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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amy said...

You have the most amazing talent. I just love the new ideas I see on your blog. My kids LOVED the HK pops I tried and haven’t made any since (supplies are hard to find in a small town) but these are just too cute to pass up to try to make. Keep the ideas coming! I can’t wait to see more.

November 9, 2009 01:45 PM
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Lisa said...

and . . . i just changed my son’s birthday party from dinosaur to elmo!! what a happy boy he will be. thank you!!!

November 9, 2009 01:45 PM
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JulieFBT said...

Wow! How long have you been doing this again? Simply amazing Sesame Street cake pops for the Street Party! You’ve really outdone yourself with these…although I know I’ll be posting that comment again soon when you come up with another fantastic creation! Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street!

November 9, 2009 01:46 PM
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Casgrav said...

WOW!! These are truly adorable. You are amazing!

November 9, 2009 01:50 PM
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thu said...

absolutely awesome!

November 9, 2009 01:53 PM
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Liz said...

Way to cute!!!! Love it!!!

November 9, 2009 01:57 PM
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Sue said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

November 9, 2009 01:59 PM
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jen said...

OMG – I’m dying! You’ve really outdone yourself this time. I can’t believe how impossibly cute they are. I’m older than Sesame Street by five years, so that probably makes me part of the first generation that grew up with them. I have so many memories of running home for lunch to watch Sesame Street, eating my Cheez whiz sandwich on white bread, just glued to the TV…such good memories.

November 9, 2009 02:00 PM
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Betty-Ann said...

You rock!
These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing all of your ‘tricks’!

November 9, 2009 02:00 PM
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Laurie said...

I made Bert and Ernie last week for a friend “Ernies” Birthday.
I used mini m&m’s for the ears. Stick the m&m’s into the side of the head half way and then dip in chocolate. Worked very well!
Cone head for Bert and round for Ernie. Thanks for sharing with us! Love Ya!

November 9, 2009 02:00 PM
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Amanda said...

I love these! I took a stab at Elmo last summer myself, for my son’s 2nd birthday. Yours are fancier, of course – but you inspired me back then!

November 9, 2009 02:02 PM
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Amy said...

You did a wonderful job! My 5 year old loved them when I showed her the first picture! I tried cake balls this weekend…. disaster on my part. Will try again soon though!

November 9, 2009 02:06 PM
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SeattleKatie said...

You make my day!

November 9, 2009 02:07 PM
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Married to an Aussie in OK said...

OMG… that is just FAAAR too much effort. Gorgeous but man… I bow to the cake pop deity! ;)

November 9, 2009 02:11 PM
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Katie said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! These are absolutely amazing. And so are you!

November 9, 2009 02:15 PM
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Katie said...

Love these! I had to share your page with all the people I work with at WBGU-PBS.

November 9, 2009 02:36 PM
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Laurel said...

i really can’t stay how cute these are…
how cute YOU are.

you are insanely talented and if i didn’t like you and your site so much, it would be insanely annoying (grin).

I love you, Bakerella.

November 9, 2009 02:47 PM
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Mindy said...

You are amazing! Absolutely amazing. I wish we were real-life friends so you could show me your techniques in person!

November 9, 2009 02:48 PM
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Hang said...

LOL i like how it looks like the other characters are in shock at the bitten cookie monster.

November 9, 2009 02:49 PM
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Rylan @ Art and Appetite said...

Bakerella, these are awesome!!!!!

Will you marry me?

November 9, 2009 02:52 PM
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johana said...

these totally and completely rock!!!

November 9, 2009 02:58 PM
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amylouwho said...

you are insanely creative and talented! These are awesome! I can’t pick a favorite – although the mini cookie in cookie monsters mouth is pretty awesome.

November 9, 2009 03:01 PM
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Sabrina said...

wow they are really cute!..
I wish I could taste one of those hahaha… you should make one giveaway of your cupcake pops!.. that would be a really good yummy giveaway!! :D

November 9, 2009 03:07 PM
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Kathy Ireland said...

You! are brilliant.

The End.

November 9, 2009 03:18 PM
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Nicole said...

Ridiculously cute. Stupid cute, even, and that’s a compliment. You’re so creative. :) Love these!

November 9, 2009 03:29 PM
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Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!!! Can’t wait to try it out!

November 9, 2009 03:35 PM
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Tracie said...

These are amazing! You are incredibly talented. I can’t imagine how much patience you have to tackle this. Awesome!

November 9, 2009 04:18 PM
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Nathan said...

No Bert and Ernie? :(

Did you try putting the candy corn in the undipped pop for BB first, then dipping it in yellow chocolate? I wonder if that would turn out?

