Monday, December 27, 2010

Polka music anyone??

My friend Summer approached me with a new challenge this past week! Her Father-In-Law loves Polka music and would I be able to come up with something that had to do with Polka music for his 70th birthday. So, we put our heads together and she came up with accordions and drums!

Here is my take on an accordion cake pop! Looks super hard, but really, they weren't! This just shows you that you can pretty much make anything out of cake and put it on a stick! lol.
Here's another shot of them with the drums in the background!
Update from Summer: "When they found out the whole thing was edible you should have seen the faces. It was pretty cool!"

A bit more Christmas....

A last pic of the Christmas cake pops and then I'm done with them! lol. However, Snowmen will still be available during January as well as penguins, mittens and hats, and even kiddos wearing hats! Stay tuned for those!

I decided my basic snowmen needed a bit of a change. I've done them with top hats and ear muffs, but why not do them with stocking hats??? LOVE how they turned out!

My first Wedding!!

I finally got the chance to do my very first wedding cake!! How exciting!!

I was soooo nervous to make these cakes, but thankfully, I knew the bride and groom, so they'd understand if I messed up lol, j/k

But anyway, the bride had given me a picture a while back of what she would kind of like for a cake, but then her wedding plans changed when they weren't sure if the groom would be able to make it home in time. He is deployed right now and stationed in Japan. Then, she got word that he would be home in December for just a few days, so they decided to go with the courthouse wedding and a small reception to follow. She told me that b/c of this, she would be happy with a sheet cake for a wedding cake. I knew this just would not do. So, I improvised. She wanted Cream Cheese frosting and chocolate and strawberry cakes-I took a little bit from her design and then made it my own. :) and then surprised her with a grooms cake as well!

Here is the finished product on the cake table!
A three-tiered cake with a vase in the middle filled with fake flowers, ribbon around the bottom of each tier.

For the grooms cake, I really did goof. I ran this design past the bride's sister and she thought it looked great, well, little did we know that there are different seals and symbols for different ranks...oops! We made a petty officer a higher rank! Oh well, just the same, it looked great lol and he didn't have a problem with it. :)

I was pretty proud with how this cake turned out!

I cut everything out of the fondant myself by hand and then painted it with edible luster dust!

The bride and groom loved it, as you can see below! lol.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer

Seriously. I LOVE CHRISTMAS. So, to celebrate the fact that I LOVE CHRISTMAS, here are a few more cake pop friends!
Not the best picture of my gingerbread guy, but he is still a cutie!
I got the idea from seeing a fellow cake popper, owner of The Cake Pop Cottage, make these last year. Her's were so amazing, I had to try them myself this year!

One of my favorite Christmas movies every year is RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER!
I have been wanting to make these for so long, So when another fellow cake popper made his version of Rudolph and Clarice, I knew it was my turn to try!
I am in LOVE with how they came out! I will have to do these every year from now on! Along with my Grinch of course too, and I will have to add the Bumble and other characters!


Roasted Marshmallow anyone?

How fun would it be to have a camping party for your birthday? Well, I'm sure in warmer weather it might be a bit more fun, but since it's pretty cold and nasty out here, a tent set up in the living room works just as well! And how do you celebrate your birthday from a tent in the living room? With roasted marshmallow cake pops of course!

I really struggled with these ones at first. How do I take cake and make it look like a marshmallow, and then make that marshmallow look like it's been toasted over the fire? All I could do was just wing it and hope for the best!
And I think I did ok. The mom was pleased and said that it was exactly what she had pictured, so that's always a good sign! I made the shapes cylander and then dipped in bright white candy melt. Once dry, I used watered down brown food coloring and sponged it onto the outer coating of candy melt and then used a napkin to blot it better and give it that "toasted" look.
Oh and also-there is a yummy S'mores cake on the inside! Graham cracker cake with mini marshmallows and chocolate chunks mixed with cream cheese frosting...YUM!

Construction Themed Birthday

I got the pleasure of creating Construction themed cake pops this last weekend for another very talented baker's son. We'll call her T. T is the owner of Sugar Girl Cakes out of Council Bluffs. She is amazing-if you haven't had a chance to see her work, check it out sometime!
Anyway, her lil guy turned 2 and what better way to celebrate such a manly birthday, but with construction pops??
Just for O, I created DUMP TRUCKS!

AND I even filled them with "DIRT!" (crushed oreos :P)
And where would our dump trucks be w/out their drivers and workers??
Construction workers and warning signs that O turned 2! I had so much fun creating these, I hope they enjoyed them just as much!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Boy oh boy, I've been busy this weekend! Creating new Christmas pops!! Here is a preview of some of my new creations!

Rudolph and one of his many other reindeer friends, plus Santa's helper elf!
The gangs all here!

Now who wouldn't want a puppy and/or a kitty under the tree Christmas morning?? These lil guys with their santa hats are just adorable!

Or, how about some yummy ornaments with a snowman who is wearing earmuffs?? So cute!

