(Springfield, MO) -- Cake Pop Company owner and Springfield native Deb Lumas joined Ozarks Local Live @ 4 Monday.
"This is a gorgeous store and I'm having a difficult time concentrating because everything smells so good," says Shannon. "I'm really excited because you are going to teach me how to make cake pops. Tell me how you got started. Have you always been a baker? A business woman?"
"I was an office manager for a company in Ozark that went under in 2008," says Larson. "My sister is a cake decorator and encouraged me to do this. But wedding cakes weren't my thing -- too much pressure. So I took a refresher course and before I knew it a friend had emailed me a recipe for cake pops. She said these are kind of a pain to make but you might be able to perfect them since you have time on your hands. I started giving them to friends and they said you need to do this. You need to sell them. So the Cake Pop Company was born."
"So necessity really was the mother of invention," says Shannon. "Because you were unemployed and then you created this. What an amazing testament to your strength of spirit and creativity. I've heard that you are a fave of celebrities."
"We do have a pretty nice celebrity following."
"Do a little name dropping," says Shannon.
"Vanessa Williams from Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives."
"Who doesn't look like she eats any sweets at all," says Shannon.
"We are kind of her gift of choice these days," says Larson. "Her daughter even needed a treat for soccer so she had five dozen overnighted. Her whole family likes them. Kristin Chenowith is another big fan of ours who has given them to Vanessa Williams and to Randy Travis and his wife. Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 when he was in town the last time was excited to see that I showed up with cake pops."
"All right and I know that you provided cake pops for a very famous celebrity who just had to have your cake pops at her birthday," says Shannon. "Tell us who that was."
"That was a couple of years ago for Paris Hilton's 29th birthday," says Larson. "They had to be shimmery and glittery and pink."
"Of course they had to be shimmery and glittery and pink!" says Shannon. "At least they didn't have to look like little puppies that she could carry around with her. So tell us exactly what a cake pop is."
"It is basically the best part of a cupcake," says Larson. "The cake and frosting all mixed together in a confectioner's candy coating."
"So those are cake pops over there," adds Shannon. "And you're going to teach us how to make them. I'm so excited! So when we come back, we're going to learn how to make Paris Hilton's birthday fave."
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