November 9, 2009 04:19 PM
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LadyStitchPA said...

You are so very creative. I love all of your goodies!!!!!

November 9, 2009 04:26 PM
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Laura said...

You outdid yourself on these! A-MAZING!

November 9, 2009 04:27 PM
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McKinna said...

SO freakin’ cute!!!

November 9, 2009 04:30 PM
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Leslie said...

Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

November 9, 2009 04:37 PM
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Lydia said...

You are just incredible!!! What darling darling characters! There is nothing you can’t do!! It is one thing to make an Elmo cake pop, but these look like the real characters!!!! Wonderful job!!! And thank you for sharing. You are so talented.

November 9, 2009 04:41 PM
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Linda said...

Wow! They are delightful. And yes, it is tiring just reading through the directions. Great job Bakie.

November 9, 2009 04:42 PM
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MaryBeth said...

I am speechless. If you knew me, you’d understand just how difficult that is! **thud**

You are an amazingly creative person who I sure hope generates big $$ for all the ideas you have. Martha’s got nothing on you, Bakerella!

November 9, 2009 05:02 PM
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Staci Brown said...

I can’t take the cuteness!!!!! You have really outdone yourself this time!!

November 9, 2009 05:02 PM
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Dawn said...

Oh. My. Word. Irresistably cute!!!!!

And now my kids want me to make them. Thanks. ;)

November 9, 2009 05:03 PM
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Nina said...

These are soooo good! This is why you’re the one and only bakerella, they look great! I read your blog every week and I love it, my family thinks I’m crazy for trying to recreate the cupcake pops, but even in The Netherlands we enjoy them, so thank you and keep up the greatness!

November 9, 2009 05:11 PM
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dina said...

amazingly creative…do you come up with these yourself? I wish I could come up with things like this on my own. BUt for now, I will get all of my inspiration from you. When I have my own cake shop, cake pops will be a feature there.

Thanks

November 9, 2009 05:19 PM
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Valerie said...

These are amazing–you are truly gifted!!! And, on a sadder note, I remember the day Jim Henson (one of my idols) died–as you wrote–way, way too soon. Thanks for mentioning him…

November 9, 2009 05:23 PM
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MissyO said...

I can honestly say that I fell head over heels for you the moment I stumbled upon your blog, but never took the time to make a comment. Until now. When I saw THE most adorable things made out of cake that I have EVER seen(and I watch “Ace of Cakes” and “The Cake Boss”, religiously). I love, love, love the Sesame Street characters, and so does my 20 month old who won’t stop staring at the screen. Thanks, Bakerella, for sharing your AWESOME ideas with us!

November 9, 2009 05:25 PM
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Krystal said...

I am in love with the Oscars! I attempted making the Elmo and Cookie Monster back in March…just for fun….they turned out ok, but I had no clue how to attempt Big Bird or Oscar! Thanks for the “know how”
Check out my Elmo’s and Cookie Monsters at my flickr page because I unfortunately don’t blog!
http://www.flickr.com/krystalklearphotos

November 9, 2009 05:29 PM
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Sabine said...

those are absolutely amazing!!!

November 9, 2009 05:33 PM
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budoh said...

OMG, I was having such a blah Monday, but this post put a big smile on my face :) You never cease us to amaze me with your creativity!!! I love your sheer persistence in capturing the perfect look for each character.

November 9, 2009 05:40 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

Gosh. This was a ton of work! I can’t show these to my husband, because while he won’t want these guys he’ll want me to do Link or slimes from Dragon Quest.

Though your technique for Oscar would make a pretty nice (and much simpler to do) Pacman and Ms. Pacman.

November 9, 2009 05:41 PM
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tamela said...

Wow!! I thought I had seen everything! These are just adorable!

November 9, 2009 05:43 PM
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Amy said...

Oh My Goodness. The Cutest Things Ever. I am a Sesame Street child of the seventies. And I love this homage. Way to go Bakerella!

November 9, 2009 05:43 PM
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Amy said...

Wow! You just keep amazing me. I love your site. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing. : )

November 9, 2009 05:44 PM
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Heather said...

When I saw this I was TOTALLY amazed!! Tomorrow is my son Carson’s 2nd birthday and he LOVES, LOVES Elmo. I am actually baking and Elmo cake and cupcakes as I opened and read this post. How special is it not only his birthday, but Sesame Streets also! Thank you, Bakerella, Carson even loved this post!! You never seize to amaze!

November 9, 2009 05:44 PM
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Shaneka Moore said...

