This past Friday I was invited to a Foodbuzz sponsored cake pop “contest” judged by none other than the cake pop queen, Miss Bakerella herself!
Let me say upfront that I definitely didn’t win! I totally wasn’t expecting to though. While I’ve always marveled at Bakerella’s beautiful cake pop creations, I know my limits and I know that I’m no cake (pop) decorator. When Foodbuzz asked me if I’d like to participate with a few other bay area bloggers in the event, I automatically said yes for the sole reason of meeting Bakerella and eating cake. Then after I said yes I realized that I actually had to make cake pops to bring too. Cake pops that the entire Foodbuzz team would see. Cake pops that other bloggers would see. Cake pops that Bakerella would judge?!
I immediately called my friend Ashley who is known in our group of friends for always bringing beautiful cake pops to any barbecue or party. Then I kidnapped her and her child and took them to Michael’s with me to buy candy melts, lollipop sticks and the worst food-safe markers I’ve ever tried.
Then I got to work!
I used boxed carrot cake and delicious
crack Betty Crocker frosting to make my pops. Then I formed the cake balls into pudgy triangles and dipped them into yellow, orange and white candy melts. A few expletives were uttered and a few pops were “confiscated” (for the greater good), but I was pleased with the final outcome because even though I knew they weren’t the most detailed and beautiful cake pops ever made, they were freaking delicious.
And what’s a beautiful cake pop worth if it tastes like crud?
The answer, friends, is nothing.
And yes, I really wore matching Halloween booties while I baked. Normal people match their clothes to their baked goods, right?
Gina ended up winning the contest and the girl deserved it, too! Her cake pops are the ones right in front of Bakerella in the photo below and were all shaped like different Halloween characters. Too cute! I wish I had that talent. Instead, I just have candy corn socks and triangular cake pops.
Candy Corn Cake Pops
1 box carrot cake
1/2 can vanilla frosting
1 bag white candy melts
1 bag orange candy melts
1 bag yellow candy melts
Bake the cake according to box directions and let cool completely. Then, transfer it into a large mixing bowl and break it up with your hands. Add the frosting and mix together. Then, form triangles out of small ping-pong sized balls of cake and place on a wax paper lined plate. Repeat until you have desired amounts of cake pops then place cake triangles into the freezer and let sit for an hour.
Melt each color candy melt in a separate bowl in the microwave for a minute each. Stick end of each lollipop stick in the melted candy (this will help the cake pops stay on the stick!). Working one at a time, dip cake triangle into the yellow candy then stick on the lollipop stick. Then, dip into the orange and finally the white. The frosting should harden in only about five minutes.
Continue with each cake pop and store in the fridge. There are many different ideas for cake pop “carriers” but I just used an old egg crate!
KhushbooOctober 24, 2011 at 4:12 am
I’m really not a fan of candy corn but these look DELICIOUS! – such a great twist!
KathrynOctober 24, 2011 at 4:13 am
I still think these are pretty cute even if they didn’t win and it sounds like such a fun day!
LysOctober 24, 2011 at 4:17 am
Aw super cute! Was Bakerella nice as she seems on her blog, or did you not get the chance to really talk as you were at a cakepop contest?
jennaOctober 24, 2011 at 7:57 am
she was so friendly and cute! We got to chat for a few minutes and she was very, very sweet. I wish there was more time!
Erika - The Teenage TasteOctober 24, 2011 at 4:24 am
Sorry to hear you didn’t win, Jenna. I still think these cake balls look fabulous though! They are so festive! 🙂
HeatherOctober 24, 2011 at 4:34 am
Your shirt is adorable. May I borrow it? 😉 I totally admire you for going outside of your comfort zone and doing this contest. That is so inspiring! I hope you had a blast. And your cake pops look like the perfect trick-or-treat gift!
Blog is the New BlackOctober 24, 2011 at 4:43 am
What the WHAT! You met her?! I’m so jel! And your booties are amazing.
EmOctober 24, 2011 at 4:48 am
🙂 Adorable cake pops.
Very fun event!
Molly @ RDexposedOctober 24, 2011 at 4:49 am
Those slipper socks look like a Target purchase which were probably throw into the cart after first touch? The candy corn cake pops that you made are cuter than the slipper ones though.
jennaOctober 24, 2011 at 7:56 am
bahahahaha maybeeeee 😉
Heather (Heather's Dish)October 24, 2011 at 4:53 am
these are super creative…i don’t love candy corn, but i’ll take it if it’s in cake form 🙂
SallyOctober 24, 2011 at 4:56 am
How many pops does one recipe yield? Thanks!
jennaOctober 24, 2011 at 7:56 am
probably about 30—but I only ended up with 15 because I didn’t make them all and just wanted the perfect number for the event.
