My Favorite Photo Apps

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Instagram has quickly become my favorite social media platform (are we IG friends?). It is such a fun way to interact with people, without all of the crazy shenanigans Facebook keeps pulling (I’m still not a fan of the timeline format).

I find that Instagram is particularly beneficial to the baking community, because we are all about visuals. And while they say a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes they need a little help – a caption, an arrow, some stickers or labels.

I often get asked just which apps I use to jazz up my pics on Instagram – here they are! I keep them all in a folder on my iPhone so they’re easy to find. Each app has various pros/cons. Usually I use them separately, but sometimes I work with multiple apps on the same photo.

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1. Pic Stitch is a pretty straight forward collage app. It allows you to select from various templates to compose a grid-like collage.

  • Cost: Free
  • Pros: Post one collage image instead of several individual pics. App also provides simple editing options to fix the color/lighting.
  • Cons: Picture areas are only square/rectangle shapes which can be limiting, depending on the photos you want to combine.

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2. Pic Collage is like scrapbooking. You can load multiple pictures, layer them on top of each other, pick different backgrounds and add stickers.

  • Cost: Free
  • Pros: There are some really neat background options, and the stickers are fun to add some humor or whimsy to a photo.
  • Cons: The design area is a tall rectangle, and not restricted to a perfect square (which is a challenge if you are designing the photo for Instagram; see pic 4 below)

3. Studio Design is my new favorite photo app. It reminds me of Photoshop in that you work in layers, or “overlays”. It’s a social app; upon creating an account, it has you auto-follow other users (pic 4). As a newbie, I like to scroll through and see how others are using the same app for their designs.

  • Cost: Free
  • Pros: It has such beautiful, professional-looking graphics, frames, stickers and font options. You can change the color and transparency of any overlay, as well as re-size and rotate them. Also, the design area is a perfect square, so pictures are Instagram-ready when you publish them.
  • Cons: There is a learning curve to this app. It does so much, it really takes some experimenting to get a grasp of all its features. You cannot change the order of the layers around (if you can, I haven’t figured out that part yet). So if overlay A is under overlay B, but you want it to be above it, you have to delete overlay A and re-add it.

4. Color Cap is a great app for adding text to photos. They also have a variety of stock backgrounds – so if you want to post an announcement or quote of some kind, you can pick a patterned background instead of a photo.

  • Cost: Free – black text only. I paid $0.99 for the expanded color palette.
  • Pros: It is straight forward and easy to use, offering a variety of font styles.
  • Cons: It does not allow you to rotate the text, only allowing left, center or right alignment.
  • Note: To achieve the below photo (besides having an awesome subject to work with – love ya Pam), I rotated my picture in my phone’s photo library, uploaded it to Color Cap, created the #occpmupanel and saved it. Went into my photo library, rotated it back to the correct position (so now #occpmupanel is vertical), reloaded the new image into Color Cap and created the @cakeballlove text.

5. Labelbox is just what it says… labels.

  • Cost: Free
  • Pros: Makes cute labels if you need a simple line of text.
  • Cons: You have to stretch out the label first, then enter the text. It will auto-fit to longer text. If you are only entering a few words, you may need to delete the label and create a shorter one.
  • Note: I used Pic Stitch to create the collage, then Labelbox for the blue banner.

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6. Instatext allows you to create text-only messages to post on Instagram.

  • Cost: Free
  • Pros: It’s easy to use and has a variety of backgrounds to choose from.
  • Cons: It displays @InstaMessageApp on all backgrounds. I get it, that’s how they get the word out, but it annoys me, lol.

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7. Flipagram is a slideshow app. I’ve only used it once, but it’s pretty neat – see it here.

  • Cost: Free
  • Pro: Display several photos in one post. If you have iTunes on your phone, you can add music to go with it.
  • Con: There’s a bit a learning curve, its a little tricky.

Quick Tip – all is good in moderation. Apps are great when tastefully used, but you don’t have to use an app on every picture you publish.

