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.

sandee said...

I am DYING for some of the baby burgers! SO SO CUTE!!

June 8, 2010 01:23 AM
Betsy Sajdak said...

Can you do 4th of July early so that we have something cute to make??!?

June 8, 2010 02:19 AM
ally said...

I do not know it can be made in such shape.The bees are very lovely.

June 8, 2010 04:31 AM
Jen from said...

You continue to amaze me with your creativity! Unbelievably adorable ideas, yet again…you are such an inspiration! I think I’m officially a “Bakerella” wanna-be! :)

June 8, 2010 08:26 AM
Katie Y said...

omg…These are seriously the CUTEST things ever! Burgers and bees!

June 8, 2010 10:35 AM
Jennifer said...

Too cute! I don’t know if I have the patience to make the burgers though. ;)

June 8, 2010 10:49 AM
Jessica said...

So you keep on teasing me! I have a crazy obsession with creative cooking/baking books and as of now I have three on my list. I was actually discussing this with my husband last night. I need to get “Who You Callin’ Cupcake”, “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey for Kids” (recommended by you) and your Pops book. The first two I’m planning to get this weekend, but I can’t hardly wait for yours to come out! Ahhhh, the Fall 2010 isn’t coming fast enough!

June 8, 2010 10:58 AM
Dawn said...

As adorable as ever!! :)

June 8, 2010 04:53 PM
Sucr&Chic said...

I tried to made cakepops but the taste was strange, like a non-baked dough. I melted quatre-quart and Nutella. Is that normal ?
(excuse my bad english, I am french and can easily read in english but it is difficult to write it)

June 8, 2010 06:08 PM
oh.fmrl said...

my two favorite things!!! however, i’ve never been able to eat bees before :D
i must try to make those.

June 8, 2010 06:48 PM
Elz said...

oh man… those burgers are too adorable!! May have to make some for my next BBQ!

June 8, 2010 07:58 PM
Lesley March said...

I love the little burgers!!!

June 8, 2010 09:45 PM
Rena said...

I love these! So adorable!

June 8, 2010 09:52 PM
Alex said...

Burger buzz! These pops look like way too much effort for a lazy baker like me, but I love to look at them! Awesome work.

June 8, 2010 10:37 PM
Zesty said...

You never fail to amaze me with your cake pops! These are awesome!

June 8, 2010 11:27 PM
Megan said...

I’m a vegetarian and these are burgers I’d eat!

June 9, 2010 12:43 AM
Lisa Galbraith said...

OMG!!! These are so great! I will need to find an excuse to make them and soon :) Are these ones in the book?

June 9, 2010 01:33 AM
Sarah C said...

I love the burgers!

June 9, 2010 04:17 AM
Carrot said...

This is totally awesome!

June 9, 2010 06:20 AM
The Teacher Cooks said...

Good gracious! Your creativity is unstoppable and these are so cute. I like to stop just to see what you have cooked up for eye candy.

June 9, 2010 11:40 AM
Lisa Ohland said...

OMG – I was just logging on to ask you for some ideas to make a bumble bee (it’s my daughter’s dance mascot). I was thinking of shaping 2 balls (head and body – body tapered for a stinger), and using the candy melts for wings. I was going to use my Cricut Cake to cut chocolate satin ice for the stripes, but yours are soooooo much easier….
A million thank you’s for posting this one…..

June 9, 2010 01:41 PM
cakebrain said...

They are simply the “bees’ knees”! I think they’re adorable.

June 9, 2010 01:45 PM
Weekend Cowgirl said...

The bee’s are adorable, but I love the little burgers!!!

June 9, 2010 01:45 PM
Crystal said...

First time commenter – I seriously love ALL of your ideas. They make me happy :) I wish I had 1/4 of your creativity. Keep surprising us with your great and innovative ideas!

June 9, 2010 06:35 PM
cbear6889 said...

I love the hamburgers!

June 9, 2010 07:27 PM
Roseann said...

THESE ARE WAY TO CUTE! i love those little bees.

June 10, 2010 10:08 AM
Alex said...

I just love your creations. They always make me smile.

June 10, 2010 10:33 AM
Miz Booshay said...

How do you do it???
How do you come up with these adorable ideas!!!??

Just fantastic!

June 10, 2010 11:49 AM
Caroline said...

You are my hero Bakerella! Love your work.
Are making my own versions of your cake balls. But in Norway, where I live, we don’t have candy melts so its difficult to make anything but dark chocolate cake balls. But that’s okey, they are really great anyway! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!

