Cake Pops Book Anniversary

Hi friends! My Cake Pops Book turns 10 today and to celebrate, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate treat to make than pops that look like the book cover. I can’t believe it’s been more than a decade of sharing these tiny treats with you guys and now officially ten years since the book […]

Cake Pops by Bakerella

Hi friends! My Cake Pops Book turns 10 today and to celebrate, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate treat to make than pops that look like the book cover.

I can’t believe it’s been more than a decade of sharing these tiny treats with you guys and now officially ten years since the book was released. When I started making pops and giving instructions on the blog, I never could have predicted the impact they would have around the world. It’s been so fun seeing your creative treats, meeting you guys on book signings, and sharing so many smiles with you over the past years. Thank you for making this adventure so sweet!

Yay, I’m having a fun Cake Pops Collection Giveaway!!!

You could win a copy of all three of my books, my cake pops toy, kits and cards, too. Basically, everything in the photo below except for the candy jars. ;  ) See how to enter at the end of the post.

Cake Pops Collection

 

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Beach Ball Cake Pops

Summer is officially here and I hope you guys will have the chance to do something fun, fun, fun! These beach ball cake pops are a great way to get in the right mindset. I made them a while ago for Target’s blog (A Bullseye View) at the time, but it appears the instructions have […]

Bakerella Beach Ball Cake Pops

Summer is officially here and I hope you guys will have the chance to do something fun, fun, fun!

These beach ball cake pops are a great way to get in the right mindset. I made them a while ago for Target’s blog (A Bullseye View) at the time, but it appears the instructions have since been removed in their site reorganization. So I thought I would update this post I made back then to include the complete how-to instructions. Now they‘ll be handy here if you want to give these cute pops a go.

They are so sweet and simple, and have such strong and graphic visual appeal. They just sing summer. And sunshine. And they make me smile. And they make me wish I was at the pool right now. P.S., if you love summer, you might like these Sunshine Cake Pops, too.

Now, let’s make some beach balls. The full instructions are at the end of this post, but first, here’s a photo play-by-play.

Cake Crumbles

To make cake pops, start with crumbled cake and then mix it with frosting. Easy and so tasty.

Rolled Cake and Frosting

The texture will be something like this. You can scoop amounts of the the cake and frosting mixture for even size balls.

And then just roll them by hand. If your cake crumbs are fine, you’ll get rounder, smoother balls which will make for smoother pops when dipped.

This is a good consistency of cake to frosting. The mixture should be moist but shouldn’t feel wet. Once they are scooped you can easily roll them into a smooth ball.

Melted White Candy Coating

Speaking of consistency, you want your candy coating to be fluid and smooth so that it pours off the spoon instead of plopping. : ) I know. Nice visual, but this is what you want. Not too thick and perfect for dipping.

Dipping in candy coating

Once rolled, chill them and then dip them in white candy coating.

Sanding Sugar
To decorate you’ll need some colorful sanding sugar in bright happy colors.

Etching on Cake Pops

A helpful way to divide the pops into eight equal sections is to use a toothpick to draw or “etch” lines right on the surface.

Corn Syrup as glue

Use a small brush to apply a thin layer of corn syrup to one of the sections.

Coating yellow sanding sugar

Then dip that section in one of the sanding sugar colors.

Toothpick Tool

Use a toothpick to clean up any edges for a more finished look.

Blue Sanding Sugar

Repeat, with each color of sanding sugar.

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Add a blue confetti sprinkle to the top and voila – Beach Balls!

Brown Sugar Sand

You can even display them in a dish filled with light brown sugar or cookie crumbs for sand.

So super cute for a party presentation.

