Monday, July 9, 2012

Have a ball

Beach Ball Cake Pops

I hope you guys are enjoying the summer so far. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the pool, the sofa or somewhere else, I hope your summer is fun, fun, fun!

And these beach ball cake pops are a great way to get in the right mindset. I made them for Target’s blog A Bullseye View and based them on part of their summer store promotion. But really I’ve been wanting to make beach balls for a while. One of the many designs on my to-make-list and one that I’ve received a lot of requests for in the past.

All I know is I should have made these way before now. They are so simple and cute, and have such strong visual appeal. They just sing summer. And sunshine. And they make me smile. And they make me wish I was at the pool. Especially since I haven’t even dipped my pinky toe in the water yet this year. Maybe soon.

Here are a few photos and a there’s a link to the full instructions below.

Cake Balls

I roll my balls by hand 99.5% of the time that I make cake pops, but for these I thought I’d use a cookie scoop to make extra sure they are similar in size.

Cake and Frosting Scooped

This is a good consistency of cake to frosting. The mixture should be moist but shouldn’t feel wet. Once they are scooped you can easily roll them into a smooth ball.

Candy Coating

Speaking of consistency, if you haven’t used Merckens candy coating, I’d definitely recommend it. You can see how fluid the coating is above. It pours off the spoon instead of plopping. : ) I know. Nice visual, but this is what you want. Not too thick and perfect for dipping.

Etching Cake Pops

When the pops are dry, you can etch in the coating for a guide on your cake balls.

Beach Ball Cake Pops

And then all you need to turn these into show stoppers is a little bit of color for decoration and maybe some brown sugar for a sweet presentation.

Sanding Sugar

Sanding sugar in bright bold colors. I want to dive in.

Beach Ball Decorating

I made these Beach Balls based on the same technique I used for the Easter Egg Cake Pops in my book. Same principal, just a different design. You use corn syrup to get the sprinkles to stay exactly where you want them.

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Check out the full instructions on A Bullseye View:

Beach Ball Cake Pops Instructions


And if you want to make more fun cake pop designs, you can find the book and kit, at Target and in their stores, too. I still get excited when I see it there… I’m like a little kid.

Now for the really important question.

What are you doing fun this summer? I’d love to know what you guys are looking forward to in your summer plans because I haven’t done anything fun yet. I’m longing for the pool and rest and adventure and rest and rest. What to do and where to go?

Theresa said...

How fun!
I love them!

July 9, 2012 10:06 PM
mindy1 said...

How darling and cheery :D they make me smile. No big plans, see some movies (Magic Mike hehe) family bbbqs, the beach

July 9, 2012 10:16 PM
Julie M. said...

Oh, my goodness, they are really cute!!!

: )

Julie M.

July 9, 2012 10:18 PM
Jakki said...

Man your creations are all so freakin PERFECT. If this were me I’d get sprinkles everywhere and mess up the pattern lol.

July 9, 2012 10:18 PM
Samantha said...

Ooh, so cute! I know some kids who will /love/ to have these at their birthday next month! :D

July 9, 2012 10:18 PM
Jessie C said...

so cute! I did something similar but made Christmas ball ornaments. plans for the summer are mainly to not melt! and make yummy foods!

July 9, 2012 10:20 PM
Brandy said...

I love it!

July 9, 2012 10:22 PM
Mackenzie said...

those look so cool!

July 9, 2012 10:24 PM
Kaila said...

SO CUTE!!!!!
I know what to make while I’m at the beach next week! :D

July 9, 2012 10:24 PM
Carlene said...

My plans for the summer are to make it through my classes! And when I have time, spend time with friends that I don’t get to see too often because of school.

July 9, 2012 10:25 PM
Kendra said...

We’ve hit the water in our boat a few times and this weekend we are heading camping with 5 other families. 12 adults and 18 kids! Should be fun, interesting and LOUD!

July 9, 2012 10:26 PM
Alexis said...

Super fun! I was at the grocery store the other day, and I saw some pre-packaged Duff Goldman cake pops at the bakery section. They were all cracked and crumbled and melty…and not to mention, expensive! It’s so much easier (and prettier) to do it yourself.
Super fun looking and absolutely yummers!!!

July 9, 2012 10:27 PM
bakerella said...

Mindy1 – ok, maybe I did do something fun already. Saw MM. Pretty entertaining.

