Monday, June 7, 2010

Burgers and Bees

Bzzzzzzzz. Bees first. I did these a while back. They were some of my first attempts at turning cake pops into little creatures. Since doing them, I’ve seen other variations shared by readers that are pretty darn cute, too. Some with smaller wings using jumbo white heart sprinkles that I think are just darling. I’ll try to post some of them in the Pop Stars section in the future. But until then, I hope these spark some ideas for you.

Bee Cake Pops

Follow the instructions for making basic cake pops, shaping the balls into ovals and use the following to decorate.

You’ll need:

Yellow candy melts

White candy melts

Black candy writers

Black edible ink pen

Chocolate jimmies

Lollipop sticks

Styrofoam block


You can prepare the wings ahead of time. Use a round cutter to cut away a small section from each white candy melt. You want the curve to be similar in shape to the side of the cake pop so you can attach it without much of a gap.

Dip the pops in yellow coating. When dry, use a black candy writer to pipe on stripes and then dip the wings, cut side down into a tiny bit of leftover yellow coating. Then carefully attached it to the cake pop, holding the wings in place until the coating sets. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

This step would have been easier if I had thought about those jumbo heart sprinkles back then instead of the melts. Plus, it makes the bees look a little cuddlier… if bees can look cuddly.

When the pops are dry, draw on cute little faces with a black edible ink pen.

Now for the Hamburgers.

Are you ready?

Burger Bites

Burger bites, baby!

Candy  Melts

To decorate these you just need:

Dark chocolate candy melts

Peanut butter candy melts

Red candy melts

Green candy melts

White non-pareils

And a little patience dipping. These are achieved by applying the coating in several steps and letting dry in between.

Follow the basic cake ball instructions and after rolling them into balls, flatten them slightly so they aren’t too round.

Then start dipping.


Completely cover in dark chocolate first. You can break off any pooling when they are dry or use a toothpick to draw a separating line around the base of the ball while the coating is still wet and then it will break much easier.


When dry, dip about 1/3 of the ball in red candy coating, place red side up and let dry.


Then dip the opposite side about 1/3 of the way in green candy coating. Place green side up and let dry.

You’ll be left with the dark chocolate remaining visible in the middle.

You can use a toothpick to dip in any remaining green coating and apply ectra right around the edges so it will look a little more random. More lettuce-like.


When the green is dry, dip the bottoms in peanut butter coating. Make sure you leave some of the red visible. This time you can place them back to dry bottom side down and the coating will dry with more of a flat surface for the bottom of the bun. If the coating is too hot, let it set a few minutes before dipping so it doesn’t pool too much.

Burger Cake Bites

Finally dip the tops allowing some of the lettuce to show and sprinkle with non-pareils. Lots of dipping and drying, but pretty darn cute.

Let dry completely and you can have dinner and dessert all in one bite.


FYI … originally these were going to be in the Cake Pop book, but now… they’re not. Bzzzzzzzzz kill. I know. It was hard not to include them… really hard. But ultimately it came down to page count. I needed to stick to a certain number of pages and there just wasn’t room for a few of the projects. I decided to take out the burgers because you are basically putting three layers of coating on the cake balls and I thought that might be too thick for most people’s taste. And the bees… I don’t really know. I guess I thought they weren’t cuddly enough. Now, I’m having second thoughts. I do that a lot. Too bad, though… it’s too late.

Anyway, hope you like them.

And if cake pops aren’t your thing, take a look at these Father’s Day Hamburger cupcakes.

Becky Zufall said...

You never cease to amaze me. I wish I had 1/10 of the creativeness that you have. Thank you for your constant inspirations!

June 7, 2010 12:39 AM
Jamie said...

Those are so cute! I love the bees and the hamburgers look wonderful, too!

June 7, 2010 12:40 AM
Brittanie said...

LOVE the burgers! I think men are more likely to try one when it isn’t so cutesy.. these are def. fathers day goodies :)

June 7, 2010 12:41 AM
Regina said...

