Monday, August 10, 2009

Candy Apples

Apple Cake Pops

Candy Apples… minus the apples.

It’s back to school time already, so I thought I’d show you these super cute apple cake pops to celebrate. They are among some of the 50+ designs I’ve worked on so far. (I know, I know… I’ve lost it. But I just can’t stop.) I’ll try to showcase some new ones here and there in between baking other fun stuff.

Anyway, I thought these would be good today – and a great way to earn your kids brownie points right off the bat. Hmmm… brownie points with cake pops. I like it. They’re also a fun way to just say “Thanks, Teach!” You can save the idea for later and they’ll make great Teacher Appreciation gifts, too. You could even make tags for the lollipop sticks and they’ll be extra special. Or maybe I’ll make some for you that you can download. Wait, did I say that. Yikes. Okay, I’ll do it. But not today. Or tomorrow… Soon, though.

Cake and Candy

Okay, I think you all know the drill by now. We need red candy melts. White works too if you add red “candy” coloring. I used chocolate cake for these, but use any flavor you want. Apple even. Follow the basic cake pop instructions and instead of shaping the cake and frosting into round balls, make them a little wider at the top than the bottom. Then press in the center of the top and the bottom with your fingers a little bit to make subtle indentions. You can also use a lollipop stick to make a spot for the stem.

And for the stem, you’ll need pretzel sticks.


Not this many however … about 25 will do if you use the rounded ends. And if you don’t care about the ends being pretty and round, then you can break each stick down into several pieces and use less sticks. Each stem piece only needs to be about 1/2 inch at the most. While the candy coating is still wet, attach the pretzel piece and leaf and then place in a styrofoam block to dry.

Diamond Sprinkles

For the leaves, I used jumbo diamond sprinkles … the green ones. But, feel free to use anything you think will work. Check out the candy aisle for inspiration.

Apple Cake Pops

And voila… candy apples.

No… candy covered apple-shaped cakes.

Okay, how about just apple cake pops. Simple and cute.

But wait, something’s missing.

Confetti Sprinkles

Let’s see what happens with a few large white confetti sprinkles

and …

a black edible ink pen.

Apple Cake Pops

What do you think? Personality?

Apple Cake Pops

… or plain?

Apple Cake Pops

I say personality.

Just use a little bit of leftover red candy melts. With a toothpick, dot on some of the coating and glue the eyes in place. Then, use the black edible ink pen to bring them to life. When you use the pen, draw on the details with a very light touch to avoid candy residue clogging it up.

Now… Take a bite out of the little apple!

Bite me!

Ha. They’re so happy, they don’t even seem to mind their buddy being bitten.

Hey! You on the left. Wipe off that grin … you’re next!

Here’s what you need to decorate them:
red candy melts
lollipop sticks
jumbo diamond sprinkles
large confetti sprinkles
styrofoam block
black edible ink pen
pretzel sticks

And, here’s the basic cake pop how-to.


Lisa Smiley said...

A D O R A B L E!!!! I will have to do these for the teachers this first week of school! Perfect as I have thirty to make for another event!Thanks!

August 10, 2009 04:45 AM
Michelle said...

I LOVE them. It'll be great to make for all of my teacher friends.

August 10, 2009 04:54 AM
paula said...

…you are so C_L_E_V_E_R !!!

August 10, 2009 04:55 AM
Dandy said...

So freakin' cute! And I love the apple cake idea.

August 10, 2009 05:03 AM
Lilia said...

The apples are so cute! Love the faces :)

August 10, 2009 05:03 AM
Rose said...

Aww what a fun idea!

August 10, 2009 05:12 AM
Kae said...

Haha, I love how the other apples were eyeballing the one getting eaten! You are so creative, great job (^.^*)

August 10, 2009 05:13 AM
Chris said...

Definitely like the ones with personality. Cute!

August 10, 2009 05:33 AM
Elle Bee said...

You are so amazing! Can you do pumpkin pops next? Or jack o lantern pops??? Pretty please???? My twins are having thier first birthday party in October and I'd love to do pumpkin pops. However, I'm nowhere near as creative as you and would be lost without your direction!

August 10, 2009 05:37 AM
Dorci said...

Just so cute they made me chuckle. Fantastic job.

August 10, 2009 05:46 AM
kanmuri said...

Really cute. You should have made some horror stricken faces, you know, for when they get eaten ;)

August 10, 2009 05:47 AM
ckchan said...

So cute!! I think the faces are a plus!

August 10, 2009 05:51 AM
Jana said...

when they said and apple a day they didnt bother to mention what kind!! I love love love the personality apples thanks Bakerella!!!

