I don’t know about you, but summer is flying by me at warp speed this year, its already mid-August!

This past weekend, on Saturday, August 9th, I hosted my fifth event, the New York Cake Poppers Meet-Up, in Astoria, New York! Search #NYCPMU on Instagram for pictures from the event. 

We all gathered at The Astor Room, which is an amazing venue. Not only is it newly-renovated & simply gorgeous, with an amazing staff and delicious food – but it’s full of history as well! It was originally built as a commissary to a film studio that became Paramount Pictures & and major shows like Orange is the New Black and Sesame Street are filmed right next door.

NYCPMU Group SmallLisa (The Sweet Tooth Bar) styled and created this gorgeous (& delicious!) dessert table! Carolina (The Sugar Penguin) contributed her yummy sugar cookies, and Crystal (Lulu Popz) made the amazing mini cakes.

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The swag bags were hung by their chairs with care, and super fun raffle prizes were on display, waiting to be claimed.

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Karyn of Pint Sized Baker led a really good session on Food Photography. She discussed elements like photo editing and staging, and also showed us how just the slightest changes in lighting and composition can make all the difference in getting a great photo, regardless of whether you are using an phone or DSLR camera.

She also brought her camera and hooked it up to her laptop to do a mock photoshoot right there in the restaurant, demonstrating how she takes pictures for her blogs Pint Sized Baker & Dieter’s Downfall.

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I did a little presentation on Social Media Do’s & Don’ts… thankfully no one snapped my picture – I’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it, haha. Most cake poppers connect through social media, that’s how these meet-ups got started after all – so this session provides the bakers with ways to build their brand to create a positive experience for their followers.

We had a fantastic panel session too! (L-R): Lisa (Goodiebites), Dee (Diva’s Delights), Karyn (Pint Sized Baker) & Noel (The Cake Poppery). I can’t remember the specific comment that gave them all the giggles, but this portion of the event was so much fun… the bakers asked some great questions, and there were really informative discussions that followed – some of the topics included how to handle large orders, charging deposits and structuring order pick-up times. Noel also shared about his publishing experiences.

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To wrap up the day, Noel did a book signing of his two books – The Art of Cake Pops & Amazing Cake Pops (find them here on Amazon).

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Then we had one extra special raffle prize… a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer! Bakers posted a pic of themselves on Instagram or Facebook to enter, which resulted in some really cute (& wishful) photos – baker Al D. was the lucky winner!

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Speaking of prizes… the NYCPMU Swag Bag Giveaway!!!

One lucky KC Bakes reader will win…

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And inside that BRP Box Shop portfolio…

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Those boxes have minds of their own, though… I turned my back for one second, and they got into the NYCPMU photobooth props made by Jenae Creates!

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NYCPMU Swag Bag Goodies:

  • Aardvark paper straws
  • All Beauty flavored water (2)
  • Bakery Charms cake pop keychain
  • BRP Box Shop boxes
  • Cake Play isomalt nibs
  • CandiQuik melting candy (vanilla & chocolate)
  • Chocolate Treasures mini pipettes
  • Confetti Couture sweets kit
  • Green Pan 9″ round bake pan
  • Hatch gift card
  • Jenetiqa skin care sample
  • JJ Pops homemade caramel
  • LorAnn Oils twin pack
  • Pfeil & Holing sanding sugar
  • Sweet Imaginations poppy stick sample
  • Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply clear vanilla
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique cupcake liners
  • The Glitter Shoppe sample pack
  • ToGoSpa eyedews sample

PLUS – both of Noel’s books and a KC Bakes mini cake pop stand!!!

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

What has been your favorite memory so far this summer? 

Was it a vacation? A party? A special moment with family? Share in a comment to be entered to win!

After you leave a comment, please navigate to our Rafflecopter to verify that you commented (link below). Be sure that you are signed into Facebook and it should only take you 2 minutes to earn 24 more chances to win all of these amazing prizes!

Click here to enter —-> http://tinyurl.com/ma7zul8

Deadline to enter: Friday, August 15 @ 11:59pm EST – limited to US Residents Only

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