Books and Balls

Cake Balls

Monday night The Pioneer Woman was in town for her book signing tour. So the night before the signing, I worked on making her a little treat. I thought it would be nice to bring her something sweet to snack on while she signed away. I decided on cake balls. But, made them smaller than usual, so they could easily be eaten in one bite. I was right in the middle of finishing them when I received an unexpected invitation for dinner. Pioneer Woman (PW), was already in town with her sister, Betsy and friend Hyacinth. They were going to dinner and invited me along.

Ummm… decision time. Can I make it to dinner in an hour? I’m not dressed. My hair is wet and has been wrapped in a towel all afternoon. (Don’t ask.) And the restaurant is at least 30 minutes away. Or should I stay home and finish my present for her like a reasonable person. I think you know what I picked. And dinner was fantastic. I’m completely glad I went, because there was simply no time to chat Monday evening as there were hundreds of people in line to see her hours before she even arrived.

I paid the price late Sunday night though, because I had to finish assembling the cake balls and take pictures of them. Plus, I had a post I wanted to put up. And, that’s when I found out my camera was broken. So, no post and no pictures. Luckily I borrowed a camera (Thanks Ted) Monday afternoon so I could take these photos.

Okay, back to the cake balls. You see, I didn’t just want to bring her a box of balls. I wanted to make them a little special. So I stuck a stick in them.

Cake Balls

And came up with this to accessorize them…

Mini Books

What are they you say?

Well, they are teeny-tiny, little, itty-bitty…

Pioneer Woman in Paperback

miniature Pioneer Woman Cook Books.


Complete with inside pages. Yes, you can say it. I know. I’m crazy.

Pioneer Woman Cake Balls

But look how cute they are.

The inside is made using her chocolate sheet cake recipe. If you want to use it to make them, follow the basic how-to for cake balls here, substituting PW’s sheet cake and icing. Bake the cake and cool. Make the frosting and let it sit in a bowl, covered overnight to thicken. I used about half of the frosting to mix in with the crumbled cake and it worked out great.


A snack pack of her book in paper back.


And all wrapped up.

Now, off to the signing.


I met my friend Lori there.


And my friend Meimi and her friends.


I even made some new ones. Pam is on the right. She’s a hoot. We all waited together and had a blast.


There were people everywhere. Hi Robin! Hey, that’s a nice camera.


After reading Ree’s recaps from her previous signings, I expected to see lots of smiling faces.


Everywhere… everyone was so happy to be there to meet Ree. She has that effect on people. Me included.


I expected to see lots of adoring fans. Aren’t these two the cutest.

But I didn’t…

I didn’t expect …



or this…



Something weird was happening. I found myself on the other end of the camera throughout the night.


And it was a completely unexpected treat to meet so many people that love Ree and also visit my little website. And just about everyone I met had even made cake pops. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. The evening was very surreal.

Here are some more photos from the night. I tried to get pics (Thanks Lori) of all the people that asked for photos so I would know I wasn’t dreaming the next day.

But wait…

I was here for a book signing. I had books to be signed.


Everyone received post it notes to write their names on … it made things go faster since there were so many people.


Ree is a machine. Signing, and spinning pens and pages. Even Betsy and Hyacinth were swamped. Seriously, I think they all signed books for at least five hours. Non-stop. And all with a smile.


When it was my turn, I kneeled down beside Ree and looked up to find several cameras taking our picture together. I think that’s why I look like a dork. Disbelief behind those cheeks.

And … P.S. – I’m still short.


All I can say on this one is …… paybacks…


Just kidding … I heart you PW.


And, you too guys. Hope you all had fun while you were here. I did.

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212 comments on “Books and Balls”

  1. How do you get your cakeballs and/or cakepops so perfectly round. I love them and your website.

  2. I would love to one day meet you creative, little gals! Pure delight!

  3. OMG! How could u ever spend so much time on the books? were they edible?

  4. Oh, and in message 207, I ment to put bake, not back, lolz, I’m actually really good in grammar!

  5. In message 206, I meant “Pioneer Women” book just so you know, I’m actually good in grammar, tee-hee! :’))

  6. PLZ TELL ME HOW YOU MADE LITTLE BOOK COPIES, PLZ, PLZ, PLZ. I’m ten and I love to back. I already know hoew to bake cakes, I’ve done it alone before…. but know you’ve given me an interest in Cake Pops! I actually always loved cake pops but I just never baked them. I first started being a Cake Pop fanatic when I bought your book at my school book fair! Then I saw it had a blog so I started reading Your really cool when it comes to baking Cake Pops or the others, keep putting out cool ideas!

  7. Tell me Bakerella how in the world did you make mini paper- back booklets of the real “Pinoeer Woman” book! Plz do tell me, I could do so much of those for my teachers in class about novel’s we read!

  8. Those little books are so adorable! I can’t believe she didn’t even mention getting them on her blog. If I missed it, I apologize, but that was pretty ungrateful of her if she didn’t.

  9. I finally made the cake balls. I 1st tasted them last year in May for Mother’s day. I thought I’d die and gone to heaven. They were the best things I every eat. I was so scare to make them. Some of the video’s i looked at seem so complicated so I still wasn’t sure. But for xmas I finally broke down and just did it and now I make then all the time, they were so simple to do. I don’t know why I was so scare to began with. Now everyone ask when am I going to make some more. Now I can hardly wait to get your book.

  10. Did I miss the post for the tiny cookbooks? I really love them. I got your book at lunch today and can’t wait to try everything out!

  11. You had me with the little books. I’m a librarian and I can imagine those with lots of books. Dr. Seuss for Read Across America would be darling. You should do Cat in the Hat cake pops. And Thing 2 and thing 1. How about Green Eggs and Ham?

  12. You two look so cute together!

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