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NO BAKE coconut cake pop recipe..

Posted on 01 November 2015no bake cake pops coconut cake pops cake pops

Last weekend I had the privilege of working with Queen Fine Foods at the Cake, Bake & Sweets show in Melbourne. I've got to say it was soooooooo much fun! I love teaching, demonstrating and meeting new people so it was a dream job for me. I got to catch up with heaps of cakey friends over the three days and I also met a whole new bunch of new mates.

I did a few different demonstrations over the weekend but the one I did everyday over the three days and what seemed to be a huge hit was my NO BAKE coconut cake pops (ice cream cone style).

I've come to know that cake pops have such a bad name for themselves.. I hear the same common problems over and over again.. They take way too long, they are never perfect, they fall off the stick, they keep cracking, too sweet, not worth the time and the list goes on and on. I feel that it is my duty to stand up for the cake pop ha ha! and fight for the little delightful ball on a stick and make Australia fall in love with making and decorating cake pops once and for all.

One way I think is a huge deal breaker is time.. We are so poor in time - I know I am. We work, we're mums, we have a household to run, meals to cook, kids to play with and so on so I have created a recipe that is both super quick and super yummy to make! You could even get the kids involved on this one it's that easy.

If you end up making this recipe I would LOVE to see! Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram @sweetsticksAU and hashtag #sweetsticksAU or comment below!

NO BAKE COCONUT CAKE POPS recipe - makes approx 24 cake pops

What you need:

- Cake pop stand
- Lollipop sticks
- Food gloves
- Medium sized stainless bowl
- Baking Paper
- Kitchen scales

Ingredients

- 3 cups of desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup confectionery sugar
- 250ml condensed milk
- A dollop of vanilla paste (approx 1 teaspoon, maybe a little bit more)
- Perfectly melted candy melts

How to:

Step 1: With gloves on, combine coconut, sugar, condensed milk and vanilla paste into the bowl and with your hands combine really well until it has formed into a cookie dough consistency. (if it's still a little dry, simply add a little more condensed milk until you can roll a small amount into a ball nice and easily).

Step 2: Line a sheet of baking paper and start measuring your mixture into 20g balls. Roll them between your hands until you are left with a nice round, smooth ball. Set aside on the baking paper and repeat.

Step 3: Get your melts and dip your stick into the melts no more than 1cm in. Shake off the excess and grab a ball into the cup of your hand and slowly insert the stick approximately 3/4 down. You should be able to feel the stick going into the ball. Put the naked pop onto your cake pop stand to set and repeat this step.

Step 4: Dip your pop into your melted candy melts, shake of the excess and decorate to your pleasure. (Need more tips and tricks on melting candy melts, dipping and decorating check out my online cake pop course to making perfect pops)

Step 5: Try not to eat all of them at once!

These can last up to 5-6 in the fridge. Keep in mind the longer they do dry out a little over time and they may lose a little of it's moisture.

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Love, Miranda xxx



PEANUT PRETZEL CHOC POPS RECIPE

Posted on 04 October 2015peanut pretzel chocolate cake pops

I reached 15K followers on Instagram over the weekend and I couldn't be happier. I'm so grateful for each and everyone of you out there that supports this little dream of mine. It's so funny because a few years back when I was telling my friends that I was thinking of starting a business with cake pops; they were all like.... yeah...ummm... ok... because no one even heard of a cake pop! But here we are a few years later and the business seems to be flowing in its own direction and I couldn't be happier. I truly love what I do and it's just fun! That's how it should be!

So to say thank you I leave you with my famous PEANUT PRETZEL CHOC POPS RECIPE!!! Say what??!!! Yup.. It's all yours! The plan was to create an ebook with all my yummy recipes but I just have to do one thing at a time and I don't want to deprive you from this recipe any longer so it's yours!

I would absolutely LOVE to see your creations.... please!!!!!! So tag me on Insta @sweetsticksAU and hashtag #sweetsticksAU so I can see your amazing creations and share them with the world!

PEANUT PRETZEL CHOC POPS BY SWEET STICKS - makes 16

What you need:

100g Pretzels
1/2 cup peanut butter (room tempreture)
1 Tb butter (room temperature)
Just under a cup of confectionary's sugar

1 heaped cup chocolate melts
1 Tb vegetable oil

16 lollipop sticks

Optional decorating: I used white, pastel blue, pastel yellow, pastel pink & pastel green Paint On Chocolate paints. I used the white as a prima to cover the milk chocolate and then was able to paint the gorgeous pastel colours really easily - gosh i love this stuff!. Pre order now for the super savings of 20%. Product launches end of month.

