Hope these put a smile on your face

Just look how cute they are…

Smiley Face Pops

And yet so vicious!

Ouch… that hurts!

And without regret!


(Ouch! Painful, but delicious.)

Now, if you’re a little less mainstream, here’s an alternative one that rocks:

Nirvana Pop

Anyway, hope you’re smiling and …


Want to make your own smiley face cake pops?

Smiley Face Cake Pops
Yield: 45-50 cake pops

Smiley Face Cake Pops


  • 1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 inch cake)
  • 1 can frosting (16 oz.)
  • Wax paper
  • Yellow candy coating (1 lb. pkg.)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Edible ink pens in black and red


  1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly with 1/2 can of frosting using the back of a large spoon and add more if needed.)
  3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
  4. Melt candy coating in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)
  5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
  6. Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
  7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don't tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
  8. Place in a styrofoam block to dry. Once dry, draw faces with an edible ink pen and allow ink to dry!
Note: I think cake pops are a little more difficult to make than the cupcake pops because of trying to get the candy coating smooth. So, If you haven’t made them before, check out this post for red velvet cake balls and this one for cupcake pops.

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322 comments on “Hope these put a smile on your face”

  1. Just found this website a few weeks ago, and just in time for my son’s 5th birthday. He is obsessed with space, so we dipped 8 in white chocolate and decorated them to look like the different planets (if you use your imagination), and the rest we dipped in regular chocolate to be asteroids. We also made a lemon sun cake and made a styrofoam base to put the cake and planets on, with star stickers as well. The kindy kids loved it and the teachers were very impressed.
    I had problems, but learned as I went – I had to thin down the chocolate with oil (I wasn’t using compound choc because I couldn’t get hold of it). The first few fell apart but I got the hang of it.
    Thank you so much for your inspiring idea! I am now an avid follower. :-)

  2. Love this idea. Thank you for your inspiring and clever creations. I have added a little feature on my blog linking back to yours.

  3. Hi, I make this cake pops last night and didn’t have mucho luck :( the chocolate was too lumsy didn’t come out as soft as yours and then they started to break! :(…. please help what did i did wrong?
    I used wilton chocolate melt candy, & a place the cake pops in the freezer before coating the chocolate.
    thank you Claudia

  4. WOW!!!! I LOVE these!!! I’m going to make them with our chef series Dove chocolate. I think the tempuring unit will work perfectly. I am in love with your site, btw!!!!

  5. LOVE the red velvet cake balls. Making them for our daughter’s hometown reception. I”m trimming them in the wedding colors! This will be the 6th time I’ve made them in the past two months. EVERYBODY loves them. Have you ever tried freezing them? I’m curiouse how they would do.
    Love your site and pretty much every idea you’ve shared – keep it coming and thanks a bunch!

  6. I was just wondering, can you could do this with homemade frosting, like buttercream, rather than the store-bought can frosting?

  7. OMG these are such an amazing idea. I am going to try my hand at making these for my sons little league party. Yep baseballs and gloves (I just ordered a candy mold for the gloves). Thanks for the ideas!!! I will send you a picture somehow if they turn out! :-)

  8. using the microwave to heat the candy melts didn’t work for me. they came out all chunky looking. i kept reheating the candy melts but eventually they got all dried out and unusable. did you use a double boiler?

  9. Finally, an original idea…i love it and i am DEF making some of these….the possibilities are endless!

  10. They are all awesome. All of your cake pops! They are amazing!

    I have tried them now. & failed… badly. Your choc you get so smooth. I figure it needs to be very runny. I think my cake balls were to big too. & I need to find better sticks. They slid through! ekkkk.. Total disaster.

    Yours rock! I will keep being admiring of them for now…

  11. Hola!
    I’ve just discovered your site and I absolutely love what you’re doing. I love to bake and I’d like to try some of your stuff.

    Now my “problem” is that I’m in Germany and I have no clue where to get a box of cake mix. Of course, we have these kinds of mixes but I’m not sure what kind/flavor to use for this. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance and keep all the goodies coming :D

  12. Hey i love your website and cannot wait to try them! My only Problem is I can’t find candy melts anywhere (live in uk) what can i use instead??

  13. I loved these smiley face cake pops. To complete my smiley face theme, I found smiley face centerpieces and place cards at You couldn’t help but smile.

