Nails of the Day – White Hot

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I did two coats of white, including one “base coat” of white on the teal nail, then covered the white with two coats of teal- BEAUTY TIP: I used Sally Hansen’s Dries Instantly Top Coat and it works wonders! My nails dried in less than 5 minutes!

Colors Used:

White – Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in White On
Teal – Sinful Colors in Rise and Shine

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Baking – How to Ship a Cake Pop

Hey All,

So I recently baked cake pops (see the post here) and wanted to send a couple to my boyfriend who’s currently in Florida (I’m across the country in California). Given that it’s the dead of summer and I’ve never made cake pops let alone mail ’em, I decided to head to the interwebs, where I unsuccessfully found just ONE site explaining how to properly ship cake pops on your own. Needless to say, I took matters into my own hands and successfully delivered them to his doorstop!

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(just a picture of cake pops I made with a friend pre-blog)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SHIPPING:

DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if this will work exactly for you, I’m just sharing what worked for me!!

  1. Freeze your cake pop at least overnight (can include chocolate melt covering, or you can do that day of- I covered it day of)
  2. Wrap cake pop in wax paper. I decorated mine with a ribbon to make it look like more of a present
  3. Stick wax paper-covered cake pop AND a frozen gel ice pack into a ziplock bag
  4. Do overnight shipping with USPS for Express Next-Day delivery
  5. Next Day: Hear from your recipient how delicious your gift was!!

I shipped out two along with a card in a Small Flat-Rate box at the post office, but the entire process ended up costing me $33USD because I think I inadvertently signed up for not only next day, but also insurance on in case the package didn’t get delivered PLUS the next day was guaranteed delivery by noon. Also I don’t know if the whole California -> Florida delivery thing is more expensive for next-day shipping.

Hope this helps anyone who was as confused as I was!

Love,

Kelly

Baking – Red Velvet Cake Pops

Hey guys!

So tonight I gave my first attempt at Red Velvet Cake Pops. They took a little longer than I expected time-wise, but were very easy to make!!

Starting.

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Materials you’ll need (I lost my receipt so unfortunately don’t have the prices.. no individual material cost me more than $10):

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix – I used Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe bought at Target
  • Cream Cheese Frosting – I used Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy bought at Target
  • Candy Melts – I used Wilton Coloburst Brights bought at Michaels
  • Lollipop Sticks – I used Wilton Lollipop Sticks bought at Michaels
  • A Styrofoam semicircle (optional) – I bought this at Michaels for setting the cake pops
  • Eggs, Water, and Vegetable Oil

You’re going to want to follow the directions on your cake batter mix in order to bake your cake- estimated time between 30-40 minutes. LET YOUR CAKE COOL.

Pop shape.

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Once the cake had cooled down, I mushed it into crumbs using my hands (in my opinion the most efficient way) scooping in giant spoonfuls of icing until I got the correct consistency. I ended up mixing in about half the can of icing, but do whatever feels right to you!

  • I read the whole “do whatever feels right” and scoffed, but once you get started mushing it all together it’s quite easy to determine how much you’ll need.

After mushing it all together into a consistency where a ball form would hold, I rolled my cake into roughly about 32 pieces. I then stuck them onto a metal tray with foil and put them all into the freezer while I attempted the candy melt coating.

TIP: Read the directions of how to melt the coating. I know it sounds silly but it took me two attempts before I got it right, simply by following the directions to a T.

I microwaved the melts on “defrost” mode for 1:00 then stirred them- I didn’t use all of them (I was only giving the trial run to 4 cake pops) so that amount of time was sufficient to melt them.

Next I pulled the balls out of the freezer (they were cold, but not frozen) and stuck them onto the lollipop sticks- the sticks had a pointy end, which made them easy to pierce the balls without losing their shape.

I used a tiny tupperware cup for the candy melts, and simply dipped the ball into the melted “frosting” and used my finger to smooth it all out. I then stuck the sticks into the semicircle styrofoam.

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Final Step: eat ’em and enjoy!! (took my nailpolish off- DISCLAIMER: if you’re using red velvet cake your hands WILL get a red tint from the food coloring. It washed well off with dish soap and a sponge) Happy Cake Popping 🙂

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Just a Glance

Hey everyone!

After hours pouring over Pinterest followed by successful sweets and baking blunders, I’ve decided to start my very own blog, chronicling ALL my Pinterest recipe trials and tribulations. Give it a follow if you want tips on baking, nail art, crafts from just your average girl next door. I chose orange polka dots because my color of the moment is- you guessed it- orange, and who doesn’t love polka dots? From inspiration posts to daily updates, I hope to keep you entertained!

Love, Kelly