Monday, April 14, 2008

Make Your Cupcakes Pop!

Cupcake Pops

Cupcake Pops and Cupcake Bites
(Video Instructions from the Martha Stewart Show)

1 13X9 baked cake (from a box cake mix or from scratch … any flavor)
1 can cream cheese frosting (or about 2 cups equivalent from scratch)
1 flower shaped cookie cutter (1.25″ wide X .75″ tall)
1 package chocolate bark
1 package pink candy melts or white chocolate bark
bowls for dipping
wax paper
aluminum foil
lollipop sticks
sprinkles, m&ms or something similar for top of cupcake
small plastic treat bags and ribbon to package the Cupcake Pops
candy cups and truffle boxes to individually package the Cupcake Bites
styrofoam block

  1. Bake a cake from a mix or from scratch and cool completely.

  2. Crumble cake into a fine consistency into a large bowl.

    TIP: If the texture is too coarse, you can run it through a food processor.

  3. Add can of cream cheese frosting or homemade frosting and blend together using the back of a large spoon. Blend thoroughly.

  4. Roll mixture into 1.25″ – 1.5″ size balls and lay on wax paper covered cookie sheet. You may want to periodically rinse and dry your hands off in between.

  5. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for several hours.

    TIP: You can speed this up by placing in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

  6. Remove. Begin to shape into cupcakes using a small flower-shaped cookie cutter. (see below) Take the chilled ball and roll it into more of an oval and then slide into cookie cutter. Push it into cutter until about half fills the cutter and the rest sticks out of the top in the shape of a mound. Then push the shaped cupcake carefully out of the cookie cutter from the bottom. Set right side up on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Continue with remaining balls.



  7. Once shaped, cover and return to freezer. (5-10 minutes)

    TIP: You can leave them covered in the refrigerator overnight if you want to do the dipping on the following day.

  8. While cupcake shapes are chilling, begin to heat up your chocolate bark.
  9. Brown chocolate bark for the bottoms. Pink or white chocolate for the tops.
  10. Follow the instructions on the package for melting. Most recommend heating for 30 second intervals at a time and stirring in between. You can also do the double boiler method.


  11. When you are ready to dip, remove from freezer and set up another wax paper covered cookie sheet.
  12. Take the cupcake shaped mixture and dip bottoms into the melted chocolate – just to the point where the mounded shape starts. Remove from chocolate, turn upside down and wiggle so that the excess starts to slide down slightly. Then lay on the wax paper upside down. If you want them to be lollipops, then go ahead and insert the lollipop sticks while the chocolate is still wet. Continue with rest of the cupcakes. You can also leave some without the sticks. They’re just as cute as Cupcake Bites.

    TIP: Dip end of your lollipop stick in the melted chocolate before inserting into chocolate bottoms. Not sure if this helps a lot, but it couldn’t hurt.

    DON’T – get water in the chocolate. Make sure your hands are completely dry. Water will cause the chocolate to separate and mess up all your hard work.

  13. Dry completely. (15-20 minutes)
  14. Once dry, dip the tops of the cupcakes in the pink or white chocolate. You may need to move it around a little to cover all the exposed areas.

    TIP: Let the pink chocolate sit for a few minutes after heating to thicken. This will help it from dripping down the sides of the cupcake.

  15. Remove from the pink/white chocolate and turn right side up. You may need to hold and rotate it if there is any excess so that it doesn’t drip down too far.

    TIP: You can use a toothpick to help cover any areas the melted chocolate didn’t cover.

  16. For the Cupcake Bites – just turn right side up and rest on the wax paper. Then go ahead and put a m&m on the top and add sprinkles while wet.
  17. For the lollipops, Continue holding and place an m&m on the top and add sprinkles. Let them dry in a styrofoam block that you have already poked holes into.
  18. When completely dry, cover the lollipops with small plastic treat bags and tie with a ribbon.
  19. For the Cupcake Bites, place in a candy cup and package in small candy truffle boxes to present individually.

Makes about 50.
You can store these in an airtight container and they will last for several days. You can also store in the refrigerator if you would like them cold.

