Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Chickens

Easter Cake Pops

Here they are. The first of the Easter Cake Pops. I’ve had lots of requests over the last few days for these, so I spent some time working out ideas for you guys. I’ll show you the others in the coming days.

But for now, it’s… Chicks, man! (Pretend I’m Joel McHale from Talk Soup when you read that. It’s much more effective.)

Here’s how they look on pink.

Easter Cake Pops

On blue…

Easter Cake Pops

On yellow… (I love spring!)

Easter Cake Pops

…and green.

Easter Cake Pops

And here, I just played around with a few different designs.

Easter Cake Pops

I’m leaning towards just the head. But the little feet are so dang cute. And if the eggshells came off looking a little better, those might be the winner. Big head? Big bottom? All body? Or no body? Whatcha think?

Anyway, if you want to make some, follow the instructions for the basic cake pops.

You’ll need the following supplies:
Cake and Frosting
Yellow Candy Melts
White Candy Melts
Paper Lollipop Sticks
Black Edible Ink Pen
Styrofoam Block
Paramount Crystals
Rainbow Candy Coated Chips
Pastel Wild Flower Sprinkles
Diamond Shape Sprinkles


To decorate solid yellow chicks:

  • Once the round yellow candy covered cake pops are dry (again, basic cake pops instructions here), use a toothpick to dip into the melted candy coating. Dab a little dot of the coating where you want the beak to go. Then, just take one of the orange rainbow chips and attach it to the pop. It works like glue.
  • For the feet and wings, use the same technique to glue on the other sprinkle shapes.
  • Use the edible ink pen to draw the eyes.

Edible Ink Pen

Note: to get smoother covered pops, make sure your bowl is deep enough to submerge the entire pop. Try to dip it in one dunking motion and remove. If the chocolate is too thick, add some paramount crystals or some shortening to the melted candy coating to thin it out. Remove the pop, holding it in your left hand. tap your left wrist lightly with your right hand and rotate the lollipop stick over your bowl. The excess chocolate should fall off, smoothing out the coating at the same time. Also, make sure the coating surrounds the stick at the base to secure it.

For the Chicks in Eggshells:

  • Instead of rolling them round for the pops, shape them by hand to form the chick body.
  • Once, you’ve made the pops, dipped them, and they have dried, carefully twist and remove the stick. Be aware of the location of the hole that was left.
  • Then, hold the chick head and dip the bottoms in white candy melts. Dip the end of the same lollipop stick in some of the white candy coating and reinsert. Let dry.
  • You don’t want your white candy coating to be too hot. It can melt the yellow or it could drip down the sides and mess up your design. So, let it sit and thicken up a little for a few minutes before you start dipping the eggshells.
  • Then glue the sprinkles on and draw the eyes like above.

Easter Cake Pops

Or ditch the sticks altogether!
They’re pretty cute like this, too. Just drop them in a bowl of melted candy coating. Cover them with the chocolate without moving them around in the bowl. Then lift them from the coating with a spoon. Tap off the excess and slide the little chicks carefully off your spoon onto wax paper to set. If the coating pools at the bottom, use a toothpick to draw a separation line. Then, once it dries completely, it will be easier to break off the part you don’t want.

Easter Cake Pops

Bye, bye birdie for now, but there’s more cuteness coming soon.


Bakerella said...

Twirly McSwirl – when you try again, use less frosting, don’t stick the sticks in but about half way and make sure the coating surrounds the sticks at the base.

Vee – Whoops, you’re right. I need to change that. I’ve just been watching so long, that’s what I call it.

BubblyGirl – ha!

-Val- – styrofoam block or if they are wrapped in treat bags and tied with a ribbon, you can lay them in a dish carefully to transport them and then display them at the event when you get there.

April 3, 2009 11:21 PM
Kelly N said...

These are by far the cutest things I have EVER seen! I feel like I need to run right out and make some :)

April 4, 2009 12:12 AM
Judy said...

Jelly Bean Pops displayed in a flower pot of jellybeans is what I am going to attempt tonight. That is the extent of my pop creations….nothing with eyes and noses. :)

April 4, 2009 06:07 PM
Lauren said...

hahah these are so so adorable!