And there you have it! These are the apps I use and enjoy. If you take anything away from this post, download Studio Design and practice, practice, practice. :)

Halloween Cake Pop Contest

Calling all cake pop makers… it’s time to get creative!

I’m excited to be hosting our 3rd annual KC Bakes’ Halloween Cake Pop Contest! For the last two years, the winner was determined by fan-vote only. But this year, we are doing something NEW! In addition to the Fans’ Choice award, we are having two Judges’ Choice awards.

The judges (three experienced cake poppers who will remain anonymous until after the winners are announced) will select one winner for each category:

Best Photography: Think outside of the box – heck, think outside of the kitchen! Try different rooms in your house, or even go outside. Play with different materials to create an entire scene to show off your pops. The best picture will win The Ultimate Box Sampler from BRP Box Shop.

Originality/Creativity: Reinvent a classic Halloween idea, or whip up something truly unique – make sure your pops stand out from the crowd. The most original/creative cake pop design will win a $50 gift certificate to shop online at Chocolate Treasures.

Contest submission is open for the next two weeks – so there is PLENTY of time to conjure up something spooktacular! Please follow submission protocol outlined in the contest rules when sending in your photo. The last day to turn in your photo is Friday, October 18.

We’ve received some really awesome submissions over the last two years (2011 entries, 2012 entries). Some of my favorites are below. I can’t wait to see what you all make this year!

Lil Cutie Pops

Cake Pops by Liz

Elaine's Cake Pops

Elaine’s Cake Pops

Pop.O.Licious

Pop.O.Licious

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A Big Milestone Giveaway

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Greetings everyone!

I haven’t forgotten about you loyal blog readers, I’ve just been a little busy planning my next event, the Orange County Cake Poppers Meet-Up. I hope to be back here soon & posting more often – thanks for sticking with me.

This morning, KC Bakes hit a pretty big milestone… our 1,000th order!!!

What started out as me being a baker frustrated with Styrofoam, has turned into a global product shipped throughout the US, and abroad to Canada, Australia, Belgium, the UK, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand & Dubai – 1,772 stands and counting!

We absolutely could not have gotten here without the support of our family, friends and fans — all of your encouraging comments, emails and other shout-outs mean so much.

To show our appreciation, we are doing a Big Milestone Giveaway – and Aardvark Straws is helping us celebrate!

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I recently received their Breast Cancer Awareness straws which help raise money for breast cancer education, as well as a big variety pack of all these cool colors & patterns. Aren’t they neat?

What I really like about Aardvark Straws… they are the only paper drinking straw made in the USA! Their straws are biodegradable, compostable, sustainable, and 100% chlorine free – what’s not to love?

GIVEAWAY

One (1) lucky KC Bakes fan will win:

Paper Straw Stand

  • One (1) KC Bakes Mini Paper Straw Stand – holds 12 paper straws
  • A straw sample variety pack from Aardvark Straws — including some rare and unique designs not often seen in stores!
  • An assortment of cake pop sticks from Aardvark straws — they are hollow, like the straws, but 6″ in length, very sturdy & fit in the Mini Straw Stand

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Deadline: 
Sunday, September 29th, 2013 – 11:59pm EST

To Enter: 
Leave a comment answering this question…What paper straw design should Aardvark Straws make next?

For Extra Entries:

Visit KC Bakes Facebook Page to earn more entries via our RaffleCopter!


Good luck!!! Thank you again for supporting KC Bakes :) 

Northeast Cake Poppers Meet-Up

There are so many of us cake poppers that interact regularly on social media, but to my knowledge, there’s never been an official get together. I knew I couldn’t be the only one wanting to put some faces to these names I’ve been friends with for so long.

In early July, I put this picture on Instagram, the original idea starting out as a NJ Cake Poppers Meet-Up. I didn’t post anything on Facebook or le’ blog for fear of it getting too big, too fast. I wanted to do a small event for “practice”, to see what kind of interest level there was for this type of thing.