RESOURCES:

Chocolate Bark
Kroger Grocery Store Brand works great for me

Chocolate and Colored Candy Coatings
Make ‘n Mold
Mercken’s Candy Coatings
Wilton Candy Melts

Paper Lollipop Sticks
Make ‘n Mold – 6 inch
Make ‘n Mold – 4.5 inch

Lollipop Sticks In Various Lengths

Mini Cookie Cutter
Crinkle Cutter – Wilton
Flower Cutter – Wilton

Sprinkles
Mr. Sprinkles I find these at Kroger, near the ice cream condiments
M&M’s

First Choice - this size (1.25″ wide), mine was made by Williams-Sonoma. Not available online anymore, but you might get lucky and find one in their stores. I’d call first. I’m sure another brand makes one this size, too.

Second ChoiceCrinkle Cutter – Wilton (1.25″ wide) Works really good.

Third ChoiceFlower Cutter – Wilton (1.5″ wide) You can use this one, but you will probably want to roll your balls a little larger and use the thicker lollipop/cookie sticks for support.

Here they are side-by-side for comparison

Cupcake Bites
Instructions illustrated with a Red Velvet Cake. This photo is with a chocolate cake.

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Julia said...

Bakerella!!! I made your cupcakes yesterday for a party this afternoon and they were a HUGE hit. Although they took a while to prepare, they were worth it. I made two batches, one in chocolate with mini chocolate chips and another in lemon. I also used home made cream cheese frosting. Have you ever done this?

Thank you for sharing such a really versatile and creative recipe. You’re my hero!

You see the cupcakes I made here:
http://dozenflours.com/

April 14, 2008 05:58 AM
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Alex said...

A day without chocolate is a day without sunshine.Life without chocolate is like a beach without water.

Tasty Recipe :D

“I love chocolate. Have you ever seen a chocolate fountain? It is wonderful! Check this out..”

http://www.sarahs-sweet-fountains.co.uk

April 14, 2008 06:21 AM
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Clumbsy Cookie said...

This is too cute! Thanks for sharing the step-by-spet instructions. Isn’t it great that so simple ingredients can be transformed into something so cool?! Nothing beats creativity!

April 14, 2008 09:49 AM
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jillytacy said...

Bakerella you are amazing! I love these little cupcake pops and wanted to try them. Now with the step by step instructions and photos I think I can accomplish the task. Thanks for making it look so easy and yummy. What a great party treat!

April 14, 2008 12:43 PM
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Anonymous said...

Thanks! :) I made them yesterday. I think it takes too long to make but are delicious!

April 14, 2008 01:11 PM
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Jori said...

Thank you SO much for posting this! They are so darling! I can’t wait to try them out. You really should write a cook book. You have such fabulous ideas!

April 14, 2008 01:22 PM
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Libby said...

Thank you for posting these instructions. I made these twice, a trial run and then for a birthday party, and they were a huge hit! So yummy and cute.

April 14, 2008 01:28 PM
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heidi kenney said...

you are just so amazing!

April 14, 2008 02:00 PM
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Julia said...

Thanks for the tips!!! I’ll definitely have to try these!

April 14, 2008 03:20 PM
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gina bina said...

mmmmm! Thanks for posting these instructions. I MUST make these soon!

April 14, 2008 03:24 PM
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Kim Dover said...

WOW! These Cupcake Pops are FABULOUSLY YUMMY- and amazingly cute too! Thanks so much for your easy to follow instructions and pictures. My sister and I made them this weekend and everyone loved them so much I am making them again today. We loved watching you on Martha- how exciting. We’ve tried your truffle recipe and cute care bear cupcakes using fondant and both were super tasty and cute. You’re amazing! Keep the pics and recipes coming!!!! THANKS SO MUCH!

April 14, 2008 08:03 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Becky ? said...

I think I am in love with Bakerella :) You make darling stuff and these cupcake pops are especially darling! I have all the stuff and plan to make them tonight. Thank you for sharing such wonderful instructions!!

April 14, 2008 08:38 PM
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Carla Queen said...

