Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mom & Pops

Flower Cake Pops

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, so I thought this was as good a time as any to experiment with some Flower Cake Pops. And, I had a bunch of leftover Bunny Candy Corn to get rid of, too. In addition to bunny ears, they make great pastel petals don’t you think.

Flower Parts

I’m going to pretend that all of you that made the bunny pops still have these handy, too. You’ll need 8-10 pieces for each flower.

Make your cake pops following the basic cake pop instructions, but instead of shaping the pops into balls, make them more oval-shaped with one end flat so you can glue the flower parts on. Also, if you don’t want to make the entire recipe into flowers, you can divide the baked cake into fourths and freeze the unwanted sections for later use. Yay!

12 cake pops = 1/4 9 X 13 cake
24 cake pops = 1/2 9 X13 cake
36 cake pops = 3/4 9 X 13 cake
48 cake pops = One 9 X 13 cake

Man… I’m good at math.

Make sure you divide the frosting appropriately also.

Dip the pops in the color candy melts you want for your base. I used white here because it blended in with the white part of the candy corn and camouflaged the gaps a little.

Once dipped, let the cake pops dry standing up in a styrofoam block.

When dry, dip the flat tops back in some of the melted candy coating. This will act as the glue. The coating should be starting to cool off so it takes less time to dry when you attach the pieces.

Now for the balancing act.

Lightly grip the cake pop in your left hand, so your thumb and forefinger can act as a ledge for the candy corn to rest on when you attach them to the top of the pop. If you can do this without letting your hands touch the sides of the cake pop… even better because your body heat can start to melt the sides if you’re not careful. It helps a little to let the lollipop stick rest on your leg if you are sitting down.

I know. I know. Sounds like a lot of work. But, I had come this far and they were for… you know… the person who gave birth to me.

Hold them in place long enough for the pieces to set/dry in place and not slide down the side of the pop… which will happen if you remove your hand too soon. Did I mention that this was an experiment? Anyway, when attached, place a tiny bit of candy coating in the center and attach the yellow candies to finish off the flower. Right about here, I realized how happy I was that I decided to only make a dozen of these.

Another method is instead of dipping the top of the pop in candy melts is to apply one petal at a time by dipping the bottom of the candy corn in some of the melted candy coating and then glue it to the top. Wait a minute. Did you get all that? Because I think my head is going to explode.

I wish I had a picture to show you all of this, but my hands were kinda busy.

Flower tops

It’s a good idea to get all your pieces ready before you start any glueing. The centers in this case were yellow mint candies from The Fresh Market. (But m&ms would work, too.) And, if you’re like most of the population, and don’t have extra bunny corn laying around, you can try using licorice pastels and licorice buttons or check out the nearest candy aisle and get creative.

Licorice Candy Flowers

These licorice candies give more of a wildflower look, but still pretty. I like them (also from the Fresh Market) because their shapes are a little more irregular. You can also get Good & Plenty brand licorice candies in this color pink. They are just a little bit fatter and more uniform in shape.

When all the flowers are made, you can arrange them in a small heavy basket or vase (The heavier, the better, so it doesn’t tip over) with at least 2-inch thick styrofoam in the bottom. Also if you decide to transport, keep the flowers from touching each other. The petals can be knocked off easily if they fall into each other.

Gosh, It sounds like I’ve given you plenty of reasons not to try these. Hopefully the finished product makes up for it.

And, don’t worry. I already have an easier flower design in mind for the future. One not influenced by left-over candy pieces : )

Here are some other Mother’s Day ideas:
Flower Cupcakes
Mom Tattoo Cupcake

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m.e (Cathie) said...

very cute!

May 3, 2009 12:30 PM
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jkmzl said...

As alway, these are very lovely

May 3, 2009 12:35 PM
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Art Spectrum said...

This is so creative! Your ideas are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

May 3, 2009 12:47 PM
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Mel said...

These are so cute! But rather than fidget around with sticking your candy/petals on it, couldn’t you just up-end the pop onto the candy as it’s laid out on the bench? Then stick the centre lolly in place after? That might be a little easier to juggle…. :D

May 3, 2009 12:55 PM
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Nikki said...