Beach Ball Cake Pops
Yield: 36 Cake Pops

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes

Have a ball this summer and enjoy the perfect bite-size treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (bake as directed)
  • 1 18 oz can of frosting
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheet
  • White candy wafers
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Heatproof plastic bowl
  • Toothpicks
  • Corn syrup
  • Small brush
  • Yellow, red, green and blue sanding sugar
  • Blue confetti sprinkles
  • Styrofoam block

Instructions

  1. Bake cake as directed on box for a 9 X 13 cake. Cool completely and crumble into a large bowl.
  2. Mix 1/2 to 3/4 of a can of frosting into the cake crumbs using a large spoon. You won’t need the rest.
  3. Roll mixture into 1.25 inch balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet. You can also use an ice cream scoop and then roll the balls. Let rest for about 30 minutes.
  4. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes so they will firm up. Then transfer them to the refrigerator to remain chilled and avoid freezing.
  5. Melt white candy wafers in a heatproof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least three to four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.
  6. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted white candy coating and insert stick into the cake ball. Dip the entire cake pop into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. If your coating is too thick, you can add a little vegetable oil to help thin it and make it easier to work with.
  7. Remove and gently tap to allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back in the bowl. Place in a Styrofoam block to dry.
  8. When dry, use a toothpick to draw or lightly etch two perpendicular lines starting at the top of the cake pop. Draw the lines straight down the sides. Then draw two more perpendicular lines, so that you have eight equal sections. Brush off any white chocolate shavings.
  9. Use a small kitchen brush to apply a thin layer of corn syrup to one section of the cake pop and dip in yellow sanding sugar. Repeat so all of the pops have yellow sections. Use a toothpick to clean up any edges and brush off any sanding sugar that gets on the exposed white sections of the pop. Repeat with the red, green and blue sections of the beach ball.
  10. Use a toothpick to dot white candy coating on top of the pop and place a blue confetti sprinkle to finish off the Beach Ball look.
  11. Let dry completely and enjoy!
Beach Ball Cake Pops by Bakerella

What are you doing fun this summer? I’d love to know what you guys are looking forward to in your summer plans because I haven’t done anything fun yet. I’m longing for the pool and rest and adventure and rest and rest. What to do and where to go?

Hope you have a ball this summer!

A version of this post was originally posted on July 9, 2012.

 

Stay Safe & Soapy

How are you guys doing during this crazy time? I’m trying my best to stay safe over here and that includes lots of hand washing to try to avoid getting this virus that’s affecting people and places all over the world. It’s definitely not a fun time right now, and I decided I needed to […]

How are you guys doing during this crazy time? I’m trying my best to stay safe over here and that includes lots of hand washing to try to avoid getting this virus that’s affecting people and places all over the world. It’s definitely not a fun time right now, and I decided I needed to add some cute to my self-imposed quarantine. I’m a big worrier by nature, so I can’t seem to relax lately. But making cake pops always seems to help.

If you’ve ever made them before, then you know how therapeutic they can be. It’s usually a time I set aside and spend in total focus trying to make something super cute, and usually when I do, all my other thoughts wash away. So these sweet soapy cake pops seemed like the right thing to make. Plus, little bars are a lot cuter than a soapy pump dispenser don’t you think.

To make them, you can follow my basic cake pops instructions here and then follow the directions below to shape, dip and decorate. I just made a few of these with some leftover cake I had in the freezer, but if I had baked a cake for this, I think I would have gone with strawberry for the color.

Okay, you should have some rolled cake balls on wax paper ready to go.

  • You can use a rectangular cutter to easily shape these little soap bars. Here’s the cutter set on amazon that I have.
  • Flatten the ball slightly to make sure it will fill the shape and then cut it out.
  • After that, flatten it even more if needed by pressing the side of your cutter against it. Don’t flatten too much though because you need to leave enough space for your lollipop stick to be inserted.
  • Then use a smaller cutter with a flat side to press and make an obvious indent in the middle.

Note: If you don’t have cutters like these, you can shape the rectangles by hand. Flatten and slide the balls against the wax paper for a flat surface, then repeat and rotate several times on each side to achieve sharp edges. Using wax paper like this really helps to make smooth surfaces. Then for the indentation, get creative with a small flat kitchen utensil that would be smaller than the shape of the rectangular.

Okay, here we go.

