You’re not going to find a recipe here today. But you’re definitely going to find something yummy and beautiful and so darn cute your head just might explode.
If you know me, you know I don’t bake much. Give me a skillet, meat, fat and salt, and I’m happy; but throw a cake pan, flour and baking soda at me and you might as well hand me a Rubik’s cube. So when I need a sweet treat for a special occasion or celebration, I just turn to my friend, Regina. I mean, really, look at this stuff! She’s a genius! She’s an artist!
Those are “Bookworms” on the top right. Those are my favorite! And yes, that’s the Star Wars clan on the lower right. Can you stand it?
But it wasn’t love at first site for me and cake pops. The first time I tried a cake pop (probably 2008), a friend’s daughter was making them in her home kitchen. I tried one. Yuck. Look, I’m not really a big cake fan anyway (remember . . . I like pie), and these were mushy and too sweet and just . . . well, blah. Fast forward to December 2011 when a mutual friend of Regina’s showed me these beautiful works of art she made for a Holiday fundraiser.
Yes, those are snowglobes! Mind blown. And then I ate one. Delicious. I don’t know how she does it, but she does it perfectly.
And what about these turkeys? Are you kidding me?
[Sorry about the pic–Regina just snaps the pics as she makes them. She has no idea which ones I’m sharing–I absolutely had to post these, right?]
Every special occasion you can think of:
And special requests are no problem:
Sorry, but I can’t post a pic of the naughty pops she made for the bachelorette party (use your imagination!).
But seriously, the BBQ cake pops she created for Father’s Day just killed me! So I had to share. And check out the drills for the handyman dad!
No, Regina is not paying me, or giving me free pops. I’m just happy to celebrate friends who are making successes of their lives by doing what they love. Plus, I’m happy that the whole mini trend is still going strong. As far as food trends go, this one looks like it’s going to last. Mini foods are everywhere: mini burgers (a.k.a. sliders), mini cakes (a.k.a. cupcakes) and even mini-pies. Even upscale restaurants are capitalizing on the mini trend by adding more “small plate” items and bite-sized portions (unusual items like fried balls of mac ‘n’ cheese, as well as more common finger fare, like fritters, empanadas, skewers and crêpes) to their menus. These small, “poppable” snacks, mini-meals or bite-sized desserts are a welcome trend for those in the business of health and nutrition. The move toward more “small bite” options is right in line with the overall push for smaller meals, which should reduce overall portion size and increase variety. Mini desserts and foods are also a refreshing reminder to slow down, savor and enjoy each of your bites. We all win with minis!
So, go ahead and indulge in a cake pop by Regina. You can throw any idea at her and she’ll come up with something creative. You’ll swoon. And you might not want to eat it because it’s so cute! But take a bite—it’s delicious!