Those are so darn cute! I’m overcome by their cuteness. :)

May 3, 2009 01:11 PM
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Bethie said...

They are beautiful.

May 3, 2009 01:12 PM
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Bakerella said...

Mel – Actually, that’s a GREAT idea!… if the petals will stay in place and not create a gap in between when you place the cake pop on.

And, take a look at the yellow ones in the picture. I was also trying to get all the petals to point up some like the one in the left. Instead of flat/pointing down like the yellow one on the right.

But you’re on to something. I think I’ll try a test run with some of these the next time I make pops to know for sure if it works.

Thanks Mel

May 3, 2009 01:14 PM
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Denise said...

As always sooooo cute! Where were these 3 weeks ago when I made a rose bouquet for my future MIL for her b-day?!?! I use the lolly mold of rose buds and took two of them back to back to back a full rose. Then rolled out cake pop “dough” to cut out petals with a cookie cutter!

May 3, 2009 01:17 PM
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sassymo said...

Okay, these are adorable!!! I love all your creative pop ideas…they’re so fabulous.

May 3, 2009 01:51 PM
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Anonymous said...

they look great. I wish i had that much free time on my hands!! :)

May 3, 2009 02:04 PM
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Skinnymum said...

So pretty…..how I wish my girls will make this for me!

May 3, 2009 02:13 PM
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Lynn Osborne said...

I tried the Easter bunny ones but made the cake balls to big? About how big are the cake balls before dipping in the melt? These are very cute!

May 3, 2009 02:31 PM
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Anonymous said...

Olá!
Sou Nutricionista e apaixonada com a arte de criar e inventar moda na cozinha.
O que vocês fazem é uma obra de arte!
Essa ideia da florzinha é perfeita para festa de criança e até mesmo para o dia das mães.
É uma pena que aqui no Brasil encontramos poucos materias como este.

Sucesso!!!

Beijinhos, Aline

May 3, 2009 02:34 PM
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Baking and Mistaking said...

Very cute…and alot of work! Your mom should be proud!

May 3, 2009 03:00 PM
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Liz Wilcken said...

So pretty and cute! I’d like to get a bouquet of those next Sunday!

May 3, 2009 03:03 PM
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Deric said...

I made the Chicks at Easter but I had a problem with the cake balls coming off the stick when I dipped them into the chocolate. Do you have anymore tips… maybe I made them to big, but I did dip the stick into the chocolate before I put it in the cake! I can’t wait to try to make these beautiful flower cake pops! Thanks for your wonderful creativity!! ~Amanda

May 3, 2009 03:05 PM
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Melinda said...

You did it again! I absolutely love these! I hate licorice though…I wonder if my mom likes it.

May 3, 2009 03:26 PM
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Jennifer said...

I love all your pops – but I think these are my favorite. So simple and pretty. Made me smile. Thank you.

May 3, 2009 03:43 PM
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Andi Anderson said...

I made some chili pepper pops for Cinco de Mayo!!
http://andipandianderson.blogspot.com/2009/05/dos-de-mayo.html

May 3, 2009 03:49 PM
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Chic Cookies said...

So cute! I have a daisy candy arrangement on my blog too (with another one due early this week). Great minds… I’ll also of course link on my edible crafts column (craftgossip.com).

May 3, 2009 04:10 PM
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Kat said...

Please hurry with the graduation pops…I need to make some this week, I know yours will be awesome; not too sure about mine :)

May 3, 2009 04:20 PM
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Shirley said...

too stinking cute!

May 3, 2009 04:47 PM
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Lisa said...

These are adorable – what a great idea! Now I wish I’d gotten that bunny corn!

May 3, 2009 04:58 PM
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Mai said...

SOOOOOOOO cute and pretty. I’m making red velvet cake balls for school but I’m having trouble cause I keep eating the cake before I can mix in the frosting. Maybe I should make two pans.

May 3, 2009 05:09 PM
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LaDue & Crew said...

I’m really loving these! So pretty, I think you can use them for any occasion. I think they’d make a great “pick-me-up” for someone feeling a little down. Perfection, Bakerella!