August 10, 2009 06:00 AM
Meg said...

it was only a matter of time :D great teacher's gift!

August 10, 2009 06:17 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

These are so cute! I wish we had candy melts in something other than white/milk or dark…I must try out the candy colouring you mentioned. Hope your day is wonderful, Vanessa x

August 10, 2009 06:26 AM
KreatesKards said...

These absolutely made my day!!! Thank you for the apples with personality and for the smiles they brought.

August 10, 2009 06:37 AM
SimplySweeter said...

Such a cute idea!!! I just love it! Fabulous!!!

August 10, 2009 06:48 AM
Sue said...


August 10, 2009 07:03 AM
Anonymous said...

I prefer them plain (: So cute!

August 10, 2009 07:08 AM
Rina the Mama Bear said...

I like them plain, too – they are awesome!

August 10, 2009 07:19 AM
Anonymous said...

So cute! I'm waiting to see mini cakes on sticks. Probably a little too complicated though, huh?

August 10, 2009 07:20 AM
Lori Roberts said...

Here we go again! To see the ones with no make-up was cute enough…but when you see the little faces OMG!!! I laughed out loud! Perfecto!!! Thanks for sharing your creative mine with us.

August 10, 2009 07:26 AM
jane l said...

the cutest things ive seen…

August 10, 2009 07:26 AM
foxy said...

Your right they are super cute!
I don't know how you keep coming up with such fantastic ideas!
Well done!

August 10, 2009 07:31 AM
Jenny said...

i love these apple cake pops. i made very similar ones for the staff at my son's school a few months ago. it was a great end of the year treat.
here are some pics:
link to

August 10, 2009 07:35 AM
Brook said...

SO cute!!! you are so inovative everytime I go on your blog im blown away!!!!

August 10, 2009 07:35 AM
Maryam Al Awadhi said...


this so simply adorable..

love it…

August 10, 2009 09:14 AM
Marianne said...

I love these…actually I love all your stuff! I just discovered your blog on the weekend and I'm hooked!! I sat down last night and browsed each of your blog entries! I can't wait to try my hand at making your cake pops…but which design should I tackle first…oh the possibilities!! You are one talented women!

Marianne (Sydney, Australia)

August 10, 2009 09:52 AM
The Tyson Kitchen said...

Perfect for back to school… what a great idea! Personally, I like the personality apples too.

August 10, 2009 10:24 AM
Laura said...

Personality! I am a teacher and I can tell you that I would love to get these as a gift – they are adorable! Especially if I knew the child helped in anyway (if old enough :)), I would appreciate it even more. Nothing says thank you like something someone spent a lot of time on! CUTE!!!

August 10, 2009 10:24 AM
Bec said...

Oh Bakerella, I wasn't even thinking of cake until I saw those tiny little fellas. Now they are all I can think about! Funny how it inspired a cake craving not an apple one, damnit.

August 10, 2009 10:51 AM
Kclery said...

These are adorable! I am planning a back to school party for our neighborhood and I found what I'm serving for dessert! Thanks for the great idea!

August 10, 2009 11:03 AM
Jennifer said...

These are amazing!!! SO cute!!!!! Perfect for back to school!

August 10, 2009 11:07 AM
EntertainingMom said...

a perfect back to school treat! Adorable!!!

August 10, 2009 11:11 AM
Andrew's Mom said...

I hope you are seriously working on a book of all these designs – I would buy it in a second. (you are — but you can't tell us right?)

August 10, 2009 11:13 AM
Andrew's Mom said...

Mini cakes on a stick – put a petit four on a stick – there you go!

August 10, 2009 11:14 AM
Miranda said...

So cute! I absolutely love all of your cake pops. For Easter I tried to make the little chickies. My family thought they turned out well, but I had a problem. About 6 of them went to waste b/c they fell right off the sticks…what can I do to prevent this from happening – I thought the batter was thick enough to hold them, do I need to make it thicker? And will a thicker batter still be as edible?

August 10, 2009 11:17 AM
Miranda said...

These are adorable. My girls would love these. I just do not know if I could make them. LOL.

I can attempt.

Where do you find sucker sticks, anyway?

August 10, 2009 11:22 AM
oneordinaryday said...

Sweet, as always. : )
There is a book coming, right??

August 10, 2009 11:22 AM
Jeannie from McDonough said...

Adorable as always!! I wasn't as brave as you with the apples, but I did make some for the start of school last week. I made them in the 8 basic crayola colors. Even went to Cake Art to get all my supplies! :-) here's some pics of them link to pictures aren't too great but you get the idea. I just want to say Thank You for your endless well of sharing. There aren't too many people in the world today as generous as you have been with your creativity!

