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.


Apple said...

HA HA HA it's me in cakepop form! Love it! x

August 11, 2009 05:47 PM
AJ said...

My favorite apples are chocolate apples. Yes. Indeed.

August 11, 2009 06:37 PM
kookykoala72 said...

TOO CUTE…love the personality ones. Will definately add these to the school bus cake I'm making for my son's Open House. Thanks for all your totally AWESOME ideas Bakerella! Love this website!

August 11, 2009 07:28 PM
Dawn said...

WOW ~ You are SO creative!!!

August 11, 2009 08:43 PM
Chef Jeena said...

Amazing and so cute!

August 11, 2009 09:11 PM
ms318i said...

omg……………this is the cutest thing i have ever seen………this is the best ever site…thanx for all the inspiration……..

thanx from australia

…….now i need to find some of those edible ink pens lol

August 11, 2009 11:57 PM
Anonymous said...

im from chile and i just love your blog!!!

there are a lot of art pieces on this blog

really nice job

August 12, 2009 12:04 AM
Dana said...

You always do such a great job dipping things in candy coating. It always looks so smooth. Would you be willing to do a step-by-step tutorial or share some tips?

August 12, 2009 12:33 AM
Robin said...

Seriously, is it possible to hug food? These are about the cutest things EVAR. Of course my attempt wouldn't be nearly so cute as I am decorating-impaired.

August 12, 2009 01:24 AM
Bakerella said...

Elle Bee – already done. check out October 08

Miranda – make sure you only stick the lollipop stick in about halfway and that the coating surrounds the stick at the base

Miranda – sucker sticks can be found at craft stores or click on the link in the post.

oneordinaryday – maybe

Maria – I know, I thought about that afterwards

Michelle – try making your coating thinner by adding shortening.

Crazy Lady – you might have had an old batch of candy coating

Sue Sparks – working on it

DawnP – get a cupcake courier and use it to store until ready to serve.

postcardgirl said…

Juli – not really. because you have so many bites to eat. try the cake balls. you can nibble on them all week.

rachel – you are welcome!

Jess and Jen – yes you can

Marianne – tapping. it allows the excess chocolate to fall off.

Rachel – thin chocolate, a deep bowl and tapping. you can use shortening to help thin it out.

Kate – pumkins are in oct o8

lau080285 – write lightly – almost like painting the ink on and use americolor ink pens.

bttrflybabydoll – make sure they dry completely before you serve them.

lia-shoshele – try it. you may need to add shortening to make it easier to work with.

Nicole Rios – i've made cakes like you mention, but haven't tried them with the cake pops. It should work okay though.

August 12, 2009 04:03 AM
Stacy said...

So cute!!!

August 12, 2009 05:15 AM
Raquel said...

Gosh you are just amazing with all of your yumminess:)

I am so glad I found your blog and that it just keeps on coming.

August 12, 2009 07:00 AM
Spardha said...

So yummy!..
here's a li'l sumthing for you..
Thanks for being my inspiration! :D

August 12, 2009 10:18 AM
Eryn said...

Love this!! A fantastic idea for teachers! Thanks!

August 12, 2009 11:48 AM
Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

your blog is crazy delicious good!!!! Wish i could eat the treats right from my computer!!! YUMMY!!!!
? Rebecca

August 12, 2009 11:53 AM
rena said...

You are too amazing! How does everything you create instantly become adorable?! Love them!

August 12, 2009 12:12 PM
MsSpy said...

These are just to cute! Question for your creative brain… I have to do a curious george cake the second week in September. Any ideas on some cake pops that I could make to go with it??
Your Dothan, Alabama fan!

August 12, 2009 01:33 PM
Jamie said...

Once again you've just made something go from delicious and edible to incredible! I home school my son so I think these would be fantastic to make when we talk about the fall and Johnny Appleseed. Or maybe I'll just make some for the teacher, I know for a fact she will love them.

August 12, 2009 01:41 PM
koprime said...

everything you do is cute. :)

August 12, 2009 04:18 PM
jade said...

Hahahaha I LOVE those! Very cute!

August 12, 2009 05:34 PM
chewychelsey said...

reallly cute! will definentally keep them in mind when back to school comes…which is too soon! check out my cake balls at

August 12, 2009 05:45 PM
jackie from texas said...

i am torn, i love chocolate but white cake would look more appleish. these are so much fun to make and my art kids can even make them. last time i made the balls too big and they fell off…thats what i get for wanting a bigger bite!!! love love love these!

August 12, 2009 06:14 PM
Lindsey said...

These are so cute!! My mom is a teacher. I'll have to make her a few of these.

August 12, 2009 07:00 PM
Kate said...

You are amazing!

