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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Lindy said...

So awesome! Love them all!

November 10, 2009 11:36 PM
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Kara said...

I am beyond impressed! This look amazing! And I think you’re right – Oscar’s mouth really came out well!

November 11, 2009 12:13 AM
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PictureGirl said...

These are absolutely, positively the cutest pops I have ever seen!

I remember when Sesame Street started!

November 11, 2009 12:52 AM
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Madame Sucre said...

I honestly never know candy melts exsisted! ..this makes alot of decoration much easier! thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

November 11, 2009 02:29 AM
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cori in wa said...

Truly phenomenal job with those Street pops. You made what I’m sure was a tough challenge look fairly easy and entirely do-able. And the PW sheet cake? Totally agree. Too good for words.

November 11, 2009 03:27 AM
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rianz said...

Hi Bakerella,

HELP!!

i promised my brother i’d make him a tiramisu cake for his 21st birthday, but have yet to find a good recipe. His party is next week. Any recommendation?

thanks,
Rianz

November 11, 2009 04:20 AM
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sarah said...

oh my goshness…gorgeous to the max! :D i love elmo so much! would love to make these so much…but they take so much time and the ingredients are tough to find in singapore

November 11, 2009 08:07 AM
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Kitchen Kitten said...

This is edible art, although I’m not sure I’d ever eat them because they are too adorable!!!

November 11, 2009 08:14 AM
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pj said...

oh my gosh…these are amazing!!! You are so very talented and inspire so many!!! Thanks!

November 11, 2009 08:23 AM
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Shelby said...

WOW, these are so cute! I am continually amazed each week at your baking creations. My two year old would love the Elmo ones. Perhaps I will attempt these first. Keep up the great work Bakerella, and let us all know when your book is coming out!

November 11, 2009 09:45 AM
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Sandra said...

Great…My husband is really going to strangle me…It’s bad enough I am absolutely obsessed now that I made my first batch…Now I have to try these …Good thing I got 2 kids that are willing to taste test everything :)

November 11, 2009 09:57 AM
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Sophie said...

Oh these are beyond cute! I think they might even be one of my favs that you’ve made! x

November 11, 2009 10:31 AM
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MandaKay said...

These are amazing! Thank you for showing us these and working so hard on them! Congrats to Sesame Street as well – was my favorite show as a youngin’!

November 11, 2009 10:38 AM
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Lucille said...

This is amazing! I was excited to see the different Sesame Street characters depicted by Google and I was delighted to see the characters in cake pop form! What a treat! Amazing job, Bakerella!

November 11, 2009 10:58 AM
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Becky said...

These are just too stinking cute! You did an awesome job! You are so talented!!! I absolutely love your blog!

November 11, 2009 11:05 AM
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eharestad said...

I am over the top flabbergasted!!

So amazing.

November 11, 2009 11:31 AM
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Jillian said...

I am amazed at your genius!

November 11, 2009 11:52 AM
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Mandi Briggs said...

OMG! I absolutely love these! Can’t wait to try it!

November 11, 2009 12:27 PM
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Tina said...

It’s official! You are a genius! These are awesome!!

November 11, 2009 12:33 PM
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heather b said...

these are HANDS DOWN – the best thing i’ve seen on your site. **bows deeply at your feet** i’ve made your pie pops and will be experimenting with cake pops, possibly this weekend…but these….Bakerella, i worship you!!!!!!

November 11, 2009 01:33 PM
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Mary Poppins in Heels said...

You’re brilliant!

November 11, 2009 01:51 PM
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LauraEmm said...

WOW! Super impressed. Everyone thinks I’m crafty, but they obviously haven’t seen what you can do! (I guess I need to show them!)

November 11, 2009 02:00 PM
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Dalal said...

WOOOOW !! I have been fan of your AMAZING baking ideas for a while, but I never left a comment before..

This time I CAN NOT resist !! THEY ARE REALLY REALLY AWESOME :D

thanks for sharing ..

November 11, 2009 02:16 PM
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Carol said...

That was ridiculously cute & genius :)

November 11, 2009 02:33 PM
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Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

My mouth LITERALLY dropped open when I visited your site today! Those Sesame character pops are WONDERFUL!

You never cease to impress. I especially liked the photos of your sketches. It was like glimpsing into a “behind the scenes” look at Bakerella’s genuis.

Thanks for being so generous and sharing your creations with us. Can’t wait to try my hand at Cookie Monster. :)

November 11, 2009 02:38 PM
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Rhea said...

How do you find the patience to do these?? They are ADORABLE. I tried making bunnies at Easter and my head almost exploded after one little uncreative batch.

So cute.

November 11, 2009 02:56 PM
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Tammy said...

