Sunday, November 8, 2009

Street Party

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Sesame Street. Pop Party. This Tuesday, November 10th is the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street. Can you believe it. 40 years and the muppet mania continues. I’ve received no less than 1,299,347 requests for Elmo Cake Pops since I started turning my pops into characters more than a year ago. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little on the number. But seriously … Elmo has been one of the most requested pops. So I decided to finally put what’s been in my head on a lollipop stick.

And it didn’t hurt that just last week I found the perfect candy for Elmo’s ping-pong-like-eyes. Actually … all of their eyes.

Candy

Solid white. Perfectly round. Perfect size. And perfect. I found them at Wal-Mart. They were in the card and party supply aisle – not in the candy aisle. I stumbled on them and grabbed a bunch of bags and in different colors, too. It never fails.… As soon as I find something I like, it will be discontinued the next time I look for it.

But don’t worry. You can also use white m&m’s, white chocolate coated espresso beans or any other similar white candy you might be lucky enough to stumble on.

To make your own Sesame Street Cake pops, follow the basic cake pop instructions and use the following tips to decorate.

Elmo Cake Pops

Elmo’s noses are simply orange jelly beans. Elmo’s mouth is made of candy melts cut in half, and his eyes are drawn on with an edible ink pen.

Red Candy Coating

To decorate all of these characters, dip them in colored candy coating first.

Elmo in progress

While the coating is wet, attach the mouth and eyes and let dry. When the attachments are dry, you can use a toothpick to drizzle on more coating.

Let me stop here and tell you. This is time consuming. I wanted them all to have the effect of a furry coat, but you can certainly try another method to speed things up. For instance, they can just be smooth and you can pipe the mouths on with black candy writers or draw them on with an edible ink pen.

Elmo in progress

But I took the long way, since this was a special occasion. You’ll need to drizzle, dab, and dot all over the cake pop. Or at least all over the front of the pop. I won’t tell. Make sure to layer the coating around the mouth. You’ll need to build up a base around the edges to make it look more realistic and less stuck on.

Cookie Monster Cake Pops

Use the same technique for Cookie Monster. His mouth is bigger than Elmo’s so I tried to shape a lip this time with the candy melts.

Oscar the Grouch Cake Pops

Oscar. Let’s talk about Oscar. After I made the first two characters, I wasn’t completely happy with the mouths, so I tried a different technique with the Grouch and I think he liked it. Instead of one candy melt attached to the front, cut the candy melt in half and use both pieces to form an open mouth. This is a little harder because you have to re-shape the cake balls to somewhat in a C-shape (if you were to look at it from the side). This is so the mouth has somewhere to sit. If you try to make the mouth on the outside of the round ball, it won’t look right. Hope that makes sense. Don’t forget to build up the green around the mouth so it looks seamless. Again… these were some work.

Also, Oscar’s eyes are different than the others. His are inset instead of sitting on top of the pop. To achieve the look, cut the candy pieces in half and attach them. When dry, use a brown candy writer or chocolate candy coating and pipe on eyebrows. His tongue is a red jumbo heart sprinkle with the point cut and rounded off.

Heart Sprinkles

Here are the candy melts and how you can cut them for each character.

Candy Melts

If you can’t find dark chocolate melts, then chocolate coins might work. You’ll have to experiment with the sizes though.

Chocolate Candy Coins

I almost used these, but I stuck with the candy melts because I didn’t have enough coins.

Now for Big Bird. I love Big Bird.

Big Bird Cake Pops

I gotta tell you, when I started making these, I had no idea how I would pull this big guy off. First, I thought yellow sugar pearls or mini yellow m&ms, but none of those looked right for his feathers. So I used sanding sugar sprinkled on top after drizzling to make him look fluffier. His eyelids are decorated with a pink and a blue edible ink pen. His beak is candy corn with the end cut off to make it easier to attach.

Candy Coating

Dip the candy corn in yellow candy melts. But only if the candy coating is thin and fluid like this. By the way, this coating is Merckens and has nothing added to make it this thin. It was heated in the microwave on med-low in 30 second intervals and stirred in between. But if your coating is too thick, you can add some paramount crystals, shortening or vegetable oil to help thin it out. And if it’s not thin, then don’t try to dip the candy corn because it will just be a big glob and not pretty on Big Bird.

Beaks

Here are a few beaks. Let them dry on wax paper. Or just skip all that and give Big Bird an uncoated orange candy corn beak.

