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pumpkin spice bread cake pops AND a Dassant Baking Mix Giveaway!!

UPDATE: And we have a winner! Congratulations to DeeAnn!! Her comment was drawn to win the baking mixes. Thank you to all who participated, and don’t forget everyone still gets a 25% discount at Dassant through the end of this year. Find the details in the sidebar over there to the right.

I can’t promise how long this windfall will last, but I have even mooooore stuff to give you all! Though I’m just the messenger. Really, it’s the fabulous folks at Dassant Premium Baking Mixes. They sent me the best box of baking mixes. I got the Pumpkin Spice bread mix, Vanilla Bean cake mix, Cinnamon Chip bread mix and Classic Beer bread mix (my husband thanks Dassant for that one, except that it means taking a beer from his supply). Check out their entire line of cake, bread, brownie and scone mixes HERE. Which four would you choose? Gingerbread cake mix? Truffle Brownie? Applesauce cake? Best to look them over and be prepared, because you might get four boxes of your own!

Scroll to the end of this post for the giveaway and to see what everyone gets…

Dassant has plenty of recipe ideas on their site, but I tried something a little different. After way too much thought, I made…  

Pumpkin spice cake pops

I had no idea if the classic cake to frosting cake pop ratio would work with pumpkin bread. It did. It so did. I couldn’t stop eating them, they were insanely good. Next time, I’ll use cream cheese frosting, but plain old store-bought worked just fine and dandy here. The recipe started with a stick-collecting adventure. My daughter and I walked down to the creek and gathered some thin, sturdy sticks.

Yes, we are in the heart of DC and we have a creek. And rocks. Aptly named Rock Creek Park runs from the top to bottom of DC. Acres and acres of woods, trails, wild animals, fields… like being in the middle of nowhere right in DC, and we’re about half a mile from one of the entrances. There’s also a two lane, heavily trafficked road that usually only DC-ers know is the best shortcut around.

pumpkin spice bread cake pops

you will need*:
Dassant pumpkin spice bread mix
2/3 cup frosting

baking tray
wax paper
sticks
bag of candy melts
shortening
Styrofoam block

*Use any recipe for buttercream frosting, or use store-bought frosting. Find the candy melts, lollipop sticks and Styrofoam block in the craft store. If using real sticks, wash them thoroughly first, and allow to dry.
To prepare the Dassant pumpkin spice bread, you’ll also need two eggs, 1/2 cup of oil, 1/3 cup of water and 3/4 cup canned pumpkin. For shortening, I use Crisco. This is melted with the candy melts to make a better dipping consistency.

step one: bake your pumpkin bread
Follow the recipe on the Dassant pumpkin spice bread mix box to prepare pumpkin bread and let cool.

step two: prepare your pumpkin spice cake balls
Crumble the pumpkin spice bread into a bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup frosting and blend well with your hands. Roll the mixture into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange on a baking tray lined with wax paper and freeze for 15 minutes. Remove from the freezer and keep in the refrigerator.

step three: dip your pumpkin spice cake pops
Melt candy melts with a few teaspoons of shortening according to package directions. Stir well. Working with a few cake balls at a time, with the remaining kept in the refrigerator, insert the tip of a stick into the melted candy melts, then insert into a cake ball. Hold the stick and quickly dip the cake ball into the melted candy melts. Gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to remove excess and prop in a Styrofoam block to dry.

UPDATE for Barbara (I don’t want to answer in the comments because it’ll skew the numbers): Cake pops have always alluded me. I’ve either done too much frosting or too little in the past, too much and they are soggy, to little and they are dry and break apart. But this ration of 2/3 cup frosting to the pumpkin loaf (which is about  1/2 a normal sheet cake, so you’d use 1 1/3 cup for a whole cake) seems to be a good ratio. If you get your hands in there and mix it well, it really does absorb the frosting. But it IS moister than it appears in photos. That below, while it looks like a typical cake’s consistency, is a bit of an illusion.

GIVEAWAY!! 
And something for everyone!!
Dassant is giving one lucky winner FOUR baking mixes of their choice!
Leave a comment before Wednesday, November 9, midnight EST for a chance to win four mixes of your choice.
(Winner will be drawn randomly. Winner has 48 hours to respond after being notified before another winner is drawn.
US addresses only, please!)
And, they are also so kind as to a whopping 25 % discount to all of you for any order, from now until December 31.
(the top secret code at checkout is: “cookie”)

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95 Comments

  1. Miki's scrapbook
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Awe, great! I'd love to try those mixes! :)

    Miki.

  2. sugarswings
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    awesome i've never heard of those mixes before! great cake pops too!