Step 1: In a food processor, mix pretzels until it turns into a fine crumb with some little chunky pieces for the crunch factor. Set aside.

Step 2: In a small microwave safe bowl combine the butter and peanut butter together and place in the microwave for 15 seconds. Put mixture into the food processor with the pretzels.

Step 3: Add icing sugar to the mixture and mix in the food processor until combined really well - almost like a cookie dough mixture. Transfer to some cling wrap, wrap and place in the freezer for at least 15 mins to set.

Step 4: Meanwhile - Place chocolate and vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Be sure to stir in-between in cooking burst. Set aside for 5-7 for resting.

Step 5: Once the mixture has firmed up a bit, measure out 20g balls and roll. Once you have rolled one, roll then get a stick and dip it about 1cm into the chocolate and then stick it into the rolled ball about 3/4 in. Set aside and repeat.

Step 6: Once you have all your balls rolled and sticks have settled in them it's time to dip them into the chocolate. This mixture is quite heavy so dip and just slowly let the excess chocolate come off naturally and place on some baking paper to set.

Step 7: Once chocolate has set it's time to decorate! Have fun painting!

Don't forget to tag @sweetsticksAU and hashtag #sweetsticksAU so we can share!!




Did someone say donut? Paint on donut tutorial...

Posted on 23 August 2015donuts cake pops how to make cake pops

Iphone 5 used for photography along with Capture Your Cake techniques.

Even though I haven't had a donut in two days which to me feels like 5 weeks!!! (i'm trying to stop eating these bad boys - soooooooo addicted! My local bakery only minutes walk away has the best nutella and chic jam donuts EVER!! and only $1.50!! How can I not buy it??..) But as of Friday - no more! Wish me luck!

So I bring you my take on one of the best things in the world!! The DONUT! Except this time it's painted on a cake pop! Best of both worlds for me :)

What you need:

Watch the video below to see it in action!


Also I thought I'd share here the very exciting news that I've been working on in the background.. Sweet Sticks will very soon be stocking it's very own chocolate decorative paint!! Yeahhhhhhh!! Workshops will be available in summer to have some fun with chocolate and paint! Get on the list below to be the first to know when it's ready to launch and when workshops dates will be available.


Mini owl paint on cake pop tutorial

Posted on 10 August 2015cake pops how to make cake pops

Love this super cute owl cake pop! You can change the colour of the owl to suit your theme. Would look amazing on a baby shower dessert table or a sweet little girls birthday! I would love to see your creations, so please be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook at @sweetsticksAU. Enjoy!

What you need:



DIY Moustache, Top Hat, Glasses and Polka Dot Cake Pops! Free traceable print out just for you...

Posted on 07 August 2015how to make cake pops moustache molds DIY

I have made quite a few moustache cake pops in my time. They are such a cute theme for a dessert table and I have to say, the effect of the moustache on the cake pop just looks awesome! I did however have a few issues with creating the actual moustache for the cake pop and I ended up finding a mould from Etsy that had two different sizes. It worked out yes - but it took forever!

I only had the one mould so I would have to put the candy melts in (I don't like using fondant) and wait for it to set! It would drive me absolutely batty!! There had to be another way! And guess what??!! There is!! Taa Daa!!! My FREE traceable print out. Man I wish I thought of this 2 years ago! You can thank me later :)

What you need to make these beauties:

Have your cake pop paint and perfect pops ready in hand. With your chop stick, dab a bit of the paint onto the stick and press gently onto the cake pop. Re dip the stick back into the paint and dab the pop again. Repeat this all the way around.


Have your black melted candy melts ready in a piping bag. On top of your cookie tray place a copy of your DIY moustache, top hat & glasses tracing sheet and on top of that place a sheet of baking paper.

Cut a small hole at the tip of your bag and with a very light flow trace and fill out each of the images.

When finished - pop them into the freezer for a few minutes so they are nice and hard.

When they are set flip them over so the flat side is facing up. With a toothpick, dip a small amount of the melted black candy melts and make a couple of dots (as your glue) onto the pop.

Gently press moustache against the pop until the melts have set. It won't take long at all as your pieces are super chilled.

Do the same for the glasses (except dab a tiny dot for the middle of the glasses and a smear for the top hat.

View my full video tutorial on how to achieve these cake pops watch the Youtube video below.



















Melting candy melts.... PINK!

Posted on 15 July 2015cake pops how to make cake pops melting candy melts

Photo taken with iPhone 5 and Capture Your Cake techniques

Hi Hi!