Well… there was interest! :) We had bakers from 7 states attend - New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia & West Virginia - hence the name change of the event.

On Saturday, August 17, we all got together at The Downtown in Red Bank, NJ, and it was so much fun. Like most good things, the afternoon flew by way too fast, but I’ll do my best to re-cap.

Since people were travelling such long distances, I wanted to surprise them with Swag Bags containing baking goodies. CandiQuik (Log House Foods) was so generous to donate the tote bags; more on the specific bag items at the end of this post.

Log House Food Swag Bags

The Downtown created some amazing food. For appetizers, we had platters of chips & guac, hummus & pita bread, fruit & cheese and crudite with dip. For lunch, there were four different types of sliders, French fries, and these mac & cheese pops… notice my cake pop nail art? 

Mac and Cheese Pops

I had to laugh, because all of the bakers were dipping the sticks in the melted cheese first, then into the mac & cheese bite… old habits die hard, haha.

Monique, from Unique Sweets & Treats, brought these delicious red velvet & vanilla cupcakes for everyone.

Unique Sweets and Treats cupcakes

Monique’s friend, Jenae Creates, designed these beautiful custom tags for the packaging – aren’t they amazing?

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After an hour of food and socializing, we gathered together for a discussion panel, featuring Karyn (Pint Sized Baker), Melanie (Lil Cutie Pops), Dee (Diva’s Delights), Rebecca (Rebecca’s Cake Pops) & myself (KC Bakes).

Photography Discussion

Karyn led an excellent talk on Photography Tips & Tricks and I led a chat about Social Media Best Practices. Each panel member had valuable information to contribute to both topics. Afterwards, we had an open discussion with questions from the attendees on everything from “Is it worth it to have your own .com?” to “How do you price your cake pops?”

Before raffling off prizes, we gathered for a group picture… so much talent all in one room! For lots of candid pictures, see the very end of this post, and search #NECPMU on Instagram.

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Our Raffle Table was full of amazing prizes for the attendees to win. Please check out our awesome Swag Bag & Raffle Donors.

Raffle Table

After all of the raffle excitement, we wrapped up the afternoon by walking a few blocks over to Melanie’s cake pop shop, Lil Cutie Pops (view pics of my last visit there). Melanie was so gracious to show everyone the entire store – from kitchen to showroom – and answer all of the bakers questions. 

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This event was such a success, I will definitely be planning more. If you want to be notified of the next one, fill out a Cake Pop Meet-Up Interest Form on my website.

So… just what was in those Swag Bags? A LOT! And one lucky KC Bakes reader will win this Swag Bag!

Swag Bag Giveaway

Prize:

  • One (1) box of paper straws from Sweets & Treats Boutique
  • One (1) roll of Washi tape from Waiting on Martha
  • One (1) macaron novelty soap from AJ Sweet Soap
  • One (1) homemade caramel sauce from JJ Pops
  • One (1) bow mold from Lollicakes by Ella
  • Three (3) bling sticks + coupon from Maskipops by Adri
  • One (1) container of disco dust from Chocolate Treasures NJ
  • Four (4) bags of sanding sugar from Pfiel & Holing
  • One (1) pack of cookies from Walkers Shortbread
  • Three (3) mini squeeze bottles from Chocomaker
  • One (1) pack of 50 lollipop sticks from Make’n Mold
  • One (1) laminated Merckens color mixing chart from Rebecca’s Cake Pops
  • One (1) tote bag from CandiQuik (Log House Foods)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED 

Congratulations to Bianca S.!

Where should I hold my next Meet-Up? Check out the comments section…

CANDIDS! Don’t forget to search #NECPMU on the Discover Tab in Instagram!

A Pop Shop Opens in Brooklyn

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As a cake pop enthusiast, it makes my heart swell with glee when one of my ‘friends in the biz’ opens a cake pop store. And it’s even more humbling when that store is outfitted with KC Bakes Mega Cake Pop Stands!

I’m so excited to share with you, the grand opening of… Fabipops!

