Sober Chick Cake Pops & Drunk Chick Cake Pops

chick pops with hairdos

chick pops from the top

This Easter I made Bakerella's Spring Chicken Pops for the redhead's family's* Easter dinner held at his grandmother's house.

Note: Although it is the redhead's family's Easter dinner, not everyone present is actually a redhead.

chick pops

I fenced in these little pops and brought them as dessert. Redhead's grandma saved the Austin American-Statesman article from earlier in the week and showed it to everyone. She even cut out the teaser from a different newspaper and saved it. Super sweet. I felt like a real grandkid.

chomped chick

I made sure the redhead's grandma could eat some of these cake pops. Instead of strawberry cake, I went with yellow cake with chocolate frosting and funfetti with white frosting--no allergies to those flavors.

With two cake flavors, it was definitely cake pops galore.

There were some sober chicks...

sober chick pops

And a Drunk Chick.

drunk chick pop

A hole formed around the candy coating on this cake pop. I decided to work with it.

chick cake pops and fence

I love the chick hairdos. Check them out from the aerial view taken from the cameracopter.

chick cake pop hairdo aerial view

This post's photos were taken by lil Phan aka Tina Phan Photography. Thanks lil Phan!

Here's a great soundtrack for reading or rereading this post: LCD Soundsystem's Drunk Girls

Featured in the Austin American Statesman--My Cake Pops are Famous

Easter Treat story teaser

The Wednesday before Easter, my cake pops were featured in the Food & Life section of the Austin American-Statesman.

Easter treats that pop
Photo Courtesy Tina Phan

Not only were my cake pops featured, I asked to have Aimee Wenske take the pictures and the Statesman said yes. A HUGE yay for both of us! Yay for teamwork. For us, this is major. Hopefully this will be the first of many good things.

Lesson learned: Sometimes, you just need to ask.

Finished Cake Pops

Here's how it happened:
I was sitting on the SXSW shuttle when I saw a new comment to my blog. At first I was excited. I love comments. I started reading and it was none other than Addie Broyles, food writer for the Statesman. Wow she reads my blog AND comments. I keep reading...she's doing a story on Easter treats and would love to talk...OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! We talk, and then it happens. My boss gives me 1.5 days off to make cake pops.

Finished Cake Pops

For the story, I wanted to make something Easter-y that wasn't too cliche. I came up with Fabrege egg pops. Addie, also wanted to have some cute, kid friendly cake pops that parents and kids could make together for Easter. So, we made Bakerella's Spring Chicken Pops and bunny pops to go with the fancy Fabrege egg cake pops. Thanks Bakerella.

Drawing Eyes Onto the Chick mixing cake

I was able to borrow the redhead's grandmother's huge, gorgeous, and well-lit kitchen and the set up was perfect for a cake pop story. My kitchen would have been inadequate.

instructions

Addie was super nice I had a lot of fun making cake pops with her. I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity. Thanks Addie.

Kathy Shapes the Cake Balls

I'm so glad I wore my cute cupcake apron, the pink cupcake pattern looked great against the pre-dipped pink strawberry cake pops.

Thanks everyone for your support in my cake pops.

The full story and photo gallery on Austin 360 and Addie's take on cake pops at her blog, Relish Austin.

Chris, Lil Phan, my coworkers, Lil Phan and Chris' coworkers ate leftover pops for about a week after the shoot. In the end, we all win except Chris' grandmother who is allergic to strawberries. Don't worry, I made her a non-strawberry batch for Easter.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to translate "Cake Pop" into Vietnamese and explain the phenomenon to my mother. This should be tricky.

Katie Keller's Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

My sister's friend Katie Keller bakes the yummiest vegan chocolate gingerbread cookies. So, yummy that the last time lil Phan saw Katie, I begged her to ask for some cookies so I could take pictures and blog about them. I find myself craving them every few weeks. Miraculously Katie already had some chocolate gingerbread deliciousness ready for me.

I was super busy the week the cookies came to me--SXSW, work, cake pops... I had lil Phan take the pictures after I styled them. Pictures are usually better when I style and someone else takes the pictures.

Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie chocolate gingerbread bite

Katie is an engineer (whoa) who would rather be baking. I think she should be friends with Michelle from Foodie is the New Forty who used to be an engineer and now is a lawyer who loves food blogging, food eating, and food reviews.