June 10, 2010 02:46 PM
Shayna said...

These are perfect for the upcoming company barbecue for which I signed up for a “TBD Dessert” – thanks!

June 10, 2010 04:01 PM
rena said...

I made those hamburger cupcakes and sugar cookie fries and they were quite possibly the cutest thing ever. (pictures:

June 10, 2010 04:02 PM
fragolina said...

love these burgers. great ideas.

June 11, 2010 06:55 AM
Maytina said...

Oh. Em. Gee. Those wee burgers are so freaking cute I can hardly contain myself.

My dad just found out he’s deathly allergic and we’ve been teasing him with random bee-related things. I’m so making these bees for him!

June 12, 2010 12:43 AM
Kate said...

I really enjoy the hamburgers. Great for cookouts!

June 12, 2010 12:49 PM
rossemarie hernandez ojeda said...

porfavor m pueden mandar stas recetitas en español,por favooooooooor!

June 12, 2010 10:35 PM
rossemarie hernandez ojeda said...

estos chupetines de abejitas stan lindos,pero no entiendo el ingles,por favor contestenme!

June 12, 2010 10:36 PM
fatmum said...

Lovely bees!

June 13, 2010 02:04 AM
Margot said...

Oh, l love those bees… very cute! I think I will do something similar for my daughter’s birthday :)

June 13, 2010 06:21 AM
Rita said...

Dearest Bakerella, do you ever teach live, in-person classes? I’ve tried and tried to make your beautiful cake pops, following your on-line directions, but mine always turn out ugly, really, really ugly. I’ve tried everything I can think of to remedy my lack-of- good-cake-pop-making ability, but I end up with blobs of coating over yummy cake. While I would give these ugly but yummy blobs to good friends, I can’t use them for a wider purpose. I want to be a walking testimony for bakerella, but end up with lots of leftover cake in the fridge to eat while feeling blue that I can’t make a decent pop…I know I could be cured, if only I could take a real live class and you could see my flops!!! What to do? So back to the start–do you ever teach live classes??? Sincerely, Cake Pop Deprived in Kentucky

June 14, 2010 10:36 PM
Rita said...

Wow! These are perfect!

June 16, 2010 08:42 AM
Aly said...

i would never have the patience to make the hamburgers! They’re so adorable, just like everything else you make. Can’t wait to buy your book!

June 20, 2010 02:07 PM
Jenn said...

Have I told you that I love you before?? ha ha! =)
I love to bake … Before blogging I usually baked from my favorite recipes …once in a while venturing out with a new recipe from a magazine or something…Then I started blogging in Jan… and I found the Pioneer Woman… and I am sure you know… love love! and Now after finding your blog… I am SO excited to try the cake pops!! and now look at all the fun I can have with them ~ love love!! the Ham & Potato above made me laugh so hard!! =)

June 20, 2010 03:34 PM
Henna said...

the hamburgers are so cute, i would love to make them and i am sure that they would be as tasty as they seem, the combination of burger and bees is just adorable

June 22, 2010 04:47 AM
Audrey said...

so…my first attempt at the bees went okay. They looked really cute, but how do I prevent them from cracking? When i coated them they were cold and the chocolate hot so some of them split after they cooled down. Any suggestions? oh…and they were a huge hit!! Made a beehive cake for a baby shower and then stuck them in!

June 22, 2010 08:03 PM
Valisa said...

I just have to share this story: So I got all set to start dipping my burger cake balls… I melted my dark chocolate chips to get started, put in the olive oil to thin it out for dipping… which I usually use instead of shortening. After I pulled it out of the microwave I noticed something smelled weird. Certainly not like Chocolate. Then quickly – a flash of thoughts burst through… my mind. That smells like garlic, and then OH NO!!!!!!!!!!! Then… SHOOT! olive oil I bought at the grocery store last trip was something new… infused with GARLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGH. Garlic and Chocolate… not a good mix. Out goes that batch! uugghh.

July 3, 2010 02:28 PM
Deanna said...

Made the hamburger bites yesterday…whew! That was work! I’m glad they don’t all require that amount of dipping. I have to admit though…they are pretty darn cute! Thanks for the great idea!

July 9, 2010 07:26 AM
Kara said...

these are so adorable! I plan to make them for a party, are they fine kept in the fridge overnight?

July 13, 2010 03:32 PM
Notta Baker said...

Well, my burgers turned out nothing like the photos (yours are drop-dead cute, of course), but they are sort of endearing, in a Franken-Krabby-Patty sort of way. They’re for my son’s birthday, and the kid who can guess what they’re supposed to be will win the prize!