Those bees are TOO cute-I’m gonna have to try them!!!

June 7, 2010 12:42 AM
Lisa said...

The hamburgers are so darn cute!!!

June 7, 2010 12:42 AM
robin said...

i LOVE both the burgers & the bees!!! adorable!!! i am also LOVING how easy it looks to make the burgers. i just may have to try these for an upcoming party. thank you, bakerella!!!

June 7, 2010 12:45 AM
Mardi Sizemore said...

You are so talented!!! Just amazing!

June 7, 2010 12:46 AM
Baking Monster said...

These are so cute! I love the burger idea, really anything mini has my heart!

June 7, 2010 12:50 AM
magdalena vargas said...

These are too cute : )

June 7, 2010 12:53 AM
krystal said...

Can’t wait to get a

June 7, 2010 01:03 AM
Sarah said...

Wow, you never cease to amaze me with your awesome cake pops. I’m still trying to master the chicks from two Easters ago!

June 7, 2010 01:06 AM
Wendy in California said...

I am SO glad I already ordered a copy of your book!!!…..because if the bees and burgers are the REJECTS, then the book is gonna be AbFAB ( actually, I already knew it would be terrific). You are the original pop star, Bakerella!

June 7, 2010 01:11 AM
Rachael said...

Eeeeek! So cute!!!!!!

June 7, 2010 01:12 AM
Stephanie said...

I am taken by the fact that you can actually *make* things look like your idea… that’s the tricky part for me!

June 7, 2010 01:12 AM
++MIRA++ said...

these werent included? wow, i wonder what is then. lol. the burgers are just flat adorable. i think they are amazing.

June 7, 2010 01:13 AM
Ely roo said...

amazing ….. very cute, original and sensational, this is a boom for anyone. perfect to impress and delight at any party or reunion… A++++

June 7, 2010 01:14 AM
Emily H. said...

Those bees are SO cute! And I simply wouldn’t have the patience to make the hamburgers (without a lot of Diet Coke) but I think they’re genius!

June 7, 2010 01:16 AM
Destiny said...

Aww way too cute!!

June 7, 2010 01:19 AM
Lizcupcakes said...

You have a lot of patience! These look great! Both are so cute.

June 7, 2010 01:22 AM
Heather C said...

Those little bees put the biggest smile on my face.

June 7, 2010 01:22 AM
Jen said...

I tried to make just plain old cake balls last week for my stepdaughter”s birthday. It was such a disaster. The red velvet cake balls made the white candy melts blotchy with red. They were ugly but tasted great!

June 7, 2010 01:31 AM
malak said...

you are sooooo talented, keep it up.

June 7, 2010 01:36 AM
Nikki Beeee ;) said...

Eeeeeee! I’m squealing with delight, these bees are so cute! The little kid in me can just imagine running around with these bumble bees in the air and making buzzing noises like they’re flying. Hehe. If these didn’t make it into the book, and I can’t wait to see what did! Bakerella, you’re so creative!

June 7, 2010 01:45 AM
miss jonie said...

oh bakerella I am not a fan of Bee’s at all BUT this could just sway my thinking lol….and the hamburger it is funny how it didnt look like a burger until the end when you added the “bun” it (to use a pun) was icing on the cake lol……ok back to eating cake pops instead of making bad jokes about them !

June 7, 2010 02:04 AM
Nina D said...

… I think those burgers are possibly one of the CUTEST things I’ve ever seen.

June 7, 2010 02:04 AM
michelledammit said...

maybe after a few gin and tonics i too could have the patience needed to create the awesome burger bites..they are fantastic!

June 7, 2010 02:21 AM
Sonya O. said...

I love them! Do you have any photos of little monkey cake pops? I want to make them for my son’s birthday party. :)

June 7, 2010 02:32 AM
peachkins said...

Soooo cute!

June 7, 2010 02:42 AM
Malu macias said...

I love your pops and ideas…

June 7, 2010 03:30 AM
morgana said...

I love them all !!!!

Bees are great but burgers… Wow! So original.

