Friday, July 3, 2009

The Fourth

Freedom, independence & a marine named Carlos. Last week I was trying to decide what kind of Fourth of July sweets to make or if I was even going to make anything at all. Then I received an email from a reader’s boyfriend and I knew I wanted to… had to… do something for the holiday.

Here’s his letter. And by the way, I couldn’t make anything sweeter than this.

Hi there Bakerella!

My name is Carlos and I’m a United States Marine, and have been one since 1998. If you wouldn’t mind just giving my e-mail some thought, I’d be grateful. Here’s the story:

My girlfriend just went away to Marine Corps bootcamp not yet a month ago. She LOVES to bake, but unfortunately didn’t get much time to do so because her job took up most of her free time, so she lived vicariously through you. She’s a fan of photography also, so your blog was a welcome reprieve from a long, hard day at the office. As you may or may not know, bootcamp for Marines is 13 weeks long; the only contact with the outside world is through snail mail. I miss my girlfriend immensely and while I know she’s doing something for her country that she’s always wanted to do, it’s hard on me. I digress, she loves your blog. I know the 4th of July is coming up and I ask you this not only for her, but also for the men and women in the Armed Forces who really know and FEEL the meaning behind this holiday. I think it would be very patriotic and meaningful to bake and decorate something in the spirit of the military, not just flags and sparklers like everyone else is doing – but something to show people that our military needs support and we need to remember them while we’re lighting off fireworks at the family BBQ. You know?

Now, I’m asking this because I think it would touch a special place in some of your reader’s hearts. I’m willing to bet you have quite a following amongst military wives and/or girlfriends. How nice would it be to show your support? I’ve served 3 tours in Iraq and am due to go to Afghanistan for a year in the next few months. I won’t get to see my girlfriend graduate from bootcamp in September, I won’t get to see her looking sharp in her uniform, I won’t get to see the pride on her face as finally, at 28 years old, she joins the ranks of The Few, The Proud… so this would be my chance to show her I thought of her. This is your chance to show you think of our military, as many others should be doing. Maybe it’ll get people to look for ways to support us with baked goods? During the colder months overseas, my girlfriend would bake cookies and anything else she could that would hold up to the travel and heat, and send on enough for my whole platoon. A taste of home, a taste of love… opening up a box with the smells of back home was something you just can’t explain. It was magical. My girlfriend didn’t stop there though, she adopted Marines, Soldiers and Airman through Anysoldier.com and sent them care packages and notes of encouragement.

I realize I’m all over the place here, but trying to get my point across is difficult without writing you a novel. I think you get the gist. 4th of July is about more and I’d love to write my girlfriend a letter and say, ‘Bakerella appreciates the Armed Forces, when you get back to the real world and have access to a computer… go see her 4th of July post.’ Now, I don’t know if you’ll do this or not and it’s fine either way. I just wanted to tell you a little story and hope that maybe a tiny blurb in your blog would entice your readers into caring just a tiny bit more and thinking just a bit deeper on our Independence Day.

I appreciate your time in reading this!

Carlos

What a sweetheart. When I read his letter, I immediately wanted to make and send something to surprise his girlfriend. I thought, how cute would it be for her to open a box of colorful cake pops! Then, Carlos informed me that they can’t receive food during boot camp. I pictured her being forced to eat all the pops at one time and then made to run 10 miles or something. I don’t think she’d like that too much. Picture it. Cute little cake pops. Marines. Lollipop sticks. Marines. Sprinkles. Marines. Not the best idea for her sake.

Now, I can’t send her anything sweet, but I can send her these sweet simple words of appreciation.

Military Pops

It’s not much, but I hope that if you do see this when your 13 weeks of boot camp are over, that it puts a smile on your face. And know that you and all members of the armed forces were thought of this July 4th.

Plus… that Carlos… he sounds like a keeper.

Cake Pops

Marine Pops

Cake Pops

What about you? Is there someone on your mind… or in your heart… this holiday?

Hope you all have a happy, safe and sweet Fourth of July!

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Tucker said...

From an Army Wife reader, Thank You!

An yes, Carlos is a keeper! Oorah and Hooah!

July 6, 2009 01:52 PM
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Danielle said...

