Monday, June 17, 2013

Mini Minions

Minion Cake Pops

Despicable Me 2 is coming out soon (July 3, that is) and I made these mini Minions for the movie release. I was super excited to be asked to make them because I know a bunch of you have wanted decorating ideas on these in the past.

So here goes. I hope you like them.

Cake Pops

Crumbled cake. Frosting. Mixing. And shaping. You guys know the drill.

But if you don’t, I have a link at the bottom of the post for the full instructions on how to make them.

Minion Cake Pops

But pictures are way better, right.

Cake ball shapes

Okay, here’s a little tip I want to share on shaping. I think it really helps to get smoother edges. After you roll your mixture into evenly sized cake balls, you can use wax paper to help shape. I do this all the time for shapes that need sharper edges like boxes and such. You can simply slide the shape along a wax-paper covered surface and rotate.

And in the case of cylinders like these, start the shape of your cake ball cylinders by hand and then roll them up in a strip of wax paper. Twist the ends and then squeeze together while rolling on a flat surface to get smooth sides. It really works great.

Yellow Candy Coating

After your cake balls are shaped and chilled until firm, it’s time to dip……

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pops

And decorate! The fun part.

Hi Carl, Tom and Tim!

Candy Eyes

I found these candy eyes in two sizes and they made making the minions a blast. I found them at Hobby Lobby if you have one in your area, but you can also use white M&M’s, candy necklace pieces or even piped white coating for a similar look.

My first plan was to use the eyes like you see them, but I ended up turning them over instead. For two reasons… one, the Minions’ eyes are brown with black pupils so I could use the solid white side to draw on them. And two, if you turn the smaller eyes over, the backs are flat instead of curved and it looked more like their goggles were really raised off of their faces that way.

I know. Overkill and you can totally use the black sides and they will still look cute. But I wanted to try and make them look as close to the original as I could. Because I’m crazy.

Minions

To decorate…

  • Dip in yellow coating and before the coating dries, attach a candy eye on front and insert some black or chocolate jimmies on the top for hair.
  • For the goggles, you can use licorice strings to make the bands. Just cut to the length you need and attach to the pop with candy coating and let dry. Or pipe bands with black tinted candy coating.
  • When dry, you can paint the rims on the goggles using silver luster dust and a small brush.
  • For the overalls, gently twist the Minions off the stick so you can take them for another little dip. Submerge the bottom fourth of the minion body into blue candy coating and let dry.
  • To finish the overalls, pipe the bibs on front using a toothpick or squeeze bottle and more blue candy coating. Use a toothpick to quickly smooth the surface before it dries. Then pipe the straps starting at the top of the overall bib.

Minion Cake Pops

Super cute.

  • To finish decorating, draw eyes and a mouth with a brown edible ink pen. Then, complete the eyes with a black pen and dot the pupils with white candy coating. (Here’s another tip when it comes to drawing on candy coating with an edible ink pen. You can use a toothpick to gently scrape it off the surface of the pop. Doing so can help you create straighter lines if you mess up while drawing. You can also use a toothpick to shave away candy coating and make smoother edges or straighter lines. Just don’t press too hard.)
  • You can totally stop there and they will be awesome, but if you are compulsive and crazy like me, you can add more detail to your Minions.
  • Use a toothpick to apply yellow coating in a line on the side of each pop for arms and add a black confetti sprinkle attached at the end for gloves.
  • Apply two dots of blue coating on the bottom of each minion body and attach two coated black sunflower seeds for shoes.
  • Draw on two black dots for overall buttons with your edible ink pen and attach a black confetti sprinkle on the overall fronts. Use a toothpick dipped lightly in blue coating and draw a G on each confetti sprinkle for their patch. Again. They’ll be just as sweet arm and legless and you won’t be hairless by the time you finish. : )

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pops

Minions! Yay!

But I also made something more from the movie.

Cake balls

I started with these shapes.

Circles. Easy enough.

And really rounded cones. You can use the wax paper trick for those.

Agnes Cake Pops

The balls became little Agnes.

So adorable. And these are neat because I only used one candy to decorate. The rest was all melted candy coating. So you can do a lot with a little.

