DIY Centerpiece Project – Lollipop Candy Centerpiece

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My friend Ana from Craftification shared a great idea with me that I thought everyone here would love! Candy Lollipop Centerpieces! These would be great for a candy or sweet themed wedding, a wedding/bridal shower, baby shower or even a birthday party like a sweet sixteen! Use them on the guest tables or as extra decoration for your Candy Buffet Table! Lollipops come in such a huge variety of colors an flavors you are bound to find the perfect combination of delicious sugary goodness that will liven up any table..(And be edible afterwards! A great take home present for your guests.)

You can go as big or as tiny as you like with these lollipop centerpieces depending on your event and table size!

All you will need are…

  • Lollipops (or suckers) – The big swirly ones are stunning to look at and add a real POP to the design…But don’t forget you can add in some small ones as well like Blow Pops and Tootsie Roll Pops (or a favorite of mine..Jolly Rancher! Yum!) too. The Rock Candy on lollipop sticks would look amazing as well! Cake Pops may work too! See my post here for instructions on how to make your own.
  • A container to display them in – So many options here! A small fish bowl, a chunky glass square vase, a (clean) flower pot, a shallow rectangular tin, a bucket..etc. Use your imagination! If you end up using a bucket or metal tin or bucket of some sort you may want to spray paint it to match the rest of your theme (think bright or pastel colors!). Leaving it as is can look pretty too depending on the rest of your theme. Sometimes a plain metallic finish or clean, simple white will work best. Use your judgment/creativity!
  • Styrofoam or floral foam
  • A little hot glue (might be necessary if you are using large lollipops!)
  • Cotton Candy or Loose Candy to fill the container and hide the foam. Some loose candy ideas would be – Gum Balls, Mike & Ikes, Jelly Beans, Gummies, etc! Chocolate pieces like M&M’s can work too..just make sure it won’t be so hot they will melt!
  • Optional – Design or purchase 2″ round labels for the face(s) of your big swirly lollipops with your names and event date! (Many girls seem to be using publisher to make their own stickers and labels. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that you can check out my design site where I offer custom labels/stickers for purchase!)
  • Optional – A little ribbon to tie bows on your lollipops for extra pizazz. A little tip if you do – Wrap ribbon tightly around the lollipop stick twice before tying a bow. It helps the bow stay put and look more professional!

Now all you need to do is put the foam at the bottom of your container, put a little bit of glue on the tips of your lollipops and stick them in. (You may want to play around with the arrangement before using the glue!) Then, when everything is how you want it to be fill up the container with your loose candy or cotton candy to hide the foam used to anchor the lollipops. Done! SO easy and yet so eye-catching! It will have your guests drooling and unlike flower arrangements they are a built in favor (and won’t wilt!). Love it!

As always if you use these instructions to create a yummy lollipop centerpiece of your own please share your photos with me!

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DIY Recipe: Wedding Cake Balls or Cake Pops (Great for favors or wedding treat table!)

Fancy cake balls with sprinkles chocolate recipe diy wedding
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Cake balls are a yummy treat that have been around for a little while but has been gaining a lot in popularity the past year. And why wouldn’t they? These delicious little cake ball bites are both yummy and snack size..making them perfect for a delicious wedding favor, something pretty for your wedding treat table or something fun for your kid’s table.

There are so many different options and variations on these cake ball treats that I’m sure you can find one (or two..or three…) that will fit perfectly into your big day edibles. Your guests will love these tasty little treats! The cake ball recipe below is so easy.. Let’s get started!

Wedding Cake Balls Recipe (Can be made into Lollipop Cake Balls or Cake Pops too!)