(Anybody tired yet? It’s almost too much to even read about doing. I think I need a nap.)

Cake Pop

Below, you can see what I mean with the different mouth variations.

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Aren’t they just the cutest. But something is missing. Cookie Monster is smiling, but he’s not happy. He needs cookies.

Yes. Cookies. Coooooookies!

Teeny-tiny cookies

Tiny… little … itty-bitty chocolate chip…

Cookies

Sesame Street Cake Pops

There… much better!

Cookie Monster Cake Pops

Stop it. I can’t stand it. Head exploding. Cute overload.

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Drawing

Supplies

Here’s some of the supplies you’ll need:
Colored candy melts
Red Candy Melts
Green candy melts
Yellow candy melts
Dark Chocolate candy melts
Dark brown candy writerParamount Crystals
Edible Ink Pens
Jumbo red heart sprinkles
Yellow sanding sugar
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gripz by Keebler)
White round candies for eyes
Orange jelly beans
Candy Corn
Toothpicks
Basic Cake Pop Instructions

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Cookie Monster

Here you go. This is for everyone that likes it when I bite into one of these. Poor little Cookie Monster.

Now, a lot of you have sent in photos of your own Elmo Pops. I just haven’t done a great job of keeping track of them all. If you’d like to re-send, maybe I can do a little slideshow or something to show them off. Or any other Sesame Street ones you may have done.

Sesame Street Cake Pops


November 10th, 2009.
40 Years of Sesame Street and one happy day.
Kisses to you, Jim Henson.
Wish you were still with us.

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jenny said...

Ok Bakerella I’m dying over these! You are amazing!!!

November 8, 2009 11:48 PM
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Sally said...

You just made my head explode with this cuteness. You’re talent is overwhelming!

November 8, 2009 11:51 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Those are adorable. You keep outdoing yourself!!! Great job!

November 8, 2009 11:51 PM
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Tammy said...

At this rate you’re going to run out of ideas for cake pop decorations.. hehe.

Love how much thought and effort you put into the process. I tried cake pops for the first time the other day and loved them.

November 8, 2009 11:52 PM
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Heather said...

OK, I’m brand new to this blog but I just gotta say you are crazy creative. These are so adorable it makes my head hurt.

I’m now off to spend excessive amounts of time reading through old posts and getting inspired. Thanks!

November 8, 2009 11:53 PM
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Baking Monster said...

These are so cute! Bring me back to my childhood!

November 8, 2009 11:53 PM
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mari said...

How deliciously cute are these!!!!!! Thank you for sharing these!

November 8, 2009 11:54 PM
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Ellie said...

My roommate and I both gave a startled little “Oh!” when we came to the photo of Cookie Monster with a bite missing. But we love the cake pops! So adorable! I got her and a guy friend hooked on your site. Thanks so much for posting so often!

November 8, 2009 11:55 PM
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Natalie said...

I saw those cute mini cookies at the store and wondered what in the world could I make with these? I came up with nothing. Your little cookie monsters…Genius!!

November 8, 2009 11:57 PM
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Katy said...

Oh…too stinkin’ cute! I will have to make these…even if I am too old for Sesame Street :o)

November 8, 2009 11:59 PM
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Birgit K. said...

Ok, can one die from cuteness overload? If so then I’m in serious danger here! These are just totally fantastic!

November 9, 2009 12:02 AM
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Elizabeth Ward said...

AMAZING!!!

November 9, 2009 12:04 AM
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Kenzie Price said...

I always think what else could Bakerella do that will top the last. You always can. They are so cute. I have a one year old and a three year old so this is a must make. Wow they are cute. Sesame Street is going to be the next theme party for our house.

November 9, 2009 12:04 AM
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Lauren said...

Absolutely adorable! I used to love sesame street & this looks like the perfect way to remember it =D.

November 9, 2009 12:04 AM
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Madeleine said...

These are just amazingly cute. The lot together is so colourful and happy!

November 9, 2009 12:04 AM
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Kathy C. said...

AWESOME, totally AWESOME!! ;-)

November 9, 2009 12:05 AM
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Sahnda said...

These are the greatest! My daughter would love these! Another one of your wonderful ideas!

November 9, 2009 12:08 AM
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Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

These are two cute for words!!!! They make me happy just looking at them.

November 9, 2009 12:08 AM
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Nanette said...

I…..I….I…..got nothing! You’re AMAZING!

November 9, 2009 12:08 AM
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Minnie said...