I love these little cuties! I tried to make your Oreo-Cookie Truffles last night- and they are very good, my co workers love them. BUT mine don’t look at thing like yours =( What do you use to dip yours? Every time I work with melted chocolate I burn myself and make a huge mess. Nothing looks like it should. =(

April 14, 2008 08:44 PM
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Tricia said...

thanks for the tutorial:) You were great on Martha! That is so exciting…..i can’t believe she said what she said. oh my:)

April 14, 2008 10:28 PM
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Blue Hare Mom said...

Thanks SO MUCH for the instructions. I was tickled to see a version with “cake mix” cake. I’m sure the “from scratch” version is wonderful…. I was just happy for the time saver :o)

I caught your segment on Martha and had the happy surprise of “discovering” your blog. What wonderful things you’ve been baking up :o) I can’t wait to wow my friends and family!

Thanks again,
Blue Hare Mom

April 14, 2008 10:57 PM
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joanh said...

thanks for the step by step!!! I will definitely have to try it sometime. :)

April 14, 2008 11:26 PM
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Bakerella said...

Julia – I saw your pics. You did a fabulous job. They came out great.

alex – thanks

clumbsy cookie – I know what you mean.

jillytacy – You are welcome!

anonymous – I know. They can take a while, but they are worth it.

jori – thank you!

libby – you’re a pop star!

heidi – thanks!

julia – hope you do. And when is LOST coming back.

giba bina – you’re welcome!

kim dover – WOW… thanks. That’s a lot of work. glad you liked everything so much.

becky & hearts – good luck tonight!

carla queen – I use a spoon. Just drop your ball in a bowl of melted chocolate. Then lift it out with a spoon and tap the spoon on the side of your bowl to let the excess chocolate fall off. Then let the covered ball, slide off the spoon onto your wax paper.

tricia – thank you

blue hare mom – I agree. These take so much time to decorate. The cake mix is a great option if you’re in a hurry.

joanh – let me know if you do.

April 15, 2008 12:03 AM
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Ms P said...

Hi Bakerella,

I’m finally delurking but I’ve been a fan before your Martha fame!

I made the cupcake bites last Saturday and they were a great hit! I found it easier to start with the icing in the bowl and gradually add my crumbled cake. I have plans to experiment with different flavours!

I’ll post pics on my blog the next time I make them!

Cheers,
Ms.P

April 15, 2008 12:42 AM
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alice said...

hi bakerella. these are so super adorable. i want to attempt making these, but i’m wondering, how long does it take from beginning to end? it looks pretty time consuming, but so super cute.

April 15, 2008 12:58 AM
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lfamily5 said...

Thanks, Bakerella.

I needed to work on my dipping skills…this will help me! I made the red velvet last week and they were as amazing as the chocolate! I love this and will continue to check out your blog! You are adorable!

April 15, 2008 04:36 AM
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gail said...

i hope i’d find all the stuff used in my local stores. cupcakes pop is definitely on the list for my sons’ birthday.

thank you for sharing!

April 15, 2008 02:01 PM
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JillyRae said...

Bakerella! I just set up my own blog, first entry dedicated to you. I posted a pic of my first cakepop. Have a look when you get a chance. I am so thankful I watched martha and found your site and the links to many other great ones…i am so inspired!!

April 15, 2008 03:57 PM
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sugarlens said...

wow, thank you for showing us this, step by step. I actually tried making the red velvet balls. See them here!

http://www.sugarlens.com/2008/02/red-velvet-cake-balls.html

They didn’t turn our nearly as well as yours because I couldn’t find chocolate bark. Regardless, it was delicious. I am definitely trying them again (finally got some bark at Walmart!).

April 16, 2008 12:57 AM
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Isa said...

I was wondering… is it OK to replace the cream cheese frosting for cream cheese only? Or is it possible to make this with your oreo cookies truffle recipe?
And congratulations! You looked super great on Martha Stewart and the recipe is super great also! Thanks so much :D

April 16, 2008 02:46 AM
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Bakerella said...

Ms P – I’m glad you had success and I’d love to see pics next time you make them. Thanks for de-lurking.

alice – they can take a while. It can take the better part of a day. But you can make them in stages. You can also make the cake the night before and let it cool. Then the next day, you can mix, mold, dip and decorate.

lfamily5 – thanks!

gail – no problem.

JillyRae – I’m going there now.

sugarlens – so glad you like them!

