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!

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh. My. Goodness!

These are SO completely, ADORABLE. I have to shout it – seriously, I absolutely love them.

I’m also so glad to hear you two are doing good, Angie. ((Hugs!))

August 15, 2011 10:12 AM
Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

Adorable. So happy to hear that you and Mom are doing well!

August 15, 2011 10:12 AM
Donna Jones said...

My daughter got me started on your adorable and enjoyable website…and made me realize that there’s so much more to cupcakes that the standard ones I grew up with! Thank you for the inspiration :) The best thing about your blog is that you reach so many people with your positive energy and fun in creating something unique for just about any occasion. I love hearing about new places and ideas that ‘pop’ into your mind. Please keep telling us how you’re doing–I can tell there’s many more like me out there concerned for your health (and sanity) as well! Keep up the fabulous work! We are all watching you :)

August 15, 2011 02:58 PM
patti morfeld said...

meant to post days ago-these are the most stinkin cute cake pops ever!

August 15, 2011 03:19 PM
Meagan said...

I am making these for my husbands transplant anniversary now!!! Good Luck with your kidney journey!!

August 15, 2011 07:14 PM
Sara said...

As a transplant nurse I love the kidney pops!

August 16, 2011 06:51 AM
Sarah said...

I love these! My friend just sent me this link as today is the 4-year anniversary of the day I recieved a kidney transplant from my mom. They are super cute, and I only wish I would have seen this sooner because I would have made them for today! I will definitely be doing this next year! Glad to see that you are recovering well from your surgery. I hope your labs start to stabilize for you as well. I know I always get worried when the numbers aren’t exactly what I’d like them to be. Take care!

August 16, 2011 04:18 PM
Patrice said...

Sweetie you make me smile! actually I sort of guffawed this time. YiPEE? LOL so cute. You and your mum have been in my prayers. Glad to hear you are getting good checkups! I bookmarked your site and enjoy your creativity! I am a good cook but a terrible baker, can’t seem to refrain from tinkering with ingredients, and that does not make for good baked goods.

August 17, 2011 12:59 PM
Dawn said...

I just might have to make these for my boyfriend’s transplant anniversary!

I’m so glad you’re doing well too!

August 17, 2011 01:23 PM
tami said...

I’m glad you’re doing better! xoxo

August 18, 2011 04:11 AM
Christina said...

Hi Bakerella and everyone else!!! I need some advice, I made some cake pops for the first time today for my son’s bday party on Saturday. Why do my cake pops keep falling off the stick after I’ve decorated them? So frustrating!! :( What am I diong wrong? Also, I bought a food black marker, but doesn’t really work good when try to draw on cake pops. What do you all use? Thanks for any tips and advice.

August 19, 2011 02:58 AM
Aimee said...

Yay! Congrats on a successful surgery! I love the kidney pops.

My dad is a pancreas transplant… guy… I mean, after 10 years, do I still call him a patient? Anyway, organ transplantation is a huge thing, and from one transplant family to another, I send you lots of love.

August 20, 2011 12:40 AM
Dawn said...

Those are awesome!! My sister is ready to donate a kidney to my aunt in October–these would be a perfect addition to a “yay!” party I plan to have if everything goes well and once everyone is healed.

August 21, 2011 01:20 AM
michele said...

I love these. I just celebrated 7 years with my cadavor kidney transplant. Best of health to you.

August 21, 2011 09:02 AM
susy said...

hey i´m mexican and i bought your book.
and i want to know what is frosting because i dont know if here i can bought that.
and do you have a franchise?????

August 22, 2011 06:58 PM
Jennifer said...

As a transplant professional (I work for Maryland’s organ donor program), I knew exactly what those were from as soon as I saw the picture. So glad your transplant is doing well and you are so open with your story. Keep sharing it and encouraging others to designate themselves as organ donors!

August 24, 2011 09:15 PM
Lucie Mewes said...


You and my mother are in my heart, be well!

I was blessed to receive a liver transplant last January and am this very minute fighting my first cold!

Finally, I’m wandering around the blogosphere for baking … And cooking.

Through this most impersonal media I feel more deeply connected with wonder and life.

Plush livers all around!