These are just *too cute*!!!! I love them!!! I’m a big Elmo fan, even at 23, and you absolutely nailed those!!

November 9, 2009 12:08 AM
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Margie said...

HOLY CUTENESS!!!!!!!! I wish I was as creative as you… but thank goodness you are here to SHOW US THE WAY!!!! :)

November 9, 2009 12:08 AM
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trish said...

You are amazing! I am a detail person but you are the cream of the crop!

November 9, 2009 12:09 AM
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Aurora said...

WOW!!! You are amazing!!! These look Phenomenal!!!

November 9, 2009 12:09 AM
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Lara said...

I am in amazed at these masterpieces! Job well done and for a fabulous celebration – AWESOME!

November 9, 2009 12:10 AM
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justJENN said...

My favorite yet. FANTASTIC.
I sketch everything out before I bake too, makes things so much easier!

November 9, 2009 12:11 AM
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alice said...

My kids and I are staring at this post.. speechless!

November 9, 2009 12:11 AM
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Talia said...

Oh my! Gorgeous!

November 9, 2009 12:11 AM
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Jaden said...

WAYYYY too cute!!! I LOVE IT!

November 9, 2009 12:12 AM
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JennEJenn said...

Wow. Simply wow!

November 9, 2009 12:12 AM
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Anne said...

Great job! I love it!!

http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

November 9, 2009 12:12 AM
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Amy said...

Oh my god…these are adorable!!! Perfect!

November 9, 2009 12:12 AM
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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Just AMAZING!
You are so creative!
I always look forward to seeing all your cute ideas.
Thanks!!!

November 9, 2009 12:12 AM
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Emily said...

Wow. Those are amazing. Wow.

November 9, 2009 12:13 AM
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Anne (www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com) said...

Wow! Great Job! I love it!!

November 9, 2009 12:14 AM
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Ria said...

*awed silence*

November 9, 2009 12:14 AM
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Missy said...

These are perfect! You are amazing!

November 9, 2009 12:15 AM
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Sook said...

Oh my gosh! That is so funny and cool! I was just watching recorded Sesame street with my 1 1/2 year old son! He loves Elmo the most and these candy will make him really happy! Love it!

November 9, 2009 12:15 AM
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aimee said...

So cute! they look wonderful! and delicious! my 2 and 1 year old would LOVE these!

November 9, 2009 12:16 AM
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Laura said...

Amazing!

November 9, 2009 12:20 AM
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Denise said...

These are just too adorable for words!!!!! Great job.

November 9, 2009 12:21 AM
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Alison said...

OMG! You would thinkthat at this point, I would no longer be surprised by your genius…..but I’m still always amazed! These are completely perfect! I love them all, but Oscar has to be my favorite (he always was). I CANNOT wait for you to get a book out there for us. When will it be ready? :)

November 9, 2009 12:21 AM
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Ruth Ann said...

These are amazing!!! Too cute to eat! (Although I bet that they are yummy.)

November 9, 2009 12:22 AM
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Jenny said...

Absolutely stunning work, thank you for sharing your intricate steps!

November 9, 2009 12:22 AM
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Sherilyn said...

Oh my goodness, those are so awesome!! You are sooooo talented!! love them!!!

November 9, 2009 12:24 AM
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Erika said...

O M G!
This is fantastic! What incredible patience you have.

November 9, 2009 12:24 AM
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dorian said...

these are priceless!!! Great work Bakerella!

November 9, 2009 12:25 AM
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Onna said...

THESE ARE UH-mazing!
I wondered why google has the characters as their header all week. I was just too lazy to actually google it LOL

Really really great work. I am in love with them!

November 9, 2009 12:25 AM
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Sarah S. said...

oh.my.god.

i dont even know what else to say.

these are by far my FAVORITE of your cake pops. they look AMAZING!

my man’s man of a hubby even said “AWW!!!”

November 9, 2009 12:27 AM
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1LuvnMama said...

OMG! The cutest! My 2 kids are sitting here with me drooling over the the Sesame Street characters. They are also making (chomping) noises as I scroll down. So sad to see Cookie Monster. How do you explain that he was just a cake pop?

November 9, 2009 12:30 AM
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Anonymous said...

I can’t even stand it, these are TO DIE FOR. Way to go!!

November 9, 2009 12:31 AM
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Emily Rose said...