  3. Michelle
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    I actually was just wondering the other day if I could turn pumpkin bread into cakeballs!!! :) I swear great minds think alike, but sadly that also means that none of my ideas ever seem to be very unique… Great post!

  4. amy beth marantino
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    i would like to try this mix

  5. Katie
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Yum — would love to win those mixes!

  6. sonsuz dekorasyon
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    good idea!! ı like it:)

  7. Amy
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I've never heard of these mixes, either, but I may have to order some before you even choose a winner…thanks for sharing!

  8. LadyWild
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    The mixes look awesome. Would love to try them.

  9. Haniela
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I love how you presented these, so clever and fun! I don't usually bake using mixes but these sound too good to pass them up.

  10. AdrieMcC
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    What a cute twist on the recently popular cake pop! LOVE it!

  11. Anonymous
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  12. lovemyspy
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Those mixes look delicious!!!!

  13. Crazy Cowans
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    They sound yummy!

  14. Pink Little Cake
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try their mixes

  15. Meg@MegaCrafty
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I'm going to leave a comment and hope my email comes back on before you draw a winner (it's out due to the massive power outages up here in the northeast).

    Those pops looks so amazing- I love that you put them on sticks. They somehow make me think of snowmen.

    I'd love to try quite a few of these cake mixes- especially gingerbread and vanilla bean. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Becca and Colby
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow! They look awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. suburban prep
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    These look like wonderful mixes. I would love to try this brand. I love to have "homemade" from scratch items on hand when people come over especially at this time of the year.

  18. Julie
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    WOW! These looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. isabel
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Yum. I've love to try these out! :)

  20. aMerAZN
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Ooh~ They all sound good~ I definitely have to try to make the Pumpkin Spice Bread cake pops~! My children love cake pops and I've had to make so many different flavors and keep them in our freezer~ lol~

  21. nlarkin23
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Those sound sooooo good!!!

  22. Paula
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Not entering the giveaway. Just popped in to say how cute these are, especially on the twigs.

  23. Connie Sprague
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    What a cute idea! Love to try the pumpkin bread.

  24. Jill
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Yum! I would love to try any of these mixes!!

  25. Pamela
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    What a great variety!

  26. Kenni
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    That cinnamon chip bread would be delightful as muffins!

  27. Megan Scoggins
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Those all look SOOOOOOO good! It would be hard to pick just 4! And I love making desserts into something different than what people expect :)

  28. Monica
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Those look so yummy! I would lvoe to try them! @ monirr04@yahoo.com

  29. Tree
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I've never heard of Dassant before, but I'd LOVE to give it a try! :)

    theresa.c.shore@gmail.com

  30. Nicole M.
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try these mixes. thanks.

    nicole_melnick at yahoo dot com

  31. Mrs Scratch
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try the Pumpkin Spice, Meyer Lemon, Cinnamon Chip and Truffle Brownie. Yum!

  32. Trish - Sweetology101
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    This is a new brand for me. How fun you presented them, very rustic! I love a good pumpkin bread and frankly anything that saves a few minutes and steps I am all over.

  33. Amy
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I've never heard of Dassant mixes before, but I'd love to give them a try! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Carolyn in VA
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Would love to try these out – those pumpkin bread pops look delicious!

  35. Janet
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Those mixes look wonderful! Thank you for the idea to make cake pops out of something besides cake!

  36. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I'd love to win! The cake pops sound delicious :)

  37. Lori H
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I have never heard of the Dassant mixes. I love to try new things! Would be awesome to win!

  38. Kimi
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try these

  39. Moonlight Dancer
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Yum! I would choose chocolate cake, lemon cake, brownies and Beer bread of course!! These mixes look amazing.

  40. ndice
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Love reading your blog, and thanks for the chance to win mixes. :)

  41. gmann
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Those look delicious!!

  42. Melisa
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I'd love to try these mixes!

  43. Lissa (Bellenza)
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Oh, those pumpkin cake pops look so tempting! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Barb
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    These sound so good – I've never heard of the brand before and would love to give them a try! Thanks for sharing your adorable cake pops with us – they look too good to eat!

  45. lynaeve
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    i would love to enter! i love baking!

  46. Sue
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    How NICE that you live so close to such a fantastic park! Love the sticks you found and used for the pops:)
    So many great mixes to choose from!

  47. lindsay harmony
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Yummy! I'd love to try those mixes!

    lindsay
    lindsayharmony@gmail.com

  48. Donna
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Good post, good recipe, good chance to win these great mixes!

  49. Anonymous
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I would love to try these mixes what fun and great taste.

  50. annemarie
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Sounds yummy – thanks for the chance to win.

  51. Tammy Murphy
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I love the cake pops! Your cake mixes sound absolutly yummy and I would love to win some to try out with my friends.

