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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Comments

  1. Michelle says

    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!

  2. Amy says

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

  3. Haniela says

    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.

  4. Meg@MegaCrafty says

    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!

  5. suburban prep says

    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.

  6. aMerAZN says

    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~

  7. Megan Scoggins says

    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 :)

  8. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    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.

  9. Moonlight Dancer says

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

  10. Barb says

    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!

  11. Sue says

    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!

  12. Tammy Murphy says

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

  13. Gwen says

    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. :)

  14. crafter1953 says

    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.

  15. Mary Ellen says

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

  16. Sharmony says

    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!!!

  17. DeeAnn S says

    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

  18. Crazy Karol says

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

  19. Barbara says

    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?

  20. Jen Florio says

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

  21. Deb (dubbage42) says

    I would love to try some of these mixes.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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

  22. Anonymous says

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

  23. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker says

    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!

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