Monday, June 24, 2013

A LoveLee Giveaway

LoveLee Soaps

How does a whole bunch of yumminess sound?

I’m talking cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, crullers and much more.

Sounds pretty sweet to me… only you can’t eat these little treats. No sirree.

You can shower, splash and scrub-a-dub-dub with them though.

That’s right. They’re not sugar, they’re soap. But, they’re still totally sweet. Like literally.

Wafer Cookies Soaps

These wafer cookies? Yep. Soap.

Doughuts and Cinnamon Roll Soaps

Doughnuts. All soap.

LoveLee Soaps

And the crullers. Well, they’re just cruel. I mean they’re soap, too. But they taunt me because they look too real … I just want to wash my mouth out with them.

But seriously, these soaps are super fun. And I can’t help but smile when I look at them. They’d make great gifts or party favors and they’ll certainly sweeten up your soap dish.

They’re all from Leeana of Lovelee Soaps. A while back Leeana surprised me with some adorable cupcake pop soaps and now I’m happy to be giving away gift certificates to three lucky winners to choose their own clean, sweet, fun.

Here’s some more samples of her work.
(P.S.… she has some savory soaps too if you’re into that sort of thing.)

Lovelee Soaps

Enter for a chance to win one of three $75 gift certificates to
LoveLee Soaps and 
choose your own treats.

  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post and let me know which sweet soap you’d pick first.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 pm ET.
  • Three winners will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!

Sweet Soaps by LoveLee Soaps

Soaps for photos provided by LoveLee Soaps. Giveaway sponsored by me.

 

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Okay, I have have some sweet soap winners to announce. Congratulations Clarissa, Jackie and Karen!!!

It’s time to get your hands dirty so you can have fun cleaning up.

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mini Minions

Minion Cake Pops

Despicable Me 2 is coming out soon (July 3, that is) and I made these mini Minions for the movie release. I was super excited to be asked to make them because I know a bunch of you have wanted decorating ideas on these in the past.

So here goes. I hope you like them.

Cake Pops

Crumbled cake. Frosting. Mixing. And shaping. You guys know the drill.

But if you don’t, I have a link at the bottom of the post for the full instructions on how to make them.

Minion Cake Pops

But pictures are way better, right.

Cake ball shapes

Okay, here’s a little tip I want to share on shaping. I think it really helps to get smoother edges. After you roll your mixture into evenly sized cake balls, you can use wax paper to help shape. I do this all the time for shapes that need sharper edges like boxes and such. You can simply slide the shape along a wax-paper covered surface and rotate.

And in the case of cylinders like these, start the shape of your cake ball cylinders by hand and then roll them up in a strip of wax paper. Twist the ends and then squeeze together while rolling on a flat surface to get smooth sides. It really works great.

Yellow Candy Coating

After your cake balls are shaped and chilled until firm, it’s time to dip……

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pops

And decorate! The fun part.

Hi Carl, Tom and Tim!

Candy Eyes

I found these candy eyes in two sizes and they made making the minions a blast. I found them at Hobby Lobby if you have one in your area, but you can also use white M&M’s, candy necklace pieces or even piped white coating for a similar look.

My first plan was to use the eyes like you see them, but I ended up turning them over instead. For two reasons… one, the Minions’ eyes are brown with black pupils so I could use the solid white side to draw on them. And two, if you turn the smaller eyes over, the backs are flat instead of curved and it looked more like their goggles were really raised off of their faces that way.

I know. Overkill and you can totally use the black sides and they will still look cute. But I wanted to try and make them look as close to the original as I could. Because I’m crazy.

Minions

To decorate…

  • Dip in yellow coating and before the coating dries, attach a candy eye on front and insert some black or chocolate jimmies on the top for hair.
  • For the goggles, you can use licorice strings to make the bands. Just cut to the length you need and attach to the pop with candy coating and let dry. Or pipe bands with black tinted candy coating.
  • When dry, you can paint the rims on the goggles using silver luster dust and a small brush.
  • For the overalls, gently twist the Minions off the stick so you can take them for another little dip. Submerge the bottom fourth of the minion body into blue candy coating and let dry.
  • To finish the overalls, pipe the bibs on front using a toothpick or squeeze bottle and more blue candy coating. Use a toothpick to quickly smooth the surface before it dries. Then pipe the straps starting at the top of the overall bib.

Minion Cake Pops

Super cute.

  • To finish decorating, draw eyes and a mouth with a brown edible ink pen. Then, complete the eyes with a black pen and dot the pupils with white candy coating. (Here’s another tip when it comes to drawing on candy coating with an edible ink pen. You can use a toothpick to gently scrape it off the surface of the pop. Doing so can help you create straighter lines if you mess up while drawing. You can also use a toothpick to shave away candy coating and make smoother edges or straighter lines. Just don’t press too hard.)
  • You can totally stop there and they will be awesome, but if you are compulsive and crazy like me, you can add more detail to your Minions.
  • Use a toothpick to apply yellow coating in a line on the side of each pop for arms and add a black confetti sprinkle attached at the end for gloves.
  • Apply two dots of blue coating on the bottom of each minion body and attach two coated black sunflower seeds for shoes.
  • Draw on two black dots for overall buttons with your edible ink pen and attach a black confetti sprinkle on the overall fronts. Use a toothpick dipped lightly in blue coating and draw a G on each confetti sprinkle for their patch. Again. They’ll be just as sweet arm and legless and you won’t be hairless by the time you finish. : )

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pops

Minions! Yay!

