Sunday, August 7, 2011



Take a guess what these are. I wasn’t sure I was going to make them or not. Leading up to my transplant, I had a lot of people suggest that I do, but for the longest time I thought kidney-shaped cake pops would just be kind of weird. That is until I received a surprise in the mail.

More on that in a minute.


You know sometimes I come across strange candy and think I have no idea what I’m going to use these for, but they are too unique not to pass up. This is an example of something I would grab in a heartbeat if I stumbled on it in the store. But these were actually sent to me by Rips along with an assortment of their other takes on licorice treats. It was a little thank you when they found out that I used some of their candies in my book.


I was glad to have them since I had not seen these anywhere yet. I can tell just by looking at them that they could have a wide variety of uses.


And they were perfect to finish off these.

Here’s how to make Basic Cake Pops if you are new to them.


You know I had to go with red velvet.

Appropriate I think.

I like to roll my cake balls out first before I shape them. That way I can make sure I end up with the right amount and also that they are all pretty uniform in size.

If I shape as I go, I find the shapes can start getting bigger and bigger resulting in less pops than I planned on.


But not when I roll first. See, they are all pretty similar in size.


It’s also good to have all your decorations prepared before you start dipping.

Less chaos.


Who would have thought kidney cake pops could be so cute.

Not me.

Not until I received something in the mail that inspired these little guys.

Wanna see?


A plush purple kidney with a cute little face.

Huggable and lovable and sent to me from Wendy at I Heart Guts. Thanks Wendy!

Who knew there would be a market for such a thing.


But evidently there is. Check out my little kidney’s friends… Heart, Lung and Liver.

Wait, here’s more plush organs from their website


and other products, too. Like shirts and stickers and so on.

These are a great get well gift. More fun than a card.

Go ahead. Get some guts. They’ll make someone smile. Promise.


By the way, my mom and I are doing great. My checkups have been mostly good since the transplant. Some weeks my lab work is better than others. Here’s hoping this week is another good one. And thanks again everyone for your continued support.

I heart you guys!  Uhh, I mean … I kidney you guys!

Runningbear75 said...

Too cute! I love the colors and the plush organs are adorable! Glad to see you are back to cake/kidney pops! :)

August 7, 2011 11:17 PM
Bess said...

glad to see you are up and about! Welcome back!

August 7, 2011 11:19 PM
Cheri said...

My physician husband is thoroughly impressed! Cute!

August 7, 2011 11:19 PM
claire said...

Love it! And so glad you and your mom are doing good!

August 7, 2011 11:19 PM
Kim said...

Good on you!! You have such a positive outlook & great sense of humour! Not to mention immense talent :)

August 7, 2011 11:20 PM
Lauren said...

Congrats Bakerella! My aunt just had a kidney transplant! You are so inspiring in mote ways than one! xoxo

August 7, 2011 11:21 PM
michelle said...

oh wow, i have to get the heart for my daughter, she’s 4 and had her transplant 3 years ago when she was 8 months old….i love these pops…they may be my favorite of all your creations…

so happy for you!

August 7, 2011 11:21 PM
Leeann said...

Hilarious! Being a nurse I totally get this. Love the little details you included. Very creative. So glad you are feeling better. Hope your mom has recovered fully too!

August 7, 2011 11:21 PM
Jen said...

Glad you’re doing well!!! Adorable pops, my mother-in-law donated her kidney to her brother, maybe I’ll make these for her on the anniversary :)

August 7, 2011 11:21 PM
Jamie Kinosian said...

Oh WOW, this made me laugh so hard I was almost in tears. So cute and silly. Glad you’re doing well!

August 7, 2011 11:21 PM
Bernadette Callahan said...

those are too cute! my mom had a kidney transplant about 24yrs ago and she would have loved these! :) they are super cute and very different!!

August 7, 2011 11:21 PM
Jess said...

OMG…I am a transplant outreach coordinator and I love these! I will be sharing this post with my co-workers!!!

August 7, 2011 11:22 PM
The Chocolate Lady said...

my son was just diagnosed with hemorrhagic cystitis (bladder and kidney damage from his cancer treatment.) He would love these organ pillows!
Praying that your transplant goes well.