Wow! Really great job! They really are excellent representations of the originals!

November 11, 2009 03:13 PM
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Nichole VanBruggen said...

LOVE IT! OMG SO CUTE!!!

November 11, 2009 03:27 PM
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Anonymous said...

I love Big Bird. These are great.

November 11, 2009 04:35 PM
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jenna said...

i seriously love these so much.

November 11, 2009 05:46 PM
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Alison (a girl in her element) said...

Oh wow, these are absolutely awesome! I especially love the Cookie Monster one :-)

November 11, 2009 06:16 PM
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Miranda said...

OK – these are by far the most cutest, most adorable, SO VERY AWESOME cake pops you have ever done. I have to say, I am not this talented…plus my cake pops fall apart, and I have tried all your tips – I guess it’s just not in the stars for me to make cake pops. OH my goodness – love these!

I do have a question for you. My little girl is turning one in a month and her birthday party is ladybug themed. But instead of a red and black ladybug, it’s a pink ladybug with chocolate brown dots, could you make me some cake pops like this??? Is that even possible??? How much would these be? <3 ya bakerella!

November 11, 2009 06:55 PM
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Karen said...

Definite cuteness overload, I was going to scream especially after those mini mini cookies in cookie monsters mouth. You’re too much, really outdone yourself this time :)

karen

November 11, 2009 08:43 PM
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bakerella said...

Jen – Look up the Smiley Face Cake Pops

Beth, Carolyn J, and tracey – Yeah, but no coconut for me… yuck.

Melanie L. – they are gripz by Keebler and super tiny

Wish Trish – Actually that is pretty funny

Kristin – That, too … kinda ironic.

flamingogrl I love candy sixlets by Galerie

Katie – thank you

Karisa – put the sticks in right before you dip. the balls should be firm – not frozen. Dip the tip of the stick in some coating and insert into the ball. Then dip and remove the cake ball in the coating in one motion. Don’t swirl it around. If the coating is too thick, you can thin it out with vegetable oil

Taryn – Americolor Brand – use a light touch – like you are painting with them.

Lnae – you can trim off the edges first

K – did you look near the party supplies?

Hannah – you’ll have to wait and see :)

Louise Basgall – fluid, thin, pourable

November 11, 2009 08:59 PM
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The Party Animal said...

OMG these are amazing – You rock and your ideas even Rock more. Something tells me if I tried these they would not look as good. Keep up the amazing work.

November 11, 2009 09:00 PM
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Carrie M. said...

FANTABULOUSO!!!!!!! TOO cute for words. Those made my heart happy. Thank you!

November 11, 2009 10:34 PM
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Sarah said...

all I can say is..HOW ARE YOU SO GOOD?! It’s just mind-boggling I tell ya!

November 11, 2009 10:57 PM
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Jennifer Erickson said...

You never cease to amaze me! I’m not really terribly amazed or dazzled by very much these days…and as a pastry chef and professional cake sculptor, it takes a lot of creativity and talent to totally WOW me. But, YOU….YOU do it every time! You always hit the nail on the head with the perfect look, style, and finesse! And it’s really wonderful the way you share your talent and your ideas so generously with others.

November 11, 2009 11:48 PM
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Jess said...

Wow! I am so impressed! You are one talented woman, and a perfectionist too! I can’t believe you added all of that ‘painstaking’ texture to them too! You’re awesome!

November 12, 2009 12:42 AM
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Samantha M. said...

This makes me so incredibly happy. This week has been a plethora of happy-making via all the Sesame Street celebrating, and these pops are just icing on the cake. =D

November 12, 2009 01:42 AM
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Charlotte said...

I LOVE THESE GUYS!!
You are so fabulous with your inventions! Congratulations on being awesome!! :)
I wish we could get all the Candies you use in Australia! I am coming to the USA next year for my honeymoon (I should be saying WE are coming for OUR honeymoon.. I’ll bring my man cos he’ll have extra luggage space) so I plan on stocking up on all the fabulous candies you use so I can try making these when I get home!!
Love your work :)

November 12, 2009 05:17 AM
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suzinoz said...

These are stunning! Well done. I think these might be some of your best work yet! Love the ideas! You are so talented.

November 12, 2009 06:25 AM
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Amelia said...

wow, these are just beautiful! love you <3

November 12, 2009 06:43 AM
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Karen said...

There isn’t anything more I can add that hasn’t already been said 6 pages over. So I’ll just say it again – they are too adorable for words. I love your site! You never cease to amaze and inspire!

November 12, 2009 07:47 AM
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Abby Larson said...

I am DYING over these. My daughter would go bonkers for the Elmo character. She can’t get enough of Elmo. It’s one of only a few words that she walks around the house chanting. DYING!!