But I also made something more from the movie.

Cake balls

I started with these shapes.

Circles. Easy enough.

And really rounded cones. You can use the wax paper trick for those.

Agnes Cake Pops

The balls became little Agnes.

So adorable. And these are neat because I only used one candy to decorate. The rest was all melted candy coating. So you can do a lot with a little.

Agnes

  • To create Agnes, make a small indention in the front of each ball. It’s all about details. The impression will help them look more like faces instead of round balls. Dip them in candy coating tinted using white and pink or peach to create a flesh color.
  • For her ponytail, I used licorice strings again, cut into short pieces. To make it easier to attach, I made the ponytails first by dotting some black candy coating on wax paper and attaching the licorice. This made the ponytail one unit and it was much easier than trying to attach the pieces on the top of the rounded pop.
  • When the ponytails are ready, dip the top of each Agnes’ head in black candy coating and attach her ponytail right on top before the coating dries.

Agnes Cake Pops

  • For her sweet little face, draw eyes and mouth with a brown edible ink pen. Draw on eyebrows and dot on eyes and eyelashes with black candy coating and a toothpick.
  • Add bangs using a toothpick dipped in black candy coating to draw on hair. This will tie in the look to the licorice pieces, too.
  • Then dot on noses and ears with more flesh tinted candy coating and make her hair band by drawing on red candy coating.
  • Give her sweet little cheeks by brushing on dry pink luster dust.

Now Agnes wouldn’t be complete without her favorite stuffed animal.

Want to see?

Unicorn Cake Pops

It’s so fluffy!!!!! Or yummy in this case.

Candies

For the unicorn, I used candy corn… sixlets for eyes and hair, sunflower seeds for ears and confetti sprinkles for tongues.

Let me show you.

Unicorn candy corn horns

For the unicorn horn, I had some pastel colored candy corn and cut them in half. Then I painted the bottoms with gold luster dust. Painting the bottoms first is helpful so you don’t get luster dust on the head if you paint them after they are dipped. And you can use other candy corn colors, too since you are painting over them.

Unicorns

The ears were sunflower seeds attached to the cake ball shape, so when they were dipped it created one overall shape.

After dipping, immediately attach the horn, eyes and insert the tongue.

When dry, attach sixlets to the back for hair using melted dark pink candy coating. The sixlets work great and give the hair substance.

Then you can finish painting the horns with luster dust.

Unicorn

To make them look more like a main, use the pink candy coating (Merckens brand) and draw on the surface of the candies. Drag the toothpick through to simulate hair.

Unicorn Cake Pops

Voila. Unicorns with big voluminous manes.

Want to see one more.

Did you know there are new minions in this movie. Evil ones. Eeek.

Evil Minion Cake Pops

I only made one of these but, it’s basically the same idea as the yellow minions, but with different colors, gnarly teeth and crazy hair.

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pops

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pop Instructions

Enjoy! And I can’t wait to see these guys on the big screen.

Munched Minion

Hey, who did that?!?

 

Disclosure: I was compensated to make Despicable Me Cake Pops for the upcoming movie release. I love these little guys though and I only make things on the site that I think you’ll enjoy, too. I hope they make you smile.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Single Chicks

Spring Chicks Cake Pops

I have some new Cake Pops Singles Kits to share with you guys. And there’s a nice big prize-pack giveaway from my publisher, too.

Cake Pops Mini Kits

My publisher is Chronicle Books and they do a fantastic job of producing and designing pretty, yummy, crafty, funny and even grumpy books. And they are known for creating some of the cutest gift items, too.

These mini kits are single projects of some favorite cake pops from my books. They come with instructions for making them… plus gift tags, cake pop sticks, ribbon, and treat bags for presenting each individual project. Unfortunately, they don’t include sprinkles since Chronicle specializes in paper goods, but they are still super cute.

Chronicle has done my books, the original Cake Pops Kit, notecards and now these Single Kits. I guess there’s a little something for anyone’s interest level in pops. I see these as a really sweet gift for someone new to cake pops. A fun introduction. They’d be a sweet gift for someone that’s a pro at making them, too. A helpful way to make your cake pop presentations even more adorable.

Spring Chick Cake Pops

Too cute!

Love the little scalloped tags. The ink and ribbon colors coordinate with each project.

Cupcake Pops Mini Kit

Pink for the the cupcake pops of course. And blue ones, too.

