Monday, December 8, 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

And, what’s a better way to start the season than with Christmas Cake Pops!

First up… Reindeers. Super cute.

Reindeer Cake Pops

But wait, I think they need red noses.

Reindeer Cake Pops

No, still not right.

Santa's Reindeer Pops

Okay, that’s better. One Rudolph and Santa’s eight tiny reindeer. (Okay, six.)

Now, how about some Santa Pops!

Santa Hat Cake Pops

Santa Hat Cake Pops

And, of course, things wouldn’t be complete without these…

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

Hope you like them. And, of course they are red velvet cake inside for Christmas.

Here’s what I used to decorate:

Heads: Chocolate Candy Melts
Antlers: ABC Pretzels I found at the World Market chain. The E, F, and Y letters work great. (If you can’t find these, just use regular or mini pretzel twists and break them in half for a pair of antlers.)
Noses: Red lemon heads, red m&ms, or anything red and round will work, brown m&ms
Eyes: Mini Confetti Sprinkles (the white ones)
Expressions: Americolor Edible Ink Pens (Black)
Paper Lollipop Sticks

Make the reindeers: Make regular cake pops using the chocolate candy melts. You can adhere the antlers while the reindeer pops are still wet or wait until they are dry and then apply a small dab of chocolate to the head to glue the antlers on. Once dry, you can also add the eyes and noses by gluing. Then using the edible ink pen, draw the mouths and dot your eyes.

Santa Hats
Hats: Red Candy Melts and White Candy Melts
Fur: white sugar crystal sprinkles
Balls: white coated expresso beans, gumballs, yogurt covered peanuts will work
Paper Lollipop Sticks

Make the Hats: Make a cone shape instead of a ball. Put in the freezer until firm. Then, holding the top part of the hat, dip the bottoms in white candy melts, insert the lollipop stick and set in a styrofoam block to dry. Once dry, dip the tops in red candy melts so that it meets where the white ends. Gently place the balls to the top of the hat while still wet. Let them dry. Then, use a toothpick to generously dab more white candy melts all around the bottom of the hat. While still wet, sprinkle the sugar crystals on.

Christmas Trees
Trees: Green Candy Melts
Stars: Jumbo Star Sprinkles
Ornaments: Rainbow chip sprinkles
Paper Lollipop Sticks

Decorate the trees: Make a cone shape instead of a ball and insert the lollipop sticks as usual. Place in the freezer until firm. Dip the entire tree in green candy melts. While still wet, you can use a toothpick to create the branches. When the trees are dry, you can also use toothpicks to apply a drop of green melted candy to the tree in the places you want the ornaments to be.

Now, if you haven’t made the regular Cake Pops before, then read this Cake Pop How-to for help.

Happy Holidays!

Joy said...

I have had a lot of fun making these. Wish mine looked as great as yours, but I’m getting better. Did you see the gorgeous ones in Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade magazine? They’re on page 53 of her December/January issue. It will get you inspired all over again. She calls them cake bites, and apparently doesn’t know your trick of running a toothpick around the bottoms. Nonetheless, very pretty.

December 9, 2009 08:40 PM
Mandi said...

I’m planning on making these as gifts to give out to several people on my list this year… do you have any suggestions as to how to package them? I’d love to come up with something as adorable as these are, but I’m having trouble… Have you (or anyone else on here) ever come up with a good gift-presentation for cake pops / brownie pops?

December 10, 2009 02:51 PM
christy said...

You are OUT OF CONTROL with these cake pops and I am so glad you are!!! WOW! You make me smile…:)

December 11, 2009 04:46 PM
Renee said...

I’m going to make these for my daughter’s class Christmas party and wrap them individually! I’m so excited! What a great idea! My cake balls are in the freezer as I type!! :) I used a family favorite choc. cake from scratch and my homemade buttercream! I couldn’t help but sample as I scooped and rolled! I had no problem with the consistency of cake/ icing ratio, I was a little nervous trying it for the first time and not using a box mix! Thank you for the GREAT ideas!!

December 13, 2009 04:26 PM
Lyn said...

I love the cake pops! How far ahead can you make them? Can you freeze them after they’re dipped? I have so many ideas to make them for but not enough time to do it all so I’m trying to plan ahead. Great ideas!

December 14, 2009 08:51 AM
mom2clo said...

I LUV LUV LUV your site! I’ve tried a few of your creations with always great reviews!…you truly are an inspiration!
I tried the Rudolphs and when I put the pretzel sticks in (we don’t have a World Market in Minnesota anymore), they cracked after sitting for a while. What can i do to prevent this??

December 14, 2009 09:55 AM
Indali Benitez said...

How do I make this cake pops? I think are so cute…. my little ones will love to make and eat them for x-mas. But it will look great on a x-mas birthday cake..

December 14, 2009 03:33 PM
Jen said...

Hoe cute- I wish I had more time… maybe next year

December 15, 2009 01:59 PM
Eden said...