Like me, Katie is from Sugar Land. This may explain our affinity for confections...or something. Directions to Sugar Land from wherever you are.

When Katie bakes, she really bakes. Look at her Christmas cookie spread(!) OMG. One-third of these would surely give you diabetus.

Katie and her friend Amanda have started baking vegan and gluten-free treats for friends under the nom de plume (nom de whisk?) Delite. I'm a (Facebook) fan.

Delite baked goods are loved by both humans and cats.

via katiecupcakes.wordpress.com

Check out Katie's blog, Katie Cupcakes.

Below are some my favorite posts:

Hippo Cookies
So cute. I love how she chose a purple tint. I would have done the same.


From Scratch Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcakes!

Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon Cookies
This one I love for the pictures. I can't imagine the taste.
Cinnamon cookies w/chocolate and toasted almonds

Katie, please start a legit, licensed bakery so I can buy your cakes at whole sale and turn them into pops, decorate, and start selling. K, thx.

Today I Want: Cookie Sensations: Creative Designs for Every Occasion

Today I want Cookie Sensations: Creative Designs for Every Occasion by Meaghan Mountford. Over the past month, I've been frequenting Meaghan's blog The Decorated Cookie. She blogs on cookie (and other baked goods) decoration with step by step how-to instructions.

Once the head decorator at a bakery Meaghan now sells cookie decorating sets and writes on The Decorated Cookie and Craft Gossip. Her designs are super cute and creative. I'll be looking to The Decorated Cookie for some cake pop inspiration in the future. Hopefully I'll be able to look to her book, too. I wonder if they have it at the library?

Cookie Sensations: Creative Designs for Every Occasion, Amazon.com, $5.33

Today I Love: Cupcake Kebabs from Cupcakes Take The Cake

As many of you know, I am a vegetarian with a serious sweet tooth. Whenever friends are "grillin" my plate is often lacking.

Enter Cupcake Kebab. Wafer cookie - Marshmallow - Cupcake - Wafter Cookie - Cupcake. Repeat. Cupcakes, consider yourselves skewered.

Thank you Cupcakes Take the Cake. This looks like the precursor to delicious diabetic coma. I wonder if anyone has tried to make cake pop kebabs? By the way, does anyone else out there immediately think of Flight of the Conchords whenever kebabs are mentioned?

For a cupcake kebab how-to video visit Cupcakes Take the Cake blog.

*Note: My plate is never lacking if Patrick H. Davis is grillin' as he always makes sure I get my fillin'

Today I Want: de Buyer 10-Piece Chocolate Fork Set

Just think about the cake pop and cake ball magic that could happen with this 10 piece chocolate fork set. I start drooling just thinking about it.

de Buyer® 10-Piece Chocolate Fork Set at Sur La Table, $50

If my Chocolate Fairy Godmother is feeling less generous, I'd gladly accept the 3 piece chocolate dipping fork set from Sur La Table.

Set of 3 Chocolate Dipping Forks at Sur la Table, $16.

Now, if she's feeling extra generous, I'd also like these foil candy wrappers.

Foil Candy Wrappers at Sur la Table, $2.95 for 125 squares (1 color)

I could really use a chocolate covered strawberry right now.

NCAA March Madness Pops

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This week marks many occasions and many more events including SXSW, spring break (I really should have relished in spring break when I still had it), St. Patrick's Day, and NCAA March Madness.

Here are some basketball cake pops for March Madness. I hope you think of them when you're filling out your bracket.

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This is my second attempt at sporty cake pops. I made some Longhorn Football pops this January.

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My beloved Texas Longhorns were the first team in history to go from number one to unranked in college basketball. Hook 'em.

Sigh.

St. Patrick's Day Cake Pops

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Saint Patrick's Day cake pops in varying shades of green. The sprinkled cake pop has tiny clover shaped sprinkles.

Cake Pops

For the past few years I've been trying to get the redhead to grow out his beard starting in late January so he'll look like an overgrown leprechaun. Each year he has refused. As a friend of ours put it, "Leprechaun fetish denied." Luck O' the Cake Pops, I guess.

The pictures above were taken by the very talented Aimee Wenske. Thanks Mia! (Yes, I call her Mia. To most everyone else, she's Aimee).

Hope you and your Irishman have a happy St. Patrick's Day.