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Wedding Cake Pops: Say Hello to my Little Friend

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have had a cake pop, brace yourself, I am about to enlighten you on a scrumptious, golf ball size, chunk of heaven, on a stick!

Wedding Cake Pops

(photo credit:  all photos from cjmartin on flickr of Sweet Lauren Cakes cake pops!)

Granted I love cake, pretty much in any form, but these little pops are in a class all their own. It is cake mixed with frosting and then, get this, dipped in chocolate, all three of my favorite things rolled into one little “power ball.”  So what can you do with these delicious, little, magnificent creations, well for you brides too be, the options are endless. It just so happens that there is a Cake Pop expert who can help with recipes, inspiration and so much more and she calls herself Bakarella. Maybe you have heard of her before and if you haven’t I’m sure you will in the future.  Check out her book called Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

And if you are searching for a DIY project perhaps for wedding favors or for the bridal shower I think the cake pop is a terrific candidate for such an undertaking. There is a great blog post from Roxy of Roxy Cakes which provides full instructions on how to make cake pops. And even if you are not looking for a DIY project go ahead and visit Roxy’s site her creations are absolutely beautiful, another great place for inspiration and expert advice.

5 Midnight Snacks to Close Out The Wedding Party

Well the party is coming to a close. That big event, that you’ve been stressing about and worrying about every minor detail for over a year, is over already! Well, how about you make a final impression on your guests to make sure they walk away thinking, “could that have gotten any better?!?” Here are some ideas to seal the deal with your guests at the end of the night!

1. The chocolate chip cookie favor: Who wouldn’t like to see these on the way out? What a great idea for the ride home! Found these at It’s a Jaime Thing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Wedding Favors

2. Cupcake Wedding Favors: On a similar note, check out these! You can have individually boxed cupcakes for your guests as a little going away surprise!

Cupcake Wedding Favors

3. Of course if you want to be more extravagant, the wedding donut is always an option that will amaze your guests. Check out my recent post for details about the Donut Divas!

Wedding Donuts

4. Now to wash it down. It seems like Milk Shake Shots are becoming the new rage! Here are some amazing milkshake shots I found over at Style Notes.

Wedding Milkshake Shots

5. And finally the Coffee Bar: Yes, it’s going to be a long drive home for some folks. How about you help get them focused. We all know coffee is popular and who wouldn’t love a nice cappuccino to close out the night. Here’s a beautiful coffee bar I found over at my old friend Melissa’s blog (hi Melissa, I know it’s been a long time, sorry I haven’t been in touch for a long while!)

Wedding Coffee Bar

This one looks like a self serve coffee bar but there are full service coffee bar vendors out there too.

The Wedding Donut?

Wedding Donuts

As usual, I am always on the lookout for new wedding ideas and I found one that I’m bursting to share with all you busy planners out there! These amazing ladies call themselves the Donut Divas and I love what they do! The divas travel to your event with everything needed to make fresh, hot, mini donuts on the spot. And if you have been searching for unique ways to make your wedding memorable, I think this post will provide inspiration.

Wedding Donuts

Picture this, your guests have been dancing all evening working up their appetites and all of sudden they begin to sense this amazing aroma of fresh sizzling buttermilk dough wafting through the air. They follow their noses over to a beautifully decorated table to find a mini donut machine creating freshly cooked donuts (1200 an hour to be exact) right before their eyes. The donut divas will then drizzle the topping of their choice on the donuts and package them up in some adorable pink box or bag and off they go thinking, “WOW! That was unexpected surprise, I’m impressed.”

Here’s their appearance on the South Florida Today Show to give you a good idea of how they operate.

Oh, I must mention Donut Divas don’t just do donuts, below is the “Fudge Puppy,” a Belgian Waffle on a stick covered in chocolate and whipped cream! 

Wedding Donuts

If you are lucky enough to live in south Florida check these ladies out.

And to the Divas, BRAVO for coming up with a “fresh” new spin on the donut

Rhonda

Personalized Wedding M&M’s On Sale!

Personalized Wedding M& M’s
Looking for some unique wedding favors? Something that is definitely personal and can’t be found anywhere else? How about some M&M’s with pictures of the bride and groom on them? You can even add your own message and pick the colors!

I’ve told you about these personalized M&M’s before in other posts, but since we are affiliates with My M&M’s, they just sent me word that from January 15th 2010 through February 15th 2010, they are running a Valentine’s Day Sale where you get 14% off your order.

So, if you want to take advantage of this sale just click on this banner!

