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.


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.


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…


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



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
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.

Autumn said...

Made to complement my daughter’s 2nd birthday party cake/ theme. LOVE THEM!!!! One hint——-USE A DECORATING BAG TO MAKE FUR! Melt choc and cut a small hole in the tip and go at it! Took no time at all and looks great!

June 4, 2010 06:31 PM
Karly said...

I know this is an old blog post, but I’d love to know the size of the white candies if possible. I’m in the UK and trying to source similar ingredients, I’ve found some 4mm round sugar pearls but without seeing them in person I’m struggling to figure out if these will be big enough

July 5, 2010 08:00 AM
Kaye said...

lady, you are a gd genius

July 7, 2010 02:09 PM
katierose said...

oh my god, however do you have time for all this? i think i would stop after about three and just eat the rest of the cake balls plain! they are really cute though!

July 7, 2010 09:06 PM
vanessa said...

ur amazing love to visit this page!!!! keep up the gud work!! thanks for the ideas…

July 9, 2010 02:21 AM
Marie M said...

I found those Sixlets at Michaels, in case anyone is looking for them!

July 18, 2010 02:49 PM
donnat said...

these are amazing – they do look incredibly time consuming but I will have to give it a try. these would be perfect for my son’s first bday party – sesame street is the theme! Now I just have to get practicing……thanks for sharing your technique!

August 22, 2010 10:46 PM
Stacey said...

Can anyone tell me what brand of candy melts are used for cookie monster? I can’t seem to find a dark blue in Merkens.

August 30, 2010 08:32 AM
Jolynn Willoughby said...

I can’t wait till I can purchase your book at the bookstore. I should have pre-ordered it. I love the ideas on this site. I attempted to make the Sesame street charaters for my 3 year olds birthday, and I ended up making Cake Ball faces of Elmo and Oscar. I am not sure what went wrong, but they wouldn’t stay on the sticks and the chocolate didn’t melt right. I couldn’t get it to stay on the way you did in your video. I was a little discouraged, and then I decided that having them as Balls was just as good. I am going to finish the rest of the crew today. Can you tell me where I might find better chocolate to melt and how you do it?? I used Wiltons chocolate melts in red, green and Dark Chocolate. Thanks Jolynn From CT

September 6, 2010 09:41 AM
Jennifer said...

sooo cute, these are really nice i think i might try my hand at these. thanks

September 16, 2010 09:31 PM
Laurel said...

These are the cutest little monsters i have ever seen!!!! You got all the detail perfect! This is an awesome idea, i have to try it!

October 22, 2010 05:07 PM
yorleidy said...

i love it,,how much can be for each pops?

October 24, 2010 08:07 PM
maria said...

bakerella i bought your book finally! i love it! i have a question for you : I have to make some cake pops by nov 6 and i ran out of almond bark, can i use royal icing instead?

November 1, 2010 04:54 AM
Madison said...

I actually did my own rendition of cookie monster cake pops and they were absolutely adorable! I threw my best friend a surprise party and she loved them! I also made her a cookie monster red velvet cake :D Yum galore!

November 17, 2010 02:42 PM
Tania Tangri said...

These are just perfect. Inspired from this, I made Elmo and Big Bird cake pops for my son’s birthday party. All the kids(and adults) at the party loved these.
Could not make all 4 as these were very time consuming. Oscar and Cookie MOnster for some other time.
Cake pops I made are on the link:

December 9, 2010 02:00 AM
Myrna Peachock said...

They are adorable. I plan on making the Elmo for my grand daughters 2nd birthday party got anything Mickey mouse?

December 23, 2010 10:56 PM
Rebecca said...

omg Qute overboard all right having a heart attack and i need to make these now so tempted probebly will be a huge hit at a school fate

December 30, 2010 03:45 AM
Jenni Price said...

kid happy yummy! So adorable!

January 13, 2011 01:26 AM
cookie monster said...

ok ive never seen anything so cute. the coookie monsters kill me. i love cookie monster

January 15, 2011 04:05 PM
diana said...

hey where can we get the little cookies for cookie monster?

January 26, 2011 01:44 PM
LaraJade said...

Wow love it ! how I decorate them if I don’t have candy melts ? I don’t want to decorate them with chocolate thanks! x

January 30, 2011 12:16 PM
Helen said...

I just loved the seame street gang and just wanted to share with you that I used a very small pastry brush to apply the furry coat as it goes on heavier and as it almost sets then pull up to help make it look like the fur it did a pretty good job I think thanks for the great ideas and keep them coming. Your the best!

February 1, 2011 10:18 PM
Kayleigh said...

