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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Tour: Pop Art by Kris Galicia Brown

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Book Review:

This was such a fun cookbook! Here is my confession though.  I'm not a baker...in any shape or form. I can cook okay, but baking is not my forte.  However, when I got this book (and never having tried to make cake pops before) Kris just made it look and sound so easy! I thought, "I can totally do this!" and it was fun to try.

I attempted to make the heart cake pops. I probably should have started with just a plain old circle one, but I didn't :) They actually turned out okay too! I'd show a picture, but they got eaten too fast, and I was told that they were super delicious (and they were, I had two myself). My problem was that I live in a really small town and so I don't have access to all of the things that she recommended.  The two hardest parts for me were getting the right consistency for the dough, and the right consistency for the candy coating. She highly recommended using paramount crystals (which I'd never heard of) but I couldn't find them in my small town, and didn't take the time to order them online. I'm also a wee bit impatient (which is probably why baking isn't a good fit for me) and so I had a couple balls fall off the stick when I tried to dip them. I think this was because of two reasons. First, like I said, I'm impatient and I don't think I let the candy coating set long enough, and second, I don't think my candy coating was thin enough. That was probably because I didn't use the paramount crystals. I did try oil, but didn't want to use too much because I didn't know what I was doing. 

 These were super fun, and all her pictures in the cookbook were really really cute.  Nothing is better than having pictures of what your food is supposed to look like :) Her instructions were really straight forward and easy to follow. If you haven't ever tried cake pops before, I'd definitely give this book a shot. I'd probably even recommend it if you have tried them before. She has really great recipes in there for the cake. I can't wait to try some different ones in the book.  My kids really liked the first ones.

Book Description:

You've never seen cake pops like these! Hot Air Balloons, Pineapples, Giraffes, and Easter Baskets--cake pop artist Kris Galicia Brown shows you how to shape, dip, and decorate over 40 amazing designs. Make your cake pops phenomenal with "Pop Art"!

Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, cake pop artist Kris Galicia Brown shows you how to shape, dip, and decorate over 40 amazing designs for any  holiday or event. Learn her personal techniques, tips, and tricks to create the most mouthwatering and beautiful cake pops.

Here is a quick video showing you how to shape Christmas Tree Cake Pops!




About the Author:

With a love for sweets and a passion for design, Kris Galicia Brown is a light of inspiration in the cake pop industry. Kris skillfully crafts her sweets like works of fine art.

After graduating with a degree in advertising from the Art Institute of California-San Diego, she pursued a career in graphic design and worked as lead Creative for a local advertising and PR agency. After entering motherhood, Kris founded kCreative and began work as a freelance designer and ultimately stumbled upon the world of cake  pops. Her background as a graphic designer has proved to be an excellent foundation for her newest venture.

Kris's originality, eye for detail, and addiction to precision sets her apart from other cake pop makers and has landed her a global audience. Kris lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two daughters. In addition to running her business, Goods by kCreative, Kris also teaches cake pop classes and blogs regularly. Learn more about Kris Galicia Brown at www.goodsbykcreative.com.


Title: Pop Art: Decorating and Shaping Custom Cake Pops
Author: Kris Galicia Brown
Publisher: Front Table Books
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1258-6
Source: I received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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