The Chocolate Lady,

August 7, 2011 11:23 PM
Justina said...

Bakerella you’re too cute! Those look amazing. I’m so jealous I don’t have any artistic bones in my body :( I wish you a speedy recovery :)

August 7, 2011 11:23 PM
Karen said...

Absolutely ADORABLE!!! So glad to hear you are doing well!! Also thanks for the cute plush organ website lol! I will be ordering a few for those that have had surgery in the past!! Keep going strong!! (HUGS)

August 7, 2011 11:24 PM
Erika said...

Yo are not gonna believe this! This friday i got an order for some doctors finishingun a transplant course…and yes, cupcakes with kidneys!! And they are almost like your cupcakes!! I had fun making them! Here’s a link so you can take a look link to

August 7, 2011 11:24 PM
crystal price said...

oohhh!!! I’m going to have to get one of those gallbladder ones, since I don’t have one inside me anymore ;-D
I love your kidney pops, too!

August 7, 2011 11:25 PM
Samantha said...

I LOVE these! Too cute!

August 7, 2011 11:25 PM
Ana Anselmo said...

I LOVE them! This makes me smile! Some of Savvy’s fave “stuffed animals” are from link to … she thinks they are great and always asks questions about they do in her body :)

August 7, 2011 11:26 PM
Donor mom said...

these turned out great…considering I am a kidney donor to my husband. I will have to try these for our bake sale to raise money for the next kidney walk in November in Long Beach! Excellent job!!! And congrats to you and your mom on a successful transplant!

August 7, 2011 11:27 PM
lori lucas said...

you did not even acknowledge the yi”pee” part of the pop. too funny! i got it! hope you continue to heal. prayers and hugs. lori l

August 7, 2011 11:29 PM
Carol said...

Oh wow- those are so cute!! My a lung cancer survivor, but as a result- he only has one lung…Each year on the anniversary of the operation, we celebrate by making a cake a lung (yes- it looks about as gross as it sounds!) – it has been 7 1/2 years! I need to get him a plush lung and maybe do lung cakepops. (How do you think those would look?) Glad t hear your transplant was successful! :) ~Carol

August 7, 2011 11:29 PM
dottie said...

Omg! I am so buying the kidney and pancreas one when my husband gets his transplants! Love it!
So glad you and you’re mom are doing well. :)

August 7, 2011 11:31 PM
Emily D. said...

Adorable in a weird kind of way – love it! Glad to hear that you are both doing good, super happy to see you creating again :)

August 7, 2011 11:31 PM
Michelle said...

You’ve gone above and beyond! These are great! Creative is an understatement. God bless! Know you’ve been prayed for!!!!

August 7, 2011 11:33 PM
Amy | She Wears Many Hars said...

You are hilarious! So glad you’re doing well. Miss you!

August 7, 2011 11:33 PM
Kathy C. said...

Glad both you and your mom are doing good! :)

August 7, 2011 11:33 PM
Angie said...

These are adorable. Who knew kidney cake pops could be cute? :) I’m so glad to hear that you and your mom are well. That is great news! I hope your labs come back perfect and it is smooth sailing from here on! God bless!

August 7, 2011 11:34 PM
Anonymous said...

Whoo! God is great & so glad you and your mommy are doing well!

August 7, 2011 11:34 PM
Stephanie @ said...

BEST EVER!!! And awesome that you’re doing so well. :)

August 7, 2011 11:35 PM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

You have such a cute sense of humor! These are so cute… well the cutess kidney’s I’ve ever seen at least! I love seeing you make new things, and love hearing good reports!

August 7, 2011 11:36 PM
Dianne said...

Wishing you well! These (as always) are adorable!

August 7, 2011 11:37 PM
Rebecca said...

adorable. I never thought I would feel such joy for a perfect stranger because they are getting an organ transplant. It’s always great to hear of a person getting to begin again, but somehow, you seem almost like a friend and I’m so glad for you. Love the pops.

August 7, 2011 11:37 PM
Cate said...