  14. hey! it looks really cute! :)
    erm i just wanna ask if u cn use chocolate instead of candy melts because ive got no idea where to get them. and will it melt easily if i use chocolate? cause the area i stay in is pretty hot.
    reallyreallyreally need ur help cuz im baking this for my fren’s birthday and i dont hav much experience in making cake pops. thankx bakerella!

  15. I made these for a group function and they were a HUGE hit!!!

  16. Lovely with your great job! ;)

  17. Yummy! =) thanks for the recipe,will definetly try this =) im planning to make one for my son’s christening as a giveaways to the guest,yaaay! goodluck to me! =)

  18. hey.. can i know what frosting to use?? i’m from Malaysia(asian country) so i’m not very sure what kind of pfrosting to use as baking supplies are rather limited here.. =).. thanks in advance!

  19. I tried to make these and they worked perfectly until I went to dip and then it was a total disaster. Do you have any tips? The candymelt mix just didn’t seem soft enough but then went too overheated. Thanks!!!

  20. haha soo cute and I was smiling! :)

  21. Hi Bakerella!
    I’m a major fan of your site, and I adore this recipe! But the first time I tried it, the candy melts had the consistency of melted chocolate. The mix wasn’t smooth and the pops were very difficult to dip. They became crumbly and fell into the candy because it was so stiff. Is there any way for me to fix this for the next time I try it? I used Wilton’s white candy melts last time, maybe another brand? Please help!!

  22. Hi Bakerella,

    My friend and I are huge fans of your cake pops! We have made several batches and they are just adorable. We do see, however, that they lack the “professional” look and consistant appearance. There are a lot of factors at work here, with the cake consistency and the candy coating consistency being top of the list.

    I have read all of the comments here and will put them to use, but I do think it would be amazingly helpful to post a tutorial that photo documents each step so that we can see what our should look like.

    Please don’t make us wait for your book . :D


  23. Hi
    I keep getting oil onto the outer dried chocolate layer. Do you know what is causing this? I am using a box mix and can frosting and candy melts.

  24. Is there a specific kind of candy melt that you tend to use more often? especially for coloured candy melts? I bought various colors of Mercken’s and yet to try them out. Love your site!!!

  25. hi! my name is cookie i’m 13 and my friends bday is tomorrow i tryed to make these and only 3 came out good!!!!!! the stick kept falling off!the marker didnt write on the chocolate they kept breaking! please help asap! thanks! byw I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!

  26. LOVE all of your ideas! I’ve made cake pops several times, and am actually making some today for my daughter to take to school in celebration of her 8th birthday. I wanted to know if you know why sometimes the outer shell cracks during the “drying” process? I usually drizzle a colored chocolate over the tops in an effort to hide the cracks, but would like to avoid the problem in the future if possible. Thanks!

  27. So, my friends and i tried making these… and FAILED miserably lol. The cake balls came out perfect, firmed, and we were ready to dip them in the candy melts. But it was SO hard. does the melts have to be like water? We tried to get it as liquidy as we could without over heating.. how do you know when its perfect? and what brand of candy melts do you use?

    thanks! :)

  28. I notice that a lot of your recipes for the bites are using red velvet or chocolate cake. If I want to use vanilla cake mix, would I still use cream cheese frosting or could I use just regular frosting?

  29. What type/kind of/ brand edible ink/pen did you use? I got one from the craft store and it doesn’t write as well as yours at all. I just couldn’t get to write on the pops. Pls help.

  30. I made these last night for my son’s party at school. Here are 3 tips I discovered:

    1. You need more than ONE bag of the chocolate candy to cover all the pops.
    2. The trick to covering your pops is making sure they STAY cold. I ended up putting my pops back in the ‘frig about 1/2 through covering them. I also had to reheat the candy b/c it start to get thick and making it hard to cover the pops.
    3. Don’t make them too big!!! Think “Blow Pop” size. I made the mistake of making my first ones WAY to big which made it more difficult to cover.

    All in all, I will make them again. We’ll see how the kiddos like them!

  31. The truth is, I hate this recipe.

    It is soo complicated!

    Please DONT try it.

    I tested these with my children and they were NOT in the mood!

  32. Hi there. Can’t wait to make these! I have a few frosting questions:

    Do you have to use cream cheese frosting to mix with the cake?