I really love the way these ornaments came out this year. I've battled the last couple of years with how to properly make an ornament w/out having to use fondant or gumpaste like some (yucky), and finally I figured it out! The top is made entirely of candy! I'll let you figure out what kind!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You're a Mean One..

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus, and as charming as an eel,
Mr. Grinch.
You're a bad banana, with a greasy black peel!
You're a monster, Mr.Grinch!
Your heart's an empty hold. Your brain is full of spiders.
You've got garlic in you soul, Mr. Grinch!
I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-&-a 1/2 ft. pole!
You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch!
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch!
Given the choice between the two of you, I'd take the seasick crocodile!
You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch!
You're a nasty, wasty skunk!
Your hear tis full of unwashed socks.
your sould is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch!
The 3 words that best describe you are as follows and I quote,
"Stink, stank, stunk!"
You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch!
You're the king of sinful sots!
Your heart's a dead tomato, splotched with moldy, purple spots, Mr. Grinch!
Your sould is an apalling dump-heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful
assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable,
Mangled-up in tangled-up knots!
You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch!
With a nauseous super naus!
You're a crooked jerky jockey, and you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch!
You're a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!
Here he is in all of his glory!

Soon, he will be joined by Cindy Lou Who and his dog Max! Stay tuned!

Meet the Santas!!

I am in the Christmas Spirit!!
Christmas is literally my favorite holiday ever! It's not just because of presents, but also the food, the fun, the good cheer, the movies, the snowman building, the lights, the decorating, and the list could go on and on...!
But who is the main character you think of when it comes to Christmas?
That's right: SANTA!!!!!!!!!
I made a santa last year and he was absolutely adorable! This year, I needed to re-create him, and I thought to myself, he's missing something...uh yeah! His better half-Mrs. Claus!!
So, here they are! Meet the SANTAS!
Not really sure why my Santa looks so down, could be because all you naughty children out there haven't sent in your christmas cake pop orders yet! LOL, just saying... :D
But I think Mrs. Claus might have something to do with Santa's attitude! She's taking center stage this year!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas is coming!!!

Christmas is coming and I thought I would give you all just a sneak peek at some of the cake pops you can expect to see this year! I won't be showcasing them all right now, but just a few...

The Christmas tree is back of course, this year though it has actual light bulb sprinkles AND candy canes! Plus the star on top is made out of candy melt. I can never seem to find the actual big star sprinkles, so I make my own! New so far this year is the stocking! The fluffy part is covered with sugar crystals! YUM!
Also re-appearing this year, Our Frosty and his buddy!
I will be following up with more pictures as time gets closer, but it's never too early to start putting in your orders!
Stay tuned for reindeer, santa hats and some brand new ones!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Baby Einstein

Not having kiddos of my own, I had really no idea what Baby Einstein really was, or what it's characters even looked like. So, when I was asked to make a baby einstein caterpillar cake, I had to do some research. I came up with this little guy! Well, actually, he's not so little...he was HUGE! But, I have to pat myself on the back...I have never admitted this, but I suck at covering a cake with fondant. Suck. So this cake was exciting because it is my first cake that I have actually successfully covered not just one cake, but 5 cakes in fondant with out the fondant breaking or cracking on me! And I even covered the cupcake feet as well!! He turned out awesome and I hope that the kiddos and momma enjoyed him!

Thanksgiving continued...

As usual, every year I rack my brain trying to come up with something different that I can do to out-do myself from the previous year. I've experimented with differnt turkeys this year, and I've done pilgrims and indians and so forth...but these ones are special. One of my cake popping friends, Maria with The Cake Pop Lady-check out her site if you have never heard of her-came out with a cornucopia cake pop! So, of course, I just HAD to try it myself and here are my results!

I made the "fruit" out of tootsie rolls and starbursts, using a chocolate sprinkle for the stems.
And I wanted mine to have the true basket look to it, so I drizzled the chocolate over and around the "mouth" of the cornucopia! These would be great at any place setting for your holiday dinner!

Friday, November 5, 2010

John Deere....

I was asked last month if I had ever done anything like a John Deere tractor. My answer was no, but I'm sure I can come up with something. I racked my brain for do I make something that is so large, into something that is gone in 2 bites? So I hit the drawing board.
I always draw out my designs before hand to see if it's even possible. I then break down that drawing into what possible candies I could us to achieve the look I'm going for.
I thought for sure this was going to be one of those times that my creation would look better on paper then on the stick.
I was wrong.
It looked BETTER!!!!

I don't normally pat myself on the back for a job well done, but I gotta say, these turned out AWESOME! Even I wouldn't want to eat this! They took so long to make, but in the end, I think they are definetly worth it! I still can't believe how they turned out!

Football pops

Well, these aren't my favorite team, but when I get a request, I have to follow through. ;)
I was asked to make up an OU football arrangement for a customer's husband who happens to be a huge fan.
I wanted to do something other than just plain balls with OU and footballs, so...