August 10, 2009 11:45 AM
Pieceful Bits said...

Very cute with personality..but I prefer plain:D

August 10, 2009 11:53 AM
amylouwho said...

Hilariously adorable!

I always find it morbidly entertaining when you show them with a bite taken out. :)

August 10, 2009 12:15 PM
pk @ room remix said...

OMG! these are so adorable! GREAT job.

August 10, 2009 12:15 PM
WelfareWisdom said...

Wow! These are amazing! I have never heard of coloured melts before, so I am glad I have come across your blog, and edibile ink pens?! That's amazing and shows how little i know:) Looking forward to seeing more of what u do:)

August 10, 2009 12:18 PM
Sylvia said...

When you said something was missing I was waiting for a WORM!

Sorry…glass half empty here!

These are adorable…as always coming from your kitchen

August 10, 2009 12:22 PM
Simply Creative Insanity said...

I did the same post today! Now, mine are terrible compared to yours! I had trouble with the chocolate setting up! Can you help? check out my post today if you can….

August 10, 2009 12:25 PM
Maria said...

You always come up with something adorable! When you said "brownie points" I thought perhaps you had used brownies instead of cake…something I might try.

Thanks for all the inspiration!


August 10, 2009 12:26 PM
Carey said...

These are so cute!

August 10, 2009 12:28 PM
beachy keen girl said...

These are so cute! I will have to try them out for sure :)

August 10, 2009 12:31 PM
Southern Gal said...

I love personality, too. And the last captions had me in stitches!
Thanks for sharing.

August 10, 2009 12:34 PM
WishTrish said...

There you go again! Proving your fabulousness! Love the little apples! I wish it wasn't the first day of school TODAY. I would make these up if I didn't lack the time… Oh, well. Perhaps at Christmas. Or anytime! Thanks again!

August 10, 2009 12:36 PM
mardon said...

These are too cute! I start school today (ugh because I have to get up early) and this brightened my day up! Personally, I would prefer a bigger apple to eat! Thanks for thinking of teachers.

August 10, 2009 12:37 PM
Robin said...

I love those! I will definitely be attempting these this fall.

August 10, 2009 12:47 PM
Heather said...

Oh, they are juts SO cute. You're very creative!

August 10, 2009 12:50 PM
Emma said...

These are just way too cute!! I need to try them soon!! (oh, I tried the pie pops and they were great! I tried the mini cupcake bites with oero truffle fopr the middle–they are my favorite so far!
You are such an inspiration!!! Thank you!!)

August 10, 2009 12:53 PM
Nichole & Dirk said...

So cute! Definitely love them with personality! There so fun!!!

August 10, 2009 12:54 PM
Nicoleigh said...

Yet again, I am blown away by your creativity. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. I love them!

August 10, 2009 12:55 PM
Veronica said...

I'm starting a full time teaching internship in an elementary classroom in two weeks. These would be so cute for my kids!!!

August 10, 2009 01:01 PM
Kelly said...

Well you did it again. These are just too cute

August 10, 2009 01:03 PM
Courtney Baker said...

These are fantastic – I love them.

August 10, 2009 01:06 PM
Marie Charrier said...

Génial ! Quelle imagination !

August 10, 2009 01:09 PM
K3N said...

Awww those apples are super cute! You're so creative!!

August 10, 2009 01:10 PM
Katrina said...

Stinkin' cute! My boys start school on Wednesday. Woohoo! (Not that I'm excited or anything!)

August 10, 2009 01:12 PM
Brussel Sprouts said...

Wow Bakerella, you just keep out-doing yourself! I wish I had some kids (still a few years off) who had teachers I could make these for. Maybe I'll make them for all my teacher friends. Thanks for the baking inspiration!

August 10, 2009 01:13 PM
HoustonGurly said...

Too cute!

August 10, 2009 01:30 PM
Steffi said...

In reference to the Smiling Apples…

"L, is for the way you look at me, O is for the only ONE I seeeee, V, is very very extra-ordinary, E, is EDIBLE!!!!!"

This almost makes me look forward to when my son goes to school…which won't happen for another four years ;-)

August 10, 2009 01:32 PM
Lisa said...

Oh those are darling and yummy looking!

August 10, 2009 01:35 PM
Stella said...

I LOVE the personality ones!! I think I'm going to try these for back to school. I'm a teacher and I would love to bring in something those first few days that gets everyone smiling!

August 10, 2009 01:38 PM
Happy Hollister's said...