All I ask of everyone I meet is that they consider making a gift of life.

August 26, 2011 06:50 PM
Yvonne said...

So glad to hear everything went well and is still going well! I was wondering if these are endorsed by you? Seems like a lot of your ideas. Although I can definitely say these would not taste nearly as good…
I love your book and very holiday I try a new pop. I even make 78 ‘couples’ of the bride and groom (white brides and chocolate grooms, of course) they were a big hit!

August 26, 2011 11:26 PM
Dorci said...

Those kidney pops are about the only thing that have made me smile all week. Thanks for posting and so glad you’re doing well!

August 29, 2011 12:45 AM
Miho-chan said...

they look a bit creepy but cute too~
like your page (become a follower ^^)

August 30, 2011 05:08 AM
Karen said...

How cute!!!! My husband has had a kidney transplant and is waiting for another. I know what you are going thru. When he gets his second, I am going to make these for all the transplant Dr’s and nurses. They are so wonderful. I would love for you to e-mail me and let me know how you are doing. Take care and good luck with everything.

August 30, 2011 02:00 PM
Chris said...

these are adorable; wish I had seen them sooner ~ my husband had his kidney transplant June 8th, these would’ve been perfect to bring in :) Glad to hear you (and your mom) are doing well ~ my husband is too :D

August 30, 2011 03:44 PM
Jenny said...

I work with dialysis and transplant patients. These are awesome! Can’t wait to try them. Hope you android mom are recovering and doing well. You Are an inspiration for people with kidney disease! Thx for sharing these!

August 30, 2011 04:57 PM
Sasha said...

I love your work! so inspiring! but I do have a question? I am making cake pops for my sons birthday and I was wondering how I should store them. I know to keep them refrigerated up til the day I take them out but what about when I display them in the HOT sun? would you happen to know about how long they’ll last? or would they be fine for awhile? PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!! THANKS!

September 4, 2011 05:02 AM
Terri said...

I was just looking to see if I could attempt your infamous CakePops for my sis’ baby shower. I may try these now.

They are awesome and look exactly like the I Heart Guts kidney! I had a transplant two years ago and did the kidney walk this year and wore one of their shirts. I actually still have the pin on my tote.

Good luck to you Bakerella!

September 4, 2011 01:50 PM
Liza said...

These are so cute!! And I am so glad that you and your mother feeling better!

September 4, 2011 08:53 PM
tara said...

I LOVE those!! I work in a hospital, and we see pediatric.. We don’t have plush body parts though.. we have different diseases and illnesses.

September 6, 2011 01:09 AM
Sherry Austria-Lumauod said...

Thank you for sharing. Glad you are feeling better. My sister gave me a kidney almost 5 years ago. I will definitely get her something from I Heart Guts! Luv it!

September 6, 2011 05:06 PM
Kelli said...

several years ago my dd (then 9) had to have an emergency bowl resection— I’m sooooo ordering her the intestines for Christmas! ;)

September 7, 2011 08:25 AM
Michele in IL. said...

wow, just found your web site and love it! So many great ideas to inspire me! Can’t wait to try some!!!
Thank you!

September 11, 2011 08:57 AM
SweetToothSweets said...

All your creations are amazing! And that’s great that you can find humor in your situation with these kidney pops. Lol!

I have a question I hope you or someone can answer. I’ve been making cake pops and have a problem with them falling off the stick when I dip them in the chocolate. I dip the stick in chocolate before inserting them into the balls and let them harden in the fridge for usually 10-15 min, but when I dip them into the hot chocolate some of them just melt off the stick. Any tips for preventing this?

September 12, 2011 10:16 AM
Heather said...

I LOVE THEM!! My best friend is a three time kidney transplant recipient….I can’t wait to see her again. Not only am I going to make her some but I am going to get her a purple stuffed kidney too!

Thank you for being so creative!

September 12, 2011 02:44 PM
Tara said...

LOVE THESE!! My daughter has had two kidney transplants (she’s 11 and her kidneys started to fail at 15 months). She has FSGS and it keeps re-occurring in the new transplanted kidneys.

These were just totally AWESOME!! We celebrate her “kidney anniversary” as a sorta “second birthday”, so I plan on making these next time!!