I attempted to make these! They were not even close to being as cute as yours, but it was a blast making them! You have such clever ideas.

Here’s how mine turned out:


December 15, 2009 08:41 PM
Aubrey said...

I love all of your cake pops. Can’t wait for your book to come out. I posted a link on my blog… Thanks for all of your wonderfully creative ideas!!

December 16, 2009 02:18 PM
Tina said...

I made the reindeer and the trees ….so much fun and they turned out great!!! whats best is the taste…they almost have a mousy consistency just fab!! thanks so much for you creative ideas

December 17, 2009 12:04 AM
Tina said...

Here r a few of my creations… I just had 2 post em =0)




December 18, 2009 03:01 AM
Tina (Chilliwack B.C.) said...

Here r a few of my creations… I just had 2 post em =0)

December 18, 2009 03:03 AM
Tina (Chilliwack B.C.) said... December 18, 2009 03:05 AM
Amy said...

I made the trees and Santa hats yesterday for my son’s Christmas Concert at his French school. They were a hit with all the French kiddos and their parents. I had to make a few adjustments because finding the supplies here in France is a little challenging. Thanks so much for the ideas! I hope to make more in the future. Now to translate that receipe to French…

December 18, 2009 04:50 AM
Courtney Smith said...

How do you get get your christmas hats to look so perfect? I can’t seem to shape mine as well as yours. Please help. Any suggestions would be great. I’m making these for Christmas Eve and want them to look better than my first attempt.

December 18, 2009 09:42 AM
Kysha said...

I loved the reindeer pops! I made some for my 4 year olds Christmas party this past week and they were a big hit! I couldn’t get the pretzel antlers to stick well, so they were “baby reindeer” LOL and I didn’t have any sucker sticks so I just used pretzel sticks instead, which worked out pretty well :)
Thanks for sharing this recipe… I think cake pops/balls are gonna be a permanent recipe in my household.

December 19, 2009 05:32 PM
Nanette Thornton said...

I just love your website, you come up with the cutest ideas. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to have to try the cake balls soon.

December 22, 2009 01:52 AM
Debbie said...

I made the Rudolf and the eight reindeer this past weekend and they turned out great! I used half the batch of cake mix to make several reindeer and the other half to make regular cake balls. Do you have any tricks with the cake pops to keep the chocolate from craking once dry? The chocolate on the regular cake balls was fine. Thanks!

December 23, 2009 01:19 PM
Indali said...

I made them for my whole family…. They all loved them I can’t wait for my little daughters birthday. This really was a great idea !!! Great work !!

December 27, 2009 01:31 PM
Maggie said...

AWW how cute!

April 5, 2010 02:42 PM
Coley said...

OMG! you’re amazing! I can’t believe I just found your website, I will definately be trying these cupcake pops and all things cake ball related now. Thanks so much, you are an inspiration :0) Have a great day!

May 16, 2010 12:25 PM
Gina Stickley said...

OMG…where is the actual recipe for the Reindeer’s?


June 11, 2010 01:30 AM
william said...

I like the Christmas tree

July 14, 2010 08:25 AM
Wendi said...

I bought a book with the cake pop recipe inside, they turned out really cute, and I brought them into work for eveyone to try. They all loved them. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. They are the perfect size, not to much and not to little when you want something sweet.

September 28, 2010 11:19 AM
sweet tooth said...

Awwww. How adorable! Love it! I will have to try these out for christmas. You are amazing!

October 25, 2010 07:05 PM
Patty said...

soo awesome love all of them especially the christmas tree you are so talented. gonna buy your book I want to try my hands on them. lol thanks keep the ideas and info coming. Have you tried a turkey cake pop yet??

November 16, 2010 02:17 PM
Ruth Ann in East Texas said...

Oh just looking at these new treats made me have a big smile. these are SOOO cute! all of em!

November 16, 2010 03:34 PM
Lisa Bagwell said...

Can you make the cake pops a little larger?

November 27, 2010 09:01 PM
ashley said...

the raindeer one is the best

December 4, 2010 05:45 PM
ashley henninger said...

the raindeer one is the best

December 4, 2010 05:51 PM
Charlotte said...

I had a go at the reindeer cake pops

Thank you for the amazing ideas!

December 6, 2010 12:42 PM
hannahkay said...

these are gorgeous!!

December 7, 2010 03:15 PM
Sophie said...

I am a young cook and i love you website. I just got your book yesterday. I am going to make the reindeers for christmas. I can’t wait!

December 13, 2010 03:27 AM
Sarah said...

I’m gonna try the Santa hats today. A few days ago, I made the Frosty the snowman cake pops but I need to try something easier.

December 13, 2010 09:41 AM
Jennifer823 said...

First I want to thank you for all your inspirations. You work is great. Second, I was wondering if you think the Cheesecake Pops can be dressed up as the Reindeer Pops? Do you think it will hold well and how far ahead can they be made for a party? Thanks for everything!

December 14, 2010 01:55 PM
Boonhilde said...