Jakki – I make a mess too. Just work with one color at a time over a baking sheet and you can collect the sprinkles to reuse.

Jessie C – not melting is going to be hard this summer. A scorcher.

Kaila – YAY!

Carlene – I like it.

Kendra – You’re outnumbered.

Alexis – Agreed!

July 9, 2012 10:31 PM
Annie said...

This is so cute!! I want to make it now.

July 9, 2012 10:32 PM
Christine Witt (Brush Dance) said...

Fun! I love the technique for adding the “glitter”

July 9, 2012 10:33 PM
Sarah B. said...

What a great little treat! I will probably have to wait till next summer to make them, though (or have a summer in winter sort of party) since all my cake stuff is packed up so we can move in a couple of weeks. I’m trying to get to the pool as often as possible to escape the chaos of our house.

July 9, 2012 10:42 PM
CS said...

A couple of my friends are getting married this summer! So that’s going to be my fun (OPEN BAR!!) as right now it’s busy season at work and lots of overtime.

Also PAX Prime will be happening Labor Day Weekend. Always excited for that.

July 9, 2012 11:05 PM
Rena said...

We’re going to 5 events at the Olympics and were sneaking off to Paris for a few days while we’re there too…sans my 2 year old…very excited!! Get to the pool already :) These are beautiful and adorable!

July 9, 2012 11:08 PM
Jbug said...

you are so creative!! We’re just hangin out at the house.

July 9, 2012 11:13 PM
Erin said...

You have perfect timing!
We are having a pool party this Sunday and today I have started the cleaning and de-cluttering of our home and have been trying to come up with a menu and something sweet for Dessert.
Thank You Bakerella! (and I have a beautiful wooden cake pop stand that my sweet husband made me for my friend’s baby shower, which I filled full of Rainbow– inside and out–) that I will now fill with Beach Ball Cake Pops!!

July 9, 2012 11:17 PM
Carrie said...

One thing for Aug is my Sister-In-Law’s wedding! Luckily it will be small cause I am helping her make Cake Balls for favors…eek! Neither of us are pros but both have fun with cake pops…any one specific link to the best advice for smooth, simple decorating/handling? I always make pops so I am used to the stick…so nervous about dipping and setting them to dry and keeping them smooth and fully encased in coating (no cake “bald spot” underneath) and not getting a blob under them…etc. ;)

July 9, 2012 11:48 PM
Allie said...

I am a weirdo. My idea of fun is go out and pull weeds. :) I do also take the dogs hiking, and I signed up both dogs for nose work classes. I highly recommend this for any dog. My dogs love it and all the dogs in our class love it. And bless the person who thought of it – I live in a place where it rains a whole lot so it is nice to have a fun game to play that you can do inside!

July 9, 2012 11:57 PM
Erica G said...

You make it look so easy! I have the darnedest time with my candy melt consistency and white is the worst culprit. And the cracking! These look so cute!

Looking forward to downtime with the kids. And once my 4-yo gets her cast off we’ll do the water fun!

July 10, 2012 12:06 AM
BethAnnW said...

These are amazing! I have to make them soon, once I have time. Mostly this summer I’m studying, but when I take breaks, my son and I are going to the movies. The A/C of the theater can’t be underrated, plus the cheap movie theater by our house has $2.50 tickets before 6pm.

July 10, 2012 12:33 AM
Jerri said...

These are so adorable! I can’t wait to try them out! :)

July 10, 2012 12:51 AM
Beth said...

So cute!!! :) They look so fun!

July 10, 2012 12:52 AM
Tiffany said...

Wow Bakerella! You really out did yourself..again! :) you are my inspiration! I always have trouble making them a perfect circle! I can barely put them on a stick without having it slip. Any tips?

July 10, 2012 01:07 AM
Annoyed said...

Its winter where I am. Please don’t assume all of your readers are in the northern hemisphere. Oh, oops, the world doesn’t exist beyond the USA does it????

July 10, 2012 02:35 AM
Kezia said...

Summer here in England has been a total washout so far. Its been cold, wet and generally unpleasant! I’m hoping it will change soon so I can go with my friends.

July 10, 2012 02:48 AM
Shibolet said...

Maybe you’ll come to visit Israel this summer? We will be glad to have you

July 10, 2012 03:13 AM
Evitaa said...

Great idea! Summer at work, dreamind about sea and laying on the beach :)

July 10, 2012 04:00 AM
Marie said...

They look amazing!!!

