Happy Birthday, Cake Pops!

Cake Pops turned 10 years old this week (can you believe it?) and today is also National Cake Pops Day! YAY!!! So, to celebrate I decided to make what else but little birthday cake shaped pops.

On January 28, 2008 I posted my first round cake pops here on the blog and then a few days later on February 1 of that year, I posted the first shaped cake pops. These cute cupcakes! They’re the ones that started the cake pop craze and inspired me to teach others how to make them, launching a decade of these diminutive desserts popping up all over the world … at parties, in homes, bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, churches, schools and more. They’ve been responsible for creating a lifetime of unexpected and wonderful memories for me and I hope they’ve brought you guys some extra happiness along the way, too!

Below is a quick little video with a bunch of the pops I’ve made over the past ten years. Soooo much dipping and decorating… it kinda makes my head hurt thinking about all the hours I’ve spent consumed by these tiny treats. Hope you like this little walk down cake pop lane and if you have a fave, let me know in the comments below. It makes me smile to hear which ones made you smile.

Cake Pops – Ten Years of Tiny Treats from bakerella on Vimeo.

Okay, now let’s make some itty-bitty birthday cakes.

Cake poppers, you know the drill. Cake crumbs. Frosting. And mix. And if you’ve never made pops before, here are the full instructions for my basic cake pops. Follow the directions and then, just shape and decorate them into cakes using the instructions below.

Okay, first up are these little layer cakes. Oh my gosh. Adorable.

Shape cake balls into short cylinders. Roll, rotate, slide and shape them on a piece of wax paper to help get smooth and sharp edges.

Use an assortment of sprinkles to decorate your cakes.

  • Dip the pops into melted candy coating. (So white, totally makes them look like marshmallows. In hindsight, I might have switched the colors.)
  • To add confetti, carefully sprinkle tiny nonpareils on the bottom of the pop and over a bowl to catch any that fall off. Let dry.
  • Now add drips of melted pink candy coating around the top edge of the pop using a toothpick. Then while still wet, dip the very top of the pop in pink coating to create a seamless look between the two areas.

So cute. To add decorations, you can place confetti sprinkles on top using candy coating as glue or insert larger sprinkles into the top of the pop before the pink coating is completely dry.

Okay now for some cute overload. Check out these super tiny cake domes. I can’t stand it. These came from a store called the Cake Box on Main in California and are all of 3 inches tall.

Okay, cake slices are up next.

Shape balls into wedges for dipping.

I added the same tiny nonpareils into the candy coating to simulate confetti cake on the inside as well.

  • To decorate, dip the pops and let them dry.
  • When dry, dip the back and top of the cake slice in more melted white candy coating to create a distinguishable second layer for the frosting. Use the tip of a toothpick to clean up any wonky edges.
  • Add nonpareils onto the bottom and back side of the cake slice.
  • Then draw a line down the middle of each side of the slice to create the look of layers using a toothpick dipped in the melted white candy coating.
  • For the tops draw drips using a toothpick dipped in melted pink candy coating and then dip the tops while the drips are still wet to create a seamless look for the icing.

A piece of cake! I also cut slender candles into 1-inch sections and attached them to the tops with melted candy coating to help finish off the look.

Enjoy and Happy Cake Pops Day!

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38 comments on “Happy Birthday, Cake Pops!”

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  2. These are the cutest things!! I am going to surprise my sister with them for her birthday tomorrow. Hopefully mine will turn out as good as yours.

  3. Is there a video showing how you get that wedge shape for the birthday slice?

  4. These are adorable! Can’t wait till I get the chance to make these cute lil CAKE-pops!

  5. Can you order the mini cake slices and overnight them? 

  6. I think these are my very favorite ones! For years I thought the cupcakes were the best. What a great idea. Happy birthday to you, cake pops!

  7. I always look forward to what new creation you will come up with next. Have loved making cake pops over the years. Even made about 200-300 for a party associated with a production of The Best Little Whore House in Texas: baby chicks, pom-poms & tiny Texas A&M footballs. I heard that the guests were trading them to get a “complete set”. That said, I still think one of my favorite ones for “us commoners” to accomplish were the turkeys. Had lots of fun one thanksgiving making “hokie-bird” pops with my 10 year old nephew for the Virginia Tech football game.

