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!

Donna Sue said...

Super adorable! :) Hope you continue to feel better. The photo of the just-cut licorice looks like macaroni and cheese! :)

August 8, 2011 04:52 PM
Molly said...

Too cute! So glad you made these and that you & your mom are doing well!

August 8, 2011 04:54 PM
Maryanne said...

OMG, these are too awesome! So glad to hear you and your mom are doing well.

August 8, 2011 04:56 PM
Karen said...

SOOOOOO good to see you creating again!!! We heart er’ a’ kidney you too!!!

August 8, 2011 05:07 PM
CateS said...

That is soooo cute!! And the plush ‘guts’ I just love!! I hope you could take some of your cake pops to your surgical team!! It would probably be the most unusual ‘thank you’ they ever got..!

August 8, 2011 05:21 PM
Evelyn said...

So glad to hear you and your mom are doing well. Aren’t doctors amazing?!?!

Love the kidney cake pops…so cute. I cracked up laughing when I read about I Heart Guts…I think I’ve heard
everything now!

Keep doing well…love reading your posts.

August 8, 2011 05:26 PM
Lisa said...

Love teh pops and the toys. Thrilled that you and you mom are doing well. We’re routing for you!

August 8, 2011 05:35 PM
debbie a said...

Kidney pops…who knew they would be sooooo cute!! Really glad to hear you and your Mom are doing well.

August 8, 2011 05:41 PM
Nic@diningwithastud said...

Thses are so fab haha! Love the cake colour innards too :) perfect!

August 8, 2011 07:01 PM
Sarah said...

So very glad you (and Mom) are doing well. I feel quite sure the karma of such cute kidney pops will inspire your kidneys to do great!

August 8, 2011 07:17 PM
The Cake Pop Shop said...

Order delectable cake pops in a variety of flavors from The Cake Pop Shop!

August 8, 2011 07:36 PM
Javiera said...

Hi.. I really don’t think that you’re gonna read this, but i wanna say thanks you…

I start to read your page about 2 years ago and i wanna do something like you, because i love candys and all that stuffs..

I try so hard to make some cookies but i never got the rigth recepie… After a lot of tryes i made my own recepie and all my family love it…

But about 1 month i start to sell them and now i got clients and everybody want them!

I’m from chile, and i’m giving you thanks you becouse you and your website inspiring me and im doing in my life what i always wanna do :)

So.. Thanks you very much

August 8, 2011 08:01 PM
Tara said...

So glad to see that you are feeling better and these pops are just the sweetest <3

August 8, 2011 08:25 PM
Darlene Bond said...

Those are adorable.

I may know what I am getting my sister. She recently celebrated one year with her new heart.

August 8, 2011 08:35 PM
Karen Dunn said...

These are so cute. I could hardly believe it when i saw the photo of the candy! I was at Six Flags today, saw this candy in one of the stores, thought it was so cute..and promptly did NOT buy it!! I so wish i had now! This is such a great use for the candy. So glad you did make the kidney pops. Happy you’ve been getting good reports from your doctors :)

August 8, 2011 10:00 PM
Lori Souter said...

you are too much! these are too cute!

glad to hear that you and your mom are doing well…..


August 8, 2011 10:09 PM
Vicki Bensinger said...

These are wonderful and so are the little stuffed body organs. So glad to hear you’re doing well and that your body has accepted your moms kidney. I wish you all the best.

August 8, 2011 10:18 PM
Katina said...

Don’t you mean “urine” in love with us!! These are too cute and I’m glad to hear both of you are doing great!

August 8, 2011 10:20 PM
mindy1 said...

BTW, I just realized something-you forgot the adrenal glands-you have good kidneys, but you have adrenal insufficency ;)

August 8, 2011 10:32 PM
melanie said...

This post makes me smile so much, the fact that you and your mom are doing well, plus the strange fact that somehow guts are so cute. I’m a liver not a fighter! heheeheh

August 8, 2011 10:50 PM
Julie said...

