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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Sondra said...

I love minions. These are A D O R A B L E !!! You have a special talent. Thank you for sharing your genius with us. I really enjoy reading your blog.

June 18, 2013 09:13 PM
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Debbie said...

Awesome!!! You have the cake pop gift, thanks for sharing with us”

June 18, 2013 09:59 PM
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Laura said...

Ack, these are adorable. I can’t wait for the movie to come out!

June 18, 2013 10:54 PM
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Brandi - Tweedle Dee Designs said...

I’m so excited for the movie, these are so cute!

June 19, 2013 01:12 AM
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Sarah said...

So adorable !

June 19, 2013 05:53 AM
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Paulette Emberley said...

These are by far my favourite cake pops! Awesome job! Can’t wait for this movie!

June 19, 2013 11:06 AM
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Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste said...

These are a true work of art! Absolute perfection!

June 19, 2013 12:15 PM
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Kathy said...

These are too cute. Would love to see you make Monsters University Cake pops. Thanks.

June 19, 2013 12:16 PM
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nikki said...

fun and fab ;)

June 19, 2013 03:01 PM
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Susan said...

Oh my gosh the Uni-corn is awesome! You did a great job, thanks for sharing! We can’t wait to see the movie. I have to be sure to NOT let my daughter know that these even exist otherwise, I will be begged to make them! Way to go and thanks for posting!

June 19, 2013 04:40 PM
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Alma said...

LOVE these so much! You are amazing!

June 19, 2013 07:46 PM
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mandacance willows heina said...

ew

June 19, 2013 08:13 PM
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Mel said...

Way amazing! Such talent :)

June 20, 2013 10:51 AM
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Courtney said...

What kind of edible markers do you use? I can not find any that work well on chocolate. Please help! It is so frustrating!!!

June 20, 2013 07:22 PM
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Anna said...

I found these extremely cute and had to try them myself! But I couldn’t even get to the finishing step as everything was so difficult! First off finding all the different parts was a pain as I had to go to many stores and painting the silver on was hard to make perfect lines even when I used a toothpick…
I became confused how the cake pops would be able to stay on the sticks when every time I dipped them into the chocolate which eventually became really frustrating and I eventually gave up. These are very sweet but the whole process to make them made me never want to try to make cake pops again because of the difficulty and tough directions.

June 20, 2013 11:26 PM
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Devyani said...

You are amazingly talented! And you have infinite patience! Can’t tell you how much I love these!!

June 21, 2013 12:26 AM
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Jen {Bakerette.com} said...

How freaking adorable! Man, they look like the real things. You are soooo talented, girl!

June 21, 2013 01:17 AM
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Haley said...

I can’t believe how far you’ve come from the first posts I used to read on your blog site. These pops are amazing (along with everything you do)! I am terrible at dipping cake pops (they always get too heavy and fall off the stick) but you still inspire me to keep trying.

June 21, 2013 01:27 AM
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Not Only Sugar said...

I love this!!!

http://www.notonlysugar.com

June 21, 2013 06:46 AM
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Anonymous said...

New to this amazing site.
Can someone tell me what the candy coating is? Is it melting chocolate or…?
Also how does she make it? Ive searched the site a bit and cannot find it.
Help please?

June 21, 2013 03:27 PM
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kely said...

ok i have come to a conclusion that you are just not human because no human being can do all that..lol..all kidding aside you are a remarkable and talented woman, thank you for sharing your talent :)

June 21, 2013 07:12 PM
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Jamie @lifelovelemons said...

LOVE minions! How cute are those?!

June 22, 2013 06:13 AM
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Mary said...

You are shear magic with baking. You sprinkle a little sugar, flour and wha-laa a character comes to life. I so love it! I got a new job and I am gone most of the day most of the blogs have gone to the way side but I gotta say not yours! Even though, I don’t make the things you do. It always brings a smile when I see what you have created. A miniature life form! Pure Artistry! Thanks for the entertainment!

June 22, 2013 09:29 AM
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Erin said...

shut. up. You had me with the minions then you stole my heart with they uni-corn (yes, that came out of my head in two distinct syllables like the carnie in the first movie!!).

You rock. Thank you for the eye candy ;)

June 22, 2013 03:52 PM
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Fondant said...