Thanks so much for the idea and I hope your recovery goes well!!!

September 16, 2011 09:13 PM
Caitlin said...

You are fabulous ! These cake pops are such a great idea and are really fun. I just recently started getting a baking kick and have started making all types of cakes and cupcakes to bring to work just for fun. I’m so excited I found your website! Thanks for the great tips! Happy baking :)

September 22, 2011 02:28 PM
AJ said...

Love your website…and I love these cake pops! So glad you’re feeling better…thanks for the fabulous ideas!

October 4, 2011 09:35 AM
Becky Perry said...

Congratulations on your new kidney!! My niece sent me a link to these cake pops because I had a transplant myself in March of 2010. I’m so happy for you. It’s a whole new life, isn’t it?

October 4, 2011 07:40 PM
Marianthi said...

Both my brother and sister have kidney failure. My brother received his transplant 3 years ago and is doing extraordinarily well. And your cake pops are SOOOO AWESOME!!!!

When my sister finally get’s her transplant you know I’m going to make these for everyone.

Good luck and I wish you the best of health

October 6, 2011 07:21 PM
cathy vitello said...

My daughter Chanel is awaiting a kidney transplant as I write. I just bought her a cake pop maker, i think she will love this idea, even if she has to make them by hand…thanks for the terrific idea.

October 9, 2011 10:55 AM
Amy Orozco said...

I just wanted to share a story with you. I recently found a new interest in cake pops. A friend of mine made some for easter this year and i thought they were adoreable. I looke up some websites and came across yours. The ones that most struct my interest were the kidney shaped ones. My mother was on dialysis for almost ten years. In June 2009 the Pastor of the church we attend donated his kidney for her. They were a six out of six match. I thank you for doing this and I do believe I will be practicing until june. When june comes around again, I will make these for Pastor Ken’s appreciation dinner. Every year now since the transplant our family gets together with Pastor’s family and we have what we normally have in November for thanksgiving dinner. The turkey, the stuffing. the mashed potatos. … the whole nine yards. because what better way to say thank you than with thanksgiving dinner.? Pastor’s children do not really care for cake much but they love cupcakes, so I will be attempting to make these. If you have any tips or pointers they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and may God bless you. I will be praying for your continued health. I know its a rough journey sometimes, but God will see your through it.
In Christ’s Love

October 12, 2011 02:18 PM
Alex said...

They are so cute. You should try to make cake pops but instead of cake browines.

October 13, 2011 03:50 PM
Angela Huffman said...

We have a precious 4 year old Miss Zoey Jade who was born with only one Kidney. My family is huge supporters of the National Kidney Foundation (Kentucky chapter) and this year helped raise $100K. I will be getting Zoey a I Heart Guts Kidney. Hope you are doing well.

October 27, 2011 12:05 PM
Joeys said...

Congrats on your transplant. My husband had a kidney transplant 18 & 1/2 years ago and he is amazing. I love your kidney cake pops. God Bless you.

October 30, 2011 09:20 PM
Anne Halpin said...

These are the cutest kidney’s I have ever seen. This is my first time on your website and I am blown away! I actually work in an HLA lab so not only is your site delicious, it is inspirational. Hope your renal function is as great as your baking.

November 2, 2011 01:44 AM
Anonymous said...

To cute, I donated a kidney two years ago this month those would be really cute to make.

November 5, 2011 11:36 PM
Jessie Duke said...

Donated to my brother that is.

November 5, 2011 11:37 PM
Emmy said...

These are just so cute!!

November 7, 2011 10:59 PM
Kelly said...

Love it! Hope your doing well! My mom donated her kidney to my step dad last December. I just recently attended a donor recognition ceremony and it was truly inspiring especially to be in attendance with humanitarian donors who had nothing to gain by their donation!

November 8, 2011 01:53 PM
Kristin said...

These are so cute. I had a kidney transplant 7 years ago. I actually have to have another one as this one is slowly failing but my transplant anniversary is this month on the 30th. Love these pops!

November 11, 2011 08:00 AM
Jenipher said...