August 12, 2009 07:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Your sweets are amazing. I was wondering since you did apples if you can do them as strawberries? Reason beeing is that my daughters birthday is coming up and the theme is strawberry shortcake. I would love to see what you can do!

August 12, 2009 08:03 PM
priscillaspastries said...

I absolutely LOVE your "site"! You are so talented & creative. I don't mean to bother/make you do all the work but I wanted to know if there was anyway possible that you could make strawberry-shaped cake pops. My nieces birthday is coming up & the theme is of "Strawberry Shortcake" (the cartoon)& I'm trying to figure out how to make them. You'll be an immense help! Thank you for sharing your gifts with fellow bakers.

August 12, 2009 11:27 PM
Linda said...

Wow! They are awesome! I like the plain ones best.

August 13, 2009 12:56 AM
Amber said...

I adore this blog, and these are SO cute! (Definitely the "personality" apples!)

Can you post a picture of a cupcake pop with something next to it? I can't tell from the image how big you make them, I'm afraid if I make them too big they'll fall apart and too small they'll be too hard to decorate.

August 13, 2009 01:16 AM
Abagael said...

These are the cutest thing I think I've ever seen. Totally made my day. :-)

August 13, 2009 02:22 AM
laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That is jsut the cutest, smartest thing I've seen in a long while. I love them! laurie

August 13, 2009 02:54 AM
TheFitnessFreak said...

e are just too cute! Thank you:)~

August 13, 2009 05:02 AM
mythoughtsmyvoice said...

YOu really don't ran out of ideas for cake pops :-)

I so enjoy looking at all your creations – oh everytime LOL

What do I choose? PPersonality 100% :-)


August 13, 2009 06:04 AM
toll-patchig said...

They are absolutly adorable ! I wish I could buy Candy Melt here. I wonder how much Cake Pops you can coat with 1lb of those melts..

August 13, 2009 11:20 AM
~Digitally Kelly~ said...

These are soooo, adorable :)

August 13, 2009 02:54 PM
Anonymous said...

They look so pretty !!!!!

But, I have a hard time finding red candy melt and i must make the cake pops for saturday, so no time to order on line… Can you dye candy melts ?

thanks !

August 13, 2009 05:54 PM
Josie angel said...

They look so pretty !!!!!

But, I have a hard time finding red candy melt and i must make the cake pops for saturday, so no time to order on line… Can you dye candy melts ?

thanks !

August 13, 2009 05:56 PM
Josie Angel said...

I Bakerella !

You are truly an inspiration ! How would you make a lion cake pop ?

August 13, 2009 06:24 PM
Josie Angel said...

I Bakerella !

You are truly an inspiration ! How would you make a lion cake pop ?

August 13, 2009 06:25 PM
Josie Angel said...

I Bakerella !

You are truly an inspiration ! How would you make a lion cake pop ?

August 13, 2009 06:25 PM
Anonymous said...

SERIOUSLY? You never cease to amaze me!…you are just too good. These made me smile and I needed that today! Thanks for all your creativity…I check your blog all the time to see what you have new today? Thanks for sharing;)

August 13, 2009 08:23 PM
Mar said...

Great idea, I love them…
A kiss from Spain

August 13, 2009 09:42 PM
Scott+Tiffany said...

Wow Bakerella, you have really outdone yourself this time. These are darling! I for sure prefer the ones with personality

August 13, 2009 10:31 PM
Anonymous said...

Great idea. I bet green apples would also be very cute. Thanks for sharing!!!!

August 14, 2009 12:24 AM
Wendy Lou said...

Wow… After 242 comments, I hope you get mine! I am making treats for a bake sale Aug 22nd. The sale is being held at a Run/Walk for 4 employees of my husbands company who were killed in a plane crash last year. The proceeds from everything go toward scholarships in memory of each of the four individuals. I want to make cake pops!!! Do you have a suggestion on what kind? (Candy apples don't seem to fit the occation.) I may just go with your military idea and put their names on paper.
Thank you in advance!

August 14, 2009 12:25 AM
fertlmertl said...

Can I be you when I grow up?

Too dang cute. Somehow I can't find time enough to get the pops to look smooth the way you do. Could it be the 4 little monkeys nipping at my feet?

August 14, 2009 12:34 AM
Erika said...

Love these! You have so much patience making all of those little guys!

August 14, 2009 01:03 AM
beyond pots and pans said...

First of all I love, love, love all of the cake pops. I have a silly question: What do you use for the backdrops of your photos? Is it the background paper that came with the lowell light? We have a kitchen store and you are our absolute favorite blog!! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas!

August 14, 2009 02:45 AM
Vellum said...

These are adorable. Though I think the ones without faces would be nicer to eat, since I would feel badly taking a chunk out of such a happy little thing!