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photo credit Elizabeth Graham

To celebrate, we’re doing a special Wednesday edition of “Meet Me Monday”, so you can get to know Fabiola’s incredible story. Check out her Fabipops Menu and official Press Release, too!

The Brooklyn Paper also wrote a very nice piece on FabiPops as well (read it here). Congrats Fabiola, wishing you great success!

Name: Fabiola Scarbrough
Birthday: October 5
Business Name: Fabipops…its s a piece of cake!
Location: 60 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Background: Accountant/Financial Analyst

When & how did you become a cake pop maker? February 2011, after the death of my infant son. I baked cake pops as a means to cope with his loss. Baking has been very therapeutic for me.

Do you bake as your full-time jobIf yes, how do you enjoy it? Not currently, I still hold a full time job; however I will be resigning from corporate America to manage my store full time.

How did you come up with your business name? Actually my husband did. He thought my cake pops looked fabulous so he named them Fabipops

What inspires you in your baking; how do you come up with original ideas? Anything and everything inspires me, I simply like to challenge myself with new designs and characters.

What are some of your favorite cake pops that you have made? My Fabipoparazzi cake pops have been my absolute favorites, sometimes I still can’t believe how lifelike they look.

What advice do you have for other cake pop makers?
My advice to other cake poppers is once you have the basics down, just have fun!

Do you make anything else in addition to cake pops?
I also make Push up cake pops, cake pop truffles, ring pops, cupcakes, and French Macarons.

Some non-baking questions… 

  • Favorite TV show or movie: Shark Tank
  • Favorite book: The note book
  • Favorite non-baking hobby: Playing Poker (my little guilty pleasure) lol
  • Favorite candy: candy corn
  • Favorite celebrity: I love Halle Berry, I think she’s gorgeous
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be, and why? I would love the power to heal. Watching my son pass away in my arms is reason enough.

How can people find you?

Website: www.fabipops.com
Facebook: facebook.com/fabipops
Twitter: @fabipops1
Pinterest: fabipops
Instagram: @fabipops
Email: info@fabipops.com
Blog: www.cakepopwars.com

What area do you serve/sell to?  NY Tristate area, and the U.S.
Do you ship your cake pops?  Yes, we ship and deliver.
What’s the best way for people to order from you? Call us at 347-480-POPS or email us.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake Pops

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Today is National Ice Cream Day! Did you know such an amazing holiday even existed? I only discovered it a few weeks ago, and it will now be on my calendar every year in the future.

To celebrate this wonderful day, a group of us bloggers decided to make ice cream inspired cake pops – “cake and ice cream” go together like peas & carrots, but taste WAY better! Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to see their creations as well.

I saw ice cream sandwich cookie wafers at my local Amish Market recently, and thought they would make a fun cake pop idea. I bought them in chocolate and vanilla, but after getting home, it just wasn’t working out how I planned.

I got to thinking… what is my all-time favorite ice cream treat? Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Bars! Oh my gosh, I absolutely love them, the perfect summer treat. So, ladies and gents, I give you… *drum roll* Strawberry Shortcake Cake Pops!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake Pops

To get started, we need to prepare the crunchy coating. For the pink, I crushed heart sprinkles, and for the cream color, I used the vanilla cookie wafers (they came in handy after all!).

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Place the items in separate Ziploc bags and smash away. The pieces should be pretty small, but don’t smash them so much that it turns into powder. Combine the crumbs in equal parts into a 3rd dish.

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As you can see, the pieces vary in size. To get a more uniform consistency, I sifted my mixture through a colander.

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Now for the cake pops. Prepare your cake pop mixture as normal; if you need tips on cake pop basics, click here. Instead of rolling them into balls, form them into these tombstone-like shapes.

I didn’t think this far ahead… but to make authentic Strawberry Shortcake Cake Pops, use strawberry cake and frosting for the pops!

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Dip each popsicle stick in melted chocolate, then insert into the bottom of the cake pop. Chill these in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

Since its warm weather, only bring a few pops out at a time. If they get too warm, they’ll soften up and fall off the stick when dipped.