I gotta tell you…I’m floored!!! I’m a preschool teacher and I literally walked around the school to show my fellow crafty teachers these pops!!! You now have an additional 22 followers!!! Trinity Christian Academy teachers love Bakerella!!!

November 9, 2009 05:50 PM
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cookienurse said...

great, as always!! Please write a book!!

November 9, 2009 05:52 PM
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Lara said...

These are adorable.

I wonder if there is a way to use coconut to make the fur…

November 9, 2009 05:52 PM
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Sara said...

So these are so stinkin adorable and I love them. I may have to try making them this winter when I am stuck inside due to the weather

November 9, 2009 06:09 PM
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Ayana said...

yeah thats pretty much the best thing EVER!!
I tried to make halloween pops afew weeks ago and they were pretty much a FAIL on so many levels!!! I went to Culinary School!! I should be able to make a cupcake pop rite? WRONG!!
But I opened my email with my 3 & 4 yr old standing near. And now mommy has to try again. Cuz they want Elmo pops!

Thanks for a new inspiration!!n :)

November 9, 2009 06:09 PM
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Lori said...

I can’t imagine how long it took to make these but they are adorable!!

November 9, 2009 06:19 PM
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Carilyn said...

Love them! Sesame Street is a fav or mine! But wheres Ernie and Bert?

November 9, 2009 06:23 PM
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MollyCookie said...

Super, super cute! What a great way to celebrate Sesame Street’s 40 years! I LOVE it!

November 9, 2009 06:24 PM
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Sara said...

LOL that’s fantastic!!! Great great job!

November 9, 2009 06:31 PM
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darlingbeatrice said...

These are so incredible! I appreciate your hard work all the more after making some cake pops to take to work.

November 9, 2009 06:32 PM
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Kelly said...

wondering if I can convince my 3yr old to be that he must have a cookie monster theme for his 3rd birthday… or elmo…. TOO DANG CUTE!!

November 9, 2009 06:36 PM
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Rachel said...

These are SO CUTE!!! I have loved Sesame Street my whole life and still have my stuffed Big Bird in a box in my attic. I can’t wait to make these for the kids in my class! This idea would also be cute with a bit of a twist – wouldn’t Muppets be fun to do? Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo…

November 9, 2009 06:37 PM
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Martha said...

OMG! These are the cutest, best, cake pops ever!!!

November 9, 2009 06:51 PM
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Laura said...

Oh My Goodness! They are so amazing! You are a Goddess!!!
blessings
~*~

November 9, 2009 07:15 PM
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Carol said...

The cuteness just doesn’t end and apparently neither does your patience!! These are just awesome!

November 9, 2009 07:34 PM
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Lauren said...

These are amazing! All the characters look so realistic. Adorable!!!!!

November 9, 2009 07:34 PM
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Jean Tuthill said...

These are so cute. Your creativity is amazing. Thanks for sharing and your excellent tutorial. I will try these!

November 9, 2009 07:38 PM
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Janet said...

Amazing. Simply amazing. My jaws dropped when I saw your pictures. They are too perfect to eat. WOW. Great job, Bakerella!

November 9, 2009 07:57 PM
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Maris said...

This just made me incredibly happy. Thank you!

November 9, 2009 07:58 PM
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Britiney said...

YOU ARE A TOTAL NUT JOB!! Nobody should be as creative as you are. Seriously. Seek professional help! You’re a crazy person!!! This is insanely amazing.

November 9, 2009 08:05 PM
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steff said...

Wow! These are awesome!

November 9, 2009 08:09 PM
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Rebecca Moon said...

This is incredible! I love it! We had a Sesame Street party this summer…it was fun :) http://themoonteam.blogsome.com/2009/06/26/the-abby-elmo-birthday-extravaganza/

November 9, 2009 08:18 PM
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Jessica said...

Wow. I am speechless! Cute overload! Fantastic work Bakerella! You are amazing!

November 9, 2009 08:32 PM
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Loydene said...

OH. MY. WORD!!! These are just too totally cute!

November 9, 2009 08:38 PM
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birdycake said...

OOOHHHH! These are absolutely wonderful!!!!

November 9, 2009 08:38 PM
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Melissa said...

Wow Bakerella..these are amazing! Keep up the great work!

November 9, 2009 08:39 PM
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Jodie said...

You are so amazing!! These are so adorable!

November 9, 2009 08:41 PM
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Karisa said...

LOVE these…but I’m doing something seriously wrong!! When I dip my cake balls into the melted coating, the cake balls are falling off of the lollipop stick!! :( Should I be sticking the lollipop sticks in before I cool them in the fridge (right after being rolled)? She I put them in the freezer? Am I using too much frosting or not enough in the mixture? Please help!! I’ve made cake bites numerous times, and it happens EVERY time!!

