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?

Tara said...

How clever! I agree with you, Merckens is the best. I’m lucky enough to have a few bake supply stores nearby that stock it.

We are going camping as a family! I’m excited to be out of cell phone range for a few days. I’m in desperate need of a break.

July 12, 2012 02:58 AM
Heather said...

Is that corn syrup you are painting on or melted chocolate? I ask because the year I made the eggs and tried to use corn syrup the syrup beaded up and did NOT paint on. Have you ever had this happen? Any ideas why? The eggs still looked cute unsugared.

July 12, 2012 02:45 PM
tableofcolors said...

I have followed your tips and recently made cake pops for a wedding. They turned out wonderful! Thank you!

July 12, 2012 03:53 PM
Jill Fisher said...

What cake pop recipe is this? it looks so yummy!

July 12, 2012 06:37 PM
winnie dolderer said...

Sooo adorable! I love it. Made me sit and think back to when I was younger and would go to outdoor concerts and someone would toss one of those balls into the crowd…I

July 12, 2012 09:15 PM
Kathy Summerville said...

These are so cute and creative! My only plans are to stay indoors out of the sweltering heat and humidity.

July 12, 2012 09:26 PM
June said...

I just wanted to let you know (and I’m sure you heard it before) that you are flippin’ awesome! I absolutely LOVE these!!

July 12, 2012 10:08 PM
Littledessert - Recept & Webbshop said...


July 13, 2012 06:43 AM
marla said...

These pops are the perfect way to get in that Sizzlin’ Summer mindset!!

July 13, 2012 10:12 AM
Eftychia said...

These balls are so cute! Thanks for the step by step instructions.

July 13, 2012 11:05 AM
Erika said...

Merckens!! You have saved my life. I couldn’t stand using Wiltons anymore so I started exploring with Fondant and Chocolate Molding Clay but they never turned out right. I just bought two bags on Amazon and I can’t wait to try it!

July 13, 2012 12:40 PM
Linda said...

LOVE these – but I think it would take me too much time!

1. I like Candy Melts better than white chocolate disks b/c they are so fluid BUT I have a hard time finding them – Only Michaels has them and they are $$$.
2. How do you get such a round ball – I always have a flat spot from the tray
3. Cracks – I am getting Cracks – I have to double dip any tips??
Summer – perfecting cake pops lol

July 13, 2012 01:42 PM
Shelly said...

Oh these are too cute. TOO CUTE!
This summer we are recuperating from a move overseas that was harder than we anticipated. We are reveling in family, friends, sailing, sleepovers, and great food.
I hope you find some time for fun soon!

July 13, 2012 11:41 PM
Ceej said...

looks so cute and simple to make! but i bet i can’t achieve a clean looking beach ball pops as yours :P

July 14, 2012 12:18 AM
Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

Oh my gosh — how fun! This is my first time stopping by your blog, and I can’t wait to see more! :-)

July 14, 2012 10:17 AM
SHARON said...

I am making these. everything okay…they aren’t as smooth as yours but you are the Cake Ball queen…but some of them are splitting as if the inside is “expanding”. I am trying to score and put sugar over the worst part of the split. Do you know what caused this and how to prevent it?

July 14, 2012 08:44 PM
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

Wow! How fun! My girls will love this!

July 14, 2012 09:57 PM
vebbi said...

cute balls i want to make cake pop like that :P

Thank u

July 15, 2012 07:46 AM
Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

These are so cute. I must give these a try as soon as it turns warm down here. We’re really like it if you’d give up summer pretty soon. Sick of winter already.

July 15, 2012 07:54 AM
Gerda said...

I can’t believe how cute your cake pops are. I tried to make some with my Niece this weekend and we are both quite fustrated, since they did not turn out nice at all. :-(
At least, with all the nice Cake Pops Photos, that we saw, I got inspired to illustrate some, I guess something good came out of it. Thank you for sharing!

July 16, 2012 01:07 AM
Caroline said...

Very Cute! You are so creative!

July 16, 2012 02:50 PM
Beth said...

These are so cute! Great idea for my son’s swim birthday party. Our summer fun was a family reunion on Sylamore Creek in Mtn. View Arkansas. Lots of fun in the water with all the kiddoes.

July 16, 2012 10:05 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These are adorable.

My major summer fun is my ice cream party for National Ice Cream Day (this past Sunday). This year was 18 flavors of ice cream, sorbet and granita. If I up the total next year I will need more tupperware!

July 17, 2012 09:55 AM
Rachel L. said...

OMG, these are sooo cute!! I love making cake pops and can’t wait to get your newest book so I’ll be ready for Christmas. I love the tip about using a cookie scoop to make the pops come out the same size. I can’t wait to get some of the candy you recommended, it sure does look easy to work with! As far as my summer plans, I just got back from a trip to Dallas, TX for a Close to My Heart scrapbooking convention. I had a blast! I have to go back to work (at a school) on August 1, so my summr is pretty much over now. :(

July 19, 2012 02:51 AM
Kristen said...