April 6, 2009 02:33 AM
Christie Stump said...

These are just TOO CUTE! I immediately had to try them myself! Mine aren’t anywhere near as cute as yours but my coworkers really enjoyed the treat! I can’t wait to try your other ideas for cake pops!

April 6, 2009 01:01 PM
Leslie said...

I am so inspired by these cake pops! Does anyone have a suggestion for how I could make a duck instead of a chick?

I’m doing these for a baby shower which has a rubber ducky theme. I’m thinking that I might need a “bill” instead of a beak. Please help if you see this comment soon! :) I only have a week!

Thanks for all you do..

April 6, 2009 02:26 PM
Bakerella said...

Judy – I feel ya

Leslie – maybe an orange starburst cut diagonally. Do starburst come in orange?

April 7, 2009 02:33 AM
Kendra D. said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I made the cupcake pops for both of my daughters’ birthdays. I was going to make them again for my older daughter’s class party, but I think I’ll try these lil’ chicks. These are the cutest thing I have EVER seen!!

April 7, 2009 03:47 AM
Leslie said...

The starburst is a fantastic idea – I’m pretty sure that they come in orange. Thanks for your help, bakerella!!!!

I was going to try to do these in advance (so that I won’t be so stressed for the shower) and freeze them. I’ve been scouring through blog comments and I know that it’s been attempted, but I keep finding some conflicting information. I’ve already had some issues with them coming out too mushy, and I hear that the internal ‘sweating’ that happens during the thawing process can aggravate that.

Do you have a bottom-line answer/procedure for freezing pops made ahead of time? You are the absolute best!! I wish they gave out Nobel prizes for this type of thing. :)

April 7, 2009 01:01 PM
Anonymous said...

You could also try jelly beans. Cut them in half or in quarters and attach the bill.

Worth a try!

April 7, 2009 01:43 PM
Talia Davis - PR Director said...

Gosh, I wish I had the time to be that cute!!

April 7, 2009 10:35 PM
emmasmom said...

We made the easter eggs for my daughters preschool class and sent them in an easter basket with coconut grass! We had a blast making them and her friends loved them. Thanks for sharing! This is my new favorite blog!

April 8, 2009 03:13 AM
EventStyle 101 said...

LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE… so cute. I even posted it on my blog.

April 9, 2009 02:05 AM
Bakerella said...

Kendra D. – thanks

Leslie – All I can say is they were firn. I haven’t really comapered them to the taste of a fresh one side by side. I need to do that.

If in doubt. just make them a few days in advance and they will still be fine good. You can leave them in an airtight container on the counter. Especially if you are using canned frosting.

And if they are too moist, add less frosting.

Anonymous – thanks

Talia Davis – PR Director – I just wish I had more time.

emmasmom – congrats!

Blogger EventStyle 101 – thanks

April 10, 2009 03:31 PM
CFilipiak said...

Ok question, I tried to make these but they were either (sorry for the reference but it is what they looked like they were doing) pooping out the cake if I left even a tiny little hole. Why? If I covered up the hole to stop it they would crack. I don’t understand can you help?

April 10, 2009 09:44 PM
Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I've made a version of the Easter Basket Cupcakes for my own kids for years, & am now making them for my grandchildren. I've always limited the "basket contents" to just a few miniature candy eggs, in the interest of economy, but yours are so cute, next Easter, I will definitely have to splurge! The cupcakes & the pops are definitely the most fabulous thing I've found for Easter – Martha Stewart, eat your heart out!

One question – how in the heck do you & Pioneer Woman manage to get all of this done? A few time management, organizational tips would be cool!

Farmhouse Kitchen

April 11, 2009 01:01 AM
Stef said...

Here are ours. So much fun! Thanks for sharing.

April 11, 2009 03:15 AM
Chelsi and Trevor Chipps said...

I absolutely love these!!

I made some tonight, but how to keep them from cracking!?

Still, the cutest thing that I have ever made!! Thanks for showing us how!

