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.


Bettina Johnson said...

OMG, they are so cute… would love to bite into one!

August 10, 2009 03:20 PM
Karin said...

They're sooo cute! I prefer them plane but I'm sure that kids would prefer them with smiley faces :o)
It seems to me that you bake everyday….do you? :o)

August 10, 2009 03:25 PM
Patti MacLeith said...

SO cute. I love your play-by-play, too!

August 10, 2009 03:28 PM
Rachel said...

These Are Just Too Cute For Words & I Can't Wait To Try And Make Some For My Kids To Take To School & Give To Thier Teachers & Classmates. They Make Me Wish I Was Back In School So I Could Take Some To My Teachers Too! Love Em'

August 10, 2009 03:29 PM
Sue Sparks said...

O.K., I have always loved all of your cake pops, but have not made them yet…These I am making! My sister is a teacher, and my daughter is also a teacher, so…you get the picture:) Thanks for the adorable idea!
P.S. Still waiting for your book to be published! :)

August 10, 2009 03:29 PM
Melissa said...

So cute!!! I love the faces.

August 10, 2009 03:30 PM
Christel said...

I just ordered edible ink pens and will try my hand at some cake pops sometime in the very near future!

Love the humor in your posts! The apple pops are hilarious.

August 10, 2009 03:36 PM
Onna said...

What a great teacher treat.

Actually I might make them for my daugther's preschool class soon, their class is called "Amazing Apples"

Wonderful stuff as always!

August 10, 2009 03:37 PM
Stacey B said...

Personality all the way. Absolutely adorable!!

August 10, 2009 03:45 PM
Patty said...

WOWWW! im in love!

August 10, 2009 03:46 PM
ab5cgang said...

These are great. I am so going to have to make them. I always get so excited every time you post something. Thanks for turning me to Retro Bakery.

August 10, 2009 03:51 PM
Belinda said...

They are so cute! You have such an imagination.

August 10, 2009 04:07 PM
Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Oh my goodness, I have got to make some of these! School starts next week for us. I may have to take these in early when I go in to work on my schedule.

August 10, 2009 04:09 PM
Gena said...

How adorable! Alot of work but adorable.

August 10, 2009 04:23 PM
Lyzzie said...

Hi, I like apples they are so cute and great idea for this back to school tahnks for the send

August 10, 2009 04:29 PM
Marj McClendon said...

These are so cute..with personality……….or plain. What a great thing to make for teachers. And you know the kiddos will eat em all up if ya don't hide em. lolol

August 10, 2009 04:46 PM
Dorothy said...

Definitely go for the "Personality" ones! You are so talented and creative! There WILL be a book coming out, right? :)

August 10, 2009 04:58 PM
DawnP said...

LOVE THEM! So adorable — I prefer the ones with "personality," but the plain ones are precious as well! My local craft store seems to have mainly pastel colors in the candy melts, so I think I may need to order the red online so I can try these!

Question for Bakerella and/or any of the commenters who make/serve cake pops frequently. How do you serve/present them when you make them? I've been getting the little mini cellophane bags and individually wrapping each one (and then displaying them in a pretty basket), but that adds extra time, not to mention creating more garbage to throw away. But I just don't know how to serve them otherwise — I worry that if they're not individually wrapped, then people's fingers will be touching several when they reach for one, KWIM? Any creative suggestions?

August 10, 2009 05:00 PM
Jena the yarn harpy said...

These are REALLY cute! As a teacher, I'd love to get these from a student! :)

August 10, 2009 05:04 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Very cute. You've got a veritable army of cake pop creatures!

August 10, 2009 05:04 PM
:::b r a n d i::: said...

Those are so stinkin' cute!!

August 10, 2009 05:08 PM
Carrie owner of Bella Cupcake Couture said...

Super adorable!!!

August 10, 2009 05:08 PM
Bethie said...


August 10, 2009 05:14 PM
Cathie said...

I like the plain, actually. So classic. I'm amazed at the incredible things you come up with!

August 10, 2009 05:15 PM
Katie said...

These are so so cute!

August 10, 2009 05:24 PM
La Pixie said...

I think plain is cuter. I love them.

August 10, 2009 05:29 PM
Kimberly said...

These apples are the CUTEST pops you have made yet.

I've already bought the supplies to make red, yellow, and blue cake ball lollipops for a back-to-school luncheon, otherwise I'd be making apples!

August 10, 2009 05:30 PM
postcardgirl said...

