They’re at Starbucks. They’ve been on the TODAY show at Hoda and Kathie Lee's Pajama Party. And every department store had a cake pop maker on sale during the holidays.
For Vandermeer, the cake pop is just the beginning. Sweets on a Stick covers cupcake pops, cookie pops, cutie pie pops, outside-the-box pops such as Sticky Cinnamon Roll Sticks, fruit on a stick and candy on a stick. She’s engineered tiny treats from Pumpkin Pie to Boston Cream Pie Pops.
The designs seem complex, but the instructions are simple and clear. It’s written for moms not professional bakers. “This book is about having fun baking with your family and not about buying stacks of stuff you might never use again or spending time online searching for special ingredients,” she writes in the first chapter.
Amen. You don’t always need pearl pink dragées.
I love the creativity—rather the economy—of her decorations. Fruit Loops can be the base of a cake gumball machine or the iris of a cake eyeball. Mini Oreos become the center of sunflower cupcakes. M&Ms become dinosaur scales. These decorations are cheap and easy for the kids to handle.