Dear God! The cutest thing I’ve ever seen! My 20 month old daughter loves Sesame Street- it’s the only show I let her watch. I think I’m going to try these babies out for her 2nd b-day- I’ve got three and a half months to perfect my skills! Great work, these are so great!

November 9, 2009 12:37 AM
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lizz said...

maybe this has been suggested, but i would try using coconut to make the fluffy texture of all the animals! hope it helps!

November 9, 2009 12:39 AM
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lizz said...

maybe this has been suggested, but i would try using coconut to make the fluffy texture of all the animals! hope it helps!

November 9, 2009 12:39 AM
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Cara said...

Sooooo cute!

November 9, 2009 12:40 AM
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Jamie said...

Those are ADORABLE! I may have to try them one day!

November 9, 2009 12:41 AM
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Janet said...

You are so insanely talented. I’m in awe!!!

Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away…

November 9, 2009 12:42 AM
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Stephanie Patterson said...

Ohhhhhhhh I LOVE ELMO!!!! You are sooo creative. I can’t believe the itty-bitty cookies for Cookie Monster!

Thank you for making me smile!! I LOVE ELMO!!!

November 9, 2009 12:42 AM
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shelley smith said...

I think these pops made me fall a little bit more in love with you. You are the bomb.

shelley

November 9, 2009 12:42 AM
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Mallika said...

You are simply brilliant bakerella!
Ive been following you all the way from India!

November 9, 2009 12:46 AM
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Felicia said...

I am not even sure what to say….Fan-freaking-tastic!!!!! Every week I am amazed at what you come up with. Sunday night isn’t so dreaded anymore. Your blog is the bright spot before I start another dreaded work week :)

November 9, 2009 12:46 AM
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Sara@HappyBrownHouse said...

So mine aren’t cake pops, but they are cupcakes that were featured by Rachel on One Pretty Thing. with the whole “Street Gang” …I’ll be waiting for my royalty check, Bakerella :)

http://happybrownhouse.blogspot.com/2009/07/jonahs-2nd-sesame-street-birthday-party.html

November 9, 2009 12:48 AM
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Tiffany E said...

You are amazing & talented. I am in AHHHH!!! Great job..they are so stinkin’ cute!

November 9, 2009 12:49 AM
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Sara@HappyBrownHouse said...

And they really are A-MAZING!!

November 9, 2009 12:51 AM
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arickman said...

I cannot believe you. Amazing once again. Sesame Street has so many wonderful memories attached to it! I LOVE THIS. I might laugh while eating Big Birds head but Oh Well! Life’s short!

November 9, 2009 12:53 AM
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Shel said...

Are you kidding me?! Bakerella, you are UH-MAZE-ING!!!! You need to win some type of award for these! I cannot even fathom how you did this! Every single week YOU are my hero and now even more! The time you put into these…I can’t begin to think how long this took!! My kids would absolutely go crazy for these. Thank you for all of your work. We all love and appreciate you MUCHLY!! Really, I am a total baker and when I think how long your darling cupcake pops take me…I cannot even fathom this one!! WOW!!! I need to pick my jaw up off the floor! Amazing!

November 9, 2009 12:54 AM
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Carolyn said...

Girl, you have some mad decorating skillz. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

November 9, 2009 12:56 AM
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Laura Beth said...

AMAZING!! These are the cutest you’ve done in quite a while . . . I might just try to get my daughter obsessed with Sesame Street now so this can be her 2nd birthday! :)

November 9, 2009 12:58 AM
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sara said...

OMG, these might just be your cutest cake pops yet! These are absolutely ADORABLE!!! Wow. :)

November 9, 2009 01:01 AM
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Monika said...

These are brilliant! The Oscar cake pop is my favorite! These are by and far my favorite cake pops overall!

November 9, 2009 01:03 AM
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Emily said...

You are amazing!!!

November 9, 2009 01:04 AM
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Lyndsey said...

I made Bert cake pops awhile ago you might like if you are making a slideshow…www.kitchendoughdough.com :) cute pops!

November 9, 2009 01:06 AM
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Alyssa said...

i love them all!! oscar stood out the most for me, you did an AWESOME job on him! I don’t know how you come up these things. you’re my hero!! haha no really, you are :D

November 9, 2009 01:09 AM
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Jennifer F. said...

These are so precious, Bakerella! OMG. Now I want to skip class so I can watch Sesame Street. It’s just as good as school, right?

November 9, 2009 01:11 AM
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Holly said...