OMG, I love the ones with personality – they remind me of the Fisher Price Happy Apple I had as a kid!!

August 10, 2009 05:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Okay, you are just sick! This is just too freaky cute!!!!! OMG. I love it!

August 10, 2009 05:44 PM
Juli said...

all this cake pop business seems like way too much work for such a small bite of cake . . .

August 10, 2009 05:45 PM
Anonymous said...

So, you need to make a book of all your cake pops!!

August 10, 2009 05:47 PM
Kari said...

Wow! So more than a year later, you're still totally blowing me away with all of the new and exciting – different – ways you can decorate these sweet treats! So adorable! Love them!

August 10, 2009 06:00 PM
The Duchess of Wessex said...

Just when I think you can't top the Cuteness… You do!

I see Back-to-School perfect cake pops!

You are amazing!

August 10, 2009 06:04 PM
Heidi said...

These have 'teacher's pet' written all over them. Thumbs way up on the cutness factor!

August 10, 2009 06:26 PM
Anonymous said...

these are yummie cute!!!!

August 10, 2009 06:32 PM
Spicy said...

I like the plain, to be honest. But that's the minimalist in me speaking.

I found these Peanut Butter Candy melts in the store a few weeks ago, and made chocolate cake balls to use them with. Delicious. Everyone was telling me they were like reverse Funny Bones.

Oh, except of the cheesecake frosting I used the canned chocolate stuff. x3

August 10, 2009 06:33 PM
Leah said...

Seriously, could your ideas get ANY cuter?!?!

I've only made cake balls a few times, and am still trying to get a good technique down…but I'm dying to try these!!

August 10, 2009 06:42 PM
Angela said...

These are ridiculously cute!

August 10, 2009 06:53 PM
Anthonette said...

The photo of the plain ones was stunning, but then when I saw the personality ones, I like them even more. Very cute! So fun. The pretzels make cute stems.

August 10, 2009 06:56 PM
Atticelf said...

LOL! I love how you always take a picture with a bite (or more than one) enjoyed. Love it!

August 10, 2009 06:57 PM
Baking Monster said...

This is so cute!!

August 10, 2009 07:03 PM
Maybe said...

I'm totally in love with these little edible faces !!! They're so cute !

August 10, 2009 07:11 PM
cupcakesandfluff said...

Wove them! I'm going to the cake shop to try my hand at these pops. All my friends are teachers.

August 10, 2009 07:16 PM
GreenTease said...

clever clever and yummy to thanks for the how to!

August 10, 2009 07:28 PM
Lori Fagan said...

WOW!! They are so adorable! I tried to make cake pops before with disastrous results, but I'll have to try them again! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing with us!

August 10, 2009 07:30 PM
Dawn said...

Sooooo cute!

August 10, 2009 07:36 PM
The Heizzys said...

Oh my gosh, these are SO CUTE!! I am loving them! I can't wait to try them out! Thanks for another fun idea!

August 10, 2009 07:47 PM
Melissa said...

Love those! I cant wait for an even to make some cake pops. I would make them at home but I know I'd eat them all!!

August 10, 2009 08:17 PM
rachel said...

I love the personality apple pops! and your baking blog your so inspiring! thanks for making baking FUN !

August 10, 2009 08:20 PM
fargopatt said...

i love them!!! so cute!!!

August 10, 2009 08:46 PM
Anna said...

Stop it right now missy! Like I don't have enough to do at the moment. Like I don't need another excuse to procrastinate with the countless things that await me. I need cute little apple cake pops that will make me friends with the parents and teachers at my son's new school like I need a hole in my head! What are you thinking.

*good thing I have red candy melts, chocolate cake mix and frosting in my cupboard right now or you'd really be in trouble! I mean I need pretzel sticks for school lunches anyway, right?

August 10, 2009 08:52 PM
Jess and Jen said...

Oh, so cute! I'm sure I would not be able to draw faces that cute!

August 10, 2009 08:56 PM
Mandy said...

oh my goodness, we were just working on these for a back to school treat and I was going to email it to you!! You beat me to it!!
We used red fruit roll ups for the
apple skin (I'm out of red candy melts and was too cheap to go get some more), a tootsie roll for the stem, and a piece of green Airheads candy for the leaf. I also used a vanilla cake mix so we could make a few of them look like they had a "bite" taken out. We also tried using the Airheads to make a couple worms but they didn't work as well.

August 10, 2009 09:12 PM
Jennifer said...