Agnes

  • To create Agnes, make a small indention in the front of each ball. It’s all about details. The impression will help them look more like faces instead of round balls. Dip them in candy coating tinted using white and pink or peach to create a flesh color.
  • For her ponytail, I used licorice strings again, cut into short pieces. To make it easier to attach, I made the ponytails first by dotting some black candy coating on wax paper and attaching the licorice. This made the ponytail one unit and it was much easier than trying to attach the pieces on the top of the rounded pop.
  • When the ponytails are ready, dip the top of each Agnes’ head in black candy coating and attach her ponytail right on top before the coating dries.

Agnes Cake Pops

  • For her sweet little face, draw eyes and mouth with a brown edible ink pen. Draw on eyebrows and dot on eyes and eyelashes with black candy coating and a toothpick.
  • Add bangs using a toothpick dipped in black candy coating to draw on hair. This will tie in the look to the licorice pieces, too.
  • Then dot on noses and ears with more flesh tinted candy coating and make her hair band by drawing on red candy coating.
  • Give her sweet little cheeks by brushing on dry pink luster dust.

Now Agnes wouldn’t be complete without her favorite stuffed animal.

Want to see?

Unicorn Cake Pops

It’s so fluffy!!!!! Or yummy in this case.

Candies

For the unicorn, I used candy corn… sixlets for eyes and hair, sunflower seeds for ears and confetti sprinkles for tongues.

Let me show you.

Unicorn candy corn horns

For the unicorn horn, I had some pastel colored candy corn and cut them in half. Then I painted the bottoms with gold luster dust. Painting the bottoms first is helpful so you don’t get luster dust on the head if you paint them after they are dipped. And you can use other candy corn colors, too since you are painting over them.

Unicorns

The ears were sunflower seeds attached to the cake ball shape, so when they were dipped it created one overall shape.

After dipping, immediately attach the horn, eyes and insert the tongue.

When dry, attach sixlets to the back for hair using melted dark pink candy coating. The sixlets work great and give the hair substance.

Then you can finish painting the horns with luster dust.

Unicorn

To make them look more like a main, use the pink candy coating (Merckens brand) and draw on the surface of the candies. Drag the toothpick through to simulate hair.

Unicorn Cake Pops

Voila. Unicorns with big voluminous manes.

Want to see one more.

Did you know there are new minions in this movie. Evil ones. Eeek.

Evil Minion Cake Pops

I only made one of these but, it’s basically the same idea as the yellow minions, but with different colors, gnarly teeth and crazy hair.

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pops

Despicable Me 2 Cake Pop Instructions

Enjoy! And I can’t wait to see these guys on the big screen.

Munched Minion

Hey, who did that?!?

 

Disclosure: I was compensated to make Despicable Me Cake Pops for the upcoming movie release. I love these little guys though and I only make things on the site that I think you’ll enjoy, too. I hope they make you smile.

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Gerdi said...

OMG, they are really awesome! I always wonder how many hours you are spending on developing all those cute cake pops… And they always look so perfect and astonishing! I always fail when I try it, even with the easy ones. ;)

June 17, 2013 04:07 AM
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Mareen said...

these are way too cute to be eaten.

June 17, 2013 04:38 AM
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Penny said...

Mareen is right! You can’t eat these! These are way cute!

June 17, 2013 05:04 AM
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Deon@ipinnedit said...

You have the patience of a saint and the mad skillz of . . . of . . . Monet! AMAZING!!!

June 17, 2013 05:11 AM
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Jayne said...

screamssss!! How do you make them so similar? You are incredibly amazing.

June 17, 2013 05:19 AM
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Iron Chef Shellie said...

ERMAHGERD!!!!

June 17, 2013 05:19 AM
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Pamela said...

How do you do this? These are spot on perfect!

June 17, 2013 05:20 AM
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Shini said...

IT’S SO FLUFFY I COULD DIE!

June 17, 2013 05:47 AM
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Linda said...

These are everything ,amazing of amazing ,they must have taken so long ,I love love love them …Muppets have been replaced these are my favourite …your a magical cake pop making genius .

