Easter Cake Pops

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Today we had a cake pop making party. The girls love decorating them. I used the same recipe as last time. You can find the recipe here.  Still have some work to do on the decorating part of them. The sprinkled ones are so much easier to do than the animal ones.

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I couldn’t find the stand to hold them up, so we improvised. I used a trifle dish lined with Peeps. In the center we filled it with Jordan almonds and jelly beans. It worked perfectly.

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We made chickens and bunnies. For the chickens we used leaf sprinkles for the wings, feet and hair. We used triangles for the beak. For the bunnies, we used sliced almonds for the ears, chocolate sprinkles for the whiskers, eyes and pink dots for the nose and tail.  I found all of them at Michaels.

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Today’s Leopard Print Find: Reef Women’s Reef Heart Breaker Sandal

Cake Ball Pops

The girls saw the Bake Pop pan at the grocery store and just had to have it! After finding the Wilton Pops! Sweets on a Stick! book, they have a list a mile long of ones they want to make. Baby steps though. I told them we had to start small and work our way up.

The balls themselves were pretty easy to make. The decorating is going to take some practice. They did pretty good for their first time though. They made monsters, caterpillars, chickens, owls and a chihuahua. Taking cake pops to Meet the Teacher Night. Unfortunately, I made them walk (despite all of their complaining) and the owl and the chicken started to melt on the way there. :/ They weren’t very happy with me.

1 (15.25 oz) Box Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
4 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1/3 cup Butter, softened
1 small (3.4 oz) Vanilla Pudding Mix
2 (12 oz) Bags of Candy Melts
36 cookie sticks
Foam block

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray top and bottom pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix cake mix, eggs, milk, butter and pudding mix until combined.

Pour batter into bottom side of pan (about 3/4 full). Place top pan on bottom pan and secure with clips.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Let pans cool before removing top pan. If the cake starts to seep through the hole (which mine did both times) just scrape off the top.

Remove bake pops from pan and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes (I found that this made them a little sturdier)

Melt 1/4 cup of candy coating in the microwave. Cook on 50% power for 1 minute, stir and cook on 50% power for 30 seconds. Repeat for another 30 seconds if needed, until completely melted.

Dip the end of the stick into the coating and then insert it into the cake ball. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to let the coating harden.

Heat remaining candy and dip the ball into the coating. Sprinkle on toppings or decorate.

Put stick into a foam block to let them harden.

If you are going to be walking them to someone in the Texas heat in the middle of August like I did, I would suggest putting them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before you deliver them.

Servings: 36 cake pops
Calories 197
Fat 11.3g
Carbohydrates 24.2g
Fiber 0.8g
Nutrition Grade D+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Vans …

Taylor’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

This probably isn’t the best post to discuss our new exercise program, but I made the cupcakes 2 days ago and started KettleWorx yesterday. With only 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week, I will look like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel in exactly 6 weeks! I can’t wait! I saw the infomercial and thought it looked like fun. Then I happened to see it in Target and couldn’t pass it up. It was a little harder than it looked, but maybe that’s because I didn’t know there was a 5lb beginner Kettlebell. :/ Apparently Target was out of those. Just my luck. So I did the entire thing with a 10lb Kettlebell. Now I’ll probably end up looking like The Rock instead. (which then takes me back to Journey 2 and the distraction of his nipples, but anyway…) I was a little burnt out today because I did my usual hour on the elliptical, KettleWorx and then Megan begged my in her sweet little voice to do Yoga with her, but after the first day I can say I liked it a lot. So in 6 weeks I’ll have to remember to update you on my amazing transformation. So have a cupcake and then do Kettleworx with me…. The cupcakes were Taylor’s creation. She wanted to create something since she missed the muffin bake-off with Megan, but she left me half way through it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with baking cups. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Put butter and chocolates in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted, stirring in between. Let cool.Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture; stir just until combined.Stir together all ingredients for the peanut butter filling.Make 4 layers… 2 tablespoons of chocolate batter, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter filling, 1 tablespoon of chocolate batter, 1 teaspoon of peanut butter filling. Swirl top of cupcake batter and filling with a toothpick.Bake for 30 minutes rotating halfway through. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Mix frosting ingredients and ice cupcakes after they have cooled. Ingredients: 2/3 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 4 oz semisweet chocolate 2 oz unsweetened chocolate 3/4 cup sugar 3 large eggs 2 tsps pure vanilla extract Peanut Butter Filling: 4 Tbs unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 3/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Frosting: 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 2/3 cups cocoa powder 1/2 cup butter, softened 6 T milk 1 tsp vanillaPeanut butter chips for decorations, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with baking cups. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Put …