May 3, 2009 05:10 PM
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Stefanie said...

Oh my GOSH… how do you do it??
Flowers are my favorite :) And these are positively adorable!!!

May 3, 2009 05:19 PM
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StuffCooksWant said...

How on earth do you come up with these things? I’d never ever look at bunny corn and think “Hmmm, wonder if I can jam these on a cake pop into the cutest flower ever.” so creative and adorable.

May 3, 2009 05:33 PM
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Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

You are one of my fave bloggers- I have an award for you!

May 3, 2009 05:34 PM
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The Cookie Girl said...

These would go perfect with my Mother’s Day cookie order. I could do one pop per dozen cookies. hmmmmm….I might just try this.

May 3, 2009 05:34 PM
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MiniKat said...

Nothing wrong with being creative with leftovers. :-)

Very pretty!

May 3, 2009 05:37 PM
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Susie said...

Those are adorable!

May 3, 2009 06:24 PM
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Sarah said...

I can’t wait to hear how Mel’s idea works because I was having the exact same thought as I read this. Too cute!

May 3, 2009 06:39 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Very cute! And creative, as usual!

May 3, 2009 06:51 PM
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Crazy About Cakes said...

Super cute!

May 3, 2009 07:21 PM
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Chantelle said...

I want these for Mother’s Day.

Perhaps I’ll ask Hubby if he can whip them up! Ha. ;)

May 3, 2009 07:38 PM
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CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

looks yummy! I love candy corn!

May 3, 2009 07:40 PM
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Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

another great one!

May 3, 2009 08:02 PM
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Lynette said...

I think the candy corn pops are sooo cute!! I am not a baker. I was inspired and bought the Wilton’s cake stuff to make cupcakes for my son’s 8th birthday. Ended up spending the night in the hospital with a stepdaughter the night before and called the local grocery store bakery. I still have bags, tips and gel in the packages to be used…someday! I sooo wanted to come to PW’s when you were there!!!
I live about 2 hrs away…will you be going again??

May 3, 2009 08:02 PM
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Nightngle said...

I’m loving these! Being an old school cake decorator, I’m wondering if anyone has tried using royal icing as “glue” on melted chocolate? That stuff is great to attach things with, but I’ve never tried it on the melts.

May 3, 2009 08:19 PM
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alison Lewis said...

I love these! Your site is still my ultimate favorite! I always look forward to your entries! Best, Alison http://ingredientsinc.net

May 3, 2009 08:36 PM
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Mrs. T said...

I love all of your ideas! I made cake balls for my staff and they were a huge hit! I took some photos of them and posted on my blog and gave you several shout outs. I am still perfecting the “look” but the taste was incredible!! :0)

http://www.sneakerteacher.blogspot.com

Thanks for the great baking ideas!

May 3, 2009 08:40 PM
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Linda said...

Lovely. Love the wildflowers too, the pink one reminds me of coneflowers.

May 3, 2009 09:20 PM
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threemoonbabies said...

very pretty!

May 3, 2009 09:56 PM
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Micah said...

It is probably illegal to lick computer screens, so I am glad I OWN this computer. As always, your cake pops look great. My husband would live on Oreos he could, so I made him your Oreo Truffles. He loves you now as much as we all love you! The flowers are adorable, and so are Andi’s Chili Pepper Pops!

May 3, 2009 10:18 PM
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Baking Monster said...

these are so cute!good thing i just got stuff to make cake pops!

May 3, 2009 10:20 PM
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Tracy said...

Very cute! I wondered about up-ending the pop on top of the candy, too.

May 3, 2009 11:02 PM
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Ashley said...

Bakerella! Great job!
I had just one idea to through out to you as well.
What if you put a little “blob” of melted candy on wax paper and then situated your candy flower the way you want on it?? Once the candy melts dry, you could peel the flower off the wax paper and then glue it to your cake pop with a bit more of the candy melts!
Just a thought :)

May 3, 2009 11:13 PM
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Emily said...

That is such a cute idea! Makes me wish I was home to make them for my mom.

May 3, 2009 11:25 PM
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Sue Schmidt said...

