Tuesday, November 11, 2014

KitchenAid Giveaway and Cake Pop Con Weekend

I had the most wonderful, incredible, emotional and unforgettable few days at the first-ever international cake pop conference in Philadelphia this weekend hosted by KCBakes. I was the keynote speaker and shared my story of creating cake pops back in 2008. It was the most humbling experience talking to so many people whose lives have been touched by cake pops. From simply inspiring creativity in the kitchen to completely changing the way people make a living through home businesses and large scale bakeries, pop products, boxes, books and more – Cake Pops are so much more than just a little ball of cake on a stick.

Here’s a quick little slideshow of some of my pics from the weekend or view them individually on Facebook.

Now … since I was away from the kitchen this past weekend, I didn’t have a chance to bake anything fun for you today. So I thought I’d continue the cake pop love and give away something here on the blog that I also gave away at the conference.

Enter for a chance to win

1. A 5 qt. KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Cranberry … or color of your choice if you don’t like pink as much as I do.   : )

AND

2. The NEW line of Bakerella for Make’n Mold products now available in stores exclusively at A.C. Moore Crafts.

 

To enter for a chance to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite dish for Thanksgiving is. Easy as Pumpkin pie.
  • Deadline to enter is November 14, 2014 at midnight ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Saturday!

Good luck!

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We have a winner! And, Oh my gosh, I am totally craving Thanksgiving dinner right now. I think my favorite is dressing and cranberry sauce, oh and cream corn casserole. Yum! Thanks for sharing your favorite dishes. And the winner of the mixer and products is…………

Congratulations Danielle! Enjoy!

 

Giveaway sponsored by me.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Baby Block Cake Pops

Baby Block Cake Pops

These Baby Block Cake Pops are just too sweet. How Sweet you ask? Sweet enough to help surprise my internet friend Jessica of How Sweet Eats with for her very yummy virtual baby shower. There’s going to be a ton of yum happening today so check out these other friends’ food posts, too and get it on the fun.

Shaping Cake Pops

To make baby blocks, follow my basic instructions for making cake pops.

Then shape them into squares before dipping. For shaping, I roll into balls first to help ensure that I get the right amount. If I start shaping as I go, I tend to get all different sizes. But by rolling first, I can count out how many I need and also re-proportion any that are a little too small or too big by pinching off or adding dough and then re-rolling. I made these slightly bigger than my normal round pops to make sure the letter shapes would fit on the flat surface, so the dough will yield fewer pops.

To make the blocks, take a cake ball and start shaping it into a rounded square by rotating and pressing with your fingers using both hands. Then pinch a bit of the dough out on all 8 corners to a form a sharper point. It will look a little wonky at first, but then take your shape and slide it on a piece of wax paper on the counter, pressing down slightly as you do. Rotate and repeat with each side. Continue shaping until all four sides are smooth with defined edges.

Candy Wafers

Since Jessica loves sparkly and neon, I decided to go bold and bright on the blocks instead of paler pastels. I think she’ll heart them.

But if you want them to be light pink for instance, just melt and mix in white candy wafers to create lighter colors. Easy!

Dipping Cake Pops

To decorate the blocks, dip in melted white candy wafers first and let dry. When dry, melt a second color to highlight the edges with.

You can decorate these as much or little as you like. You can pipe and outline just the fronts of the blocks or outline each edge. I didn’t pipe the melted wafers on though because I have a harder time controlling the coating that way. I like to just use a toothpick to draw it on instead.

Draw the coating one edge at a time and then sprinkle white sanding sugar on top before it dries. Repeat with each edge until they are outlined and sparkly. The other great thing about using toothpicks and sanding sugar is that the sugar will create a barrier and allow you to gently straighten up any lines with your toothpick and without messing up the melted coating. SO helpful!

Candy Letters

Now for the letters! Oh, baby… too cute!

Candy Mold Painting

I used the letter candy mold in my new line for these and it worked out great. But if you are good at piping, you can totally just pipe A B C letters on the blocks, too. To use a candy mold, fill cavities with melted candy wafers and tap the mold on the counter gently to settle the melted coating into the cavities. Then place the mold in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help set and dry quickly. To remove pieces, gently twist the mold or press from the back gently to help remove the letters and you’re ready to go.

Baby Block Cake Pops

:etter Pops

To attach the letters, just add a few dots of melted white candy coating to the backs and “glue” them on. I just did letters on one side.

If you create these for a friend’s shower, have a little fun with the letters and make unexpected words.

For instance, I don’t think we should stop at just A B C  for Jessica?

Candy Molds

NO… I don’t think so.

Letter Block Cake Pops

Add an O and N and now we’re getting somewhere… spelling the important things in life. Jessica would agree.

Place them in a stand to serve and display …

ABC Pops

or you can wrap them in treat bags for fun baby shower favors, too.

Now, if you don’t know Jessica yet, then you are totally missing out on some amazing food, photos and fun over on her blog.

Hop on over to visit or you can check out her brand new book for some Seriously Delish food, too.

And don’t forget to check out what else everyone made to help celebrate!

>> Here’s the links to all the other How Sweet Eats Virtual Baby Shower Posts. <<

ABC Pops

Enjoy!

Also, below are the Bakerella for Make’n Mold products I used to make these cake pops.

You can find them all in stores at A.C. Moore Crafts right now. And, if there’s not a location in your area, you can also order online from Make’n Mold.

Candy Wafers
Pop Sticks
Letter Candy Mold
Dot Treat Bags

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweet links

Happy Thursday! Here’s a handful of quick links to some sweets I created for People.com. Hope you enjoy!


Boo Bark!
Need a last minute treat for Halloween? You can whip this one up in no time.