June 17, 2013 05:50 AM
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Shara said...

I just wanted to say absolutely AMAZING!! I’ve been wanting to try making minions but had no clue where to start! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! So creative!

June 17, 2013 05:51 AM
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Emily said...

So Cute! They make me want to see the movie that much more. I can just hear them all talking to each other, thanks for sharing! :)

June 17, 2013 05:54 AM
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ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Ahhh they are so adorable!! Just wow. :D

June 17, 2013 05:55 AM
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Michelle @ The Bakeanista said...

O. M. G. This is way too cute!! I love love love your attention to detail. How impressive are your skills!!!

June 17, 2013 06:05 AM
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Kirsten said...

These are so adorable! I thought the minions couldn’t be beaten until I saw the unicorns!!!

June 17, 2013 06:14 AM
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koren said...

OMG these are amazing I don’t know how you do it I love them I also love the first movie so can’t wait to see the second! The detail is amazing love it!!
SOOOO FLUFFYYYY!!

June 17, 2013 06:17 AM
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Alissa said...

you are sooo talented- these are great!
plus loved your disclosure on the bottom- i’m totally happy for you
that you were compensated for these! WTG making yourself a fun business. wishing you continued success!

June 17, 2013 06:19 AM
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Lydia said...

Make me SMILE?! I’m grinning from ear to ear! I love this movie! And especially the minions!!! I love the Agnes pop too!

June 17, 2013 06:26 AM
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Shara said...

I just want to say absolutely AMAZING!! I’ve been wanting to try making minion cake pops and didn’t know where to start! Thanks for the great tutorial!! You are an inspiration!!!

June 17, 2013 06:33 AM
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Penny said...

Angie, these are absolutely AMAZING!
I’ve got patience when it comes to cake pop decorating, but this ramps it up to a whole new level! What a fantastic job!
You never cease to amaze me! I’m still loving your work after following you for over a year! <3 xo

June 17, 2013 06:47 AM
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Katie said...

You are crazy. Crazy talented. It’s always interesting to me to watch a master at work. I love those behind-the-scenes shows like “How it’s Made”. You are crazy good at cake pops and I appreciate you sharing your talent.

June 17, 2013 06:57 AM
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mindy1 said...

OMG just the thing to make me smile :D

June 17, 2013 06:59 AM
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Janine (sugarkissed.net) said...

Absolute perfection! I loved Despicable Me and these cake pops make me love it even more. I can’t believe how perfectly you nailed each one of those characters. Ditto what the previous commenters have said… You’re amazing!

June 17, 2013 07:09 AM
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Southern Gal said...

Fabulous! We always use any chance we get to say Agnes’ famous quote, “It’s so fluffy!!!”

June 17, 2013 07:23 AM
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Yellow said...

These are amazing!

June 17, 2013 07:32 AM
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Cindy C said...

Stop it, these are too adorable!
Now that Twinkies are no loger available, I was worried that Minion desserts would suffer. I can’t looh at those guys and NOT think of little Twinkies.

June 17, 2013 07:34 AM
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Maia said...

OMG you´re really something else. Your work is admirable! And your patience, too!

June 17, 2013 08:07 AM
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Chris Arrington said...

Aah! So adorable, bet they took a long time to get make and look perfect

June 17, 2013 08:12 AM
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Master Chefette said...

They look so incredibly cute I couldn’t even eat them! I love these so much and I love baking, but I don’t have that kind of level of patience haha

June 17, 2013 08:22 AM
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Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh my goodness! Stunning, charming, cute – amazing! The detail and love that went into these – you are so crazy talented, Angie!

June 17, 2013 08:22 AM
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Denise said...

These are just too stinking adorable for words! I want that unicorn! And it has NOTHING to do with the fact that when I was 17 I had them all over my room! LOL. I wish I had 1/4 of your talent.

June 17, 2013 08:31 AM
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Martha said...

I love them they are adorable!!

June 17, 2013 08:35 AM
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Amanda said...

Those are so cute!!!!! My boys would love them!!!!!!

June 17, 2013 08:35 AM
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Lorizzle said...

