Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cartoon Character Cake Pops

I loved reading all your cake pop guesses from yesterday. And I’m happy to say that someone guessed correctly. Actually, several of you did. But the first one to guess correctly did so in the first twenty comments. I’ll announce the winner in just a sec.

First, I want to show you the cake pop I made.

It came out really cute.


Here are the candy coatings and candies that I used to decorate them.

So, everyone that guessed Smurfs … and there were a bunch of you… I’m sorry. Maybe next time.


I cut the tops off of candy corn to use for the ears.

That’s right. This cartoon character cake pop is an animal.

Any guesses now?


These light pink coated sunflower seeds were perfect for the nose.

They come in a long tube.You can find them in different color combinations especially during holiday seasons. I think I found these at a store called World Market.

Just keep your eyes open. I grab them whenever I see them, because the colors come in handy.


White m&ms. I found these sold by color at Wal-Mart a while back.

These were spot on for the eyes.

Okay, the next picture should give it away if you don’t know already.


Almost finished eyes. With orange eyelids.

I know you know now.


That’s right.


Everyone’s favorite sarcastic cat.

I’ve made Garfield sweets before. Take a look at these fondant covered cupcakes if you want to see.

But this time, I wanted to see if I could turn him into a cake pop. A little tougher than working with fondant.


When I’m trying to recreate a recognizable character, I start with finding candies that have a similar size, shape and color if possible.

I’ll shape the cake balls to match the shape of the character and then place the candies right on the uncoated cake ball to see if I’m going in the right direction.

This way I can adjust the size of the ball to be proportional to the candies if necessary. Remember to make the ball slightly smaller than what looks accurate, because once they are dipped the shape will increase in size a bit due to the coating.


To make the basic shape, attach the ears (pointing slightly forward) using candy coating and let dry before dipping the entire cake pop in more melted candy coating.

Remember to dip completely and remove without stirring.

Let dry completely.


When dry, attach your eyes. Don’t forget to leave some without eyelids for Garfield’s wide-eyed look.


Then carefully pipe on yellow candy coating right underneath his eyes. It will work better if the coating isn’t too fluid. Just let it set for a few minutes after heating to thicken a bit. Keep a picture of him nearby for reference.


Before the yellow sets, attach a light pink coated sunflower seed for the nose.

Let dry completely and then use a black edible ink pen to draw on all of Garfield’s iconic details.

I like to use the Americolor Gourmet Writing Pens.


If you want to have fun making these at home, you’ll need:

The basic how-to for making cake pops
Orange candy coating
Yellow candy coating
White m&m’s
Candy corn
Pink coated sunflower seeds
Black Americolor Gourmet Writing Pen
Small squeeze bottle


Now for the winners. Yep, plural.

Commenter #20 – Nicol was the first one to guess Garfield correctly. Yay! Great guess.


But, I’m also going to give one away at random… And that winner is…


Congratulations Elizabeth. You win a book, too. I hope you still come to the signing though. I’d love to meet ya.


P.S. – A bunch of you made guesses of character cake pops that I’ve already made.

Like these.


You can check them all out under the Cake Pops category if you want to take a look.

carol said...

You are absolutely AMAZING!!! Love Garfield. I will deffinately try this one. thanks for ALL your inspirations and wonderful ideas!!

September 14, 2011 12:12 PM
Erika said...

Wow! These are fantastic! You are one talented lady!! ;-)

September 14, 2011 12:13 PM
MINDY1 said...

How cute-should have one witha red chin, for his love of lasagna

September 14, 2011 12:30 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Your garfield cake pops are awesome looking. I think someday I will make a patterned cake pop. I’m still enjoying the ones I make that are just cake and frosting on a stick (with a dark chocolate coating). Yum!

September 14, 2011 01:02 PM
Will said...

You are wonderfully talented! Thank you for sharing with us

September 14, 2011 02:33 PM
Margie said...

I am totally blown away by your fantastic cake pops. They look incredible!

September 14, 2011 02:53 PM
Trisha said...

amazing…………….I wish I could snap my fingers and make those too…wow!

September 14, 2011 03:29 PM
Jessiker @ Jessiker Bakes said...


September 14, 2011 03:35 PM
Naomi said...

Really cute — but now I want to see Smurfs from you!

September 14, 2011 03:53 PM
Ivette said...

OMG is so cute!!! love the cakepops and ur amazing tutorials, thank u so much for share with us :)

September 14, 2011 04:30 PM
Yael said...

Oh my those are just perfect! I wish I could get candy melts in my country. Will have to stock up on the next trip to the states!!!