You will need…

  • 1 18.25 ounce package of cake mix
  • 1 16 ounce container of prepared frosting
  • Chocolate for Melting and Dipping
  • Wax Paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional – Lollipop Sticks if you are making cake pops, Parchment Piping Bag to pipe melted chocolate
  • Optional – Sprinkles, Chopped Nuts
  • Optional – Mini Chocolate Chips to mix into the cake and frosting mixture
  • Optional – Flavored Extract such as peppermint to add to the cake/frosting mixture (Be creative!)
  1. First, bake the cake as directed on the box and then crumble it into a large bowl. (Some people recommend trimming off the edges to make crumbling easier!) Allow to cool just slightly.
  2. Stir in frosting (and optional mini chocolate chips) until well blended. (You can do this by hand or using a hand mixer) Add half of the frosting first and then add more as necessary (Sometimes only half of the frosting is needed to make a nice tacky mixture without being too mushy!)
  3. Put mixture into the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Overnight is fine too! This makes rolling them into balls much easier.
  4. Once the mixture has been cooled line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper (aluminum foil is fine too if you do not have wax/parchment paper). Then use a melon baller or small cookie scoop (or your clean hands!) to form small balls of the cake and frosting mixture. Place on the lined baking sheet.
  5. Freeze the balls for an hour or two. (If you are short on time you can skip this step but it makes dipping them in the chocolate much easier and cleaner!)
  6. Before removing balls from the freezer melt your chocolate.
  7. Remove balls from freezer. Stick them with a toothpick and dip in the melted chocolate. Use a second toothpick to gently push the ball off the first toothpick and onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (If the balls slide off the toothpick into your melted chocolate they weren’t chilled long enough in the freezer!) If you are making Cake Pops stick the ball with a lollipop stick instead of the toothpick and allow to stand on the baking sheet.
  8. If you are adding sprinkles or chopped nuts and candies do so now!
  9. Put in the fridge to set!
  10. If you are drizzling or piping melted chocolate onto the chocolate coated balls do this after they have had time to set in the fridge and then put them back in the fridge to set again.
  11. That’s it! You’ll have a bunch of yummy cake balls you can wrap in transparent bags with ribbon, place into clean white boxes with a specially designed label or pile them high on a pretty plate to serve to your ravenous guests!

I know you’ll have a great time coming up with a delicious combination of cake mix, frosting, chocolate and sprinkles to perfectly suit your wedding day. Here are some ideas to get your creativity brewing!

  • German Chocolate Cake Mix – Pecan Coconut Frosting – Chocolate Almond Bark
  • Chocolate Cake Mix – Chocolate Frosting – Dipped in Milk Chocolate sprinkled with Andes Candy Bits (Like Girl Scout Thin Mints!)
  • Strawberry Cake Mix – Vanilla Frosting – Dipped in Dark Chocolate(Like chocolate covered strawberries!)
  • French Vanilla Cake Mix – White Chocolate Almond Frosting – Dipped in White Chocolate
  • Chocolate Cake Mix – Butter Cream Frosting – Dipped in Milk Chocolate
  • Cherry Chip Cake Mix – Cream Cheese Frosting – Dipped in White Chocolate
  • Fudge Cake Mix with Peppermint mini chips mixed in – Fudge Frosting – Dipped in Dark Chocolate
  • Lemon Cake Mix (Optional mix in mini white chocolate chips) – Lemon Frosting – Dipped in White Chocolate
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix – Cream Cheese Frosting – Dipped in Milk Chocolate
  • Carrot Cake Mix – Cream Cheese Frosting – Dipped in White Chocolate

If you use this recipe to make your own delicious wedding edibles be sure to send us some photos! We would love to feature your work 🙂

And on a personal note – Sorry I haven’t updated in so long! I promise I haven’t forgotten about the site. My hubby and I were lucky enough to have our first baby 6 weeks ago so I had been consumed in the pregnancy and now taking care of our little goober. I will continue to update as often as I can though..The site hasn’t been abandoned! 😀

diy chocolate sprinkled cake pops
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DIY Recipe: Easy (Yummy!) Marshmallow Fondant (MM Fondant)

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My mom got married last year and around this time I was painstakingly trying to create a cake for her shower using fondant. I LOVE baking..but in the past I never had any luck making my own fondant for my cakes. The fondant would be either too dry and flake all over when trying to roll out..or it would be too moist and just break apart in gooey pieces! Then I cam across a recipe for marshmallow fondant…and fell in love! 😀 Needless to say, with a little practice my mom’s shower cake turned out beautifully..despite being a newbie fondant user!