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Immediately after dipping each pop, coat with the crunchy mixture.

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Here’s where I ran into a bit of a snag. See the sides of the cake pop – the fine powder part of the mixture stuck to the melted chocolate first, and my bigger pieces weren’t sticking. It just wasn’t looking like the real thing.

Then I remembered I had a fine wire sieve! I poured my sprinkle mixture through the sieve, and all of the fine powder fell into the bowl, leaving me just the crunchies.

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Ta da – much better!

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As you saw, the inside is pure cake pop. If you want to make your pops with the bite taken out (as shown in the first picture of this post), check out how I did it in my Orange Creamsicle Cake Pop Post.

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Its the same technique - just be careful not to get the crunchies in the “bite area”. Use pink melted chocolate for that inner strawberry look… it really fakes people out!

Strawberry Shortcake Pops

Think you can handle MORE ice cream? Check out these awesome cake pop ideas from my fellow bloggers. July is National Ice Cream Month, so you have plenty of time to celebrate with these super fun ideas!

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Meet Me Monday: SugarKissed

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JanineName: Janine Eshelbrenner
Birthday: April 16th
Blog Name: sugarkissed.net 
Location: Dallas, TX

Background:
I have years of experience in Marketing and Graphic Design, which has come in really handy in the current small business that my husband and I own. 

When & how did you become a cake pop maker?
My addiction to sweets began with a batch of obese looking gingerbread men that I made one Christmas. Despite the fact that the cookies were seriously lacking in the beauty department, they were a big hit. That’s all it took to get me interested in the world of sugar art! I started with decorated sugar cookies and then began experimenting with cake pops. Many hours filled with baking, decorating, and photographing followed.

Do you bake as your full-time job?
No. I work full-time at a sign and graphic business that my husband and I own.

What inspires you in your baking; how do you come up with original ideas?
I get most of my inspiration from the things in life that I love. Whether it’s an adored pet or a game I enjoy playing, it’s a lot of fun to create sweet treats that remind me of my favorite things. When I am making a treat for someone else, I try to do the same thing and focus on what they love.

What are some of your favorite cake pops that you have made?

What advice do you have for other cake pop makers?
Practice, practice, practice. How cake pops turn out has a lot to do with temperature. The more you work with them, they easier it is to know when something is too hot or too cold.

Do you make anything else in addition to cake pops?
I also love to decorate sugar cookies! I have fun experimenting with all different kinds of sweets but cake pops and cookies are my favorite.

OK, some non-baking questions… 

  • Favorite TV show or movie: Right now I’m lovin’ Game of Thrones and I can’t wait till Breaking Bad is back on.
  • Favorite book: Cookie Craft helped me a lot when I first started decorating cookies
  • Favorite candy: Jelly Belly jellybeans! Yum!
  • Favorite celebrity: Matt Damon aka Jason Bourne
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be, and why? I would love to be able to fly. Seriously, how cool would that be? Plus, no more rush hour traffic!

How can people find you?

Website: http:/www.sugarkissed.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sugarkissed.net
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sugarkissed_net
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/SugarkissedNet/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sugarkissednet
Email: janine@sugarkissed.net

 

Meet Me Monday: LucyLuPop Bakery

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LucyName: Lucy Nash
Birthday: January 5th
Business Name: The LucyLuPop Bakery
Location: Orange County – Southern California

Background:
I’m originally from London, England, and a few moves around, I have found myself in Orange County CA. When I graduated from University, my hubby and I moved to Paris, France for work and that’s where I discovered my love of baking. Whilst we were there, it was purely a hobby; when we moved to CA in 2010, I decided to get turn the hobby into a blog and a business.

When & how did you become a cake pop maker?
It was all a little by accident.  I’d been making cupcakes for a little while, and while cruising Amazon for a birthday gift idea, I found ‘CakePops’ by Bakerella.  I ordered the book on a whim.  A few weeks later in early 2011, the animal shelter I volunteered at was having a bake sale, and I thought it would be super cute to make puppy and kitten cake pops.  They were an interesting one to start with, but from there my love of them started!

