Florida Cake Poppers Meet-Up

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This past weekend, I hosted my third Cake Poppers Meet-Up! I can’t believe it’s already over… it feels like yesterday when my Florida girls & I were setting up swag bags and prepping for all the bakers.

On Saturday, April 5th, the Florida Cake Poppers Meet-Up was held at Crave in Orlando, Florida. Search #FLCPMU on Instagram for hundreds of pictures from the event. 

At check-in, each attendee received a name tag, event program and a SWAG BAG full of goodies! See the end of this post for your chance to snag some swag! Florida Swag Bag Being the third event, I’ve been able to keep up fun traditions (like the photobooth idea that started in OC) and bring on new ones like the Cake Pop Question Icebreaker we did at this meet-up for the first time.

There were questions like “What was the first cake pop you ever made?” and “What was your biggest baking fail?” The icebreaker game really helped everyone move around and get to know each other before settling in for lunch.

Tyler (in red) and his staff at Crave were fantastic and so incredibly accommodating. And the food was amazing! We had chicken parm, mahi mahi tacos and chicken fettuccini. Crave Staff For dessert, Jessica of Sugar & Spiked and Angie of O Pops by Angie teamed up to create a sweets table and created the “Love is Love” theme. The rainbow colors were carried throughout the entire event, and the bright colors were so pretty! IMG_2201 There were so many colorful treats! Please see the end of this post for full credits. IMG_2202 Look at these cookies by You Can Call Me Sweetie… it’s edible art! IMG_2203 Angie & Jessica jazzed up their cake pops with bling sticks from maskipops.by.adri & Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique… IMG_2209 Then, my favorite part, the sprinkle cake from Cakes by RC! I really just wanted the sprinkle-coated frosting, lol, but it was all delicious! IMG_2234 At the other end of the dessert counter, we had all of our amazing raffle prizes! Check out our Raffle Winners FB Album. Raffle Prizes Karyn of Pint Sized Baker was there to share her amazing photography wisdom. It’s so neat to hear the bakers go “ohhhh” when she shares a cool tip. She’s such a smart cookie! IMG_2224Next, I led a discussion Social Media Do’s & Don’ts. We talked about a lot of hot topics such as giving inspiration credits, watermarking photos, managing multiple social media accounts & more. I really enjoy the open forum because everyone has such great insight to share. (But no one told me to pose for the camera, haha)

photo credit @productosmitierra (IG)

photo credit @productosmitierra (IG)

We wrapped up the event with our panel of cake pop experts: Dee (Diva’s Delights), Angie (O Pops by Angie), Jessica (Sugar & Spiked), Jennie (The Cake Pop Shop) & Karyn (Pint Sized Baker). Everyone had great questions for the ladies who were happy to share their tips. I think we could’ve closed the restaurant if we talked as long as we wanted to, but all good things do come to an end, after all. photo Then we surprised the bakers that BRP Box Shop had sent Swag Boxes for them! BRP Boxes Before it was time to go, we squeezed together for a group picture. Doesn’t everyone look so nice? IMG_2253 I’d like to send big hugs out to Brandi, Dee A., Dee R. & Karyn for all of their amazing help with set-up and assembling the swag bags on Saturday morning – you girls rock!

Oh… and BIG NEWS… click here to find out where the next meet-ups will be!

Now… the FLCPMU Swag Bag Giveaway!!!

Two lucky KC Bakes readers will win… IMG_2290

  • Aardvark red striped paper straws
  • BRP Box Shop variety pack
  • CandiQuik Easter candy kit
  • Florida Citrus items – recipe book, ruler, lip balm & silly putty
  • Layer Cake Shop orange sprinkles
  • Make’n Mold lollipop accessory kit & candy mold
  • My Little Cake Pop heart mold
  • OXO mini beakers measuring set
  • O Pops by Angie acrylic stick sample
  • Pick Your Plum popcorn boxes
  • Spinning Leaf single cookie mold
  • Susypops Easter treat tags
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique cupcake liners & treat bags
  • Sweet Life Cake Supply vanilla sample & sanding sugar

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in a blog coment:

Where are you located? And what is your favorite thing about your state? :-)

Then visit the RaffleCopter Widget on KC Bakes’ Facebook page to verify your comment & earn 20 more ways to win!