Again your creativity is simply adorable. These would make the cutest teacher gift.

August 10, 2009 09:16 PM
Britiney said...

STOP IT!!! Seriously! These are TOO CUTE!!!

August 10, 2009 09:59 PM
The Miller Family said...

I think these may be my favorite cake pops so far! A-dorable!

August 10, 2009 10:08 PM
Marianne said...

Hi Bakerella! Those are SO darling! I had a question for you. How do you get your candy melts on all your cake pops so glossy and smooth? I love to make cake pops but my candy melt coating never turns out smooth and glossy. Any Ideas?? Thank you! Your Biggest Fan….Marianne!

August 10, 2009 10:17 PM
Donna Boucher said...

You continue to come up with the most darling ideas!!!

August 10, 2009 10:20 PM
Rachel said...

These are some of the cutest cake pops you've made yet! It makes "Back to School" on Wednesday just a little bit easier to swallow.

I would love any tips you have about the candy melts. I've made cake pops four times now and I have the hardest time getting the candy melts to truly melt. They are usually not melted enough or overly-melted and they become chalky. I then end up with maybe ten great cake pops that are easily covered with the candy melts, and about thirty that have giant candy blobs on them! (They still taste great but I certainly couldn't give them away…) Any tips or tecniques? Perhaps the brand of candy melts makes a difference?

August 10, 2009 10:30 PM
Veronica said...

I love them! Super ADORABLE!!! I cannot wait to try my hand at these. Every year I intend on making something nice for my son's teacher, but never actually execute. Maybe this year my children's teachers will get lucky! Thank you for sharing!

August 10, 2009 10:35 PM
ew said...

You are amazing! love them. How do you get the chocolate to look so smooth?

August 10, 2009 10:40 PM
Melinda said...

Adorable! I like both versions, but the plain apples seem like a classier gift.

You are way too creative!

August 10, 2009 10:47 PM
Anonymous said...

so stinkin cute I can hardly stand it!!!!!


August 10, 2009 11:21 PM
The Mummie said...

I love love love these! I think these will be the first cake pops that I actually try! I was a teacher and I'd love to give them on the first day to my daughter's teachers! How fun! Thank you for another great idea!!! :)

August 10, 2009 11:21 PM
Kay said...

Too cute! Now I now what to give to my niece's teachers. Thanks for the great idea.

August 11, 2009 12:14 AM
NMD said...

I've been an avid baker for ages, but I only stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago. I've already read every post, and I've bookmarked some of your amazing recipes. These apple cake pops are cute as can be! Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

August 11, 2009 12:15 AM
The Blessed Bryants said...

These are great!! I've never made cake pops but want to try every time you do a post on them. I'm definitely doing these for my girls teachers!! I love your blog, by the way! I get so excited when I see you have a new post! :-)

August 11, 2009 12:33 AM
..Karen.. said...

Awesome!! I love it!! Those just rock, and I love the faces!!

I like the idea of pumpkin pops from another note!!

August 11, 2009 01:14 AM
sarah: paper + stitch said...

oh, how ABSOLUTELY fabulous! what a great idea. Kudos! Now all I can think of are different things to dunk in chocolate. ;-)

August 11, 2009 01:20 AM
Rachel said...

I really hope some of my students (or their parents!) are reading Bakerella! These are so cute, though, I may just have to make them for myself. Maybe I'll make some for our first in service day.

August 11, 2009 02:02 AM
Miranda said...

These are absolutely the cutest things I have ever seen. The end.

August 11, 2009 02:20 AM
Kate said...

you are a goddess!! how do you keep them so neat?!
i think little pumpkins would be fabulous too! pumpkin spice cake pops?!? mmmmm… yum yum.

August 11, 2009 02:30 AM
Taiya said...

Very sweet! That last photo is a little disturbing, though… I have to admit. :D

August 11, 2009 02:32 AM
Sarah said...

You are too clever!! I am beyond impressed. If you run out of ideas (HA!), perhaps you can help me! I need to create individual little camera 'cakes' for my son's 4th birthday party where the theme is photography! Suggestions?!

August 11, 2009 02:47 AM
Holly said...

I love it! As a teacher I would be tickled pink if a student brought me these!
I think the plain ones are the best.

August 11, 2009 02:55 AM
Michelle in CA said...

Absolutely adorable! I can't wait to make them for back to school. LOVE LOVE LOVE your site and enjoy every single post!