BEYOND AMAZING! :D …They picked the perfect person to recreate these cuties!!! :D

June 17, 2013 08:36 AM
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Marilyn M. said...

You are truly amazing and have such a gift! I love these!

June 17, 2013 09:08 AM
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marla said...

You gotta be kiddin!! These are precious! As soon as my kids wake up they need to see these. I MISS you :) XO

June 17, 2013 09:08 AM
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Gina E said...

Oh my stars. I love, love, love these!! You are so talented!! It is amazing!!!!!!

June 17, 2013 09:10 AM
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this is lemonade said...

Absolute awesomeness! The last photo was the icing on the cake (please excuse the pun!) I was in awe, then I saw the Munched Minion and had to have a good chuckle!
Don’t get me wrong, no way am I making these! I’ve pinned them in the hope that someone might make me a set. The minions are soo like I imagined them in real life :-)

June 17, 2013 09:10 AM
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Annika said...

I have recently watched the first part again and I simply looooove the minions!!!!!! Such a great idea :)

June 17, 2013 09:12 AM
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bridget {bake at 350} said...

ANGIE!!! (<yes, I'm yelling.)

ANGIE!!! These are just BEYOND cute! I mean, they are PERFECTION!!! Honestly I don't know how you do it. Spot on in every way…and the little Agnes and unicorn!!! Dying of cute over here.

Your talent, creativity, and attention to detail know no bounds.

June 17, 2013 09:26 AM
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Helen Griffiths said...

These are AWESOME!! I have to make some Minion cake pops for an order next week and am sooo glad you made this tutorial – brilliant idea turning over the eyes and using the backs. Really excited about making them now. You are an inspiration and I love making cake pops so much. With very best wishes from the UK, Helen x

June 17, 2013 09:29 AM
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Eneida said...

OMG! These cake pops are absolutely amazing! You never fail to put a big smile on my face. The minions are adorable. My favorites are Agnes and her unicorn. You are amazing!!!! <3

June 17, 2013 09:30 AM
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Penny said...

Cutest ones ever…and your attention to detail is amazing.

June 17, 2013 09:37 AM
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Katie B. said...

So adorable! I love the goggles on them!

June 17, 2013 09:38 AM
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melva said...

You are AMAZING! The minions, Agnes and unicorn….LOVE them! Love the movie and love your cake pops:)

June 17, 2013 09:39 AM
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Anne said...

Wow! You deserve an award for this! You deserve a special VIP ticket to Despicable Me’s block screening! These are so perfect!!!

http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

June 17, 2013 09:43 AM
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Monica said...

The unicorns are so fabulous.
I can’t wait to see the movie!

June 17, 2013 09:46 AM
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Renee said...

Thank you!!!!! for giving a picture description of how these cute cookies are made…..I have always wondered how you get the cookies to look this the pictures…..Where do you get cookie cutters for different things/cut-outs? I would love to take a class from you…..:)

June 17, 2013 09:53 AM
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Deb said...

Thanks for sharing this! These are sooo cute:) Am going to attempt this with my teens, they love to bake and cook!

June 17, 2013 09:54 AM
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Trudy said...

Angie, you are truly the design master of cake and icing. Your latest creations go beyond words in the dessert world. This is art….edible art …too adorable to eat but we will.

Thanks for sharing your talents with us. Keep them coming.

June 17, 2013 10:24 AM
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Lantana said...

I LOVE Despicable me and I can’t wait for the new movie! I love all your designs especially the unicorn! Did you know that the producers of Despicable Me wrote an entire language for the minions called Minion-ese? Each word they say translates to an actual English word. So cool!

June 17, 2013 10:26 AM
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Yolanda said...

These are OUTRAGEOUS! So dang cute. Your artistic eye and precise execution knock me out every time. FANTASTIC!!!!

June 17, 2013 10:42 AM
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Heidi said...

You are just AMAZING!!!!!

June 17, 2013 10:43 AM
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Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat said...

OMGGGG! Wow these are amazing! I can’t believe you made the unicorn too! I love it! You are so unbelievably talented!

June 17, 2013 10:53 AM
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Wendy in California said...

