Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snow Man Cake Pops and a Give Away

Can you guess who finally figured out how to edit pictures?  

 So this post is over a week past when I wanted to share it, but the photo hosting site for Google was telling me that I had no more room.  Well thanks to a wonderful blogger, Dorthy at Crazy for Crust, I have been downsizing my pictures so that I can have some room again.  I have done about 400, I have about 1000 more to go.  Sigh.  But it will be worth it to save me some money and I also figured out how to edit pictures so in reality it was a win win. Anyway back to my regular post.

 So you all know how much I love cake balls, and pops right?  I mean I did name this place after it.  But did you know how much I hate making them?  Okay not hate, and not really them.  I hate working with white or coloured candy melts.  So it's not really about the ball as much as it is about the coating.
This is what you could win, it looks way more impressive in real life, I promise!

Does that make sense?  Well never mind, I sort of don't understand it either.  Anyway.  I was checking out one of my favorite sites a few weeks back.  My Little Cupcake; they are some of the first cake pop molds that I tried.  I first got the cupcake shape and loved it, it reminds me of when I was little and would play with Play doh.   I would share that love with Pork Chop, but I hate the smell of the stuff now and hate how it gets all dry and flaky all over the place.  The only flaky stuff allowed in my house is pastry and cake crumbs.

I may or may have not talked Pork Chop into dusting while I baked, so he could play video games.  I took a picture so I could show Hubby how smart I was, and to prove that my child is not all about games.  He actually liked dusting, for about 2 minutes any way.

This is how many I got out of one 9x13 cake, give or take a few that I may have eaten while making them.

  So I noticed that the shop had a new little mold out.  And it was for a snow man.  Now I was almost not going to get it, but seriously it was not very costly and they are awesome to me. They shipped it to me without the box, to save me some shipping costs.  That is the only thing about living in Canada, shipping costs for us are crazy!  Anyway, I mentioned that I wanted one for me and I was going to buy another for you guys.  But then they were all, "nope we will send you one to give away"  I don't know, I mean really this is the nicest company.  They gave me molds to give away before.  And I am not a big blog by any means, just an itty bitty one, but they don't care they are super nice.

That single one in the middle, well his head fell off, and it may have been due to me not chilling them long enough.  I just wanted to be able to say "that snow man must have lost his mind!"  and.....never mind.

  So last week I got these molds and got all set to make some super cute snow men for you all.  Well really they were for Pork Chops hockey team, but you get the idea.

  Now firstly, I knew this would be crap because snow men are supposed to be white, and we all know how I feel about white candy melts.  I thought I had it figured out, you know now that I know how to turn the power on my microwave down.  But no, I still ended up with gloopy candy melts.  And I think I had about 40 snow men, but gave up trying after 20.

I have noting witty to say, just pretend I made some really funny comment about using Halloween sprinkles for Christmas, then laugh and move on.

  On the website they use mini Reese cups for hats, but because I have to do nut free, I opted for gum drops.  Or as they were called at the bulk store, spice drops.  I don't know, they were cute, but not really hat like.  Whatever, it worked.

See you can hardly tell its a pumpkin,

  So I started by making my cake ball mix with one full box mix and some chocolate icing.  I then shaped my cake pops with this mold.  Which really is super easy.  I then set them in the freezer to chill and attempted to get a nice smooth white candy melt going.  I gave up after about 30 minutes and just dipped them.  I managed to get almost 20 covered without too many issues.  The rest were ugly and I just took them to work. They didn't care, they still tasted good.
This looks sort of weird, but it's okay not all snow men have eyes in the wild.

 I used some Halloween pumpkin sprinkles to put the noses on, as I was way too lazy to dig through my sprinkle stash.  And I glued the hats on with some more melted candy melts.  Then I just drew on the eyes, mouths and buttons.  That was it. I was so fed up with the stupid candy melts.  So I sat there looking at them and I said to Pork Chop "do you still want to give them to your team?"  And he patted my arm and said "it's okay Mommy, THEY will think they look okay"  And  he patted my arm again and walked back to play with his toys.

Is it me or does he look sort of drunk, like he was having a party then just stuck a huge gum drop on his head?

