Friday, October 31, 2014

Banana Birthday Cake

Another year bites the dust. Today is my 39th Birthday and I couldn't be happier. The nice people from Nocciolata sent me some of their chocolate hazelnut spread to try out and so I made some frosting and drizzle with it to go on my chocolate chip banana birthday cake! 

I know it's a bit of a "nontraditional" birthday cake, but I loved it!

How do you handle your birthday? Having a Halloween birthday has always been awesome. There's always a party and there's always a fun time.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marie Antoinette Cake Pops from Goodiebites

Lisa from Goodiebites is back and this time she's brought royalty with her. Check out these amazingly awesome Marie Antoinette Cake Pops!

Hey There! I’m back! I missed you all last month but it was a very busy time for me. I got married September 13th. Woo Hoo for me! This weekend we are sailing from New York to the Bahamas for our honeymoon so by the time you are reading this I will be somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean having the time of my life. Speaking of a great time, these cake pops on today’s tutorial were inspired by Marie Antoinette. She is well-known for living somewhat extravagantly during the French Revolution and quoted as saying ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ while there were people starving.
I just read a little info on her and seems her life was not all fun and games.
 Look her up. She led a pretty interesting life.

Okay enough of the history lesson – let’s make some cake pops!

Cake Balls
Mini Marshmallows
White Candy Melts
Skin Colored Melted Candy
Various Small Edible Decorations
Sticks and Stand
*Wilton Candy Melt Writing Pen

*Here is a close-up of the Wilton Pens. These are the only edible ink pens I have found that truly work on cake pops. They write on the candy melt coating without picking up the candy and getting clogged. They work great for adding little details like the faces for these cake pops.

Begin making your cake pops by dipping your cake balls in the skin colored candy melts and allow to dry and set. Once they are hardened, using your melted white candy and a lollipop stick or toothpick, attach the mini marshmallows at the top of the head and continue adding around the sides. After those are set, keep building the marshmallows up using more melted candy. You can use a few marshmallows for a more modest look or pile them on to get wild and crazy – the sky’s the limit!

Once that is all dry, you can attach various small candies – like the little flowers and pearls used here- and make any sort of pattern (or non-pattern!) you like.

To make the face, use the edible ink pens.

With just a few simple features and these ladies are all ready for their debut.

Be creative – there’s no wrong way to do this.
You can use a variety of small candies as well as vary the colors to coordinate with any theme or holiday.

Have fun and please tag me (@Goodiebites) on your social media cake pop photos so I can check out what you’ve created. Also, if you’re in or near NYC I’d love to meet you at one of our cake pop classes. We have two scheduled for November.

Check our website at for all the info.
Happy Popping!

Thanks so much Lisa for another great cake pop tutorial! Please follow Goodiebites on Facebook and check out her cake pop classes in New York City! Don't forget to check out her online shop

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gift Card Giveaway!

Looking to Jump Start your Holiday Shopping? 

I've teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you a big giveaway to help you get a head start on your shopping so you can relax and enjoy this Christmas Season!

A big thanks to Andi from The Weary Chef for putting all of this together and to all these bloggers:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pear and Pumpkin Bread

Poached Pears baked into Pumpkin Bread. Easy and Delicious!

Want a great combination of fall flavors? I was totally smitten with this easy Pumpkin Quick Bread with Poaches Pears. The sweet pears with the cinnamon and the pumpkin was just so perfect together. 

This bread is almost more cake like and then I added some salted caramel drizzle over top and it was just so good. It's perfect for family gatherings, football parties, and any other pot lucks.

Pumpkin Quick Bread baked with Poached Pears and then drizzled with Salted Caramel.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.95

I am turning 39 this week. My life is over! Nah! I'm excited about my birthday. I always am :) I'm a Halloween baby and I love it! I'm looking forward to Friday night - trick-or-treating with my kiddo, family time, celebration all weekend long, and cake! Well, I have cake monthly, but birthday cake is different.

Over on Dieter's Downfall, I'm baking up a wonderful Dutch Apple Pie made with a walnut crust and topping it off with Goat Milk Caramel. Don't knock it til you try it. It was so wonderful! I was gobbled up quickly!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Leaves Cupcakes

Living in the Mid-Atlantic, I'm spoiled by Mother Nature and all of the beautiful fall colors that she has to offer. These Chocolate Leaves and stunning colored cupcakes were 100% inspired by the changing leaves on the trees, in the wind, and on the ground here in West Virginia.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Edible Cookie Dough Pops

I'm getting ready for a big bake sale this weekend for Cookies for Kids Cancer with my daughter's school. To keep things easy, we decided to go with just chocolate chip cookies. Any and all chocolate chip cookies. So that means we have chocolate chocolate chips, white chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, gluten free, and even a few brownie/cookie cups.

My contribution was 60 fruity, cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips and these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pops! I hope that everyone loves them!

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