Lindsay @ biking before bedOctober 24, 2011 at 4:56 am
You would have totally won if there was a cake pop + clothes matching contest. And that’s what counts right?
Angela @ Eat Spin Run RepeatOctober 24, 2011 at 5:04 am
These are SO cute Jenna!! And what a cool opportunity to meet Bakerella! I remember as a kid, I absolutely adored Betty Crocker frosting. There were definitely several finger dips into the jar every time I baked with it.. and maybe a few Oreo dunks too! 😉
Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)October 24, 2011 at 5:10 am
Those are adorable, and I love those candy corn slippers haha I hope you wore them to the event. 😉
AmandaOctober 24, 2011 at 5:17 am
I LOVE your cake pops! I think those are absolutely adorable…along with your matching candy corn booties. 🙂
I’m a big fan of candy corn, but I recently learned that most contain gelatin, which I’d prefer not to eat (I try to eat mostly vegan). I attempted to make my own, but subbed maple agave blend in for the agave and ended up with maple candies! Still delicious, but they didn’t satisfy my candy corn craving. Maybe I’ll give it another go and follow the directions!
AshleyOctober 24, 2011 at 5:19 am
Your cake pops look cute! What a fun event… I was thinking of making Halloween cake pops for a Halloween party… hmmm…
JackieOctober 24, 2011 at 5:25 am
wow, those are the cutest! Also I love the slipper socks 🙂
Lauren @ What Lauren LikesOctober 24, 2011 at 5:36 am
Cutest thing ever! Love the slippers too btw 🙂
Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthyOctober 24, 2011 at 5:42 am
Sorry to hear that you didn’t win, but I think these cake pops are adorable! Candy corn is my favorite halloween candy! Love the slippers as well btw!
jennaOctober 24, 2011 at 5:44 am
how awesome!! this sounds like so much fun. and can i say…your’s looked really good…you chose a hard one!! gosh! love the slippers.
Kristen @ Popcorn on the StoveOctober 24, 2011 at 5:47 am
That’s so cool – I love Bakerella! And your candy corn cake pops look wonderful (and perfect for someone like me who hasn’t actually gotten the courage to make their own cake pops!)!!
Nicole @ GiraffelegsOctober 24, 2011 at 6:00 am
Heather MOctober 24, 2011 at 6:04 am
Those are adorable! Mine are never perfect either but they always taste good.
amy walters, aDESIGNdockOctober 24, 2011 at 6:08 am
Haha…adorable Jenna! Love this post.
Cait's PlateOctober 24, 2011 at 6:25 am
GAH! LOVE Bakerella. It’s so wonderful to see her happy and healthy!
Your cake pops are about 1000x better than mine would ever be – so I’m completely impressed.
AbbyOctober 24, 2011 at 6:31 am
how fun is that! I would vote for your cake pops.
Heather @ girlyeverafterOctober 24, 2011 at 6:39 am
I’ve never attempted to make cake pops, 1) because I’d eat them before I could share, but 2) because I’m not creative or have the patience. I love the candy corn idea, so cute and festive!
Estela @ Weekly BiteOctober 24, 2011 at 7:17 am
These are so cute! I love that you used carrot cake mix 🙂
Liz @ Tip Top ShapeOctober 24, 2011 at 7:23 am
ha, your pops still look good!! Much better than mine would have looked!
Leslie Means @ Her View From HomeOctober 24, 2011 at 7:26 am
Those are so cute!! Oh my gosh – how am I going to choose what dessert to make my girls and my niece for our Halloween meal?! Perhaps I’ll make several things – love these!
Gina @ Running to the KitchenOctober 24, 2011 at 7:28 am
Yours are still super cute and the best part to me (a non candy corn lover) is that they look like candy corn but don’t taste that way! 🙂
Krystina (Organically Me)October 24, 2011 at 7:32 am
Hahaha, those are too cute! 🙂
Gillian G. @ When Bread Is BrokenOctober 24, 2011 at 7:58 am
that looks like fun! those are on my baking bucket list.
i usually end up wearing some of the baked good with the baked good, so yeah, i think you’re normal. thank goodness for aprons.
GinaOctober 24, 2011 at 8:18 am
It was such a pleasure meeting you and your pops were so cute. Thanks for the mention, that was really sweet of you. I can’t wait for the festival, I just love those socks you are rocking, thinking maybe festival socks would be in order. I can’t wait to try one of your recipes.
AmyOctober 24, 2011 at 8:30 am
Goodness, these are adorable! ..Kind of makes me want to try my hand at cake pops again (tried once before… muttered a LOT of expletives, and haven’t been brave enough to try since… at least they were yummy, right?!)
stevieOctober 24, 2011 at 8:39 am
You’re cake pops are super cute though and could definitely make the average baker impress others at halloween parties!