Sugar & Spiked and O Pops by Angie Dessert Table vendors:
1. Treats by Sugar & Spiked:
- Cake Pops
- Push Pops
- Dipped Marshmallows
- Dipped Oreos
2. Treats by O Pops by Angie:
- Cake Pops
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Merenguitos
3. Rainbow cake & cupcakes by Cakes by RC
4. Cookies by You Can Call Me Sweetie
5. Bling sticks by maskipops.by.adri and Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique
6. Push pop & paper straw stands by KC Bakes
7. Banner & dessert labels by Jenae Creates
8. Custom confetti by The Confetti Bar

Amazing Cake Pops – Review & Giveaway!

If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, you know this winter has been a cruel one. Single digit temperatures and endless snow. But I have something super exciting to brighten up your day… a giveaway!

One lucky KC Bakes reader will win The Art of Cake Pops, the latest book by Noel Muniz of The Cake Poppery!

Summary: In this follow-up book to The Art of Cake Pops, Noel Muniz brings you even more challenging and fun designs for the little treats that are still the hottest confections in bakeries everywhere. From football helmets to corn dogs, polar bears, party hats, meatballs, beehives, and castles, Amazing Cake Pops is jam-packed with incredible designs that will spruce up any party or occasion. Along with the basics of making cake pops, more advanced tips and tricks are included for anyone wishing to bring their cake pop–making skills to another level.

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My Review: One of my favorite aspects of this second book is the personal anecdotes found throughout the Introduction. “I figured it wouldn’t be hard to dip cake into melted chocolate. Boy, was I wrong.”

Reading about Noel’s own initial struggles provided an odd sense of relief, in the sense that – whew, I’m not the only one that this can be challenging for. There was a particular paragraph where Noel describes the challenges of running a cake pop business. After reading each sentence, I found myself saying, out loud, Yes! Yep! Uh huh! Oh my gosh, so true! Then, in one breath, he describes why it’s all worth it… “You are not just making pops, you are making memories.”

If you’ve struggled with any aspect of making cake pops, the first 75 pages of this book troubleshoot every aspect of the process – cake and frosting recipes, types of chocolate, cracking, yellow sticks, shaping, chilling, dipping – even shipping cake pops! Noel breaks down the problem, why it happens, and what you can do to fix it.

The remaining pages are filled with most beautiful pictures, 85 designs to be exact. Noel’s photos are so bright, crisp and clear, it could qualify as an art book. I happened to have it with me when I was babysitting my niece & nephew (ages 6 & 8), and they loved every single picture, shouting the titles as we turned each page… PENGUINS! POLAR BEARS! A WALRUS!

Their favorite was the flying pig, which had them giggling quite a bit. I loved the bold color and food-themed designs, especially the baguettes below – they look so real!

Final Thoughts: From A to Zebras, Noel covers every aspect of cake popping that you can think of; this book is a must-have for all cake pop kitchens. If you’ve never made a cake pop before, or you are a seasoned pro, this book can be enjoyed by all experience levels.

The Giveaway!

PrizeOne (1) copy of Amazing Cake Pops: 85 Advanced Designs to Delight Friends & Family

Entry DeadlineFriday (3/14/14), 11:59pm EST. Any comments left after the deadline will not be considered.

To Enter:
Leave a comment answering this question: 

What issue gives you the most trouble while making cake pops? **

** Rafflecopter: Verify that you commented by visiting the Rafflecopter widget on KC Bakes’ Facebook page. While you are there, complete additional items for more chances to win!

