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Pumpkin Spice cake pops!

5 Oct

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These Pumpkin Spice cake pops are the perfect way to gear up for Halloween and the fall season!

I thought after returning from the Duncan Hines trip things would start to slow down but I was dead wrong! I’ve been so busy however I’ve finally managed to squeeze in the time to bake something! Included in our DH gift box that was mailed home to everyone who attended the Sweet Stars weekend was a Pumpkin Spice cupcake kit. I actually saw these on the shelf at Walmart the day before l left to DH so when I arrived I mentioned it to one of the DH team members who was quite surprised that I had already seen them. I guess my rural Walmart was one of the first to have these out, major shocker! I had the pleasure of trying these in cupcake form during our time at the test kitchen and they were AMAZING! I was glad to see them in our gift box 🙂


My idea came from the obvious, pumpkin flavor and the fall season that is upon us!

To make these pops you will need:

– DH Pumpkin spice cupcake kit
– Orange melting candy
– Sticks, I used popsicle sticks for a more rustic feel
– Foam Block for drying
– Any green candy for a stem
– I used twine to embellish the sticks but it’s not necessary.

Bake your cake & allow to cool
Once the cake has cooled crumble it into a large mixing bowl
In this case you will need to follow the box instructions to create the pumpkin spice frosting
Add small amounts of frosting to the crumbled cake until it forms a dough like texture
Using a scoop or spoon remove some of the cake mixture and roll into balls

To achieve the look of a pumpkin you will need to use a pen or cake pop stick to indent lines all around the pop

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chill in the freezer for 5-10 minutes
While the pops are chilling melt your orange candy
Remove pops from the freezer
Dip the tip of your stick into the melting candy, insert about halfway into the pumpkin pop, allow to dry
Once the sticks have dried submerge you’re entire pop into the melted candy, tap off the excessive
Apply green candy stem
Place on a foam block for drying
Once the pumpkin pops have completely dried I added a coat of gold pearl dust to give them a nice shimmer

These were some of the easiest cake pops I have ever made yet they look like they took a lot of time and effort! Enjoy!



Duncan Hines 2.0 Sweet Stars Weekend!

25 Sep

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Over the summer I was contacted by Duncan Hines with an invitation to come back to the test kitchen along with the other 11 winners from last year and 12 new winners from this year’s spring bake contest. I was THRILLED to say the least. Last year I got sick the first night so this year I was going to make sure that didn’t happen again and I am pleased to say I felt great the entire time! I decided not to bring my DSLR so the pictures are from my phone/small digi cam.  Enjoy!

You can find a post about my previous Duncan Hines experience HERE!

Friday evening we were invited to a cocktail hour followed by a fabulous dinner and dessert presentation that included all 12 new winners recipes.

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Here I am on the red carpet w/ my “sweet star”

Saturday we got up early, had breakfast and headed to the test kitchen where we were lead on a tour of the facility which is also home to Pinnacle Foods who owns brands like Hungry Man, Birds Eye, Vlasic, Log cabin, and of course Duncan Hines. After our tour we spent the rest of the day learning about food science, up and coming trends in the dessert world, watching demonstrations by Wilton expert decorator Beth Somers & Duncan Hines chef Joe Dipaolo. Saturday evening we were treated to the most amazing dinner that was cooked by fellow Duncan Hines chef Chris & several great desserts prepared by chef Joe.

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This is “5 A Day” the Birds Eye horse that welcomes you to Pinnacle Foods

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Beth Somers- Wilton expert decorator and winner of cupcake wars giving a decorating demo

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caked decorated by Beth Somers

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chef Joe demonstrating how to make sugar decorations

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Printed cake made by Duncan Hines chef Joe Dipaolo
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chocolate mousse domes made by Duncan Hines chef Joe Dipaolo
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(Baked Alaska)
These are some of the desserts made by chef Joe on our final night at the test kitchen
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(chocolate mousse cake)

This trip was amazing. I’m sad to be back home but I’m so grateful to have been able to spend time with the Duncan Hines crew again and to have had the chance to meet some awesome new people 🙂

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My new friend Andrea, chef Joe, and I at our final dinner