  Yeah, I got told by an 8 year old.  So I bit the head off of one of the not decorated snow men, felt a little bit better and wrapped them up.

  Then I tried to make brownies and those sort of worked, but what ever.

I kind of wish now that I had made some with little yellow patches on the bottom, remember, never eat the yellow snow!

  So after all that here you go:

*Super Spectacular Give Away*

I know, I am dramatic.  The winner will receive one snow man cake pop mold. Supplied by the awesome My Little Cupcake
You can earn a few entries.

1) Become a follower or my blog and let me know in the comments, or if you already follow me, you are already awesome, so just let me know.  I will think new followers are awesome too, just so you know.

2)Visit My Little Cake Pop and let me know in the comments here what other mold you need to make your cake pop life complete.

3) Share my give away on your face book or blog or whatever, just leave me a comment letting me know how you shared.

4)And the easiest, just leave me a comment telling me how much you hate working with white candy melts, and if you actually love it, leave me a tip of some sort.  I am close to hurting someone over these things people!!!!

The contest will close on Wednesday December 5 at noon (Toronto time) as I want to try and get this to the winner before the holiday.  I will use to pick out the winner, and if you live in Canada I will have you answer a skill testing question.  This is open to Canada, the US and International readers too. Please leave me an email or some way to reach you, but I will announce the winner on Wednesday December 5 in the evening some time, and the winner will have 48 hours to get back to me or else I have to choose another winner.

Good Luck!
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Connie Mercer said...

Sue these are so cute~you always get me to laughing!!! Very nice Company to send you one to give-away~sweet!!!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

These are adorable, Sue! You had me when you doubled up on the cake balls, but then you went and added red gum drops and I could eat these all day. LOL!

Msita said...

Very nice. I didn't know cake pop molds existed! I visited My little cake pop and I think I need the cupcake shape mold, is so cute !

Cathy C said...

Your snowman pops are so cute! Saw your post over at Someday Crafts.

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

so very cute!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

so very cute!

Paula said...

Your *drunken* snowman is very cute with the gumdrop on his head (way better than a lampshade!)

Glad to hear that you are resolving your photo issues for your blog.

P.S. not entering the giveaway.

Cuevas77 said...

I follow your blog through email!

Cuevas77 said...

I shared the giveaway on Twitter!

Cuevas77 said...

Don't really like working with any candy melts but white especially....shows my flaws all too well!

Cuevas77 said...

What other mold I couldn't do without...just give me the variety pack and make it easy :)

Samantha {Weirding With Wisdom} said...

Ohh they're so cute, dont beat yourself up!! I've been a follower for a while. :)

Samantha {Weirding With Wisdom} said...

I've actually never tried to use candy melts.. They definitely look like a lot of... fun.. though! Hahaha!

Erin said...

Okay, your snowman pops are stinkin' adorable! And thanks for the tip about the pictures. Holy heck. I have to go back and make them all smaller? Yikes! What a pain in the pooter.

Oh yeah, and OF COURSE I'm a follower. Duh! You rock!

Erin said...

I totally want the cupcake mold. My daughter would think she died and went to heaven =o)

Erin said...

If you have really good chocolate, it's much easier. The candy melts are not my friend. But Guitard (I think that's the name) chocolate that I buy from the cake decorating store is way awesome and melts so smooth.

Erin said...

I shared your post on my FB wall

Erin said...

I tweeted too =o)

Emilee said...

I follow.

Emilee said...

I would like the Rudolph mold.

Emilee said...

I've never used candy melts but it looks like fun.

Tam said...

You don't need to enter me, Sue. I just wanted to say those are cute!

Tiffany & Brittany said...

These are so cute! I'm a new follower! I've never made cake pops before but these are so cute, I'll have to give it a try.

Tiffany & Brittany said...

I've never had a problem with white melting chocolate, but I know you can't get water in it at all! I use a double boiler and they stay smooth as long as I need them to. :)

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc.

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Domestic Diva said...

I always have trouble with candy melts (and find they don't taste as good as pure chocolate). So I avoid them; because if they're not going to look or taste good....

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

These are so cute! I'm glad you were able to figure out storage. That is such a bummer!

Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

Cute cake pops! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week.