April 11, 2009 04:01 AM
Bakerella said...

CFilipiak – Did you freeze them, the temp change could be the cause of the cracking. Just keep inthe fridge for a few minutes. And the cake does try to escape if they’re is an opening.

Farmhouse Kitchen – I don’t have a life.

Stef – great

Chelsi and Trevor Chipps – I’m working on that. It’s not always a problem, but I have had it happen.

You can always re-dip.

April 11, 2009 04:22 PM
Chelsi and Trevor Chipps said...

About half of them cracked, but they are still the cutest things ever!! I actually just got off the phone with my mom telling her how to make them too!

I have posted them on my blog too! Feel free to check them out!

Thanks again! This is by far my favorite blog for baking!

April 11, 2009 06:38 PM
Bakerella said...

You are a pop star. They look fantastic!

April 12, 2009 02:55 PM
Bryn said...

Okay, so I got a little better at them as the night progressed… but… only a little. Yours are too cute, dangit!!

April 13, 2009 06:30 AM
Twirly McSwirl said...

Since someone else shared pictures, here is my cake pop adventure:

No dogs were harmed in the creation of these cake pops. They were only mercilessly photographed.

April 13, 2009 07:08 AM
mrclbaby said...

My 11 yr. old daughter and I made the chicks for Easter and they were awesome! Everyone loved them. I was really disappointed in the edible writers. We had a hard time getting them to work and they were Wilton brand! Thanks!!

April 13, 2009 08:04 PM
MommyAmy said...

Check it out! I made my first cake pop chickies! Mine didn’t turn out anywhere as cute as yours, but they were fun to make and my family raved about them!


April 13, 2009 09:09 PM
Kitty said...

Thanks for this awesome recipe! I’ve just tried it, my chickens aren’t as cute as yours but I think I like them ^^ I love your blog!

April 14, 2009 08:40 AM
Richards Family said...

What can I say to express my joy?! Your site fulfills so many needs within my soul.

April 16, 2009 02:55 AM
Bakerella said...

mrclbaby – try the americolor brand

Richards Family – Thank you!

April 17, 2009 01:36 AM
Sarah said...

Ever since a friend introduced me to your site I have been going cake pop crazy. My friends are now totally addicted and I’m distracted by all sorts of decorating ideas to try out.

When I saw these they were just so cute I had to try my hand at them. They turned out great as far as the decorating went, but I will have to say that I made a big mistake on the first batch and used the *wrong* kind of cake. I definitely recommend NOT using red velvet for these or any other animal pops for that matter, if you know what I mean… Maybe it’s because I live with a vegan, but I took one bite, looked down, and almost couldn’t finish the pop. After I got over my horror it was quite funny… (But I did switch to regular chocolate for covering the rest of the red velvet batch.)

April 17, 2009 08:43 AM
Anonymous said...

those are so cute, you do alot better though, we made some but they fell apart, (exept a few) we tried them and they where delicious!!!!

April 22, 2009 01:16 AM
Bakerella said...

Sarah – omg that made me laugh. Sorry for the trauma. Def use chocolate or vanilla next time.

April 23, 2009 12:14 AM
cynthia said...

hi there, i just tried making cookie pop a few minutes ago. a total disaster :( my chocolate melt was really thick, my cake pops weren’t smooth. is it because i used chocolate instead of candy melts? we don’t have candy melts in sydney, or at least i thought we don’t or because it’s almost winter and the weather gets really cold thats why the chocolate hardened really quickly? please help.

May 18, 2009 04:05 AM
Bakerella said...

cynthia – if you use reg chocolate, try adding some shortening to it to help thin it out and make it easier to work with.

May 19, 2009 12:26 AM
Julie said...

Thanks Bakerella! These are the sweetest treats I've ever made!!! Here's my version:

Thanks again!

July 11, 2009 05:32 AM
Anonymous said...


September 28, 2009 01:20 PM
UndercoverBaker said...