August 11, 2009 02:58 AM
Geneve said...

SOOOO CUTE!!! I love them! The faces are adorable, but I think I actually prefer them plain. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

August 11, 2009 03:29 AM
Shauna said...

Just amazing. Before reading the post, I looked at the plain apples and thought about how complicated it would be to make the apples. I thought the leaf was made out of fondant or something time consuming. Of course, it was just a piece of candy! You are so creative and I am so greatful for your blog, because I can actually make some of this stuff!

August 11, 2009 03:45 AM
Yvonne said...

Wow!! Way too cute! I love them!

August 11, 2009 04:36 AM
Tamara said...

Very, very cute! My husband is a teacher, so we'll have to plan these as something special for his fellow teachers.

August 11, 2009 04:40 AM
The Nelsons said...

LOVE 'em!!!

August 11, 2009 04:45 AM
bphaines said...

Very cute! I made these ones:

In April as a thank you to my cake decorating teacher and the class. They went over well. My leaves were gumpaste and I used cake sparkles.

August 11, 2009 05:25 AM
Rouge said...

Love them! Should give them a go, we don't have anything like that available in London!

August 11, 2009 05:46 AM
Sarah said...

Love them!!!
I like them with the little faces painted on! SOOOOOO cute!
I love all your little cake pops!
I really must give them a go one day :)
Keep up all the fab work.

August 11, 2009 08:07 AM
lau080285 said...

love these soo cute! I have a question though…in the past I have used my edible ink pen on candy melts on my cake pops and other treats and the ink did not take well to the chocolate…any suggestions?? Thanks,

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

Fabulous!!! The personality ones are just too cute! You're a star!

August 11, 2009 10:58 AM
bttrflybabydoll said...

These are definitely on my to-do list for the teachers on Teacher Appreciation day. Tomorrow is my sons first day and I don't have time, but I can't wait to do these later! So cute!

August 11, 2009 12:49 PM
bttrflybabydoll said...

I'm having the same problem as lau080285. Mine smear and run really easily. I made baseballs for my sons team as their after game snack, and I was bummed when they smeared so easily.

August 11, 2009 12:51 PM
catty said...

All i can say is that you are ALL kinds of amazing. ENVIOUS!

August 11, 2009 01:00 PM
Jessica said...

These are my favorites that you've made!! I want to go back to elementary school and make some for every teacher I ever had!!

August 11, 2009 01:05 PM
lia-shoshele said...

You are amazing!!!

Everything is just so interesting!!!

I'm not an american and i live very far away and i have a little problem. I would love to make candy pops, but we dont have any thing like candy melts. I wonder if there is something that i could use instead? Maybe regular chocalate with something? Help me please.. ))) I found sticks, it already amazing!

August 11, 2009 01:20 PM
Christy said...

OMG!!! these are absolute perfection! They look way too good to eat…but of course you need to eat em! It
blows my mind how creative you are! Thanks for always sharing your wonderful treats with us!!

August 11, 2009 02:03 PM
Truckeuse la petite sorcière said...

Both but It's wonderful !

August 11, 2009 02:08 PM
Alexis (12y.o. aspiring baker) said...

Cool! Love the idea!

August 11, 2009 03:20 PM
Jennie said...

I hope I have some students/parents who read yoru site :)

August 11, 2009 03:29 PM
LizB said...

i love these cake apples!

I think they would also look adorable with just the edible writing pen for eyes, a la cakespy. Just the dots, and mouths…

Just cute!

August 11, 2009 03:36 PM
Claire said...

Genius & delicious!

August 11, 2009 03:46 PM
chayo3365 said...

I JUST LOVE THEM¡¡¡Tiny and cute.
I'm an apple fan.These lovely mini smiling apples…S U P E R ¡¡

August 11, 2009 04:13 PM
Nicole Rios said...

These are adorable! I might actually be making these this week =]

I have a question/suggestion. Have you ever tried making a cake from cake mix and a can of diet soda? I heard its supposed to taste basically the same and cuts down on a lot of calories, but I wanted to try that for the cake pops and I'm scared that it might not work LOL. You basically take any cake mix and any flavour diet soda (i hear diet vanilla coke works well, esp with chocolate cakes) and that's all you mix it with, and bake it as the directions say. I think I'm going to try it but I'm so scared its going to turn out badly!

August 11, 2009 05:07 PM
delightfullysweet said...

I love love love this idea!
Great for teachers!

August 11, 2009 05:13 PM
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