Congratulations on the work of the Minions, is spectacular and they are perfect. It’s the first time I see a beautiful work. Congratulations and keep well.

Greetings.

June 22, 2013 05:25 PM
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Anay said...

I really admire your work… you’re fantastic!!

June 22, 2013 06:01 PM
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Sandi said...

Oh my gosh! – these are so cute I want to die! OK, not really, but the minions are my favorite cake pops ever! I love your work, you are truly gifted and a very fun person. Thanks for making life a bit more fun. I am going to make some cake pops with my boys (6, 7, and 8) this summer (I am pretty crazy too!) and will definitely have to try these!

June 22, 2013 11:34 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

These are amazingly awesome. Love them to pieces, though they are way more work than I currently have time for.

June 23, 2013 07:46 PM
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Kirsten said...

Hi

Just letting you know that I featured this post on my blog here http://stringingpopcorn.com/2013/06/24/seven-sites-on-a-sunday-3/

If you would like me to take any of it down, let me know.

Regards,

Kirsten

June 24, 2013 06:12 AM
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Hannah F said...

So fragging cute!!!! I wish you made a video on these so I an do it too. Thanks for sharing

June 26, 2013 09:28 AM
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Gloria Hurtado said...

Hi ,i think you are a genius with cake pops,can i have a request ,please make Tigger from Winnie the pooh cake pops.

Thanks

Gloria

June 26, 2013 03:33 PM
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Ceej said...

I don’t think I can eat them though…they’re just way too cute to be eaten! you’re awesome as always, Bakerella :)

June 26, 2013 09:18 PM
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bec said...

awww, adorable!

June 26, 2013 10:27 PM
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Donna said...

These are amazing! YOU are amazing.

June 28, 2013 11:50 PM
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Zero Dean said...

Now featured! http://blog.zerodean.com/2013/facebook/cake-pops/

June 29, 2013 02:05 AM
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Srishti said...

Love these minions, so cute! I adore your work and the details are just amazing :)

June 30, 2013 11:57 PM
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Silje said...

These are amazing! You are really talented and I really enjoy your blog :)

July 1, 2013 02:45 AM
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Casims_sweet_6 said...

This is why you are the queen of pops! Thank you for sharing your awesomeness!

July 2, 2013 10:54 PM
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Roxana said...

You are absolutely extraordinary!!! Congratulations!!

July 4, 2013 04:58 AM
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Joni said...

These are so adorable. I stumbled across them looking for an image of the evil minions for my sisters project…she makes hats and then donates them to cancer patients: http://hatsfromtheheartmyjourneyjournals.blogspot.com/. Anyhow, I simply love these, and had an idea/question for you…Do you think it would be possible to do the hair of the evil minion with purple cotton candy?

July 5, 2013 10:47 PM
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Barbara alias tiot'ab said...

So cute… je les adoOore, je suis fan fan fan !
Encore bravo pour ces adoOorables minions à croquer, comment ne pas résister, ils sont merveilleux.
BRAVO encore encore pour ces fabuleux cake pops
LOVE LOVE LOVE

July 7, 2013 08:21 AM
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Moolahlah said...

OMG…. I LOVE THESE!!!! You are soooo talented!!!!!!!!!! Your creativity rocks!!!!!!!!! LOve LOVE LOVE!!!

July 8, 2013 09:29 AM
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Hannah said...

Haha, those are all so adorable! I love ‘em!!

July 8, 2013 08:23 PM
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Cristina said...

WOW!! These are unbelievable! I’ve been wanting to do these for a while, but I had the worst time with the coating! =( How do you get it to be so smooth? I used yellow Wilton Candy Melts and when I tried to microwave slowly, it burned partially and turned this horrible brown. Then I tried melting them in a bane marie, and they melted, the consistency was just not what I needed. It was not runny enough, so when I dipped the cake, it came with this big layer of gooey, fudge-like coating… it was also very uneven… I got really frustrated, and I know I should have tried something else but I was beat. I wonder if you do something else or use a different coating to get that really smooth look. Thank you so much! I love all your recipes :)

July 9, 2013 02:15 PM
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Lindsay said...

