Monday, February 8, 2016

Elephant Cake Pop Valentines

Valentine Cake Pops

I’m sending you guys tons of love with these sweet little elephant cake pops. Hope you like them. They were inspired by those charming vintage Valentine’s Day Cards where the elephants hold up hearts with their trunks. Anyway, I couldn’t resist trying them out in cake pop form.

Cake Crumbs

To get started you need cake. Well, crumbs to be exact. Hop on over to my instructions for making Basic Cake Pops if you haven’t made them before. Once they are rolled into balls for dipping you can get down to the fun stuff … decorating.

Cake Balls

For the trunks, I just used cashews. They worked out pretty awesome!!!

For the ears… and I wanted these to look big and floppy … I originally thought I would use pretzels, but that didn’t go so well for me, so I ended up just using the same candy wafers that I use for dipping.

Instead of melting them, just carve out curves from the side of the wafers using a small round cutter. I used the big end of a piping tip that I had handy. Having the curved side will make it easier to attach by matching the curved shape against the side of the round cake pop. See below.

Making Elephant Ears

Okay … dipping prep. Usually I just insert a cake pop stick into melted coating and then into a chilled cake ball right before dipping. And that little pool of coating at the base in the top left photo just blends all together.

But for these elephants, I’m attaching several pieces before they get dipped so that pool of candy needs to be smoothed out or else it will dry and become part of the shape of the head. Just use your finger and quickly smooth it around the base of the pop. This also helps to secure the stick since you’re not dipping right away.

Next, dip the cut and curved edge of a candy wafer into the melted candy coating and attach to the top and side of the ball with the rounded part of the wafer facing front. Take another cut wafer and attach to the bottom right with the flat side facing front. Smooth out any coating where the wafers are attached to the cake pop so when you finally dip, the transition will be smooth. Repeat with the left side.

Now grab a cashew and position at the bottom front of the pop. Press in gently to make an indentation. Then, dip the fat end of the cashew in melted coating and attach to the pop. Again, smooth out any overflowing melted candy. Note that in the bottom right photo, I was making the indentation here. The cashew had not been dipping in coating yet.

Okay, after the pieces are all attached, place the pop back in the fridge to chill again before dipping. If the pop gets to room temperature, it will fall apart when you dip the pops.

Dipping Elephant Cake Pops

But not if they are chilled. I love to see how things start to take shape when the coating is added. You’d never know all that messiness from building the structure was underneath.

Once all the elephants are dipped, let them dry completely before you really bring them to life.

You can use the melted candy as glue to attach the decorations to the elephant.

Heart Candies

Here are the hearts for them to hold. They’re nice and big.

Bakerella Candy Wafers

I also wanted them to have sweet little bows on one side so I used my Playful Shapes Candy Mold and Party Pink Candy Wafers. Because they’re totally girl elephants.


They also have sweet cheeks made using pink confetti sprinkles.

And these girls have their party hats on … They’re made with baby tear candy shapes. I just used some kitchen scissors to cut the ends off so they would attach to the shape of the head more efficiently. To cover up the rough edge or gap where the party hat is attached, just use some melted candy to apply around the base.

Want to see…

Elephant Cake Pops

Totally cute, right.

The candies are all attached using melted candy coating applied with a toothpick.
The eyes and mouth are drawn on using a black edible writing pen.
And the trunk and hat details are just more melted candy drawn on using a toothpick.

Okay, I know these have a lot going on, but I wanted to show you a bunch of eleph-fun options all at once.

Keep in mind…

You can just have them holding hearts…

or only give them bows…

or have them party ready…

And … you can absolutely make them just dipped with eyes and a mouth and they’ll be super cute, too. It’s up to you.

Circus Elephant Cake Pops

And if you want to make these fun for something other than February 14th, poke a hole in the center of a mini candy wrapper and slide it underneath the pop for a fun collar. A polka-dot wrapper would be totally adorable. And instead of a red heart, try a Sixlet candies – they make the perfect little balls.

