Better Morning Blueberry Muffins

What’s your favorite morning muffin? Mine is blueberry. Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed them warm and right out of the oven – served with a little bit of butter, melted on top. These are so good and will definitely make your day better. Break them open and take a look at those […]

Warm Blueberry Muffins

What’s your favorite morning muffin? Mine is blueberry. Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed them warm and right out of the oven – served with a little bit of butter, melted on top.

These are so good and will definitely make your day better.

Bursting with Blueberries Muffins

Break them open and take a look at those berries! These muffins are made with a duo of fresh and frozen blueberries – Smaller in scale fresh blueberries and larger frozen blueberries – but you could certainly bake them with all of either kind.

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Cake Pops Book Anniversary

Hi friends! My Cake Pops Book turns 10 today and to celebrate, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate treat to make than pops that look like the book cover. I can’t believe it’s been more than a decade of sharing these tiny treats with you guys and now officially ten years since the book […]

Cake Pops by Bakerella

Hi friends! My Cake Pops Book turns 10 today and to celebrate, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate treat to make than pops that look like the book cover.

I can’t believe it’s been more than a decade of sharing these tiny treats with you guys and now officially ten years since the book was released. When I started making pops and giving instructions on the blog, I never could have predicted the impact they would have around the world. It’s been so fun seeing your creative treats, meeting you guys on book signings, and sharing so many smiles with you over the past years. Thank you for making this adventure so sweet!

Yay, I’m having a fun Cake Pops Collection Giveaway!!!

You could win a copy of all three of my books, my cake pops toy, kits and cards, too. Basically, everything in the photo below except for the candy jars. ;  ) See how to enter at the end of the post.

Cake Pops Collection

 

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Lemonade Cupcakes

Take a big bite of sunshine! These lemon cupcakes are a fun take on your favorite summertime drink. And they are super easy to make and decorate … which I love. Obviously, lemons are the star of this sweet treat. A combination of lemon juice and lemon zest add all the flavor you need to […]

Lemonade Cupcakes

Take a big bite of sunshine! These lemon cupcakes are a fun take on your favorite summertime drink.

Lemon Cupcake Ingredients

And they are super easy to make and decorate … which I love.

Lemons and zest

Obviously, lemons are the star of this sweet treat. A combination of lemon juice and lemon zest add all the flavor you need to feel like you’re enjoying a tangy drink … just a little fluffy instead of fluid.  One large lemon = up to 4 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. 

Cupcakes Batter

Cupcake Liners

Scoop the batter evenly into 18 baking cups. I recommend going with yellow cupcake liners to really finish off the look. But a light pink color would look good, too.

Lemon Cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are baked and cool, pipe yellow-tinted buttercream frosting right on top. You can also create a two tone look with a light and darker shade of yellow. Fill two separate decorating bags with two shades of frosting. Snip off the tips. Then place the two icing bags into one larger icing bag fitted with your favorite tip. I used an Ateco #827 tip to pipe tall swirls of buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes

Place a thin slice of lemon right into the side of your buttercream frosting. 

You could stop right here and have cute little lemonade cupcakes. But let’s make them even cuter.

Lemonade Cupcakes

Yes! I like it. Lemons, striped straws, and adorable little price tags for effect. But you could totally change the price if you wanted to actually sell your cupcakes.

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Stay Safe & Soapy

How are you guys doing during this crazy time? I’m trying my best to stay safe over here and that includes lots of hand washing to try to avoid getting this virus that’s affecting people and places all over the world. It’s definitely not a fun time right now, and I decided I needed to […]

How are you guys doing during this crazy time? I’m trying my best to stay safe over here and that includes lots of hand washing to try to avoid getting this virus that’s affecting people and places all over the world. It’s definitely not a fun time right now, and I decided I needed to add some cute to my self-imposed quarantine. I’m a big worrier by nature, so I can’t seem to relax lately. But making cake pops always seems to help.