 

Easy Punny Pretzel Valentine’s Treats

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Valentine’s Day really snuck up on me this year. One minute we’re counting down the seconds on New Year’s Eve, then -poof- it’s February!

I’ve got the cutest last-minute gift idea for your friends, co-workers, family, kids’ friends’ – or maybe even your mail carrier? Hey, they deliver KC Bakes’ stands after all… hard work deserves a treat.

Ingredients: flat pretzels & candy melts – it’s that easy!

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Drizzle your favorite colors in an even zig zag motion – and allow them to dry. Once the chocolate sets, you’ll need to break off the chocolate lines that run across the holes in the pretzels.

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Another way to sweeten up your pretzels is to dip them in melted candy. Personally – I don’t like fully coated pretzels b/c then one end winds up melting in your hand as you eat it, so I like this half-dipped approach. Add some sprinkles for… well… do we really need a reason for sprinkles?

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Now comes the fun part – some cute pretzel puns!

Twisted Over You (1280x853)Or how about this one…

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As I was making these pretzels, I had to keep digging through the bag to find the whole ones – I kept coming up with all of these broken pieces. Then, an idea hit me to put those random bits to good use… drizzle chocolate on them!

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Download the tags here for FREE: Pretzel Pun Tags

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Free Conversation Heart Cake Pop Tags

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I may be aging myself, but conversation heart candies have really changed from the way I remember them as a kid.

Now they have messages like “Text Me” or “Tweet Me”. And rarely is the message stamped squarely in the center of the candy… seriously candy makers, you have one job to do, lol.

I found a really cute font this morning, so I made these cute conversation heart-inspired tags to add some whimsy to your cake pops or other Valentine’s Day treats.

Conversation Tags

Download the PDF for FREE: Conversation Tags

Tags are sized to work with a 1.5″ round punch. Visit my Ultimate Tag Tutorial to learn the best tools & tricks to make your tags a success.

Enjoy!

 

Owl Be Your Valentine – Cake Pop Tutorial

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Last year, Pint Sized Baker & I teamed up to do a Love Bug cake pop post to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, I’m absolutely swooning over our theme – owls! Have we met? :)

When I think of owl cake pops, my friend Nicole instantly comes to mind. Her owl cake pops are incredible, so I asked if she’d stop by le’ blog and share her tips. Like any good Valentine’s Day proposal – she said yes! So, without further ado…

Hey all! Nicole here from Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique. I love creating bite-sized pieces of art and sharing tips and tricks along the way. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see lots of my yummy food art.

Some of my favorite cake pops to dip & decorate are owls. Today I’m going to show you how to make this pretty and sweet bird with some Valentiney flair. (Totally a word.)

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Here’s what you will need:

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  1. Candy melts (any fun color)
  2. Oval shaped cake ball
  3. Bling sticks
  4. Candy eyes
  5. Candy hearts (2 sizes)
  6. Rainbow chips
  7. Chocolate chips
  8. Flower candies
  9. KC Bakes cake pop stand

First, cut the top swirl off of chocolate chips at an angle to get a perfect owl ear shape. Make sure you taste test the chips… it’s important.

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Dip your blingstick into the melted chocolate and insert into the oval cakeball (just take a round cakeball and rub between your hands until you get an oval shape).

While that sets in your KC Bakes stand, attach the ears. Make sure the points are facing inwards.

Once the ears set, dip the pop into your melted chocolate and tap off the excess candy. I usually count to 12 while tapping then turn upright. Then give a couple extra taps and let dry completely. Next, brush on some sparkle! I used luster dust in cotton candy on this beauty.

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* Important – leave the pop alone for a good 20 minutes. This way when you attach the candy features, you won’t get cracks.

Ok, time for the candies!

  • First apply 2 dots for the eyes. (I use a toothpick to apply all chocolate “glue”)
  • Second – the beak. Get it nice and nestled below and in between the eyes.
  • Next – the wings. Practice placing them without glue first. Sometimes I apply them flat, other times at an angle. They look great multiple ways!

