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So, I know it has been quite a while since I last posted…and there is definitely a reason for that! At the end of January I found out that I am pregnant! Excited to start this journey in life, I didn’t expect to have a complete aversion to the sweet smell of most of the yumminess I create in my kitchen along with a new bed time that began around 7:00! It only took 16 weeks, but I’m finally feeling (mostly) myself again and am ready to bake! Expect to see more from me in the upcoming weeks!

In order to announce our pregnancy, my husband and I enlisted my awesome photographer friend, Beryl, to take a few pics of us! Take a look at some of the awesome pics she came up with!

Walking

Reese

Tree

Pregnancy Pic Revised

You may remember from my previous blog posts that I took a class with my friend, Beryl, called Momtographie. It’s ironic that I took the Momtographie class on the day that I did, because that was also the day I found out I was going to be a mom! It was awesome to know that everything I was learning in this class was going to be put to good use very soon. I am so grateful to have been able to take this class from Beryl, because I learned so much, and she really put everything in a way that was very understandable to me, someone not very familiar with my DSLR camera, but really wanting to learn. Momtographie is seriously an awesome course for anyone wanting to learn how to use their DSLR camera, not just mom’s (or mommies to be)! So, here’s my shameless plug, because Beryl is awesome and I think everyone should take her course! Beryl teaches in person classes in Northern VA, but I know that many of you blog readers don’t live in the area. Now, Beryl has created the perfect solution- Momtographie Online! This 6 week course will teach you pretty much everything you need to know about your DSLR camera, plus you have unlimited access to the videos. The 6 week course starts the first week in May- make sure to check out her website and see if this class would be the right fit for you!!

Baby love,
Heather

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Gluten-Free Cake Pops

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Finished Cake Pops

Tomorrow I am taking a photography class from my friend, Beryl. Like I mentioned in a previous post, she asked me to make a little something for the participants coming to the class. We settled on the camera cake pops and I decided to make them gluten-free so she could also enjoy in the deliciousness. To make the cake, I used the same recipe as I used for the Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes. The recipe for the cake can be found at food.com.

To begin, I gathered all my ingredients. I started by mixing my dry ingredients in the stand mixer.

Dry Ingredients

After the ingredients were mixed well, I added all the wet ingredients one by one, using a spatula to push down any batter stuck to the sides of the bowl.

Wet Ingredients

Then, I poured all the ingredients in my pan that I had prepared by spraying with cooking spray and powdering with gluten-free flour. The cake was in the oven for about 33 minutes, until it came out looking like this:
Finished Cake

I let the cake cool, then followed my normal cake pop procedures! First, I broke up the cake.
Broken Up Cake

Then, I used a gluten-free frosting to mix with the pieces- I only put in about half of the container, since this cake was a bit smaller than what I usually make, and ended up adding about a third of what was left to the mix to make it the right consistency.
Frosting Container

Cake with Frosting

Frosting Jar

I mixed everything up…
Dough Mix

Then molded the batter into cameras!
Cameras on Pan

I put the cameras in the freezer to set and set up my decorating area while I was waiting.
Table Prep

After about 15 minutes, I pulled the cameras out of the freezer and got to work- first with the sticks, then completing the rest of the camera!

Cake Pops with Sticks

Camera Cake Pops

I did find that the consistency of the cake was a bit different than the cake mixes that I normally use and had a tendency to fall apart when I was trying to tap off the excess chocolate. I had a few casualties so, to remedy the situation, I put the cake pops back in the freezer and they were much easier to handle. In the end, I have plenty of super cute camera cake pops for the participants!

Finished Pops

Baking love,
Heather

Creating Cake Pops

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Pink Cake Pops

I am making some cake pops for a photography class I am taking from Beryl next weekend and I wanted to try out a new design- a camera! I’ve never really shown how I make my cake pops, so here are all the steps I went through to create them!

What you will need:
Cake made from a cake mix
Container of store-bought frosting
About a half of a package of Oreo cookies crushed
Cookie Scoop
Sucker sticks
Candy Melts- black if you are making the cameras, or whatever color you choose if you are just making the pops
Small round sprinkles in white and any other color of your choosing
Ball sprinkles
Styrofoam Block
Wax paper

First, I made a vanilla cake from a box. If you don’t want all cake pops you can make half of the batter into cupcakes and half into a cake.
Cake Out of the Oven

After the cake cooled I broke it up into small pieces. I use my hands to break it up- it’s just easier than trying to use a fork, spoon, or something else.
Broken Up Cake

My husband requested cookies and cream cake pops so I smashed up some Oreos and added them to the top of the broken up cake…
Cake with Oreos on Top

Then mixed all the pieces in.
Oreos Mixed

Then I took about three-fourths of a container of icing and put it on top of all the pieces.
Frosting Container

Cake with Frosting on Top

I have found it much easier, again, to mix everything with my hands. I usually take the cake pieces and put them on top of the icing so it’s not quite as messy. My mix looked like this after I was done. You want the mix to be moldable and not too sticky.
Cake with Frosting Mixed

I used a cookie scoop to help make sure I used about the same amount of the mix for each cake ball/camera. I only made six cameras since I was just trying them out.
Bare Cake Balls

Then, I put the cake balls and cameras in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden a bit. While the dough was cooling I set everything up that I would need to decorate the cake pops. For the camera cake pops, I melted black candy melts, took out 6 white small round sprinkles, and three blue and three pink sprinkles to use as the “button” on the top of the camera. For the pink cake pops, I melted the pink candy melts and had all the sprinkles in a bowl ready to put on the pops. I also put down wax paper to protect the table, had the sticks ready, and a Styrofoam board set up to stand the cake pops after they were decorated.
Melted Chocolate
Sprinkles
Ready Table

After I had everything ready, I took the cake balls/cameras out of the freezer. I dipped the ends of the sticks in the melted chocolate and stuck it into the cake balls and cameras.
Stick

I let these dry for a bit, then started by dipping the cameras into the black melted chocolate. I tapped any excess chocolate off of the cameras, then immediately put the white sprinkle where the “lens” was and the pink or blue “buttons” on the top while the chocolate was still wet. I then put them in the Styrofoam to dry.
Camera Cake Pops

I followed the same process for the pink cake pops, except I only put the white ball sprinkles on the top of the cake pops while the candy coating was still wet.

After I finished all of them, I put them in the freezer to harden the chocolate coating.

To finish them off and see what the “finished product” would look like, I put a couple of them in the sucker bags and tied them off with a pink polka-dot ribbon.
In Bag

My husband gave me his approval of the cake pops, eating two before I even posted this blog post!

Have fun making your own cake pops!
Baking love,
Heather