Do you bake as your full-time job?
I wish! Actually, that is not true, as much as I love baking, I love my full time job too.  I have always had a passion for helping animals, and so full-time, I work as a Veterinary Assistant for a small Animal Clinic. It can be long tough days, and some days are harder than others, but its very rewarding.

What inspires you in your baking; how do you come up with original ideas?
A lot of my original ideas come from my friends, family or clients.  They normally start with, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have (xxxx) as cake pops?”

What are some of your favorite cake pops that you have made?

What advice do you have for other cake pop makers?
Do it because you enjoy doing it – not to make money or to ‘get famous’. I love what I do, or I wouldn’t be doing it, and I think you can really tell when people are making cakes/cake pops/cupcakes simply for the financial benefits.

Do you make anything else in addition to cake pops?
Yes! I also make Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies and Candies.  I also just started making Macrons too – I miss them so much from my days back in France!

OK, some non-baking questions… 

  • Favorite TV show or movie: I was a HUGE ‘Friends’ fan when I was younger, and still love it! Which means I also love ‘How I Met Your Mother’?
  • Favorite book: Tina Feys – ‘BossyPants’ I just finished it recently and I love her even more than I did before.
  • Favorite candy: Mint Aero Bars – or anything from the UK really.
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be, and why? To pause time – for no other reason than I could sneak a nap in every now and then!

How can people find you?

Website: www.thelbakery.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theLbakery
Twitter: LucyLuPop
Pinterest: lucylupop
Instagram: LucyLuPop

What area do you serve/sell to?  Orange County – SoCal
Do you ship your cake pops?  Not yet, but its definitely something I’m researching for the future!
What’s the best way for people to order from you? Through the contact pages on my Website (http://www.thelbakery.com/contact-us/) or by directly emailing me at lucy@thelbakery.com

Meet Me Monday: Miss CandiQuik

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SarahName: Sarah
Birthday: Feb. 14th!
Business Name: Log House Foods – CandiQuik Coatings
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Background: Waitress &  Marketing Director

When & how did you become a cake pop maker?
I became a cake pop maker after experimenting with new recipes using CandiQuik Coatings…then I became obsessed with them!

Do you bake as your full-time job
I am the marketing director, blogger, and recipe developer for CandiQuik Coatings – love it!

What inspires you in your baking; how do you come up with original ideas?
It is difficult to come up with original ideas as there are sooo many creative minds out there! Usually I will see something (not even necessarily food related) and then my mind will start running. For example, my Pinocchio cake pops, which were inspired by a pencil sharpener! Pinterest is also a huge inspirational site where you can find ideas and expand on them!

What are some of your favorite cake pops that you have made?

What advice do you have for other cake pop makers?
If you think cake pops are difficult, just keep trying, practice makes perfect. Read the many tutorials out there offered by other bloggers and don’t give up!

Do you make anything else in addition to cake pops?
Yes! Everything dessert for my blog.

Some non-baking questions… 

  • Favorite TV show or movie: I’m not a TV show person. But Homeland, seriously addicted.
  • Favorite book: I really need to read more
  • Favorite non-baking hobby: Horseback riding!
  • Favorite candy: Hmm, sour gummy worms or Almond Joys
  • Favorite celebrity: I don’t really have one…but I think Ellen is hilarious and Will Smith is super talented ;). Blogger wise, love Pioneer Woman.
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be, and why? To fly! Cliché, I know.

How can people find you?

Website: blog.candiquik.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/candiquik
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CANDIQUIK
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/candiquik

 

Orange Creamsicle Cake Pops

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Summer is officially here! Our region has been smacked with a massive heat wave this week… temps in the 90′s? No thanks!

With that kind of weather, there’s only one way to beat the heat… relaxing by the pool with a popsicle!