September 14, 2011 04:47 PM
maria-TO said...

OMG! They are so cute!! Garfield is one of my favourite characters. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re on the road to recovery and feeling much better.


September 14, 2011 04:57 PM
marina said...

And how about making a video to show us how you did such a great job!!


September 14, 2011 04:59 PM
Hilary said...

Oh Bakerella…who CAN’T you make into cake pops?!?! I think you should try to cake pop-ify yourself, just for a challenge. ;)

September 14, 2011 05:18 PM
Sharon said...

Okay, I have seen enough!!! I have to ask, would you ever consider teaching a class or two! I have made them onc and they turned out cute, but would love some help!

September 14, 2011 06:49 PM
Nic@diningwithastud said...

You’re clearly a genius! These look so amazing :) well done and congrats to the winners :)

September 14, 2011 06:53 PM
Kira said...

This is just too impressive, I don’t know how you make them look so perfect!

September 14, 2011 07:24 PM
Lesley Taylor said...

You truly have outdone yourself!!! These are absolutely amazing!!!!

September 14, 2011 11:36 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks everyone!

September 15, 2011 07:39 AM
Tate said...

These are so cute! BTW I ran across the colorful candy coated sunflower seeds in my local Dollar Tree the other day! I haven’t ever seen them there and I don’t have a project in mind yet, but I will have them if I do!!

September 15, 2011 08:28 AM
Popztee Cake Pop Stand said...

Absolutely love your work! You captured Garfield’s facial expressions perfectly!

September 15, 2011 08:46 AM
Kim said...

Hey Bakerella! I work for Jim Davis — someone pointed these Cake Pops out to us and I just wanted to say AWESOME! Actually, those are Jim’s words, but I concur! Amazing talent you have!

September 15, 2011 09:28 AM
Janet said...

Bakerella… I absolutely love your work. I always check for updates on all you do. :)

I actually have a question for you. Recently I was making some Mickey Mouse cake pops and when I would dip them in the chocolate, and try to remove any excess chocolate… the front would look fine, but the back looked horrible from the chocolate that dripped to fall off. How do you get both sides smooth and not leave too much chocolate on… or stop the dripping when you pull them out of the dipping proccess? Any help is greatly appreciated!

September 15, 2011 10:30 AM
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

These look so cool! Super cute! I love the idea of making characters out of food!

September 15, 2011 10:51 AM
Kim R said...

I am planning a Peanuts Gang inspired first birthday for my son and want to have cake pops for the party. Does anyone know of someone that does a fabulous peanuts gang that might ship their pops?

September 15, 2011 03:06 PM
Laura @ GotChocolate said...

These are FABULOUS!!! LOVE the photos, as always!!!

September 15, 2011 11:54 PM
Rachel said...

I don’t know how you bear to bite into Garfield :( He’s definitely one of my favorites though! =D

September 16, 2011 01:03 AM
CateS said...

But does it taste like lasagna? Love all your work & glad to know you & your Mom are doing great!!!!
I went to college at Ball State University — near Garfield’s hometown of Albany, Indiana!

September 16, 2011 10:31 AM
Gina said...

wow Bakerella! I think one of the hardest things to do is replicate a well-known character and that Garfield is fantastic! Btw, I’ve been following your blog for a couple years now and everytime I see a new cakepops book or product at the store lately, I can’t help but to smile because YOU are the QUEEN of cakepops!

September 16, 2011 12:25 PM
Lilia said...


September 16, 2011 07:05 PM
Betsy said...

These are so awesome! I would love to try a Wade Duck or Orsen the pig too.

You can also get the candy coated sunflower seeds at Remke Bigg’s for those not near a world market. I miss world market, all the ones in my area closed.

September 16, 2011 09:54 PM
Heidi said...

You are an incredible artist! And, of course, a huge inspiration!

September 16, 2011 10:12 PM
Beth said...

These… are a stroke of genius and so clever and cool!

Seriously, Garfield would approve! Though i think he would prefer they were in the shape of Nermal just so he can bite his head off!

September 17, 2011 04:37 AM
i love to bake! said...

i love the idea of garfeild and hello kitty. i would love to see a dog one or a flower.

September 17, 2011 10:46 AM
Hillary said...

You are so incredibly talented. I tried the Easter bunny cake pops 2 years ago and determined that you need more than just a tutorial to make these, you need “the gift,” and that is what you have. Awesome.

September 17, 2011 03:10 PM
Claire said...

that’s awesome!! you truly make food art. and you definitely the best at it of any site i’ve ever seen!

