Monday, October 17, 2011

Eye Popping!

I’ve been wanting to make eyeball cake pops every Halloween since I made these cake pops back in 2008.

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But, when I made these, I was completely focused on making more character-style cake pops instead of objects and challenging myself to do something different. These were really the first ones I made that involved carrying out a theme and making varying shapes without the use of a cutter. I can remember when I made them and how excited I was that they turned out so cute. I couldn’t wait to show them to you. Once I went beyond the basic ball, there was no turning back. I couldn’t stop making them… and still haven’t.

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So this year, I decided to finally make eyeballs. They are an obvious choice for the medium wouldn’t you say.

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Crumbled cake. I know. I know. Red velvet would have been so much more effective here. But, with dark cakes and light colored candy coating, sometimes the shade of the cake can show through the coating slightly.

And I wanted to make sure I could see the whites of my eyes.

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Chilled cake balls.

By the way, here’s the Basic Cake Pop How-to if you don’t know what I mean. It’s not as thorough as the directions in my book, but it will get the job done.

And below is a quick illustration of how I dip.

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First dip the end of your lollipop stick in some of the melted candy coating and insert into a chilled ball. Then insert cake pop into a bowl of melted coating so that the coating is about 3-4 inches deep.

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You want the coating to be deep enough to dip and remove in one motion and without stirring.

If the coating does not completely cover the ball, don’t stir. Just gently rock the stick left and right until the coating completely covers the ball.

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And remove.

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The more fluid your coating, the easier this will be. This is perfect.

You can tap off any excess if necessary.

If your coating is too thick to do this, simply add a little vegetable oil to help thin it out.

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Before the coating sets, place a green candy coating wafer right on the front. It’s the perfect size.

This is my work around since I try to avoid piping whenever possible.

Shaky hands.

Actually, I’m just not that good at it. I definitely could use more practice.

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So deciding to use the wafers really helped make these eyes look spot on.

To decorate these is really easy. You just need a few things.

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Green candy coating *
Red and black edible ink pens (I use Americolor Pens)*
Miniature confetti sprinkles (the white ones, of course)*


And if those are hard to get your hands on, you could always go the piping route.

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Such a cute pair.

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Does anyone feel like they’re being watched?

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See, this would have been much more effective with red cake. If I were making these for a party and not for pictures, red velvet would be the way to go.

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So when I made these eyeball cake pops, I decided to do a little more playing around.

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And I made little spiders crawling all over the cake pops. Well, they look kinda like spiders. Or m&m’s with eyelashes. But given on Halloween, people would get it.

I used black m&m’s for the bodies and attached to the pop while the coating was still wet.

And after the coating set, I used black jimmies for the…

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Creepy!

You can just use your black edible ink pen to draw the legs on the stick and melted white candy coating to attach the m&m’s.

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Creepy. Crawly. Cute.

Then I made another version – going for spiders that are a little more spooky than sweet.

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Hmmm. Still kinda cute.

They need to be spookified.

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That’s better. A toothpick and a little melted red candy coating did the trick for these treats.

Look at those beady little eyes.

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These are pretty easy, too. The spider bodies are black licorice buttons.

I get licorice mix* like this at the Fresh Market, but they are available at most places that sell candy by the scoop.

For the spider heads, I used black coated sunflower seeds. (keep your eyes open in stores… you’ll stumble on seasonal sunflower seeds like these)

And jimmies for the legs.

Attach the bodies while the coating is still wet and the legs after it sets.

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Hope you have fun making these.

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See ya later.

I know … dorky, but I couldn’t resist.

* Please note that these are Amazon Associate links.

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Erica Gomez (@EG_Cakes) said...

Simple yet effective edible spook factor. BOO! :)

October 17, 2011 12:15 AM
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Ashley P. said...

These are so adorable! Your creativity amazes me. Thanks for another great idea! :)

October 17, 2011 12:20 AM
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Diane {Created by Diane} said...

Love the little spiders they are adorable!

October 17, 2011 12:21 AM
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Mimi said...

Too adorable! Love the little spider legs!

October 17, 2011 12:21 AM
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Alicia said...

We made eyeball cake pops for a Zombie themed 18th birthday party back in January!! We colored our frosting green with funfetti cake mix! AWESOME effect!!