You’re the best.

June 7, 2010 03:50 AM
Marie said...

I love the burgers!!! They’re awesome.

June 7, 2010 04:19 AM
yifatiii said...

So sweet ?
You are so talented and genius!

June 7, 2010 04:22 AM
Simone said...

oooh, i love the sweeeeet beeees. long time no cakepops in my kitchen … these bees will chnge that!!! :) love your work!

June 7, 2010 04:44 AM
Marie said...

I’m still in love with your cake pops, this is a great idea !
And I’ll buy your book !

Bye from France.


June 7, 2010 05:03 AM
Rachel from A Cupcake For Moose said...

Genius! They may not have made the book, but luckily you have a sweet site to share them on. And I’m oh-so-glad you did! Those bee faces are adorable! Save the honeybees! :)

Have a great week Bakerella!

June 7, 2010 05:45 AM
Amy said...

Adorable, as always!

June 7, 2010 05:58 AM
Wei-Wei said...

The bees are soooo darn adorable! The burgers are cute as well, but I’ve been spoiled by seeing hamburger macarons on Eat Me Daily ;) Ever considered making hamburger macaron pops? Haha that would be awesome!


June 7, 2010 05:58 AM
Sue said...

Thrse are just waaaay too cute!!!

June 7, 2010 06:26 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

The burgers are just too adorable!

June 7, 2010 06:27 AM
Cindy said...

I made the burger cupcakes last year, and it was so bizarre biting into it and not tasting actual burger! The patties looked so realistic! They were a lot is fun to make :)

thanks for sharing these two cute cake pops too.

June 7, 2010 06:45 AM
Nicole said...

These are just too cute! The bees would be sweet buzzing around my 4th of July Party :) Thank for your continued creativeness!

June 7, 2010 07:04 AM
Katrina said...

Ahhh these are super cute!! I love the bees :)

June 7, 2010 07:20 AM
Alia said...

v creative and love allll ur art and baking ideas :)

June 7, 2010 07:23 AM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

Amazing! I am in awe everytime I see your latest cake pop creation, they just get cuter everytime!

June 7, 2010 08:01 AM
Andrea R. said...

A-freakin’-dorable! Sooooo cute!

June 7, 2010 08:17 AM
jennifer said...

LOVE THEM!!! Always looking for fun ideas for hamburgers!! My kids are crazy about them!

June 7, 2010 08:35 AM
Nicoleigh said...

Cute. Very cute. But not too cute to not eat! :)

June 7, 2010 09:05 AM
Country Girl in the City said...

Where DO you get these ideas??? Soooo cute, I love it!

June 7, 2010 09:11 AM
Raimie said...

Dear Bee-autiful,
I’m inspired!

My Mom and I go to the Longaberger business conference every year in Columbus, Ohio and it’s called “The Bee”… I just might have to make up some of these for CEO Tami Longaberger and ‘The Bee Boyz’.

I can’t wait to see your book. It’s going to be awesome… I can feel it in my hips.

Just ‘Popping-in’
From Nebraska

June 7, 2010 09:14 AM
Ronnette said...

so make it look so easy, i have to try these!

June 7, 2010 09:20 AM
Elle Sees said...

I’m dyinggggg!

June 7, 2010 09:29 AM
eleni said...

I am amazed… first time here and feel like a kid again that wants to have a piece of everything… excellent work!!

June 7, 2010 09:34 AM
Yvonne said...

Your bees can be in your 2nd book!! Don’t tell me you’re not thinking about that!! Love ’em. So darn cute. bzzzzzzzzzz!

June 7, 2010 09:40 AM
Jayme F. said...

These are adorable, and I have made many cake pops/bites in the past. However, for some reason I always made them in the fall or winter, but the bees would be perfect for a family picnic I am attending this weekend. How do you think these would hold up outside for a few hours? should I make sure they stay refrigerated before serving? I’d hate for them to be melted and messy before people even get to enjoy them!

June 7, 2010 09:49 AM
Jen at Cabin Fever said...