I have been so stressed lately and today I had a meltdown! I decided to do the only thing that calms me down.. Go to! It’s my happy place. After re-reading every post, I decided that the one thing that will cheer me up and help me re-start my day would be to make these Chicks! They are adorable and oh so happy! Thanks for Saving the Day Bakerella!

October 25, 2009 03:08 PM
Corey Williams said...

Wow! These make me so, so very happy. Am thinking about how to add wings for my son’s first birthday. It’s a duckie theme. I’ll let you know!

January 4, 2010 08:07 PM
danielle said...

how long can they store for adn where do you store them

January 5, 2010 03:05 PM
Lore said...

very lovely ^^

January 10, 2010 11:30 AM
kathyphantastic said...

These baby chick pops are so cute. You inspired me to make Twitter Pops

Thanks so much for sharing. My friends LOVED them.

January 25, 2010 07:42 PM
M Reddy said...

You are so talented! And you really inspre the rest of us cute food makers. Thanks so much for posting your wonderful ideas!

January 26, 2010 09:52 AM
Zoe H said...

Oh wow!!! there so cute and i bet they taste as good as they look!!!

February 9, 2010 06:52 PM
Diana B. @ Grocery Cents said...

These are so cute! Thanks so much for the idea. I’m going to do them for my husband’s family for Easter!

February 24, 2010 03:18 PM
Barbara Edstrom said...

When I try to get to the basic cake balls recipe it just takes me back to your current page. I never get the actual recipe for the cake balls. I would like to make the chick cake balls with my grandchildren for Easter. Any idea why this happens?
Thanks, Barb

March 5, 2010 05:50 PM
angela said...

I am running out to buy yellow melts now,!!!! I am so enthralled by your website ! You are amazing !!!!

March 10, 2010 10:07 AM
Lucy said...

You have totally inspired me. I made a Thomas the Train themed pops basket for my nephews 2nd birthday and wow’d everyone!! I plan on making these chicks for my daughter’s preschool class! Thank you so much for being so great and sharing your ideas!!

March 12, 2010 08:14 PM
Laura Roberts said...

wow!! you are totally amazing! It’s my daughter’s birthday on Easter this year and I can’t wait to make these….I just LOVE them:) thank you so much…xox

March 20, 2010 01:21 PM
Amber Spinello said...

LLLLOOOVE these! Thank you! We blogged it,

March 22, 2010 08:11 PM
Tara said...

This was the first recipe I ever “lifted” from you. It was SUCH a hit and the beginning of quite the little obsession.

In other words, thank you!

March 30, 2010 11:47 AM
ally said...

does anyone know where i can get the candy coated chips i dont want to get them online shippings way too much and i dont have any kind of specialty cake stores by my house i need to know if theres like a grocery store that sells them or a craft store

March 30, 2010 07:40 PM
Emily said...

I’m planning on making these to take to Easter dinner at my inlaw’s house. I have almost everything I need–I just can’t find the rainbow chips locally (and it’s too late to order). I live about 15 min. away from Sugarcraft, but they don’t carry them. So I think I’m going to somehow use the diamond shape sprinkles to make beaks. Definitely not as easy as the rainbow chips, but doable, I think. I’ll probably see if I can make them separately and let them harden before I attach them to the chicks.

March 31, 2010 03:10 PM
ally said...

i was thinking maybe you could use orange and yellow tic tacs and cut them in half or maybee some nerds or cut starbursts into the shapes u want any other suggestions

March 31, 2010 04:58 PM
Andrea said...

What about putting a small egg shell hat on top of the “all body” chick… maybe have it leaning to one side? Too cute!!! I love the creativity!

April 1, 2010 03:31 PM
Jessi said...

I am currently making this cake pops and struggling badly. They look nothing like any of the photographs. My cake balls turned out very gooey (tastes like I’m eating dough) and when I dip them into the yellow melted candy the cake ball falls apart in the dip. Does anyone have any hints on how to perfect these? This is my first time so it all may be trial and error, but I was really looking forward to having them made for Easter. :/

April 2, 2010 04:13 PM
Stephanie said...