October 17, 2011 12:21 AM
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Outback Sweet Treats said...

These are great! I am hosting a spooktacular kids Halloween Party and these will be a great addition to my Spooky Desert Table, Thank Always for being your wonderful Sweet self, we are truly blessed to have you as not just a great inspiration but a true kindred spirit xox

October 17, 2011 12:22 AM
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beatriz said...

OMG!!!! these are so cute!!! those little spiders are so adorable!! i really love them (and i want to make both) XOXO for you and your mom :D

October 17, 2011 12:24 AM
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Jennifer Kim said...

So creative~ I love them~ My children would go crazy over them~ We all love Bakerella~ =D

October 17, 2011 12:26 AM
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Barb Bamber said...

Wow! These are so awesome, wish I was still teaching school, the kids would have loved these!!

October 17, 2011 12:28 AM
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Heidi said...

You are so creative!!!

October 17, 2011 12:29 AM
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Leah said...

Too cute as always! :D

October 17, 2011 12:30 AM
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JenniferB said...

Creepy and wonderful!

October 17, 2011 12:31 AM
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Monica said...

Bakerella, you are so inspiring and so generous to always share your amazing creativity. Thank you! xx

October 17, 2011 12:32 AM
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Brenda Liz said...

Que creativida. Estan muy inspirada en la epoca de laz brujas (hallowen). Ella creacion.

October 17, 2011 12:32 AM
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Heather said...

Love them, I made them last year, but used forks instead of sticks! super cute!

October 17, 2011 12:38 AM
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Cindy said...

You and your cake pops are amazing and I so enjoy reading your blog to see what comes next.

The eye ball pops are very creative, but the spiders, oh my! I’m from Texas and all I was “ticks”, especially when I saw the ones with the little black heads….sorry :) They are so very cute, but just look like fat little ticks! But the ones with the red eyes and red markings on their backs are spot on spiders….so CUTE!
You are a talent Bakerella…thanks for shring it all with us!

Cindy

October 17, 2011 12:39 AM
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MySweetCreations said...

Awesome! Great ideas, I might make these for my daughter’s school’s Halloween Carnival!

October 17, 2011 12:48 AM
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Anonymous said...

OMG! Love those spider cakepops! Gotta try those out! ASAP!

October 17, 2011 12:51 AM
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angie said...

it’s so cute the spider… i’m going to try make this for kids classmates….i can’t wait to do it.

October 17, 2011 12:53 AM
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Nicole (Life's a Batch) said...

So adorable! I love the spooky creepy spiders the best – I think black widows are even better at Halloween than other times! :-)

October 17, 2011 12:53 AM
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Mighty Morgan said...

I LOVE both pops!!!! I thought the eyeballs were creepy until I scrolled down and saw the SPIDERS…nice touches with the sprinkles and red eyes…..as if spiders aren’t gross enough, you go and make them all evil AND creepy with red little eyes…lol.
Awesome job as always!

October 17, 2011 12:54 AM
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Krafted by Kelly said...

So cool! I think it’s even creepier that the inside is white! :)

October 17, 2011 12:55 AM
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Joey @ 365cakepops said...

So cute! I love them. :-)

October 17, 2011 12:56 AM
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Tracey said...

Ohhh, the eyeball pops, are eye-popping, eye catching…yes, the eyes have it. (end goofiness here)
haha
I had a thought, sometimes several in one day!
What if you put some soft, gooey red candy inside the eyeballs when you made the balls? Could be a fun gross-ou look but unexpected extra flavour when you bit into one and of course it would look cool…just a thought.
Love this post, bring on Halloween!!!!

October 17, 2011 01:00 AM
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Kristen said...

The spiders are so creepy even though I know what they are. Very creative!

October 17, 2011 01:01 AM
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Tracie said...

The eyeballs remind me of these glass eyeballs I bought to decorate a Halloween wedding cake a few years ago…very cool! And the spiders are really just too cute.

October 17, 2011 01:03 AM
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Christi said...

Totally love how the red for the eyes and the pattern on the back of the spiders adds that extra creepy factor.

Wish we celebrated Halloween where I am!

Course, I could use it as an excuse to make these regardless.

October 17, 2011 01:18 AM
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Pammie said...

