Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cake Pop Party

One of my favorite creative blogs to check in on is Bakerella. She is always making the coolest looking stuff - if you haven't yet, definitely go check her out. She's so cool - she's been on Martha Stewart and visited with Pioneer Woman out at her ranch.

She is known for her cake pops, essentially a bit of cake on a stick, dipped in melted chocolate and decorated to look pretty (I actually wrote real perty the first time without meaning to - it just sounded a bit southern). If you check out her site, you'll realize they are much more than that and her creativity is pretty darn cool.

(But please, don't go over there now. Stay and check out my pictures because they will look much less cool in comparison. )

I've been tempted to try them for awhile now but her recent Easter pops pushed me over the edge and I decided to have a cake pop party! A few friends were up for it so each of us made a batch of cake balls and brought along a ton of sprinkles and confetti sprinkles and melting chocolate and prepared to bring out our inner Bakerella's.

I was going to have it at my house, but the floors weren't finished until Thursday afternoon and there was no furniture in our family room or dining room and I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of mess and stuff in the kitchen (not to mention we had no table or chairs), so we set up a table at our church and worked there, while enjoying the background entertainment of Sweet Home Alabama playing on the projector screen.

I gained some new appreciation for Bakerella's skill. Because while cake pops are fun, they are a bit tedious to decorate. Each batch makes about 50 cake balls and we had four batches (one yellow, two chocolate, one strawberry)! Also, if you don't shape your cake ball just perfectly, it looks a bit lumpy when it's been dipped in chocolate.

Side note here: During that day while I talked with friends on the phone or at night while we were working I said the words cake balls or just balls so much, as in do you think the balls need to be frozen, do you put the sticks in the balls before or after freezing them, when you dip the cake balls...., that it got to a point when I felt like I was going to fall on the ground laughing if I said something about dipping them in chocolate one more time. Thankfully by that point I was so tired I could just summon up a few giddy giggles.

It took us about four hours of working to decorate the 200 eggs and chicks that we made. I was an egg decorator and enjoyed coming up with new designs and patterns for about the first twenty or so. As the night wore on I made more and more covered in rainbow sugar!

Regardless of how long it took, it really was so much fun and definitely a great project to do with friends. I am so excited for the kids to see their eggs and chicks in their Easter Baskets tomorrow!

Here are the pictures....when you're done...then you can go ahead and check out Bakerella's professional version!

A multitude of pops

A bunch of cute eggs and a few funny looking ones

Isn't this little chick the cutest thing?

I really liked the way these striped ones turned out

there were so many pops. just so many.
the cake poppers! the look on my face says "i am very tired. the kids better freak out when they see these ."
I do have to add that not only do cake pops look pretty, but they actually taste really good! I left a few unfinished ones behind in the church fridge, figuring I would come back later and freeze them. That afternoon our one pastor asked Matt if I had been making something at the church the night before. Matt said yes. When he relayed this to me I immediately started worrying, what light did I leave on, what mess did we forget about. Then he asked Matt if I what I made was for something in particular. Matt, in true husband fashion said "ummm, I don't know, I think maybe for Easter?" Again I am so worried, maybe we shouldn't have gone to the church....but then Tim said "good, because I ate a bunch. They were really good!" Phewww.
To close, since I am posting this Saturday night, I hope you all have a blessed Easter. A quick (I promise) story. Tonight we were reading from our favorite children's Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible (I know I've said it before, but it is so beautiful, I wholeheartedly recommend it if you don't have it). We had read about the cross last night and tonight we read about Easter morning. It started off with the Mary's going to the tomb to wash Jesus' body and chronicled their discovery at the tomb, with the missing body and the angel and then their rejoicing at what they learned.

When I was done I wanted to see how well Catherine was tracking with what I had read. I asked her what happened to Jesus and she responed "he died." I prompted her by asking her what happened in this story. She said, "well, Jesus had a dirty body". I wish I could tell you that I didn't have to look away for a good thirty seconds while I worked to keep my laughter under control, but I can't. I was eventually able to continue and I asked her what happened at the tomb? She said "Jesus was gone". And what did that mean Catherine. She responded "Jesus was alive!"

That's right, Jesus is alive! Can I get an Amen?!

Happy Easter!


Rachel said...

Very creative and cute! I would have been laughing the whole time, too!

I tagged you on my blog.....hmmmm.

Happy Easter!

LifeAtTheCircus said...

You are such a great mom. I totally want to make some cake pops now... I feel bad b/c we haven't done any Easter crafts or baking since we have been on vacation this whole week. I think we will do it when we get home...but we have my son's birthday party 2 days after we get home, so I am guessing we'll be doing Easter crafts in May at the circus. And I wonder why my kids get confused...:-)

renee said...

the cake pops are adorable megs and look soooo yummy! you did a great job regardless of bakerella's pure art she calls food :)
i've been wanting to get the Jesus storybook bible (there's been so many people i've talked to who love it). we have the First Bible Stories book, which is beautiful and well written too, but i'd love to look through yours.
didn't ella say something similar about Jesus rising from the grave or something last year??? either way, they are getting it!!! :) kids are so cute when they start to process... (nolan said he was "making his kite for God... and Jesus too!")

Teri said...

Adorable, Megan!

Happy Easter!

Courtney said...

You did such a great job...I was actually going to make some cake pops today too. I think seeing all the work you put into it is enough to change my mind. I hope they were appreciated though- they look delicious! Happy Easter!

Rebecca said...

Impressive, Megan!!!!!

I didn't click over to the Bakerella link (per your instructions) but I doubt they make yours look unimpressive in comparison.

I, too, would have been chuckling and laughing the whole time too!

Happy belated Easter!

Cindy said...

Happy Easter Meg- you are really a great mom to take the time and make those cake pops they were really beautiful and cute to boot! Good job on the creativity. I am dying to know if you got the right reaction from your girls. Hope to hear soon.

Courtney said...

did you show yours to Bakerella?

Anonymous said...

CAKE BALLS! Yes we did say that an awful lot that day! I still chuckle at it:) Can't wait to try it again (with maybe less batches this time)!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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