Monday, August 11, 2008

Hope these put a smile on your face

Just look how cute they are…

Smiley Face Pops

And yet so vicious!

Ouch… that hurts!

And without regret!


(Ouch! Painful, but delicious.)

Now, if you’re a little less mainstream, here’s an alternative one that rocks:

Nirvana Pop

Anyway, hope you’re smiling and …


Want to make your own smiley face cake pops?

1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can frosting (16 oz.)
Wax paper
Yellow candy melts (1 lb. pkg.)
Lollipop sticks
Edible ink pens

  1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (I use the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy. Also, you may not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using almost the entire can and add more if you need to.)
  3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)
  5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
  6. Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
  7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
  8. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
  9. Once dry, draw faces with an edible ink pen and allow ink to dry!

Note: I think cake pops are a little more difficult to make than the cupcake pops because of trying to get the candy coating smooth. So, If you haven’t made them before, check out this post for red velvet cake balls and this one for cupcake pops.

T said...

These are ADORABLE! Love them, great work :)

August 11, 2008 02:51 AM
Delaina said...

Love it!

August 11, 2008 02:54 AM
Angie P said...

too cute! My kids will love it when I try this one out!

August 11, 2008 03:01 AM
Tanya said...

Oh, these are SUPER cute! I can’t wait to make them. You rock!

August 11, 2008 03:06 AM
landa said...

OMG These are so awesome. I need to do this for my kids one day.

August 11, 2008 03:58 AM
puglyfeet said...

Smiling ear to ear, Bakerella. The second pic is my favorite. =)

August 11, 2008 03:59 AM
spearle said...

I like the one with the big teeth the best! Question: have you ever used homemade icing in place of canned frosting? do you think it’d do alright?

August 11, 2008 04:02 AM
Stella said...

I think these are SO CUTE!

i cannot tell you how many times I’ve tried to make the cupcake pops and the cake pops and they are just not working! I don’t know what to do! :(

August 11, 2008 04:37 AM
Kim said...

For some reason this looks easier then the cupcakes..maybe its the deceiving smiley face:P
Thanks for sharing..I am going to try these for a back to school treat!

August 11, 2008 04:39 AM
ashley marie said...

I love your great, crafty food/treat ideas! I was flipping through my Family Fun magazine and saw a treat that seemed RIGHT up your alley. The website is
link to

If you need to sign up on their mailing list to see it, sign up and then search for ‘mini caramel apples.’ They are so cute!

August 11, 2008 04:58 AM
Stephanie said...

WAY TOO CUTE!!! I love them! My favorite is the half-eaten one with the shocked look on his face. Macabre, but adorable!

August 11, 2008 04:59 AM
Sarah said...

Ha! Those are awesome! Definitely made me smile. :)

August 11, 2008 05:08 AM
maybe strawberry said...

i love them! these cake balls are cute!

August 11, 2008 05:10 AM
Amber said...

Those are so cute! You are very talented!!

August 11, 2008 05:28 AM
Bridgett said...

Aww, how sweet those are! I know my little ones would love to have such a treat like these waiting for them after coming home from school.

August 11, 2008 05:29 AM
Saucy said...

Where do you get these pens??

August 11, 2008 05:50 AM
cookemila said...

me encantan como una tira de comics..pero ademas se comen…te superas….felicidades

August 11, 2008 05:53 AM
Robyn said...

I can’t wait to try these too! Just great stuff here! Love’em!

August 11, 2008 07:01 AM
morgana said...

No doubt, I have a smile on my face… :-)

All of them are adorable, cute, funny… I wanted to make something like this and now I know how to make it. ;-)

You’re the best. Billions of smiles and kisses for you. And, as you are one of my best influences, take a look on my blog, there is a little green fairy for you (from the bottom of my heart).

August 11, 2008 08:22 AM
Snooky doodle said...

ha these are so so cute. You re really a creative person. These will be great for children . Have to try them. Pity eating them though. :-)

August 11, 2008 09:15 AM
jenny said...


Love,love the new idea ;-)
Can you help me with two questions?
1) I can’t find the can of frosting here in Australia, so what recipe can I use instead?

2) I’m planning to sell cupcake pops at a school fete, so I want to know if they(with creamcheese) can keep at room temperature or even outdoors for a long time?

thanks a million!

August 11, 2008 12:38 PM
Anonymous said...

Sooo cute!

I was actually thinking of making the oreo truffles in to smiley faces for the start of school.

August 11, 2008 01:28 PM
arundati said...

these are super cute….

August 11, 2008 01:46 PM
MB said...

so CUTE!!!!!!

