Sarah’s Sweets: Easy Pretzel Pumpkins

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Easy Pumpkin Pretzels

I was going through my pictures today and found these Easy Pretzel Pumpkins.  I was rather surpised.  I didn’t make the treats, didn’t take the pictures and I didn’t know that my daughter had… but she did.

Several days ago, completely on her own, she asked if she could make a treat.  And without any direction from me (or any Pinterest influence… I know there are several very similar ideas out there), she made these and photographed them (without telling me about the photographing part).

When I found the pictures, I knew I had to write about them.  I was just so proud of her.  She made a yummy treat (we won’t talk about how manyh I ate) and she took beautiful pictures. With no help.  None.

Why is this so exciting?  Sarah is 11 years old.  And she already has her mind made up that she wants to be a baker/cake decorator just like me.  She says her business will be named Sarah’s Sweets and she has already designed her business cards.

I couldn’t be more proud of her creativity, big dreams and her willingness to pursue them.  While I’m bragging, let me show you a few more things.

A few weeks ago, she asked if she could bake a cake, decorate it,  and sell it.

My Mommy’s heart was afraid she’d fail.  I didn’t want her to do all the work and no one buy the cake.  I didn’t want her to be hurt or disappointed.  But more than that – I didn’t want to hold her back.

So I let her bake this cake, decorate it (using some leftover frosting I already had on hand from another order) and post it on Facebook:

Sarah Roses Cake

And you know what?  It sold.  In fact, she sold two of them and had to stay up late baking and decorating the second one.  She did all the work by herself.  All of it.

And then a few days later… she asked if she could do one of my orders for me.   Because the customer was a family friend and the cake design was totally up to me, I decided I’d let her try. She didn’t want to do roses again, so I decided we’d try for pom-poms (another fairly easy method of decorating).   I knew if it started to go downhill, I could jump in and take over.

Sarah with PomPom Cake

But guess what?  She did it too!  This time I helped some… she baked the cakes, I filled and crumb-coated (because it had this HUGE Oreo filling), and then she decorated. The only other help I offered was piping the “E” on top.

And then last week… the Pumpkin Pretzels.  And the photos.   She’s becoming quite the little entrepreneur!

Anyway – here’s how she made the pretzels.   It’s so easy, it barely requires instructions.

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Pretzels

She took pretzels and dipped them in melted orange candy melts.  Then she laid them on wax paper and before the candy melts set, she added two green sugar pearls (we found them at Walmart also, on the baking aisle).  And that’s IT!!  And they were so yummy!!  And cute, dontcha think?

Easy Pretzel Pumpkins

Ingredients

  • Pretzel Twists
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Green Sugar Pearls

Instructions

Melt the candy melts in a microwave save dish for 1 min. Stir and cook again in 15 second intervals until completely melted and smooth.

Dip the pretzels in melted orange candy melts. They're easy to remove using a fork!

Lay them on wax paper and while they're still wet, add the green sugar pearls to the "top" of the pumpkin.

Let them set and they're done!!

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How do you package cakes for delivery?

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How to Package a Cake for Delivery
This question was sent to me from a reader to post on the All Things Cake group and I totally high-jacked it to write a post today.   Hahaha!  I have a horrible backache & headache today and I’m sitting on the couch with a heating pad and well… too much time on my hands.

I did still post the question in the group … go join the group (if you haven’t already) and see some great advice on that post.   But I thought I’d also do a more detailed post to answer here about what I personally do.

Be warned, this post is sort of thrown together… not a lot of planning or anything, so the pics are just picked from random things I had already photographed (except the empty box pics – I got my sons to set those up and snap a few shots).  And very little editing… I ain’t got no time for that today!

I’m sure there are many, many different answers and quite possibly better answers, but for today, I’m sharing how I package cakes for delivery.  Here’s the original question Lauri sent:

Hi Rose!  I was wondering how you package your cakes for delivery?  I live in an area that tends to be very windy and the weather is very unpredictable and I worry every single time I have a cake delivery.  I also take someone with me to hold the cake!  There has to be a better, less stressful way!

First up – I live way out in the country.  Nearly 10 miles from my tiny hometown and around 40 miles from where most of my cakes go.  So when I talk about delivery – I’m talking about meeting my customers in my tiny hometown where I hand the cake off to them to take to their home (usually around 30 miles away).  The only cakes I deliver completely (to the final destination) are wedding cakes.

SO when I package cakes – they have to be good for me transport and good for my customers to transport.  I always advice them to keep cakes cool and level!    If they need help with the leveling, I’ll actually put it in their car, level it on the seat with a rolled up towel or t-shirt, buckle it into the seat, or wedge it onto the floorboard where it’s snug and safe.

Also, please note that my cakes are doweled from top to bottom with the dowel being driven into the cake board that the cake is sitting on.  That way no tiers move or tip or lean.

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For 99% of my tiered cakes (non-wedding), I box them in a brown shipping box from OfficeMax.com (again, I’m way out in the country – I can’t buy these things locally).    I buy them in bulk and save lots of money that way.  Plus, they often run “Buy One Get One 50% Off” sales and if you spend $50, shipping is FREE and that’s a BIG DEAL when ordering boxes because they’re so heavy.

I put most of my cakes on 8″, 10″ or 12″ round cake boards, so I buy 8x8x10 boxes, 10x10x10 boxes and 12x12x12 boxes.  And I have some 14x14x14 boxes too, but I don’t use them often.

Boxed Cake

You can see here a cake on a 12″ round cake board, sitting down in a 12″x12″x10″ box.  It’s very snug in there!

Cake Boxes packaging

I simply cut down two sides of the box, slide the cake in and tape it back up.    I use a marker to write on the sides to let clients know where/how to open it.  Easy-peasy and budget friendly!

Boxed Cakes and Cupcakes Loaded in Truck

Then – to actually transport them, I put them in the back of my truck on a non-slip rug mat.  I bought a huge one that covers the entire back of my Excursion.  Nothing slides around.  I’ve never had a cake fall or slide or move at all.

Boxed Cake in Truck

I do it with multiple cakes or even a single cake… I just set the box in the middle and it’s good to go!

Wedding & Grooms cake loaded in truck

Now, for wedding cakes, transportation is the same except I skip the box and just set them on the mat.   Or if I know the cake will be too big for a box (like the Pinwheels & Pink Lemonade Cake), I warn the customer ahead of time that it will not be boxed so they can come in a vehicle where it can sit upright or have someone with them to hold it.

I’ll even tear off a piece of my non-slip rug mat and let them use it if they need it (it’s cheap and easily replaceable)… anything to keep the cake intact!!

So that’s that – how I package cakes for delivery.

Do you have any questions?  If you do it differently, I’d love to hear how YOU package cakes for delivery!!  Leave me a comment!

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