Omgosh…these are so amazing!
What an amazingly optimistic take on a previous surgery. :)

November 14, 2011 04:54 PM
Andrea said...

hey girly,
love the kidney pops! lol!
I love to bake as well…..
I to am a kidney transplant recipient from my mother and beleive me when i say it will get better. you feel like a million bucks dont you. your about every three to four months I can imagine and their still testing your meds. I just celebrated 15 years this year and am feeling fantastic, if you need any pointers or anything just ask because I most certainly need some baking tips. hope all is well and beleive me when I say it will get better…


November 30, 2011 12:10 PM
Jennifer said...

There are just perfect! My husband is a transplant coordinator, and I can’t wait to make these for his next staff meeting!

December 6, 2011 10:01 AM
Jennifer said...

My husband is an organ donation coordinator and LOVED these! What a great idea for a holiday gift for the transplant unit!

December 6, 2011 11:17 AM
Kristen said...

OMG. I wish I had seen these before my daughter’s kidney surgery this summer! I totally have to get her that plush now and make these pops

December 15, 2011 05:15 PM
Lollipop said...

wow all these things are amazingly creative.. i just got the kit today the same day my friend got the baby cakes maker so we are gonna work on some new things on winter break and hopefully much more after that so keep comeing up wth new ideas so we can try them out

December 16, 2011 05:39 PM
Trenia said...

I will be celebrating my 1 year transplant anniversary on fe. 12,2012. I will definitely be using this idea…too cute

December 28, 2011 10:22 PM
Janine said...

I know that this comment is coming a little late, but I think that you are amazing for doing all you do and dealing with all your are dealing with.

Making healthy happy kidneys for yourself and to share with your worried family has probably been very therapeutic for all of you.

I know that now you and your mom have gotten through the surgery quite well, and I pray that things continue on this good path.

Keep baking!

December 29, 2011 11:40 PM
sheila simpson said...

Hi! I love your site so much. You are very talented. I saw where you or your mother had a transplant. I just had a transplant myself. I had a double transplant. I would love to exchange stories about this. Please write back to me. I am so looking forward to this.
God bless,

January 20, 2012 01:20 AM
ellie said...

they look awesome i tried um but they didnt look right next time ill leave it to you!

January 23, 2012 02:22 PM
Dana-Susan Crews said...

I stumbled upon your kidney cake pops while searching the web. I’m being evaluated to become a kidney donor. I will be a non directed donor so my recipient won’t know anything about me nor I about him/her. So far, I’m looking pretty healthy so if the scans go well, looks like I’ll be donating my kidney in April. I’m going to make some of these cake balls after it’s all done and celebrate. I hope whoever gets my kidney will see immediate improved quality of life.

February 15, 2012 05:10 PM
klarika said...

Please make like an organ set of cake pops :) lol like heart kidney lung would be too cute.

March 2, 2012 10:26 PM
grace said...

I want the huge kidney plush for $20 off I <3 Guts!

March 20, 2012 10:38 PM
Brooke said...

did you get a kidney transplant? or did you give one? I’m 29 and waiting for my 3rd. I’ve been waiting almost 6 years now :( Your kidney pops are defintiely cute!! :)

March 28, 2012 03:37 PM
Megan said...

I absolutely love these pops. I a, going to try to make cake pops shaped like the other plush characters.

April 16, 2012 07:11 PM
MamaSonya said...

This post is what drew me to your site, well that and your green ribbon ones. Yes, I too am a transplant recipient. Kidney and pancreas actually. Thanks for posting. I am a cake decorator, and my husband likes to take my scraps and make cake balls (not exactly pretty ones) but I have been trying to convince him to try his hand at decorating some cake balls and cake pops. Maybe Ic an convince him to make these since it does happen to be donate life month. So glad you are doing well.

April 23, 2012 10:00 PM
hannah kouba said...

oh my god becky look at her butt. TUSHY

April 29, 2012 08:09 PM
caden whitt said...

its my trash can in a wadded up bahooky i love her gunnys

April 29, 2012 08:12 PM
Gina Funaro said...

I bought your book last year right after i started dialysis, had no idea you were going through this. Kidney people rock!

May 7, 2012 10:31 AM
Donna Falls said...

