Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

Valentine’s Day will be here soon! That means it’s time for hearts, hearts and more hearts, right?

Not for me. This year, I’m thinking about something a little more unique.

If you want to stand out from the crowd and turn your cake pops into “love-worthy” treats, take a look at these beautiful (and edible) products I recently found on the web for Valentine’s Day.

For starters, check out my new friend Sachiko’s incredible fondant creations! Click here for her Etsy page. I’ll definitely be picking some of these up for the holiday.

by Sachiko Windbiel

by Sachiko Windbiel

Next up, my new “twitter friend” @CandiedCakes makes these gorgeous edible jewels. I haven’t taken a close look the sizes yet but pop just one of these on top of a cake ball and you’ve got instant love (by me at least)! Click here to purchase.

Martha Stewart also has a terrific idea out for sugar cookie pops, click here for the recipe.

from MarthaStewart.com

Finally, I’m starting to have a bit of fun with Valentine’s Day too…nothin’ says love like a pig!

Pig-Cake-Pops

Pig-Cake-Pops

Thanks for reading!

Anne

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Gluten Free Cake Pops

While strolling past the baking section last week at Earth Fare, I decided to purchase a gluten-free cake and icing mix and finally have a go at gluten-free cake pops.

I purchased a chocolate cake mix and a chocolate frosting mix. I followed the directions on the boxes, baked and cooled the cake, and made the frosting (which I placed in the fridge while I waited for the cake to cool).

Once the cake was cool I followed my normal cake pop steps. Quick note, the icing contains 2 sticks of margarine so gradually add the icing to the cake to form the cake ball dough. When working with extra oils/oil based ingredients I like to work VERY cold by working slowly and constantly refrigerating.

For me, making gluten-free cake pops was EXACTLY the same as making regular cake pops. Simply keep an eye on the consistency of the cake and icing.

The taste? AMAZING! The cake pops actually tasted like hot cocoa. So much so that I just had to tear open a little package of sugar-free marshmallows from a hot cocoa box that I had in the pantry.  Are dehydrated marshmallows gluten-free? YES!

For those of you with food allergies, these could be a dream come true (as far as dessert goes)!

Aside from the cake and icing mix we dip in this terrific chocolate…

http://www.shop.raleighcakepops.com/5-LB-Dipping-Compound-Chocolate-2000.htm

 

And here they are! Yummm.

Gluten-Free-Cake-Pops

Gluten Free Cake Pops by Raleigh Cake Pops