August 11, 2008 01:56 PM
ingegerd said...

i love it!!Yiu are so good at this!!!=)have a nice day!!

August 11, 2008 02:06 PM
zarpandit_gokche said...

hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :)

it’s very nice! great work!

August 11, 2008 02:20 PM
Clumbsy Cookie said...

I sure I’m smiling! Too cute, specially the eaten one!

August 11, 2008 03:15 PM
MsC said...

These are fantastic. What a great monday post!

August 11, 2008 04:55 PM
Angela said...

How fun!
The ones that “rock” would be great for Halloween!


August 11, 2008 04:57 PM
hf52771 said...

Girlfriend, you are my HERO! I LOVE these little buggers and your pictures really made me smile…or, grin evilly…. From someone who bites the ears off her kids chocolate Easter bunnies, these rock!

August 11, 2008 05:36 PM
Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, these are so cute! I have to start making some of your recipes, they’re amazing!

August 11, 2008 06:08 PM
Cakespy said...

These are fantastic! I love your slightly deviant sense of humor with the crushed one :-) Speaking of smiley faces did I ever tell you I once met Franklin Loufrani, the man credited with the creation of the smiley face? (and I believe the one who sued wal-mart!)

August 11, 2008 06:08 PM
candesintx said...

How fun! Love the play by play! YumE

August 11, 2008 07:14 PM
Amylouwho said...

I love this! It reminds me of the calvin and hobbes where the snowmen crowd are gathered around a fallen snowman with looks of terror on their faces.

August 11, 2008 07:26 PM
Sticky Cakes said...

Once again I bow down to you…wouldn’t these be cute in a classroom? To bad I retired…

August 11, 2008 08:23 PM
kira said...

Those are so cute! You are so creative! =)

August 11, 2008 09:49 PM
Stacy said...

Bakerella strikes again…too cute, and yes, I think we are all smiling! Please keep making us smile :))))

August 11, 2008 10:34 PM
chantal said...

bakerella….you make my mouth water!!!

August 11, 2008 11:14 PM
AmandaMichelleSmith said...

Very nice! I can’t wait to make more. I need to get an edible marker!!! :]

August 12, 2008 02:47 AM
HoneyB said...

You never cease to amaze me! LOL. Great idea!

August 12, 2008 09:52 AM
Team Simmons said...

I just made pops last night and instead of frosting, I used cream cheese. It’s what I use for Oreo Balls and it’s delicous. They are pink with white non-perils. Your suggestion a while ago. Thanks!

August 12, 2008 01:50 PM
Shephalli said...

How Cute!!

August 12, 2008 02:09 PM
suezette said...

My daughter couldn’t stop giggling at the pictures!

August 12, 2008 03:03 PM
Jess and Jen said...

Have you ever used chocolate cake and chocolate frosting for these…just wondering if it was good. I think I might try it! I made the cupcake ones for a party once and they were a huge hit! I love your great ideas!

August 12, 2008 05:03 PM
Ming said...

Those are A.MA.ZING! So cute I almost feel bad for wanting to bite their little heads off!

August 12, 2008 05:21 PM
Lori said...

These are tooooooo CUTE!


August 12, 2008 08:36 PM
Josephine Milkweed said...

Hi Bakerella:
You draw so nicely with the edible writers, I wonder if the ones you use are as floppy-tipped as the Wilton ones? I’ve tried the Wilton ones and it feels like trying to paint with a brush that needs to be re-dipped in the paint. Any thoughts? Although I have a feeling that *you* could still make them look fantastic somehow…btw I bought ‘Hello, Cupcake’ for a friend’s birthday this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation. Put mine on my Christmas list….

August 13, 2008 01:39 AM
Trixy Tran said...

These are extremely cute, I’ve gotta make them!

August 13, 2008 02:29 AM
Kim said...

These are so cute I just couldn’t resist leaving a comment. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and seeing what fun baking things you’re up to!

Thanks for always sharing such great ideas!

August 13, 2008 02:45 AM
Rebecca said...

OMG!!! YOU ROCK!!! I just saw your cute cupcakes that you did on Martha, and I bow down!!!! You are amazing!!! Love love love your blog!!!


August 13, 2008 03:59 AM
Anonymous said...

Really riding the cake pop wave. Do something new.

August 13, 2008 04:28 AM
*~*Pilgrim*~* said...

I am in the process of making some of these tonight! I just have to draw the smiley faces on them.

These are so cute– you are very very talented!

August 13, 2008 06:20 AM
eula said...

omg you never cease to amaze. another stunning creation! so cute!

August 13, 2008 06:31 AM
Natalie... said...

Aw these are so cute! I have got to try these out sometime.