Love these!!!! You’re awesomely creative :)

October 17, 2011 01:57 AM
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Barbara said...

wow,you are so inspiring,ciao from Italy!!!!

October 17, 2011 02:19 AM
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Sanna said...

I absolutely love your blog! I live in Europe and i’m always looking forward to seeing more form you!
These are actually a great idea to make for Halloween!

October 17, 2011 02:19 AM
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Sofia Apóstolo said...

There’s nothing that you do that don’t suprise me. You can’t imagine my face every time I open your website.
It’s amazing, extraordinary and I’m speechless.

Don’t ever stop. I can’t do what you do, but I love see your work.

Big kiss.
Sofia Apóstolo

October 17, 2011 03:13 AM
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Nichole said...

Wow! Thanks for the nightmare I’m gonna have of creepy crawly things! :-/ And yes, now, I do feel like I’m being watched by spiders with giant eyeballs! Lol Happy Halloween! :-D

October 17, 2011 03:43 AM
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Kimberly said...

I just feel vindicated because you made the spider legs from “jimmies” and not “sprinkles!” And if Bakerella says “jimmies” then Team Jimmies have won the day!

October 17, 2011 06:03 AM
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Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

You did an amazing job on the eyes, they look fantastic!

October 17, 2011 06:08 AM
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Katrina said...

I am in love with these cute cake pops! Can’t wait for Halloween!

October 17, 2011 06:13 AM
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Kate B. said...

I am working on making some eyeballs for a friend this weekend. Your method is perfect…and I was worried!!

Bakerella saves the day!!!

October 17, 2011 06:21 AM
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magali said...

yay! I am going to make some black widow cake pops for my co-workers at the Insectarium! I have already made them some bumblebees and ladybugs and I was thinking of making them some Halloween cake pops and these are perfect!

October 17, 2011 07:09 AM
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Michelle Dellaperute said...

I have such a hard time writing with those edible pens on the pops..even when the pops are all dry and not cold? Any suggestions to make it easier?
Thanks..your stuff is amazing:)

October 17, 2011 07:22 AM
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Nancy said...

There is nothing dorky about these. They are amazing. Thanks for your inspiration. I love it.

October 17, 2011 07:32 AM
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Mel G said...

Redbacks! Our national spider LOL!

October 17, 2011 07:39 AM
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Karina said...

Wow, the spider ones are so creative! I would have NEVER thought to do that. Usually it’s either a plain sphere with some sprinkles, or a shaped character/object, but I never thought to just have a solid colored circle with the main feature being 3d on top of it… does that make sense? Whatever, you’re a genius! I was so delighted to see a new post, keep up the good work, can’t wait to see more Halloween ideas! x

October 17, 2011 07:49 AM
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Debbi Hook said...

Those are CUTE…uh, I mean spookyyyy !
Thanks for posting :-)

October 17, 2011 07:51 AM
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Connie said...

Aww you bring joy to my mailbox with every post you make!! I love the spiders, they are really so cute! Thank you, Bakerella!

October 17, 2011 08:12 AM
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Connie said...

OH, and “M & M’s with eyelashes” TOO funny! I think I spit coffee on my desk…out of my nose…. :)

October 17, 2011 08:13 AM
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Janet Haring said...

Love them. Eyeballs were on my list of pops to make for my kids Halloween parties!! Can’t wait to see the kids faces ;)

October 17, 2011 08:17 AM
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Leisha said...

I love these…I just bought the Cake Pops books and my boyfriend bought me all the equipment so I can make them. My Nephew LOVES Halloween and I was going to make the pumpkins (Jack O’Lanterns as you guys call them) with him and the ghosts but I think I’ll make the eyes and spiders too! :-)

October 17, 2011 08:18 AM
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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

love love love! hope you’re well!

October 17, 2011 08:22 AM
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Margaret said...

Too Cute! (Hope your doing well.)

October 17, 2011 08:28 AM
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raquel @ Erecipe said...

oh wow this is really awesome…I am excited this coming halloween kids will surely love it

October 17, 2011 08:37 AM
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Sandra said...

Cutie patooties!

October 17, 2011 08:44 AM
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Leighann said...

These are great!! I love the eye balls. Maybe I’ll make them for book club this month.