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Everyone is looking for a way to make their wedding unique and personal. Well the M&M’s folks are going above and beyond to help you out with personalized m&ms.  With this my mms promo code you can now Save 10% on all orders at My M&Ms! Use code OFFERS10. You may have seen the personalized wedding M&M’s with the bride and grooms names and wedding date on them; but, their pictures? You can have two different picture / word combos in your order. Not only that, there are 25 colors to choose from so you should be able to get close to your wedding colors. You also have the option to get a blend of colors.

Personalized Wedding M&Ms Favors - my mms promo codeSo how do you present these things to the guest? They have several packaging options that are perfect for unique wedding favors including the option shown here. Or you can just have some nice crystal bowls or jars set up at your wedding candy bar. Check out this example of a wedding candy bar!

If you a looking for some unique wedding favor containers you can find them our the Our Wedding Plus wedding shop too.

So if you were thinking about doing something like this you might want to check out this limited time sale. My M&M’s has announced that they are running a 10% Off sale. So how do you take advantage of this? Just Click Here!

 

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Don’t worry if you miss the deadline they are typically running some sort of promotion on their site!  Check it out here!

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Have fun!

Rhonda

Urgent Call to Action – Chocolate’s Days May be Numbered

Chocolate CakeSome disturbing news today…if you’ve been reading through my blog posts you know that I’m an absolute chocolate fanatic! I’m sure many of you can sympathize. Well, life as we know it may change forever…if some people in the chocolate industry get their way.

Oh, the great rich taste of chocolate, the smooth taste of the cocoa butter, the creaminess of milk chocolate………………………
……………………….wow, I think I lost consciousness for a second!

Unfortunately, in the future when you go to buy that wonderful chocolate to soothe your craving, you might be disappointed.

The U.S. Chocolate Industry, through its Chocolate Manufacturers of America (CMA), and in collaboration with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have petitioned the Food and Drug Association (FDA) to change the current requirements for chocolate.
They are trying to get the FDA to allow the use of vegetable fat substitute in place of cocoa butter and milk substitutes in place of real milk.

Why would any American with chocolate running through his/her veins want this? Da’nged if I know, probably because it’s cheaper, so they can make more money.

What am I going to do?!?!?! I’m breaking out in a cold sweat! Is this a panic attack?!?!

Luckly, there is something we can do…if you want to make sure your voice is heard go to DontMessWithOurChocolate.com to find out how to contact the FDA. Please, for the sake of this chocolate addicted blogger, let the government know that you don’t want to be buying a Hershey’s Milk Substitute Vegetable Fat Bar in the future!

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Rhonda
Our Wedding Plus

Thanks to Skolastika Lianna for the picture of the chocolate cake!

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I’m Back! Cupcake Wrap-up and A Great Week Ahead!

I’m back from LA!! What a great “business trip.” Getting involved in the wedding industry is exciting. It’s great being involved with people at such a joyous time in their lives! It’s very uplifting just being surrounded by it. I definitely felt that uplifting feeling when we attended A Soolip Wedding, (our weekends main mission) which by the way was spectacular, more about that later. But, like I said the other day in my posting “Cupcakes – They’re not just for kids anymore!”, I was going to sacrifice myself and try the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes and report back to all of you. Well, I went above and beyond the call of duty and tried five flavors! I’ll have you know this sacrifice is going to cause me to skip my Weight Watchers meeting this week to avoid embarrassment!

As you can see in the picture (it’s the brown building), I wasn’t the only one who wanted to have some Sprinkles Cupcakes! We waited about 25 minutes to get in the door but the wait was worth it. My husband and I tried several flavors. Here they are…

Black and White
Dark Chocolate
Peanut Butter Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
St Patrick’s Day Special – Baileys Irish Cream frosting on chocolate cake.

First let me say, they were all magnificent. The icing is beyond description and not for the faint of heart! But the results are in…my favorite was the black and white and my husbands favorite was the peanut butter chocolate (he loved the chocolate chips in the peanut butter flavored cake). Oprah really does know what she’s talking about! Try them if you get the chance.

As for A Soolip Wedding, I have a lot to write about this week! This show was packed with a lot of good, unique information that I’m going to try to pass on to you. Topics will include, eco-friendly wedding ideas, unique gift registry ideas, some wedding do’s and don’ts from LA Wedding Magazine’s editor, I’ll give you a peak into A Soolip Wedding’s very exclusive bridal fashion show, plus a lot more!

Stay tuned!

Everything is Good Covered in Chocolate including your Wedding!