What a wonderful post, it made me cry…as the sister of a Marine and sister of an Airman (woman :))

Thank you!

July 6, 2009 02:40 PM
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ronniesrebel said...

wow that brought tears to my eyes. Why? My oldest son is in the army, stationed in Hawaii for the moment, on his way with his family to Ft. Lewis Washington then he will go for a second tour in Iraq. All I can say is support our troops in any way possible and keep them in your prayers.

July 6, 2009 02:45 PM
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Clyde said...

A colorful/sweet treat + a thoughtful spirit = happy 4th of July. Great way to celebrate the most bravest americans… our military! Thanks to them and to you, Bakerella lady.

July 6, 2009 02:47 PM
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The Scootabaker said...

That was so sweet! You're the best!

July 6, 2009 02:54 PM
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Alli said...

I am so glad you posted his email! Your blog reaches so many and we all need to be reminded why we celebrate the 4th of July and we need to remember those that continue to fight for our freedom that so many take for granted or envy. The cake pops are beautiful! If you remember to, can you post anything that you either receive or find out about his girlfriend's reaction when she got to read this? That is so sweet of him to think of her like that.

July 6, 2009 03:03 PM
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Anonymous said...

I can't see the pops through my tears!
God Bless America and our Troops!!

July 6, 2009 03:05 PM
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Elaine said...

Aw, yay! Thanks for this post. I'm in the Coast Guard, and my boyfriend is deployed with the Army National Guard in Kosovo right now. It's always nice to know folks support the troops. Carlos does sound like a keeper – Carlos if you are reading, thanks for serving! And best wishes to your lovely girlfriend to get through boot camp in one piece!

July 6, 2009 04:02 PM
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SWEETKNEADS said...

Bakerella,

You can never know how much that means to all the service members and their families. My husband is in the Navy and getting ready to deploy in a week. I am an avid reader and follower of your blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to put some true meaning behind the holiday. You are truly wonderful!!!! Thanks again for all your support.

Heather Nunnelly

July 6, 2009 04:16 PM
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franci said...

Hi! I was going around cake decorating websites and i happened to get on an italian website of a baker (or so she calls herself) that uses other people's pictures in her "my works" section, and I recognized your red roses topped cupcakes. I didn't email her ,I leave that up to you, but I thought I'd just let you know. The website is http://www.torteartistiche.tk and you have to look under the TORTE DECORATE section. Hope this was useful, its really sad when people steal other people's photographs like she did.

July 6, 2009 05:22 PM
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flory said...

c'est FABULOUS. that boy is a keeper.

July 6, 2009 05:23 PM
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Julie said...

With your volume of readers, I think you would have been really effective in encouraging people to mail treats to soldiers. You said that the book camp can't receive food; I'm not sure if any group can, but I bet you would have had a great response had you found an address/ troop/ website with options and encouraged your readers to support the troops by sending in treats or other items.
Just a thought for your next "cause!"

July 6, 2009 06:26 PM
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Kristi said...

aw. tearfest.

July 6, 2009 06:33 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

I don't have anything thoughtful or useful to say.

Just thank you.

July 6, 2009 08:00 PM
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Tom, Lynette, and family said...

Thank you so much for this! As the wife, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, granddaughter x2, niece, and friend of military members, I can't tell you what that meant. A special thanks for not forgetting the Coast Guard, my husband and father where both active duty Navy before joining the Coast Guard Reserves. Unfortunately they get forgotten a lot. Hope you had a happy fourth!

July 6, 2009 08:43 PM
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Tom, Lynette, and family said...

On a side note to those of you who want to send baked goods to someone you know deployed overseas…Try for something that won't melt, for example chocolate chips make a big mess. We found some really great recipes the last time my husband's USCG unit, PSU 313 was deployed, that set up, vacuum sealed, and shipped really well. Good luck:)

July 6, 2009 08:54 PM
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Anonymous said...

You are truly awesome for doing this! You are an amazing person with amazing talent.

July 6, 2009 09:38 PM
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Mixing Bowl Mama said...

What a lovely story….

July 6, 2009 10:59 PM
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Jessica said...