These are both AWESOME! And the hamburgers. Oh my… I definitely have a sweet tooth and the three layers don’t scare me away at all. Hey, even if they aren’t in the book we can look at them on here!

Cabin Fever in Vermont

June 7, 2010 09:54 AM
Malin said...

The hamburger ones are just too cute. I about died a bit when I saw them. In a good way.

June 7, 2010 09:55 AM
Jeannie said...

I can’t wait to make these for our next cookout!

June 7, 2010 09:57 AM
Robin said...

These are adorable. Have you ever made ladybugs?

June 7, 2010 10:12 AM
M@bettycrapper said...

Love the bees. They are so cute. What a shame I don’t have the creative gene. I guess I’ll just watch.

June 7, 2010 10:23 AM
StrawberryCAKE said...

You NEVER cease to amaze me! This summer I am going to take on the cake pop for my daughters birthdays….I’m nervous…where do you live maybe you could drop by and help : D

June 7, 2010 10:24 AM
Margaret said...

dang it woman!! you make everything seem so easy and wonderful, and NOW i am going to have to make a batch of these for my family reunion in a few weeks. I LOVE the little burgers! I think that is my favorite design you have made so far. You are such a genius! Nobel Prize for you!!

June 7, 2010 10:25 AM
heleen said...

Hi dear, I just wanted to say I think you’re incredibly inspiring. You really try to bring something new and inventive to the world of pastries and baking and you inspire me to put more effort into my own little creations :)

June 7, 2010 10:43 AM
Cassidy said...

these are SO CUTE !
i love your father’s day burger cupcakes to ! i made them a couple weeks ago: link to


June 7, 2010 10:43 AM
Lorie said...

These are too cute! I would say that they are BEE-utiful! :) I love it because my niece is having a Winnie the Pooh 1st birthday and these along with the Winnie the Pooh cake pops are perfect! Thank you!

June 7, 2010 10:52 AM
Raelynn said...

SO great for summertime BBQ’s…Cant wait for the book!

June 7, 2010 11:12 AM
Jennifer @ You Had Me at Dessert said...

Absolutely adorable!

June 7, 2010 11:25 AM
Hannah @ thepastrykook said...

oh my gosh. the burgers look SOOOOOOOO cute!

June 7, 2010 11:28 AM
Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Can’t wait for the book :D

June 7, 2010 11:29 AM
Amanda said...

These are adorable, I am so excited to get your book…I can’t wait. :)

June 7, 2010 11:56 AM
Nancy said...

SO many recipes of yours I want to try but there is so little time in the day to actually make them. I can’t wait until your book comes out to see what else you come up with!

June 7, 2010 12:01 PM
Miss Candiquik said...

These are absolutely perfect…friends of mine farm honey bees – I know exactly what I will bring as a favor to their “honey harvest” party this year!!! How fitting :) Thanks for the great post as always. … and of course, the hamburgers, cute cute! May require multiple dippings, but other than that looks pretty straight forward w/o too much of the tedious work.

Sarah at

June 7, 2010 12:04 PM
Shannon W. said...

I just wanted to say that I just voted for you to be on the Betty Crocker cover!!! I hope they choose that one!!!

June 7, 2010 12:05 PM
Seanna Lea said...

The bees are super cuddly even with the bigger candy melts!

June 7, 2010 12:08 PM
Josie said...

Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but how about leaving the PB melt as is, and using 2 as buns?

June 7, 2010 12:16 PM
Teri said...

Honestly… how do you think up these ideas?? TOO cute! Great work!

June 7, 2010 12:23 PM
Alicia said...

I just had to say that I made the bannanaberry muffins and I LOVED them! Thank you for that recipe. It is a KEEPER!

June 7, 2010 12:23 PM
Susie said...

I am so awful and terrible at the dipping and coating with the chocolate. I have tried several times and its never overly smooth and perfect. Its rustic. Not exactly what I am generally going for. But I am going to Have to try these! Thanks Bakerella! Keep those awesome ideas coming! :)

June 7, 2010 12:34 PM
Maranda said...