  8. Congrats on 10 years of cake pops!! I have been making them for years, following your method. I have made the frog ones, the jingle bell ones, and tons of ones in different coloured sprinkles. I even made 500 for Prom for the kids in school where I worked as a school nurse.  Thank you for all the love and talent you have shared over these 10 years. 

  9. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all the inspiration! (Even if I rarely MAKE the cake pops, I love seeing every creative thing you make!)

  10. Hi Angie ,too good cake pops..
    my wife too makes very good cake pops there anyway she can connect you..I can email. U pics of cake pops made by her ..she is very much in baking 

  11. Happy birthday cake pops! I can’t believe I’ve been following your blog for so long!

  12. Congratulations on 10 years of success! That’s so awesome! I love your cake and cake slice pops, so cute and such attention to detail! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Oh.My.Goodness. These are amazing – you are so talented! This takes me back to my first (badly attempted) cake pop. I needed a friend like you to guide me to make something that looked halfway decent, but at least they were still edible. Thank you for sharing these fun desserts on Cake Pops birthday!

  14. OMG the cute :D they look great :D

  15. Congratulations! Thank you for everything you do. My favorite have been the koalas, but you know it’s hard to choose!

  16. As phenomenal as this movement has been, as impressive as these showcased cake pop designs are, as infinite as your creativity is … None of it compares to the beautiful and inspirational person you are. You continue to amaze me with your intelligence, wisdom, goodness, selflessness and DOGGONE UNBELIEVABLY POSITIVE ATTITUDE ALWAYS. You are an incredible role model, mentor and friend. I’ll always treasure watching your idea become this craze that took the Internets by storm. Congrats on 10 years. Can you believe it? I can’t…Love you forever.

  17. OMG how stinking adorable! My 13yr old son keeps asking me when I’m going to make more cake pops, and for the house, not for work or friends…lol. May have to make these for him for his birthday :-) Love your creations and your products as well :-)

  18. Adorable! I’m so curious how you added the drips of chocolate to the sides. Any tips would be appreciated! :) 

    • I tried to explain it above, but basically I used a toothpick dipped in melted candy coating to apply to the pops and draw a line up toward the top with coating. Then I dipped the tops in coating so it looked seamless.

  19. Happy Cake Pop day and Happy 10 years Bakerella!!! You are so very talented and creative. I’m in awe of the amazing things you come up with. Thank you for creating the cake pop. Where would our world be without it?

  20. I love all that you do. You’ve done a wonderful job with cake pops and everyone is so proud.   You’ve given gifts to the world.  I’ve always been proud of you Angie, so this has to be the icing on your cake.   I know you’ll continue to do marvelous things. You’re the best person I know.   Love, Mom

  21. You’re ingenuity is so inspiring, thanks for sharing it with us!

  22. Happy 10th Birthday Bakerella! I’ve been with you since your very first cake pop creation and always so excited to see what you come up with next. You’re spark of passion has set the world on fire and THANK YOU for always so generously sharing all these cute little creations with the rest of us<3

  23. Happy Birthday to the little beauties you’ve been creating for 10 years!! God bless!

  24. Happy Birthday Cake Pops! Your tiny treats have brought a smile to my face for 10 years. Thanks for sharing!

  25. These are simply amazing! 

  26. Congratulations Angie! I am so proud of you and the incalculable difference you have made in ALL of our lives. From toddlers to centenarians your cake pops have added undeniable happiness to life’s celebrations because simply said, they are cute and delicious!!! Your such a creative, adventurous, sweet baker who works so incredibly hard on giving the best of yourself to all of us. You are inspiring, and the sheer happiness you experience when another baker shares their cake pop success with you has been a gift for me to see. Thank you for putting that little cake ball on a stick and inventing the CAKE POP! Thank you for poring your heart and soul into your book and teaching the rest of us how to make cake pops. Thank you for creating a community of cuteness through your blog where we are always guaranteed a smile. Most of all thank you for asking me to come along on all your adventures…my life is filled with so much sweetness because of you. I love you to infinity and beyond, Cupcake Julie (thanks for the nickname too)! Happy Birthday Cake Pops?

  27. I feel like I say this every time I comment on here but…
    OH MY GOSH these are so freakin’ adorable !!
    Happy birthday, Cake Pops !

  28. These are just the cutuest! You’ve got such a talent :) Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  29. Happy Birthday Cake Pops and Bakerella.   I’ve been following you for a long time and I love everything you make. I can’t pick just one, I love them all!    

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