Monday, July 8, 2013

Easy Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Okay, I almost feel silly posting this. It’s sooo so easy, but it makes me way happy when I bite into one that I can’t resist.

It’s the simple things sometimes you know.

I was at Bruster’s the other day getting some ice cream and this poster was staring me back in the face.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Umm duh!! Why have I never ever done this before? And why am I not at the grocery store buying a bunch of Oreos right now.

Side note – Is it bad when the teenager at Bruster’s knows my order when I walk up and he finishes my sentence before I do? What about when the new guy that I’ve never met before knows my order. Is that bad? I’m thinking so. That or either I’m helping inspire great customer service.

Either way, I’m way too excited for this easy ice cream treat. I didn’t try any of them at Bruster’s (I stuck to my regular order of course) so I don’t know if theirs are special larger size Oreos made just for them or if they just use the regular cookies.

But I vote regular cookies. Small and cute ice cream cookie sandwiches. Yes, please.

Okay, this is hard. Please pay close attention.

Oreos

Oreos.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream.

Sprinkles

Sprinkles.

Cookies and Cream

Yum! … and done.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Just use a 1.5-inch scoop to place ice cream in between the separated cookies and press.

Life. Changed.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Rock and roll them in some sprinkles. Pretty and sweet.

Chocolate

The fun part is having a few flavors to play with. Chocolate is mandatory for me.
And these are totally fun for kiddos, too. Perfect portion-size treats.

You can make a bunch in advance and wrap them in wax paper so you can grab one from the freezer and go when the mood strikes.

Chocolate Sprinkles

Triple chocolate treats. I like.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Now take a load off, smile and go make yourself something sweet and easy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hot. Sticky. Sweet.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

It’s July and it feels like 100 degrees outside so naturally I made something light and refreshing to cope with the heat.

Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Okay, not so much a summertime treat. But hey, I did add ice cream. I should get points for that.

I’ve been wanting to make this for the past several months after I saw the recipe in Martha Stewart Living. I ripped the recipe out to save and this picture has basically been begging me to make it every since.

Medjool Dates

So Sunday was the day. Mainly because I finally came across the Medjool Dates at the Fresh Market that are recommended in the recipe.

Whoppers! Just slice them open, remove the pits and coarsely chop them up for the batter.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ingredients

I love that this dessert just calls for a few ingredients.

Soaking dates

And that the dates get soaked in steaming hot coffee. Again… so summery.

And then after the cake comes out of the oven, you pour warm, cozy toffee sauce all over the top.

Toffee Sauce Ingredients

The sauce is super easy, too. Three ingredients easy.

Toffee Sauce

Simmer down now.

Toffee Pudding

Poke the cake with a toothpick or skewer and pour the sauce all over.

I went all lollipop stick on mine for greater saturation.

Toffee Sauce

Help.

Toffee Sauce

Let’s look at that again.

Sticky Toffee

The cake is gloriously drenched and just delicious all by itself.

But it looks kind of lonely, don’t you think?

Sticky Toffee Pudding

There. That’s better.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Topped with Toffee Sauce -

Here’s the recipe from Martha if you want to make it too. I mean if you want something hot to cool you off.

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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