Okay, after reading the chocolate wedding advice I’ve been giving over the past few days covering cupcakes and wedding cakes, you may be thinking…is this girl trying to kill me? Put me in a sugar coma? Make me move up a couple of dress sizes? And, if you weren’t convinced that dark chocolate cupcakes are health food due to the high amount of anti-oxidants, hang in there one more day, today I’m going to try to give you a good excuse to eat more chocolate!

I have found some of the healthiest (we’ll maybe not) chocolate treats that you can offer on a chocolate “bar” (a table with a wide assortment of chocolate goodies) or present to your guests as party favors…

At a company called Chocolate Covered Company located in California’s San Fernando Valley you can find pretty much anything dipped in chocolate…they have various “healthy” ;-) fruits and berries, including blackberries, gooseberries, and grapes. If you want a more traditional chocolate covered treat they have these very cute and unique “Wedding Berries,” chocolate covered strawberries that look like a bride and groom.

Need more? A company called Stuffed Chocolate also has chocolate covered pretzels, nuts, coffee beans, and more! But there was one thing they had that I thought was a unique gift idea for the groomsmen…these Belgian Chocolate Golf balls!

Alright, you got me! Fruit stuffed in chocolate may not be health food, but why not splurge, it’s your wedding, enjoy yourself!

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Rhonda
Our Wedding Plus

P.S. I’ll be off this weekend to LA to try those great Sprinkles Cupcakes and attend A Soolip Wedding. Tune in next week for great information about what I learn this weekend!

The Traditional Wedding Cake and not so Traditional

Not ready to break away from the traditional Wedding Cake? Well, we have some other chocolate options for you! Today I chose to feature some mouth-watering wedding cakes from a Morristown, New Jersey bakery called Pink Cake Box (http://www.pinkcakebox.com/). Their wedding cakes have been featured in New Jersey Bride magazine several times and they also make cookies and cupcakes, check out there works on their website! Here’s a few examples…

This wedding cake, fashioned after a wedding dress, is made of a rich chocolate cake filled with oreos and buttercream in the first tier, moist white cake with raspberry chambord filling in the next two tiers, and chocolate with peanut butter filling in the top tier.

Here’s a unique offshoot of the cupcake! These delectable little gift boxes are actually chocolate cakes filled with vanilla buttercream! They’d make a good “parting favor” like I talked about yesterday.

And we can’t forget the groom. One of the latest trends is to have a groom’s cake. Pink Cake Box has many chocolaty options that would fit the bill. This groom’s poker cake is a chocolate cake with cannoli filling!What was the best wedding cake you’ve seen? Share it with us!

See you tomorrow with our final posting of irresistible ways to include chocolate in your wedding!

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Rhonda

Our Wedding Plus

Cupcakes – They’re not just for kids anymore! (Wedding Cupcakes)

(Note: for wedding cupcake resources go to the bottom of this post!)

Cupcakes, the treat you loved as a kid is all grown up! In fact cupcakes are taking center stage as the latest delectable trend in weddings and are first up in our series on how to incorporate chocolate into your wedding.

So, if I’m going to write about wedding cupcakes, why not write about the best? Maybe the ones Oprah said are her favorites, or maybe the ones that are Katie Holmes’ favorite? No, I think I’ll write about the cupcakes that Courtney Cox, Lucy Lu, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are hooked on.

Lucky for me they are all from the same place! Sprinkles, Beverly Hills. (http://www.sprinklescupcakes.com/) Their cupcakes have been talked about on countless TV shows and they consistently have a line out the door! Are they really that good? Well, I’m going to find out this Saturday when I go to Beverly Hills, and I’ll give you all the gory details next week.

But for now I’m going to give you a couple of ideas how you can have cupcakes at your wedding!

First, the unfortunate news, currently you can only get Sprinkles’ cupcakes at their locations in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California and they only deliver them to the local area by car. Now the good news! Sprinkles has plans to open in several major cities around the country and world. Check out their website to see if you will be lucky enough to be near one.

Now the ideas…

The Wedding Cupcake Tower – The ultimate in chocolate decadence! In many cases they are taking the place of the traditional wedding cake. If you aren’t ready to go quite that far, one would definitely be a hit at the engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner.

Parting Favors – The party is over, it’s late and the guests have to leave for their long drive home…then you surprise them on there way out the door with a moist dark chocolate cupcake they can take home for breakfast! (why not have two? they are full of antioxidants!) Package them in a unique custom stamped box with a “thank you” from the bride and groom and your guests will sure to be impressed!

Any other wedding cupcake ideas out there? Share them with us…

Something I forgot to mention: If you can’t get to a Sprinkles, they do ship their cupcake mix everywhere, check out their website for details.

Check back in tomorrow for more scrumptious ways to include chocolate in your wedding!

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Rhonda

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