Friday, July 30, 2010

Ring Boys

Ring boys deserve treats too! Especially Ring boys with food allergies!
I got a chance to make some more allergy-free cake pops this week for 2 special lil Ring Boys for a wedding. The bride asked me to arrange them into something for them too, so I looked through my stash of buckets trying to find at least 2 alike buckets since I have a habit of buying random buckets in only one style, and I came across these!

SAND BUCKETS!! Perfect for little boys in the summer time too! Not only do they serve the purpose of looking adorable, but after they've eating their special treats, they get to play with them too!
I also thought it would be neat to attach their names to their own bucket so that it makes it even more special. Something that belongs just to them.

I wish I could find some white dairy-free melting chocolate for these pops so that I can do more than just the brown, but I will say, these don't look so bad for the time being.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

YUM, YUM, and more YUM!

Okay, so I'm not gonna lie to you. My first attempt at these was not a pretty sight. I failed miserably! The recipe I initially had was not right and they came out looking like cream puff cookies! Very flat! So, I was hesitant to try again. I'm soooo glad I did b/c these ones came out PERFECT!

AND instead of filling them with the traditional custard or whipped cream, I filled them with a cheesecake mixture! They were soooooo DELICIOUS!
I then topped each one with a little bit of powdered sugar and drizzled chocolate on top. They were serioulsy to die for and there wasn't a single puff left at the end of the day!

Plain pops with a Twist...

ALOT of birthdays and anniversaries lately! Congrats and Besh Wishes all around for those celebrating different occassions!
Now, onto the good stuffs!
One of my besties, Amy, was throwing a party for her hubby's 30th birthday and needed some cake pops to surprise him with! She just wanted something simple, but represented his brand new OLD age! lol. So I created these! I love the way they look! Simple, yet creative!

Right after I got done making those, my own hubby came home from work and let me know that one of the ladies at his workplace was having a party the next day to celebrate her 20 years with the company and that she personally seeked him out and asked for cake pops. lol.
So I created the same cake pop, but put a 20 on top. Afterwards, I got to looking at the pops and thought they needed something extra b/c to me, it looked like they were for a 20th birthday. So I switched my white candy melt to a different baggie, cut a smaller hole and piped "years" under the 20 on each pop. I LOVE it!

And so did she! She called me the next day to thank me!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Allergy-free Cake Pops

One thing I can honestly say I pride myself on is my ability to provide customers with Allergy-free cake pops. Free of Dairy, Soy, Gluten, Eggs, and nuts. It amazes me how many people have one or all of these allergies. I had no idea about any of it until I started getting orders for them. I love that I am able to help them get a wonderful tasty treat that they can actually enjoy!
Down below, I have my most recent example of the pops. My little buddy Josh, cannot have anything with eggs. In the past I have made him Oreo pops instead of cake pops b/c he can actually eat those, but I had some left-over cake mush from making the allergy free and wanted to see how he would like them instead.
My friend Nanci was going to be watching Josh and his brother Matt, So I had just enough left-over from my previous order to make each of them 4 pops, including Nanci! So I thought it would be cute to put them in their own little boxes and personalize them.
Nanci was kind enough to send me pictures of the boys after they came into the office and discovered their boxes! How cute are they?! She also sent me this note:

Thank you so very much for the beautiful cake pops you made for Josh, Matt and me. They are delicious as well and I sooo appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. Of course the boys were delighted........especially Josh as he has to fore go a lot of baked goods because of his allergy.
I am attaching a couple of photos I took today in my office to show you how delighted they were with the "surprise" you left for them.
Thank you again, are the BEST!!

It always makes my day when I hear from a satisfied customer and even better, when I see a picture that looks like these-with those big smiles. Thank you Nanci for sending them to me.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Baby Shower for a baby boy!

Baby Shower time again!
Let's see, what are little boys made of?

Frogs and snails...
and puppy dog tails? Not so much. How about Turtles?

And how cute are these lil guys with peanut M & M heads?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's that time of year!

March through October is a really busy time for weddings. For me however, May through July is the busiest for weddings. These pops below were made for a special couple, ordered by the groom's mother and they traveled all the way to Boulder, Colorado!
With enough notice, I can provide not only a delicious product for your wedding, bachelorette party, bridal shower, or even rehearsal dinner, but I can also attach a favor tag to match!
They can be anything from a simple "Thank You," to...

"A little treat for you," or even a monogram with your initials.
These favors make a great addition to your event and can also be used as place settings!

I am here to help in any way I can to make your special day go a just a little bit easier.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy 4th and Happy anniversary to me!

Wow, it's hard to believe that just a year ago my life changed and flipped upside down. And no, I'm not talking about marriage-I did that one 2 years ago! lol. No, I'm talking about a year ago on the 4th, I made my very first cake pop. From that point on, I have been hard at it, coming up with new ideas and having the time of my life. So, for the 4th this year, I wanted something a bit more "out there" and way different from last year's plain ones.

I created a mini cherry bomb or smoke bomb I guess you could call it, and Uncle Sam's hat!
These are my fireworks. The bottom is a peanut butter fudge cookie, attached to that is the cylander shaped cake pop to look like the base of a firecracker. At the top of the stick is a fuzzy ball to represent the spark after lighting the wick. These were a huge hit at the family party this year! They were gone before any of the other desserts!

Thank you to all of our troops for the dedication and hard work you do everyday to make sure we can live the way we want to. And thank you to all of you out there for making this last year a wonderful adventure!

Princess and the Frog

Who hasn't heard of the Princess and the Frog story? Well, how about the new Disney version...I think I might have been the only one that had no idea about it or the characters involved. So, when a lady at my office asked if I could do a princess and the frog themed cake for her daughter's 2nd birthday coming up, I said ok, and then ran out and rented the movie lol.
It was an adorable movie!
The woman wanted the cake to be on the small side since it would only be her and the family eating it, and she wanted the characters to be in their frog form. That took some work.

I used my giant cupcake pan since that would be perfect for a small cake. Then I set out on my research to find pictures of both the "frog" and the princess in their frog forms.
The Prince came first-I used fondant for his body and pearl candies with my Americolor edible markers for his eyes. He's a little chubbier than he should be, but let's face it, flies are fatty.

I would have liked Princess Tiana to look a bit more feminine, but she's not that bad. I think she's my favorite out of both frogs. I placed them on top of the cupcake on a giant fondant lilypad and then put smaller pads around them with flowers to make it a bit more girly.

I think Brynn really enjoyed this cake...if her face is any indication!

A Catered Affair...

Sorry it's been a while since my last post, but I have been swamped with orders, and swamped with my full-time job as well! I'm back and ready to keep blogging!
A catering company contacted me in the last week or so about possibly making African animal pops for a lady who just got back from a mission in Africa. She was having a huge African themed party for everyone involved. So, of course I said sure!
Here is what I came up with:

An elephant-with ears and trunk made out of tootsie rolls; a lion-with a mane made out of a rolled out tootsie roll...
A monkey-ears made from mini M&M's; a zebra; a giraffe (my favorite!); a rhino, and a hippo!
I had to make 16 pops total, so I did 2 of each animal and then I placed them into 2 terracotta pots and tied a giraffe ribbon around the base. They were a big hit!