Isa – stick with the cream cheese frosting for the cake balls and the cream cheese for the oreo truffles. But, I think you could make the truffles into the same shape as the pops. It’s worth a try for Oreo Cupcakes,

April 16, 2008 02:59 AM
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HoneyB said...

Congrats! I love this detailed post!! You look like you had an awesome time on the show. I’m happy for you!

April 16, 2008 10:14 AM
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Kacey & Chris said...

I love the cupcake pops! They are so cute! I cant wait to try them! I are so creative, I hope mine turn out half as cute.

April 16, 2008 03:01 PM
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Jenny said...

I’ve been to a couple of different stores and can’t find any chocolate bark. Before I run off to Michael’s to buy candy melts instead, would dipping chocolate for fruit also work? Are they the same type of chocolate?

April 16, 2008 08:54 PM
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Karen said...

How many does one batch make if you are using the 1.25″ cutters? Sooo cute! Congrats on grabbing Martha’s attention.

April 16, 2008 11:29 PM
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Anonymous said...

You’re a freakin’ genius!

April 17, 2008 02:19 AM
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Bakerella said...

HoneyB – It was great. Thank you.

Kacey & Chris – I hope they turn out cuter. Good luck.

Jenny – Sorry, I haven’t tried that kind yet. But if you try, let me know.

Karen – Should make about 50.

Anonymous – freakin thanks!

April 17, 2008 02:30 AM
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tina said...

I made em this weekend and they were loved by all. Especially my 17 month old niece. I don’t think anyone has ever spread a cake ball so far…mouth, hair, face, shirt. It was adorable! She thanks you very much for the wonderful idea!

April 17, 2008 02:43 AM
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Anonymous said...

HI Bakerella

Thanks for all of the cute ideas. I am hoping to make these this weekend with my daughters. Is there a certain brand of cake mix that you prefer over another, or do you make your cakes from scratch?

Thanks again

April 17, 2008 03:43 AM
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Carla said...

Hi Angie! I first saw you on Martha’s show . . . and may I say you seemed like a total TV pro on her show! I am a total blog addict – anything lifestyle, home dec, crafting and baking. So, I’m thrilled to have found you and your blog.

I just COULD NOT wait to make your cupcake pops. I thought the were just the cutest darned thing I’d ever seen. I followed your recipe from scratch as shown on Martha’s website. They turned out very well, and OMG!!! the taste – simply decadent!!!!

I did however have a few slight glitches that I thought maybe you or one of your readers could help out with. I had trouble – lots of trouble – with the batter sticking to the cookie cutter. So much so, I ended scrapping the whole shaping with the cutter process and shaped them by hand. They ended looking fine, but didn’t have the cute little fluted bottoms.

Another issue, or more accurately a big DUH! on my part was I totally spaced on putting the sticks in while the chocolate was still fluid on the cake. I had poke tiny holes into the hardened chocolate with the tip of a knife. Well, that didn’t work! When I dipped the tops of the cakes into the pink candy melts and set them upright to harden, the little cakes starting slipping down the sticks. So, big NOTE – dip the sticks before inserting as mentioned here at your blog, and make sure to stick when before chocolate hardens. So, mine weren’t “pops”, but just mini-cakes.

Hubby took a bunch to work and said everyone was raving about the surprise of biting into the crunchy chocolate to reach the super-rich, super-chocolately inside.

Sorry for the long post! I just wanted to share my experience with the pops and maybe get some feedback on my little “sticking issue”. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe and idea. I’m sure I’ll make these again!

Carla

April 17, 2008 11:19 AM
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Kate said...

I just came across this video on Martha Stewart … you are a genius. I love love love these! I can’t wait to try them myself.

April 17, 2008 05:45 PM
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Cindy said...

I can’t wait to make these! They’re the cutest things ever. Congrats on being on Martha Stewart!

Before I make the cupcake poppers I need to figure out how I’m going to display, present them. I want to stick the sticks into something so they’re standing up.

Cindy

April 17, 2008 11:16 PM
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Bakerella said...

tina – I’m glad she liked it. I wish I could have seen that. Too cute.

anonymous – I have done scratch and cake mixes. If I use a mix, it’s usually a Duncan Hines brand. But I haven’t really compared.