November 12, 2009 08:56 AM
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AnnD said...

You never cease to amaze me! Your patience brings stunning results! I have made cake poops twice now and although the second time I did much better, mine never look even half as good as yours! And you are so creative! Kudos to you!

November 12, 2009 10:34 AM
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Van Le said...

Thank you for sharing your creation. I’m gonna make thaws for my bf. He will definitely love them, especially the cookie monster!

November 12, 2009 11:37 AM
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Chelsea said...

does the veggie oil work better to thin out the candy melts than shortening??? (my first pops were a disaster haha, wouldn’t even stay on the stick!)

November 12, 2009 11:41 AM
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Katie said...

AHHHH! These are adorable!! You did SUCH a great job!!

November 12, 2009 11:47 AM
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Natalie said...

you are just too much!! i love this! especially the half eaten cookie monster..haha. ;)

November 12, 2009 12:38 PM
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Jennifer said...

You truly are the BEST! I cannot wait to make these for my son’s 2nd birthday. He loves all of the Sesame Street crew! Thank you for sharing your awesome gifts with us!

November 12, 2009 12:54 PM
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Theresa said...

Good Lord! You’re ridiculously unbelievable! Those are AMAZING! Where do you find the time and patience?

November 12, 2009 01:09 PM
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choco_lemon said...

It’s so beautiful! I love these sweets!

November 12, 2009 01:31 PM
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The Newlywed Chefette said...

These are incredible. Simply amazing!

November 12, 2009 02:56 PM
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Kim said...

Wow! These make me ready to skip ahead to March and my son’s second birthday party! (: GREAT job!!!

November 12, 2009 02:57 PM
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hbilhorn said...

AMAZING. My daughter LOVES Elmo (privately since now she is 6) — but I might have to try these for her birthday… if she let’s me… way cute. Perfect ideas for the eyes, mouthes, etc.

November 12, 2009 03:53 PM
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RD said...

They’re sooooo cute. I wanna go make them this weekend with my daughter! Do you have ideas for Zoe and Abby Cadabby?

November 12, 2009 04:00 PM
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Christine said...

You amaze me every week. Cute overload indeed.

November 12, 2009 04:01 PM
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Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...

GIRL! YOU ARE SOOOOOO OVER (that means better than good). I LOVE THESE!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work and creativity.

November 12, 2009 04:11 PM
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Nina said...

My daughter MUST have these for her 3rd birthday party…except her favorite is GROVER!!! Help Bakerella! She loves him TOO much! How do I make HIM?

November 12, 2009 04:25 PM
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bree Harris said...

adorable! I received my December Better Homes and Gardens and was pleased to see alittle article about you!

November 12, 2009 08:28 PM
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Jenny said...

Oh my goodness. You’re crazy and I love it! So cute!!!

November 12, 2009 10:00 PM
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Patty said...

You never cease to amaze me!

November 12, 2009 10:20 PM
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Sarabella said...

You are amazing! I jump on about once a month to see what youve donw (hopefully inspiring me to try it too) and once again you have totally WOWed me with the attention to detail you put into the Seasame Street Bunch! You make me smile!

November 13, 2009 12:23 AM
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Kerri said...

Oh… my… God! This couldn’t have come at a better time! It is my daughter’s first birthday next month and I had decided on a sesame street theme! These are definitely a MUST.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

November 13, 2009 01:08 AM
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S&S said...

This is soo cute! Cookie Monster is my favorite!!!

November 13, 2009 08:43 AM
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Kathy said...

I LOVE these cake pops just like I love Sesame St.! Thanks for making them! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SESAME ST!

November 13, 2009 10:06 AM
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Laura W. said...

Beyond adorable! You amaze me! :)

November 13, 2009 10:18 AM
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lujin said...

HI BAKERELLA
from SAUDI ARABIA wraitng to you (you are amaizing)

im wating for your lovly things evry week

gooo on

November 13, 2009 11:23 AM
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Michelle said...

those are too flipping cute! I *think* I love you Bakerella! You always cease to amaze me at how darn creative you are :) Love them!!!!!!!

November 13, 2009 12:00 PM
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Sanjana said...

I have no words. You never fail to deliver the most perfect, creative ideas and photos. You are amazing at what you do! Loving your work always!

November 13, 2009 01:19 PM
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CharlieP said...

Best cake pops EVER!!!!!
I’m so sad they took Sesame Street off UK TV 10 years ago- it’s the best. Cookie Monster was always my favourite. I could just identify with him…wonder why??!?!?!

November 13, 2009 02:49 PM
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Go Green said...

Flipping cute!

November 13, 2009 03:32 PM
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Marn said...

H – E – double hockey sticks these are AMAZING!