October 17, 2011 08:55 AM
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Robin said...

Definately NOT Dorky..Love your creativity. I also really enjoy putting time into little baking projects as well..it really is in the presentation for me!

October 17, 2011 09:01 AM
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Chris Davis said...

These are great!! Love the spiders!!

October 17, 2011 09:19 AM
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Robin said...

I’m so grateful you are back. I look forward to Mondays and your wonderfule creations. These are precious…I mean scarey!!!

October 17, 2011 09:24 AM
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Amanda said...

I love the creepy crawly pops. They’re adorable. Question though, how are the “legs” sticking there if you wait for the coating to dry? Do you use a little bit of candy coating and apply it with a toothpick, or?

October 17, 2011 09:37 AM
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jackiefromtexas said...

The spiders look like they are on an egg sack! ooohh so creepy. My son LOVES the spider pops and got very very excited …he is three ;D

October 17, 2011 10:16 AM
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Tasting Heaven Bakery said...

I am sooooo LOVING these, especially the spider ones. You are so creative. My kids saw me looking at these and they FLIPPED out!!! I will have to try these for Halloween!!! Great job on both, you are so talented!!!

October 17, 2011 10:25 AM
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Jenny said...

These are great! Look pretty doable :)

October 17, 2011 10:36 AM
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Angie G said...

Adorable!!!

October 17, 2011 10:45 AM
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Cassie said...

Very cute! && I just have to tell you that I saw your book at Target and I became a little school girl. I all but ran up to my husband and was like “omg, I follower her blog. This is so awesome that she got a book published!” I have been out of the blog loop for a while so I’m not sure when you got it published, but CONGRATS!!!

October 17, 2011 10:56 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

These are delicious and I know that some of my friends would appreciate the ones with the licorice spiders. Yum!

October 17, 2011 11:06 AM
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Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

I am really loving these Cyclops Pops! Great job, as always!

October 17, 2011 11:07 AM
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Alyssa said...

Very creepy! The eyeballs are cute, but I don’t know about putting tiny spiders in my mouth. I guess I could get over that pretty quick!

October 17, 2011 11:22 AM
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Delphine said...

I love those, they are easy to make and original !! I’ll try to make some because i’m sure everyone’s gonna be impressed :)
Have a nice day !
Delphine

October 17, 2011 11:39 AM
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MINDY1 said...

OMG so cute and creepy XD I love the little spiders-wish I had a hallooween party to go to, but oh well :D

October 17, 2011 11:41 AM
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Karen Dunn said...

Yay!!! LOVE the spiders..especially ON the STICK!!!!!!!!

October 17, 2011 11:42 AM
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MINDY1 said...

HALLOWEEN-i stink at typing

October 17, 2011 11:44 AM
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Brittany said...

I love these, I think I’ll try them! Thanks Bakerella you’ve inspired me!

October 17, 2011 11:49 AM
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femchef said...

::Blink:: Those are so cute. O_O

October 17, 2011 12:01 PM
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Stefanie said...

Ridiculously, ridiculously cute.

October 17, 2011 12:04 PM
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Meg said...

Super Cute!!

October 17, 2011 12:11 PM
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Denise V. said...

Super cute! I could get into doing cake balls … on top of every other craft known to man. Thanks for the lessons!

October 17, 2011 12:21 PM
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athena Plichta said...

I’ve wanted to make cake pops for a long time and these are seriously tempting me to just jump in right now… thank you for the detailed instructions and for your endless creativity :)

October 17, 2011 01:15 PM
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sunny said...

These are so spooky and so cute all at the same time I love them.

October 17, 2011 01:16 PM
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Brenda said...

Luv it … so cute!

October 17, 2011 01:52 PM
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trisha said...

so cute…EYE love them…………..!! HAHAHAHAHa

October 17, 2011 02:08 PM
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Karen said...

You are so creative! I have a daughter in university who loves getting baked treats in the mail. I can’t wait to send her some of these for Halloween.

October 17, 2011 02:30 PM
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Elizabeth Branch said...

Those are so adorable! I didn’t think it was possible to make spiders look cute, but you did it. I love the green eyes too, so creative!

October 17, 2011 03:40 PM
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Jennie Posada said...