These are darling! Just like all your other wonderful creations! I do have a question, however. Are the cake pops freezeable once they have been dipped in the coating? Thanks!

May 3, 2009 11:34 PM
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Liz Wilcken said...

I just got Betty Crocker's email today, and in it were "Spring Flower Brownies." Check them out! They use those pastel marshmallows for flowers (definitely not as cute as your idea, but might work well for the rest of us who didn't make the bunnies–sniff). I hope this is the correct link!

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/recipe.aspx?recipeID=46507&WT.dcsvid=MzI1MDQzMDczNgS2&WT.mc_id=Newsletter_DME_05_03_2009

May 3, 2009 11:57 PM
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Tabitha V. said...

once again, you’ve outdone yourself. Bravo!! ps your mother will love them!

May 4, 2009 12:18 AM
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Julia @ Mélanger said...

Wow, these are adorable. How do you come up with so many creative ideas!????

May 4, 2009 12:40 AM
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Karm said...

I have been racking my brain on how to make the cake pops into flowers and you did it…I was going at it from the wrong angle…think of the cake pop as the center and the petals extending from there but your idea is perfect as always!!! Thanks…can’t wait to make them.

May 4, 2009 12:56 AM
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Katie said...

Those lollies are so cute – I’ve been seeing them over the blogosphere lately but can’t find them where I live – maybe they aren’t available here? :(

May 4, 2009 02:43 AM
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Elyse said...

Oh my goodness. You are a genius. These pops look amazing. I can’t wait to try them out. I love this use for candy corn. Just perfect!

May 4, 2009 04:47 AM
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Didi said...

Totally chic and cute!

May 4, 2009 05:18 AM
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Alisha in Oregon said...

Okay… I have made over 400 cake pops in the last month… and I can’t figure out how to get the chocolate to not crack! Any suggestions? Also, my daughter is having a luau bday party Saturday… any ideas for a luau pop???

May 4, 2009 06:10 AM
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thereddeer said...

They look great!

May 4, 2009 06:28 AM
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Lori Roberts said...

Wonderful! Fantastic, sooooooo creative! Do you sleep at night? LOL! You are an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing your baking muse!

May 4, 2009 06:33 AM
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morgana said...

So beautiful… Wish I can find these candies here, but it’s quite difficult.

May 4, 2009 07:22 AM
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Frankenstein(: said...

you should make videos..like tutorials. that would be interesting and help full

May 4, 2009 11:17 AM
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Carol said...

I love these….so darn cute!!
Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for your inspirational creativity.

May 4, 2009 03:08 PM
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Anonymous said...

These are so very cute…can’t wait to try a bouquet myself.

May 4, 2009 03:09 PM
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sweeties said...

So Cute! Yes, I do have leftover bunny ears, so thanks for the great idea, since my mom bought the candy in the first place. Also, I get 45 balls from a 9X13 -wonder where the other 3 went:)

May 4, 2009 05:20 PM
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jaredsmom07 said...

Very Cute! Do you have any good ideas for Teacher’s Appreciation Week??? ;)

May 4, 2009 05:28 PM
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Amanda said...

Is there a good brand of food coloring marker… the ones I bought wouldn’t mark on the cake pops so I had to improvise. I made frogs, smileys and Hello Kitty for the kids Spring Fling.

May 4, 2009 06:13 PM
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Mandy said...

Awesome as usual! I would never have thought to use the candies to make graduation caps. You are so creative!

May 4, 2009 07:33 PM
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bigSIS said...

I love all the cake pop ideas. Check out the cake pops I made for my sister’s babyshower to look like rattles. It was the first time I made them. I thought they turned out cute and everyone loved them.

http://thepinkpack.blogspot.com/2009/04/welcome-celebration-warning-picture.html

Mel, I thought the same thing as I was reading the post.

May 4, 2009 08:54 PM
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Bakerella said...

Lynn Osborne – about 1 inch to 1.25 inches

Deric – Are your balls chilled when you dip? also, make sure the chocolate is thin enough and your bowl is deep enough to dip and remove in one motion. You can add shortening to help thin it out.

Andi Anderson – fantastic!

