Chocolate Dipped Easter Apples

Chocolate Dipped Easter Apples

Hey…. it’s Monday!!   And I’m made some Chocolate Dipped Easter Apples.

I’ve had these on my to-do list for weeks, but my kids kept eating all the apples before I got around to actually dipping and sprinkling them.  Do any fellow bloggers ever have that problem?

So today I had a plan.  I went to the store, came home with the apples, and within hours, I had them dipped and photographed.   I knew if I didn’t hustle to make them, I’d end up apple-less again.

But in the busyness of shopping, errand-running, apple-dipping, etc., I’ve run out of time to actually write up the post for how to do these (I’ll give you a hint – they’re SUPER easy!!).  I promise I’ll have it up later tonight or in the morning!

Variety Chocolate Apples

OH – and the kids can do it too!  I let them in on the fun today and we had quite the variety of apples when we finished!

In the meantime, I was inspired to do these after my bright and colorful candy apples became so popular, so if you’ve missed those posts, please click over and see the pink candy apples, the blue candy apples, the orange ones here, and even the splattered candy apples here.

What do you think?  Are you interested in how to make these?  

 

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{Closed!} Rustic Baby Shower Cake + Minted $65 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Minted Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Sharon A!   I’ve sent you an email Sharon – please reply within 48 hours to claim your prize! 

Today I have a new Rustic Baby Shower Cake + Minted $65 Gift Certificate Giveaway to share with you!  I’ve heard of Minted before and I know they often run really great sales and deals, but I honestly hadn’t really looked around over there until they contacted me and asked if I’d like to partner with them and review one of their products!

Rustic Buttercream with Pink Roses

Well let me tell you, when I got to clicking around – I was impressed!  The company is best known for unique stationary for moms and moms-to-be… along with beautiful invitations for any event and even party decor so you can do all of your shopping in one place!

Shop Birth Announcements at Minted

Their products are beautiful and can be personalized to fit your style and interests!   My brother and his wife Ariel are having a sweet new baby girl next week and I got to looking at their birth announcements…  they’re so clean and pretty and well, I’m not sure I could choose a favorite if I tried!

And guess what else?    You can even order free birth announcement samples and they’ll include styling ideas for your nursery.  How fun is that?

Okay – back to me…. since I personally have no plans of needing birth announcements again any time in the future (we *think* we’ve reached our limit with 6 kids – ha!), when Minted offered me any product of my choice to review , of course I went straight to the Party General Store and chose  this beautiful Milk Glass Cake Plate!

Milk Glass Cake Plate
Isn’t it to die for?  As soon as I pulled it out the box, I immediately fell in love and knew I wanted to use it asap!

Jake and Ariel

Well, it just so happened that that same sister-in-law Ariel had a baby shower coming up that very next weekend and since she loves vintage and rustic decor, I was sure I could make a cake that would beautifully compliment this cake stand!   By the way…  isn’t she just beautiful??  and that’s my ‘baby’ brother Jake with her… he’s cute too ;)

Messy Buttercream with Pink Roses

Back to the cake… it turned out just as I had imagined it and Ariel even “matched” the stand and cake with her pretty floral shirt that day!  I absolutely loved the cake with the stand – it just made the whole thing perfect!

At the baby shower, the cake got many compliments, but the stand got just as much attention!  Then when I posted a picture on Facebook, again I was asked about the stand!

Roses on Rustic Buttercream

For those who might ask, the cake was strawberry cake with cream cheese buttercream and I added three small gum paste roses on the side, dusted with Orchid (Pink) Luster Dust.

So… do you want to win your very own Milk Glass Cake Plate?  Or have you found something else over at Minted.com that you’d love to have? With thanks to Minted, one lucky reader will get a $65 gift certificate to spend on anything you want at Minted.com (the cake stand is exactly $65 – isn’t that convenient??) and included with the gift certificate is free shipping!!   Just visit Minted.com and browse around, then answer the following question in the comments to get your entry in…

 

What will you order if you win the $65 gift certificate?

If you Pin the top image or Share the top image on Facebook, leave me a separate comment letting me know for extra entries!!

This giveaway will close on March 23, 2014 at 11:59 CST.   Minted.com sponsored this giveaway by giving me a cake stand for review and offering a gift certificate for one reader, but all opinions are my own!   A winner will be chosen by Random.org and I will send out an email!  He/she will have 48 hours to reply and claim the prize or another winner will be chosen!

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Closed: Win a copy of Surprise-Inside Cakes!

Click so see Surprise-Inside Cakes on Amazon

**This giveaway is closed but there is a new giveaway just posted… enter to win a $65 Gift Certificate to Minted.com!!**

Congratulations to the winner, Melissa K.!  I’ve sent you an email – please reply within 48 hours to claim your prize!!

Earlier this week my friend Amanda Rettke’s new cookbook came out and I was super excited when my  copy came in the mail!   I was so honored when she asked that I be one of the bloggers chosen to review her book and do a giveaway!!  Have you seen “Surprise-Inside Cakes”?

Surprise-Inside Cakes

This is a beautiful cookbook. Can a cookbook be beautiful?   Yes… because this one is.    It’s filled with amazing photographs and even more amazing details to make surprise-inside cakes!

Surprise-Inside Cakes Back of Book

Before I even opened the book, I was smitten with the Cherry Cake on the back… I don’t know what it is about cherries, but I love seeing them on (or in) cakes :) Then there’s also the balloon cake…

Balloon Cake

My little kids would absolute go crazy over this cake!

And this next cake?   This cake is so unusual and yet it would work for any number of occasions…  it has different flavors and textures and when I first saw it, for some reason I thought of the holidays…

Ombre Cake

I’m just imagining it in shades of green for Christmas… don’t you think?

So – are you sold on the book?  I really think you’ll love it!  Every page is gorgeous and it’s just loaded with brilliant and surprising cake ideas!   If you just must have it now – you can order “Surprise-Inside Cakes” on Amazon.

But guess what?  You can also win a copy of “Surprise-Inside Cakes” – just leave a comment on this blog post telling me the last thing you baked!  

Decorating from the Inside Out

OH – and if you want even more help from Amanda… her brand new Craftsy Class: Decorating from the Inside Out is on sale right now for 33% off – only $19.99!    

And lastly… if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Amanda’s website, I Am Baker, and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.  ,You can also watch Amanda in action whipping up and decorating the amazing cakes from the cookbook.

This giveaway will close on March 16, 2014 at 11:59 CST.   I was given a copy of the book for review, but all opinions are my own!   A winner will be chosen by Random.org and I will send out an email!  He/she will have 48 hours to reply and claim the prize or another winner will be chosen!

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