Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bunny Cake Pops and a Give Away



That guy on the left is giving the other guy the stink eye!
 I love to read other blogs and find things that I must absolutely have.  I mean when was the last time a blogger showed you something and you got it and you didn't like it?  Never that's when!  So when I was reading The Sweet Adventures of Sugar belle, I knew I so needed the little pixie dust shakers she showed.  I mean up until that point I had been using a pain brush and I was just all willy nilly shaking disco dust all over my house.  It was what I had, so I went with it.  So glad I got these. So is Hubby who is against glitter covering our house.  But what does he know.

  Anyway when I was finished ordering I thought, I would love to do a give away and wondered if Karen would like to host one.  And it was late at night, and I was tired so I sent her a quick email saying I had a blog and would she like to donate for a give away.  I forgot about it, and within a day or two she emailed me back.  Not only was she willing to host a give away, she visited my blog.  MY BLOG!!!! And she said she would send me something that would be cake pop related so that it would go with my blog.  People, she visited my blog! I know, I'm a dork.
Another great Target find.  I cannot wait till they come to Canada, they better be as good as the ones in the states.

  So what did the amazing Karen send me to give to you? Well you have to wait until the end of the post to see.  But I made my treats with the same things today, so you may guess it.  But if you do, don't tell, that would ruin the surprise!

So to get ready for Easter I thought I would make some cute bunny cake pops.  I also wanted to make some simple cake balls, because as much as I love my co workers, the balls are much faster.

To start I had Hubby make me a box cake mix, in chocolate, because really, chocolate is the best.  Hubby made it for me because I was working, and he did a good job.  Just don't tell him. Then the next night  I crumbled it up and mixed it with enough canned frosting to make it stick together.  Not too much or you will have trouble rolling and forming it.
It looks like dirt, but it's not.  You will have to trust me.

I got this super cute silicon pan at Target last spring when I was in Florida.  Can I just say it was the trip of a lifetime, and my Mom is the best for taking me and Pork Chop, and I want to go again.  Over and over again!  Okay sorry, off track there.  So I got this pan, and used my cake ball sized ice cream scoop to put some cake ball mixture into it, then pressed it down with my fingers.  The ice cream scoop was the perfect size.  I then froze them and rolled the rest into regular cake balls.

These are the regular cake balls, but I put spring sprinkles on them, so that totally makes them spring cake balls.  They also sort of look like boobs with weird nipple shields.  I cannot believe I just typed that, guess it's better than saying it out loud right?
 So after an hour or so in the freezer I took the pan out, and popped the bunny heads out and kept them in the fridge.  I worked 3 at a time and they held together well.
So cute right?  What if I made marshmallows in the mold and they would be like peeps, only better!

I sort of feel bad, but not really. They can't feel anything.
Once I was ready I melted white candy melts, and added paraffin crystals to make it thinner.  Then I dipped the lollipop stick into the melts, then stuck them into the bunny head.  And yes I know that sounds horrible, but remember it is cake, not a real bunny.   Then I dipped the whole thing and tapped off the extra candy melts.  I dragged the back of the cake pop on the side of the bowl to take off the extra drips then laid them on wax paper.  I let them dry while I dipped the regular cake balls.  Then I dipped them again so the cake ball mixture would not show through the candy melts.  This also covers any cracks that may happen.
Oh white candy melts, how I hate you!  Why won't you melt all nice like your chocolaty brother.
This is after only the first dip, you can see some of the brown showing through.  And that is not acceptable!
I then had to let them really dry, I put the fan on in the room.  Because if you want to decorate them they need to be dry.
By now I was getting tired, so I was just going to try making something cute.

When I was ready I took my Amereicolor food writing pens.  ( this may be a hint as to something I am giving away!)  And I started to draw, like a 4 year old.  As you will notice I have no artistic ability so I just did a few then gave up. It had been a long night, there was a play date going on, and a certain friend may have showered my floor with sprinkles.  So I did a few, took a crummy picture and called it a night.

I know.

I suck.
These are all I did, except I didn't show you the one where I tried to draw a bow on it and it looks like a really big blob of nothing.

I bet Pork Chop would have done a better job.


Okay, I know Pork Chop could have made these better.

So to give these away I would usually pack them in little cake pop bags and tie it with ribbon, and add a cute tag or something.  As it was they went in a plastic container and went to work with me the next day.

No one at work cared, they ate them and the regular balls like crazy.

Best part?

My friend saying "Oh my God!  I love your balls!!"  She said it really loudly and in front of other people sort of, and I just laughed and told her she had to think about what she said.  She blushed, and it made my day.  And yes, I am so a 12 year old boy, sue me!
That right there is an amazing prize!  Edible ink pens, lollipop sticks and sprinkles.
So now, on to the most generous give away from Karen's Cookies.  ( whom I have ordered from twice, and the shipping here to Canada is really reasonable, not like some places.)

Karen sent me a whole set of Amerecolor food writer pens, the best ones out there!  And some cake pop sticks and some super cute spring sprinkles.  Do you know how hard it is going to be for me to send those sprinkles away, because I don't even have them? Well do you?  Well I may cry a little at the post office, just saying.

So here are your rules and the rest, and yes I know it is a wordy bunch of rules, but from what I have read to do a contest in Canada there must be a skill testing question, and you know, I don't want to be sued over a blog contest okay.  ***7+7+?*** this is the skill testing question!