Thanks for the tip of adding vegetable oil to thin chocolate. I’ve tried your pops about 4 times and they never come out right. I’ve gotten closer, but i think the oil will help. And these are so cute!
Thanks.

October 17, 2011 04:35 PM
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KateSue said...

I love the eyeballs! But the spiders!!! Oh so cute! What a cute little surprise to have it climbing up the stick. It’s those added little details that make us all love you!

October 17, 2011 04:37 PM
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Heather C said...

The spiders are my favorite! I can’t decide whether I like the little ones crawling up and down the stick or the big scary ones better. Either way, they (and you) are awesome!

October 17, 2011 04:44 PM
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Kwomais said...

Everybody always wants to put blood coloured filling inside their edible eyeballs, but the white is actually more realistic! The inside of a human eye is actually filled with a clear jelly-like fluid. I think these are just perfect! The spider ones also gave me the creeps!

October 17, 2011 04:45 PM
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Lily said...

The eyeballs are cute but kind of obvious. The spiders? So adorable and unexpected, especially on the stick.

October 17, 2011 04:45 PM
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Shannon Watkins said...

The second batch of spiders (the spookier ones) prior to the red icing backs and eyes looked terrifyingly like tics (I live in East TN), and I honestly got the shivers when I saw them. I was calmed a bit when I saw you added details. You are amazing! Great creepy crawlies!!!

October 17, 2011 05:19 PM
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Kyle said...

I love these! I’m having a Halloween party and will definitely have to make these – they’re so cute (and kind of spooky).

October 17, 2011 05:48 PM
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Nic@diningwithastud said...

All of these look so great! I feel you about the shaky hands haha I would be terrible at any detail.

October 17, 2011 05:51 PM
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Dee said...

Yes – I was wondering the same thing – if you wait for the coating to harden how are you attaching the jimmie-legs?
They are adorable – the spiders crawling up the sticks are an awesome idea!!

October 17, 2011 06:32 PM
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hannah said...

my school is having a bake sale on halloween, and i originally intended on just making some chocolate lollipops with pretty molds i found two years ago, but now you’ve inspired me to put in the effort of going all-out. might cheat a little and use chocolate munchkins to save myself some time (i’m still a commuting student). i think i’ll make the frosted-chocolate-spider-web cookies that you did for trix as well! you’re awesome :)

October 17, 2011 06:33 PM
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Trish said...

so cute. We are making these.!!

October 17, 2011 06:59 PM
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Asianmommy said...

Fantastic! Love these.

October 17, 2011 07:49 PM
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Pam said...

I’m totally creeped out by spiders and yours are creepy enough I would have a hard time biting into the spider cake pop! hehehe

October 17, 2011 08:10 PM
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Carrie Funk said...

Not dorky, cute! I love Halloween, and am having a big party! I will have to make some of these!

October 17, 2011 08:26 PM
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irresistibly beautiful said...

It is so great treat for Halloween

October 17, 2011 09:04 PM
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Michelle said...

These are so great!! You always come up with such great and creative ideas. I am always inspired by you. I can’t wait to make some cake pops for Halloween!!!

October 17, 2011 09:58 PM
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Carrie- Clever Mommas said...

Love the tutorial! Definitely going to make these for boo time!

October 17, 2011 10:13 PM
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Vicki Bensinger said...

You are so talented and creative. I always look forward to your posts.

October 17, 2011 10:44 PM
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Kristen said...

I absolutely love these! You’ve got me thinking that perhaps I should throw a Halloween party just so I can make these. Thanks for sharing!

October 18, 2011 02:08 AM
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Diana said...

Oh how I have missed your cake pop series :’)

October 18, 2011 02:56 AM
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Sharon said...

I like the cute little spiders and since you said they’re easy, I’m sort of leaning towards making them.

Quick question: I’m going to need to make a bunch of them. At what point during the process can they be frozen? I’m guessing it’d be after the stick is inserted into the cake ball. Do you think they could be dipped and *then* frozen? Or is freezing them just a bad idea?

Thanks for you help and inspiration. I don’t know how you keep coming up with fresh ideas!
Sharon

October 18, 2011 04:19 AM
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Damita said...

So cute! Love them!

October 18, 2011 05:56 AM
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