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But these aren’t just any ordinary popsicles; they are Orange Creamsicle Cake Pops – yes, there’s cake in there! They’re so easy to make… I’ll be showing you two styles of Orange Creamsicle Cake Pops, so make sure you read all the way to the end.

The geniuses at Pillsbury recently came out with some seasonal flavors, and I was so excited when I found Orangesicle cake mix and frosting at my local Target. So not only do these pops look like Creamsicles, they taste like it too!

Orangesicle Cake Mix and Frosting

Prepare the cake as directed, and mix your cake pop dough as if you were making regular cake pops. If you are new to cake pops, click here for some pointers.

Instead of rolling cake balls, hand-form the dough into small tombstone shapes, about 1.5″ to 2″ in length.

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When I was making these, all I could think of was those Chicken McNugget Happy Meal toys from when I was a kid… does anyone else remember these? Ah, memories.

Style 1: Melted Creamsicle Cake Pops

An iconic trait of original Popsicle brand Creamsicles are the two indents that run vertically down the length of the pop (see here).

To make these indents, I pressed a paper straw into the cake pop. You don’t need to press it too deep, this will make the dipping process trickier in the next step.

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Before inserting the popsicle stick (I used these from AC Moore), hold the top of the cake pop with your hand, and dip the bottom portion of the pop into melted white chocolate. You may need to rock it back and forth to get the chocolate to fill into the indent spaces.

To tap off the excess chocolate, use your free hand to tap your hand holding the cake pop. If you just shake the cake pop itself, its likely to break.

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Once you’ve tapped off most of the excess chocolate, gently insert the popsicle stick. Do your best to keep the stick horizontal… if its inserted at an angle, the stick can break through the side of the pop. Place on waxed paper and allow to dry. If you’re impatient like me, you can place the pops in the fridge to help the chocolate harden quicker.

For the orange chocolate, I initially tried Wilton’s Orange Creme candy melts – while they smelled lovely, they were a disaster. They melted really thick, and it was a very pale orange color. For these Creamsicle pops, your melted chocolate needs to have a nice, fluid consistency.

Create a “puddle” of melted orange chocolate on the waxed paper. The more imperfect the puddle, the better… have you ever seen something melt in a perfect circle? Me neither. For this step, you’ll need to work quickly so that the puddle doesn’t harden.

Holding the popsicle stick, dip the cake pop up to the white chocolate line. Again, you may need to rock it back and forth so that it fills in the indents. Tap off the excess chocolate the same way you did in the previous step; then place the pop towards the top of the puddle and allow to dry.

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Style 2: Bitten Creamsicle Cake Pops

In my Creamsicle research, I noticed that they’re usually pictured with a bite taken out of the corner (like this), so that you can see the vanilla ice cream center. *lightbulb* So for this style Creamsicle, I chose not to do the indents to allow for the “bite” to be the focal point.

Using a circle cookie cutter, cut out the top corner of the cake pop. Place the cut-out portion back into your dough mix to make even more pops.

Orange Creamsicle Cake Pop Bites 1

Dip the bottom white portion and top orange portion as described above in Style 1.

Orange Creamsicle Cake Pop Bites 2

Using a clean food-safe paintbrush, brush some white chocolate into the bite area, leaving a thin orange border visible. You may end up with some “brush lines” in the chocolate – to smooth them out, shake the pop back-and-forth in a short, quick motion before the chocolate dries.

Orange Creamsicle Cake Pop Bites 3

EEK! I was so excited at the result… as a baker, its such a thrill when something turns out just how you have it pictured in your mind!

Orange Creamsicle Cake Pop Bite Title

And just so you know, I wasn’t exaggerating when I said these are best enjoyed pool-side… this was my first photoshoot at the pool in my complex! Check out my Instagram feed for a behind-the-scenes pic of me sitting by the deep end. 

I felt really silly at first, the lifeguard and some swimmers looking at me funny. But it was worth it… this is my fav’ shot of the day.

Orange Creamsicle Cake Pop Poolside

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