I came up with some awesome looking football players!! These took some time to work on with all the different layers, but I would say that the detail in their faces and on their helmets was worth it!
I also came up with some jersies!

They may look pretty simple, but they even have numbers on the back! I hope he enjoys them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Orders

Hello Sweet Readers!
Thanksgiving is coming!!
Now is the time to put in any Thanksgiving orders!!
I am accepting orders up until the 17th of November and no orders will be filled after the 21st of November.
I leave town for my annual trip to Tennessee to see my family, on the 23rd and will be gone until the 28th! Orders will resume on the 30th!
Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!
Love always,

It's a time to be thankful....

....for Thanksgiving Turkey pops!!!

It's November and what better way to start out the month, but by creating turkey pops?!?
I started out making the original turkey I made last year...but I got to looking at him and decided I needed something a bit different...

And so here is Pilgrim Turkey! I love how he came out!

And, you've seen Turkey on the stick...well how about OFF the stick?? These little guys would be perfect for place settings or party favors! I think I like his head better than the first pop too!

And of course, here is just a refresher...The scarecrow pops I created at the beginning of October...they are still perfect for Thanksgiving and November! Other pops I have yet to post are: Candy Corns, pilgrim hats, acorns, pumpkins and fall leaves!

Monday, November 1, 2010

These pops are a Hoot!

Literally a Hoot! I have been wanting to make these ever since I first saw Bakerella do them! That and I absolutely LOVE owls! As a matter of fact, my hubby's name in French is Owl! lol.
So you could imagine how excited I was when a previous customer of mine asked me to do these for her daughter's birthday!

I can't tell which one I think is cuter!!
I honestly didn't even want to deliver these! I just wanted to keep them all for myself lol. But of course I couldn't, so now I wait until someone else wants me to make them!

The end of Halloween!!!

Ok, so I know I said in the last post that those would probably be the last of the Halloween pops, however, I have just a few more that I couldn't resist posting!
Here are two halloween buckets for 2 different orders!
The frankenstein bucket had chocolate chip cake pops with only Frankies and Scarecrows.

The pumpkin bucket had CHEESECAKE pops in it with a variety of Halloween characters!
On this side, there are pumpkins, mummies, candy corns, ghosts and a scarecrow and witch.

On the other side, more of the above, with a frankie and his bride!
Who knew that cheesecake would be so easy to work with??

And lastly, we have a Halloween box that squeaks and groans when opened full of more fun characters including a one-eyed, one-horn, flying purple people-eater!
I love Halloween because of all the fun colors and characters, but I gotta say, I'm glad it's over lol. I'm ready for the next Holiday! Be watching for some Thanksgiving treats coming out and some Christmas ones as well!

Monday, October 18, 2010

more Halloween!

Ah many fun things to do with Halloween. I had a blast working on pops last year since it was my first Halloween doing them, but I've had even more fun this year now that I know what I'm doing!
I re-created my witch-I like her better than last years b/c she looks a little more fun and less cranky!
Frankie you've already seen in a previous post, but have you met his wife?
I love the way she came out and how sassy she looks with her red lips ;)
Now my vampire, he really didn't change much from last years, but he's still cute none-the-less. :)
This is more than likely the last post of the Hallween ones, unless I happen to come up with something else new and interesting!
Keep watching though because I will be coming out with a few surprises for November!

Baby Shower

I love babies. I love baby showers. I LOVE creating baby shower cake pops/treats for baby showers!
I was contacted by a very neat gentleman who was soon to be a daddy! Instead of giving out the standard cigar or bubblegum cigars, he wanted to give out cake pops! How fun is that??
So, he ordered a variety of baby boy heads, baby rattles, and then wanted to know if I could make the baby feet from my baby shower cupcakes and put them on a cake pop! I hadn't even thought about doing that to tell you the truth, but "boy" I'll be doing these again! I thought they turned out adorable! Plus, each cake pop was colored on the inside, blue for boy!

Spiderman cake!

I was asked to make a Spiderman cake for a wonderful boy turning 4. I was very excited about making this cake. However, I was not pleased with my results. This is one of the few cakes I have made that I can say that. It just didn't come out the way I wanted it to sadly. However, the momma and the son were thrilled with it, so really, I need to give myself a bit of a break.
I think I just had it pictured in my head alot different, and I think had I covered the whole cake in fondant instead of frosting, it might have resembled more of the image in my head. But enough whining and complaining, lol. As I said, the momma and son loved it and that's all that really matters!

Monday, October 11, 2010

LEGO cake!

I got the opportunity to make a LEGO themed cake this weekend! It was so much fun!

I made this adorable sign out of paper and used frosting to attach sprinkles to give it the "Lego" look!
And here is the Lego boy!

Top view of the finished cake! I used rice krispie treats to make the time though I think I'll do something different b/c I don't like how lumpy the blocks came out.

But overall I was happy with the outcome of the cake and I hope the mom and birthday boy were too!