Those are adorable!! I am so glad you and your mom are doing well, and I absolutely love your sense of humor :)

August 8, 2011 10:51 PM
@adelas said...

The yellow “veins”… or ureter lines… are cracking me up. These are adorable. Glad you’re doing well!

August 9, 2011 12:05 AM
aussiemarina said...

good to hear you and your mum are doing well…….and especially that you are making cake pops………kidney ones are too cute !!! love the plush toy……….i wish i had seen these earlier as my friend and i had our gall bladders out within weeks of each other……….how cute…tfs

August 9, 2011 01:08 AM
Mandarrr said...

those plushies are adorable!!! as are your cake pops. [:

p.s. check these out!!

August 9, 2011 01:25 AM
ra said...

they look so cute!

August 9, 2011 06:14 AM
Amanda said...

My boyfriend gave me the gallbladder one after mine resigned from her job. I love cuddling it!

August 9, 2011 06:27 AM
Brenda Gartman said...

Wow, I’ve always been inspired by your your baking creativity, but I had no idea that you were also a transplant recipient! Congrats to you and your Mom. Less than two weeks ago I donated one of my kidneys to my husband. His kidney function went from less than 7% before surgery, to over 80% in less than two weeks after surgery. Your Mom is a very special person…and your kidney cake pops make the whole idea of a kidney transplant a lot cuter!

August 9, 2011 07:53 AM
Leslie said...

How cute and funny! Glad you and your Mom are doing well.

August 9, 2011 08:10 AM
Faun said...

Too cute! Glad to hear that you and your mom are on the mend! Hugs…

August 9, 2011 09:50 AM
Toni said...

My kidney problem wasn’t as serious, by far, as yours. I had kidney stones. This reminds me of when I was in college and had to take time off to have a laser procedure to bust the little suckers up so I could pass them.

I made lunch for my class on the day before I took off for the procedure…what did we have?

Why chili with kidney beans and for desert…Rocky Road ice cream!!!!! Next time ( my kidney stones are reoccuring) will definately include your kidney pops!

August 9, 2011 09:54 AM
Lady Lauren said...

Kinda gross…but cute at the same time (LOL)! So glad your transplant went well!

August 9, 2011 11:25 AM
Marie said...

Those are so funny and cute! Both the plush toys and cake pops of course.

August 9, 2011 12:10 PM
Rose said...

Been thinking of you and praying that you are doing well. Love the kidney pops!

August 9, 2011 01:13 PM
Amanda said...


I am so happy for you. I’m glad that you and your mom are doing better. You are so talented and give me so much inspiration.

~a teen baker/blogger

August 9, 2011 01:24 PM
Aida S said...

My mom had a Liver Transplant 4 months ago and I can’t wait to make these for her Birthday Party this month ! Thanks for sharing and so happy for your transplant. My mom and I read your blog for the months leading up to her surgery.

August 9, 2011 01:44 PM
nicole harman said...

Those are so cute! Hope your recovery keeps going well.

August 9, 2011 02:59 PM
Marjolijn said...

Hahahaha these are so cute! Glad you’re doing better :)

August 9, 2011 03:22 PM
Erin Lindsey said...

Awww, we heart…err kidney….you too.

August 9, 2011 03:59 PM
Faith said...

As a medical researcher, I am absolutely in love with both the pops and the huggables! Adorable!

August 9, 2011 04:13 PM
Corvus said...

I work in the organ donation/transplant industry (I do the infectious disease testing that makes sure you don’t get any unwanted viral guests with your new organ), and I’ve loved following your story for the completely selfish reason that it makes me feel good about going to work every day. Woot!

I might need to make some kidney pops for work some time.

August 9, 2011 04:53 PM
Vanessa said...

they have those little plush toys designed after diseases too. My biology college professor has them. Weird how something we don’t generally think of as being cute turns out to be in a little plush toy! Glad to hear all is going good since the surgery for both of you. Prayers that they will continue to go that way as well!!