I was wondering if I could order these despicable me pops from you for a birthday party I am throwing in August. It would probably be somewhere between 20-40, but that is just a guess for now, we JUST NOW decided to do the party in this theme and these pops would be perfect!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider this order as I would really appreciate it! Email me back once you have decided and I look forward to your response!
Thanks!
Lindsay

July 9, 2013 11:25 PM
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Julie Norman said...

You are truly a amazing lady, I love your craziness you put your self inside the kids minds and that makes it very sucecful . Look forward to more of your creations.

July 10, 2013 11:43 PM
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UR said...

wow so creative….but i want to know what kind of icing you use to dip the pops into plsss…is it royal icing or buttercream icing? do share the recipe plssss plsss

July 11, 2013 05:50 AM
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Karol said...

this is so awesome! really want to make it! gonna be a wild party!!!

July 13, 2013 08:13 AM
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cake pop lover said...

these are super cute

July 13, 2013 01:49 PM
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Alex said...

This would be perfect for children. I recently watched Despicable Me 2 in the theaters with my family, and the kids just loved these critters. I had laughs to when they do their very funny shenanigans. I will totally try this for the kids. Thank you for this awesome post.

July 15, 2013 08:45 AM
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Desiree said...

Hello… I’m interested in the minions. I am having my son a despicable me party and I would love to have your cake pops as a centerpiece of the dessert table.

July 15, 2013 01:53 PM
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living room design said...

awesome

July 15, 2013 10:41 PM
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MusicLV said...

So cute..thanks for sharing :)

July 16, 2013 12:56 AM
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Chuanvy said...

Amazing!

July 16, 2013 02:28 AM
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Ridu said...

I <3 these ! they are sooo cute! I'm just a begginer at cake pops and ur blog rlly helps

July 18, 2013 08:28 AM
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Patricia Cummings said...

I love these.
Questions about the candy coating….I have heard there is a difference between Merckens and CK Merckens. Which is it that you use?
Thank you!

July 18, 2013 09:41 PM
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madame bazaar said...

You are just amazing!! These are way too cute!!!
BRAVO!!

July 19, 2013 05:51 AM
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Quincy said...

These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I envy your talent! Amazing job.

July 20, 2013 12:28 PM
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Jaen Marc said...

I can’t wait to make these. They are so CUTE!

July 21, 2013 05:21 AM
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Harvi said...

Hi. I would like to know how much it costs for the minion cake pops. Can you do a cake or cupcake as well? I’m interested in ordering for August 2. Do you do delivery? Where is your exact location? Thanks!

July 21, 2013 05:44 PM
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Glennis said...

Art comes in all forms and this is truly the best kind…edible!

July 22, 2013 10:43 AM
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Sarah @ Miss Candiquik said...

These are nothing short of amazing!!! Love the little Agnes character! Great job :)

July 23, 2013 09:41 AM
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Anonymous said...

do u add something to the candy melts to thin it out , my always thick an lompy. ty

July 25, 2013 01:14 PM
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Caroline said...

I had to email this page to my daughter…Despicable Me is one of her favorite movies and she is in love with those little minions! We are actually going to attempt making these guys! ADORABLE!!!!!! You are so talented! Thanks for making me smile today…your photos are awesome!

July 25, 2013 03:41 PM
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esmeralda h gutierrez said...

wow cute but it seems alot a work for 1 cake pop im going to make a video on youtube of baby faced cake pops its going to be cute

July 25, 2013 11:09 PM
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marcela barral said...

Me has regalado una gran fascinacion, y sonrisas al ver las fotografias de tus adorables Minions. Admiro tu talento!

July 27, 2013 11:49 PM
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Raysa said...

This makes me want to change my sons birthday theme. You are something else bakerella! Excellent work!

July 28, 2013 02:13 PM
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Skazka Vostoka said...

Your work is perfect! What else can I say? Very creative!

July 30, 2013 05:31 AM
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I love cakepops said...

esta bknn

July 30, 2013 05:15 PM
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V said...

OMG mini minions. My son will love these. I wonder if I can buy them from a local store – save me making a mess ha ha

August 1, 2013 07:10 AM
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Alice said...

They are amazing!!

August 2, 2013 08:12 PM
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Brian said...

OMG these are awesome. Doubt I am skilled enough to make them though.

August 5, 2013 05:54 AM
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Samantha said...