It’s important to mention again, that you don’t want to flatten these too much. There needs to be enough room in between the indented area and back of the cake pop to insert a lollipop stick that also allows enough cake pop mixture for support… otherwise it will fall right off when you dip it.

But the nice thing about these cake pops is you only need one color of candy coating to decorate them.

And if you want to add bubbles, then look for sugar pearls in different sizes. The large ones in the individual package on top are sixlets.

Insert the tip of a lollipop stick into candy coating and then into thickest part of the flat bottom of the cake pop. The layer of coating will reduce the size of the indentation so it is more subtle.

While the coating is still wet, go ahead and attach the white candies and sugar pearls in random positions to represent the soapy bubbles. Then let dry completely.

For a more pronounced indentation, you can apply candy coating around the edge using a toothpick and let it dry before dipping. Here you can see that there is more of a difference in depth.

For faces, I just used confetti sprinkles for eyes and cheeks and a black edible ink writing pen for smiles and expressions. Then I dotted the eyes with coating. Usually I use white, but I didn’t feel like melting a second color and the light pink totally works.

You can also spell out soap on the front of your bars. Go ahead and use a toothpick to etch letters into the candy coating to use as a guide. Wipe off the candy coating shavings. Then dip your toothpick into melted and fluid candy coating and use it to draw carefully on the surface. You can also try using a squeeze bottle, but I felt like I had more control with the toothpick.

Voila … So Soooo-apy cute!

And the only time I wouldn’t mind having soap in my mouth. : )

Hope these brought a little smile and brightened your day.

Hey Baby, Yoda Best!

It’s Baby Yoda and my latest crazy cake pop attempt. You guys should know that I wouldn’t be able to resist trying to turn this sweet little baby child into an adorable, edible cake pop. And a Valentine’s Day treat seemed to be the perfect time. I love recreating characters because they are usually the […]

It’s Baby Yoda and my latest crazy cake pop attempt. You guys should know that I wouldn’t be able to resist trying to turn this sweet little baby child into an adorable, edible cake pop. And a Valentine’s Day treat seemed to be the perfect time.

I love recreating characters because they are usually the most challenging. And he might look intimidating, but don’t worry, I will break down all the steps for you into hopefully, easy-to-follow directions. And as always, keep in mind, you don’t have to do every detail I show to make a cute cake pop. I’ll give you some tips along the way to reduce some of the steps if you like.

Cake pops start with crumbled cake and frosting. Yes and yum! Use my basic cake pop instructions here to get started. Then follow the directions below to shape, dip and decorate.

I always roll the cake pop mixture into balls first before shaping to make sure they are pretty evenly sized and also so I know how many I’m going to make. I rolled these into bigger balls to account for the combined body and head. I forgot to measure but they were probably 1.5 -2 inches in diameter.

Now, reshape them to resemble a salt shaker.

When making detailed characters, it’s helpful to have reference. So, I made an illustration inspired from the character version on The Mandalorian and created a template you can download and use as a helpful guide.

Use the template under a piece of wax paper and shape the rolled cake ball to match the shape and size on the template. Use your fingers to mold the small head and angled body. Slide the bottom of the body on the wax paper and it will help create a smooth, flat surface. Use the side of a lollipop stick to press against the cake shape to define the neck if needed.

Once shaped, leave on the counter for 30-45 minutes. This can help with the occasional problem of cracking after dipping by allowing the compacted cake pop mixture to rest and expand.

Then, place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up for dipping. Transfer them to the fridge to remain chilled, but not frozen.

Use the template to make the ears, too. Just dip a toothpick into melted green candy coating and use it to fill in the shape. Make the ears on the thicker side without the coating falling outside the lines. Then just let them dry completely.

For light green coating, mix dark and white vanilla candy wafers together when melting. You can also use vanilla candy wafers mixed with green oil-based candy coloring.

Here are pdfs of the template and coordinating tags that you can download and use. I used a 1-7/8 inch paper punch for the tags, but a 2-inch can also work. Just print out the pdf slightly higher than 100% to accommodate if needed. Also, the tags include a version  without Happy Valentine’s Day if you need it.