This very proud Army wife thanks you from the bottom of her heart! I love reading your blog and I appreciate this post more than any other! Keep doing what you do!

July 6, 2009 11:51 PM
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g. said...

Happy 4th of July to all of our service men and women and for their spouses (like me) who show their support with baked goods! Thanks Bakerella for recognizing our heroes!

July 7, 2009 01:05 AM
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Michelle said...

Another military wife here — and prior active duty member. Those pops were awesome! Thank you for taking the time to do that, and to post Carlos' letter. I was lucky enough to have my hubby home this 4th — for the first time in three years!

I know many many military wives who read your blog — so any military themes are always appreciated!0309

July 7, 2009 01:22 AM
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Linda Holbrook said...

From an Air Force veteran and still a military wife…Thank You!

July 7, 2009 02:18 AM
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Sadia said...

Awww.

My husband, a soldier, happens to have his ten days of the year home from Korea during Fourth of July weekend this year. To our three-year-olds, Fourth of July means "Daddy is home", and that's just fine by me.

Unfortunately, he doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, but I will be baking for his parents when they arrive tomorrow to see their son, granddaughters, and me.

July 7, 2009 02:45 AM
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laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a sweet note he sent you! You are obviously doing your part to say "thank you" just by being here for some of our brave men and women to read your blog and dream. laurie

July 7, 2009 04:06 AM
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Java Girl: said...

My daughter and I made your amazing 4th of July cake pops and they were the hit of the party!!

July 7, 2009 05:37 AM
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Sugar & Spice Event Design said...

These are so fun, festive and appropriate! I love it!

July 7, 2009 06:16 AM
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Laura said...

So sweet!! It really means a lot to me, as my husband is in the USMC as well. Thank you!

July 7, 2009 11:26 AM
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Gina said...

Thank you! I'm a military wife, and this post was so touching.

July 7, 2009 01:12 PM
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Kimberly said...

Bakerella, that was the BEST post…ever. I am a military brat and so appreciated what you did for Carlos.

Will have to make those cake pops next year.

July 7, 2009 04:43 PM
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OceanDreams said...

Aww. That was so thoughtful of him. Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

July 7, 2009 07:01 PM
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Ashley Brooke said...

Just gorgeous! So sweet of you to do that!

Oh and your last years cupcake pops inspired me! I changed the way I made them though, have a look and tell me what you think :)

-Ashley

July 7, 2009 07:41 PM
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Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Kudos Bakerella. You made someone really happy this 4th.

July 7, 2009 08:52 PM
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Mathews Family Blog said...

The 4th of July is always a little different to a member of the armed forces {or a spouse}. My husband says the sound of fireworks coming out of the tube remind him of the few seconds before an attack would hit, and they are no longer a pleasure to view up close like we used to do. I tripped up on this blog and so glad that I did!

Heartwarming! THANKS!

July 8, 2009 01:20 AM
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brenda said...

as an army wife, this touches my heart more than you could know. thank you, thank you, thank you! and GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!!

July 8, 2009 02:07 AM
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brenda said...

oh yea and HOOAH!!!

July 8, 2009 02:08 AM
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Vellum said...

At first I thought they were covered with colored sugar crystals. Now I think I'll need to try that.

July 8, 2009 04:26 AM
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Jen said...

Wiping tear from my cheeks! I love our soldiers so much!
? Jen

July 8, 2009 04:48 AM
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Julie Magallanes said...

Dear Bakerella,

This post brought me to tears…literally! First that he was sweet enough to know what blogs his girlfriend follows, was enough to put me over the edge. I have been married 17 years this coming Sat (7/11) and I doubt if my husband even knows what a blog is! LOL
Also, that he AND his girlfriend are serving our country…people just don't realize that kind of sacrifice. Lastly, that he is just plain a loving and caring guy…so sweet! Thank you on behalf of all the people who didn't already say so, for making those cake pops in honor of our service men and women. They should call you Queen Bakerella. and thank you to all those serving our country!

July 8, 2009 06:17 AM
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Brett said...

What an excellent post! I went to AnySoldier.com and sent a care package to Afghanistan yesterday. Thanks for passing the word along!

July 8, 2009 05:15 PM
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e.bane said...