August 9, 2011 05:54 PM
Karla of Dreamaginarius Arts said...

Don’t know your story but honestly I am glad you are doing great! Plus making gorgeous little yummy things out of the situation :)

Cute Kidney!

August 9, 2011 05:59 PM
cc said...

ahaha! The funniest ever, maybe. “When urine love…” *snicker*

August 9, 2011 07:15 PM
Lisa said...

Funny you posted this, I was totally thinking about your recovery and here I log on and you blog about your kidney and cake pops! Glad to hear you both are doing good.

August 9, 2011 07:17 PM
Alia said...

Im glad ur back blogging and still creating cake pops , may god keep u and your mother healthy and happy :)

August 9, 2011 08:01 PM
snow said...

cutest kidneys ever! never thought i’d say this about kidneys but they are adorable! glad to hear that you and your mom are recovering nicely and hope and pray that things continue to get better! so happy to see you’re back to making your delightful treats! take good care!

August 9, 2011 08:15 PM
Kelley said...

Love it! And so glad you’re doing well…

August 9, 2011 08:57 PM
Lisa said...

You rock!
So glad you and mom are doing so well. You brightened my day of blues and made me smile. What a bright light of happy wonderful goodness you are.
Kidney you, sistah!

August 9, 2011 09:02 PM
Niki said...

Hilarious!! Glad you’re back and doing better!! I’m actually making a monster cake with cake pop “eyes” in a week and a half for my son’s birthday!

August 9, 2011 09:07 PM
Cloe said...

That has got the be the cutest line of soft toys EVER! And your cakepops are so adorable!!!

August 9, 2011 09:25 PM
Emily said...

I love these. Love them. I hope if I ever have to have an organ transplant or operation I can have the same sense of humor as you, because yours is fabulous! My four kids scour your website weekly, and they love the organs…I am thinking Santa may put some plush organs in some stockings, as weird as that sounds…

August 9, 2011 09:36 PM
Alyce said...

They look great! Welcome back I have missed you. I am so glad you and your Mom ar doing well. Just take it one day at a time. I have a friend who needs a heart transplant, so I am going to have to get to work on some heart cake pops :)

August 9, 2011 09:56 PM
Timmi said...

Wendy is the best! Glad you are feeling better!

August 9, 2011 10:52 PM
Julie Bischoff said...

so glad you and your mom are doing so well!! Here’s to continued great recovery!! And, from a girl who also has some kidney issues- I LOVE the kidney pops-they are simply cute and hysterical-that’s why we love your work :)

August 9, 2011 10:52 PM
Diana said...

Omigosh they’re so adorable!!! Never thought I would say that about kidneys or any other internal organ LOL. I’m glad you’re doing well!

August 9, 2011 11:24 PM
Susan said...

Yipee! So glad to hear that you and your mother are doing well! :)

August 10, 2011 12:26 AM
Naomi said...

A couple of years ago I had two kidneys removed (extra kidney). My son gave me the plush kidney as a gift. I named it ‘Kid’ney Rock…

August 10, 2011 02:21 AM
Cutie Pie said...

AWWWWWWWWW SOOO CUTE So glad your feeling better

August 10, 2011 02:32 AM
Elaine said...

OMYGOSH Bakerella! This is just TOO cute!

I came across a recipe link that took me to the Pioneer Woman’s blog and it immediately made me think of YOU!

And I thought, “I wonder how Bakerella’s doing…..think I’ll check in”… I haven’t been here in a while and whadda know?! This is the post I see! haha!

Well, that’s just incredible that you had a transplant – WOW! I’m glad you and your mother are doing well!

Still cute as ever, I see. And I “kid-ney” you, not! heh-heh! :)

Many Blessings to you, Bakerella! Praise God!

August 10, 2011 03:42 AM
Kristine @ SugarBeams said...