Baby Yoda Template

Yoda Best Tags

  • Okay now let’s decorate. Remove a chilled shaped cake ball from the fridge one at a time and holding by the head, dip into light brown melted candy coating.
  • Gently swirl to let excess coating fall off and immediately insert a lollipop stick into the bottom center of the cake ball. Insert halfway for support – about the same height as the body and let dry.
  • Once dry, dip the head into the green candy coating and remove allowing any excess coating to fall off. Don’t worry if the cake is exposed around the neck. You’ll be covering it up soon with more coating for the collar.
  • Once you dip the head, immediately place two ears in position on either side and hold in place until they are set.
  • Repeat with remaining cake pops to get to this step.

  • Now add details. Use a toothpick dipped in coating to draw two lines down the front of the coat.
  • Mix some of the light brown coating with more white vanilla coating to achieve a lighter color for the collar. Use a lollipop stick this time to apply a thicker amount. Apply in sections and let dry in between to create a fluffy look. Otherwise, the coating will spread more smoothly together.
  • Paint pink on the ears with edible poppy paint or melted pink candy coating.
  • Use a toothpick dipped in green to draw lines on the forehead, tops of the ears, noses and sweet smiles. Let dry.
  • Use a black edible-ink writing pen to draw on big black eyes.

For the finishing facial touches, add more green coating slightly over the eyes to create big brows. Then use white or even the light brown coating to dot and add sparkle to the eyes.

Sidenote: Here’s a good visual where you could stop and still be super cute… Imagine the cake pop without painting on pink or overlapping green coating on the ears. You could also eliminate a step by making his coat all the same color brown. You could skip dotting the eyes, but it really does add something. So, if you’re looking to simplify, consider some of these tips and stop right here.

But let’s keep going for some Valentine’s Day fun!

Attach a jumbo red heart sprinkle on Baby Yoda’s coat with a dot of melted coating to act as glue. Once dry, use a toothpick dipped in green to draw little fingers overlapping the heart. Extend the coating around the sides and right under the collar for arms and let dry.

The last step really pulls it all together. Use some of the light brown melted candy coating and apply on the pop overlapping the arms and tapering at an angle towards the collar on the sides. let dry completely and then draw a definition line defining the cuff with more melted candy coating and let dry.

Punch out the paper tags and you’re all set to make someone’s Valentine’s Day.

Hey Baby! Yoda Best!

I had to nibble the little guy’s ear.

And his sweet cheeks, too!

Oops! Hope you enjoy these yummy Baby Yoda’s as much as I did making (and eating) them.

Hugs and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Really Cute Reindeer Cake Pops

What a difference a decade makes. It’s fun to see where I started and how much better my cake pops look now after making so many of them over the years. These little reindeers are an example of hard work and a lot of learning on the job. Here are the first reindeers I ever […]

What a difference a decade makes. It’s fun to see where I started and how much better my cake pops look now after making so many of them over the years. These little reindeers are an example of hard work and a lot of learning on the job.

Here are the first reindeers I ever made if you want to see a comparison of what I am talking about.

The ones in this post are definitely a lot more detailed, but they are just an example of what’s possible, you can certainly decorate them down so to speak, but I like to make them a little extra for you guys to see and hopefully inspire even more ideas for you.

For these, I’m going to start by talking all about antlers. You can make them ahead of time and have them ready for when you want to make the pops.

I wanted the antlers for these sweet little deers to look very specific and the only way to really do that was to build them. So, I broke apart pretzel sticks into two smaller sizes … about 1 inch and a 1/4 inch give or take.

(NOTE: You can definitely make these with regular broken pretzel twists for a more casual look and a lot less effort, too.)

Once the pretzel pieces are broken into two smaller sizes, I used melted candy coating to attach the tiny pieces to the larger ones. This is where it got a little tricky and where you just have to regroup, learn and figure things out as you go.

My plan was to dip them in melted chocolate coating right after this stage, but the melted coating basically melted the chocolate holding the pretzel appendages together and they fell apart immediately. Big, big bummer after building all the little antler parts.

