Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bunny Bum Bons

Bunny Bum Bons

These little cuties are really cake balls but I couldn’t resist calling them Bunny Bum Bons. Actually I think I made them just so I could type those words. Bum Bons. It’s the little things that make me smile.

Bunny Bum Cake Balls

You can use my Basic Cake Pop instructions for the cake ball base.

Now, I usually dip cake balls using a spoon, but I used toothpicks for these to make it easier and also because I knew I could cover up the pinhole with a tiny tail.

Bunny Tails

Speaking of tiny tails… Mini marshmallows for the win. To make them look more fluffy, I pressed the marshmallows together a little and then made a few cross hatch marks with kitchen scissors.

When done, you can attach them to the cake balls with a bit of melted candy coating.

Cake Balls

See… Sweet Bunny Bums.

Cake Ball Bunny Bums

Now for the feet.

Chocolate Feet

Just pour melted white candy coating in a small squeeze bottle and pipe pairs of paws. Use a toothpick to help smooth and perfect the shape.

Here’s a template for reference if you need it. I think it helps to get pairs of feet the same size more quickly.

Making Bunny Feet

When dry, you can dot / draw on the paws with melted pink candy coating.

Bunny Bum Cake Balls

Enjoy and Hoppy Easter!!!

P.S. The green candy shred grass and candy coatings are from my Bakerella for Make’n Mold line if you want to check it out.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Toffee Bit Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toffee Bit Butterscotch Choc Chip Cookies

These cookies are just as tasty as they look. I made them a couple of weeks ago and I wish I had about a dozen of them right now. I think they’d do just the trick to cure me of this cold/cough/grossness that I’ve had for the last several days. I’m super tired of feeling under the weather, but I’m getting better… at least good enough to get on the computer to finally post these yummies.

Mix ins

Chips and bits. A tiny ton of chocolate, toffee and butterscotch goodness, baby.

Butterscotch Choc Chip Cookie Cookie Dough

This cookie dough totally makes me want to grab the biggest spoon I can find.

Toffee Bit Butterscotch Cookie Dough

Just don’t get carried away tasting… gotta make sure to save enough spoonfuls to bake, you know.

Toffee Bit Butterscotch Cookies

Toffee Bit Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup toffee bits
1 cup butterscotch chips
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and both sugars in mixer for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Add flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, toffee bits and butterscotch chips.
  • Place spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes.

Makes about 36 cookies.

Melty Chocolate Chips

Enjoy all the bits and chips in every warm and melty bite.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Elephant Cake Pop Valentines

Valentine Cake Pops

I’m sending you guys tons of love with these sweet little elephant cake pops. Hope you like them. They were inspired by those charming vintage Valentine’s Day Cards where the elephants hold up hearts with their trunks. Anyway, I couldn’t resist trying them out in cake pop form.

Cake Crumbs

To get started you need cake. Well, crumbs to be exact. Hop on over to my instructions for making Basic Cake Pops if you haven’t made them before. Once they are rolled into balls for dipping you can get down to the fun stuff … decorating.

Cake Balls

For the trunks, I just used cashews. They worked out pretty awesome!!!

For the ears… and I wanted these to look big and floppy … I originally thought I would use pretzels, but that didn’t go so well for me, so I ended up just using the same candy wafers that I use for dipping.

Instead of melting them, just carve out curves from the side of the wafers using a small round cutter. I used the big end of a piping tip that I had handy. Having the curved side will make it easier to attach by matching the curved shape against the side of the round cake pop. See below.

Making Elephant Ears

Okay … dipping prep. Usually I just insert a cake pop stick into melted coating and then into a chilled cake ball right before dipping. And that little pool of coating at the base in the top left photo just blends all together.

But for these elephants, I’m attaching several pieces before they get dipped so that pool of candy needs to be smoothed out or else it will dry and become part of the shape of the head. Just use your finger and quickly smooth it around the base of the pop. This also helps to secure the stick since you’re not dipping right away.

Next, dip the cut and curved edge of a candy wafer into the melted candy coating and attach to the top and side of the ball with the rounded part of the wafer facing front. Take another cut wafer and attach to the bottom right with the flat side facing front. Smooth out any coating where the wafers are attached to the cake pop so when you finally dip, the transition will be smooth. Repeat with the left side.

Now grab a cashew and position at the bottom front of the pop. Press in gently to make an indentation. Then, dip the fat end of the cashew in melted coating and attach to the pop. Again, smooth out any overflowing melted candy. Note that in the bottom right photo, I was making the indentation here. The cashew had not been dipping in coating yet.

Okay, after the pieces are all attached, place the pop back in the fridge to chill again before dipping. If the pop gets to room temperature, it will fall apart when you dip the pops.

Dipping Elephant Cake Pops

But not if they are chilled. I love to see how things start to take shape when the coating is added. You’d never know all that messiness from building the structure was underneath.

Once all the elephants are dipped, let them dry completely before you really bring them to life.

You can use the melted candy as glue to attach the decorations to the elephant.

Heart Candies

Here are the hearts for them to hold. They’re nice and big.

Bakerella Candy Wafers

I also wanted them to have sweet little bows on one side so I used my Playful Shapes Candy Mold and Party Pink Candy Wafers. Because they’re totally girl elephants.