“Bo be dough?” Sorry, couldn’t resist a little minion-speak. These are beyond darling – and a wonderful work of fine crafting. Congrats on creating munchable minions that are too cuuuuuute to eat!

June 17, 2013 11:00 AM
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MarthaC107 said...

Love your creativity! Amazing! I wish I had the time a patience. My son would love these little guys. This is his favorite movie.

June 17, 2013 11:05 AM
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Cecily said...

It’s so fluffy!!

June 17, 2013 11:22 AM
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Eve said...

Omg! they are so life like! You have a great talent at art and especially getting all of the details right! they look so yummy to, this sounds mean but I just want to bite of its head!

Please can you check out my website, I am new to the food blogging scene and it would be great to get some advice!

http://ideallysweet.blogspot.co.uk/

June 17, 2013 11:26 AM
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Asmita said...

Genius! I am seriously speechless at how talented you are!

June 17, 2013 11:34 AM
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Piece Of Cake said...

Wow! These are truly amazing, I will have to try these sometime. These are super creative!

- Piece Of Cake

June 17, 2013 11:41 AM
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Alana said...

Those are so freaking adorable!

June 17, 2013 11:55 AM
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Naghina said...

they look awesome as always! Your the cake pop queen Bakerella!

June 17, 2013 12:19 PM
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Melissa @ Leet Kitchen said...

Oh my! These are the most amazing yet. You’ve seriously out done yourself. I love them. I wouldn’t want to eat them. Haha. Can’t wait for the movie to come out. Totally excited.

June 17, 2013 12:43 PM
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Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

Love! These are the cutest things ever! I want to see the movie while eating them. ;-)

June 17, 2013 01:01 PM
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chrysley said...

waa! it’s so cute!

June 17, 2013 01:21 PM
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Nessa said...

Adorable! You are so creative and talented :)

June 17, 2013 01:26 PM
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Melanie said...

You just made my day :-) Awesome!

June 17, 2013 01:38 PM
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Ella said...

These are so cute!

June 17, 2013 01:45 PM
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Jen said...

Its so fluffy I could Die! These are so Adorable I could die!! Awesome job! Love Minons :)

June 17, 2013 02:44 PM
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SandraM said...

You rock!! These cake pops are incredible!! I love that you get requests to do these. And am always in awe of your artistic talent. I love the minions and I love, love, love that you also did Agnes and the unicorn!
Made me smile on a Monday! :) Thanks for sharing.

June 17, 2013 04:00 PM
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Katherine said...

You are soooo talented.

June 17, 2013 05:22 PM
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marianne said...

I totally love. These guys my dd favourite movie. So my next project I plan o taking her to the theatre to see it these would be an awsome after. Movie treat

June 17, 2013 05:51 PM
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polly dove said...

I’m sure I will never make these, but I am DEAD right now. You are a goddess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 17, 2013 06:02 PM
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aussiemarina said...

OMG speachless !!!!!!!

you are amazing

June 17, 2013 06:31 PM
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Jo and Sue said...

Holy heck! That is just too crazy. You have the patience of a saint.
Amazing..as usual! :)

June 17, 2013 07:11 PM
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Lisa (@unitedcakedom) said...

My 3yo loved the pictures of these!! She exclaimed “Despicable Mes” She thinks that what the minions are called! :0)

Thank you for making me not only smile, but for a cute memory of my daughter! She is handing me the iPad asking to see the Despicable Mes! :0)

They are amazing your creativity is endless!

June 17, 2013 07:17 PM
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Winnie said...

Soooo adorable! Love them!

June 17, 2013 07:59 PM
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Angela Willis said...

Angie,

I have followed your blog since you made your first cake ball… with the discovery of tiny paint brushes you have become brilliantly flawless in your execution of characters- perfectly recognizable! Brilliant!

June 17, 2013 08:17 PM
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Sarah said...

Those are so cute! I was wondering if you were going to do any Monsters for Monster’s University that opens. My son loves that movie!

June 17, 2013 08:55 PM
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Polar Dolar said...

Wow! They are LOVELY. I love them.

June 17, 2013 09:58 PM
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Jenny Z said...

Love them!!!!!

June 17, 2013 10:24 PM
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Karen said...