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Finally the feet (talons sounds kinda harsh). I use flower candies but you could also pipe on some chocolate feet.

To take this beauty bird to the next level, I added a chest pattern in hearts. It’s Valentine’s Day after all and whooooo will always love you?

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For some finishing touches, I add a sparkle in her eye (dot with white chocolate) and some luscious lashes. Start with 3 dots, then swipe upwards and outwards with a toothpick… just how I apply my mascara :)

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Tadaa! Isn’t she a beauty? Here are some of her friends, in their KC Bakes stand:

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All packed up and ready to make someone’s day a little sweeter! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Love the bling sticks? Check them out in our Etsy Shop!

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Be sure to check out Pint Sized Baker’s post for more Valentine’s Day treat inspiration!

My Big Dark Baker Secret

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Do you know what today is? My birthday, weeeeeeee!

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Also celebrating today are Christina Aguilera, Katie Holmes, Brad Pitt, Steven Speilberg, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Keith Richards & DMX. Ah, what a fun, ecclectic party that would be.

But that’s not what I’m here to tell you today. Truth of the matter is… I’ve been keeping a secret from you. A big one. It’s pretty embarrassing. In fact, it’s hiding in my closet.

So, for my 30th birthday last year, my best friend bought me a beautiful, white KitchenAid Mixer. I was totally surprised, and posted this pic on Instagram. I finally felt like a legit baker!

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Oh gosh… here comes the secret part. I’m almost afraid to say it out loud, for fear of losing any street cred’ I’ve built up over the years.

OK, here it goes… just rip off the Band Aid, right? *deep breath* 1… 2… 3…

MY MIXER IS STILL IN THE BOX!

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I knowwww… oh, the shame & agony. But yes, it’s true… I never opened my KitchenAid Mixer. It’s still in the box, one year later! 

I understand there’s no acceptable reason for such an atrocity, but hear me out…

With my birthday being a week before Christmas, our house was all set-up for the holidays. My parents were staying with us last year, so in an attempt to clear some floor space, I put a lot of stuff in the closet, including le’ mixer. And there she sat.

I’ve had so many well-intentioned instances where I wanted to bring her out and whip up something fantastic. However, I usually have so much going on, I always defaulted to my hand-mixer to make a quick dessert – rather than spend some quality time getting to know Wendy & figure out how she works. I literally just named her as I’m typing… it just feels right… Wendy the White Mixer. I love a good quasi-alliteration.

I, of course, feel tremendous guilt for squandering such a generous gift. To make it up to my friend, and Wendy, I’m going to embark on a rather ambitious quest… and I need YOUR help.

In 2014, I’d like to make something different each week, using my KitchenAid mixer. Rather than Google some random ideas, I’d love to try out some of your favorite recipes!

So… for my birthday… I’d love if you would tell me what things you like to make with your KitchenAid Mixers – sweet or savory.

Please share a recipe link in the comments below & tell me what you like about it. If email is easier, please send recipes to kcbakes@hotmail.com. I will give full credit to whomever recommends the recipes I make – so if you share an original recipe, please let me know.

I need at least 52 good recipes to get me through the year… I can’t wait your recipes!

My Favorite Cake Pop Supplies

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Cake pans with lids and spatulas so sturdy,
Cookie scoops, chocolate and twisties so purty,
A cake pop stand so your Styrofoam can grow wings,
These are a few of my favorite cake pop things!

Seasons greetings, friends!

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m sure you all will be busy baking for parties and family gatherings. So, I thought I’d share what tools of the cake pop trade I like the most… and give them away!