These are amazing. My brother loves the Cookie Monster ones. He started singing the song as soon as he saw them. :)

November 9, 2009 01:12 AM
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nicoleigh @ Farmgirl Chaos said...

Wow. Fantastic job! Keep up the great work.

November 9, 2009 01:16 AM
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katie said...

Oh My Goodness!

Happy Birthday Sesame Street! These cake pops are soooo stinkin cute! I can’t wait for the right occasion (or no occasion, just a free afternoon) to make these!

November 9, 2009 01:16 AM
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Liz said...

Adorable! I can imagine how long these took to make. You are a very patient person!

November 9, 2009 01:17 AM
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Leslie said...

You are just absolutely amazing!

November 9, 2009 01:17 AM
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Lynne said...

How fun and adorable. I really miss Jim Henson.

November 9, 2009 01:17 AM
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crystal said...

OH MY!!! Awesome! My daughter is in love with Elmo….can you send me some Elmo pops? LOL :O)
You have the best creations!!! Great work :)

November 9, 2009 01:23 AM
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Catherine said...

You are so incredibly talented. Congratulations to Sesame Street! And wonderful job on the pops!

November 9, 2009 01:24 AM
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Bethany Lynn said...

(giving you a standing ovation) bravo! how completely adorable; you are a master of using “found objects” (candies) to create your baking art.

and, what a wonderful tribute to Sesame Street. i can’t wait to see if anyone comes up with pics of other SS characters too- like Kermit, the Count, Grover, Zoe, Ernie, Bert, and Snuffleupagus!

thanks for your tribute– and your inspirations!

November 9, 2009 01:25 AM
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Sara said...

I can’t believe how CUTE these are!! They are totally adorable!

November 9, 2009 01:25 AM
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Linz said...

You are so amazing! I love, love, love Cookie Monster!

November 9, 2009 01:26 AM
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mel said...

These are so awesome!!! I would NEVER have the patience to do this, which makes me appreciate them even more.

November 9, 2009 01:28 AM
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ML said...

Those are simply PHENOMENAL!
You have sooo much creativity–and patience!!! I wish I could do the same! Kudos!!!

November 9, 2009 01:38 AM
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belle said...

Can hardly stand the cuteness! Fabulous.

November 9, 2009 01:39 AM
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Tracy said...

Such a Great dedication to these little guys. I was glued to the television watching these guys. Thanks Bakerella and Jim for some Great memories that will last a lifetime!

November 9, 2009 01:40 AM
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Andrekabu said...

These are the most amazing pops you’ve ever done, and that’s really saying something. Their looks are 100% perfect. Well done!

November 9, 2009 01:50 AM
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Lo said...

These are adorable and would be perfect for my sons birthday next month!
i might try rolling them in appropriately colored sprinkles instead of taking the time to make the furry texture

November 9, 2009 01:52 AM
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Dani said...

It’s hard to believe that you could capture each character so perfectly in cake pop size, but you have. Just too cute!

November 9, 2009 01:59 AM
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Lauren Gillespie said...

To say I’m OBSESSED would be an understatement. This post makes me soooo happy!!! Amazing!!!!

November 9, 2009 02:00 AM
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letsgetcaking said...

Wow! You nailed these characters! I think Oscar the Grouch is my favorite, but they all look great!

November 9, 2009 02:00 AM
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kimi said...

yowza! those micro chocolate chip cookies are the cutest evah!!! oh, they all look spot on perfect. :-)

November 9, 2009 02:04 AM
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Katie said...

Wow. These are absolutely adorable! I can’t believe how precise you are – they look exactly like the characters! I’m especially impressed with Big Bird’s pink and blue eyelids. No detail overlooked, as usual. :)

November 9, 2009 02:09 AM
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Lau-raw said...

WOW!! you are amazing!! thanks for sharing your creativity =o)

November 9, 2009 02:15 AM
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Jenny said...

these are awesome!

November 9, 2009 02:17 AM
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Amy said...

So freaking cute! I aspire to be like you someday Bakerella! :D

November 9, 2009 02:24 AM
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Cc, 12, Australia said...

these are soooo cute I love your blog my friend and I are obsessed we love cooking and we love your yummy scrummy creations thank you for your inspiration, please reply (it would be so awesome)

November 9, 2009 02:44 AM
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raicheyray said...

PERFECT for my daughters 2 year old bday party…all cookie monster…she screams cookie! cookie! whenever i’m on youtube…thanks!!

November 9, 2009 02:44 AM
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