I hope everyone is doing well on this happy hump day! The sun is out here in Melbourne (still freezing) but when the sun is out it just makes everything better, wouldn't you agree?

I'm slowly getting back into the kitchen and doing what I can with my time restraints (baby Dylan and Jnr Jacob keep me busy) and I was scrolling through some posts on the private Facebook group and a lot of members were saying how they hate working with Merkens and candy melts in general for that matter. So when I was working on a little project this week using pink Merkens (all will be revealed on Friday) I thought, why not record the melting process again. I've melted so many packets of candy melts now in my time and one thing for certain is that some colours are a little harder to work with. I'm guessing its the colouring in the candy melts that make it more difficult.

I'm taking it as my duty to record me in my kitchen and how I melt each one.. It's funny - because it's all live, no editing! I don't have time for that and what was funny this time round is that I actually messed up while melting and recording so you can see how I recovered them and they still came out beautifully.

To be a part of our Facebook group and to become and member is easy - one time purchase of my 'make perfect pops video classes' will give you the golden ticket. You can find the class here.


How to make Cake Pop Paint...

Posted on 08 July 2015cake pops cake pop paint tutorial

I thought it's time to change things up a bit with Sweet Sticks and as time goes on, the business is changing enormously as priority number #1 is the little fan bam I've got, so right now this all just fits and I hope you like it and come along the ride with me! You'll soon see more video tutorials available in my online shop, more physical and digital products also.. Yee Pee!.


There will be a mixture of information in there that you can learn, have fun with and show off to your friends, family and customers. There's is going to be a bunch of tutorials up soon and some may ask why I charge for my tutorials..?? There's YouTube and Pinterest!! Well it's pretty simple….Most people that upload tutorials on YouTube are getting paid by YouTube. Others that post on their blog get paid by advertisers on their website. Me.. I only get paid if you buy my products, that's that. No one else pays me.. There are no affiliate links on my page, nothing.. Just me! So I really do hope you respect this and support this way of business. My prices are super low in support of all walks of life and I truly want to encourage all other woman out there to learn and grow in their passions!

So to kick things off today I have posted up my 'How to make cake pop paint' video tutorial. Depending where you are in the world it may be available to purchase but if it's not and you want to make your own than this is the video tutorial for you.!! Cake pop paint has really changed the way I decorate my pops and I absolutely love it!! The ideas are limitless, it can really allow your imagination to run wild and free! Enjoy! To view click here.


Want to learn how to make perfect cake pops? Take my online course, link here.



How To Make Cake Pop Paint...

Posted on 30 November 2014Cake Pops How To Make Cake Pops

Photo Credit: Capture Your Cake | Cake Pops: Sweet Sticks

This has been something that has been probably one of the hardest challenges other than making cake pops itself! How to paint on a cake pop!! Now I'm not kidding when I say that this took me about 18 months to figure out! Lots of trial and error. Lots of money spent on trying new products. Boy o boy - tough gig!! It was a full on battle! Any hoo.. It's over now! ha ha!

How to make your own cake pop paint tutorial is now available to all my Perfect Pop members. And if you're wondering how you become one of those it's pretty easy and awesome! It's one simply step really.. Purchase the 'Make Perfect Pops' Eclass and you get access to ALL the extra tutorials, support and plenty more in the private Facebook group.. It's only $29 to join! that's it! $29 bucks!! lol..

Lets just say a lot of LOVE goes into this baby project of mine!

Miranda xx

PS. If you don't want to make your own Cake Pop paints you can purchase POP Paint from PoP Bakery but it's only available in the UK at the moment..


Sack Me...

Posted on 08 October 2014cake pops

Photo Credit: Capture Your Cake | Cake Pops: Sweet Sticks

I have got to say that these cake pops have probably been my most favourite to date! I seriously am in love with these little guys and I was so pleased to be able to create these for Sweet Magazine. These guys were designed based on a children's linen label called Sack Me.. So so cute and so so original! I love it all. Li-Ann who is the brains behind the brand is seriously one gifted little cookie!

Think my favourite is the broccoli.. Although I'm totally in love with the carrot also! So friggin cute!! You can check out the full 6 page spread in the latest issue of Sweet Magazine that on shelves now.

Love, Miranda xx


New Tutorial For Members... Ballerina Cake Pops!