July 10, 2012 04:03 AM
ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Very cute!!

July 10, 2012 04:13 AM
Tanya said...

Sooo cute !

July 10, 2012 04:55 AM
Carla @ Carla's Confections said...

These are so amazingly cute!!! I thought I was looking at actual beach balls for a second! I would love to make these :) so fun!!! I am looking forward to being in summer in two weeks! I’m in New Zealand right now so it’s winter but moving back in two weeks. I can’t wait to feel summer heat!!!!

July 10, 2012 05:02 AM
tinajo said...

Oh, they are just wonderful – so fun! :-)

July 10, 2012 05:07 AM
Nienke said...

oh how cute are these! And I’m about to throw a beach party so your timing is just perfect!! thanks again for all your great ideas..

By the way I was just wondering if you eat all of the treats you make?? I would be the size of a beached whale if I’d bake as much as you do – and then eat all of it ;-)

love from Holland xx

July 10, 2012 05:18 AM
Nienke said...

oh and how we’re spending our summer? We’re getting marries August 31st and then off on our honeymoon to Egypt. so excited!

July 10, 2012 05:21 AM
Lydie said...


July 10, 2012 05:25 AM
Lynn said...

You make me wish that we had a pool! For summer fun, we are heading out to Cedar Point today for a bit of a vacation. I’ll think of these pops when we are at the hotel pool.

July 10, 2012 05:34 AM
hui c said...

these are so cute! haven’t seen this kind of beach balls in a long while ^^|| anyways, it’s summer all year round where i live.. and the weather is hot (not super-hot) and kinda nice (?!) right now ^^ hope you get to rest and have fun soon ^^

July 10, 2012 05:42 AM
Nick said...

Not much of summer weather here in London…but we’re going to be following the Olympics!

July 10, 2012 06:05 AM
Charlotte said...

These look so cute! I really want to be at the beach in the sunshine now, but I’m in rainy London instead.

July 10, 2012 06:27 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These are so freaking cute! Awesome idea!

July 10, 2012 06:40 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

These just scream summer fun!

July 10, 2012 06:41 AM
Mona said...

Perfection and adorably cute!

July 10, 2012 07:15 AM
tania said...

Wow, you are amazing. you just keep making these spectacular things!

July 10, 2012 07:19 AM
Connie said...

Those are seriously adorable! I live in Michigan so all I would like to do right now is head up to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival. Sit back on the shoreline and drink some cherry wine with delight. :) It’s possibly my favorite place to go with my family for down time. Since we live in metro Detroit, we don’t get there as often as we want. Enjoy your summer!

July 10, 2012 07:56 AM
Claudia Martinez said...

What about Cancun, Mexico? or Puerto Vallarta? I hope you get a well deserved vacation and you get the chance to RELAX!

July 10, 2012 08:13 AM
Withspirit said...

It is summer in Bakerella’s world (and mine) after all, so that’s when beach ball cake pops are the best!

We just finished our summer trip to WDW to celebrate our 14th anniversary. =D Man, was it ever hot! LOL!

July 10, 2012 08:24 AM
Debbie said...

So cute!

Corn syrup question: I have tried numerous times to use corn syrup to adhere sanding sugar to my pops. At first it works (being careful to use a thin layer of corn syrup), but slowly the sanding sugar always starts to slide off. :( Any hints to make it stay in place?


July 10, 2012 08:31 AM
Yan yan said...

Awesome! Cake pop madness @ dhr E.R. Nurses are going crazy making cake pops for everyone (except for patients lol) I like visiting your website for creativity and inspirational moments :)

July 10, 2012 09:00 AM
Ane said...

Such a cute idea, Bakerella! They are beautiful!

July 10, 2012 09:03 AM
Kitsy said...

Love these…so cute. My husband and I are going to visit our daughter in Colorado Springs, Co. Fires are contained thank goodness. She just scored a job with the US Olympic Committee there. Cant wait to visit ! She and I love cake popping together !

July 10, 2012 09:05 AM
Liz said...

They look fantastic, yummy and like something I would love to make!

July 10, 2012 09:08 AM
Vicki Bensinger said...

Adorable! I’ve had your book forever but must have missed this technique with the corn syrup. Great idea!

July 10, 2012 09:19 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh my goodness…. I love these adorable guys!!!

July 10, 2012 09:32 AM
Shelley said...