Tons of Love Cake Pops

But since we’re in the mood for love this week, share a ton of it with these treat tags.

Tons of Love Treat Tags

You can download them right here to print out and punch out with a 1 7/8 paper punch.

Elephant Cake Pops

Don’t forget to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Mey said...

So adorable!!! So making these as Dumbo for my dsughter’s birthday! Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas!!!

February 8, 2016 01:17 AM
Renee said...

You cake pops are lovely indeed. I am however not having any joy with mine they keep sliding down the stick how long should they set in the fridge after inserting the stick. Also what amount of cake should be used in conjunction with 3.4 cup of icing?

Please advise
Thank you

February 8, 2016 05:18 AM
ela said...

As always-dauntingly awesomeness ????
I hope to one day attempt cake pops. For years I have come to admire, drool and marvel. Happy St. Valentines????

February 8, 2016 05:23 AM
ela said...

Those should be smiles & hearts, not question marks!

February 8, 2016 05:24 AM
Marilyn said...

I love your attention to detail and all the little tips you give. These little elephants are adorable. I love the way you break it down and always amaze me on how you did this. I love the smiley face in the cake crumbs! I come away from your blog with a smile on my face! Thank you for starting my day off smiling!

February 8, 2016 07:53 AM
Linda said...

We love you tons Bakerella. Happy Valentines Day

February 8, 2016 08:01 AM
Lisa said...

Your cake pop prowess never ceases to amaze and delight me!! Happy Valentine’s, Bakerella <3

February 8, 2016 08:09 AM
Andrea in WI said...

Wha??? These are amazing! and adorable!

February 8, 2016 09:03 AM
Pam said...

Adorable!!! And you totally pulled off the vintage elephants. Thanks Bakerella – Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

February 8, 2016 09:49 AM
mindy1 said...

D’awww :D

February 8, 2016 12:08 PM
Kari said...

These look so great! You’re so talented!

February 8, 2016 02:36 PM
Candice said...

These are super cute!! I really wish I could enjoy one right about now!

February 8, 2016 03:37 PM
fusiafscrapping said...

So cute!

February 8, 2016 04:14 PM
Monica said...

How cute! How many hours does it take you to make these? I admire your creativity and patience!

February 8, 2016 05:00 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Absolutely and incredibly adorable! Tons of fun elephant pops..LOVE! Happy Valentine’s Day. :)

February 8, 2016 08:25 PM
Pam said...

cute cute cute!!!!

February 9, 2016 12:40 AM
Mayla said...

Love these! Thank you so much.

February 9, 2016 02:09 PM
Lori D said...

When I click on the mold link, it takes me to another place to order but doesn’t show the product ,etc. (no matter what I click on)

Is anyone else having this problem?

February 11, 2016 06:29 AM
Jan C said...

Awww the sweetest! ????????

February 11, 2016 11:58 AM
Donna said...

@ Lori D, I get the same thing, here is the direct link to the product on that website. You may have to cut & past, not certain if this will come up as a clickable linke

link to

February 11, 2016 12:23 PM
Angie Smith said...

Oh my stars, these are the cutest yet! Your creativity always astounds me!

February 11, 2016 12:38 PM
Erica Padmore said...

Hello everyone,
I saw very interesting ideas in this article <3 <3 It is a pleasure for me to see so creative people. Looks so delicious…Well done!
Kisses Erica!

February 12, 2016 09:46 AM
Jessica Lucas said...

Some of the cutest sweets i have ever seen!

February 15, 2016 06:25 AM
Dawn said...

Where do you buy the teardrop hole punch? I can’t find it anywhere.

February 15, 2016 11:33 PM
Alice said...

How sweet! It looks delicious:-)

February 16, 2016 08:49 AM
Eiesa said...

Tons of love! That’s adorable! How clever!

February 25, 2016 03:34 AM
Karstyn said...

Adorable and awesome these remind me
of Dumbo

October 16, 2016 11:29 PM
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