Dear Bakerella,
My name is Donna Falls. I am a dialysis nurse at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. I came across your web site while searching for educational material for the children in our unit on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Your kidney cake pops are wonderful! I am not a real good cook, but I will try these for the kids. Where can I find the licorice strings? Thank you for such a creative idea. I hope you are doing well after your transplant. When I give the kidney pops to the kids, it will be fun to tell them that a kidney patient came up with the idea. Thank you, Donna Falls, RN

May 30, 2012 12:14 PM
Jeanne said...

I love these ! My dad and I just celebrated the eighth anniversary of his liver transplant ! I was able to give him part of mine !! Now i will have to figure out how to make a liver pop! =)

June 17, 2012 09:15 PM
julie said...

Aren’t mom’s the greatest?? I recieved a kidney from my mom back in 1980 and then another one from my dad in 1991. This July 9th, 2012 will be 21 years. So trully appreciate your kidney pops…
Hope all is well with you and your mom

June 29, 2012 04:37 PM
Dawn Andrews said...

You and your mom are an inspiration! I have a family history of PKD and will likely need a transplant myself. I think I’ll make these cake pops for my step-mom, who donated her kidney to my dad 6 years ago. Maybe I should make some for my mom as well. It never hurts to grease the skids! :) If you’re looking for a thank you gift for your mom, Tiffany’s sells a gorgeous line of jewelry with kidney shaped pendants in silver, gold, or platinum.

July 3, 2012 12:22 AM
Anonymous said...

I love those cake pops and wish I had
a plush too. God bless you Bakerella!

August 15, 2012 02:32 PM
Laura Lavello said...

I love these kidney cake pops.
I want to make these but, I am on a diet.
I also got the kidney plush too.
I am glad to know that you and your mom is
feeling better.
I am a transplant patient too,so I know how
you feel.
God bless you Bakerella! ; D
( Also , please tell your mother that I
said , Please feel better.

August 15, 2012 02:40 PM
Brooke said...

Hi there!
These are TOOO cute!
I work for an organ procurement organization here in Florida, we procure kidneys for people to recieve every day and spend LOTS of quality time with the “Kids” as we call them….
I would love to order some of these for my co-workers.. Do you sell them? If so how much would a dozen or 2 be??


September 24, 2012 09:52 AM
Brooke said...

SO glad your transplant went well! <3

September 24, 2012 09:54 AM
Nicole said...

THANK YOU! My 5 year old son is going in for bilateral ureteral reimplantation surgery in a few weeks and I wanted to find something fun to do with his class the day before so Ryan could tell them what is happening… and these are PERFECT!! And I might have to get him the plush kidney as well…:) Hope you are doing well!!

October 15, 2012 07:45 PM
Nadine said...

I love these! My husband and I are waiting on news for a potential donor for him on November 5th, when she goes for a final consult! I hope to he able to make these to celebrate!!! Any other suggestions? Thanks for sharing your journey.

October 20, 2012 09:51 PM
Lantana said...

Keep on smiling, Bakerella! I kidney you too!

January 21, 2013 01:33 PM
Shelly said...

Love them! My son was born with kidney failure and after tons of surgeries and 4 years on dialysis, I was able to donate a kidney to him when he was 5 years old. I am not quite ambitious enough to give these a try, but it’s an awesome idea! He’ll hit 20 years post transplant in 2017, maybe I’ll have to come up with something like this for that special day!!!

February 24, 2013 09:04 AM
Necha said...

I’m going to try to make some of these for the 10 year anniversary of my kidney transplant next week. My dad/donor will love them!

May 15, 2013 08:54 AM
Jessica said...

I love these, and your story. I have been a dialysis nurse for 5 years and while I absolutely love my job because of the relationships I’m able to build with my patients and their families, I love it even more when patients are transplanted and don’t have to come in for treatment anymore. My clinic is doing fundraising for the NKF Kidney Walk in San Francisco this June and I plan on making (*attempting to make) these adorable cake pops for our bake sale! Thank you for your inspiration!! Hope all is well with you!!

April 2, 2015 08:18 PM
Stacy said...

These are awesome.

May 22, 2015 01:56 PM
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