Help!!! … I have tried the cupcake balls and now the chicks, and they were a disaster lol (don’t get me wrong I still ate them), but how do you get them so smooth? Could you possibly take pictures of how you dip your cake balls to get them so smooth and perfect…maybe it’s the perfectionist in me-but it’s killing me lol Thanks, I LOVE your site!

April 2, 2010 11:39 PM
M. Curtis said...

Love these. Made some this easter. Half of them came out good, the other half the candy coating cracked overnight. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

April 3, 2010 04:25 PM
ally said...

m mom is makeing them right now

im still in elementory

April 3, 2010 05:37 PM
teetee99 said...

these little cake pops are sooo cute! i love them! :) :p

April 4, 2010 02:19 PM
teetee99 said...

we are making them for easter tooo.hope they come out good! :)

April 4, 2010 02:21 PM
Jessmyn said...

Did you realize that not even a month after you published this, the instructable folks published it as their content with no credit to you?

April 5, 2010 09:44 PM
Beth said...

Ah! I love these, and the ‘body’ ones are my favorite!!

April 6, 2010 02:08 PM
Rose S said...

You may just have created the CUTEST thing on EARTH! I LOVE your site! My friends and I decided to make the little lamb cake pops… but we can’t seem to find any local place where Sugar Pearls would be! :( Help?

April 8, 2010 01:14 AM
Barbara said...

I just found your blog – LOVE it! My daughter & I made them all for Easter : eggs, bunnies, chicks, lambs, and the M-Day dasies, too. TOO cute! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! Barb in Mn

April 8, 2010 12:05 PM
Ale said...

Quiero saber como le hacen para que las paletas de pastel no se quiebren, a mi siempre se me quiebran despues de un rato por lo tanto no e podido hacer alguna figura especifica. Gracias espero su respuesta.

April 8, 2010 12:29 PM
LOVE said...

These pops are the cutest thing ever and your instructions were so easy to follow! I love all your cake pop ideas – and Mickey and Minnie are INSANE! I plan on getting creative with more pop ideas, but one question: how do you get them so perfecty round? Love your blog :)

April 12, 2010 03:19 PM
Mylinh said...

My spring chickens were a hit on Easter!!! Mine didn’t turn out so perfectly round but so cute still and so much fun to make! Thank you so much because you’ve now made me love to bake!!

April 15, 2010 06:11 PM
Mylinh said...

BTW I had my husband drill holes on top of a lid of a cardboard box and used it to hold my cake pops while decorating and it turned out great since I didn’t have a styrofoam block!

April 15, 2010 06:13 PM
Mylinh said...

I agree that the Wilton’s brand of ink didn’t work very well…I’ll try the americolor brand next time too

April 15, 2010 06:15 PM
Maggie said...

I made these and…umm… let’s just say they didn’t come out like yours! :/ I think I’ll continue tto use your begginer recipes and work my way up to your more recent work.

April 23, 2010 09:31 PM
Christina said...

My baby’s first birthday party theme revolved around these awesome chick pops! They were a hit! Thanks Bakerella! Here are some pics from her Spring Chick party:

May 19, 2010 02:32 PM
katierose said...

THOSE ARE THE CUTEST THINGS I HAVE EVER SEEN!! i will make these even though it isnt easter!

July 7, 2010 09:12 PM
cocoa said...

I like all body

July 10, 2010 05:12 PM
Leslie said...

Your chicks were referenced on Cake Wreck’s sweet sunday post!

July 23, 2010 08:21 PM
Rosebud said...

The All- Body chikie is cute

July 24, 2010 09:28 AM
erin said...

I am in Australia and we dont always have the same products, and the terminology can sometimes be confusing, in regards to the frosting needed, can i use anything? for example: homemade butter cream?, we can buy Betty Crocker frosting in tubs at the supermarket, or do you use the frosting that comes in the packet cake mix? obviously it would have to be a thicker consistency icing to ensure they are robust enough to hold the shape?

July 27, 2010 01:16 AM
Nicole Del Duca said...

I always come to this website and I am always amazed by your work!

August 1, 2010 09:58 AM
Caitlin said...

Ah….. So adorable…..!!!!