Lynette – I hope I get to go back sometime. It was a blast.

alison Lewis – Thanks!!! Hope all is well.

Nightngale – probably, but that would me too many more steps for me.

Ashley – Love it! great ideas.

Sue Schmidt – yes

Ashley in Oregon – I think it has something to do with the temperature of the balls being too cold and then dipping into chocolate that is too hot. Also, try rolling them less compactly.
You can always re-dip if you need to and the cupcake pops never crack.

jaredsmom07 – apples?

Amanda – Americolor Brand works best for me.

bigSIS – really cute

May 4, 2009 11:39 PM
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Anonymous said...

Super cute. I’m doing these tomorrow with the kiddos using Good N Plenty candies. I am going to cheat a bit also and use a large marshmellow in place of the cake pop (say it isn’t so!) to save some time!! Hope it works.

May 5, 2009 02:51 AM
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Erin said...

To expand on Mel’s idea, I think you could try a couple of things to still get the same effect of the petal tips pointing up without having to hold them until they dry. I think I would try making an indentation into the top of your cake pop. Dip the end into candy melts, then place your petals. Add the middle candy for the center of the flower, then weigh them all down with something like a Hershey’s kiss, and/or place the cake pop sans stick into an egg carton to hold the petals up until they dry? I’m sure there’s something you can rig to get them to set on their own without you holding them. I’ve made gingerbread houses for years, and you wouldn’t believe the tricks I have come up with to get royal icing to dry without me holding all the pieces in place! :)

May 5, 2009 02:51 AM
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spacefrogknitsandyarns said...

You are so clever! They are gorgeous. :-)

May 5, 2009 09:47 AM
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Jada said...

Thank you, Thank you! I have tons of the candy corn left too, I tried another flower idea that did NOT work, I’m gonna try this today, it looks much eaiser! THANK YOU!!!

May 5, 2009 08:11 PM
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musegourmet said...

What a great idea! I just made cake balls and was looking for a decorating inspiration. Thank you!

May 5, 2009 08:41 PM
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The Martone Memories said...

Bakerella, any ideas for the cake balls that look like balls of yarn? I was thinking of using the squeeze bottle and melted candy melts to create the effect but thought that might take forever!

and I have the problem of the sticks falling off when dipping the balls, I am better at the cupcakes, I guess I need more practice!

May 6, 2009 04:57 PM
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The Gomes Family said...

You are clever and should open your own store!

May 6, 2009 06:16 PM
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Bakerella said...

what about trying to glue twizzler pieces on? Actually the squeeze bottle way might be better.

May 7, 2009 02:17 AM
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Anonymous said...

You always have the best ideas!! I do have one question, every time I go to melt my candy melts in the plastic squirt bottles…I always melt the bottle!! Any tips? Love your site!

May 7, 2009 05:51 PM
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Bakerella said...

Don’t melt them in the bottle.

Melt them in a bowl and then pour in the bottle.

Also, you are supposed to melt in 30 sec intervals and stir in between and you can’t do that well if you melt straight in the bottle.

May 8, 2009 12:01 AM
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Kathryn@ Australia Entertains said...

These are gorgeous! I’m featuring these as our cake of the week over at Australia Entertains tomorrow. Love them! Added a link too…
Kathryn

May 9, 2009 03:17 AM
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* TONYA * said...

They are absolutely gorgeous. I adore the flowers. I’d love a little bouquet of those.

May 10, 2009 04:22 AM
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Amanda Cowan said...

Had to share some cake pops that I made using tiny fondant cutters.. They’re still a work in progress. But they were a huge hit! Thanks for all the ideas and whatnot. I’ve directed a ton of people to your site (including the employees at Michaels where I bought all my supplies at!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uhduh/3484103769/

May 13, 2009 04:14 AM
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teri said...

Oh my gosh! I cannot believe I’ve never been to your blog before. It’s 8am here and now I’m dreaming of dessert for breakfast.

May 13, 2009 06:57 AM
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PS~Erin said...

Oh my. I am so out of my element over here, but I love all of your ideas and photos. Maybe I’ll learn something! (I hopped over via My Eloise)

May 14, 2009 05:15 PM
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Nanie said...