So to try and fix it, I added more melted coating across the three pieces of pretzel (See above left photo). Use your finger or the end of a lollipop stick dipped in the coating to apply. My hope was that the coating would act like a connecter piece and add more support when dipping. And it did! I also … and this is important… froze them for several minutes before dipping.

Voila! Having them frozen and with more chocolate support before dipping was the answer. Submerge them in the melted candy coating with just the bottom bit of the pretzel exposed. You’ll probably get chocolate on your fingers… just wipe it off in between each dip.

Hold them to dry or the coating will pool if you lay them flat. You can speed this up by sticking them in the freezer for a few seconds while holding. I know, I know… annoying, but I was determined to make these little antlers. Once dry, you can store them until ready to use.

Okay, now for the pops. Here are my basic cake pop instructions. Follow them with your favorite cake flavor and then use the rest of the decorating instructions below.

You’ll need rolled cake ball shapes, almonds and melted candy coating tinted a light brown. (Just use vanilla candy coating and add a little chocolate candy coating to mix and lighten the color when melting.)

Place two almonds with the rounded side down in position for ears and use the melted candy coating as glue to attach them. Let dry in position.

Use a lollipop stick to press holes into the cake ball where you want the antlers to go. Do this before chilling and dipping. If you try to attach them without the indention after dipping, it makes it harder to keep the cake ball shape in tact. It will try to separate some.

Once ears are attached and indentions made, go ahead and chill the cake balls in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until firm.

Insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of a chilled and shaped cake pop and dip into melted and fluid candy coating. Remove and let any excess fall off. Immediately insert the prepared antlers in position and place in a cake pop stand to dry.

Now for the faces.

  • I used white edible poppy paint to create two round shapes on the front of the pop using a brush.
  • When dry, I emphasized the curves by applying melted candy coating using a toothpick.
  • Sprinkle white sanding sugar on top and over a bowl for a furry look before the coating sets.
  • Use melted coating as glue to attach a white candy eye in position for the snout and let dry. The ones I used are blank, but you can easily find them with black eyes in stores.
  • Apply pink candy coating to emphasize the ears and sprinkle with more sanding sugar before it dries.
  • Use more of the candy coating to dot on spots around the forehead using a toothpick.

Wow, they are really starting to come together. Just a few more details.

Add sweet lashy lids with a black edible-ink writing pen.

And of course, we need little red noses. I used these seasonal holly and berry sprinkles, but red sugar pearls would probably work, too. Attach them to the snouts with a dot of melted white candy coating as glue.

Oh deer, look how cute!

Here was my inspiration for these adorable little guys. A crochet account that I stumbled on through instagram with the cutest cuddly crocheted critters.

Hope these little guys brighten your day! Enjoy.

Halloween Cake Pops – Mummy Cakesicles

These spooky Halloween cake pops will add a festive and delicious touch to your party. A simple white cake is combined with rich vanilla frosting and dipped in white chocolate, then decorated into adorable mummy cakesicles! Perfect for all the little g…

These spooky Halloween cake pops will add a festive and delicious touch to your party. A simple white cake is combined with rich vanilla frosting and dipped in white chocolate, then decorated into adorable mummy cakesicles! Perfect for all the little ghouls and goblins. It’s trick or treat time again! Halloween is on its way...

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Detective Pikachu Cake Pops

It’s been a little while since I’ve made character cake pops. I usually partner with an animated movie when I do. You can see some of them here. But this time, I was inspired by a super-fun memory and a cute little yellow Pokémon. So, The other day I was talking with friends about some […]

It’s been a little while since I’ve made character cake pops. I usually partner with an animated movie when I do. You can see some of them here. But this time, I was inspired by a super-fun memory and a cute little yellow Pokémon.