If you’ve ever made them before, then you know how therapeutic they can be. It’s usually a time I set aside and spend in total focus trying to make something super cute, and usually when I do, all my other thoughts wash away. So these sweet soapy cake pops seemed like the right thing to make. Plus, little bars are a lot cuter than a soapy pump dispenser don’t you think.

To make them, you can follow my basic cake pops instructions here and then follow the directions below to shape, dip and decorate. I just made a few of these with some leftover cake I had in the freezer, but if I had baked a cake for this, I think I would have gone with strawberry for the color.

Okay, you should have some rolled cake balls on wax paper ready to go.

  • You can use a rectangular cutter to easily shape these little soap bars. Here’s the cutter set on amazon that I have.
  • Flatten the ball slightly to make sure it will fill the shape and then cut it out.
  • After that, flatten it even more if needed by pressing the side of your cutter against it. Don’t flatten too much though because you need to leave enough space for your lollipop stick to be inserted.
  • Then use a smaller cutter with a flat side to press and make an obvious indent in the middle.

Note: If you don’t have cutters like these, you can shape the rectangles by hand. Flatten and slide the balls against the wax paper for a flat surface, then repeat and rotate several times on each side to achieve sharp edges. Using wax paper like this really helps to make smooth surfaces. Then for the indentation, get creative with a small flat kitchen utensil that would be smaller than the shape of the rectangular.

Okay, here we go.

It’s important to mention again, that you don’t want to flatten these too much. There needs to be enough room in between the indented area and back of the cake pop to insert a lollipop stick that also allows enough cake pop mixture for support… otherwise it will fall right off when you dip it.

But the nice thing about these cake pops is you only need one color of candy coating to decorate them.

And if you want to add bubbles, then look for sugar pearls in different sizes. The large ones in the individual package on top are sixlets.

Insert the tip of a lollipop stick into candy coating and then into thickest part of the flat bottom of the cake pop. The layer of coating will reduce the size of the indentation so it is more subtle.

While the coating is still wet, go ahead and attach the white candies and sugar pearls in random positions to represent the soapy bubbles. Then let dry completely.

For a more pronounced indentation, you can apply candy coating around the edge using a toothpick and let it dry before dipping. Here you can see that there is more of a difference in depth.

For faces, I just used confetti sprinkles for eyes and cheeks and a black edible ink writing pen for smiles and expressions. Then I dotted the eyes with coating. Usually I use white, but I didn’t feel like melting a second color and the light pink totally works.

You can also spell out soap on the front of your bars. Go ahead and use a toothpick to etch letters into the candy coating to use as a guide. Wipe off the candy coating shavings. Then dip your toothpick into melted and fluid candy coating and use it to draw carefully on the surface. You can also try using a squeeze bottle, but I felt like I had more control with the toothpick.

Voila … So Soooo-apy cute!

And the only time I wouldn’t mind having soap in my mouth. : )

Hope these brought a little smile and brightened your day.

Hey Baby, Yoda Best!

It’s Baby Yoda and my latest crazy cake pop attempt. You guys should know that I wouldn’t be able to resist trying to turn this sweet little baby child into an adorable, edible cake pop. And a Valentine’s Day treat seemed to be the perfect time. I love recreating characters because they are usually the […]

It’s Baby Yoda and my latest crazy cake pop attempt. You guys should know that I wouldn’t be able to resist trying to turn this sweet little baby child into an adorable, edible cake pop. And a Valentine’s Day treat seemed to be the perfect time.

I love recreating characters because they are usually the most challenging. And he might look intimidating, but don’t worry, I will break down all the steps for you into hopefully, easy-to-follow directions. And as always, keep in mind, you don’t have to do every detail I show to make a cute cake pop. I’ll give you some tips along the way to reduce some of the steps if you like.

Cake pops start with crumbled cake and frosting. Yes and yum! Use my basic cake pop instructions here to get started. Then follow the directions below to shape, dip and decorate.

I always roll the cake pop mixture into balls first before shaping to make sure they are pretty evenly sized and also so I know how many I’m going to make. I rolled these into bigger balls to account for the combined body and head. I forgot to measure but they were probably 1.5 -2 inches in diameter.