My brother spent his Independence Day in Al Kut, Iraq. He's the fourth member of my family to be stationed in the Middle East over the past few years and will be there for several more months. I'm going to try to make some cake pops (belatedly) for my sister in law who had to spend the 4th, their Anniversary, and many other holidays alone while he is over there. Thanks for the message and for showing our guys and gals in uniform some Bakerella love.

July 8, 2009 06:51 PM
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His Mermaid said...

That is so awesome!

PS: Navy Wife here! Hubby has been in for 14 years in October. =)

July 8, 2009 07:05 PM
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Onna said...

Absolutely wonderful!!!

July 8, 2009 07:18 PM
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thephantombloggerstrikes said...

I'll never forget what Independence Day means to this country. My family and I appreciate ALL the sacrifices that our armed forces and their families make every day. im207

July 8, 2009 07:49 PM
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Erica said...

This is wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes. I am so thankful for all the men and women who serve our country. I love how many commets this post received, too.

July 8, 2009 09:03 PM
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Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you!
As a Marine wife myself, I love your blog and yummy goodness. My husband is serving his 22nd year as a Marine Colonel and I'm proud of him!

July 8, 2009 09:07 PM
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Rachel said...

That was a super sweet letter and your armed forces cake pops are just fantastic! It was nice of you to take the time to do that ;0)

July 8, 2009 11:20 PM
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Bakerella said...

I loved reading these comments. So inspiring. Thank you for the letter Carlos. It touched so many.

Here are a few links from readers:

anysoldier.com
bakinggals.com
soldiersangels.com
cardsforheroes.org
letssaythanks.com

Natalie, Glenda, Atticelf, Mommia – thanks for the link

Sara V – I made them. Found patches on the internet and printed them on card stock. Then I used a circle punch to cut them out.

Tammi – tapping to knock off the excess chocolate and shortening to help thin out the candy coating if it's too thick.

brian – fantastic!

Micah C – that's what I was afraid of

Robin – great tip on the pringles can. And another excuse for me to eat them.

Amber – cute. you're sweet!

Karen – a Canon Rebel xti

Sheri – GOOD idea!

Carlos – So glad you liked it. Thank you again!

franci – thanks for the heads up. I appreciate it.

Lisa & Jen – I made them. See my response to Sara

Julie – there was a link in the email from Carlos, but I've included a few more from readers.

Brett – That's awesome.

July 8, 2009 11:26 PM
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Lori Stamz said...

beautiful… Carlos is 1 genuine man and I pray that they wind up together forever! Don't know how many of your readers are aware, but there is a national baking band called Operation Baking Gals and we bake for a new deployed military member every month by separate teams. I have spearheaded my team for 8 rounds now… it is such a blessing! Check them out at http://www.bakinggals.com or my team blog at http://www.sugarbakerzsweeties.blogspot.com

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

p.s. Bakerella, he pops were AWESOME looking.. wish I had those in my goodie boxes back in my Navy days!

July 9, 2009 12:27 AM
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Anonymous said...

Awwww…. I love sweet military men!!! God bless our troops!!

July 9, 2009 12:37 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hello, I just had a quick question and didn't know how to contact you. :) So I figured I'd go to your latest post in hopes you would see my question :D First things first, I just want to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I'm a true fan and I have tried many of your recipes!!! I made chocolate frosting and couldn't get it to stay molded (using a star-shaped tip)on my cupcakes. So my question is…Is chocolate frosting moldable? If that makes any sense :) I would really appreciate it if you would get back to me about this. :D thank so much!!! -Laurie – jlj137@live.com

July 9, 2009 01:12 AM
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Lori said...

God bless you for honoring Carlos's wish and for the wonderful pops for all the hero's in todays Armed Forces! A special thank you to,to the parents, wives, husbands and children who are home and keeping their chins up waiting for their loved ones to return home safe and sound! Bless you all, Lori

July 9, 2009 04:42 AM
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The Leflett's said...

OH MY GOSH! What a sweet note for Carlos to send!

He is a keeper for sure. Carlos, good luck on your tour in Iraq, if there is anything we can do or send please let me know.