Carla – I’m sorry you had trouble with the cutter.

It’s hard for me to say what was causing that.

Was your cake/frosting mixture smooth when you rolled it or was it lumpy? Did you shape them right away or cover them and keep in the fridge/freezer. You may need to try another cutter. If you come across a crinkle cutter like shown in the post get it and try that one because it works pretty good, too. Also, you could try again with a cake mix and canned frosting. The proportions are pretty reliable.

If you want, send me some pics of your steps the next time you make them and I’ll try to help more or email me if you have any more ?s.

Kate – you’re too kind.

Cindy – Get some styrofoam blocks at a craft store and wrap it with paper. Then poke holes into it.

April 18, 2008 01:15 AM
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texasgaltech said...

Greetings from Houston, TX.

You are so darlin’, girl and very talented to boot!

I have two little grand daughters who are princesses. They will be having a Fancy Nancy party with these cupcake pops, soon.

I know my grandson will love them, also. He’s one year old.

Tell your mother that she is looking good! Keep up the good work. It was great having her with you in the Big Apple, I’ll bet. I LOVE NY, NY!

Stay sweet!

April 18, 2008 03:27 AM
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Nguyen Family Circus said...

i LOOOOOOVE your cupcake pops. Can’t wait to try it. I was wondering, is it worth it to make red velvet cake from scratch, or is does the cream cheese frosting take over the flavor? Could I did the chocolate appels? I can’t find that chocolate bark at our local store. Also, how long do these pops stay good for? How should I store them? THANKS so much for the wonderful idea.

April 18, 2008 06:40 AM
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Leila said...

hi bakerella ella ellaaaa…hehehe i luv ur blog especially this pops…planning to try it but i hav a question.

can i substitute the candy melts to choc bark or straw/white bark instead? you in my place, its either hard to find the candy melts or too expensive..

i cant even find the lollipop stick in my country. they sell the wooden stick..

April 18, 2008 07:02 AM
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Jordansmomma said...

Hey Bakerella! Love your blog! I’ve made the cake balls and they were a big hit. I’m wondering how far ahead of time you’ve made them – or how long they’ll stay “fresh”. I’m making the cupcakes for a baby shower and I was hoping to make them the weekend before. I have a toddler and I work full time so making them during the week will be difficult. Any suggestions? Have you ever frozen the balls to use at a later time? Thanks for the help!

April 18, 2008 12:28 PM
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Jordansmomma said...

Sorry just read a similar post above mine. Didn’t mean to be redundant :) Thanks agian.

April 18, 2008 12:30 PM
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Hillary said...

Wow – these are sooo amazingly cute! I made them over the period of a couple of days and they were really worth the time and energy. Not only are they easy on the eyes, but they taste great!

Thank you Bakerella!

April 18, 2008 02:10 PM
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Bakerella said...

texasgaltech – thanks and I’ll be sure to tell my mom.

Nguyen Family Circus – Either is fine. If you can’t find the bark, check out the links in this post for some other options on ccandy melts you can order online. And, they last for several days – just keep them in an airtight container.

Leila – sure you can use the bark instead.

Jordansmomma – I have eaten them up to a week later and I think they still tasted good. But if you’re worried. Make it in stages. Cake one night, rolling the next and then dipping on another.

Hillary – glad you enjoyed them.

April 19, 2008 01:21 AM
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Anonymous said...

These cupcake pops are amazing, Bakerella!
When I first saw them I knew that they’d make the perfect gift for my cupcake loving friend.

I was unable to find the chocolate bark here in Canada so I planned on using the candy melts. When I dipped the first cupcake I realized that it did not look very good : ( I just ended up dipping the tops and I think that they looked okay because of the fluted bottom.

I am looking forward to your next entry!

Maria

April 20, 2008 04:54 PM
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Miss Shavon said...

You have the best ideas! I was so glad you got to do the Martha segment. It’s nice to see creative bloggers get recognition.
I made some cupcake pops this weekend to look like tiny Hostess cupcakes on a stick. I used chocolate frosting with chocolate cake. I’d love to hear what you think! Here’s the blog I wrote about it, including pics:
http://sundaysareshorterdays.blogspot.com/2008/04/hostess-cupcake-seeds.html

April 20, 2008 09:55 PM
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Miss Shavon said...