Awwwwwww! These are soooooooo cute! I really wish that I was really good at making cake pops. I haven’t been very adventurous with these because I’m selling them for my mission trip to Guatemala this summer. If I spend too much money on supplies then I lose profit :( does anyone in the Chicagoland area know of a place where I can get ingredients cheaper? I get the sticks at walmart…

February 2, 2011 03:02 PM
Londa Hite said...

I made these for my sons 3rd birthday party because he loves sesame street. I did all the characters here and added grover and zoe. He loved them, they turned out great. My guests actually thought I bought them from some fancy online store.

February 7, 2011 10:56 PM
JulieD said...

Omgosh, Angie! I love these! Exactly what I’m looking for, for my niece’s first birthday in April!

February 8, 2011 08:10 AM
JillHOPPY said...

adjectives overloading my mind:
omg (is that an adj?)
wish i could
wish i might
this is greatness!

February 9, 2011 03:02 PM
Helga said...

My little boy will be 2 in March and he LOVES Elmo, I’m going to practice making these so I can make them for his birthday. So cute.

February 13, 2011 03:20 PM
Robin Richard-Shaw said...

love these

February 13, 2011 07:57 PM
Mercedes Quinonez said...

Do you have the cake pops sesame street for sale…

February 21, 2011 12:21 PM
MaFis CastrO said...

wOoOow! yOu aRe amaZinG!!!
<3 :)

February 24, 2011 12:14 PM
Molly said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN YOU LIKE OPEN A BAKERY ???? I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3


February 27, 2011 10:04 AM
Molly said...

yay!! Soooo cute what about zoe??????

February 27, 2011 10:06 AM
Maria said...

Hello, I´m preparing a party for my boyfriends birthday, and I would like to make those incredible Elmo pops…

I live in Spain, so it´s difficult for me to find those eyes and I need to know what jelly bean flavour is that one, if you could help me…
Do you think that with M&Ms is going to be good too?

thank you so much, and congratullations for your blog.


March 1, 2011 05:18 PM
flavya said...

So adorable!! i cant wait to try these for my son/daughter birthday this coming up saturday..i was wondering how many days in advanced can they be made??

March 6, 2011 10:33 AM
lila said...


March 10, 2011 09:36 PM
Rebecca said...

bakerella you have changed my life in one simple click their soooooooooo cute and im going to try make them today!!!!

March 11, 2011 03:25 PM
Kimberly said...

OMGoodness! These are gonna be perfect for my sons 2nd birthday party… it’s ELMO themed! He’s always asking for Elmo. LOL I absolutely LOVE your blog! Thanks so much!

April 5, 2011 05:40 PM
NewPopsy said...

This is absolutely adorable!! I’m going to make these for my son’s 3rd Bday in October.

April 11, 2011 12:05 PM
Monique said...

Love these and want to make for my son’s birthday party. However I looked for the candies for the eyes and could not find them in any retail store. I did however found them on Hope this helps

April 17, 2011 07:09 PM
Olivia said...

so feakin cute!

April 20, 2011 04:22 PM
Alia said...

So fuckin cute

April 20, 2011 04:29 PM
Jennifer said...

Ohhhh these are so stinkin cute!!! My little guy is going to love these for his 2nd birthday! As poster Monique said, you can get the Sixlets round white candies for the eyes on, or if you’re really going crazy making these, you can get a 2.5 lb. bag for $10.99 at Not sure how many little ‘eyeballs’ that is… but I’m guessing it’s going to keep you in Sesame Street cake pops for a loooooooong time!

April 30, 2011 08:54 PM
mercedes Medina said...

OMG These r just to cute. U R amazing. It took me over a yr. to try the cake balls but one I did it, it wasn’t so bad. And when all my friend tasted them, they loved them. Truthfully they were time consumming.But when I did the cakepops that was so much faster & easier. So now my next step is Elmo My grandson loves elmo so for his Birthday I will make them for him after seeing how u done it. Thanks a million for taking the time to share your work it is truly amazing. Keep up the good work.

May 1, 2011 01:20 AM
nursegina said...

Bakerella, you have such an imagination!!!! My daughter’s 2nd Birthday party is coming up and I’ll definitely be making Elmo pops favors!!! Adorable and delicious!!! I can’t wait to see the look on my daughters face once she has one of these in her hands, and better yet takes a bite, I’ve got to capture it all on camera!!!

May 2, 2011 12:25 AM
Sarah said...

How far in advance can you make these? Do you keep them stored in the fridge?

May 2, 2011 10:15 AM
Sandie Gilmer said...

I love these!!! I can’t wait until my daughter’s second birthday in October! She is going to flip out!

May 2, 2011 11:07 AM
HeatherS said...