We're currently stationed overseas with the Air Force and treats from home are always enjoyed. When my husband was stationed in Korea for a year, I would bake him cookies, brownies, rolo pretzle candies, and so on and send enough for him to take into work and share with his fellow troops.

Thank you Bakerella for doing this post, it was amazing and very kind of you. And thank you for all the troops who serve and all the military wives who hold the fort down while they're gone fighting for our country.

July 9, 2009 05:11 AM
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The Leflett's said...

Another site is:

http://www.treatsfortroops.com

You can adopt a soldier, choose the branch of service, state they're from, and send a birthday package, or any other preorganized package their way.

July 9, 2009 05:14 AM
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Chelsea said...

That is so nice! I'm not from America, so I don't celebrate Independence day, but that is such a nice thing to do for someone!

http://chanceofcupcakes.blogspot.com

July 9, 2009 07:32 AM
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mb_in_dc said...

I too love your blog. That was a great post, really touched me. Except now I feel kind of guilty that I made your hamburger cupcakes for my Fourth of July party instead of something more patriotic. I guess we forget too – will remember for next year.

July 9, 2009 01:03 PM
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ScrapsofMe said...

Ahhhh…these are perfect!

July 9, 2009 03:08 PM
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Sienna said...

I am totally jealous of those cake pops. I love to bake, but these seem so complicated. I'm new to your blog, and I have to try out those cupcake pops. They look divine!

July 9, 2009 05:15 PM
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? fashion chalet said...

I am adding you into my list of favorite blog links. Thanks for keeping it scrumptious!!!!

x

July 9, 2009 05:54 PM
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? fashion chalet said...

I am adding you into my list of favorite blog links. Thanks for keeping it scrumptious!!!!

x

July 9, 2009 05:54 PM
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? fashion chalet said...

I am adding you into my list of favorite blog links. Thanks for keeping it scrumptious!!!!

x

July 9, 2009 05:54 PM
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? fashion chalet said...

I am adding you into my list of favorite blog links. Thanks for keeping it scrumptious!!!!

x

July 9, 2009 05:54 PM
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viviene said...

=) how thoughtful.

July 9, 2009 06:13 PM
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susie.m said...

What a fantastic email Carlos sent you, I have goosebumps and tears. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved onesand Bakerella….what can I say, your creations always amaze me, thnak you!!

July 9, 2009 07:07 PM
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Autumn said...

I'm so glad you posted his letter, it really enlightened my perspective, thank you.

July 9, 2009 11:18 PM
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The Cupcaketress said...

Love the cake pops! So cute!

July 10, 2009 04:13 AM
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Ann (Miss Sweetstory) said...

This Air Force wife thinks this is the best post you've ever done Bakerella! Thank you.

PS. You're right, that Carlos is a keeper!

July 10, 2009 12:14 PM
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milk with tea said...

This is the sweetest thing I've read in a really long time. It just made my day!

July 10, 2009 01:35 PM
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hyoscine.heart said...

I'm a new enlistee in the Air Force, awaiting a bootcamp date. This was very touching to read, and made me want to spread some baked thanks myself!

Thanks for this post. :]

July 10, 2009 04:21 PM
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Tami Madsen said...

THANK YOU!

July 10, 2009 05:44 PM
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Anonymous said...

LOVE This! I can honestly say the 4th of July is one of my MOST favorite Holidays! Both of my grandfathers were in the service (and have cousins currently serving) and I've always had a special appreciation for our military and the freedom that they protect. There is no better gift in this world, than the Freedom that our service men and women give us. I am so proud of our country and the men and women who protect it. Thank you Bakerella – I love following your blog@!

July 10, 2009 07:00 PM
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Spruce Hill said...

Just got an order from cake art! My daughter is making a fondant cake for her 4-H fair. She is having trouble with folds in her fondant. Do you have any tips for preventing them?

July 10, 2009 10:24 PM
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phototeach said...

As always, food is the ultimate reminder of home. Whether it be the tastes, or the smells, nothing is better than "the familiar" when you are far from home. Wouldn't it be great if every blogger sent a box of homemade cookies to a soldier somewhere.

July 10, 2009 10:29 PM
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Anne-Marie said...