These are SO cute, and so inspired! They’re genius, yet so simple!

I have a batch of Santa hats in the freezer waiting to be dipped in chocolate! My first cake pops! Thank you!

(Also, I LOVE the idea of little wedding cakes! Brilliant!)

December 16, 2010 02:06 AM
Lauren and Michele said...

Love these, you are so talented! Couldn’t quite get the cake balls formed right and they were falling all over the place. We tried oreos instead as the easy way out, turned out pretty cute. We made sure to reference you on our blog as inspiration. Love your site, everything is so cute!
Here’s a pix….

December 17, 2010 12:21 AM
Jenna said...

I made the Christmas trees last night they turned out soooo good they are really fun!! I’m giving them as gifts for Christmas. I came across one problem though…not just with the trees but with all of the cake pops—they started cracking!!? Just wondering if this happened to you? and if so, what you did about it??

December 17, 2010 12:24 PM
tara said...

How do u make them?

December 18, 2010 04:08 PM
tara said...

do u ever answer questions?

December 18, 2010 04:21 PM
Cheryl Cavaletto said...

I love, love , love rudolph and can’t wait to try him this year:)

December 20, 2010 10:42 AM
Barb said...

I’ve done both the trees and the santa hats now…super cute, thanks for the inspiration. I couldn’t find anything round enough for the pom pom on top of santa’s hat, so I used a squished up mini marshmallow. It actually turned out really cute because it looked fluffy like santa’s hat should. Thanks again for the great ideas!

December 22, 2010 12:31 AM
carrie said...

you want to see a really bad cake pop? check this out! haha

January 1, 2011 12:58 AM
ashley henninger said...

i love love love them i realy like the reindeer ones i am 9 years old

February 16, 2011 06:35 PM
Anonymous said...

i did some cake pops for th first time in my life nd decided to do turkeys and rindeer but mine didnt come out as pretty and some turkeys died lol te craked in half and didnt look perfect like urs :( do u give tips on ur book on how to make um better cause i ordered it but wont get it till three weeks :(

November 22, 2011 12:28 AM
Carol said...

I want to make some cakepops and macaroons for christmas. Can I make them and freeze them? How long will they keep. Should I make the cakepops without dipping them, and once they are defrosted dip them in chocolate, or should I make the cakepop, dip it into chocolate, then freeze it. Please let me know.

November 27, 2011 08:35 PM
Dorothy said...

I want to ask how many cake pops can one cake mix make? Because my little brother wants to bring some to the school’s christmas fair.
Thanks :)

December 2, 2011 12:24 PM
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December 5, 2011 12:57 AM
sophie said...

Absoulutely adorable!

December 5, 2011 09:42 PM
Steph said...

om-g i love you these pops are so cute…my favorite are the reindeers those are on the top of my TO DO LIST for christmas:) btw have a good one i hope u get lots of presents<3

December 9, 2011 08:44 PM
stephanie said...

About How much does it cost to make all three?

December 10, 2011 02:22 PM
Christina said...

I LOVE your work! Just featured two of your pics on my blog for a little xmas inspiration :) Happy holidays!

December 13, 2011 04:10 AM
ericamc said...

I love these!
My favorite part is the fact that its so versatile!
Any flavor will work…
the measurements aren’t EXACT…it isn’t science like bakiing but creative…
so for the person asking about the gingerbread..8×8 will work..just use less frosting.
Seriously…this is FUN…it’s hard to screw it up…so just have fun with it…
PS: I think the gingerbread is a GREAT idea..especially w/ the christmas themed pops!

December 17, 2011 06:23 PM
Penelope said...

Has anyone used the actual cake pop maker the electric unit that makes 12 at a time

Thx in advance

December 18, 2011 10:20 AM
Anonymous said...

reindeers rock

December 18, 2011 01:56 PM
cameron hgfhgf said...

how can i make some? can u give us the recipe?

December 29, 2011 05:18 PM
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September 10, 2012 02:31 AM
Anonymous said...

where can i buy the tree shape mold?

October 15, 2012 07:48 AM
becijane1886 said...

The pen I have seems to not write on the candy ? Any ideas?? I’m addicted to making these for Xmas gifts there such fab things!

November 19, 2012 05:45 AM
Jessica said...


I’m allergic to chocolate is there anything else I could use to cover cake pops? Would fondant or royal icing work?

Thank you

November 20, 2012 05:28 PM
Anonymous said...

the christmastreesareugly

December 19, 2012 04:12 PM
Anonymous said...

whoever made the santa hats they are cute

December 19, 2012 04:14 PM
bec said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E reindeer! nice work!

July 15, 2013 08:57 PM
MELODY said...


September 9, 2013 02:52 AM
Anonymous said...

You should do Santa cake pops

December 14, 2014 08:47 AM
Kelli said...

My 5 year old son loves the snowman (Frosty) and wants me to make them for his class. Yours are adorable!! We cant figure out what you made his pipe out of? Thanks

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