July 15, 2010 09:13 PM
simplydolicious said...


These are too cute! You have such amazing hands! :)

July 16, 2010 07:28 AM
Afsana said...

Hi Bakerella,

I’m very new to this cake pop craze, boy have a missed a lot! These are fantastic! How cute ;-)
My little girl is turning 1 at the beginning of August and you have inspired me to go all out and make her 1st b’day memorable. Thanks muchly ;-)

July 20, 2010 05:12 AM
olga said...

me encantas la abeja , so cute the burger to

August 11, 2010 02:11 PM
Darleen said...

HELP! I have having a real hard time with the edible pens. Is there a trick to get them to write … it’s working fine on paper but can’t get it to write smoothly on the pops …

August 25, 2010 08:12 PM
Gisselle said...

WOW.. You are amazing. I wanted to know if you have attempted doing Ladybug cake pops. I saw your Bee Pops and thought “how cute this would be if I could do a ladybug pop for my daughters birthday to take to school.” I am going to attempt them, if they come out cute I will post the pick and directions.

September 2, 2010 09:14 AM
carine said...

soooooo cute!
wish i could be so creative and soo good:-)
i make attempts but they never look so gorgeous haha

September 9, 2010 07:30 AM
Katlyn said...

Wow! these are beyond adorable! how do u think of this stuff! : )

September 17, 2010 04:13 PM
meriam from moorea said...

how cute!!! waw!!! thks for sharing all your ideas!!
unfortunately i don t have any candy melt here,so i m gonna try these whith white chocolate,melted. but it s hard to get it smooth !! do i have to put some butter whith it to be more liquid or some cream. can you give me some advices,because i would definitely try cake pops for my daughter’s birthday.

September 26, 2010 03:34 PM
Sarah said...

Omg! It looks so cute!

October 6, 2010 05:37 AM
Sarah said...

Sooooooooooooooo cute it looks like the burgers from Spongebob

October 6, 2010 05:41 AM
Rebeca Santana said...

Hi, my name is Rebeca and i’ve been addicted to this site for almost a week now!!! Ummm.. is it normal that i am staying up past 2:45am in love with all of your creations?? LOL!!

LOVE IT!! continue doing what you do.. you are amazing!!!

Making these Bee cake pops tomorrow!!! If you have any suggestions please feel free to pass them along :)


October 8, 2010 02:47 AM
Kim said...

I made the bee’s this weekend! Our high school mascot is a “bee”. My daughter’s varsity swim team luv’d them, and so did I! Took me longer than I thought, but it was my first try! Will be making differnet theme’d ones for xmas! Thanks Bakerella!

November 15, 2010 11:52 AM
GG said...

I love this idea!!!!!! And this Website! Thank you for inventing the cake pop Bakerella!!!!!!

November 19, 2010 07:19 PM
Rosebud said...

hi bakereiia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 20, 2010 09:19 AM
Rosebud said...

hi bakereiia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 20, 2010 09:19 AM
Sabrina said...

Sooo cute! I’m going to make the bees for my sons class “the Busy Bee” class! : ) Thank goodness there are only 9 kids in the class – this will be my first attempt at cake pops. Never got enough courage!

December 20, 2010 01:46 AM
Rebecca said...

having a heart attack their so qute the burgers is the best thing in bakerella

December 30, 2010 07:10 PM
Meredith Cheng said...

how cute!! these remind me of the Trolli burger gummies but I’m sure these taste soooo much better :p perfect for a fast-food themed party :D

January 13, 2011 02:52 PM
Noon said...

Beyond Beautiful.. I’m in love with these burgers..

January 16, 2011 05:40 AM
Ani said...

Love them all….so amazing

February 4, 2011 01:46 AM
ava d. said...

I love burgers and I love cake balls.

February 27, 2011 04:34 PM
Charlene said...

I found your book at Barns & Noble and I had to have it!! I’m in love with bite sized food and cupcakes, how CUTE that you have merged the two! Can’t wait for MORE!!

March 13, 2011 05:18 AM
Anonymous said...

omg!!!! sooooooo cute!!!!!! :)

March 18, 2011 11:51 PM
Betty said...

This is so cute can you tell me how to make the baby faces?

March 22, 2011 07:14 PM
Kimberly said...

