Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Finally a Monster High Cake...and some other news :)

I didn't get a chance to post last week and I feel terribly sad about it...

Almost as sad as Little Ms. Mischief here does...


Partially because regardless of what has been occurring in my life over the past several months, I made it a point to post at least once a week.

But I also need to remind myself that I have a six week old baby, a mischievous two year old (see photo above) and an energetic three year old mixed generously with a household to run and not much sleep or enough coffee to keep up with it all.

That sentence was exhausting.

Now combine that with the Thanksgiving holiday that the hubbers and I decided to host for the first time. Add in 18 Adults, six children and a new baby and...and...and......well do I really need to continue??

The holiday was still awesome regardless :)

I hate a break in a consistent pattern in relation to myself. Especially one that has offered me such an amazing outlet of creativity and helped keep my sanity from teetering over the edge as I travel the many different paths of Motherhood.

My experience is that once I break a pattern of consistency in any area of my life..."Things" start to unravel.

"Things" is a nice way to reference my mental state.

But on to better more exciting things than my completely normal, everything is exactly what it should be at this point in time life stuff

I made a cake...

But not just any cake....

A Monster High Doll cake, a Draculaura Monster High Doll Cake.

After all the emails and comments I have received in the past year in regards to making one, I finally had a valid reason to make one for my friends daughter's 7th birthday.

It's the same little girl I made Cinderella Inspired Princess cake for last year, which looked like this....

Needless to say, a lot can change in a little girls life in the course of a year. 

I did NOT make a tutorial, so I apologize for that, I will at one point but just not right now. But I do have some other news to share with you. 

And "NO" I am not preggers again :)

I'm moving, well not me specifically, but Mighty Delighty is moving to a new self hosted address on the net. 
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I have been  moving all my material from this site over to the new address a little at a time, but it's going to take a while before it's all transferred there. I have so many goodies to share with you all that I hope I can get it all together sooner than later.

In the meantime, I will continue to post here, until I feel ready to move on completely.

I just wanted to thank all of you that take the time to read my ramblings ( I know you do, I see my stats) and those that try out my stuff and comment and message me here or on Facebook and even those silent readers that don't comment, but email me with their questions, comments and success stories.

 Because as long as I know you are all out there in some way, shape or form (preferably human) I will continue to be inspired to make and create all that I do!

So Thank You!!!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

How to make Baby Boy Cake Pop Favors

With the arrival of my wonderful baby boy, life has gotten very interesting.I have started doing a few orders here and there, but am really trying to not overwhelm myself and ultimately enjoy the early days with my baby boy!

It's taken me three children, but I finally understand what strangers on grocery lines have been telling me about my kids for the past few years about enjoying this time with them. They are small for such a short period of time and to embrace this time.

So I don't want to miss anything! I was in such a rush for my first two to get bigger, that I didn't realize how sweet, wonderful and miraculous babies really are :) So I'm trying to keep what I do to a minimum at this point, until my time frees up a little (like that is EVER gonna' happen.)

When I was asked to make a baby boy cake pops for a baby shower I immediately though of the pops from Bakerella. She is the queen of cake pops, so all the credit for this inspiring little favor is due to her creative genius.

But I did make some of my own changes so I will let you know how "I" made this version of them.

They are a super cute way to add a little something to a bay shower and they are yummy to boot!

This is what you will need.....

  • Cake pops ready to be prepared (Check out THIS POST for tips and tricks for perfect cake pops)
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Chocolate candy melts
  • Pink Chocolate candy melts
  • Blue Chocolate candy melts
  • Pink Confetti Sprinkles
  • Candy Necklaces
  • Piping bags or plastic baggies
  • Lolly pop stick
  • Cellophane bags
  • Colored Ribbon (optional)
  • Colored Paper straws (optional)
  • Tags(Optional)
Before anything you need to get all the details together, starting with making the pacifiers for the pops. I used the white part of a candy necklace, because I could not find blue. This is the leftover candy which can work well for other colored theme showers.

But for this post and our purpose, this is how I made the "blue" themed pacifiers. I separated and laid out all the white candy that I would need.

In a small bowl I melted some blue chocolate candy melts. Please realize, you will be using a really small amount, so be mindful that you will have A LOT of this left over. You can always melt them and drizzle them over brownies or cookies for n additional shower dessert. (You do not have to add oil or anything to thin the melts out, since you want them to be a bit bobby and thick.)

After it's melted pour it into a piping bag and snip a SMALL opening in the end and fill in the hole of each candy piece.

This is what they will look like when they are finished. 

Put them aside and get your cake pops ready to be decorated. I coated mine in a white chocolate base.

In a small bowl melt a small handful of pink chocolate melts. Do not add anything to thin out the chocolate, you also wan these to be a thicker consistency. You will not use a lot, so you will also have quite a bit of these candy melts left over. When they are melted pour them into a piping bag and snip a small piece off the end.

This is how to make the mouth. I did this part in three parts, instead of all at once. Reason being that the chocolate will begin to set in the piping bag, so it was easier to do this in a few steps. To make the smile I held the pop upside down and drew an upside down smile onto the pop. I found it easier to pipe the chocolate this way. Find what works for you and do it how ever you feel most comfortable.

