In 2007, Suwanee, Georgia resident Angie Dudley took a cake decorating class on a whim. She quickly became hooked on the basic techniques she learned, including making and tinting frosting, icing cakes and how to use decorating tools. Soon after, the Bakerella blog was born. It became a site where Angie could chronicle and share her many baking exploits and adventures.
Through her baking explorations, Angie discovered cake balls. Perfect little handfuls of dessert, cake balls are bits of cake and frosting combined and shaped into a ball and covered with a candy coating. She took the balls a step further, added a stick, and the cake pop was born!
Bakerella continued to develop new shapes for her cake pops, and her cupcake-shaped cake pops landed her on The Martha Stewart Show. She's now written the book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats. The instant best-seller is flying off shelves--Angie Dudley is now embarking on a book signing tour in Williams and Sonoma stores nationwide, including a signing at the Costa Mesa location on Monday, October 11.
After the jump, get info on Monday's book signing, take a look at the new Cake Pops book, and enter to win a free copy of your very own from Chronicle Books!
What I love about the Cake Pops book is that it's perfect for all levels of baking experience. If you've never made (or seen) a cake ball in your life, Bakerella's got great, easy to follow instructions to get you started.
The instructions are paired with tons of photos of all steps of the baking process--you'll be making perfect cake balls in no time!
And once you've mastered the cake ball, Bakerella walks you through three other basic projects: the cake pop, the cupcake pop and the cupcake bite. If you work your way through these four recipes in one piece, you're more than ready to tackle the oodles of cute cake pop projects offered throughout the rest of the book!
These little owls on page 133 would be so cute for a fall birthday party, or to celebrate that 3D owl movie you finally went to see last weekend!
Get your cake pop making practice in now, so you'll be ready to make a batch of these Pirate Pops from page 95 for next year's Talk Like a Pirate Day!
There's other great holiday projects featured in the Cake Pops book, too! Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter--they're all covered with super cute cake pop goodness!
Don't miss meeting Bakerella herself at Williams-Sonoma at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Monday night--pick up a copy of the book in the store and get it signed by the reigning Cake Pop princess!
Can't make it on Monday? She'll also be signing copies at the Williams-Sonoma in Santa Monica on Tuesday. Click here for the full Cake Pops book signing tour schedule.
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Bakerella book signing at Williams-Sonoma, South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 751-1166; www.bakerella.com. Mon., Oct. 11, noon.
- And if that wasn't enough exciting dessert discussion for you, it's time for a giveaway as well!
Thanks to Chronicle Books, if you comment on this blog post before midnight on Monday, October 11, you'll be automatically entered to win a free copy of Cake Pops of your very own! Leave as many comments as you like, but only one entry per person will be counted. At the close of the giveaway, the winner will be chosen using www.random.org and notified via email. If you've won a Gettin' Made giveaway in the last 30 days you'll be ineligible to win so others have a chance at awesomeness--good luck!