 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Thick bars of pumpkin yumminess! And the cream cheese frosting doesn’t hurt either.

 

Chocolate Coffee Truffles
Need a little perk me up? Bite size and no-bake. These balls are fun and easy to make.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Dig right into this giant peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie. Top it off with ice cream and share with friends… or not. I won’t tell.

 

Banana Caramel Bourbon Milkshake
I seriously wish I had this milkshake right now. So good and so easy to make.

 


Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut Frosting
Swirls of hazelnut frosting top off these chocolaty cupcakes.

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sugar Skull Cake Pops

Sugar Skull Cake Pops

Sweet Sugar Skull cake pops.

These are a fun little project celebrating Day of the Dead that I wanted to share with you. I made them with the candy wafers in my new line of products with Make’n Mold. I love how much you can customize them using different colors and patterns. Just start with a molded skull cake pop shape and dip it in melted white candy wafers for a blank canvas. You can use a black edible ink pen to draw on the pop and bright colors of melted candy wafers to dot and decorate different designs using a toothpick.

Here are the full instructions over at Make’n Mold if you want to make them, too.

Blue Cake Pop Striped Sticks

Bright Candy Wafers

Bakerella Candy Wafers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Very Cute Vampires

Very Cute Vampires

Halloween will be here before you know it and I wanted to share one of the new projects from my Cake Pops Halloween Book in case you want to give them a go. There are 20 spooktacular treats in the book including some of my classic favorites. And these very cute vampires have now joined that group. I want to hug them – they’re so cute. I love their pale purple faces, sweet little fangs, candy bow ties and cupcake wrapper capes.

That’s right! You can use a hole punch on mini cupcake wrappers folded in half and then slide it on a lollipop stick and curve it around the bottom of a vampire head for a cute little cape.

For the bow ties, I used my new Playful Shapes Candy Mold and melted white candy wafers to shape them. Then I attached them to the pop sticks with more candy coating as glue.

Bite me

 

Want to dress these dashing fellas up even more? You can use my these printable treat tags to take them over the top.

 

Here’s an example of a bunch of the tags you can download. I hope you use them for cake pops, cupcakes and other treats this Halloween! Tag them with #CakePopsHalloweenBook on instagram so I can see your spooky sweets!

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>>> Download the FREE printables or order the book here. <<<

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Very Cute Vampires

Servings:

Ingredients

  • 48 uncoated cake balls (see basic instructions here.)
  • 24 oz (680 g) light purple candy coating
  • 48 oz (1.4 kg) white candy coating
  • 2 deep, microwave-safe plastic bowls, plus 2 small, microwave-safe plastic bowls
  • 48 lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Small squeeze bottle
  • Bow candy mold
  • Wax paper
  • Black candy coloring (not food coloring)
  • Toothpicks
  • Black edible-ink pen
  • 96 pink confetti sprinkles
  • 48 miniature red cupcake wrappers
  • Hole punch

Instructions

TO DECORATE:

  1. Have the cake balls chilled and in the refrigerator.
  2. Melt the light purple candy coating and 24 oz (680 g) of the white candy coating in one of the microwave-safe bowls, following the instructions on the packages. The coating should be about 3 in (7.5 cm) deep for easier dipping. Stir together until the color is a paler purple.
  3. When you are ready to dip, remove a few cake balls at a time from the refrigerator, keeping the rest chilled.
  4. One at a time, dip about 1/2 in (12 mm) of the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating, and insert the dipped end straight into a cake ball, pushing it no more than halfway through. Dip the cake pop into the melted coating. Gently lift the pop out of the coating and tap off any excess, as described on page 10. Stand the pop firmly in a hole in the Styrofoam block. Repeat with remaining cake balls. Let dry completely.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the remaining white candy coating in the second microwave-safe bowl. Pour some of the melted white coating into the squeeze bottle.
  6. Fill the bow candy mold with the melted white coating. Place the mold in the freezer for a few minutes until the coating sets. Remove from the freezer and gently separate the bows from the mold. Set aside on wax paper. Repeat until you have 48 bows. Reserve a small amount of the white coating in one of the small microwave-safe bowls to dot the eyes, draw the teeth, and attach the bows to the stick. Also reserve a small amount of the pale purple coating in the second small microwave-safe bowl for the ears and nose.
  7. Combine the remaining pale purple candy coating and any remaining white coating. Add black candy coloring and stir. Continue to add coloring until it’s almost black. It will dry darker. Using a toothpick and starting in the middle of the vampire’s forehead, draw two curves for the hairline that also come down the sides to form sideburns. Fill in the shape with more black candy coating until the hair is complete and let dry. When the hair is dry, use a toothpick dipped in more black candy coating to draw thick strands of hair starting from the center point moving toward the back of the head. Let dry completely in the Styrofoam block.
  8. When dry, use the black edible-ink pen to draw on eyes, a smiling mouth, and eyebrows. Use a toothpick to dot on reserved pale purple candy coating in position for cheeks and attach 2 pink confetti sprinkles. Then use the toothpick to create ears on either side of the vampire’s head. As it starts to set, use the toothpick to pull through the coating so that ears appear pointed.
  9. Dot the pupils with the reserved melted white candy coating. Then dot on coating at either side of the vampire’s smile with a toothpick. Pull the toothpick through the coating to create a sharp point for his teeth. Let dry completely.
  10. For the red collars, fold mini cupcake wrappers almost in half and then punch a hole as close to the crease as you can. Slide a collar onto each lollipop stick and move up around the base of the vampire’s head.
  11. To finish the vampires, apply the leftover white candy coating to the lollipop stick and attach the white candy bows. Hold in place until the bow is set. Let the cake pops dry completely in the Styrofoam block.

Enjoy!

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