September 17, 2011 08:31 PM
Mikky said...

Ack! He is too cute. Brings me back to the days when you could buy a Garfield telephone. I don’t know how anyone will be able to bite into that cute face?! Put little kisses all over it yes, but to eat him I just couldn’t. :))). Btw, how are you doing? Hope you are not eating too many of these:)

September 18, 2011 12:50 AM
Mikky said...

I’m so used to your one post a week that I didn’t scroll down to see that you posted the day before. I am so happy to see that you are doing well. It was a real scare when you told us the news. I wanted to tell you to switch to making non-sugar granola pops or veggies on a stick because I want your amazing creativity, gorgeous photography, etc around for a long time. We need you to go make more cakepops with Blake Lively!! So happy to hear you r doing well. :) A big fan.

September 18, 2011 01:00 AM
CouponClippingCook said...

These are adorable. You are truly and artist.

September 18, 2011 01:28 AM
Jessie said...

I love your cake pops!
You’re on the website of the Duth Elle Food : )
Here’s the link!http://www.elle.nl/eten/kookboeken/Kookboek-Cake-pops

September 18, 2011 05:41 AM
Marija from intwoo said...

Love your blog!!!!!

Have a look at ours:

intwoo food

Marija from intwoo

September 18, 2011 06:32 AM
Corinna said...

I just bought your book and so excited for the possibilities ahead. I just read this post today after reading today’s Garfield cartoon on my desktop…which is about blogging. If you want to see the cartoon:
Greetings from Alberta, Canada, love your blog!

September 18, 2011 07:07 AM
Diana said...

OMG Garfield! This brings me back to elementary school and how I would spend hours in the library reading comics such as Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes. :3

September 18, 2011 02:08 PM
Grace said...

I love the Garfield ones!!! SUPER CUTE!!!! I was watching the garfield show yesterday!

September 18, 2011 04:02 PM
Anonymous said...

so cute¡¡¡¡¡
These pops are awesome,
sweetest greets from spain¡¡¡¡

September 18, 2011 04:59 PM
Brandy said...

Wow!!! These ones are AMAZING!! :)

September 18, 2011 10:55 PM
Sally said...

I love visiting your site to see your latest creations and to get some inspiration for baking at home – the Garfield cake pops are amazing!

September 19, 2011 06:04 AM
Pear Tree Greetings said...

These are fantastic!! Amazing likeness of Garfield – a favorite in our household, btw! You have a wonderful gift! -Steph

September 19, 2011 02:30 PM
Neesie said...

AMAZING….you are so talented.
I just can’t imagine how you do it even though you kindly show each stage. Is there nothing you couldn’t make?
Nah….I thought not. ; D

September 19, 2011 07:15 PM
Lover of Cake Pops said...

I cant believe it! You did it again Bakerella! You just, like……i dont know what you do but to tell you the truth, its like you wave your magic wand and they pop up, amazing as always! I love your site and have so much fun stalking it and your every post you write! :) You grant so many wishes around the world! I love BAKERELLA.COM!!!!!!! <3 I am so overwhelmed! How do you do it? And those chocolate chunk muffins…….oh dont even get me started! <3 those guys! they are the BEST!!!! i made them the other day for my sister and she was head over heels in chocolate land! Thanks again bakerella…..wherever you are…..for making the world a sweeter place, one pop at a time! :)

September 19, 2011 08:51 PM
Kimm said...

I just love your ideas. I have been following you for a few months now. I had to go on disability and have no income. I decided to start a cookie bouquet business. While looking for ideas I ran across Bakerella and fell in love with cake pops. I saw there were a few posts asking about smurf pops and I just so happened to be making an order for a friends’ little girls birthday party.

I put the link in the “Website” box, not sure what I was supposed to put there. Hopefully it works. Can’t wait to see your Smurfs. I am sure yours will be much better. I used a lot of fondant as I couldn’t think of too much in the candy department that could be used on a smurf and keep them as close to original as possible. My friend LOVED them and hopefully so will others.

Thanks for the great ideas, I can’t wait to make a Garfield, and Mr. Potato Head.

Keep the great pics and ideas coming you are an inspiration to us all.


September 20, 2011 03:18 AM
Kimm said...

Hi again,

I feel so stupid, I don’t know anything about blogs, how to reply to them, how to post pictures. I put the link to my facebook page in the “website” box but you can only view the first 8 pictures, it then tells you to log into FB to continue.