They are so cool. I want some

August 5, 2013 05:56 AM
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savannah said...

how did you do those?

August 7, 2013 01:09 PM
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Alexandra Boehnke said...

Wow – they are amazing!

August 10, 2013 06:21 AM
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AlexLuv2Cook said...

what brand of blue candy melts did you use to get that color for the overalls?

August 10, 2013 01:23 PM
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Cora said...

u. are. a. GENIUS. they are perfect! its so hard to get cartoons expressions just right but u do it every time!

August 15, 2013 01:27 PM
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Jay said...

Check out this amazing Evil Minion 3D cake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuD1GK6JnXc&feature=share&list=UU3wVOEr_5LnpKhvWmRIAZhA

August 17, 2013 12:35 PM
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victoria valenzuela said...

Fantasticos despues de los muppets creo que son los mejores

August 18, 2013 02:08 PM
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victoria valenzuela said...

Fantasticos despues de los muppets creo que son los mejores que he visto en tu pagina gracias por tus turorials

August 18, 2013 02:08 PM
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Cathy said...

Nice cake pops. Im sure you spent so many hours to create therm.

I would like to share my minion cake as well, but this one is made of fondant .please visit my blog: http://www.katzsweettreats.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-minion-cake-just-last-week-i-have.html

August 18, 2013 08:47 PM
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Amy S. said...

These are awesome! They look delicious too!

August 19, 2013 07:22 PM
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Amy Stratton said...

These minions are adorable!

August 19, 2013 09:16 PM
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Cate Fleet said...

How do you get the candy coating so smooth and to stay on the cake pop? mine didnt melt corrrectly and wouldnt stay on the cake pop

August 25, 2013 11:41 AM
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Rebecca said...

Hi Stef,

I live in Malaysia and it is very very hot and humid would these keep well in the fridge after decorating? As I would like to do them in advance for my little girls party please advise on storage options as soon as u can
thank you very much

August 25, 2013 12:45 PM
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Rebecca said...

Would like to make these in advance could I find out how to store them in a humid country I live in malaysia

August 26, 2013 09:48 AM
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josefina said...

Your so talented love your ideas thanks for sharing your awesome talent :)

August 27, 2013 06:23 PM
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Hannah J said...

You just officially became THE COOLEST PERSON on the planet, EVER! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! :D

August 30, 2013 10:26 AM
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Louisa said...

How long did it take u to make just the minions ?

August 31, 2013 02:40 AM
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Anonymous said...

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September 6, 2013 07:10 AM
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Kim said...

I am practicing over and over! Your talent is amazing! They’re soooo cute but it is SO hard, and you make it look easy so I actually try and make them as opposed to just saying I will. Off to scrap the jumbled mess balls and stick to just rolling them in sprinkles lol

September 9, 2013 04:35 PM
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Bonnie said...

Do you get any cut from me clicking on a Wilton link and buying something? If so, good. If not, get on that because I specifically came to the Mini Minions to buy licorice strings from clicking through your site.

:D <3

September 10, 2013 05:14 PM
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Carmen Azanza said...

I really enjoyed your tutorial on the minions i needed to know how to make them..thanks i have a question for you the luster dust do mix it with anything like water, or any flavored extract?? thanks Carmen A

September 16, 2013 01:20 AM
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Sherrie Smith said...

Your a cake pop god! Your absolutely make the best cake pops ever! LOVE EM!

September 18, 2013 08:18 PM
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Tiffani Greenwood said...

That is too cute. I am going to try and make these for my sons birthday next year. I am amazed by your work.

September 26, 2013 08:44 AM
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Sherry said...

Do you sell and ship these?

September 30, 2013 12:34 PM
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bakelife053 said...

so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 30, 2013 04:20 PM
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Hankerie said...

Oh wow! That’s incredible cute. You’re really cake pop guru. I also did some minion related bakes. Hover my blog and see :)
Minion swiss roll: http://www.hankerie.com/2013/08/minions-swiss-roll-with-green-kiwi.html
Minion macaron: http://www.hankerie.com/2013/07/minion-macaron-specially-designed-by.html

October 9, 2013 07:58 PM
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Morgan said...

You are a idiot

October 12, 2013 03:09 PM
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Bieber jusktin said...

Awwww!!!

October 19, 2013 12:37 PM
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