Posted on 24 September 2014cake pops ballerina cake pop tutorial

Photo Credit: Capture Your Cake | Cake Pops: Make Perfect Pops

If it's one thing I enjoy doing, it's creating my personal design tutorial for my members! Call it pregnant brain but of late I've been lost for ideas so this time I asked my members "what do you want to learn?" So many requests came through.. All sorts! There was a lot of interest for Christmas cake pops so I seriously can not wait to start designing the Christmas range for them. October & November will be a Christmas bananzaar! (I have no idea how to spell that word BTW - feel free to correct me :)

Ok! So now.. Back to this tutorial.. The ballerina cake pop! My eyes lit up when I saw this request purely because I'm loving all things pretty and dainty and secondly, this particular design I know would look so amazing on a gorgeous girly birthday dessert table.


Imagine them in all sorts of pastel colours. You could purple, yellow, green, white, blue.. Ahhh such a treat! In this tutorial members learn how to:
- Shape the cake balls
- Best way to use a mould with candy melts
- How to make the Tulle Tutu
- And of course how to put it all together
The important bits like making the cake balls, melting the candy melts, dipping the pops and so on. I don't cover in the mini tutorials as all that information is all here in the main class.
So if it's perfect cake pops you're after.. Well, I think it's time you joined in on our cake pop fun! You get:
- 8 Online video classes showing you what I do to make perfect cake pops!
- An invitation to my private group where we have over 180 members practising, perfecting, making friends and sharing successes
- Free printables and design tutorials!
BOOM! For $29 - Seriously.. Can't go wrong! that's 3 packets of candy melts right there.. And trust me.. If you don't know the technique, trust me.. Those 3 packets you would have bought will be in the bin! Eek!
Love, Miranda xx


How to deal with set backs...

Posted on 11 September 2014cake pops

Photo Credit: Capture Your Cake | Cake Pops: Sweet Sticks

Hello my lovelies...

I write this post while my son is having his afternoon nap. My legs are up on the ottoman and I'm rugged up with my new zebra print throw rug and a wheat bag on my back (sounds like a luxury afternoon doesn't it?.. yeah right!) So I had a bit of an injury yesterday. I think that is one thing we are never prepared for.. Obviously.. Ha ha! The unexpected! And this completely threw me off to say the least.

The week started off so good too! My head was in a great head space. I was feeling all positive and ready to take over the world! I had some awesome meetings and put some even more awesome things in place for the next coming weeks. And I was even more happier when my courier called me early morning yesterday to tell me my new cake pop paints have arrived in the country! So as soon as I got the news I dropped everything, grabbed Jacob and hit the road. I think Jacob was just as excited as I was because when we got to the couriers Jacob was just one pocket rocket! He was actually like a chicken without a head so I had to go and get him before he ripped the place into pieces and while I was doing that.. BAM..! TWANG..! My back just had the biggest spasm EVER!

My poor courier guy he had no one idea what was happening.. I was frozen in the most awkward position with tears rolling down my eyes and a 2 year old trying to squirm his way out of my arms.. Ahhhh.. needless to say the drive home and for the rest of the day was a complete nightmare. So since then it's been a little tough as no pain killers are allowed while pregnant, you still have to be mum and continue to do what you can.. Which isn't very much! Thank god for Ipad entertainment is all I have to say!

It was hard to deal with this injury because I had some exciting little projects on the works for the rest of the week which I had to make the decision to cancel. Ahhh the joys of being a one man show. Things like this are just out of your control, however I'm so grateful that I have met some wonderful people in the industry who are so lovely and so understanding. I guess that's the beauty of this industry. Most of us are young, female, mothers, a one man show, trying to make it better for themselves and their family. The power of positive people is very uplifting.

The other thing that this has given me is a little obvious time out!! Time to stop, take a breath and just be.. It's OK to be where I am right now in this moment.. "Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out" - Robert Collier And right now it's all about the small efforts.. Right now, they may not be seen as much, but they there. #nevergiveup

Miranda xx


Lets get married, DIY style..

Posted on 09 September 2014cake pops wedding cake pops DIY wedding ideas

Photo credit: Capture Your Cake Cake Pops: Sweet Sticks

What a week it's been on my end! On a personal note - we are in the middle of renovations as we prepare for baby #2. The house we're in is a bit of a weird design I must say. Super old but my hubby has gone to great effort to renovate as much as possible without wasting too much money as the plan is to knock it down and rebuild.

So the house was designed with two big living areas side by side each other.. I told you.. weird! Anyways.. so we have made that into our work room/junk room.. Haven't ever really done too much to the room till now! Now, we divided the room into two smaller rooms.. so one will be the baby's room and the other room will be the study!