Ohhhh, so cute!! I am a medical professional – so these will definitely be on my Cake Pop TO DO list :)

August 7, 2011 11:38 PM
Stephanie Rex said...

Hey Bakerella!

So glad to hear you are doing well! I thought of you a lot this summer b/c my sister gave her kidney to our step dad this summer! Tomorrow will mark week six of post op! Both are doing well! I will continue to pray for you as I pray fir them! I will also be checking out that website with the cute kidneys- and u think I will have to make kidney cake pops for them : D!!!!
Lots of love, hugs, and prayers your way!!!!
Stephanie Rex

August 7, 2011 11:39 PM
Georgia Pellegrini said...

This made me smile. I love that you have maintained such a great sense of humor : )

August 7, 2011 11:40 PM
Ashley P. said...

These are so cute! So glad to hear you are doing well!

August 7, 2011 11:42 PM
delia said...

Those cake pops are hilarious, especially the licorice detail! Especially perfect for a nephrologist. I am so glad to hear you’re doing well!

August 7, 2011 11:44 PM
Kaixin said...

i got the Yi-pee! pun hehe. Too cute!
Glad to hear that you’re both doing so well!

August 7, 2011 11:44 PM
Chris Zimmerman said...

I never would have guessed that internal organs could be so cute!

August 7, 2011 11:46 PM
Charli said...

Great to see you are back to baking! That is a great tip about rolling the balls before shaping them. It’s not as much fun to end up with a hodge lodge of sized at the end. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

August 7, 2011 11:50 PM
Janice Mason said...

I love it! So glad things are going well for you and your mom! I especially love how it says Yi-Pee, fantastic!

August 7, 2011 11:51 PM
anita said...

Oh these are wonderful! I’m putting together food for a birthday celebration (of sorts) for a friend’s kidney and these cake pops are perfection!!! And now I have to rush off and order a purple huggable kidney! Thanks so much!

August 7, 2011 11:52 PM
Sweet Tooth Studio said...

OMG….so cute! Glad to hear you are doing well. ^_^

August 7, 2011 11:53 PM
Darlene Renzzulla said...

I am so glad things are good for you – and your mom. I have a friend who is close to needing a kidney transplant.

I really wish I had known about these plush organs – my husband had his bladder removed last summer. Would have loved to get him one of these!! I think I still might do it.

Again – so happy things are going well for you!!

August 7, 2011 11:53 PM
Adrienne said...

so glad you are doing well! I <3 the pops & the plush guts are fantastic! (I teach biology & want them all!!)

August 7, 2011 11:54 PM
Kimberly Chapman said...

Oh man I searched high and low for some kind of thin, flexible green candy string for a Christmas cake I made last year and couldn’t find anything reasonable! Now I know what to look for the next time I want to turn candy-coated sunflower seeds into “lights” on a tree cake. Thanks! And glad you’re doing so well!

August 7, 2011 11:57 PM
Macey said...

Very creative! I love it.

August 7, 2011 11:58 PM
Mryia Williams said...

How cute are those! :)

August 8, 2011 12:04 AM
Marseille said...

Jajajaja love how you´ve handle this whole thing & those kidney pops…the highlight of my week for sure jaja

Is good to hear you both are doing great, god bless. :D

August 8, 2011 12:05 AM
athena said...

As someone who studied biology and nursing I am totally enamored with these plush! Glad to hear your transplant went well! Best wishes for a continued recovery for you and your mom :)

August 8, 2011 12:06 AM
Bonnie Alaniz said...

First of all sooo glad you and your mom are doing well!!! The cakes pops are too cute!!

August 8, 2011 12:09 AM
Elaina said...

I’m so happy you’re doing well and making kidney pops! Thanks for sharing the I Heart Guts cute stuffies. What fun gifts to give for what might not be such a fun situation. You’re great!

August 8, 2011 12:15 AM
Magdalena Vargas said...

So glad to hear that you are both doing well :)

August 8, 2011 12:17 AM
Christy Clayson said...

I love I Heart Guts! They are my favorite. I’d love to see you make some more of them. :) Glad that you’re doing better!

August 8, 2011 12:18 AM
Dacia said...

