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!

KA Mixer Giveaway - Instagram

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 11

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.

Doug's Downtown Grill

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!

Bling Cake Pops

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…

Kim and Karyn

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

Raffle Table

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.

Social Media presentation

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.

Group Shot

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

kCreative

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).

8 color tags

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

 

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.

Oreo Bites

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.

labelbox

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.

imapp

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

De.batch.ery

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

straws

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?

Cupcake Art

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.

Meet Up with Caption

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. 

Lil Cutie Pops

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!

Fabi

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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