Hello Bakerella, I’m Nanie from Malaysia. Your bloq is wondefully gorgeous, stunning, beautiful…u name it. I love how you potray all the pictures of your artistry. I’ll definetely try those cute lil’ cupcake pops.

May 20, 2009 08:08 AM
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AmateurBaker said...

I really love you site and your creations. I noticed we shop at the same cake supply store. CAKE ART is the greatest.

I am new to baking myself. Do you have any classes in the area.

May 20, 2009 08:08 PM
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Bakerella said...

AmateurBaker – Nope. But, cake art does.

May 21, 2009 03:26 AM
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CheepCheepDates said...

wow, simple but, GENIUS!

May 22, 2009 04:03 PM
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windy gorski said...

yummy

December 13, 2009 03:26 AM
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Betty said...

I love your site.My daughter and i are room Mothers for my Great Grand Son’s class he is in k5 at school.We plan to make cake pops for different occasions.Thank You so much you are so clever to learn how to do this.Betty

January 5, 2010 01:56 PM
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Kelley said...

I love your creativity with cake, one of my favorite things, too! I am lookiing for the basic recipe for cake pops and although I have clicked the links, I am unable to find how to get started with these wonderful little cake pops. I have two small daughters, and these would be so fun to make and take to daycare/school! Can you direct me to the directions for making the cake pops?

February 1, 2010 02:42 PM
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bakerella said...

Kelley – here ya go

http://www.bakerella.com/hope-these-put-a-smile-on-your-face/

February 3, 2010 10:10 PM
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jjlobitz said...

Just got all my stuff to make these for a birthday party this weekend – wish me luck! I have made cakeballs before, but never cake pops. I am excited! I bought green ribbon to tie around the stick to make it like “leaves”. and I am making cupcakes to look like flower pots to stick the cake pops in.

March 2, 2010 12:51 PM
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jjlobitz said...

I just wanted to add that I made these by dipping the cake pop in chocolate and then sitting it on the candy corn that was already laid out on wax paper – it worked AWESOME! And it went by really really quickly!. There were a few that I had to reattach a couple corns on , but otherwise it was great. I also used pastel M&M’s for the centers and just attached those later with some more melted candy coating.

I did have problems with cracking though on some of them – any reason why??

March 5, 2010 01:02 PM
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Aimee said...

I think the cracking has to do with the cake needing some room to expand after it’s dipped in the warm chocolate. I made a batch of cake balls last weekend, and I noticed that if the candy coating covered the entire surface on the bottom (usually, there’s a small unexposed area where the cake ball sits), the coating would crack. It’s just a hypothesis, but maybe something to consider. I think the reason cupcake pops never crack is because the tops sit unexposed while the bottoms dry, which allows for expansion.

March 5, 2010 03:23 PM
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jjlobitz said...

Good thinking! I am trying the cupcake pops next for my daughter’s bday.

The flower pot cupcakes aren’t going to work out – the cake pops are too heavy so it wouldn’t be very stable. So I just put them in two big baskets and used some Easter grass. I will still make the cupcakes, but just put them around I guess.

If you used extra large cupcakes you could make it work, but I don’t have that set up.

March 5, 2010 06:13 PM
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Camille Duckworth said...

It happened again. I’m up past my bedtime because I got distracted by your site. congratulations!

March 11, 2010 12:33 AM
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Camille Duckworth said...

OH, and I forgot to mention, half the links above just took me to your main page. Didn’t think that was on purpose.

March 11, 2010 12:33 AM
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Jollie said...

i think that these are really cute, a suggestion i have is that maybe instead of balancing them one at a time, how about glue all the candy corn and the mint pieces together into the flower shape before adding it to the cake pop? when it is assembled you could then glue that to the cake pop. IF this doesn’t work don’t blame me, i haven’t tried it yet, but it seems to make sense right?

March 12, 2010 08:48 PM
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kim said...

Do you think you could assemble the flower the same way, but onto a large marshmallow? I am wondering if it would work just as well and be a little easier and more kid-friendly.

March 18, 2010 03:33 PM
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