Oh my! Those are fantastic! I love the burgers and the bees are super cute! I can’t wait until your book comes out!!! Thanks for sharing!

June 7, 2010 12:40 PM
Cupcake Activist said...

I’m horrible at dipping. How do you do it so well? Think of me as Lucille Ball in that episode of I Love Lucy where she works in a candy factory.

June 7, 2010 12:57 PM
amy said...

GREAT pops today! Super cute.

I just got a chance to vote on the cover of the Betty Crocker Fall Baking Magazine and I chose the CAKE POP COVER!!

Congrats for being in the mag! You look great on the cover shot!

June 7, 2010 01:43 PM
Ruby said...

Bakerella, I’m dying over here! These are amazing. Can’t wait to try my hand at the burger cake balls.

June 7, 2010 02:56 PM
Hazel said...

You’re simply amazing! =)

June 7, 2010 03:46 PM
Georgia Pellegrini said...

I love the bees… they would be a great present for my dad who is a beekeeper… maybe I’ll give them a whirl if I dare!

June 7, 2010 03:54 PM
Heather said...

The burger cake pops look like so much fun! :)

June 7, 2010 04:11 PM
bobbi said...

i’m dying to know how you keep from getting fingerprints on the dipped cakepops?

June 7, 2010 04:39 PM
Michelle said...

can you make “pop” versions of these mini burgers, or would that not work with the sticks since you have to dip both sides twice?

June 7, 2010 04:54 PM
Jenny said...

I recently “discovered” your existence and have been totally “hooked’ since!! Your work is truly amazing! Although I’m not much of a baker myself, I have an eye for spectacular things. So glad I found you. Thanks for sharing what you do!

June 7, 2010 05:13 PM
Amy said...


I’d rather eat those burgers than the real thing!

June 7, 2010 05:24 PM
Knitty said...

Just when I think your cake pops can’t get any cuter, you out do yourself! I almost can’t stand it!!

June 7, 2010 06:35 PM
Natalie said...

Your creativity is amazing, i love the burgers they are so cute, you can pick them up and just eat them up like a real burger too hehe! So great, the bees are super adorable as well!

June 7, 2010 06:39 PM
BreeAnn said...

wow those burger bites are AMAZING! Can’t wait for your book to come out! Love your creativity!

June 7, 2010 08:03 PM
Denise said...

Those little hamburgers are adorable! I will for sure be making those for Father’s Day! =)

June 7, 2010 08:23 PM
katie o. said...

oh my god, i think i might actually be able to make these!!!

June 7, 2010 08:54 PM
Alysssa said...

OMG, the burgers are adorable!!!! I’m definitely making those sometime soon! :D

June 7, 2010 08:57 PM
Liz said...

oh how i wish i was patient enough to make 50 of these!! LOVE!

June 7, 2010 09:11 PM
EDay said...

I am just thrilled you actually called sprinkles “chocolate jimmies”!! We never hear that over here in California, people think I’m crazy.

Way too cute!

June 7, 2010 09:19 PM
Ashley said...

Holy cow. Bakerella is my hero. I love these! I especially love how there can be so many variations on the sweet bee!!! :)
Have you thought of maybe using Necco Wafers for the wings? It wouldn’t be as chocolatey-yummy, but would prove an interesting blend of textures. There are lots of Necco wafer colors (okay, so…like FIVE…but whatever ;)) and they can be written on with edible pens. Idk.. just an idea for anyone else..

Love this. Thanks Bakerella!! :D

June 7, 2010 10:06 PM
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June 7, 2010 10:08 PM
Twinkle said...

Those cupcake bites are the cutest things ever =)

June 7, 2010 10:28 PM
Alissa said...

Those bees are gorgeous! Would you believe, just yesterday I was trying to plan bee cupcake pops (my daughter is bee crazy)…now i have a proper guide! Thanks Bakerella!!!

June 7, 2010 11:01 PM
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