These are the greatest! I will be selfish and I wish that we could search by Holiday, or Celebration to find all these wonderful 50+ designs. Either way, these are fantastic and can't wait to try them.

August 10, 2009 01:39 PM
Cheryl said...

you are amazing!
I love these…you always inspire me!

August 10, 2009 01:42 PM
Wendy said...

Oh My God they are so cute!



August 10, 2009 01:47 PM
Melissa said...

Who said that only cheez whiz adds personality?! I love the faces! Yet another clever idea Bakerella! I am a teacher, and for those of you making these for your child's teacher, you will score major brownie points! Happy baking!

August 10, 2009 01:49 PM
Smitten Sugar said...

These are adorable! Any teacher would love to get these! You are so clever and always finding cute new way to make pops!

August 10, 2009 01:54 PM
Two Hoopy Froods said...

Very cute! Would be cute with a happy little worm coming out too!

August 10, 2009 01:56 PM
Anne said...

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cute! This will be great to make for my young nieces to take to school. Thanks again for your time and talents. You make me look good!

August 10, 2009 01:58 PM
Michelle said...

Those are just adorable!!! I love cake pops :) But I do have one question. It seems that no matter what I do when I dip them in the chocolate I get bits of the cake in their. I freeze the pops for a long time so it's not like they're not hard enough. Any tips??

August 10, 2009 01:59 PM
Crazy Lady said...

I actually tried to make one or two of these last weekend when I make cupcake pops. The red just didn't look apple colored and had white spots in it once dry. Disappointing, but I will be trying again. LOVE the faces!!!

August 10, 2009 01:59 PM
Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

You're amazing.

That's all I have to say!

August 10, 2009 02:08 PM
onelonelyapricot said...

So cute! I love the faces!

August 10, 2009 02:13 PM
The Wired Angel said...

You just continue to amaze me with your talent and terrific ideas. Thanks so much for all of your inspiration.

August 10, 2009 02:13 PM
7 D's said...

this is great, we are starting back our MNO's for this fall and we will be using Apples oF Gold bible study. I am so doing this for our first night, but in a gold color! THANKS!

August 10, 2009 02:15 PM
Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

OMG, Adorable! As a teacher, I approve. :)

August 10, 2009 02:19 PM
Darla said...

Those are quite possibly the most adorable ones yet. I may just have to make some for my kids' teachers. Happy back to school everyone!

August 10, 2009 02:19 PM
The Redhead Riter said...

Those are ABSOLUTELY THE CUTEST little things I have ever seen in my life!!!

You simply AMAZE ME!!!

August 10, 2009 02:22 PM
stacey said...

I'm a teacher and I would love to get these from a student! So cute!

August 10, 2009 02:23 PM
Lori said...

Oh goodness, these are beyond adorable!

August 10, 2009 02:23 PM
Marian said...

How cute! These almost make me want school to start!

August 10, 2009 02:23 PM
Julie said...

I wish your kids were in MY class – this would make going back a little easier to take!

August 10, 2009 02:26 PM
Jennifer said...

Those are so sweet! Thanks for always making me smile, such wonderful creations.

August 10, 2009 02:39 PM
Donna said...

You have ESP!

I was so hoping you would teach me how to make apple pops.

I am thinking of doing red, green and yellow ones.

What do you think?

Thank you, thank you. I needed your vision!!

August 10, 2009 02:43 PM
Libby said...

How cute are those??!!! Those are great! Thanks for the idea :)

August 10, 2009 02:45 PM
Karyn said...

These are too cute! I think I'll have to give them a try. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten in a couple more weeks and these would be the perfect treat to celebrate! :o)

August 10, 2009 02:47 PM
rach said...

Love it!

August 10, 2009 02:55 PM
Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Oh my! So cute! You never cease to amaze me! :)

August 10, 2009 02:56 PM
The Deming Four said...

oh stop. that is the cutest thing. Bakerella. we both need 'cuteness' counseling – you because you're so dang cute. And me, well, because I'm addicted to your cuteness! And am causing all my friends to be addicted as well :)

August 10, 2009 02:57 PM
Kelly said...

DARN CUTE! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing. I am sure taking all of the photos and posting all the details gets time consuming, but WE LOVE IT!

August 10, 2009 03:01 PM
selina said...


August 10, 2009 03:06 PM
Patricia said...

God Bless your hands !!

Best Regards !!

August 10, 2009 03:10 PM
Mormishmom said...

So freakin' darling!

August 10, 2009 03:13 PM
pxilated said...

Someone brought cake balls to work today! That's always a pleasant way to ease into the week.

August 10, 2009 03:19 PM
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