  52. Gwen
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    You're almost close enough for me to drive by to taste one of those. They look so yummy!!!! The mixes look awesome, love the fun giveaway. :)

  53. rickimoo
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    These look delish! Love to try the pumpkin spice bread cake pops!

  54. crafter1953
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I want to make these for the holidays. The mixes I like to try are Applesauce Cake mix, Beer Bread mix,Pumpkin Bread mix, and Truffle Brownies mix. Thank Dassant for the great giveaway.

  55. Rona
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    These look fabulous we love cake pops at my house!! I love the look with the twigs too – how fun!!!

  56. Mary Ellen
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Oh yum!!! I would love the pumpkin and the vanilla bean sounds intriguing. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Mary Ellen

  57. Sharmony
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    What a find this site is. I just have never warmed up to the box mixes you can get from the grocery store so I will be giving these mixes a "test" run. Thanks for the opportunity to win some free!!!

  58. Cakebrain
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Aww! cute idea with the sticks! It looks so rustic and artsy! You can call 'em Craftsman-style Cake Pops!

  59. DeeAnn S
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I love cake pops but haven't tried making them yet. I'd like to try them with a Red Velvet cake mix. Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

  60. Crazy Karol
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try these pumpkin balls and mixes. Vanilla is my favorite and Pumpkin is my friends favorite.

  61. Sandra
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I would like to try something new. I'm ready!!!

  62. Cally
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Me! Me! Pick me!:) The mixes look amazing. Yummy!

  63. Robin Z.
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I make gingerbread cake pops at Christmas time but, I've never made them on twigs! How clever!

  64. Barbara
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    would love to try these mixes — I've heard they're awesome but haven't found them locally.

    On a side note, I'm wanting to try making cake pops and when I see pictures, it never seems as though there is frosting mixed in. Why is that? Does it really get that incorporated that it just blends in?

  65. Ashley Clever
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Truffle brownie! YUMMM

  66. way&leigh
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I would be tempted to pick four Pumpkin mixes! I love this time of year, well, as far as food goes!

  67. way&leigh
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I would be tempted to pick four Pumpkin mixes! I love this time of year, well, as far as food goes!

  68. way&leigh
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I would be tempted to pick four Pumpkin mixes! I love this time of year, well, as far as food goes!

  69. Jen Florio
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    They look great! Thanks for the tip about adding shortning to the candy melts, I always have a hard time with that part.

  70. Christina
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    I love making cake pops, but never would have thought to try this! Yum! Can't wait to try it!

  71. Mosiphine
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm that vanilla bean mix looks yummy!

  72. Celina
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I'd love to try these mixes.

    vigil.celina@gmail.com

  73. Deb (dubbage42)
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try some of these mixes.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    debra (dot) womack (at) gmail (dot) com

  74. lisa mc
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    These look so good. Makes me hungry!

  75. emily g
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Love the sticks….very cool!

  76. Cathy
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    YAYAY Thanks for the opportunity to win
    Those mixes look great
    Thanks too for the ration of frosting
    Cheers
    Catie

  77. Anonymous
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Yums! I shouldn't look at those pix when I'm hungry! Thanks for the contest!
    ~Heather
    Eencyweency (at) gmail (dot) com

  78. Anonymous
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this giveaway,
    Tatyana
    sunnyfarm at inbox dot ru

  79. House
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    These look wonderful:) I usually make pumpkin muffins around this time but a change would be nice!

  80. The Golliday Family
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try their mixes. I've only made cake balls twice and they weren't as good looking as those!

    Mrsgolliday@comcast.net

  81. Carolyn
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    All those mixes sound wonderful!

  82. ytsmom
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    These mixes sound wonderful. Vanilla bean, yum!

  83. Dhanya Ganesh
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Wow that is Awesome,I would like to try these mixes :)

  84. Dhanya Ganesh
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Wow that is Awesome,I would like to try these mixes :)

  85. Dhanya Ganesh
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Wow that is Awesome,I would like to try these mixes :)

  86. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear that you are in the DC area. I'm a hop, skip and jump away and can easily pop over to pick up my winnings :) They look Delicious!

  87. Anonymous
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Yum – looks delicious!

    Jessie
    j_wilson04@yahoo.com

  88. Eden
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Looks so fun! Thanks for the great idea!

  89. AmyT
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    those look so yummy!!!

  90. GoddessOfSecrets
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    i'd love to win! so adorable!

  91. Stacey Andrews
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    YUM!

  92. Susan
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Wow, if I win it will be hard to pick which four to try.

  93. Julie
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    been wanting to try these mixes thanks for the giveaway and have a great day
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

  94. rudie2shoes
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I love all your creations. So simple yet pretty!

  95. rosey67
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Those mixes look delicious! I would love to try them.

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