They also have sweet cheeks made using pink confetti sprinkles.

And these girls have their party hats on … They’re made with baby tear candy shapes. I just used some kitchen scissors to cut the ends off so they would attach to the shape of the head more efficiently. To cover up the rough edge or gap where the party hat is attached, just use some melted candy to apply around the base.

Want to see…

Elephant Cake Pops

Totally cute, right.

The candies are all attached using melted candy coating applied with a toothpick.
The eyes and mouth are drawn on using a black edible writing pen.
And the trunk and hat details are just more melted candy drawn on using a toothpick.

Okay, I know these have a lot going on, but I wanted to show you a bunch of eleph-fun options all at once.

Keep in mind…

You can just have them holding hearts…

or only give them bows…

or have them party ready…

And … you can absolutely make them just dipped with eyes and a mouth and they’ll be super cute, too. It’s up to you.

Circus Elephant Cake Pops

And if you want to make these fun for something other than February 14th, poke a hole in the center of a mini candy wrapper and slide it underneath the pop for a fun collar. A polka-dot wrapper would be totally adorable. And instead of a red heart, try a Sixlet candies – they make the perfect little balls.

Tons of Love Cake Pops

But since we’re in the mood for love this week, share a ton of it with these treat tags.

Tons of Love Treat Tags

You can download them right here to print out and punch out with a 1 7/8 paper punch.

Elephant Cake Pops

Don’t forget to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

36 Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas

Looking for something sweet to make on the fourteenth? Check out the links below to some of my past posts for fun Valentine’s Day ideas. I think there’s a little something for everyone… from super cute treats to easy chocolate sweets. Hope you enjoy!

LOVE Cake Pops

1. Mini Cake Pops Display

Tinier than tiny cake pops to spell out L O V E and X O, too!

Assorted Box of Cake

2. Box of chocolates cake

This box of chocolates is all cake… okay not the wrappers ; )

Chocolate Truffles

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

These are a super easy no-bake treat.

One of my all-time favorites!

Big Love

5. Big Love Butterscotch Cookie

Use pink M&M’s to say it all on this giant chocolate covered cookie heart.

Fourteen Layer Cake

6. Fourteen Layer Cake

This cake will delight anyone you serve it too.

Meringue Kisses

7. Meringue Kisses



8. Cha Cha Chocolates

Make your own mini candy bars with these candy wrapper templates.

Cheesecake Pops

9. Cheesecake Pops



10. Red Velvet Cake


Cookie Stands

11. Sugar Cookie Dessert Stands

The tiniest sugar cookies shaped like desserts will delight.

Puppy Love Mini Cupcakes

12. Puppy Love Mini Cupcakes

So cute with heart candy noses, bow ties and ears.

Whale Cookie Valentine Treats

13. Whale Cute Sugar Cookies

Get the template to make these treat bag toppers.

S'mores Brownies

14. S’mores Brownies


Strawberry Cake Pops

15. Strawberry Cake Pops



16. Valentine Bear Cake Pops


Candy Cupcake Toppers

17. Sweet Shape Candy Cupcake Toppers

Get my Sweet Shapes candy mold here.


18. Cookie Molds

Make intricate designs look easy with fondant and heart-shaped cookie molds.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

19. Itty-Bitty Brownie Bites


Kit Kat Cream Cheese Brownies

20. Kit Kat Cream Cheese Brownies


Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

21. Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies


Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

22. Melty Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies



23. Cupid’s Arrow Red Velvet Cupcakes


Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

24. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars


Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

25. Brownie Mocha Milkshakes



26. Vintage Valentine Cookies


Peanut Butter Cup Cake

27. Peanut Butter Cup Cake

An all-time favorite of mine. I think you’ll love it, too.

Give Someone A Big Kiss

28. Oreo Kisses


S'mores Cupcakes

29. S’mores Cupcakes



30. Big Kiss Cake Pops

Give someone a big kiss with these cute cake pops.

Fire & Ice Cupcakes

31. Fire and Ice Cupcakes


Cocoa Cake Pops

32. Cocoa Cake Pops


Doodle and Daydreams Cake

33. Doodles and Daydreams Cake

Use this as inspiration and draw sweet nothings with a black edible ink pen.

Present Cake Pops

34. Give Love Cake Pops


35. Cookie Kisses

Tags and templates to make the cutest Kisses cookies.

Groundhog Cupcakes

36. Gopher Cupcakes

So these were really made for Groundhog Day but I can’t stand how cute they turned out and hope someone makes them for Valentine’s Day, too.

Just create little tags and attach to toothpicks for toppers that say… “I Gopher You!”

Hugs and kisses and I h you have a sweet and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Cake Pops Day!

Today is National Cake Pops Day! YAY! But, I’m going with International Cake Pops Day because we can’t limit all the sweetness from these tiny treats to just one nation, right. I’ve seen so many truly spectacular designs from all over the globe and it makes me so happy to see how creative you guys get.

Here’s the first post I made about these cupcake pops back on February 1st, 2008. Wow… how can eight years have gone by so fast. Let’s just say that I had no idea then how much people would fall in love with them. And here’s a post from a few years ago and some of the impact cake pops have made. It’s been a crazy adventure. Thanks for joining me and making your own cake pop adventures, too!

Big hugs!!!

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