November 13, 2009 05:05 PM
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jill Parkin said...

I am in love! Too cute to eat.

November 13, 2009 06:00 PM
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Brittany said...

These are the cutest dang things I have ever SEEN!?!!? You never cease to amaze!

November 13, 2009 07:47 PM
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Chelle said...

you stop being so amazing right now!!! i can’t take it…so freakin’ cute!!!!!!!!!!! i want to eat one, but i never ever would!! you amaze me, and i love what you do…thank you!!!
chelle

November 13, 2009 09:22 PM
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Michelle said...

New to your blog – AMAZING!! Cannot wait to “catch up”!

November 13, 2009 10:41 PM
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Danica said...

I LOVE checking out all the creations on your site but rarely leave a comment. I had to when I saw these sesame cake pops – so adorable – even my husband liked them when he saw them :)…..FANTASTIC job!

November 13, 2009 11:58 PM
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sara said...

OMG!! THE COOKIES TO PUT WITH COOKIE MONSTER ARE THE CUTEST THINGS EVER!!!! I LOVE IT

November 14, 2009 02:38 AM
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Emilie Delance said...

OMG!!! These are so amazing cute!! :D

xoxo

blog.delancefashion.com

November 14, 2009 04:19 AM
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Paula said...

Es increible, maravilloso, menudas manos tienes!!!

Saludos. Paula

November 14, 2009 06:47 AM
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Bea said...

Oh my gosh. I can’t believe how cute these are! Your work is undeniably awesome.

November 14, 2009 07:03 AM
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Kim said...

OMG. You are BRILLIANT.

November 14, 2009 08:03 AM
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Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! These are the cutest cake pops ever. I can’t wait to make them for my little ones. Thanks for sharing your techniques. The kids are gonna LOVE them!

November 14, 2009 08:56 AM
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Stoich91 said...

Genious! And btw: CakeWrecks just left a very “Tweet” post about you on their Twitter. No biggie; not like they have 1,000,000 + followers, or anything! lol :) Congrats! Adorable!

November 14, 2009 12:33 PM
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Julie said...

I’m just saying-You are the QUEEN! I would love to see Ernie and Bert…of course Ernie would need his rubber ducky and Bert, his pigeon Berniece.

November 14, 2009 01:06 PM
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Hanna said...

Hi bakerella!!! i wanted to know if you could make some baby shower pops?? i bet you could make very cute pops with some very good ideas. there is a shower coming up and i want to make something special. the gender is undecided. thanks !!! btw i love the big bird pop :)

November 14, 2009 06:41 PM
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Steve said...

These are terrific! I can’t stop smiling thinking about them. At 40, Sesame Street captures the imagination of kids – young and old. Thank you for sharing this charming idea.

Cheers,
Steve
http://yourfoodchoices.wordpress.com

November 14, 2009 07:22 PM
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sky said...

I’ve really fallen in love with your site! It has become a weekly treat! This idea is so cute!

November 14, 2009 09:37 PM
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Chrys said...

These are sooooo great! I love how creative you are! Amazing!!

November 14, 2009 09:46 PM
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Ashley said...

What a great idea! I am amazed at your talent!

November 14, 2009 11:49 PM
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Beki said...

THANK YOU! These are quite possibly the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen! I LOVE cake balls and cake pops since finding them on your site. I am always amazed at your hard work. They’re so tedious! And these look SO tedious. But they have to be the most adorable things ever.
Again, thank you! My boys and I will have to make these one day!

November 15, 2009 05:30 PM
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suezette said...

both my girls laughed out loud–and then declared they were brilliant!

November 15, 2009 07:01 PM
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Maria said...

Love, love, loved these! I also just opened my December Better Homes & Gardens and saw the blurb about you and your site! I was very excited I had discovered you on my own before the millions of other people who will now be followers. Congrats!

November 15, 2009 08:25 PM
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Julie said...

I adore these! You never cease to amaze me! So cute!!!

November 15, 2009 11:11 PM
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morgana said...

I love them, love them, love them…

YOU ARE THE BEST.

November 16, 2009 04:04 AM
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Jocelyn said...

Incredible. Enough said. My baby’s first birthday is Saturday and I wish I had the time/ambition to try them. We’re having a Sesame Street party so it would be so perfect. Love, love, love them!

November 16, 2009 09:21 AM
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Ashley said...

Your blog is fabulous and I have looked at these Sesame Street pops no less than ten times this week. LOL. My question is how far in advance can you make these pops before serving them and whats the best way to store them? Thanks for the the inspiration Bakerella.

November 16, 2009 10:30 AM
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Cap Creations said...

These are great! You are so creative! I want one! LOL!

November 16, 2009 01:01 PM
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