KC Bakes Favorite Cake Pop Supplies Numbered

1. KitchenAid Cake Pan. The key to great cake pops is to start with a well-baked cake. This awesome pan’s non-stick finish will make sure that there’s more cake to crumble. It also has really nice side grips and comes with a lid! (donated by KC Bakes)

2. GIR Spatulas. Over the last few years, I have snapped so many spatulas. But not my GIR’s – they are so durable! They can be used in hot cooking as well, and come in a variety of fun colors. I love that they are a solid one-piece unit, which makes them easy to clean. (donated by GIR)

3. OXO Cookie Scoop. This tool is absolutely crucial to my cake pop process. I use it for portioning to ensure that each cake pop is the same size. OXO products are so high-quality, it will last you for a long time. (donated by OXO)

4. Make’n Mold Supplies (candy melts, lollipop sticks, treat bags, twistie ties, candy molds). I use Make’n Mold everything when I make pops. I really like their candy melts, which have such a great consistency, and cover cake balls so smoothly. Their new premium flavors are really tasty, too – try the salted caramel, yum!. (donated by Make’n Mold)

5. KC Bakes Mini Cake Pop Stand. I may be a bit biased on this one, but I really do love my cake pop stands. They make it so easy for you to decorate, display & transport your cake pops. (donated by KC Bakes)

So… who’d like to win all of my favorite things? :)

KC Bakes Favorite Cake Pop Supplies

To enter: visit the Rafflecopter Widget on my Facebook page. It’s very simple, 5 clicks and you’re entered to win all of the above goodies!

But wait! There’s more!

I’ve teamed up with 19 bloggers for a Holiday Blog Scavenger Hunt with a HUGE grand prize! We’ve come up with a fun secret holiday message that you need to decode.

What’s the prize? A KitchenAid PRO Mixer!

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OK, now grab a pen & piece of paper… you’ll want to write down all of the secret words to figure out the message.

My secret word is… POUT.  Write down POUT, then head over to Pass The Sushi for the next clue!

To enter the KitchenAid Grand Prize Giveaway:

Step 1. Leave a comment on my blog answering this question…
What you would you make with your KitchenAid Professional Mixer?

Step 2. Visit the Rafflecopter Widget on my website & follow its instructions.

Please visit all of the participating blogs below. There are 19 clues, good luck!

How to Pin Pictures from Facebook

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Pinterest is one of the largest internet traffic drivers in social media. A great image can go viral, getting re-pinned multiple times, bringing a lot of new people your way.

Typically users “pin” pictures from blogs or other websites, but pinning photos from your Facebook page is a great way to increase your “likes” and attract new fans with engaging photos.

* Note: this tutorial was made using Google Chrome.

How to Pin from Facebook

How to Pin Pictures From Facebook

Step 1. Click on a picture in one of your Facebook albums (you will see the word “theater” at the end of the link in the address bar). Right-click on the picture and select Open image in new tab.

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Step 2. You will know if you did Step 1 correctly if you see .jpg at the end of the link in the new tab. Click on the Pin button (Pinterest “P” logo at top right). [Tips to Add the Pin It Button]Step 2

Step 3. Pinterest will identify the image. Click the Pin It button. Step 3

Step 4. A window will pop up for you to describe your Pin. Select what Board you want to pin your image to and write your Description of the image. Then click the red Pin It button.Step 4

Step 5. Quickly click on the red See It Now button. This window only remains open for a few seconds, then it will disappear. See Step 11 if the window closes before you clicked on See It Now.Step 5

Step 6. The link below your photo identifies the source from which the image was pinned. Click on the pencil icon to edit this link. Step 6

Step 7. The highlighted box is where you will edit the source link from Step 8. Step 7

Step 8. Go back to your original tab from Step 1. Copy the entire link from the address bar.

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Step 9. Paste the link from Step 8 into the Source field. Then click Save Changes.Step 9

Step 10. You will know you completed the above steps correctly if it says Visit Facebook.com under the image. To double-check your work, click on the image and it should take you to your image on Facebook.Step 10

Step 11. If the window in Step 5 disappears before you can click on the red See It Now button, go to www.pinterest.com – you should see your recently pinned image in your feed. Click on the pencil icon to edit the link.

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Happy Pinning!