Wow! I think I may hate you for being so good at this. I don’t think I could ever have the patience…and yet I want these. Now my head is exploding. :)

May 9, 2011 11:15 PM
Donna said...

I just found these on line a couple days ago. They are so cute! My daughters 2nd birthday party is this weekend, and i just finished making these. They turned out pretty good, not as hard as i thought. Just patience is needed!! Thanks for the great idea!!!!! She will love them….

May 25, 2011 02:30 PM
Donna said...

BTW, i made the elmo ones, and used yogurt covered raisins for the eyes. I had to buy quite a few to find the right sizes, but the leftovers were a great treat for my daughter! They worked well.

May 25, 2011 02:33 PM
Jules said...


June 22, 2011 11:40 AM
Catherine said...

Their so cute I don’t think i could eat one!

June 25, 2011 07:50 PM
Monique Cupcake Siddie Young said...

OMG these are great .. today was the first time i tried to do a basic cake pop and needless to say mine need a ton of work .. i can only hope that one day mine will be even close to as great as these area!

July 5, 2011 10:10 PM
Jeanni Lockhart said...

OMG is all I can say and Thank you Thank you for sharing this wonderful Idea. I only just discovered these existed on a recent visit to California where I was ‘cake popped’ by my Sister. Just gorgeous and I am totally going to try these out for myself. Super effort and congratulations on your super book!

July 9, 2011 09:30 AM
carla said...

amazing !

July 12, 2011 06:15 PM
obsessedbaker said...

Those cakepops are awesome! Incase you can’t find the white Sixlets, you can use Wilton Candy Eyeballs. I Found these at craft stores like JoAnn’s and Michaels.

July 20, 2011 07:19 PM
Mercedes said...

So happy to see posts from you! I hope you are felling healthy. These look so YUMMY!

July 25, 2011 08:55 PM
Sarah Navarra said...

Have you done Abby Cadabby Cake Pops? I am really impressed. I haven’t seen your whole site yet…can I order from you?

July 26, 2011 08:47 PM
CK said...

Oh my goodness, you are so brilliant.

July 27, 2011 10:41 AM
EmilieTx said...

I’m going to be attempting Grover cake balls over the next two days ;-) I just hope they turn out as wonderfull as yours!
(my test run included trying to put the oreo balls on a stick, and well… it’s just too darn hot down here in texas for that!)

July 27, 2011 09:57 PM
Leah said...

It is so amazing of you to share exactly how to make these. I am going to make the Elmo pops for my son’s 4th birthday Elmo party this weekend. I am so excited that you give step by step instructions! I don’t know how you photograph your process, but the pictures are amazing. Can’t wait to make these! Thanks again for sharing your talent!

July 29, 2011 10:29 AM
Hannah said...

Sooo Awsm my mum’s friend is going to make the elmo ones for her daugther shes loves elmo

August 5, 2011 02:57 AM
Dianne Lawson said...

Walmart doesn’t have the sixlets anymore :-( BIG bummer. I think I found them at Sweet Factory (they said over the phone). For anyone who can’t find them the bulk candy stores seem to have them stocked as wedding candy. Thank you Bakerella. You are so gracious to share your creativity with all of us. Hope your recovery goes well.

August 11, 2011 07:54 PM
Flávia said...

I love this! It’s wonderful to see!
A client send me this pictures for her Sesame Street party, I’ll do the same decoration but on cupcakes. Here, in Brazil, this theme is old-fashion, so the parties decoration must be done one-by-one…

Perfect job, congratulations!

September 13, 2011 02:41 PM
KN said...

A.MAZ.ING! You are so talented!! Glad I am stumbling across these now that my daughter’s 2nd “street” themed birthday party is over… This would have been too challenging given the limited time I had! But, wow! Great job!!

November 10, 2011 12:57 AM
Samantha said...

thank you so much for sharing!! i hope i can make these half as awesome as you do for my little guy’s birthday!
thanks again!

November 21, 2011 05:28 PM
maria said...

how can i order cake pop for a party

November 22, 2011 12:21 AM
kate said...

My teacher was always oscar the grouch when she was a little girl.

November 26, 2011 10:35 PM
Lisy said...

I mean… seriously!?!?!?! You are just amazing…. I love your work I love your art!

November 28, 2011 09:01 AM
Alma said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! How far in advance can you make these?

December 14, 2011 02:56 PM
anna said...

you’re so talented when it comes to baking and decorating! i love seeing pictures of all your innovative designs!

December 14, 2011 05:46 PM
Kya said...

How do you get the candy melts so smooth?