August 14, 2009 07:08 AM
mAnjA said...

so sweet..adorable:). i knew about u through the MarthaSteward Show. that was the 1st time i saw u. that show recently played in Malaysia. u're really creative person:)

August 14, 2009 08:58 AM
emy said...

omg! My 4yr old niece would bug me to make these if she sees them!

But I want some for myself!

August 14, 2009 11:15 AM
feelslikesilk said...

These by far are my favorite! I thought the pies were the best but nope these are. You keep bringing new ideas to the table we LOVE it

August 14, 2009 01:37 PM
Cheri Nicol said...

Hi – I tried to make these and they fell off the sticks when I tried to dip them in the chocolate? Any suggestions? Could I have used too much frosting – I did not use a whole can?

August 14, 2009 02:33 PM
Lauren from La said...

So cute! I just love your ideas! My mom works at a school in town so I am making them for her inservice. PS..when looking throught the sprinkle aisle at JoAnn's, I found Wilton autumn sprinkles. They are little leaves in green, yellow, orange, red, and brown. I decided to try them out for leaves!

August 14, 2009 03:03 PM
cakebake said...

Too cute! How in the world do you get the candy melting to be so smooth of the cake? Mine turn out lumpy.

August 14, 2009 03:17 PM
His Mermaid said...

LOVE IT!!! Two of my sisters are teachers… I'm going to have to make these for them before school starts! =)

August 14, 2009 03:26 PM
Cleo Coyle said...

Just amazing. Thank you for giving me a smile today!

~Cleo Coyle
Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

August 14, 2009 04:54 PM
namnami/ Isa said...

Oh, I love your blog! So beautiful photos.. So beautiful pastrys (is that the right word :D ?).. Oh.. I can't put it into words.. I just LOVE your blog :) !

August 14, 2009 05:28 PM
miss sabrina said...

How cute!!!

August 14, 2009 05:53 PM
ButterYum said...

Totally adorable!

August 14, 2009 08:00 PM
Tove said...

Seriously – what you do is ART! :D Love it! I'm following your blog from Sweden, enjoying every view!!

August 14, 2009 08:10 PM
Faye said...

OMG how wondefully sweet and funny! I love them.

August 14, 2009 10:58 PM
the domestic said...

how in the heck do you get your coating of candy melts to be so perfect? mine never look that good! :(

August 15, 2009 12:33 AM
SweetTreatsMom said...

You never cease to amaze me I love it and just might have to make a few of these to butter up my daughters teachers your a baking genious!!!

August 15, 2009 01:41 AM
Bakerella said...

MsSpy – monkey pops or yellow hats. (chocolate and peanut butter coating)

priscillapastries – red melts, sugar pearls for seeds – green candy tops.

Anonymous – yes you can. look for CANDY coloring. Some craft stores carry and so do cake decorating shops.

Josie Angel – peanut butter candy coating and morsels for a mane

Wendy Lou – I think simple and less cute. A contrasting color scheme on reg cake pops and maybe tags like you mention.

beyond pots and pans – colored papers from craft stores. I didn't buy the light that came with papers.

Cheri Nicol – make sure the balls are chilled and firm, not room temp, thin your coating with shortening or paramount crystals, use a small deep bowl to dip and tap off excess.

August 15, 2009 02:34 PM
Rachel said...

So cute!!!!

August 16, 2009 03:55 PM
Amanda said...

these are adorable! I like them with personality!

August 16, 2009 05:32 PM
5 Monkeys Preschool said...

these are so super cute with just a little modifications we can make them as a project at the preschool

August 16, 2009 05:59 PM
Maggie said...

I made these for my sister's first day of school. She and all the other teachers LOVED them! Mine were definately not as cute as yours, I had a hard time getting them to look smooth. But no one cared because they tasted to great!

August 16, 2009 08:28 PM
Sarah said...

I really want to make these for the teachers next week, but I have a problem with making them, they always come out like mush – never slightly dry and moist… what could I be doing wrong!!!

August 17, 2009 12:55 AM
Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your creativeness just blows me away :-)

August 17, 2009 03:53 AM
Melanie said...

I absolutely LOVE them w/ personality!! Too freaking cute!!!

August 17, 2009 05:34 AM
G. said...

those are the cutest little things I have ever seen! i love the smiley faces…almost too cute to eat. almost. :)

August 17, 2009 08:50 PM
Pattty Treviño said...

wow soooooooooo cute

August 17, 2009 08:51 PM
Kirsten said...

These are just too cute! I am definately going to need to make these for my kids' classes.

August 17, 2009 09:49 PM
Molly Jean said...

So good! These are just perfect for my cousin who is going on her 10th year of teaching. What a great suprise for her!

August 18, 2009 03:20 AM
Vince said...

Its really cute one,
You should have made some horror stricken faces

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August 18, 2009 11:45 AM
Kelsey said...

So cute! This teacher loves 'em!!

August 18, 2009 11:25 PM
susana said...

They are looking so cute ..Candy apple…
I love the apple cake idea.its really great..
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August 19, 2009 04:44 AM
susana said...

They are looking so cute ..Candy apple…
I love the apple cake idea.its really great..
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August 19, 2009 04:48 AM
Olciaky said...


August 19, 2009 09:56 AM
Bakerella said...

You're not doing anything wrong. They should be really moist. But, try less frosting if you like.

August 20, 2009 12:08 AM
sydney85 said...

Can I use a brownie mix instead of a cake mix for these candy apple pops? Also, do I need to use the cream cheese as well to mix. I have a brownie pop mold and was just going to invert the brownies out so they had the apple shape and cover with melted candy melts. I have not done these before so I am needing a little help. Thanks

August 20, 2009 02:18 AM
Addie said...

I just adore these little apples!! Then again, I love all apples, you should see my kitchen it is in all apples. I can't wait to make these… the possiblities are endless! super cute ~ can you see them in a granny smith apple color?? Thank you for sharing this adorable treat with us!!

August 21, 2009 05:41 AM
Brianne Skidmore said...

I did these at the end of the year for our teachers. I guess great minds think alike;>

August 21, 2009 05:41 AM
Anonymous said...

They are among some of the 50+ designs I've worked on so far.

WOW. This is the same exact thing that someone created months ago here:

August 22, 2009 11:57 AM
Bakerella said...

You're right. She used different leaves and didn't do faces though.

Apples have been one of the most requested pops to be made believe it or not. I've given lots of tips to readers on how to make them. Several have even sent in their own apple designs. All slightly different. It's fun to see everyone's imagination at work. Apples aren't too hard to figure out, but the different details are all cute.

August 22, 2009 02:15 PM
Clare said...

Hi, I love all of your cake pops. They are so cute, and I've made a bunch of them myself. I have a question, though! I have gone through the Wilton and the Americolor brand pens, and they both work terribly. It is almost like they get a buildup on them when you use them on the hardened candy coating… Do you have any recommendations on how to work with these pens?!


August 23, 2009 12:52 PM
Ninotchka said...

Made these today for my daughter to take to class for her first day of second grade tomorrow.

I have a whole new admiration for you. Yours are so perfect! Mine? A little lumpy but still cute. Thanks so much!


August 24, 2009 01:47 AM
wahine1325 said...

Help! You have probably answered this A BILLION times….but how do you get the chocolate so smooth??

August 24, 2009 08:49 PM
Bakerella said...

Clare – you're right. Try using them like a paintbrush and barely touch the surface. Don't bare down if you can help it.

August 25, 2009 01:02 AM
Bakerella said...

sydney85 – you can. you'll need very little if any frosting.

August 25, 2009 01:04 AM
Laura Mae said...

Totally cute!!! I went and tried it and mine weren't nearly as cute as yours. But I'll have to try and try again.

Here is my attempt, don't laugh. Haha ok fine you can laugh. I did the whole time I was making them =)

August 25, 2009 11:49 PM
Renee said...

These are so adorable! GREAT job…You always come up with something adorable!!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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August 27, 2009 05:32 AM
Renee said...

These are so adorable! GREAT job…You always come up with something adorable!!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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August 27, 2009 05:37 AM
Sarah said...

HELP! How do you give these to people? I mean, wrapped individually, not wrapped at all, stuck in syrofoam? and how many? Help! what do you do??

August 28, 2009 06:29 PM
Laura Mae said...

Here is a layout I made of my experience.


August 29, 2009 11:45 PM
Anonymous said...

My name is Andrea! I´m writing you from Chile about the book "crazy about Cupcakes" wondering if you have an ex in spanish? I hope so beacuse I will be interested in buying one ex.

Thanks for a super site!

August 31, 2009 02:18 AM
Bonnie said...

I was wondering if you've made any basketball sports themed cake bites- i've been asked to do some, and I need some help!! also, do you store your edible pens in the fridge??
one more question..if you bake cupcakes for someone, and they pick them up the next morning, do you store them in a cardboard box, or somethign airtight, then transfer them to the box the next morning?? thanks – your website is such great inspiration!

September 4, 2009 01:54 PM
Jean said...

Does anyone have any design ideas for a baby BOY's first birthday cupcake pops?

September 7, 2009 03:37 AM
psujewels said...

have you ever made any elmo pops? any suggestions? my 2 year old loves elmo and her birthday is coming up. i am going to try to make cake pops tonight

September 30, 2009 06:11 PM
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