Urban WifeOctober 24, 2011 at 8:47 am
Jenna, these are cute no matter what you say! 🙂
Cat @Breakfast to BedOctober 24, 2011 at 8:52 am
The slippers MAKE IT.
Jemma @ Celery and CupcakesOctober 24, 2011 at 9:49 am
These are such a great idea!
Casey @ Pocket Full of SunshineOctober 24, 2011 at 9:49 am
Um, that is awesome! And I really, really need those slippers in my life.
Liz @ Southern CharmOctober 24, 2011 at 9:50 am
I like these! They are cute in the rustic way and they totally work!
… and now I’m craving carrot cake!
HeatherOctober 24, 2011 at 10:08 am
I love making cake pops, but I still have a long way to go decorating wise before I’d even come within a mile of Bakerella’s skills! Oh well, they’re fun to try and perfect!
Cute candy corn ones :-).
Ella, RDOctober 24, 2011 at 10:10 am
LOVE!! those are so cute, and you get an A for effort!
CeliaOctober 24, 2011 at 10:13 am
Those are adorable!!! 🙂
Averie @ Love Veggies and YogaOctober 24, 2011 at 11:21 am
your cake pops are adorable, Jenna!
And I am digging those slipper shoes. Toooooooo cute! 🙂
Most of all…meeting Bakerella. Wow how fun! What an awesome event and I bet it was amazing seeing all those beautiful cakepops and being with such talented bakers and tasting everything 🙂
kathleen @ the daily crumbOctober 24, 2011 at 11:22 am
and loving the booties 🙂
Diana @ frontyardfoodieOctober 24, 2011 at 11:26 am
So cute! I love the idea of cake pops but not sure how much I like them in reality. haha
Moni'sMealsOctober 24, 2011 at 11:41 am
I just bought her book! I would of loved to be there, that is awesome you got to go.
Those are the cutest cake pops ever! GREAT Idea. 🙂 I think I need to make these!
visdaOctober 24, 2011 at 11:45 am
Dear Jenna, it was great meeting you and the other bloggers at foodbuzz. I also loved your cute triangle cake pops. They looked adorable and unique. Looking forward to seeing you at the foodbuzz festival.
Traci BOctober 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm
I think your cake pops are adorable!!
JenniferOctober 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm
So cute! I always have a problem making the candy coatings fully cover the cake pops..did you add oil or anything to make it smoother and melt?
Carissa @ ChoiceSustenanceOctober 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm
These are so cute! And I love the slippers. I’m always wearing silly fuzzy socks around the house. It’s just cozy!
meredith (Pursuing Balance)October 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm
i love these! i am supposed to bring dessert to a potluck on friday and these would be awesome . . . but i wonder how difficult they are to make? also, i have kind of a silly question . . . since you are dipping the cake pop in the frosting instead of spreading it on, the white candy corn tip just covers the middle orange frosting, correct? since the orange part would get over the entire top 2/3 of the cake pop if you dip it, right? thanks!
AleytaOctober 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm
You met her!!!! ahhhhh so lucky she’s amazing. Photos look great. You sure are talented.
BethTOctober 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm
These look even better in your photos! You’re a winner in my book :p
KellyOctober 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm
I am sitting here (not so) secretly longing for the details on the outfit you are wearing in the above photo (or at least the top half because I have no idea what kind of pants/skirt you are wearing!) I am in love with both pieces! Where are they from? 🙂
jennaOctober 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm
thanks! The blouse was from Jcrew outlet two years ago…and the cardigan was from Banana Republic last summer. On the bottom I’m wearing a red pencil skirt that I found at a thrift store and “borrowed” flats from my mom’s closet. 🙂
SarahOctober 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Your cake pops are the CUTEST.
Not the slippers so much.
AmyOctober 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm
I love your slippers! It is essential to coordinate with your baked goods I feel 🙂
stephanieOctober 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm
your cake pops are adorable and so are your slippers. Good job. ;D
WendiOctober 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm
Hey hun! Your cake pops are oh so cute…I could almost eat them up. Wait, I totally can! Lol. Not to mention the matching slipper socks. LOVE them! Great job, girly 🙂
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 25, 2011 at 2:15 am
OMG, your slippers are awesome!! I love that you match your baked goods to your clothing!
KOctober 25, 2011 at 3:44 am
Very cute. But I am wondering why you used boxed cake mix and canned frosting when you are such an experienced baker? Was it a contest requirement?
jennaOctober 25, 2011 at 6:38 am
nope–it was strictly a timing thing! I would have loved to make my own cake mix but didn’t have enough time.
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