I am in AWE again!! Love ‘em love ‘em love ‘em!! Have to give ‘em a try…will see if I even come a tiny bit close to what you’ve done…amazing.

June 17, 2013 10:45 PM
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Bree said...

These are mega cute! I love the minion’s overall’s and how some of them only have one eyes. I also think it’s cool how Agnes “hair” stick’s straight up, and how the evil minion look’s just like the other good ones, but is purple! Since you made a edible preview for this movie, it would be cool if you mad some for more upcoming movies. Like Thor 2 (Nerdy, I know!), Man of steel, or about Anna, the new Disney princess!~thanks!

June 17, 2013 10:58 PM
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Linz said...

These are so awesome! I loved the first movie & am super excited for the second, as I adore the minions & Agnes. The minion cake pops are definitely my favorite out of the ones you made though! And you’re right, Agnes just wouldn’t be complete without her favorite unicorns.

June 17, 2013 11:14 PM
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Lisa @hooplapalooza said...

ok so where do you hide that cake pop factory at in your home? because OMG these look like they stepped outta the movie and went on a candy melt swim at your house! HOOOOOLLLLLLEEEEE SCHMOLLLLIEEEEEE! :>O
sheer perfection.
applause applause with 20 million encores please.

June 18, 2013 12:30 AM
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Linh said...

I LOVEEEEEEEE THE MINIONSSS!!!! <3

June 18, 2013 03:01 AM
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Priyanka @ kitchenpops said...

Hey
These sweet little cake guys took my heart away.. really wanna try them up.. Can you give me the recipe of these as to what all was mixed in crumbled cake…

Waiting to hear back to try these sweethearts at my place…. <3

June 18, 2013 03:24 AM
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Ana said...

Wow!! You are amazing!!! So creative. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!!

June 18, 2013 07:45 AM
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celyn said...

wow! so cute and creative! you have amazing talent!

June 18, 2013 08:15 AM
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Louise said...

Bakerella, You amaze me with your creativity. Will you be making another book soon? I love your work!!!!

June 18, 2013 09:44 AM
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F'laur'ilège said...

Vraiment magnifiques (really so cute) Félicitations (congratulations)

June 18, 2013 09:48 AM
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Rachel ? (Gingerbread Gal) said...

WOW! Just knocked my socks right off! You are so talented and creative! Just LOVE this!

June 18, 2013 10:35 AM
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ManjiriK said...

Oh ! these r so so cute, ur very giffted !
It was a delight reading ur post and the pictures , they make me happy ! xx

June 18, 2013 11:02 AM
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Ritchil said...

Your creations never fail to make me smile Bakerella! You’re the best!

June 18, 2013 12:15 PM
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Dee said...

Goodness. Who would ever think these little works of art are made of cake and candies? They’re brilliant!

June 18, 2013 01:10 PM
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Carina said...

Those are so amazingly cute! But, I think I’ll stick with letting you make them, and not try to do it myself–I can just see the frustration and imperfection waiting to happen ;)

June 18, 2013 03:15 PM
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Erin L. said...

OMG!!!! Those are so cute! I have to make some of these! :)

June 18, 2013 03:30 PM
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Nicki said...

Oh my gosh! We LOVE Despicable Me around here… we watch it several times a week and I can quote the entire thing. My kids would FLIP if I showed them these… and then demand that I make them. :) Amazing detail work. I just love these. And evil minions! I can’t wait for this movie to come out!

June 18, 2013 03:53 PM
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ba said...

Oh my gosh you have no idea how much I love these!! My son and I are obsessed. Thanks so much for sharing. They are adorable!!!

June 18, 2013 07:10 PM
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LOLLYCAKES6 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the so fluffy unicorns and Agnes. You are truly incredible. I understand what it feels like to share your gift with so many people. I view your site daily waiting on your next treat. Congratulations on the gig to create the minions. Thank you so much.

June 18, 2013 07:28 PM
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Heidi said...

Every cake pop was perfect! I totally understand the “eyes”. I used Smarties and colored the outside silver to make the goggles! Thanks for sharing!

June 18, 2013 08:30 PM
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