December 26, 2011 04:10 PM
cathy said...

omg they are sooooooo cute i love them sooooooooo much there is a bake sale comin up an i think i might just bake these cuties thanks sooooooo much sesame street u rock

January 6, 2012 07:36 AM
Jamie said...

I just love your cake pops! You are amazing! I was wondering if you have made a Mr. Snuffleupagus pop?

January 8, 2012 12:13 PM
Jessica said...

BRILLIANT idea! You are awesome! These are going to be a hit!

January 17, 2012 03:55 PM
Lisa said...

I made these and they turned out awesome! Thank you so much, you are SO talented!!

January 19, 2012 11:29 AM
a said...

so cute i love them can ou make more

January 22, 2012 07:29 AM
Madisyn said...

I have to try these

January 22, 2012 01:39 PM
Sophia said...

I Love the elmo candy cake lolipops

February 15, 2012 06:54 PM
BOB said...


March 24, 2012 07:38 PM
BOB said...


March 24, 2012 07:43 PM
cheryb said...


someone at my job wants me to make these for his son’s 1st bday
i can’t seem to find Americolor markers anywhere do I get them online?

April 7, 2012 10:15 AM
joann said...

I have a question about the color candies for Cookie Monster, did you have to add blue coloring to them to achieve the bright blue?

April 22, 2012 07:35 PM
Judy Murphy said...

Wow! Just saw the graduation cakepops in a magazine! We’re having a graduation at the daycare center where I work. These are so adorable & so simple! Thanks for all your great ideas! You are an inspiration to all of us bakers out there!

April 28, 2012 08:43 PM
kiryn said...

i love little emmy emmy el,o

April 29, 2012 08:05 PM
hannah kouba said...

o my gosh that was weird.emmy emmy elmo. who says that? like no one at all

April 29, 2012 08:06 PM
Cindi Mauchley said...

Made them from a baked cake pop and they turned out perfect. Followed your instructions even bought the food color markers but had a tough time making the eye round. I ended up melting a few of the dark chocolate candy melts and used the end of one of the sucker sticks to place the black dot in the center of the eye!! Thought this might be a helpful idea for those without a real steady hand or if they didn’t have the markers!! Thank you for you wonderful ideas!!

May 3, 2012 12:08 AM
Joya said...

Im making these for a birthday party right now, did you use the edible marker before or after you placed them on?.

Thanks so much!

May 4, 2012 12:28 PM
Rosa said...

My neice’s birthday is coming up and I definately am going to do the elmmo cake pops.i have one more question are the candies you found at wall-mart edible.thnx youre a good teacher.<3<3

May 27, 2012 12:40 PM
Rita said...

Please I am desperate.. I cant find the blue candy melt any where .. the one you display is a very dark blue and I have only been able to find the light blue one.. where did you find it..

July 9, 2012 12:02 PM
maria said...

Hi Bakerella,

this one is so cute, i would love to make them.

What colour is for candy melt for cookie monster?
i only see blu sky in u mix the colour? can you give me the name of the colour if u sell it?


July 19, 2012 02:14 AM
Paula said...

I´m from Argentina, i bought your book, and i love your job !!!

August 15, 2012 06:03 PM
lezlie said...

so how do you get the cookie to stick to his mouth?

August 20, 2012 02:53 AM
Savanna said...

I love the cookie monster! I made him today for my friend’s 16th birthday and everybody laughed and loved them! We did make them exactly like you said and it was too late to get the cookies. I love them all because they re precious and cute! We are going to make more the way you said it because it looks better. I am under eighteen, and sixteen and fourteen, thirteen but above eleven anyways we made them because older kids love to get stuff that are way too young it makes them feel cool!:)

September 5, 2012 11:45 PM
Rachel said...

I am determined to make these for my daughter’s second birthday! Hopefully they won’t end up being red, green, blue and yellow blobs!

September 19, 2012 03:34 PM
Shruti Iyer said...

Here are some photos of the Cookie Monster Cake Pops I made:! If Romney is elected, Cookie Monster says he’ll work for cookies.

October 9, 2012 06:22 PM
Mindy said...

Hello my name is mindy and Im Interested in your Elmo cake pops for my sons 2nd birthday party and was wondering if you make them and ship them out to NM. Could you please e-mail me back at

November 2, 2012 11:24 AM
Kyllie said...

Hi, this page has robbed your photo without mentioning the source, and is a company

December 1, 2012 12:28 PM
Melanie said...

Oscar the Grouch is my favorite.:-)

January 16, 2013 12:22 AM
Ann said...

Absolutely adorable! I wish I could be that creative.

February 15, 2013 11:47 AM
Kate said...

SO CUTE! Total overload of adorabllity! :)

March 3, 2013 08:39 PM
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