Posts Tagged ‘cake pops’

Cake pops for a cause

May 6, 2009

In memory of my beautiful mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease seven years prior to her death, I will be walking in the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 Memory Walk. My husband and I participated in the walk a few years ago, but this year we will be walking as a family of four. Of course technically the baby will be in the stroller, but at 3 years old, my oldest will be walking by my side this year!

I also decided to take my new found obsession with Bakerella’s cake pops and put that energy to good use. She recently posted on her blog that she had made her cup cake pops for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life”. Check out the story Cute for a Cure! I was so inspired that I contacted the director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s North Florida chapter and offered to do the same for the Memory Walk. She was thrilled with the offer!

So I will be making about 200 cake pops to sell at the walk this year! Every penny of the sale will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in my mother’s honor. I really hope these turn out well and that I raise a large amount of money during the walk. The walk isn’t until November, so I have some time to work on my cake pop making skills. Here is a picture of the ones Bakerella made.

photo curtesy of Bakerella

photo courtesy of Bakerella

I plan on making the regular cake pop version instead of the cupcake pop. I think that will help to make this a reasonable task for me. It turns out that the Alzheimer’s Association’s color is also purple so mine will look similar.

photo curtesy of www.alz.org

photo courtesy of http://www.alz.org

If I get really inspired, and depending on what is going on in my life in November, I might attempt to make candy versions of the Forget Me Not flowers to attach to the pops. This flower is a symbol used by the Alzheimer’s Association.

If you are in the North Florida area, please sign up to walk and raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. If you are there, please make sure to visit my table and buy a cake pop (or two or five)! If you aren’t in the area, you can still help by making a donation to the cause. Click here to be directed to my Memory Walk fund raising page. This is a website created and monitored by the Alzheimer’s Association and all funds go directly to them.

If you want to help even more, you can sign up as a member of my team. This will create your own webpage which you can then forward to friends, family and coworkers. You don’t have to be present at the walk to raise money, so you can join my team no matter where you live.

Or you can even start at team of your own. Check out the Memory Walk website for more information. This is a cause that is so very close to my heart. I never want my daughters to have to suffer the slow and painful loss of their mother the way that I did.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s visit the Alzheimer’s Association online!

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Bunnies and chicks…oh my!

April 24, 2009

Easter…another holiday…another excuse for some fun baking! Do I really need an excuse though? I love holidays…just about any holiday can be made more special by a fun and thoughtful dessert. My daughter is now at the age where she can appreciate a cute cake or confection. She was born with a sweet tooth and has come to expect a cake at any and all celebrations. And while she would eat any cake, cute or not, it’s nice to get a smile and “Wow, a bunny cake!” out of her.

I remember the first time my mother made me an Easter bunny cake. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world and I adored her for making it. I’ve been waiting a long time to step into Mima’s shoes and make one for my own daughter. This Easter was the year! I was probably more excited to make it than my daughter was to see it, but it was a joy to make nevertheless. It is a simple bunny cake…no fancy shaped pans or laborious decorating techniques. An old fashioned cut out cake from a box mix and canned frosting.  But it was chock full of love!

Hippity hoppity!

Hippity hoppity!

I followed the instructions from the Betty Crocker website. I decided to go with a strawberry mix for the cake and  coconut frosting. For the eyes and decorations, I used cute “bunny corn” which is pastel colored candy corn I found at Michael’s. It was as delicious as it was adorable!

Since the cake only used one layer of a two layer mix, I needed to make something with the leftover batter. At first, I thought I would make cupcakes out of it. Then I decided to be adventurous! A friend had turned me on to Bakerella’s blog and her too-cute-for-words “cake pops”. Cake rolled into balls, coated in chocolate, on a lollipop stick…I couldn’t resist. I took one look at her sweet chick pops and decided to go for it! The first time trying something new is challenging. Trying something new at 8:00 at night after putting the kids to bed and still needing to pack for a trip the next day is a bit insane. But there I was at 11:30 at night still making my cake pops. Oh but it was completely worth it! How cute are these?

Almost too cute to eat!

Almost too cute to eat!

The cake pops were addictive to make. I’m already planning on making some fish ones for my friend’s daughter’s birthday party and I can’t wait! I don’t think there is an occasion that these  pops can’t be adapted for. The possibilities are endless…which means you will see more posts of my Cake Pop Adventures!