That link didn’t work.
Here it is again.
http://sundaysareshorterdays.blogspot.com/

April 20, 2008 10:00 PM
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Stampin' Heather said...

These are so darn cute. I’m going to make them for a baby shower. I’m so excited!

April 21, 2008 01:17 AM
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Bakerella said...

Maria – Glad you found a way to make them work.

Miss Shavon – Well, I think they are great!!!!! I love the hostess twist you did. And did I say they’re GREAT!!!!!!!

Stampin’ Heather – If you do, you can get the candy melts in partel pink, blue, yellow, and green.

April 21, 2008 03:16 AM
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Anonymous said...

should these have a cake like consistency?
mine are very smooth–more like a cream filling with texture and don’t really set up in the fridge

any sugestions?
I used cane dcream cheese icing

April 21, 2008 06:44 PM
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Bakerella said...

anonymous – they will be very moist after mixing the cake and frosting together. But, the texture should be firm enough so that the balls stay round. Do try to firm them up in the fridge or freezer though. It will help before you start to dip.

April 22, 2008 02:29 AM
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The Thomas' said...

Hello! I made these cupcakes for Administrative Professionals Day for the girls at my office and they were a huge hit! Mine were no where near as pretty as yours, but at least they had character! Thank you so much for your inspiration – you truly have a gift.

April 23, 2008 02:54 PM
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Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how long these will keep for? I would need to make them two days ahead of time. Should they be kept in the fridge? THanks.

April 23, 2008 08:07 PM
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Bakerella said...

The Thomas’ – hey, don’t know yourself. They look great.

Anonymous – they will last for several days. You’ll be fine. You can keep them in covered in an airtight container or cover in plastic treat bags tied with a ribbon.

April 24, 2008 02:43 AM
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Laurie said...

Bakerella,
Please help me!! I just made these and they have been in the fridge for hours and they are like dough. They aren’t cake like at all and people will think they are biting into dough. What do I do!

April 24, 2008 07:24 PM
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Riccia's Creative Spot said...

you are brilliant! I just saw the video on marthastewart.com. these are great gifts for friends and they will appreciate it. cute and inexpensive. Its worth the wait.. especially with the reactions you’ll get! write more cute recipe!

April 24, 2008 08:46 PM
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texasgaltech said...

Has anyone helped you yet? Wish i could, but I haven’t made them as yet. I will be making them soon for my grand daughter’s Fancy Nancy Party. So, I am interested in how you solve your problem. Did you go back to make sure that you followed the directions correctly? You may have to start over, heaven forbid!

April 24, 2008 10:20 PM
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Bakerella said...

Laurie – Take a look at the last pic form this post – it will give you a good idea what they look like inside. They should be moist and “dough”- like, but firm enough to keep their rolled ball shape, even without refrigerating. However, If they need to be firmer, put them in the freezer for a little while before you dip. And, if that still doesn’t work, you can try adding a little less frosting next time. Bit, keep going, I think you’ll be fine and surprised at how good they taste. Good luck.

Riccia’s Creative Spot – thanks and I’ll try.

texasgaltech – thanks for being so sweet. I hope you have luck with yours when you make them.

Here’s another tip. For your first try, stick with a box cake mix and ready-made frosting. It will give you a good basis for the texture/proportions. And, make sure the cake is cooked completely and cooled completely before you begin crumbling. Then, if you decide to make from scratch you can judge better to make alterations on amounts, since recipes differ.

April 24, 2008 11:44 PM
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Ngoc said...

As if the balls weren’t brilliant enough! I made these for a friend’s birthday party, and everyone went nuts over them. Thanks for sharing. :)

April 26, 2008 03:25 AM
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Leila said...

hi bakerellaaaaa…! i’ve made your cupcakes last weekend and it worked!! except that it was toooooo sweet! and the oil frm my cake are dripping from the pops…i guess i put too much oil in my cake mixture. but the point is, it work!!! it inspried me to try all ur creative ideas :) thank very very much…

April 28, 2008 02:22 AM
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kellypea said...

If these aren’t the cutest things I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. Totally amazing. The directions are excellent!