There are a four ways you can enter, the first is to just leave a comment with the answer to the skill testing question, 7+7=?

For additional entries: Please leave a separate comment letting me know what you did with the answer to the skill testing question for each one.

-visit Karen's shop and tell me what you like best in the shop
-become a follower of my blog and let me know, and if you are already a follower let me know
-become a fan of my face book page and let me know, and if you already are, again just let me know


Other info:
This is open to international readers, Canadian (except Quebec, sorry) and USA readers.  Prize was supplied by the amazing Karen at Karen's Cookies.  I am not being compensated in any way, but I love her stuff!  The contest will close on March 12, 2012 at 12 noon Toronto time.  As  I have to approve all comments any comment that hits my mail box before noon will still be published and counted, even if I cannot publish them until after the time. The winner will be chosen on March 13, 2012, and will be listed on this blog and will have 48 hours to get in contact with me.  So please leave me a way to contact you when you comment. If the winner does not contact me within the 48 hours I will choose another winner.  All winners will be chosen by Random.org. Any entries that do not have the answer to the skill testing question will not qualify.  So I will count all qualifying entries starting at the top and working down.  The winner will be responsible for any duty that they may incur when the item is shipped to them.  The value of the prize is approximately $30 US.  Good luck all.
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40 comments:

Tam said...

14. :)

Those bunny pops are so cute!!

I tried making some cake pops with cake mix and frosting. Eh, they were so-so. Too sweet and I use homemade frosting, not canned. (That stuff is sickeningly sweet.) I will have try that oreo cookie version sometime that's in the pamphlet.

Nancy Markosky said...

I'm first? I hope I get this difficult math problem correct :) 7+7=14 WooHoo

Nancy Markosky said...

I am a blog follower- maybe number 14?

Nancy Markosky said...

I love Karen's cookie cutters- so cute- I think I could find "14" dogs cutters to order.

Nancy Markosky said...

I couldn't find your FaceBook page- your link didn't work and there isn't another link on your page- sorry- I tried "14" different ways :). The mystery words to type in sometimes take me 14 tries though.

amy beth marantino said...

14

amy beth marantino said...

i like the cookie cutters

Kenni said...

Math is not really my best subject but I think 14 is the answer.;)

Those bunny heads are cute! They came out better than anything I would have drawn on my best day.

Kenni said...

14.
I've bought some stuff from Karen and Mike before, but I've never bought any sprinkles which is always the first page I look at when I'm on the site!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Those bunnies are so cute! I love when I get a comment or something from someone "big" it makes me so happy! 7+7 is 14!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I follow you on GFC

Erin said...

I thought those were chocolate covered Peeps. I'm so stinkin excited that they weren't. This is so much better! ANd how clever are you! Awesome!!!

14

Erin said...

14 and I of course follow your blog!

Erin said...

14 I follow you on FB too!

Erin said...

I love everything on Karen's page! The disco dust would be so much fun to try!!!

14

Robyn said...

Your bunnies are fun! Isn't it awesome when you find great products that meet your expectations?

The secret answer is 14.

Robyn said...

I am a Facebook fan!

momto8 said...

14
I have been enjoying being a follower of your blog.
I am also very much enjoying looking at these fun pops! and going to attempt to make them! I have my Micheals coupon in my purse and am going to buy colored food pens, which I never knew existed. thank you for this post...very much!!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I believe the answer is 14. What a fab giveaway. thanks so much. and i think your bunnies are adorable.

-Lauren
lauren51990 at aol dot com

Jessie said...

You are so funny... 14

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Jessie said...

I follow your blog.

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Jessie said...

I like the Americolor Student Kit -- all sorts of fun food coloring colors!

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kluckingbear said...

14

kluckingbear said...

I love all the colors of Luster Dust!

kluckingbear said...

I follow you blog with GFC :)

kluckingbear said...

I like you on fb as Tabitha Swain Klucking

Kitchen Kitten said...

I'm ur blog follower ;) 14 it is I guess?

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Debra Lee said...

14 The bunny pops are too cute!

Debra Lee said...

I love the High Heel Shoe Cookie Cutter!

Raina said...

These are adorable! I think your faces came out beautiful and your pictures look great! I always think my pictures stink.

Great giveaway! I have been wanting those writers for a long time:)

14!

Raina said...

I am following. What did I do with the skill question?...hmmm. That is a tough one...lol

Raina said...

Thanks for introducing me to Karen's site! I love the cookie cards with step-by-step. I would love to have some of those or the gian cookie pan:)

Tip Garden said...

These are so cute! Not sure mine would turn out so cute, but you do give me hope! Great job!

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Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

I'm going with 14 :) Cute! Cute! Cute! Thanks so much for sharing on Mom On Timeout!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

14 - I think the carriage cookie cutter is too cute!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

14 - I like you on Facebook!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

14 - I am now following and I am your 100th follower! Congratulations!

Bobbie Mackey said...

14...woo hoo! love the bunnies. would be fun to do with my church class.

Carrie's Creations said...

Love the bunny pops! I bought that tray at Target too, gettin ready to use it soon!

(I love your blog but don't enter me in the contest! I have the sprinkles and pens already (I love Karen's store!) and it should go to someone who needs it!)