After all the mouths have been piped on, start assembling the rest of the face. I piped a small blob of the pink candy melts in the middle of the smile.

And this is where I placed the candy pacifier.

After all the binky's (Pacifiers) have been attached, you will add the pink confetti sprinkles for the rosy cheek look. I actually had a package of multi-colored confetti sprinkles which I picked all the pink out of for this favor.

Similar to how you will attach the pacifier, is how the cheeks will get attached  Just pipe a small amount of pink candy melt onto either side of the smile and press a confetti sprinkle onto each side

The rest of the detail is very easy. For the nose, melt a few white candy melts and put a small amount into another piping bag, just place a small dab in the middle of the face for the nose. For the eyes and the hair, you will melt the chocolate and put it into a piping bag and pipe two dot for the eyes and a swirl on the top of the pop for the hair. (Sorry for the lack of photos.)

But your not done yet! Jazz them up even more by wrapping each pop individually and coordinate colored ribbon and personalized tags. Really can they be any cuter???

If you really want to boost them up, cover the lolly sticks with color coordinated paper straws.

A perfect favor for such a wonderful event!!

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

How to Freeze Cake Pops or Cake Balls

Do you want to know the most common question people email me about is???

"Can you freeze cake pops"????

For the  most part I have sort of guessed about the answer, since technically I myself have never done it.

Well, that has changed!

With two kids literally under my feet all day and a newborn attached to me. There is always someone or something (Hello, laundry pile.) that is demanding my time. It has become an absolute need to find ways to save time and prepare in advance.

I've learned that if you can create enough wiggle room for the inevitable and  unexpected twist of plans that can, has and more often than not tend to occurs, I am less likely inclined to be pulling out fistfuls of my hair, due to the stress.

Have I mentioned how crazy my household is at the moment?? With the arrival of the baby, life got much more interesting in regards to time management, organization and schedules.

Lets just say I have room for A LOT of improvement.

But back to cake pops and to answer the question....

"Can cake pops be frozen"???

Well I have an answer for you all now...

Yes! Cake popscan be frozen and although I didn't make them, cake balls can be frozen as well. I've seen a lot of posts by people who freeze the naked rolled out pops/balls  before they are dipped in chocolate or any other coating, but this post is about how to freeze dipped and decorated pops

And this is how I did it.

First I made the cake pops and dipped and decorated them.

If you are not familiar with cake pops or  how "I" make cake pops, please refer to this post on How to Make Perfect Cake Pops. It outlines many tips and tricks I use in order to avoid many of the pitfalls and problems people encounter in making these delectable little treats.

I write that because this is how I froze "my" cake pops. If you use a different recipe or prepare them in a different way, I can't really vouch for how your pops will react to being frozen. So please keep that in mind.

After all my pops were dipped and decorated, I wrapped each one individually in wax paper.

They look like big awkward pieces of candy after there all set up.

I then wrapped them all together in another piece of wax paper, I don't want them to get lonely during their big freeze.

Then I placed them in a airtight container.(Tupperware, Rubbermaid, you get the jist.) Put them in the freezer. Now, go live your life! Or do like I do and wash dishes, vacuum, do the laundry, nurse a newborn and change a million diapers until it's time to thaw them :)

When I took them out of the freezer I left them on the counter for about an hour untouched. Which means leave them in the container. This is what they looked like after I took them out of the container, note there is no condensation on the wax paper. Which means....no condensation on the pops!

As I mentioned I  put them in the freezer decorated with nonpareils and pearl sprinkles, because I wanted to see if the  decorations would be affected after they thawed. They weren't.... they were perfect!!

Freezing them, left me oodles and oodles of time to get them all wrapped and tagged.

Perfect favors for a baby shower!!

***In the future I would most likely just freeze them dipped in in the main coating to be decorated later. In that way I can make more detailed pops, but not have to make them all in one shot!

I only had these frozen for about two days, I'm sure you can freeze them for longer periods of time without any ill effect on the flavor, but I just haven't done that yet.

When I froze/thawed these, the temperature outside was pretty cold, so keep this in mind that the results might change in different (hotter/humid) weather conditions!!

If any of you have any tips or tricks in regards to freezing them, please feel free to share them with us!!!

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Leftovers....

So now that Halloween is over....it's time to work out the next Holiday(s).

But first one question?????

Whatcha' gonna do with ALL that leftover candy????

Eat it??????

Or do something better and re-use it for more tasty treats?

If you have the some of the chocolate varieties left over like Peanut Butter Cups, Whoppers, Butterfingers or Snickers you can transform them into delicious easy cake pops. Check out these blasts from the pasts to help you transform that bowl of leftovers into something tasty and delish!

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For the other candies such as Skittles, M&M's and other colorful varieties of candies you can use them as accents for cupcakes and such like I did for these I made for a Hawaiian Luau. Let your imagination guide you!!

It's a better and easier alternative to letting them sit in a bowl whispering your name!

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below!

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