After one week of a cruise to the Bahamas, I’m going to prep school. Haha, high school’s so much work.

July 10, 2012 09:57 AM
Amanda said...

Oh my goodness, how cute are these beach balls!! Love them!! You are so creative girl. Always love your fab photos! :)

July 10, 2012 10:06 AM
Amanda said...

The beach balls are so cute! They make me wish we were going back to the beach this year.

July 10, 2012 10:08 AM
Jennifer said...

My summer plans involve moving back home to Georgia! I moved to Tennessee when I got married in April but my husband and I have decided we miss home!

July 10, 2012 10:34 AM
Sosheil said...

I will definitely give the Merckens a try… I kind of walked away from cake balls because of Wilton’s candy melts always clumping on me – my awkward cake balls looked more like creations by Picasso – fun looking, but not when I’m trying to make a round smooth ball! Now I’m excited to try again. THANKS BAKERELLA!

July 10, 2012 10:42 AM
G. said...

These are just adorable. I picture them sitting on top of cupcakes, and putting crumbled graham crackers instead of brown sugar as the sand… Maybe on top of s’more flavored cupcakes for added summer fun. Yum! Btw bakerella, i’ve been wondering how you feel about those cake pop pans i see in stores? It seems to skip the best part- the frosting inside!

July 10, 2012 10:42 AM
adina said...

Sooo cute!! I’m part fish so I love all things pool! That’s the best part of summer but what I love to do is visit a farm and pick lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to use in the kitchen. (you feel so healthy) Also fun is a family road trip to Williamsburg, Va or beautiful Rhode Island.

July 10, 2012 10:56 AM
Kimberlee said...

These are really cute. Great idea for a beach themed party. Since I live by the water this is an excuse to throw a party. My summer so far has been spent traveling and eating lol.

July 10, 2012 11:06 AM
Meredith Griffin said...

They are so stinkin’ cute! I’m going to try to make some for my niece’s birthday this weekend.
My husband and his family have a cabin on a private lake and we like to go there. Our vacation is in 2 weeks yay!

July 10, 2012 11:09 AM
Kimberly said...

How cute! My kids would love these cake balls. We are just trying to stay cool in southeast Texas. But my hubby and I were able to get away for a week (no kids!) to a resort in Utah…ah…it was great!

July 10, 2012 11:34 AM
Lindsay said...

ADORABLE! Those are the cutest beach balls I have ever seen! I love your work, you are amazing!!

July 10, 2012 11:41 AM
Katie B. of said...

Fantastic, and so very cute!

July 10, 2012 11:53 AM
Loretta Kelly said...

these are soooo cute. i’ve been having trouble melting chocolate lately! even melting in a double boiler on the lowest heat the chocolate is still seizing. help!
but as far as summer plans go, i’m not only super pumped for the new batman movie in a couple weeks, but i’m 22 and going on my very first plane ride! my boyfriend and i are going to visit his family in north carolina.. i’m really excited! :)

July 10, 2012 12:03 PM
Lauren said...

It is so hot in your area right now – I would head away! I am in Victoria BC right now and it is beautiful! Loving the escape from the heat back home in Nebraska.

July 10, 2012 12:31 PM
Grace said...

Oh, just havin’ some MAJOR FUN! Holiday world, Indiana state fair, the county fair, and baking even more! Can I get a WhoopWhoop!?

July 10, 2012 01:12 PM
karina said...

so cute!! you are amazing

July 10, 2012 01:23 PM
Francineb said...

Cute cake pops! My daughter is so in love with your book. lol She’s my little chef in training (she’s 11 years old).

For summer activities, I’ve spent a week at Boy Scout summer camp which was very fun. Horseback riding, camping, rock wall climbing, hiking. Totally excellent. I’m planning to go to Branson with my kids and parents in a couple of weeks which should be fun. I haven’t been there except for many, many years ago to see the Precious Moments Chapel. I’m also going to a scrapping retreat in August. VERY excited about that. :)

July 10, 2012 02:04 PM
Cheryl Newton said...

You are so awesome, Angie! Many nights I can barely put a decent dinner on the table for my family (hello, recycled leftovers!) and you manage to come up with such artistic creations.

July 10, 2012 02:18 PM
Emily said...

These are so cute! There is no way mine would come out looking like that…maybe more like one of those marbled glass ornaments.

Our family is going to Charleston in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait for eating and beach time! Flying with four kids…hmm. Not looking forward to that part, but eating! Yay!