Got to say.. I love it so far.. For some reason it feels like more of a home. Can't explain it we have a hallway! And I love it! who would have thought.. lol

And we got our new furniture delivered this week! New lounge suite, new dining room table and new hall table.. ohhh how I love new!

Ok.. Enough about me!


A couple of weeks ago Sarah from Sugar Coated Mama contacted me and asked if I wanted to be involved in a couple of upcoming projects she had on. One of them was to be featured on her Wedding DIY segment on The Today Show which will be live to view on Wednesday 8.40am. Having said that, as I write my blog post Sarah just sms'd me saying the parcel hasn't arrived to Channel 9 so I'm on hold to Australia Post as we speak and having a slight freak out! Fingers crossed!


Photo credit: Capture Your Cake

Ok.. Back to the story… I was so excited to be asked to be a part of her segment.. One of the things I have on my bucket list is to do a cake pop demonstration on a morning show so I feel like I'm that one step closer.. Positive thinking people.. he he he..

What better design to showcase for a wedding segment then the bride & groom cake pop. This is such a classic, such a conversation stopper. Everyone loves them but everyone thinks they are super hard to make. But they're not! Well not the Sweet Sticks way anyway.

As the segment is DIY I created a design tutorial exclusive to my Learn How To Make Cake Pops members which I was suppose to upload yesterday but had a little 'user error' issue.. Which I'm all over it now! I tell ya.. Keeping up with technology can be hard!

I must say I do get a kick out of creating these tutorials for my members. Our members numbers are growing by the day and I think we are at 180 members to date which is just awesome!! They really are a lovely bunch of people. Very interactive and very supportive of each other. I learn so much from them and I love seeing their cake pop creations get better and better every time. Again.. It's awesome! (Can you tell i love that word??).

Ok.. better run! Fingers crossed these pops show up!

Miranda xxx

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Yummy yummy in my tummy.. and my man

Posted on 27 August 2014Chocolate sticks cake pops sweets on a stick

chocolate sticks

Photo credit: Capture Your Cake

Oh boy.. did I have fun making these.. Desserts on sticks don't just have to be the cake pop. When I launched Sweet Sticks originally, it had the intention of creating all sorts of sweets on a stick. I wanted to create all sorts of flavours, textures and designs for not just one particular audience but for everybody who enjoys a bit of something sweet every now and then. Having said all of that as time went on and so did the business it moved towards designing more couture cake pops and my other desserts were left behind. Even though I'm so grateful to where my business is now, changes are happening! And I'll explain here..

Now is probably a good time to introduce you to my beloved.

I'd like you to meet my sexy man.. Dirk.. We have been together for 13 years now! Married for almost 3 of them and let me tell you it has been one big journey to say the least. He is such a wonderful person and an amazing father to our son Jacob. I watch their bond and it's pretty special. A beautiful site to see.

Dirk is also a hard working self employed man - Aquarius Plumbing Services Pty Ltd which has two areas 1. Aquarius Plumbing and 2. Aquarius Bathrooms. He has been in his own business for the last 10 years and since I had Jacob we decided it was time for me to come on board and help him with the administration side of things and help in the areas which he is simply doesn't have time for anymore.

So currently I have a few jobs and I'm having a bit of trouble spreading myself out evenly in all areas so somethings have to give.

We're also expecting our 2nd child which is awesome and due first week of February (I think it's crazy now.. ha!). so with everything going on the area that has to slow down will be creating custom cake pop orders. As much as I LOVE putting smiles on peoples faces it's an area that has to be put on hold. In the meantime I'll be focusing the business more online - hence the chocolate sticks (stay tuned for something special in October).

I just realised that was a really long explanation for my chocolate sticks! Sorry! ha ha! At least you met Dirk :)

So flavours we have to show and tell are:

- Choc-Museli Sticks drizzled with a Peanut Butter Sauce

- Almond, Sultana and Coconut Chip Choc Crunch

- Apricot and Coconut Delight

- Rocky Road Sticks

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!!! Tell me.. Which one is your favourite?

And tell me.. What's your favourite flavour combination? Best comment.. Hmmm let me think.?? Ah ha..!! I feel a competition brewing up!! Comment below! I'd love to hear from you.

Miranda xx




Weekends are for ice-cream!....

Posted on 16 November 2013cake pops ice cream

There is nothing better than licking your lips around a yummy ice-cream! Having said that, weather here in Melbourne just isn't cutting it on the Spring front. Never fear... Ice-cream cake pops are here! Mmmm what's your favourite flavour? This awesome cake pop design has been made into a tutorial and FREE in our e-course! Yee Pee!

http://www.learnhowtomakecakepops.com


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