Are you on Pinterest? I’d love to check out your boards… leave your Pinterest link in a comment below :)

Orange County Cake Poppers Meet-Up

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After my North East Cake Poppers Meet-Up, there was a big response for me to host another event. I asked my blog & social media audiences where I should host the next one, and I received the biggest response from southern California – so just a few weeks after NECPMU, I started planning.

On Saturday, November 9th, the Orange County Cake Poppers Meet-Up was held at Doug’s Downtown Grill, in Garden Grove, CA. Search #OCCPMU on Instagram for hundreds of pictures from the event. 

At check-in, each attendee received a name tag, event program and a SWAG BAG full of goodies! See the end of this post for your chance to snag some swag!

Swag Bag

Doug and his team did an outstanding job; the staff was very nice and the food was SO delicious – spinach artichoke dip, sausage and peppers, chicken and more.

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Nicole, of Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique (above with Doug), created a stunning dessert table. Please see the end of this post for deets on the sweets.

OCCPMU Dessert Table

Look at these cake pops!

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JenaeCreates made really cute props & decorations for our photo booth corner. Everyone had so much fun snapping silly pictures throughout the day. Karyn (Pint Sized Baker) and I did too…

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Our Raffle Table was full of amazing prizes. We called four winners every 30 minutes, so the giveaways lasted throughout the day.

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photo credit: Yuki Underwood

Kip and Connie from BRP Box Shop came with boxes a’ plenty. BRP graciously allowed attendees to “shop for their swag”, choosing their own pieces from BRP’s website. Then, they packaged those items into these boxes with hand-written personalized name tags… so thoughtful!

BRP Box Shop

Kip and Connie also led a focus group on what cake poppers need from the box world. The attendees gave them great feedback and suggestions on things from box types to colors and more.

Karyn, of Pint Sized Baker & Dieter’s Downfall, presented Photography 101, in which she shared valuable tips on lighting, composition, photo props and more.

Pint Sized Baker

Next, I led a discussion on “Do’s & Don’ts: Social Media Best Practices”. I talked about hot topics such as online ethics, types of posts, engaging your audience and shared some important brand-building tips that I’ve learned along the way. That’s me standing on the left, with jazz hands, haha.

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photo credit: Yuki Underwood

Next, we had an all-star cake pop discussion panel. From left to right: Karyn (Pint Sized Baker), Kris (kCreative), Pam (Cake Ball Love), Angie (O Pops by Angie) and Yuki (Creative Edibles by Yuki). Attendees had really great questions for panel, and they all shared insightful knowledge and experience. There were quite a few people taking pictures behind me, so no one knew quite where to look and smile. 

Cake Pop Panel

Getting a group picture of our entire group was equally challenging… fitting 60 people into a small section of the restaurant, multiple cameras and trying to get everyone to pay attention at the same time. But we managed, sort of, and laughs ensued.

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We wrapped up the day with Kris doing a book signing of her new cake pop book, Pop Art!

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Planning an event in California from New Jersey would not have been possible without my spectacularly amazing planning committee! Left to right: Adri (maskipops.by.adri), Nicole (Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique), Ella (Lollicakes by Ella) and me. These ladies worked so hard, and I’m so grateful for their support.

OCCPMU Planning Committee

Now… the OCCPMU Swag Bag Giveaway!!!

One lucky KC Bakes reader will win…

Swag Bag

  • Aardvark paper straws
  • BRP boxes not pictured
  • Candiquik candy coating and calendar
  • Claudine Hellmuth Etsy coupon
  • Classic Cake treat bags, sticks and sanding sugar
  • GIR spatula
  • Gus + Marley confetti and vinyl sticker
  • Heavenly Cake Pop e-book coupon
  • Lollicakes by Ella bow mold
  • Marshfellows cake pop charm
  • Maskipops.by.Adri bling & pearl sticks
  • OXO adjustable measuring cup
  • Paper Glitter kraft heart stickers
  • Photojojo coupon
  • Roni’s Sugar Creations cello bag
  • Spinning Leaf snowman cookie mold
  • Sprinkles ‘N Stuff sprinkles
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique quarter foil goodie bags
  • Sweets from Heaven Orange assorted candies
  • The Makery Izze chapstick
  • Tote bag donated by Bayked Treasures
  • Tote bag tag from JenaeCreates

Giveaway closed. Congrats to Leslie R.!

Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique Dessert Table vendors:

1. Treats by Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique
- Chocolate Cake Bites
- Vanilla Cake Pops
- Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
- Caramel Meringues
- Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
- Mini Chocolate-Covered Oreos
2. Macarons by Felt + Flour
3. Sugar Cookies by Sugary Sweet Cupcakes and Treats
4. Alfajores by Dulce Cookies by Melonnie
5. Labels by JenaeCreates
6. Banner by Gus + Marley
7. Tablecloth by Candy Crush Shop

Halloween Cake Pops + FREE Printables

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Halloween is next week – woohoo! I created some fun & FREE printables just for you guys! These tags are sized perfectly for cake pops, but they will work great for any tasty treat.

Halloween Cake PopsFirst, you need some sparkly Halloween-themed cake pops. And a beautiful KC Bakes cake pop stand, of course. See the end of this post for Sparkle Pops tips. {Basic Cake Pop Tutorial}

Sanding Sugar Cake Pops

Using Aardvark paper straws in Halloween-themed colors, and mixing the striped and chevron patterns, really amplifies the “wow” factor. 

Not only are these cake pops easy to decorate, they are my favorite kind of cake pop to eat! I just love the crunch of the sanding sugar shell, combined with the soft, chocolately cake pop inside – YUM.

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Tools Ghouls of the Trade

  • KC Bakes cake pop stand
  • Aardvark Paper Straws (available at AC Moore & online)
  • 1.5″ round punch (tags sized to match)
  • Slot hole puncher
  • Black ribbon
  • Orange sticker gems ($1 on sale)

Cake Pop Tag Supplies

 

FREE PRINTABLES – Color Tags

I have two options for your cake pop tagging pleasure. First, Happy Halloween tags in fun, festive colors (Download PDF – Color).

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FREE PRINTABLES – Black Only Tags

The second option, and my personal favorite, are the “black only” tags (Download PDF – Black).  The great thing about these tags – they can be printed on different color paper to create various looks, all from the same file!

5 tags stripsSelect different Halloween colors of card stock (green, orange, white – even a light purple would work), and mix & match your tags with your treats.

Sparkle Cake Pops

Fancy Tags

Remember those orange sticker gems? They make a great tag accents!

Gem Tags

If you want to get even fancier, get some sparkly scrapbooking paper, and punch out a background tag (view tips: Ultimate Tag Tutorial).

Sparkle Tags

Paper Straw Popping Tip

Don’t have a KC Bakes paper straw stand, but still want to use those beautiful Aardvark Straws? Place lollipop sticks into your KC Bakes cake pop stand, and slide the straws right over them – works like a charm!

Straws over Sticks

Sparkle Pops

  • You can use cake pops, or even marshmallows!
  • Immediately after dipping them in chocolate (and tapping off all of the excess candy), quickly shower them with sanding sugar. Say that three times fast… I keep reading it as shower shanding sugar, lol!
  • To get your pops super sparkly, continue to sprinkle on the sugar until you can’t see any candy coating peeking through.
  • I usually go through one container of sanding sugar on two or three pops. Pour over a spouted 2-cup glass measuring cup, so when you run out, just pop the top off of the sugar container for an easy refill. 
  • For best results, match your melting candy color to your sanding sugar color, that way if some peeks through, it’s not as noticeable. It doesn’t have to be the exact shade of the sugar; I used dark chocolate for the black sanding sugar pops. 

Happy Halloween!

KC Bakes Mini Stand with Sparkle Pops

 

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