August 13, 2008 08:46 AM
Robin said...

They did put a huge smile on my face. thanks, it was a great way to start a work day.

August 13, 2008 11:43 AM
cakegirl20 said...

Another great idea from Bakerella! Thanks so much for the smiles!

August 13, 2008 12:39 PM
Pookie B said...

The Nirvana one rocks!

August 13, 2008 03:34 PM
HDMac said...

Those are darling!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

August 13, 2008 07:18 PM
giz said...

I love the one in the front with the little tuft – cool dude smiley face :). The sacrificial one could be a cousin to Mr. Bill. I could have so much fun with these. Just let the imagination run wild.

August 13, 2008 09:42 PM
Cheryl said...

What fun! Okay, maybe not for the one that was eaten. Too cute! I love how the one in the first pic looks like he’s got a curl in front. They remind me a little of Charlie Brown. You are super!

August 13, 2008 10:03 PM
Jenn said...

these are so awesome! love your tasty treats and your blog!

August 14, 2008 12:45 PM
Danyele said...

in love with the smiles!!!! thx!

and, you inspired me to make my very first non-traditional cake. i made a unicorn cake for my #2 kiddo’s bday this week. it’s not perfect, but ii did it!!!

August 14, 2008 03:10 PM
Lynds said...

Too funny! My kids got a kick out of that. Thanks for the laugh!

August 14, 2008 06:42 PM
sugarlens said...

Your stuff will never cease to amaze me!

August 14, 2008 09:39 PM
Bakerella said...

I am behind responding, but thanks for all the sweet comments. The smiley faces were fun. I couldn't keep myself from laughing as I drew the faces on, so I'm glad you all enjoyed them, too.

spearle – yes, I have used homemade icing and it works fine. I used this one:

Cream Cheese Buttercream frosting

1 stick butter (softened)
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
4 cups confectioner's sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add sugar and vanilla until creamy. Easy!

stella – It might help you to watch the martha stewart video if you haven't seen it already. Go to her site and search cupcake pops.

saucy – I bought black ones at a cake supply store, but you can get them here:

link to

morgana – I always love your comments. Thanks for keeping me smiling.

jenny – are you able to find any canned ready-made frosting. You can use any flavor that goes with the cake you are making. You can also use homemade. I have used this one.

And they are fine at room temp for several days, or outside as long as it's not hot. They can melt or fall off the sticks if they get too hot.

cakespy – What?! are you kidding. I'm thinking there are more surprises to you.

jess and jen – I sure have and they are really good, too.

josephine milkweed – I think the Americolor Gourmet Writing Pens are the best. I've tried Betty Crocker brand and they were just no where near as good.

link to

pookie b – YAAYYY! I'm so glad someone recognized it. I think you're the only one, though.

danyele – that's awesome. It's fun to step out of the cake comfort zone, isn't it?

August 15, 2008 02:06 AM
Jenn said...

I have tried making cakeballs quite a few times. They’re always delicious, but not so great to look at. lol. Do you add anything to your candy melts? I just can’t seem to get mine thin enough to dip no matter how long I melt it. Am I not melting it long enough? I just don’t want to scorch it. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

August 17, 2008 07:53 PM
Bakerella said...

jenn – Are you doing the pops or the balls? What brand of candy melts are you using?

For the candy melts, I melt in the microwave in 30 sec intervals, stirring in between until melted. Then I dip the balls, one at a time in to the candy coating with a spoon. Cover the top of the ball if your bowl isn’t deep enough. Then lift out and tap off excess chocolate by tappin spoon against the side of the bowl. Then, let ball slide off spoon onto wax paper. If it’s still, too thick, you can add a drop of veg oil to the chocolate or use something called paramount crystals.

Hope that helps.

August 18, 2008 04:38 AM
Jenn said...

Thanks for your reply Bakerella! This particular time, I was making pops, but I’ve tried just the cake balls as well. I use the Wilton candy melts. I will give it a drop of veggie oil next time! I hadn’t thought of that. I’m determined to make some “pretty” cake balls! lol. Thanks again for taking the time to respond. :)

August 18, 2008 03:53 PM
Jaina said...

Omg those are so cute! I love the bright cheery colors.

August 18, 2008 10:42 PM
Bakerella said...

jenn – for the pops, I insert the stick first and then dip the entire ball in the candy coating very carefully. Make sure chocolate surrounds the stick at the base to help secure the ball. Then gently tap off excess while you twirl the cake pop.

Also, I haven’t used Wilton melts, but a lot of others have and I am thinking they might be a little more difficult to work with. I need to try them out and see.

jaina – thanks!

August 19, 2008 02:50 AM
Vivianto said...

