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Cake Pop How-To by tulsacraftmafia
July 4, 2010, 11:14 pm
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Tara, here.

I decided to experiment with ‘cake pops’, this weekend. Let me share with you some of the delicious successes and failures of this project:

To start, you need to bake a cake. The lovely thing about cake pops is that it doesn’t matter if your cake is uneven, falls flat or suffers from any other aesthetic maladies.  In fact, you can use leftover cake (that someone else baked!).  Crush up your cake with a fork.  I did this right in the pan, after letting the cake cool for 5-10 minutes.  Once you have a pan full of fluffy cake crumbs, stir in some icing (I added cream cheese icing to pineapple cake).  I added just enough that it blended into the cake to create a soft dough.

Now it’s time to make the balls.  I’ve read that you should refrigerate the “dough” before forming the balls, I’ve also read that you should make the balls and then refrigerate before dipping.  This is my experience:  1) I made balls and attempted to dip without ANY refrigeration.  DID NOT WORK OUT.  2) I refrigerated the “dough” for 15-20 minutes and then made balls to dip. WORKED OUT BETTER.  I would recommend refrigerating for a while before moving on to the next step.

So, now you’ll roll up little balls and place onto a candy/sucker stick. Be forewarned that large balls don’t fare well when dipped into the candy coating.  Melt a cup of “candy melts” (or chocolate or other dip).  Dip the balls and place on a prepared surface/stand to set.  You’ll fare better if you prepare a block of foam or other box/surface with sucker stick holes.    *Candy pops can get heavy, so if you are placing them in/on a container, make sure that you space  and balance them in a way that your block/surface does not tip over. This may have happened to me. 😉

You can also add-on sprinkles at this point.  Fancier decorations (icing/fondant/etc.) should probably go on after the coating has hardened.

You (and your children/spouse/friends/pets) will be tempted to try these before the coating cools.  They’re super good, but definitely not as good as refrigerated pops.  We let ours refrigerate overnight.

The result is a yummy and super-sweet treat! Next time, I’ll enlist an extra set of hands to make the process a bit smoother.

Now that you know how it’s done,  take those 4th of July cupcakes, smoosh them into cake pops and share your results with us!


Spicy Sensual Massage Oil Tutorial by Brigid
February 9, 2009, 6:12 pm
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Hey everyone! This is Brigid Vance from Grey Eye Designs, and I’m going to share with you my Valentine’s Day tutorial. This may seem like a departure for me since I normally do jewelry, but I’m getting ready to launch some bath and body products, so consider this a little preview. Oooo, exciting! 🙂

Anyway, there’s no more romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie than with some good ol’ fashioned intimacy, so why not make it even more personal with homemade massage oils? The recipe below is very basic and calls for ingredients you likely have around your house. If you have to purchase anything, you can certainly find another use for them. You can also customize your scent. The combination of orange and cinnamon in this aroma is spicy and sensual, but if your special someone has another preference – or if you have something else on hand – go ahead and experiment!

Massage oils

Spicy Sensual Massage Oil

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
30 drops orange essential oil
30 drops cinnamon oil
Glass or plastic container with secured lid
Ribbon and tag or other decoration

Use a funnel to pour olive oil into the container. Leave a little bit of air at the top. Add the essential oils. Place and secure the lid. Shake the bottle to mix everything together. Clean up any spills on the outside of the bottle with a little bit of dish soap, if necessary, then let dry. Decorate bottle as desired. Give to your sweetie with a voucher for a free massage from you!

To use
Measure out 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil into a microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 15-30 seconds before using. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Gift – Fabric Cuff by tulsacraftmafia
February 7, 2009, 3:10 am
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Kim Brown of the Tulsa World asked the Tulsa Craft Mafia to share some of our favorite crafts for Valentine’s Day.

I love getting unique accessories for Valentine’s day, so my craft is a fabric wrist cuff. There are infinite ways to customize the bracelet/cuff using favorite fabric, thread/floss, beads, etc.

Have some Valentine’s Day fun!

~ Tara Mason http://mylittlegnomies.etsy.com

Valentine's Cuff

Valentine's Cuff Instructions