Can someone help me figure out how to upload my Smurf cake pops? I really want other opinions, and what better place to do that then the cake pop site of the world. :-)

Thanks again Bakerella! You have come up with such a good idea that I just might be able to make some money at this. From everyone I have talked to here in Des Moines, nobody has really heard of cake pops except from Starbucks, and I have heard they aren’t that good. :-( That might be a good thing for me though. LOL

Any help anyone can give me on how to blog or how to link my pictures up would be great!

Thanks in Advance,

September 20, 2011 03:31 AM
Amy said...

You are simply incredible!! They look so realistic! You are the sole reason I decided to create my own cooking website (although it’s not nearly as nice as yours). Also, if you are looking for more chocolate covered sunflower seeds, this is a great website that sells them by the pound: http://www.nutsonline.com/snacks/sunflowerseeds/chocolate.html

P.S. Im coming to see you when you visit Minneapolis on October 8th! Its already on my calender ;)

September 20, 2011 10:14 PM
WeLoveChicken said...

Wow! This is amazing, so cute. You’re a food artist.

September 21, 2011 10:39 AM
Nicholle said...

How bout smurfs?

September 21, 2011 09:11 PM
Ashley said...

I rarely comment, but I always read your blog (I follow by rss feed). I just want to say what an amazing job you do, all your treats look so perfectly perfect. Your site and all you do is beautiful as well as you and your radiant smile. Good luck in all you are going through with your health. Thanks for sharing some goodness!

September 22, 2011 06:01 PM
Abby said...

When I bought your book on cake pops I fell in love!
Your book has inspired me to try a new ways of mini cake instead of cupcakes. On October 8th I am doing a cake pop sale at Odyssey school. You are the doing of this!

Thanks so much

September 23, 2011 09:50 AM
Abby said...

I was wondering if you had taken the wonderful pictures of your cake pops. The pictures are beautiful in my mind they are the worlds best piece of art.

September 23, 2011 09:53 AM
melissa said...

i have been making cake pops for some time now and have starting selling them… lately they have been cracking!? any ideas why?

September 23, 2011 11:18 AM
christine said...

omgosh i love all the different expressions on the pops! these are really amazing!

September 23, 2011 08:13 PM
rabia said...

i just loveeeeeeeeeeee your potato head cake pops

September 24, 2011 05:21 AM
Cheyenne said...

I come across the same problem every single time I make cake pops. I keep the pops ( with the sticks adhered with the melts in them) in the freezer overnight, to make sure the pops and the stick stay together. However, in the morning when I dip them, the cake pops always fall off the stick because they stuck in the candy melts when I try and dip them. I’m assuming they’re not melting enough? Anywho, I’d love some advice. Thank you so much!

Also, these are completely gorgeous!

September 24, 2011 11:50 AM
Miri Leigh said...

Incredibly cute, as always. Thanks for sharing!

September 25, 2011 01:11 PM
Smartypanties said...

Those are amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! I can’t wait to try!!!!!!!!!!!

September 25, 2011 08:13 PM
shannie said...

Wow. U r amazing!

September 26, 2011 12:21 AM
Jeannette said...

Absolutely adorable! Could you make a series of the lovable Madagascar characters?

September 26, 2011 09:25 AM
Erin said...

Oh my goodness Garfield is my favorite cartoon character!

September 26, 2011 05:35 PM
davi said...

Sweet! I knew you were going to make these someday.

September 26, 2011 11:13 PM
Stephanie said...

Love them!! You have some real talent! I have tried using candy corn as ears before but had little success. Congrats on get those little suckers to stay put ;)

September 28, 2011 04:02 PM
Marta said...

Your blog is amazing, and everything you cook is so so pretty. I have just discovered you and I’m really happy to heard about you and see how many incredible things we can do with food. You have won a new follower.kisses

September 30, 2011 08:30 AM
Rosemarie said...

I love your wonderful creations, im a stay at home mom and i love baking and doing little projects and you have given me so many cute ideas of things i can do with my daughter !!! You really have made an amazing website with all your work ! I hope to buy the book soon !!

September 30, 2011 02:49 PM
Lindsey Schneider said...

What brand of markers does anyone use? Everytime i try to write or design on the cake pop, it never show up or its just carves into the chocolate. help please!!!!

October 1, 2011 12:32 AM
Mighty Morgan said...

Garfield looks GREAT! You never cease to amaze me….btw just got your book in the mail…..and have been drooling over all the fab pics! You rawk!

October 1, 2011 11:19 AM
M.J. said...

Bakerella, your cake pops are AMAZING! I was looking online for helpful hints to make Jack-o-lantern cake pops for my three boys and I found your website. It was so insightful and inspiring, I will definitely be visiting again.