Thank you so much for inspiring me. This week I have been collecting items and money to make and send care packages to our troops stationed overseas through AnySoldier.com. So far, I have five other moms contributing to the effort and it looks like I'll be sending out FIVE care packages with all the items we've been able to pull together. It's so important to remember our men and women serving.

July 10, 2009 11:06 PM
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tara said...

As a military wife and currently being separated from my husband, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your sincerity. Thanks Bakerella:)

July 11, 2009 12:16 AM
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Carlen said...

OH MY GOSH, I was in tears.
DOES CARLOS HAVE A BROTHER?????????????????????
LOL!!!
Thank you for this.
Carlen
(p.s. I'm married to a great guy, but have so many friends needing a Carlos out there!)

July 11, 2009 10:47 PM
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Nellie said...

My husband has been at sea a lot lately and I've not had the chance to visit your blog as often as usual (DAILY!). Thank you for your 4th of July cake pops. My heart smiled as I read Carols' letter and then saw the cake pops. So elegantly simple. Fabulous. Thank you for thinking of the men and women that serve -it makes my job easier to know my husband is appreciated! :D

July 12, 2009 05:56 PM
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Anonymous said...

What bright, pretty, happy cake pops those are. As a wife to an active duty AirForce officer who is about to leave for another Middle Eastern tour. I sincerely appreciate that email and this post. Being stationed in a foreign country this July 4th meant even more than ever to me. Normally I'm a lurker but I wanted to say thank you for this post.

July 13, 2009 03:45 PM
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Ells said...

Wow, Bakerella! The pictures brought tears to my eyes! Thanks for honoring our military folks. What beautiful cake pops, and perfect ribbons! Loved the touch of the seals from each branch. :)

-from the wife of a soldier, daughter of a sailor, and sister of a coastie

July 13, 2009 06:19 PM
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AnnieC said...

I too, am a military wife! I am so happy to see that you included the United States Coast Guard in your post. Often times, men and women, like my husband our left out of celebrations. The USCG does important and dangerous work every day…they TOO are overseas! Thanks Bakerella, it means the word to me!

July 14, 2009 12:42 PM
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Mom In Delaware said...

Thank you Bakerella! My sweet baby girl leaves for Iraq in December and this year the 4th of July really meant something to me.

July 14, 2009 09:00 PM
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chefrobert said...

I found your blog a few months ago and have absolutely loved every one of your posts! You are wonderful!!!

Tonight, I finally got the courage to make some red velvet balls and made a big o' hot mess! It didn't take long for red velvet crumbs to get in the white chocolate candy melts. Despite trying to tap the candy off, it was all lumpy/bumpy. Then,to top off the entire experience, it took forever (over 30 minutes) for the candy to start hardening — even now (over an hour from giving up), it is sticky to the touch. When we attempted to eat them, they fell apart pretty quickly.

I soooo don't want to give up, as you've really inspired me to make these for a friend's wedding. Thankfully, that isn't until October. Can you show me the error of my ways????

My initial thoughts are that perhaps I should: (a) add more cream cheese icing to the cake (they seemed pretty good to me — not to moist and easily formed into balls), (b) make the balls a bit more compact, (c) get the candy to different consistency (am I looking for a runny consistency?), and/or (d)give up trying to bake in this HOT TEXAS HEAT (the temperatures have been over 105 with the heat index every day for awhile now).

HELP!!!

July 15, 2009 03:16 AM
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The Lotts said...

My baby brother :) He is a Marine and serving in Afghanistan right now. We miss him like crazy!! Thanks for the cute ideas.

July 15, 2009 09:51 PM
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writing4612 said...

That was such a heartfelt letter.

I love what you came up with. So creative, and it includes everyone. :)

The troops that so selflessly serve our country don't get enough thanks. THANKS TROOPS! Your courage, dedication and bravery deserves to be remembered every day , not just one.

July 17, 2009 10:33 PM
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Anonymous said...

As a military wife, all I can say is THANK YOU for remembering everyone who fights for the freedome we have to express ourselves, through baking and/or blogging!! :)

July 18, 2009 06:51 AM
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Rhett and Tiffanie Jackson said...

awesome! amazing! god bless all our military (families included) i am a proud sister of a Solider who has been to iraq twice and have a cousin who is currently serving in Afghanistan (again) love this post!