So cute! I always love seeing your new creations. So glad you’re doing better.

August 8, 2011 12:21 AM
Ashley said...

Adorable as usual! Glad to see you and your momma are doing great!

August 8, 2011 12:22 AM
Laurel said...

We kidney YOU, too, Bakerella! Sending positive thoughts your way.

August 8, 2011 12:24 AM
Dawn C. said...

No way! So cute! And I’m totally getting one of those pancreas plush organs. I’m a diabetic. Then I’ll have 2 pancreases that don’t work, but at least one of them will be cute and cuddly. :)

SOOOO very happy that you and your mom are doing well!

August 8, 2011 12:27 AM
Alpha said...

This is just beyond excellent and cute! So glad you are back :D Hugs from Tijuana!

August 8, 2011 12:29 AM
Sharon said...

Aw…Only you could make a kidney be so cute! Glad to hear your getting good reports & your Mom is doing well! Keeping you all in prayer! ASAP=Always Sending A Prayer Blessings! Sharon :)

August 8, 2011 12:30 AM
Krystal said...

so cute!

August 8, 2011 12:31 AM
Raechel said...

I love these cake pops! Good for you for celebrating your recovery! My anatomy teacher would of loved these cake pops! And we sell like stuffed bacteria and viruses at my college. Same idea but different. I think they are cute :) A good thing to give to someone who has something!

August 8, 2011 12:32 AM
Katherine said...

I’ve been following your blog for over a year and this is the first time I’ve left a comment. About time haha! I’ve been battling my health the past year and it has helped me to see your journey and realize that I’m not alone. Your sense of humor is exactly what I needed tonight! I might have to get myself a plush lung and get back to baking soon:) Thanks for the inspiration! I hope your health continues to be good!

August 8, 2011 12:40 AM
Stef @ said...

Too cute! I”m so glad you and your mom are feeling better!!!!

August 8, 2011 12:40 AM
Tiffany@fizzyparty said...

I adore that you made these. You’re taking a situation that I’m sure neither you or your mom wanted to go through and making lemonade. I simply love that. These cake pops are adorable and shows your inner strength. I’m happy to hear your both doing well. And thank you for sharing where to get those great plush organs. I’m ordering a uterus for a party I’m planning in September. Mine was removed 7 years ago.

August 8, 2011 12:40 AM
Popztee Cake Pop Stand said...

Glad you are feeling better. Your cake pops rock. I think that you have inspired people not only with baking, but with with how open you have been with your recent organ donation. Keep up the great work!

August 8, 2011 12:43 AM
Cindy Z said...

They are adorable!! I am so glad to hear you and your mom are doing well!!

August 8, 2011 12:44 AM
Budoh said...

We all have the same sentiments… We admire your courage, your positive attitude, and just being the adorable you! Thank you for sharing and adding a smile to such a serious topic.

It’s really great to see your adorable creations again :)

August 8, 2011 12:47 AM
Katrina said...

HAHAHA love these! You are just too cute.

August 8, 2011 12:50 AM
Nik said...

I love your positive outlook on life. Very inspiring. I wish you and your mom a speedy recovery. I haven’t had the courage to make cake pops yet but will soon. Have a great week.

August 8, 2011 12:54 AM
Kathleena said...

These are too cute!!! Glad you and your mom are doing well!!!!

August 8, 2011 12:56 AM
Sue said...

I have never seen such cute kidneys~Love your YiPEE sign! Hang tough! :)

August 8, 2011 01:05 AM
Tammy said...

These are too cute for words!! And those plush organs- so fun!! I’m sending good vibes your way on a great week of labs!

August 8, 2011 01:14 AM
Amanda said...

These are so adorable! So glad to hear that you and your mama are doing well!

August 8, 2011 01:21 AM
debra t. said...

I’ve been on the transplant list for 18 months. They say the average wait time is 18 months for my blood type. I think I will make these after the transplant when I’m feeling better but bored and kinda stuck around the house!
I’m glad your transplant went well with your mother.
Yours in renal health,

August 8, 2011 01:35 AM
Shosh said...