July 10, 2012 04:48 PM
Margie said...

My summer plans include having a baby next month. :)

July 10, 2012 04:50 PM
abcmojejkuchni said...

Pi?kne s?!:)

July 10, 2012 05:27 PM
Brittany said...

I love those pops! It’s a little too warm right now in OR to play with melting candy. :) Heading to Yellowstone soon for some camping and Moose watching! Hmmm, I’ve been wondering how I could make a moose cake pop. Any ideas from you lovely folks?? That would be amazing!

July 10, 2012 05:50 PM
Caro said...

These were so cute, I had to make a batch right away! And they turned out great – thanks for the awesome inspiration! :)

July 10, 2012 06:08 PM
emine akcay said...

i love your ideas

July 10, 2012 06:38 PM
Mary said...

You’re a genius! and your cake pops put always a smile on my face.

July 10, 2012 08:42 PM
Annie Hollenbeck said...

Thank you for sharing these! My cake is in the oven and the white chocolate candies are waiting to be melted. :-) I also want to thank you for making it so easy to pin it for pinterest. I definitely want to remember this for next year.

July 10, 2012 09:05 PM
nobody said...




I LOVE THESE!!!!!!!!

July 10, 2012 09:12 PM
Susan said...

They look awesome! Love the texture of the coating you used. Must try it.

We are staying near home this summer, but lots of fun plans, $1 movies during the week, kids are going to do some day camps, I am training for my first triathlon, a camping night in the park, Birthday parties, hitting the pool as often as possible, attempting the beach (the ocean scares me – way more than a pool), lots of volunteering for crafting for VBS at church, and trying a new baking recipe each week. Oh, and scrapping, trying to keep my blog updated and see some summer blockbusters. I may even get to my yard. Hope you get some great ideas and enjoy your summer!

July 10, 2012 10:34 PM
Aubrey said...

My “summer” is almost over. In 3 weeks I will go back to work after 5 1/2 months home with my sweet baby boy. I’m not looking forward to it.

July 10, 2012 11:20 PM
lirone said...

OMG one day and already 86 comments. so much for my dream of being first…

July 10, 2012 11:52 PM
Selina said...

You are so talented.

July 11, 2012 08:18 AM
Vicky said...

These look amazing. I admire your patience! I would never be able to make these but can only imagine how tedious it can be!

July 11, 2012 08:51 AM
Jean Ortega said...

Oh my goodness!! They are sooooo cute that I can’t think of eating them. They look very real. I can’t wait to try to make ’em.

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July 11, 2012 11:15 AM
Kiran @ said...

These are so much fun, Angie!! I am looking forward to more pool time and grilling with family & friends this summer :)

July 11, 2012 12:21 PM
Kim L said...

These just scream summer! How fun. Hoping we can make it up to the lake for a few days before summer slips by. Thank you for sharing.

July 11, 2012 02:03 PM
Jan S. said...

I haven’t done anything either…I am hoping to go on a short road…maybe

July 11, 2012 02:31 PM
Jan S. said...

oops…I mean road trip

July 11, 2012 02:37 PM
Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

That is too fun! You always amaze me with your creative ideas!

July 11, 2012 05:47 PM
Aimee Brown said...

They look awesome,
Not Summer down here in Australia, but I am still enjoying the last few days of my school holidays.
But exicting.. I am going to try and make you peanut butter fudge today. I Hope it works out.

Thanks, Have fun enjoying your hot Summer.

July 11, 2012 05:57 PM
Cate said...

My summer plans consist of nothing too big. I am only getting married in 10 days.

July 11, 2012 07:39 PM
a3stars said...

So cute and colorful! I love seeing you making more cakepops!
My family loves going to the lake during the summer, and down to the pool. Baseball games and BBQ’s are also so much fun. I haven’t been out camping since I was a kid, but nothing would make me happier than to go again. Last year we went to the State Fair, a bit overrated for me now. I love summer food best, smores, watermelon, corn on the cob, homemade ice cream, and anything with strawberries, like my famous strawberry shortcake!
Whatever you end up doing this summer, Bakerella, I hope you have lots of fun and relaxation. :)

July 11, 2012 10:08 PM
Aimee Brown said...

Like I said a few comments ago,
I made your Peanut butter Fudge,
I turned out great and It was yummy too!
Thanks alot Bakerella.

July 12, 2012 02:40 AM
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