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
Sarah said...

thanks that totally rocks.

December 28, 2010 02:22 PM
Teddi Zonker said...

what are you using for your photo backdrop? thank you.

January 2, 2011 02:21 PM
Mcs gal said...

Could ya make some Valentine hearts? I’m dying practically.
P.S. Totally the All Bodies.

January 20, 2011 04:41 PM
Jenna said...

love the all body version! so cute.

January 24, 2011 04:28 PM
Kelsi P. said...

I would love to make some of these but i dont have the book though my cousin does

February 20, 2011 09:25 PM
Joanne said...

Where can I find the rainbow chips? Are they an online item, or can I find them in stores? PS – <3ing the book! :)

February 21, 2011 12:34 PM
Tanya said...

those are just the cutest things ever! You are so stinking talented!

February 22, 2011 05:30 PM
this n that said...

I tried this but couldn’t find any chips for wings and beaks. So I changed it up and they look like angry birds :) so cute!

March 6, 2011 09:07 PM
this n that said...

Oh ya I have pics in on my sight

March 6, 2011 09:08 PM
Maria Chapa said...

Hi I did these chicks but I just have one question how do u get them not to crack after their done other than than they came out great

March 8, 2011 11:13 PM
jessica said...

Can you give me some tips on how you get them so perfectly round and uniform in size? I seem to really struggle with this and could use some pointers.

March 21, 2011 10:24 AM
Brandi Alvarez said...

where do I find those types of sprinkles?
I live in California and been on a mission trying to find those types of sprinkles any ideas?

March 21, 2011 01:42 PM
Jana said...

I think the large headed chicks would be adorable at a baby shower. I had my first cake ball last month and my daughter’s first birthday is coming up. I came up with the theme “SomeBunny’s turning 1!” So I’m planning on making cupcakes and was think of cake balls when I found your website. I love all the spring stuff! I was thinking about making bunny cake balls…more like you chicks not on sticks. Marshmallow tail. Round or oval body. Not sure what to use for ears…white gum sticks cut with a little pink sugar crystal centers. So I have a question…did you let your little stickless chicks dry on the stick first then remove them?

March 24, 2011 02:03 PM
Morgan said...

I love those little chicks. The one with the big head looks like it would make a really cute baby shower pop if the white part was made to look like a diaper!!

Do you always use cream cheese frosting? Have you ever used buttercream? I made mine with home made buttercream, with all crisco, no butter. Is the cream cheese better for some reason?


March 25, 2011 09:19 AM
Martha hernandez said...

its so cute!!!!!! thanks for sharing!!!! thanks Bakerella

March 25, 2011 10:28 AM
Holly said...

Cool girl..I also like the “no body”..but they are each special in their own way…just like us ! Thinking of you and wishing you well. It’s a little surprise now when signing on and see an email from Bakerella! Love it…Hugs to you ~ Holly

March 25, 2011 02:19 PM
Marni said...

love these! hope you are feeling okay!

March 25, 2011 10:50 PM
Wendy Ng said...

Hi Bakerella,

Your pictures are not showing up from all the pages. Not sure if there’s something wrong?

Thought you might like to check on it.



March 27, 2011 10:47 PM
Suellen Lee said...

These are absolutely the sweetest things I have ever seen! I LOVE Easter and everything about it, but these top anything I’ve seen in the last few years! I am definitely doing these for my family and friends this year; maybe the sitting ones will be plate decorations under the napkins. Oh. my, what fun I’ll have. Thank you for such wonderful ideas (and pictures). BTW- hope you are doing better and on the way to a full recovery and a long, wonderful life.God bless!

March 27, 2011 11:44 PM
Jodi said...

These are adorable! I can’t wait to make them!!

March 30, 2011 01:47 PM
Sarah Donovan said...

LOVE these! THANKS!!

April 11, 2011 09:49 AM
Hannah said...

I love the spring chickens and I want to make them so bad for Easter. How many bags of candy melts do you need for one batch of cake pops?

April 13, 2011 11:26 AM
oksana said...

would fondant work on these?

April 15, 2011 02:43 PM
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