November 9, 2009 08:51 PM
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Susan said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! Bakerella…. you have really out done yourself this time! These are so adorable and so accurate to the true characters. Thank you for brightening my day!

November 9, 2009 09:06 PM
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Sonja said...

Holy Crap!!! I want to be you when I grow up!

November 9, 2009 09:08 PM
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laurie said...

Those are just SOOOO cute! Thanks for sharing them. laurie

November 9, 2009 09:11 PM
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deidre said...

oh my! serious cuteness overload!! these may be the cutest things i’ve ever seen. i LOVED sesame street and now my wee ones do too…we just had a ball looking at these pops.
this is my first comment, so by the way…you are so talented and i L-O-V-E your website!

November 9, 2009 09:14 PM
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Tia said...

Ok, can I just say, YOU ROCK! these are so stinking cute!!! I look forward to your blog each week and you don’t disapoint! Thanks for sharing what you do!

November 9, 2009 09:21 PM
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qtcupcakes@gmail.com said...

you are the greatest inspiration ever!!!!

these are SUPER DUPER CUTE!!!!!

November 9, 2009 09:25 PM
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michelle said...

these are simply incredible. You are an artist. I can’t believe the cookies, over the top, I am flabbergasted by the way these turned out. You must have the patience of a saint.

November 9, 2009 09:25 PM
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Heather said...

What I love most about these is how amazingly accurately you made the characters! SO IMPRESSIVE!!

November 9, 2009 09:35 PM
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Taryn said...

This just made my day on so many levels! I think I have to re-think my son’s 2nd birthday – I was gonna do trucks – but he LOVES sesame and these are way toooooooo cute to pass up. It’s quite the challenge!
Also – your edible ink pens work way better then mine- can I ask what brand you use – and how you get them to work so well – mine always seem to be “patchy” like they’re running out of ink. Even brand new.
Thanks!

November 9, 2009 09:46 PM
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celine said...

you NEVER disappoint! cute and perfect as ever.

November 9, 2009 09:48 PM
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ria said...

I love these.

November 9, 2009 09:48 PM
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dawn said...

other than the original cupcake pops, these are my favorite…hands down!!! LOVE ‘EM :) so adorable!!!

November 9, 2009 09:54 PM
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Alicia said...

Ohhh I love them! They are absolutly adorable!!!

November 9, 2009 09:58 PM
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Heather said...

ADORABLE! I want to be YOU when I grow up!!!

I thoroughly enjoy being tickled by your creations! Please, oh please don’t make us wait for Christmas goodies—I’ll need to get an early start!

Love ya!
Heather

November 9, 2009 10:21 PM
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Cam said...

Seriously, you are the cutest person I’ve never met. You and your clever creative idea keep me constantly in awe.

November 9, 2009 10:25 PM
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Kathy m said...

OMG! These are so cute and professional looking. Great Job!

November 9, 2009 10:32 PM
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mln221 said...

These are awesome — you are so creative!

November 9, 2009 10:33 PM
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Carolyn J. said...

I hope you’re still reading these. I saw a lot of fun Sesame Street celebration items this week but yours is the tip top. Your Oscar in particular is AMAZING.

I was thinking, could you simulate fur with coconut somehow?

November 9, 2009 10:40 PM
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JenZ said...

These are absolutely adorable!!!

November 9, 2009 10:43 PM
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Erica said...

That 2nd to last picture (where Cookie Monster has been bitten) Elmo looks like he’s freaking out! Oh I laughed & laughed!
I can’t wait to see if I can make these tasty treats!

November 9, 2009 10:49 PM
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amanda w said...

i JUST made elmo pops on friday night for my 2 year old’s birthday party!! (yours are much cuter) how funny.
i used red sugar to make the fur, but they were VERY sweet. (and kinda crunchy LOL) i used fondant writers for the eyes, nose nd mouth, and because i was NOT paying 7 bucks for a 4 pack of edible pens, i also used the fondant writer to dot the eyes. didnt look as nice as i wanted. but she pointed and said “MELMO” which is what i wanted, so it was all good.

November 9, 2009 10:55 PM
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Terrell said...

You are TRULY AMAZING!!! I wish I could be half as talented as you are!!!

In my book, you’re the Cakeball Queen!

November 9, 2009 11:06 PM
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jojo said...

you are amazing. This made my stress-filled night happy :)
I love what you do.

November 9, 2009 11:07 PM
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