Thanks for the ‘inside’ scoop on such a clever idea! I enjoyed all ‘parts’ of the recipe and it must of taken a lot of ‘guts’ to post it!

August 10, 2011 04:33 AM
Sugary Flower said...

These are so cool! And as soon as I saw them, I knew you’d been on the I Heart Guts site – I love love love those plushies! But I think if anything your pops are even cuter.
I made kidney cookies once (, but they weren’t so cute – I wished afterward that I had put faces on!
Glad to hear you and your mum are doing well.

August 10, 2011 07:41 AM
Mockie said...

These are adorable! Welcome back…you were missed =)

August 10, 2011 10:46 AM
Dmarie said...

too cute! and thanks for sharing such great news!

August 10, 2011 10:50 AM
JP said...

I just had a liver transplant and have been looking for the right kind of liver pops to make! This is a great start! WOO!
Congrats on the transplant!!! *HUGS*

August 10, 2011 11:42 AM
christine said...

wow i’ve never seen such cute kidneys!

August 10, 2011 11:47 AM
Laree @ Ever Heard of Euless said...

When I first saw this post, I was going to comment about I heart guts! Two years ago, my sister had her gall bladder removed. That Christmas, her seriously hilarious hubby gave her a stuffed gall bladder so “she’d be a complete woman again.” So glad you’re doing so great!

August 10, 2011 01:59 PM
Chalana said...

Good to hear you and your mom are doing well! Take care!

Love from Holland

August 10, 2011 03:42 PM
Natalie St.germain said...

congrats on getting a kidney! I love the idea of a kidney cake pop! I am currently on a transplant list and when i get my new kidney i plan on making some of these kidney cake pops.stay well:)

August 10, 2011 09:47 PM
Jen said...

If you loved these Rips Whips and want to use them more for your craft ideas you can find them at any WALGREENS starting in September!!

Also, try original Rips!! They are great for baking as well! You can find those in any Walmart!

Find us on Facebook and share your creations with us!!/ripslicorice

August 11, 2011 09:21 AM
Seanna Lea said...

As soon as I saw this pop up in my reader, I was like “yeah, kidneys!” They are super cute for such a hard working organ.

I like the kidney plush too, but I think I will stick with increasing my collection of plush microbes.

August 11, 2011 12:28 PM
Trooppetrie said...

these would be amazing to make on the anniversary of the day we donated my brothers organs. what a neat idea

August 11, 2011 02:43 PM
Michelle said...

Too freaking cute!

August 11, 2011 03:04 PM
Karina said...

we kidney you too!

August 11, 2011 04:42 PM
Annie said...

I love them! I’m glad you’re better!

August 11, 2011 04:59 PM
Zach said...

Bakerella you are truly innovative – and these look absurdly cute and delicious. thank you so much for sharing. at we are trying to share similar things, and though there are great things we hope you check out, you are one of a kind bakerella. i probably won’t even come close to attempting to make these, but thanks for the lovely share. z

August 11, 2011 05:19 PM
Brunna said...

1That’s awesome! The cake pops and the great news also!!

August 11, 2011 05:52 PM
Jenna said...

awww. just found your blog! so glad your doing well. Cute kidney cake pops! Those are so awesome! You seem like an excellent baker.
I just started my new blog and I hope you will check it out. It talks about food to wedding planning and book reviews.. Check it out and follow if you like

August 11, 2011 09:42 PM
Tracy said...

Love these! So glad that you and your mom are doing well – your positive outlook is something the world needs more of & is inspiring!!

August 11, 2011 10:36 PM
Qing @ Coolest-Party-Ideas said...

You website is delight! I am so glad I found it, and also glad you and your mom doing good !

Your idea are delight! Every one will love those kidney cake pops ! They are so cute!

Keep on gettin better!!!

August 12, 2011 02:45 AM
Jay said...

