Eyeballs on a Fork Red Velvet Cake Pops

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Eyeball Cake Pops

Happy Thursday ya’ll!!    How about some Eyeballs on a Fork Red Velvet Cake Pops?   Gross, huh?

This week had felt a little out-of-whack with dentist appointments and other doctor appointments and the weather has changed dramatically and well… I’m just feeling a little off my game.

But the show must go on, so yesterday I got started on my first order of the week :)

We don’t celebrate Halloween and I always turn down any orders that I deem too scary or evil or well… Halloweeny, so I’m not sure what possessed me to agree to make these.  It was quite awhile back when I put them on my schedule and clearly, I just wasn’t thinking that day.

Eyeball on a Fork Cake Pop

I guess because they didn’t involve ghosts or witches or skulls or anything I consider super scary … I made an exception.  I’m not sure.  But that aside, I did agree to make them, so late last night I got started.

It was way too late and I was way too tired to take a zillion pictures (because normally…  I really do take a zillion)… so I’m just going to give you a quick run-down of how I made these!

First, I baked this red velvet cake recipe, and then I mixed in some cream cheese frosting to get a good dough texture.  You can find out more information about how I do this on this post: How to Make Cake Pops.

I rolled them all up and chilled them.

Eyeballs on a Fork Red Velvet Cake Pops

Then, using forks instead of lollipop sticks, I dipped the cake balls in white candy melts – my favorites are white almond bark or Candiquik.

Once they were set, I rolled out some really thin green fondant and used a small round cookie cutter to cut out the irises of the eyes… then an even smaller round cookie cutter to cut out black fondant for the pupils.  I used tiny drops of the melted chocolate to attach them.

When all of that was done, I used a red food marker to draw on the blood vessels.   Dipping and decorating 3 dozen of these took me almost exactly two hours (not counting the baking, rolling and chilling).  And that’s it!!

Do you have any questions about these Eyeballs on a Fork Cake Pops?  Leave me a comment!!    And please… pin the image below:

EyeBalls on a Fork Red Velvet Cake Pops Tutorial

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!

How to Make Two-Colored Swirled Roses on Cake: Thanksgiving Cake

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How to Make Two Colored Swirled Roses on Cake by RoseBakes.com

I posted this cake last Thanksgiving (within a day of making it) and as I was going through my cakes from last Fall, I realized I had snapped some pics of how I did the frosting to make it swirled with two colors.

HEY – if you don’t mind, would you PIN THIS?  Click here or hop down to the bottom image of this post!

Sometimes I worry that my tutorials are out-dated and everybody already knows what I’m about to share (like this one!), but usually, at least a few people end up benefiting from it, so I’m pressing forward anyway.. here’s How to Make Two-Colored Swirled Roses on Cake.

Before I get into that, let me show you a couple of other cakes where I’ve done this. They’re actually very similar, but I’m showing both anyway ;)

Teal & Purple Swirled Buttercream Roses Cake

This was done with teal and lavender and cream cheese frosting.  Read more about it here.

Purple and Teal Swirled Buttercream Roses Cake

This one had more purple than teal (at the customer’s request) and it was vanilla buttercream.  You can read more about it here.

Now, on to the Thanksgiving Cake.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 01

Start by mixing up two colors of frosting.  Before you ask, I can’t tell you how much of each to do (I always get that question), but I can tell you that the roses take more frosting than “normal” for whatever size cake you’re doing, so err on the side of caution and make a little more than you think you’ll need!

For this cake, I was asked to do a Thanksgiving sheet cake but not given any other requests.  I knew I wanted to do something with the Fall colors, so I had this idea to mix up the orange and brown for roses!

Oh, and it was a 9×13 white almond sour cream cake with vanilla almond frosting.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 02

Now, you’re going to need three frosting bags.  I prefer disposable for many of my jobs, and that’s what I used here:  (3) 12″ disposable piping bags.   Fill two of them with your frosting colors of choice. I prefer to not overfill – the’re hard to work with – and I like to tie them with a clip (these are my absolute favorites!!) or bag tie on the end.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 04

After they’re full and tied, snip off the ends (but not too much!!)

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 03

In the 3rd bag, put a Wilton 1M frosting tip.  I like to leave the bag as long as I can but still have the fill tip opening exposed.

How to Make Swirled Roses Cake 05

Now – here’s the tricky part.  Hold the bags of icing together, lining up the ends so that they go in the same, and sort of squish them flat and put them inside the 3rd bag.  It takes a little practice to get this right, but once you’ve figured it out, it gets easier!

Now, just pip on your roses – starting in the center and going out and around.  Amanda from I am Baker has the original video tutorial on piping the roses here.

Brown and Orange Buttercream Roses

I went all the way around the bottom of the cake with the first row of roses (making them the same height as the sheet cake), then I did the top row around the outer edge of the top of the cake…

Thanksgiving Cake Brown Orange Roses

Then I piped a border inside the roses to give the rectangle in the middle a nice edge to frame the words.  The words which I did not attempt to pipe… because I told ya – I can NOT do that!

Happy Thanksgiving on Cake

Instead, I used both my Funky Alphabet cutters and Block Tappit Cutters to do the wording and I piped a simple pumpkin off to the side.  See how I use Tappit Cutters here.

And that’s it!!  Do you have any questions about this cake or how to do the two-colored swirly roses?  Leave me a comment!!

Here are a few of the tools I used to make this cake:

How to Make Two-Colored Swirled Roses Cake

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