why didn’t I think of this ;) My two favorites, Bakerella and PW together! Thanks for sharing your adventure!

March 14, 2009 12:32 AM
Jo said...

Oh, that was so fun to read about. I bought the makings of cake balls today, so I can join in the fun!!! :)

March 14, 2009 03:15 AM
Vera said...

You got me hooked on the PW, and now life is much more interesting, hehe :)

I love your posts and all the photos look great!

March 14, 2009 06:08 AM
cakes_are_fun said...

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous! What a wonderful wonderful experience! Can I come next time?

March 14, 2009 10:55 AM
Brandi said...

I just loved reading your blogposts about your adventure with the Pioneer Woman. Sounds like you gals had so much fun! How interesting…and I agree.. WOW!!! Thanks for sharing all your tips and secrets for your cupcakes and cupcake pops. :)

March 14, 2009 11:56 AM
sharyl said...

thank you for sharing your adventure with us! I am so jealous but especially happy for you coz it seems like you had a fantabulous time! Now i’m thinking about hosting a cake pop party but i’m gonna need to hire people to clean up the mess. hahaha!

March 14, 2009 06:05 PM
Lisa said...

I am SO glad you’ve posted about Pioneer Woman! A friend sent me a link to her site over a year ago and I fell in love, then stupidly forgot to save it to my favorites. I was thinking just two days ago, “What was the name of that site…?” THANK YOU!

March 14, 2009 07:59 PM
mommy-medic said...

Discovered you from PW and just had to say I am off to two stores to buy candy molds, and chocolate, and a cake mix, and my 9 year old and I will be tearin’ up the kitchen tonight! Thanks so much for a great site- adding you to favs!

March 14, 2009 09:00 PM
Carmie said...

What beautiful work and beautiful food!

March 15, 2009 03:49 AM
Angeliquez said...

bakerella your one fabulous lady!
I’ve been to your site a coupla times,and you drive me nuts wanting to bake bake bake!!
Your work is amazing and very inspiring.
I will sure be back again and again.
And wow,yes really,what a lovely time you girls had with PW!!
You got me jumping skipping hopping with joy and excitement too!

keep up the great work!

March 15, 2009 05:33 PM
Anonymous said...

How long do you bake the cupcakes for?

March 15, 2009 10:00 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Loved it – your photos are great (I was happy to read that you take your shots in auto mode). :)

March 15, 2009 10:41 PM
Andi said...

What a wonderful trip, and thank you so much for sharing it with all of us! My daughter and I are always so inspired by you. This time, we took the first steps for real and we are trying the red velvet cake calls as I type! (I just took the cake out of the oven a few minutes ago…) We will give the cupcake bites a try as soon as I can get the materials from a local store. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful details! You and PW together- nothing could be better! :)

March 16, 2009 12:44 AM
Bakerella said...

Karen – I saw your pics. Piper is so cute! Glad she’s having fun.

sharyl – yeah, it was a big mess.

Lisa – glad to reunite the two of you

Anonymous @ 15 minutes more or less.

Tabitha (From Single to Married) – I like to keep things easy

March 16, 2009 04:45 AM
kellyhurt said...

While you guys were there having an awesome time, I attempted St. Patty’s Day Cake pops……they turned out great!!!! Take a look!!!

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Your pics are absolutely amazing!!!

March 16, 2009 01:56 PM
Brandie said...

Hey! I just wanted to tell you that I made the red velvet balls this weekend and we LOVED them. I talked about them and linked back to you on my blog!

Thanks again!

March 16, 2009 03:21 PM
Patti said...

Thanks so much for your awesome blog, love your techniques and plan to have a POP party with some friends soon. :)

March 16, 2009 07:37 PM
Sara said...

Love Cakewrex, but I love you better… You shoulda won! You are amazing and incredibly talented!!

March 16, 2009 07:41 PM
Jennifer said...

You lucky duck (I have not said that since I was a kid). The photos are amazing and I am salivating

March 16, 2009 07:42 PM
Sophia said...

That looks awesome. I wish I lived near PW so that I could have entered!

March 16, 2009 08:47 PM
The Chocolate Lady said...

Earlier this year I started using a tempering machine and found there is so much I can do with my chocolate creations (and real chocolate, not waxy, faux chocolate)…have you tried one??

March 16, 2009 10:31 PM
Gina said...

{gasp} You use cake mix and you shoot in FULL AUTO MODE?! Oh my gravy…aren’t those both signs of the apocalypse? ;) Noooo! Just proof that there is hope for little old me! :) what a great read – both here and at PW’s blog! And the photos are INCREDIBLE!

March 16, 2009 11:42 PM
Bakerella said...

kellyhurt – they look pretty

Brandie – awesome

Patti – get lots of paper towels.

Sara – you’re sweet. thanks!

Jennifer – wipe you mouth… She’s gonna have more chances to come to the ranch. :)

Sophia – she does kinda live way out there.

The Chocolate Lady – I haven’t used one before. Maybe one day.

Gina – I know. The craziness!

March 17, 2009 02:32 AM
Cakespy said...

It sounds like such a lovely time–I so wish I could have been there, basked in your collective awesomeness, and of course, eaten the cake. :-)

March 17, 2009 05:25 PM
Bakerella said...

Me too!

But when I come to Seattle, you will be forced to show me all the great cupcake shops you visit. And, top pot.

March 18, 2009 02:34 AM
Amanda Crowe said...

Bakerella creates beautiful cake balls and they are Yummy…… I made these once before. Its best to make them for an special event because otherwise, you will eat them ALL yourself. :) I’m sure it’ll be a big hit with the kids!

April 20, 2009 03:27 AM
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