LOVE it! I saw the plush uterus a little while ago when I was doing some hysterectomy research, I think it’s such a great idea having plushie organs. So valid for so many situations. The cake pops look DELICIOUS and so cute.

August 12, 2011 06:57 AM
Gupsiful said...

that is the cutest kindey I have ever seen!! Glad your doing well!

August 12, 2011 07:05 AM
Kirsten said...

So glad that you are on the mend. You kidney pops are adorable, and giggle inducing!

August 12, 2011 09:40 AM
Rena said...

Seriously, the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I’m so glad you and your mom are doing well!

August 12, 2011 06:34 PM
melinda said...

Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Those plush organs would have made learning anatomy much more fun when I was in school. :)

August 12, 2011 07:51 PM
Amber said...

How the Kidney Pops are ferociously cute! It was so sweet of Wendy to send you one of her kidneys! LOL!

Also, so glad to hear you are getting better! You’ve been in my thoughts since I’ve found out so you’ll still be there until your doc gives you the final awesome news. Cheers to your mom too!

August 12, 2011 08:28 PM
Jessiker @ Jessiker Bakes said...

Glad you’re doing well!!

August 12, 2011 09:46 PM
Harriot said...

Love the Kidneys. I’m thrilled that you are doing better. A great outcome for you and your Mom. Continued good health for you both.

August 13, 2011 08:23 AM
Megan (Bakeralla Fan!) said...

Hahaha! TOO CUTE!

August 13, 2011 09:45 AM
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August 13, 2011 02:03 PM
Kathy said...

These plush organs are so great! I love them and want them all! They remind me of the plush microbes at

Love your kidney cake pops–so cute! Glad you are doing well!

August 13, 2011 03:25 PM
Tidy Brown Wren said...

My friend and kidney donor, Cathy, just sent me the link to your post. How cute! “Our” transplant was 4 months ago and we are both doing well. I’ve found that humor is very helpful in the healing process. I made cookies for my transplant team when I could drive myself to my appointments. I wish I’d seen these first because they would have been perfect. Maybe I’ll make them for my next check-up. I’ll be praying for your continued healing. Blessings!

August 13, 2011 07:33 PM
Ana said...

I love those plush guts! :D I’ve been wanting to get a heart from them for SO long, but shipping to where I live is too high, so I’m waiting ’til I travel somewhere I can find them. I always thought they were the cutest thing EVER… until I saw your kidney cake pops! Adorable! Glad you’re doing ok!! :D

August 13, 2011 09:28 PM
Sheryn said...

From one kidney recipient to another – congratulations My niece/god daughter was my donor and I thank her every day. LOVE the pops and the Guts website.

August 13, 2011 09:47 PM
Lobster Leyla said...

Clearly your talent is only surpassed by your strenght and good humor. Lots of love from Portugal :)

August 13, 2011 09:55 PM
Amy {The Idea Room} said...

So glad you are feeling great! My best friend had a kidney transplant from her mother 15 years ago and they are both still doing great!! Love those kidney pops too!

August 14, 2011 01:01 AM
almond said...

OMG! these are just lovely! love them, love them!

August 14, 2011 10:25 AM
Carole Jones said...

Disturbing….in a cute and adorable way :) These are one of my favorites!

August 14, 2011 02:53 PM
Mona said...

You are so creative : ) Those are awesome!!!

Glad all is going well with you and your Mom : )

August 14, 2011 09:11 PM
Jenn said...

I love this post! My coworker just returned to work after donating a kidney to her father-in-law. I shared this post with her and we had a few good laughs looking at the website with plush organs. My “Hello kidney” cookies fail in comparison to these awesome kidney pops! Glad you are doing well :)

August 14, 2011 10:54 PM
Helen said...

My Husband is in stage 5 kidney failure. I spotted this on “one Pretty Thing” and had to investigate. I am going to get him one of those stuffed kidneys since I don’t bake!!!

August 15, 2011 08:48 AM
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