We just moved back from Costa Rica and I saw your book in the local bookstore there and had to snap a photo of it. So exciting!

July 20, 2012 11:48 PM
Lorraine de Silva said...

These are amazing. But Bakerella how do you get the merkens candy melts so runny? Mine always seems to be too thick, I add crystals and it’s still thick.

July 25, 2012 09:08 AM
Muddy Kinzer said...

I love your cake pops! Those beach balls are simply precious! I reviewed your Cake Pops cookbook on my blog and you can read about it here:

Looking forward to your Holidays Cake pops! : )

July 25, 2012 12:32 PM
Radina said...

Hey Bakerella :) I love cake pops. On my blog (just getting started) I posted my European version of the recipe. Check it out if you want to^^

July 27, 2012 08:06 AM
kristen duke photography said...

those beach balls are AMAZING–so colorful and fun!!!

July 28, 2012 01:37 AM
La la said...

I’m spending my summer out of country and trying to bake

Btw, I love these!

July 28, 2012 01:00 PM
Courtney said...

Love these beach balls! Just wondering how big your scoop is?

July 28, 2012 06:57 PM
Muddy Kinzer said...

I loved these so much I had to blog about them! Thank you for sharing!

July 30, 2012 11:41 AM
paige&chloesmom said...

these are adorable my baby girls loved them, for their first bday i made ur cupcake themed pops they were adorable :)

August 3, 2012 11:13 AM
jackie said...

EVERYTHING you do is just SO doggone CUTE, I almost can’t stand it!!!!!

I honestly cannot get over how CUTE you are and your creations!!!!

You are one extremely CREATIVE and talented lady….and so sweet, to boot.

Everytime I come here I see something cuter than the last time and I just don’t see how that is possible!!!

Popcorns Box cake pops? Owls? Christmas Stockings!!!??
Oh My….you are just the cutest, most clever baker…..EVER!!!!

Be blessed….stay well…and cute!! :)

August 12, 2012 01:40 PM
La serviette sur la table said...

Wow, this is just great.. I will test :-) Have a nice day

August 21, 2012 06:34 AM
Lily said...

Bakerella!!! I know I’m late to this post, but I have to ask where you got those little white square containers you put the sanding sugar in. I love those types of containers I see in blogs but I cant seem to find them anywhere!! Please, help!!

September 30, 2012 05:34 PM
International decor said...

i like your pretty tastes :)

November 28, 2012 08:43 PM
Spicyemt said...

I made my 2st cake pops yesterday for my Son’s 1st birthday from your very first book (I got it for Christmas from my sister). I LOVE all your ideas and know I’ll make cakepops all the time as I love to throw partys. I have one question though…. When I mixed the cake and frosting up, I was unable to roll the dough in my hand. It would just fall apart. I had to shape it with my fingers and lay it down gently. Did I have too much or too little frosting??

January 14, 2013 04:38 PM
cake pop lover said...

im going to make this tomorrow

July 13, 2013 01:48 PM
Unique Pastiche Events said...

Hi there!
I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I’ve shared this post in an inspiration board for an End of Summer Beach Themed {Poolside} Birthday Party on my blog.
Here is the direct link to the post if you want to check it out:
Thanks for sharing this post! I may have never found what I was looking for :)

August 7, 2013 10:54 AM
Sandra Rodgers said...

I love these cake pops! I did a tutorial on beach cake pops on my blog, and I posted a link to these beach ball cake pops. So cute!

August 8, 2013 03:19 PM
Flynn said...


August 23, 2013 02:43 AM
Lisa said...

Hi, I’m planning my sons bday party with beach as the theme. This is perfect! I just wanted to know how many days in advance can I make these cake pops before they start to go bad or crack. Thanks!

February 14, 2014 09:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Do you have any in pool (billiards) pool cake pops?

February 26, 2014 07:02 PM
Jeri said...

My beach ball pops looked amazing. Tasted delicious but really got sticky and gooey after being in the fridge/freezer before serving!! The sugars almost dissolves. Any suggestions??

Thank you so much for the recipe! Your work is amazing!!!

June 30, 2014 01:14 AM
Antonia E. said...

These are amazing! I’m having a Summer-Party with a few friends this weekend, and these are utterly perfekt! Thank you so much for posting this Incredible idea!!! Can’t wait to try it out =D

July 9, 2014 06:03 PM
Kathy said...

I can’t wait to try these! Every time I bring cake pops to a function, people go crazy over them. Until now I have only done basic styles. But this looks so easy. Love the idea of using brown sugar as the sand base too.

September 26, 2014 08:22 PM
Joy Caler said...

I have both of your cake pop books.????????Love them.I do a lot of parties. Your ideas are fabulous. Happy New Year 2015 Joy From Orange County California

January 11, 2015 05:04 PM
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