Love them!

August 19, 2008 01:36 PM
b|e creative stationery said...


August 20, 2008 04:30 PM
Sarah said...

Oooh, those cake balls! I’ve made 3 batches already! Love the smileys!

I have a gift for you at my blog: link to

August 22, 2008 06:51 PM
Bakerella said...

vivianto – thanks!

b|e creative stationery – Yesss!

Sarah – they are addictive!

August 23, 2008 09:28 PM
Jeanine said...

Those did have me smiling, I love them!

August 29, 2008 12:18 PM
Chinouk said...

How can I look at this without getting hungry? =)

August 29, 2008 02:10 PM
Pat said...

I made these the other day and although they tasted amazing I had a bit of trouble with the candy melts melting thin enough to dip the pops into and achieve that smooth surface you get. Any tips?

They were a big hit anyway bit!

August 29, 2008 07:56 PM
Bakerella said...

Jeanine – Good. thanks.

Chinouk – It’s hard for me too.

Pat – I swirl, and tap the extra off. And when I do, it smooths out the chocolate. You can also add a few paramount crystals to thin it out some. Or a drop or two of oil.

August 31, 2008 01:58 PM
Anonymous said...

I made chocolate cake ball pops w/blue white chocolate and blue sugar sprinkles for my son’s birthday at school and these were a big HIT! Kids couldn’t figure out how cake got inside :-) Thanks so much!

September 5, 2008 09:45 PM
Bakerella said...

Anonymous – that’s cute. Wish I could have seen their expressions.

September 7, 2008 07:33 PM
Bassie said...

I’m in love with your cake pops! These I’ve gotta try!

September 8, 2008 04:44 AM
Adora Faye Starwind said...

My son loved these. When he showed them to his grandma he kept making all the smily faces. They are so cute! He can’t wait till we make them. Thanks!

September 17, 2008 02:16 PM
Bakerella said...

bassie – thanks

adora – I love to hear things like that. Glad your son liked them.

September 20, 2008 02:40 AM
mimi168888 said...

I totally love the pops… and I made some tonight…
check it out at link to not as pretty cause the chocolate was not as smooth…
Gotta try again with drops of veg oil in the melt.

But my kids loves them… and so do I…. :)

September 29, 2008 03:05 AM
Bakerella said...

I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed them.

September 29, 2008 03:49 AM
chats said...

I made these with three kids 9,7,4. It was super easy and they had a blast from start to finish. I did discover that using a double broiler made the dipping easier. The final product ended up being smoother.

September 30, 2008 04:07 AM
Laura said...

I LOVE your ideas. Thanks for sharing. I will be making these in the next 5minutes… Hope they turn out as cute as yours.

September 30, 2008 07:01 PM
Bakerella said...

chats – that makes me smile.

Laura – I hope they do, too.

October 1, 2008 03:13 AM
Renee said...

I think lots of people are making these because when I clicked the link for the markers, yellow candy coating showed up as “customers also bought this”!!

Just thought you should know!

October 1, 2008 07:50 PM
Bakerella said...

That’s funny. Thanks for the heads up.

October 2, 2008 12:16 AM
aszaham said...

Wow … Your picture a large number of

October 16, 2008 04:12 AM
Emily Griesmyer said...

how long can you store these and how?

October 22, 2008 12:30 AM
Bakerella said...

They can last up to a week.
Just store them in an airtight container on the counter.

October 23, 2008 12:18 AM
Jessica said...

Hi there Bakerella. I just found your blog and it’s wonderful! I couldn’t resist making my own cake-pops and now I’m giving away bouquets of them as xmas gifts!. I just made a tut for them and I wanted to give you the link: link to

Thanks for the gorgeous recipe. :)

November 28, 2008 02:04 AM
Bakerella said...

Great idea for gifts and nice bouquet tutorial.

December 1, 2008 12:24 AM
Robyn said...

I love these! They are so incredibly adorable and I can’t wait to try them!

December 2, 2008 03:53 AM
Bakerella said...

Thanks Robyn!

December 3, 2008 03:42 AM
Lyday Family said...

How do you get the Cake Pops so round? I’m trying to get them to look “pretty”..but no such luck. they taste delicious though!!


December 21, 2008 12:29 AM
Bakerella said...

You need your chocolate to be on the liquid side. Not too thick. Then, dip them in the coating in one dunk. Lift back out and then turn and tap until the entire ball is covered and the excess falls off. Hope that helps.

December 22, 2008 06:00 AM
Aubrey said...

The pens I got did not write on them very well, what kind do you use, and where can I get them?? Thanks

February 24, 2009 04:31 AM
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