Now, reshape them to resemble a salt shaker.

When making detailed characters, it’s helpful to have reference. So, I made an illustration inspired from the character version on The Mandalorian and created a template you can download and use as a helpful guide.

Use the template under a piece of wax paper and shape the rolled cake ball to match the shape and size on the template. Use your fingers to mold the small head and angled body. Slide the bottom of the body on the wax paper and it will help create a smooth, flat surface. Use the side of a lollipop stick to press against the cake shape to define the neck if needed.

Once shaped, leave on the counter for 30-45 minutes. This can help with the occasional problem of cracking after dipping by allowing the compacted cake pop mixture to rest and expand.

Then, place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up for dipping. Transfer them to the fridge to remain chilled, but not frozen.

Use the template to make the ears, too. Just dip a toothpick into melted green candy coating and use it to fill in the shape. Make the ears on the thicker side without the coating falling outside the lines. Then just let them dry completely.

For light green coating, mix dark and white vanilla candy wafers together when melting. You can also use vanilla candy wafers mixed with green oil-based candy coloring.

Here are pdfs of the template and coordinating tags that you can download and use. I used a 1-7/8 inch paper punch for the tags, but a 2-inch can also work. Just print out the pdf slightly higher than 100% to accommodate if needed. Also, the tags include a version  without Happy Valentine’s Day if you need it.

Baby Yoda Template

Yoda Best Tags

  • Okay now let’s decorate. Remove a chilled shaped cake ball from the fridge one at a time and holding by the head, dip into light brown melted candy coating.
  • Gently swirl to let excess coating fall off and immediately insert a lollipop stick into the bottom center of the cake ball. Insert halfway for support – about the same height as the body and let dry.
  • Once dry, dip the head into the green candy coating and remove allowing any excess coating to fall off. Don’t worry if the cake is exposed around the neck. You’ll be covering it up soon with more coating for the collar.
  • Once you dip the head, immediately place two ears in position on either side and hold in place until they are set.
  • Repeat with remaining cake pops to get to this step.

  • Now add details. Use a toothpick dipped in coating to draw two lines down the front of the coat.
  • Mix some of the light brown coating with more white vanilla coating to achieve a lighter color for the collar. Use a lollipop stick this time to apply a thicker amount. Apply in sections and let dry in between to create a fluffy look. Otherwise, the coating will spread more smoothly together.
  • Paint pink on the ears with edible poppy paint or melted pink candy coating.
  • Use a toothpick dipped in green to draw lines on the forehead, tops of the ears, noses and sweet smiles. Let dry.
  • Use a black edible-ink writing pen to draw on big black eyes.

For the finishing facial touches, add more green coating slightly over the eyes to create big brows. Then use white or even the light brown coating to dot and add sparkle to the eyes.

Sidenote: Here’s a good visual where you could stop and still be super cute… Imagine the cake pop without painting on pink or overlapping green coating on the ears. You could also eliminate a step by making his coat all the same color brown. You could skip dotting the eyes, but it really does add something. So, if you’re looking to simplify, consider some of these tips and stop right here.

But let’s keep going for some Valentine’s Day fun!

Attach a jumbo red heart sprinkle on Baby Yoda’s coat with a dot of melted coating to act as glue. Once dry, use a toothpick dipped in green to draw little fingers overlapping the heart. Extend the coating around the sides and right under the collar for arms and let dry.

The last step really pulls it all together. Use some of the light brown melted candy coating and apply on the pop overlapping the arms and tapering at an angle towards the collar on the sides. let dry completely and then draw a definition line defining the cuff with more melted candy coating and let dry.

Punch out the paper tags and you’re all set to make someone’s Valentine’s Day.

Hey Baby! Yoda Best!

I had to nibble the little guy’s ear.

And his sweet cheeks, too!

Oops! Hope you enjoy these yummy Baby Yoda’s as much as I did making (and eating) them.

Hugs and Happy Valentine’s Day!