April 28, 2008 05:37 AM
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Bakerella said...

Ngoc – Yay. Glad they were a hit.

Leila – glad it worked. Hope it’s even better next time.

kellypea – thanks. I tried to make it as helpful as I could.

April 29, 2008 03:13 AM
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Skrapkaka said...

Oh My God! These must be the cutest cupcakes I have EVER seen! I am definitly going to make then at my daughters birthday party. Probably sooner also;) I really enjoy your blog:)
Thanks for shearing!:D

Love from Norway!

April 30, 2008 03:50 PM
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Anthony and Brittany said...

can these be ordered from your amazing self?? i am thinking for a bridal shower for my sister in-law?? or i could try making them, is it really hard? hehe!

May 1, 2008 04:32 PM
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Bakerella said...

Skrapkaka – thanks from Georgia!

Anthony and Brittany – Unfortunately, you’ll have to try them out yourself for now. You can do it. Lots of people have already tried with great success.

May 2, 2008 03:38 AM
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Anonymous said...

Can I use the chocolate candy melts for the chocolate bark? I went to michael’s and bought the chocolate melts and the pink melts. I did not see that you used chocolate bark. I hope I can

May 5, 2008 03:53 PM
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Bakerella said...

You sure can. It should work just fine for you.

May 6, 2008 02:32 AM
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Anonymous said...

These look great! I was wondering if these could be frozen? I have 2 friends with birthdays 2 weeks apart and wanted to make some for each. Time is limited so I wanted to make them all at once.

May 11, 2008 09:18 AM
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ayamc said...

These are great, although you have to have patience! My friend and I both did them for our mothers and they turned out adorable! And we used the can from the frosting as a “vase”…just covered it in pretty paper.

THanks for the great recipe!

May 11, 2008 05:05 PM
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KrustyTheCat said...

These look awesome!!! I am going to try some myself really soon. What a fantastic idea!!

May 12, 2008 12:36 AM
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Anonymous said...

oh soooo cute!!

May 15, 2008 03:36 AM
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cndymkr / jean said...

Like everyone I fell in love with these little morsels of heaven! I’m just wondering if there was a reason for using cream cheese frosting? Could I substitute chocolate frosting instead?

And your photos are amazing.

May 15, 2008 04:00 AM
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Bakerella said...

Anonymous – I haven’t tried freezing the pops, but you could bake your cake and then freeze half to be thawed later to make the second batch. just cut your frosting in half too.

ayamc – sounds so cute.

KrustyTheCat – Oh good!

Anonymous oh thank you soooo much!!

cndymkr / jean – sure, I think so. I just like cream cheese frosting with red velvet and I make those most of the time.

May 16, 2008 12:40 AM
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Shannon B. said...

So creative and amazing :D

May 16, 2008 02:26 PM
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Anonymous said...

i just ate one it was strawberry flavored with white frosting on top and chocolate on the bottom

May 19, 2008 03:19 AM
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Kellie & Steve said...

I just wanted to tell you I made these over the weekend just for fun because I’ve been dying to try them out and I seriously cannot stop eating them. I took them to a family party and everyone loved them. Thanks for posting such creative ideas as well as great resources.

May 20, 2008 08:37 PM
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Bakerella said...

Shannon B. – glad you think so.

Anonymous – I want one.

Kellie & Steve – I know what you mean, they have that effect on people.

May 21, 2008 02:39 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella! Love your website! I am attempting to make your cupcake pops for my daughter’s birthday, and just wondering if it would be okay to make the cupcake mould and freeze them before putting the icing on them. I have a small baby and time is of the essence, if you know what I mean.
Thanks for your help!
cristina :)

May 21, 2008 10:42 PM
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Stampin' Heather said...

I went to Williams Sonoma today and they had the cookie cutters!!! I tried the Wilton one when I made these a few weeks ago, but it was too big. While I was there I saw this awesome cake pan that I thought you would like.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku5521752/index.cfm?pkey=cbkwcakspt

May 21, 2008 11:02 PM
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Bakerella said...

Anonymous – You could certainly try it. They might even stay ok in the fridge for a day just covered tightly. I don’t think they would dry out too much. Or you could leave the cake/frosting mixture in the fridge (tightly covered) and then roll them the next day. Once you start dipping in the chocolate, you definitely want to do all of that at one time though.