Completely. Awesome.
Hope you continue to do well!
Feel good.

August 8, 2011 01:46 AM
Viktoria - Pinkpastry said...

So sweet! Im the same buying candy = )
Big hugs from Swedeb!

August 8, 2011 01:55 AM
Viktoria - Pinkpastry said...

I mean big hugs from sweden!

August 8, 2011 01:55 AM
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

What a great way to stay positive during stressful, emotional time!

August 8, 2011 01:59 AM
vivian said...

Haha these are adorable! (:
I feel like you recieving these presents
was a build up to these cakepops :]
It’s fate~ ^^
Glad everything’s okay Bakerella :3

August 8, 2011 02:05 AM
Lori said...

I wasn’t sure WHAT those were, but once I read your story, I had to smile. I’ve had FOUR kidney stones this year, 3 removed by surgery. This is the BEST thing about kidneys I’ve seen since January! : ) So cute.

August 8, 2011 02:14 AM
Neesie said...

I’ll be passing on the details to a clinic I attend. They’re going to love them. So incredibly cute and fun, for such a serious topic.
They’re a great idea for fundraising.
So glad that you and your mum are doing well…..carry on the good work ; )

August 8, 2011 02:20 AM
Trisha Miles said...

Love these!!! They really say YiPEE.

August 8, 2011 02:23 AM
marda@ said...

You always have great idea,………so cuteee….
Thanks for sharing…….

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August 8, 2011 02:27 AM
misbah said...

Happy for that you both are doing weel.Both the pops and the huggable guts are genious.

August 8, 2011 02:33 AM
Adriana said...

awwwww! these bring a bit of positivity and humour to the situation, i would love ovary, pancreas and thyroid gland pops, to make me feel better about all my health problems!! hahah yay! although i would have to try and use sugar substitutes! i love you, you talented lady!! and good luck!

August 8, 2011 02:39 AM
Antares said...

These guys are cute! Glad to hear you and your mom doing well.

August 8, 2011 02:46 AM
Bianca said...

I discovered the Continental equivalent at Easter (Scoubidoo by Lutti) and stocked up. I use them for bows on my mice and Upsy Daisy’s hair. See here:link to and here: link to . Glad to hear that you’re feeling better! xxx

August 8, 2011 03:06 AM
Yane said...

I love how you can turn anything into the cutest cake pops ever!! Hope you and your mom keep doing good <3

August 8, 2011 03:25 AM
cchw said...

You are an inspiration!

August 8, 2011 03:29 AM
Sasha @ The Procrastobaker said...

I LOVE this post! everything about it is just joyful and smile-inducing :) you really are amazing, and im so glad it all went well for you (touch wood :) ) now to go make myself some pancreas pops…too cute!

August 8, 2011 03:49 AM
Celeste T. said...

they instantly made me smile! i’m glad you and your mom are well, especially well enough to make something like these! the stuffed organs are cute :) oh and i LOVE rips!

August 8, 2011 04:13 AM
AGinTO said...

I knew what they were as soon as I saw it on your FB! Lol. I <3 and "kidney" you too!

Keep on gettin better!!!


August 8, 2011 04:22 AM
K-lynn said...

Oh goodness.. I have got to get that gigantic gallbladder plush. I just had my gallbladder removed, and that would be a great reminder.
Btw, i love those cute purple kidney pops.
May you be healthier always..

August 8, 2011 04:25 AM
Marine said...

Hey, they are so cute and so funny.
I like the way you always turn things in a positive way!
Thank you for your cheerfulness.

August 8, 2011 04:34 AM
Eloïse said...

Awesome, you are REALLY a Fairy to transform anything into cute and beautiful! Bravo!

August 8, 2011 05:10 AM
Angie said...

These are perfect! Wow! I’m once again blown away by how awesome you are. So glad you’re doing better :)

August 8, 2011 05:25 AM
Jimemmajack Cookies said...

??? (Couldn’t find a kidney shaped emoticon…) So glad you are feeling better!

August 8, 2011 06:01 AM
theoutfitdiaries said...

that’s adorable!!

August 8, 2011 06:02 AM
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