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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s see what happens with a few large white confetti sprinkles  …
a black edible ink pen .
What do you think? Personality?
… or plain?
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!
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!
And, here’s the basic cake pop how-to .