Mini Kits

So sweet!

Cake Pops Mini Kits

And this fall, they there will be two more Single Kits released. Jack O’ Lanterns and Frosty Friends.

Halloween Cake Pops Mini Kit

With coordinating colors, of course.

Cake Pops Mini Kits

Be on the lookout for these two later this year.

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Now for a nice big Cake Pops giveaway.

Hop on over to Chronicle’s Blog before June 12.
They are giving away the following to five (5) lucky winners:

1. Cake Pops: Spring Chicks (Singles Mini Kit)
2. Cake Pops: Cupcakes (Singles Mini Kit)

Plus:

3. Cake Pops by Bakerella
4. Cake Pops Holidays
5. Cake Pops Kit

Equals: Awesome!!!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Meals… Cupcake Replay

Brownie Burger Cupcakes & Cookie Fries

Father’s Day isn’t too far away and I wanted to do a little replay of a fun project from almost four years ago. Yikes, that’s weird to say. Or type. Sometimes I can’t believe how long I’ve been baking and posting treats here. And that I still love every minute of it. This project goes so far back on the site, I thought it would be fun to share again for new readers because it’s one of my favorites. And it’s one I remember being so giddy over as it all came together in my kitchen.

Sugar Cookie French Fries

I think it was the french fry cookies that sent me over the top. I love how they turned out.

French Fry Cookies

Sugar cookies for fries and sugar for salt. So sweet!

Thick Brownie Burger Cupcake

But the other part I love about this project is the presentation. I made templates for the paper tray, printed tissue and french fry containers… all for Father’s Day. It totally pulls the whole look together. And I promise you’ll fool people at first glance.

boxes

Here is the original Father’s Day Fast Food Fun post with instructions. Make ‘em and make dad happy!

 

And because so many of you loved these the first time around and wanted to make them for the Fourth of July, here are some new templates for the most requested events. Hope they come in handy! And there’s a blank french fry template if you want to fill in with your own phrase.

Happy Fourth of July Template

Happy Canada Day Template

Happy Memorial Day Templatefor next year!

Happy Birthday Template

Happy Father’s Day Template

And just for fun… a glimpse at some of the Happy Meal photos you guys emailed me after making them.

I’m lovin’ it.

Thanks for emailing your pics Katja, Rena, Kiki, Bethany, Dena, Heidi, Lisa, Nancy, Carolina, Aly, Lisa, Jennifer, Leah, Tina, Robin, Stephanie, Heidi, Missy, Betty-Ann, Heather, Jenn, Jennifer, Amy, Laura, Anna, Vicki, Alison, Jenn, Hfidanzo, Tina, Sara, Jen, FreakgirlLena, Liz, Paige, The Fegers, Leah, Camille.

Your meals made me happy!

Oh and if you decide to make these for the Fourth, you could go for the “full meal deal” … cupcakes disguised as snow cones would so be an over-the-top way to cap off your cookout.

Snowcone Cupcakes

Snow Cone Cupcakes How-To.

HAVE FUN!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chip Chip Hooray!

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies!

Get in my mouth. Right now. It’s cookie time!

Confetti Cookie Ingredients

Okay, anytime is cookie time in my book. How about you?

I made these chocolate chip cookies using a few extras that I had on my counter.

Chopped Pecans

Leftover pecans from last weekend’s Hummingbird Cake that I chopped up.

Pastel M&M's

Pastel M&M’s leftover from Easter. These were hiding under a pile of different color candy melts I had on the counter or else they would have already been gone by now.

Chocolate Wafers

E. Guittard semi-sweet chocolate wafers. I still had a box from the last time I made Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies. And now I don’t think I can make chocolate chip cookies with little baby morsels ever again. Okay, that’s not true. But seriously, try making chocolate chip cookies with these chocolate baking discs sometime. Holy yum. I picked mine up at Williams-Sonoma.

Cookie Dough

Mix up the dough and add in the pecans. That is if you want. You can also leave them out.

Mixing Dough

Add in some M&M’s. Any color combo you like.

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookie Dough

And stir in the chocolate.

Dough it!

Cookies

Scoop them and bake them right up.

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookie Dough

Or coat the tops in confetti sprinkles for a little more fun.

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies.

Big Bite

It’s like a party in every bite.

Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Servings: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M's
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate wafers – or morsels : )
  • Confetti sprinkles
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Sift together flour, soda and salt with a wire whisk and set aside.
  2. In a mixer, cream butter and sugars together for about two minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. On low, add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in chopped pecans, M&M's and chocolate wafers.
  6. Chill dough for about 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop chilled dough with a 2-inch scoop. Gently press tops in a small dish of confetti sprinkles and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Note: If using regular M&M's you can top with primary color confetti sprinkles to match.
  9. Sprinkle tops with sea salt if desired.
  10. Bake for about 16 minutes or until lightly brown. If using a smaller scoop, then bake for about 12-14 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  11. Enjoy warm with a big glass of milk.
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