I just tried making the burgers.. Mine didn’t turn out NEARLY as adorable as yours! How did you get your icing so nice, and smooth, and consistent? I also only did the “bun” on a few of them because it was starting to tasty too sweet [for my tastes], but all in all it was a fun project to try! [It was also my first try doing ANYTHING like this, maybe next time I'll stick with regular cake balls!] Thanks for the fun!

April 2, 2011 07:39 AM
curtis said...

These are great. found similar design on another website. Wondered how they did this. Thank You

April 8, 2011 08:06 PM
Miri Leigh said...

Amazing, as always! Just so adorable!

April 10, 2011 12:49 PM
oksana said...

where can i find candy coating? what is it?

April 15, 2011 02:19 PM
josh said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I love cheese burgers! Sooooooooo tiny tiny cutesy! Hehe! Like rainbows and unicorn cute.

April 16, 2011 07:44 PM
m said...

c beau

June 18, 2011 09:15 AM
Pam said...

We make the “burger” cookies much easier and they’re delish….use Nilla Wafers for the bun, dye coconut green for the lettuce, use a tub of cream cheese frosting divided in half and use food dye for yellow (mustard) and red (ketchup), then use Grasshopper cookies for the burger and assemble! Voila! The cutest cookies ever with the lettuce hanging out just like a real burger!

June 21, 2011 03:09 PM
Christie Schnabel said...

I made the bees yesterday and the hamburgers today. This was my first attempt at cake balls/pops so they did not turn out quite like yours! Ha! My kids thought they were cool nonetheless! They were a big hit.
Is there a way to water down the dipping chocolate so it does not go on so heavy?

June 23, 2011 06:08 PM
Taste of Cuba said...

Love the bees, trying them tomorrow. I love the Cake Pops book!

June 23, 2011 08:45 PM
Rachel said...

There are so cute!!!!!! :o)
I love the hamburg one

June 25, 2011 06:15 PM
Samantha said...

how do you make the candy melt liquid cuz i made it and it came out thick

July 14, 2011 02:26 AM
abby w. said...

the bees r to adorable i wish i could make them but im not talented enough! haha

July 16, 2011 06:31 PM
davi said...

The burgers are so cute! :) I wanna eat them so badly…

July 30, 2011 07:52 PM
Ifeoma EZECHUKWU said...

Those bees are really nice!!!! thank you bakerella!!!

August 10, 2011 11:23 AM
jessie said...

I love it. Have you done any cakes of cake pops?

August 13, 2011 03:18 PM
Judy said...

The bees were so cute I had to make them, only problem was, my 2 yr old granddaughter ran away screeming “BEE…..BEE….” but it was way to cute I just wish I would have had my video camera ready…

August 17, 2011 12:10 AM
Lauren said...

Made these for a ba-bee shower last night and they were a HUGE hit. Everyone loved them!

August 19, 2011 09:57 AM
Ruby said...

I have problems with the food color markers. The candy melts are too oily and the pens don’t work. Any suggestions? Thank You.

September 5, 2011 06:07 PM
Maité said...

all your explanations are so clear and inspiring!

September 17, 2011 08:42 PM
Leanne said...

My friend and I made our first attempt at cake balls recently and althought they tasted great, the look of them was a lbit ess desirable. We used orange candy melts to make pumpkins. They turned out looking more like round balls covered in plaster! the candy melts were smooth after heating but was not thin enough to just dip the cake ball or to drizzle over the top. We had to apply the melted candy melt with a knife. How do we get the candy melt or even chocoate thin enough to dip and come out smooth.
We are not to be undetered by our first attempt! We plan to do more practicing. Our family is enjoying getting to taste what we try!

September 21, 2011 01:17 PM
Genevy said...

I just bought your book and cannot wait to start on some of the projects.

October 14, 2011 06:31 PM
Alex said...

They are very cute barkerell. I made your pumpkin cake pops tody they werea complete disaster. How long did it take for you to be so perfect? I didnot know it would be that hard. I wish I could meet you in person.

October 16, 2011 08:29 PM
Daniela said...

I am gonna try to do and become very famous here in Brazil! Hopefully!!!

Sao Paulo/ Brazil

November 1, 2011 12:54 PM
yolanda small said...

Would like a catalog please. Thank yoi.

November 5, 2011 08:23 PM
michelle said...

i love the cute burgers cake balls!

November 16, 2011 10:10 PM
elsa said...

i just love them they are so cute i am going to make them

November 20, 2011 05:31 AM
Leecee said...

Thanks bakerlla!the hamberger bake pops are the most cutest and delishes things I ever had

December 4, 2011 05:52 PM
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December 9, 2011 03:42 AM
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