If you (or a friend or relative!) are making your own wedding cake and want the clean, smooth look of fondant..this is the recipe for you! Marshmallow fondant (sometimes referred to as MM fondant) is extremely easy and affordable to make..rolls out nicely…and tastes really yummy too! After all..its main ingredient is little marshmallows!

Here are the instructions for whipping up a batch of your own…(And a youtube video I found as well!)

You will need…

  • 16 oz. bag mini marshmallows (the better quality you buy the better it will turn out!)
  • 2-5 tablespoons of water (Usually I use about 2-3!)
  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • Optional: Food coloring (I find the gel colors work best for me!)

Let’s get started! 🙂

  1. Put marshmallows and 2 tbsp water in a microwavable bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat heating at 30 second intervals with stirring until the marshmallows have completely melted. (It will look like a liquidy fluff!)
  2. With a rubber spatula slowly begin to stir in the powdered sugar, adding the sugar in small batches and stirring until the fondant gets thick enough to be removed from the bowl.
  3. Once the fondant is thick enough, cover your hands and work area with a thin layer of shortening to prevent sticking and knead in the remaining  sugar like you would knead bread. (It will be messy at first! This is why you grease your hands and remove all jewelry before starting this process. It will still stick to your hands a bit at first and almost look like silly putty until you finish adding the sugar. It will become more like bread dough as you knead!) If you are coloring your fondant you can add some of the coloring to the fondant during the kneading process. Knead until the color is uniform. It usually takes me about 8-10 minutes to knead to the point the fondant is no longer sticky and is more elastic in nature. If you have any doubts keep kneading..it will turn into a firm elastic ball if you keep at it!
  4. Once the ball has formed coat with a thin layer of shortening to prevent cracking.
  5. It is recommended you cover in plastic wrap and put in an air tight container to store overnight and then when ready to use remove the fondant from the wrapping and microwave 10 seconds so it is once again flexible. (If you are in a rush you can probably skip this step! The few times I made this fondant I made it right before draping my cake with it and it still worked out just fine. Remember – practice makes perfect! So try making the fondant and draping it on a cake a few times to get a feel for it before draping your wedding cake!)

Tips & Tricks:

  • It is best if the marshmallow and water mixture is slightly watery before adding your sugar for the best consistency. This allows for enough flexibility when you are rolling out and working with it! Be careful not to make it too moist though – you don’t want it so gooey it droops off the cake!
  • After kneading if the fondant still seems too sticky you can add a little powdered sugar. If it is cracking it is dry and you can either add a little more water or try greasing the ball a little more.
  • When not using the fondant cover it with plastic wrap or drape a damp towel over the bowl so it does not dry out.
  • If not using the fondant immediately you can refrigerate it for weeks. Just make sure you coat it with a thin layer of shortening and store it in an airtight container.
  • Make sure you put a thin layer(1/4″) of butter cream icing on your cake before draping it with the fondant. This will act as a sort of glue to hold the fondant in place and give the fondant the smooth look you are after!

That’s it! Now it is ready to be rolled out and draped onto your yummy cake! 🙂 Here’s a video from youtube showing the steps visually:

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As always please send in your photos if you use this recipe…We would love to see!

5 tier marshmallow fondant draped wedding cake

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beautiful 3 tier butterfly marshmallow wedding cake

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DIY Recipe: Fortune Cookies (Great for favors!)

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Fortune cookies are always one of my favorite parts of ordering chinese take-out..Who doesn’t love the fun of reading a random, fun fortune and eating a delicious crisp cookie along with it? I found a delicious well-reviewed diy fortune cookie recipe on the food network for some yummy fortune cookies that would make perfect wedding favors!

You will need…

(Makes 6 cookies..You will need to multiply the recipe depending on how many cookies you will need.)

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter, cooled
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 1/2″ x 1/2″ fortune strips (Already printed, cut and ready to go!)
  • Optional: Food Coloring
  • Optional: Chocolate and sprinkles/nuts/colored sugar (SugarCraft has a huge variety of colored sprinkles!)

