Hello Sunshine Cake Pops

It’s a gonna be a bright, bright sun-shiny day for anyone that receives these super cute cake pops. They are just so cheery!!!

Now, I’m pretty sure these are my first sunny cake pops. You’d think I would have tackled them by now out of all the designs I’ve created over the years…… but really, there’s still a ton of designs I want to make.

And today it’s these sweet-faced little suns. The design was inspired by these cute weather illustrations I saw on Etsy. I think it was their happy little faces that got me.

Okay, let me shine a light on how I made the rays. I knew I needed to make a ring of light to match the illustration. I just needed to figure out how best to make it work.

Here’s what I came up with.

I found a 1.5-inch metal cutter and used this as my starting point.

Then I made a template based on the cutter. (Here it is if you want to give these a go.)

  1. First tape a piece of wax paper to the top of your template.
  2. Then fill a squeeze bottle with melted and smooth yellow candy coating and carefully pipe a ring inside the lines. Use a toothpick to pull and coerce the coating into the pointed tips. You are basically coloring within the lines using melted candy coating.
  3. Let the rings dry and then use the same cutter to very gently remove any excess coating that overflowed into the center. You want a round shape to fit over your round cake pops.
  4. Gently twist the sharp edge of the cutter in position and it will cut through the candy.


And voila. Rays ready to shine.

I went with strawberry cake for these… Crumbled, mixed with frosting and rolled into balls.
Here are my full basic cake pop instructions if you need them.

I made the rays first to use as a guide for my cake pop size. You want the balls to be just slightly smaller in diameter than the opening of the rays so that when you dip them in coating and place the rays on top, the coating attaches to the sides and acts like a glue.

I thought about adding the rays to already dipped and dried cake pops, but they would have had to be attached after the fact and the opening could have had gaps or just seemed stuck on instead of one seamless sun.

  1. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into melted coating and then into a chilled cake ball. (see my basic instructions for tips)
  2. Dip into melted and fluid candy coating that is a shade darker than your rays. You can use orange or just add a little bit of red candy coating to the yellow you are already using.
  3. Let any excess coating fall off and back into the bowl and while the coating is still wet, quickly place a ring of rays over the pop so that the sides of the cake ball touch the inside opening of the rays.
  4. Let dry completely.

Faces next. Use a black edible ink writing pen to draw little smiles and eyes like above.

Dot the eyes with melted white candy coating using a toothpick. (It really finishes the look and adds personality) Then attach two pink confetti sprinkles in place using melted candy coating as glue.

And that’s it.

Enjoy and I hope these brighten your day!

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24 comments on “Hello Sunshine Cake Pops”

  1. These are adorable! What do you use to dye your candy melts and what color specifically did you use for your suns and rays? Thank you!

  2. Hello,
    I clicked on the template for the sun’s rays and nothing happened. Is there a way to have it emailed to me. My daughter’s first birthday is sun theme and I would love to make these.

  3. Hi Angie.
    I came here from your Beach ball Cakepops because I love Summer. These look really amazing. I hope I can manage these same round shapes as you. Would you please mention me on a few others like this?


  4. How do you manage to get perfectly round balls?? Amazing!

  5. Soooooooooo cute ! Oh I love these!!

  6. I tried 2 times to make these and my rings melt once placed on the cakepops. What am I doing wrong?

    • It just sounds like your coating is still too warm when you are attaching. You can also try freezing the rings some, so they would take longer to melt next to they coated cake ball.

  7. You are amazingly detailed. Loved the fact that you even showed which edible marker pen you used.

  8. Your cake pops always look too pretty to eat!

  9. Strawberry is the perfect cake for these — I know that pink will look awesome with the yellow surrounding it! Perfect summer treat!

  10. Oh my these are the cutest little cake pops, going to give them a try today for a bake sale for my grand daughters softball team. I hope I get it correctly done and they look as cute as yours.

  11. Your darling creations, always put me in a good mood!

  12. Oh I love these!! Thanks as usual, Angie, for your beautiful creations!

  13. Another sweet & cute creation! Love it so much<3

  14. Super cute!

  15. So stinkin’ adorable!!!

  16. So cute! Should I eat or keep it?

  17. You are my sunshine …….. cutest ever and looks like one I could not make. Love them!

  18. I love these cute little rays of sunshine! When I first see your creations, my first thought … how in the world is she going to make this one? You always come up with a great way that is easy for people like me to create! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  19. How adorable :D NY has not had much sun lately, these are what I needed to see.

  20. So cute. A little sunshine always brightens ones day. Fun and creative!

  21. Oh m, these are absolutely adorable!

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