Heather – Great score! And thanks for the link. I love how they turned it upside down to make a circus tent.

May 22, 2008 04:02 AM
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Anonymous said...

I thought these were absolutely adorable and thought they looked simple. They turned out horrible. It took all day and they were a pain to make! Needless to say, everything ended up in the garbage and I wasted a beautiful Saturday. My time is too precious to putz with stuff like this. What a disappointment!

May 24, 2008 07:06 PM
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Bakerella said...

anonymous – sorry you had such a hard time. If you decide to try again, email me and I’ll see if I can help.

May 25, 2008 05:53 AM
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cupcake said...

We would LOVE to make your cupcakes pop, BUT we had DIFFICULTIES on our FIRST attempt and was very dissapointed!!!!
After looking at some other peoples post we feel very sad.. haha
WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO SHOW US HOW TO MAKE THEM. SO IF YOU ARE EVER IN HAWAI’I PLEASE STOP BY.

Mahalo Nui Loa

May 27, 2008 03:08 AM
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Bakerella said...

Hawaii and cupcakes – sounds perfect to me. Try watchinc the cupcake pops video on MarthaStewart.com – it may help you a little.

Mahalo

May 28, 2008 12:56 AM
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Larry & Erica Evans said...

love these!!! About how many does 1 batch make? Which flavors of cake mix do you like the best?

May 28, 2008 04:57 PM
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Bakerella said...

Makes about 50. I like red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting best, and chocolate would be my second fave.

May 29, 2008 01:16 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella,
I made these cupcakes yesterday and followed the instructions carefully. Unfortunately I moulded the cake balls into the moulds but the cake mixture appeared to be far too moist. I have let them sit in the freezer for almost a day now and am going to get back to them. Should they still be soft after I take them out of the freezer?? What can I do to harden them up a bit? Are they supposed to be somewhat soft after having come out of the freezer? Please advise.

May 30, 2008 02:32 PM
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Nina said...

Hi Bakerella! Greatings from Holland. I just love this site! You know, I think these cupcakes look awesome and I’m gonna make them really soon!
I’ll let you know when they are finished!!!
THis is just great :) You cupcakes make me smile :)

With love,
Nynke

May 30, 2008 02:39 PM
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Bakerella said...

Anonymous – the frosting and cake mixture will be soft but firm enough to keep its rolled ball shape. After they are rolled, they only need to be in the freezer for a few minutes to get them firm not frozen. When they are firmer it helps them hold the shape of the moulded cupcake better. You also want to put them back in the freezer for a few minutes before you dip. If they are too soft, they will get stuck in the chocolate when you dip.

And if you think they are still to soft overall, you may have too much frosting for the amount of cake. I had this happen to me recently. A cake I bake often did not bake up to the usual height and therefore I used a little less frosting to accomodate.

Hope this helps.

Nynke – glad to make you smile.

May 30, 2008 10:51 PM
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Christine said...

Hi bakerella I just made these cupcakes tonight (I just sent you pics) I kept the flower shape instead of molding it into cupcakes. I stuck them in a white ikea pot to present as a bouquet. They came out perfect!! I only made about 25 flowers until I got tired of molding! So I kept the rest as a ball shape and dipped in chocolate. Tastes just as good but not as cute.

I followed the recipe for the cream cheese frosting from martha’s site and I got over 3 cups. I only added enough frosting to make the cake moist enough to form a ball, about 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups. I would advise everyone having problems with it being too moist or dough like to add the frosting in a little at a time. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

June 3, 2008 05:12 AM
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Bakerella said...

Thanks for sending the pics. You made a fun bouquet!

June 4, 2008 03:58 AM
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Jennifer said...

This is the cutest thing ever. I’m afraid to try them because I always goof things up, but I am going to try it!!! I have a fancy desserts night at church where we are supposed to make something to WOW everyone…. I think this will do the trick. I’ll have to let you know how it goes!!

June 10, 2008 06:27 PM
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HelloxDiana said...

these are so cute, i may make some for my party next month, thank you for the idea!! =]

June 11, 2008 06:09 AM
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