Let’s get baking!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet thoroughly.
  2. Whip the egg whites on low speed until light and foamy. Blend in the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  3. Pour in the melted butter, flour, salt, and extracts; mix until well combined. If you want to color your cookies add a drop of food coloring to the batter and mix well!
  4. Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread the batter evenly into very thin 3-inch rounds. Alternatively, use the lid of a jar with a 3-inch circle punched out as a template, pour the batter in the ring, and remove. Because you must work quickly to shape these cookies, bake just 3 at a time.
  5. Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are a light golden color.
  6. Optional Step – Once cooled you may decide you want to dip your yummy cookies in chocolate and then either roll the dipped cookies in fun sprinkles, crushed nuts or colored sugar. If this is the case melt your chocolate in a double boiler or microwave following the package instructions. Then just dip, roll and place on a piece of wax paper to cool! Sooo delicious! Plus, you can further customize the cookie favors to your wedding theme by dipping them in colored chocolate to match or rolling the dipped cookies in sprinkles or sugar to coordinate with your wedding. Maybe you’ll get a little crazy and do both! Heehee.

Once your cookies are cooled off and the chocolate has set just wrap them in a little cellophane bag or favor box, tie on a pretty ribbon and add on a cute favor tag! Your guests will love these homemade treats and they will be so impressed you made them yourself!

Some tips….

  • Visit Fancy Fortune Cookies for some wedding themed fortunes for your fortune strips!
  • Make sure when you drop the batter on the cookie sheet it is spread very thinly. If it is too thick you will not be able to fold them!
  • When pulling the cookies out of the oven work quickly! If you allow the cookies to cool they will crack and crumble when you try to fold.
  • If the cookie is too stiff or brittle when trying to fold place them back in the oven 2-3 minutes and try again!
  • Place cookies in a muffin tin after folding to help them keep their shape when cooling.
  • Practice makes perfect! Be prepared to have some screwy cookies at first until you get the hang of it 🙂

Lastly – If you have issues with the recipe or are tight on time you can by prepackaged fortune cookies, unwrap and just dip them in the chocolate and sprinkles to skip the whole baking process. They may not have wedding fortunes but it will obviously save you a lot of time! Then just wrap up and tag and you are set! 🙂

choc covered fortune cookies wedding favors coconut sprinkles

chocolate dipped fortune cookie with heart sprinkles wedding favor

Recipe modified from Foodnetwork.com, photo credits: nofussfabulous

DIY Recipe: Oreo Truffles – Perfect (and yummy) favor!

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Sometimes when all is said and done the bride and groom are left with a bunch of favors left behind by their guests. This won’t happen if your favor is an edible! I found this delicious recipe for diy oreo truffles on the kraft website ad thought it would be a perfect diy favor idea for all of you planning your own wedding!

They only require a few ingredients so they are extremely affordable and they don’t take very long to make! Here’s the recipe!

Oreo Truffles (Makes 42 individual truffles!)

  • 1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
  • 1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted (Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate..Choose your fav!)
  • Optional – Candy sprinkles for additional customization – find some in your wedding colors!
  1. MIX 3 cups of the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls.
  2. DIP balls in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover melted chocolate can be stored in tightly covered container at room temperature and saved for another use.) Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs. (Here is where you can also add some of your candy sprinkles to add some color! You could also wait till after refrigerating  and further decorate your truffles with different colored chocolate by piping pretty designs or swirls on top!)
  3. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store any leftover truffles in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

credit: Kraft Foods

That’s it – you will only need to wrap them up for your guests! Some cute packaging ideas would be individually wrapping each truffle in cellophane (clear or colored) with a pretty bow to match your theme and a favor tag. You could also put them in pretty favor boxes!

If you make truffles for your big day using this recipe please be sure to send us the pics! We would love to see! 😀

milk chocolate oreo truffles with pink candy sprinkles
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christmas themed chocolate oreo truffles in bag favor
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favor boxes of chocolate oreo truffles
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