So, The other day I was talking with friends about some of the crazy adventures I’ve been on because of baking. And one of the most fun experiences was the time I made cake pops with Blake Lively at her home. Still to this day so surreal. Well, the next thing I know, I’m watching Entertainment Tonight and there’s Blake with her husband for the premiere of his new movie, Detective Pikachu. She was glowing and not just because she was wearing a dress made of sunshine and pregnant with her third child. I think she always glows and is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

Anyway, while I was watching TV and thinking about what I should make next I was like… duh. It has to be Pikachus. Definitely Detective Pikachu to help celebrate her hubby’s movie.

So, how do we go from big round cake balls to the pudgy little Pokemon character below?

Let’s investigate.

First … check out my basic cake pop instructions if you need them. Once you’ve rolled them into balls, use the instructions below to shape and decorate.

Now, I know most people won’t make these, but I always hope when I share more challenging designs, that there’s something in the process, a technique or new approach that you might see and want to try on your own creations. Because really, the possibilities are endless. And I realize these are not your everyday cake pops, but I tend to go over the top when I make a new design to see how far I can take it and what I can get away with. Hopefully you find some inspiration along the way.

So, here’s a tip if you’re trying to make character cake pops that have a very specific look. Find an image of the character you’re making on google and print it out in different sizes. Place a piece of wax paper over it and use the best image underneath as a guide to shape your cake pop mixture and also to help find sprinkles and candies in the right size to help you decorate.

To shape the body, I started out with large rolled cake balls and divided the mixture in two parts. One part to shape for the body and one part to shape for the head. Separating the head and body will help create a more defined shape when dipped in candy coating.

Shape the body using the image under wax paper as a template. Use smooth tools like a spoon handle or even a lollipop stick to help recreate the body like the image. Once the body is shaped to resemble Pikachu’s knees/legs, place it over the template and then use a spoon or knife to cut off the excess around the neck, leaving a curved edge to place the head on once it is shaped.

Roll a smaller ball for the head and use a lollipop stick to flatten where the eyes will be and then press the end into the front to define where the mouth will go.

These flower sprinkles will be used for the feet. You could get away without doing this step, but it adds a little extra detail.

Use some melted yellow candy coating to attach the heads to the bodies. Then attach the flower sprinkles to the bottom of the legs for feet.

Roll small balls out of the cake pop mixture to then shape into tiny little arms. Attach them to the body with more melted candy coating and let dry completely.

Yes, much better with arms. You can start to see the character coming together.

At this stage, you can place the shaped Pikachus in the fridge to chill and firm up for dipping and you can also prepare the ears.

I used bananas from this fruit shaped candy sprinkle mixture for the ears. You could also use something like licorice pastilles. They just won’t have a pointy end. The bananas were a pretty good match, but they needed to be bulked up a bit and also to be the same color as Pikachu’s body, so I dipped them in melted yellow candy coating and once dry, set them on wax paper.

I’m sorry Pikachu  :0

Dip Pikachu in a tall narrow bowl containing melted and fluid, yellow candy coating. Remove and gently tap off the excess. Before the coating, dries, place two of the coated banana candies in position for ears.

Once the bodies are dry, you can decorate.

Dot on melted chocolate candy coating in position for the nose using a toothpick.

Use a black edible ink writing pen to draw on mouths and eyes. Use a red edible ink writing pen to draw on cheeks.

Paint his tummy white and the tips of his ears black with Poppy Paint.

Then use a toothpick to dot on more white for the sparkle in his eyes.

You could stop here, but I wanted to give him his lightning bolt-shaped tail.

Use the same image and place it under wax paper. Use a sharpie to trace the tail shape. Then place a new clean piece of wax paper on top to pipe yellow candy coating on. Place the tails in the freezer for several minutes to dry.

Carefully attach them to the body with more melted candy coating.

Too cute!

Now you’ll really think I am insane. I do too. I’m almost embarrassed. But obviously Detective Pikachu needs his super sleuth hat.

I used a candy mold to make chocolate buttons/discs and then placed them on top of a dollop of melted chocolate to create a lid effect.

This mold isn’t available anymore, but search candy drop mold for something similar.

OMG. Dying over here with these cute little caps.

Stop it!

Sorry, I can’t help myself!

Hope you enjoy these and the movie, too! It’s in theaters this weekend starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith.