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.


Amanda said...

i LOVE your cake balls!
i really like the ghost ones and would love to make them for my best friend’s bday. how did you get the melting chocolate like that? and where did you buy the edible marker?

October 6, 2009 08:01 PM
anythingsugar said...

wondering if you can help? I have been making your awesome cake pops…..having a little trouble. #1 my chocolate is cracking after they are cooled. do you think the choco is too hot, too much paramount chips, are the cake balls too cold??? #2 some of my lolli sticks dont stick in the ball and when I dip they fall off, i am using th choco to insert? any ideas? #3 last one….I bought the food writer pens and mine to not write on the choco coating??? yours look so vibrant and just like a marker on paper, my color wont transfer from the marker to the chocolate coating to make the cute faces on the pumpkins, etc. do you use a certain brand, do it at a certain time, use the thin or bold???? you are amazing! thanks for your help!

October 8, 2009 05:07 PM
Brenda said...

How can I obtain the recipe for the cake pops! They are adorable!! And I would love to make them for our Autumn Harvest Bonfire!

October 10, 2009 03:57 PM
Corey said...

I tried making jack-o-lantern cake pops the other night. I used devils food cake mix & cream cheese frosting & the little pumpkins were pretty easy to mold. I couldn’t find orange candy melts at the time so I melted red & yellow together…which really didn’t work very well…it came out more of a salmon color….but anyway, even after adding some oil to the melted candy, it was so thick! When I dunked my pumpkin pops into it, it was almost too heavy to pull out because the candy was so thick. So I tried using a spoon to cover the pumpkin pops, but I couldn’t get it smooth. How do you get your cake pops to have such a smooth finish? I figure it would be easier to do that if I could get the candy a lot thinner.
Also, I picked up a Wilton black food coloring marker, & I couldn’t even get it to write on the candy once it dried. It was almost like the candy was too waxy. What kind of marker do you use?
Thanks! I love all your ideas!

October 11, 2009 09:47 AM
Amelia said...

love them! so cute! i think i’ll make them with a white-coloured cake so it looks like it’s a real apple.

wow, you’re so creative! i’m 12 and i love looking at your blog and showing the awesome things to my mum and sister! I always want to make some cakes, but i mostly want to try make your cake pops!

i wish to be just like you!


October 14, 2009 09:36 AM
Joni said...

This is the first time I’ve ever seen cake balls before. Girl you are obsessed! And friggin’ BRILLIANT. Seriously. I am SO gonna make these.

October 16, 2009 06:52 PM
bakerella said...

anythingthingsugar – 1- don’t roll them too tight and make sure they aren’t too cold when you dip in the hot coating. 2 – your coating may be too thick or the balls not firm enough. 3 – use the americolor brand and write with a very light touch.

Brenda –

Corey – Use americolor edible ink pens. You may have overheated the coating. Heat on medium in 30 sec intervals stirring in between. If still too thick then add some shortening or veg oil to thin it out. And make sure you use a deep bowl so you can dip and remove easily.

October 18, 2009 04:51 PM
Lucy said...

aww so cool!
where would you get an edible ink pen in england? because i cant find any….
but stiilll these are really nice!

October 24, 2009 09:07 AM
bakerella said...

Lucy – do you have any cake supply stores near you?

If you can order from, they sell them.

October 25, 2009 10:08 PM
Abbi said...

Thanks for linking to places where we can get our own jumbo sprinkles and such. Sometimes supplies aren’t so easy to find in Oklahoma!!

January 14, 2010 02:22 PM
alexandra said...

This is perfect for teachers week

January 24, 2010 09:16 PM
Cari said...

Just wanted to let you know I made these today for our teachers (80 in total!) to celebrate our completion of NAEYC re accreditation. They were a HUGE hit and I shared your website with many of them who came looking for the recipe. Here’s how one of the baskets came out.
Thanks for the wonderful idea and can’t wait to make them again for my other child’s school for Teacher Appreciation!

April 16, 2010 06:15 PM
anna said...

Help! I have made the turkeys, trees, eggs, and chicks, but these apples….they keep cracking! I have never had this problem before, what am I doing wrong? Too cold of chocolate cake? To thick of candy melt? Please help I am really dissapointed with these ones (myself really)

April 16, 2010 07:56 PM
anna said...

I just read your answer to my question from another poster, I’m thinking my cake was too tight and too cold. You are so amazing at these!

April 18, 2010 02:48 AM
Rebecca said...

OH MY! My 2.5 year old son has been asking me for 6 MONTHS to give him an apple themed party, which is next month. I’m making a cake and shaping it like a large apple but how cute would these be to have too! I just might have to do this. I’ll look around and see if I can find the right stuff for it!

Hmm…..I’m getting inspired already!

April 22, 2010 12:08 AM
Maggie said...

so cuteeeee the ones with the faces remind me of sesame street

April 24, 2010 04:46 PM
Kim said...

I want to make these for teacher appreciation week next week, but I’m not sure how to present them to the teacher. Any ideas? I like that the Mother’s Day Cake Pops were in a cute little pot, but I can’t think of a good way to present the apples. Any ideas???

April 28, 2010 11:35 AM
Ana said...

i love the idea i will try and do it

May 14, 2010 05:11 PM
elvia thorson said...

thank you for sharing your creativity.

June 1, 2010 12:23 PM
Judith said...

Can you use red food coloring to dye white candy melts or would that just make them all weird?

June 2, 2010 04:11 PM
Jen said...

Did u ever get a chance to make lollipop tags we can download (;

June 5, 2010 02:54 PM
Specialtycakes said...

Hi! Your cake pops are absolutely amazing. I’m thinking about making about 100-150 of the apple ones for the teachers…but need to display them somehow on a table for their back to school meeting. Do you have any ideas on the best way to display these adorable cake pops??? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks sooooo much!!!

July 12, 2010 03:33 PM
molly said...

My sister is moving to NYC in a few weeks for grad school – these will be perfect for her “Big Apple” themed going-away party. Thanks for the idea!!

July 13, 2010 05:52 PM
curious said...

Hey bakerella did you ever upload tags for the lollipop sticks? would love to have some with these :D

August 1, 2010 11:01 PM
Shannon said...

Where do you buy your sprinkles from? I can only find the white confetti sprinkles in the multi-packs, and they don’t come with very many white ones for the eyes…

August 25, 2010 11:28 PM
JessicaL said...

I just finished making a batch for my son’s preschool class. This weeks’ “theme” was Apples and I just couldn’t pass up this opprotunity to make these!!!

The local store didn’t carry sticks so I gave it a whirl just making them as apple balls and they turned out super cute. So excited to have him bring them in tomorrow to school!

September 8, 2010 04:23 PM
kim said...

Totally just dove into the whole Bakerella cake pop thing after purchasing the Betty Crocker Fall Baking recipe card book. Decided I just had to try the “Candy Apples” first!!! After making 2 batches (each of which the kiddos LOVED!” but not getting anything to look remotely like your pictures — I finally figured it out! I added the entire can of frosting, instead of just 1 cup of the container! HOLY SPRINKLES Batman! Maybe I just try making sure I read and understand the directions first! Now – for my 3rd batch – I bet those apples will stay on the lollipop sticks now! THANKS!

September 14, 2010 12:39 AM
Marisol Gutierrez said...

How do you keep them from sliding off the lollipop stick…once I dipped it in chocolated some of them would slide down…

September 26, 2010 10:48 AM
Amber said...

Oh my word i have just got to make one of these for my teacher as well as making smiley ones for my class (my 11th birthday)

February 3, 2011 02:35 PM
Snikerz said...

I prefer them plain lol got the book and when I read the description i thought perfect because I was gona make them for a teacher and what a qwinki dink the teacher’s name is apple

April 9, 2011 04:43 PM
IQuitCounting said...

These would work well for a “Twilight” themed party too.

April 14, 2011 05:42 PM
Ann White said...

I made the graduation cap pops for my daughters boyfriends graduation (They were a HIT). I am making these for my son’s kindergarten graduation, can’t wait for all the kiddies to see them!

May 24, 2011 06:40 PM
Diann.X said...

I love them!! Soo cute!! I’m a 13 years old Dutch girl and in 4 days I’m turning 14, I want to make them for my friends, where can you buy this book?? Just in a bookstore??

June 14, 2011 12:46 PM
sOuKiE said...

This is awesome! I’m making this apple cake pops for my daughter’s 2nd birthday which is a snow white theme this Sunday! Thx for the idea…now how about iron man??? hmm…

June 15, 2011 04:25 AM
Laurel said...

I love the simple ones. I’m going to try your idea about the apple cake. I’m going to use your easy apple cake. I think its goin to be amazing!!!!

August 12, 2011 01:57 AM
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August 15, 2011 09:17 AM
langlang33 said...

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September 10, 2011 02:38 PM
Viviana said...

Loved them, they’re so beautiful, and I especially like the pictures and funny explanations…..great job!

September 14, 2011 02:25 AM
Maité said...

Hi! We don’t have candy melts in Argentina. Do you know about a homemade recipe that can replace it? Good coverage power and not too sweet…. I’ve used a kind of froasting ( icing sugar and water) but it was either too sweet or too light to cover the pop…hope you can help me!

September 17, 2011 08:26 PM
Karen Lemperle said...

I LOVE YOUR IDEAS!!! I JUST BOUGHT YOUR BOOK! I am so excited to make some of these cake pops! I have a question for you. I have made cake pops before….does your cake pops SWEAT? Going from cold (fridge) to hot (chocolate cover)???? I just made some for my church dinner on Saturday and they were a HIT!!! I posted them on my blog!! Thanks for sharing.

September 26, 2011 04:29 PM
Liz said...

You are fantastic!..I love your creations…Per me sei unica e mi piaciono da morire tutte le tue creazione…
Tanti tanti baci da Venezia.

October 20, 2011 04:42 PM
A said...

XD so cute!

October 23, 2011 02:27 PM
Saderchick said...

Made some of these today and found a plastic citrus reamer worked AWESOME for indenting the top & bottom of the apples!

October 26, 2011 02:19 PM
Saderchick said...

Also, there are “Holly Mix” sprinkles out (saw them @ Wal-Mart & Michael’s) that mostly green leaves, with a few medium red nonpareils mixed in. Used the leaves for these!

October 26, 2011 02:22 PM
cutie722 said...

sooooooo cutie i have to make them i love the faces

November 17, 2011 06:24 PM
Ash said...

Hey i make cake pops a lot! And whenever i make them i onky get 25… i read your book and it said i should be getting 48 with the box. HELP!!!

February 12, 2012 12:32 PM
isabel said...

Cute! Your inspire me to keep baking and creating new ideas! Thank you! <3

August 11, 2012 09:41 PM
sue said...

Beautiful! perfect to make for the kids during apple picking season!

September 19, 2013 08:08 AM
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