Thanks for sharing!
M.J. =D

October 1, 2011 04:00 PM
Lily said...

I want to make these so bad but I don’t know how to make them into balls. My mom and I are looking forward to this.

October 1, 2011 09:32 PM
Crystal King said...

Hi! I love your cake pops and website!! I bought the book and read it on vacation:) I have tried a couple of times to make these wonderful treats and never get them right. I run into several problems and I am impressed that you can get the pens to write so dark. I am not sure what I am doing wrong :( I still love them even though I haven’t had any success. I think you should offer a give-away and have a day with you and making cake pops. lol!

October 3, 2011 05:52 PM
Laurence said...

I’ve just discovered your site, I love it. Garfield is so cute!

October 4, 2011 08:30 AM
shuchi said...

Sooo very beautiful !! Love your site & creations :)
Thanks for sharing … Glad to follow you :)
Cheers !

October 7, 2011 03:08 AM
Alex said...

First they are really really cute.Where can you get those color sunflower seeds. I can get them but they are 5 dollars of a tube 1 by 1 at this bird store.

October 13, 2011 03:56 PM
Anonymous said...

i have ur cake pops book, Bakerella! awesome!!!

October 15, 2011 09:57 PM
Brodie C-C said...

These are amazing! I’d love to see Pooky and Odie ones as well :)

October 16, 2011 04:51 AM
jbee said...

aww garfield, i loved him as a kid :) and you sesame street pops look like the bracelet i made in 09! awesome :D

October 16, 2011 11:55 PM
Allie said...

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October 18, 2011 02:44 AM
Grace Vaught said...

GO Garfield! You know, maybe you could make the Classic Peanuts cakepops! GO SNOOPY TOO!

October 21, 2011 10:10 AM
Debbie said...

I recently made some cake pops and bought edible ink pens, but they would not, at all, write on the cake pops. I did thin the candy coating with shortening a little bit. Do you experience this problem with the Americolor Ink Pens?

November 4, 2011 03:56 PM
Isabel said...

I would like to see if she could make swurfs if possible

November 5, 2011 01:07 PM
Erin said...

Please let me know if you ever do a Snoopy cake pop! Snoopy’s my favorite ever, and I think he’d make a great cake pop. And Woodstock. And all the Peanuts gang kids basically have round, cake pop-shaped heads anyway. <3

November 10, 2011 10:28 AM
selene said...

omg i just my pop it came out so cute

November 12, 2011 05:57 PM
Emma said...

Have you ever used boba? You know, the little balls that look like caviar but have fruit juice in the middle? Those things are the best and I would love to see them incorporated into a dessert!

November 12, 2011 11:51 PM
Darcy said...

Don’t do anything with the Peanuts Gang as their lawyers are ruthless. However, if anyone ever does, I’d so love to see them. I adore the Peanuts Gang.

November 13, 2011 07:22 PM
Anne said...

Can you do angry birds please! You are an inspiration! Just bought your book!

November 23, 2011 10:59 AM
kate said...

Is there a 3 eyed alien 1 from Toy Story

November 25, 2011 11:59 PM
anonymous said...

OMG! how did you get that so detailed!could any one make those? there so cute and elligant!

December 29, 2011 05:35 PM
love cartoons said...

SO CUTE BAKERELLA YOU ARE AWESOME my friend made snowman ones and they were so cute i ate 3 and and so did almost everyone else

January 15, 2012 10:30 PM
love cartoons said...

i think they would be really cute if you made spa party ones caus’ i am having one in april and really want them

January 15, 2012 10:32 PM
Morena said...

Your cake pops are amazing! I never saw something like that!

I am researching about it, and I was wondering if, when you reproduce existing cartoon characters, like Garfield, lilo & Stitch, Whinny the Phoo etc, do you need to pay copyrights or if for food it doesn’t matter.
it would be really useful for me to know, thank you!
Can you answer to me directly? I am not sure I can set up to follow the answer. thanks!!!

February 20, 2012 03:50 PM
Naomi Kolijn said...

white m&m’s??? We dont have them in holland:-(

March 2, 2012 04:10 PM
1Dlover432 said...

Garfield! I would have never guessed that! Thats so creative!

March 19, 2012 10:12 PM
ana said...

im a fan

March 27, 2012 03:51 AM
gracie said...

omg! im still a kid but i love these cake pops!! i love baking and you make me want to go above and beyond on my cake pops and make them look so real!

May 22, 2012 02:08 PM
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