July 19, 2009 07:06 AM
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ashley marlow said...

I was just looking over all of your July posts an saw the military pops. I love them!!! That was such an awesome treat for the 4th!!! My husbaand is in Afghanistan now and I really appreciate people like you who appreciate our armed forces!! Thanks so much!!!

July 20, 2009 02:53 PM
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Kelsea said...

As a girlfriend of a Marine … I love this. :)
Thanks for posting it!

July 27, 2009 11:26 PM
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Bakerella said...

chef robert- First, yes, AC is a BIG plus. What kind of candy melts are you using? 30 minutes is too long. Make sure the balls have been firmed up in the freezer. Don't roll in the chocolate. Drop in the bowl and then pour chocolate on top. Scoop out ball with a spoon and tap excess off. The white coating isn't as forgiving as the chocolate, so you may want to dip them a second time if you get crumbs.
And yes, the thinner the chocolate, the easier to dip. You can add some shortening to help thin it out.

July 28, 2009 01:44 AM
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Anonymous said...

I tried my first cake pops tonight. I have a lot of practicing to do before they will be presentable. But since I'm a (newly christened) cake decorator this is a great use for all those cakes tops left over after leveling my bigger creations.

I have a few questions though…how do you keep them so round? Mine flattened on the bottom when they were chilling. Also, my candy coating didn't seem to go on as thick and smoothly as yours. It looks like my cake pops have cellulite. Could it be the type of candy melt? Or maybe the cake to frosting ratio didn't give me the right consistency. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

This is my first time commenting but I love your ideas and check your blog often.

July 30, 2009 01:10 AM
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rebeccamickelson said...

I am the wife of a US Army Ranger, and this touched me deeply. My husband has done 3 tours overseas, one lasting a grueling 15 months. We have 3 small children — one is a brand new baby boy. Our family has so much pride in what "our Daddy" does, and seeing posts and appreciation for our armed forces brings joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. Thank you for this post, and thank you to all of our men and women in uniform protecting our awesome country!

July 31, 2009 04:59 AM
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Tyler and JoAnna Hamilton said...

this was awesome!

Also- I'm a new reader and have a random question. I have made your cupcake pops several times and am getting ready to make them for my son's birthday (Goodnight moon themed) and would like to have them look like red balloons…how did you get the vibrant red for these? and do you have any ideas that would make them look more like balloons?

thanks so much, I'm loving reading your blog!

August 1, 2009 02:57 PM
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Bakerella said...

Tyler and Joanna Hamilton – shape them like balloons, dip them in red coating and stick a red rainbow chip sprinkle or mini hereshey coated kiss on the bottom.

August 4, 2009 12:30 AM
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Price Family said...

Thank you, my husband is serving his 3rd tour in the Marine Corps as well….Happy Independence Day.

August 5, 2009 04:58 AM
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Anonymous said...

Your post made me teary eyed. Thank you for being supportive of those fighting for our country.

August 12, 2009 12:54 AM
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Anonymous said...

It really brightened my day that you remebered to include the Coast Guard they are often forgotten! Thank you!

August 13, 2009 01:02 PM
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Duck Duck Moose Design said...

Just discovered your blog and it is fantastic! I am making those pie pops tonight!

August 13, 2009 06:37 PM
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Tara said...

Carlos sure loves his girlfriend…and so do all of us in the USA. Why? For fighting for our Country. For believing in us. For being the noble person you are! Happy 4th of July (a little late) and THANK YOU!!!!

August 13, 2009 07:50 PM
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Tara said...

Carlos sure loves his girlfriend…and so do all of us in the USA. Why? For fighting for our Country. For believing in us. For being the noble person you are! Happy 4th of July (a little late) and THANK YOU!!!!

August 13, 2009 07:51 PM
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Aunt Dilly said...

Hi
I am a Coast Guard mom and definitely appreciate the mention on your cake pops. Unfortunately we the Coast Guard are forgotten as a part of the armed forces. We too go to Iraq we just protect on the water.
Thanks again

August 21, 2009 03:52 PM
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rash said...

OMG its cute

November 3, 2009 01:44 PM
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