    If using store bought frosting, does the frosting consistency matter. The supermarket sells original, whipped, creamy and the craft store sells the really stiff icing. Thanks!

  33. Michelle – they don’t need to be frozen after. Sounds like you are using the wrong kind of candy coating.

    These work best: candy melts, bark coating, compound coating, confectioners coating.

    Not regular chocolate.

  34. Hi there :) I think your cakepops are just adorable!!!

    Just made the smiley cakepops with Teun, my stephson, for his birthdayparty tomorrow :)
    Smileys are drying up now so we can draw the funny faces on, he just loves the eaten one ;)

    We just had a little quarrel with the candy melts, they seemed to stay rather thick, so we have no smooth coating, but kind of wild hairy smileys :D

  35. I think I understand what is four you frosting, here in Romania its called cream. But wait to tell me what is this: box cake mix. Please, here is my email:

  36. Hi Bakerella! It`s extraordinary. I’m from Romania, and unfortunately we do not have many products, you could tell me please. The dough is how I make a crust for the cake? And what is frosting? Can you give me a recipe to see if account with something from us? And yellow candy melts are made from chocolate? Thanks in advance

  37. hi! i’ve tried to make these a couple of times and when i keep them on the small side they work great. however, i’ve had some friends ask me for bigger cake pops (about the size of a mini cupcake – i get about 20 from a batch), and i’m experiencing two problems and i wanted to share in case you have any advice.

    1. with the large ones, sometimes my chocolate gets horizontal hairline cracks in it as it cools around the pop…has that ever happened to you? any tricks to avoid this?

    2. i’ve tried using peanut butter as the sticking agent instead of frosting and little drops of oil from the peanut butter sometimes seep through the chocolate…have you tried using peanut butter for any of your pops? has this happened to you too?

    thank you so much in advance for your time and thank you for all your insights and great ideas! :)

    – julie

  38. Oh yeah, sorry to bother you again but I read some comments about their cake balls cracking because they had frozen too long. How long do you normally freeze your cake balls?

  39. Hi Bakerella! These cake pops look so cute and I can’t wait to make them. I have a couple questions though. If i’m using a chocolate cake mix, it’d be best to use chocolate frosting as well, right? If I can’t find yellow candy melts can i tint white ones yellow? And what could i use to draw the faces if I can’t find edible ink pens? Thanks so much :)

  40. hi i really like your cake pops it so cute….can u recommend me a cake mix that is delicious to be use in making cake pops…..thanks…:)

  41. they are so cute!

  42. i”m making these for the first time later on toady. i was wondering if you had any tips and tricks for getting them to look “pretty”?

    anything is helpful.

  43. omg, my son is asking for an emoticon theme for his 6th birthday and these are gonna be perfect! thank you a whole bunch, bakerella! mwah!

  44. Hey! Your ideas are really creative and wonderful! I’m just wondering if i have to freeze the pops after i dip them in the candy melts. I tried twice, but the coating doesn’t seem to dry or harden.

  45. i luv those cakes

  46. my friend loves smiley faces :)

  47. renata – you can use your own frosting recipe. A simple buttercream will be fine.

    DONNA – Yes

  48. This is such a fun idea! Thank you for sharing. I may try these for some upcoming holiday events. Thanks for all the tips and tricks. I bet you get sick of people asking the same questions over and over. Read people – read!

  49. just a bit of advice to some comments from above (Jenn)…the Wilton Candy Melts have not worked too well for me either and I am not a fan. I dont think they are meant for cakes balls haha but I buy melting wafers from a chocolate store in my neighborhood…they work perfectly and I get asked to bring them to every event in my town and school!

  50. I love this idea! It’s so cute! I finally have something to do with all my cake clippings.

  51. Are you mixing the frosting with the cake?

  52. Hey Bakerella,

    I don´t know where I have been all this time that I just found you last night… have changed my life…..thanks.
    The only thing is that I live in Brazil and down here we don´t have these icing cans to mix with the cake… what can I do? I have a 3 year old son and I am just crasy to prepare these cake pops for him and his friends….HELP ME OUT!!!!!

  53. ACK. I made these into jack o lanterns last week. They taste great but it was impossible to get the coating smooth like yours. I even added shortening which helped but then you could see the cake through the covering. Any suggestions? I was going to make turkeys for Thanksgiving but see you have beaten me to it. Thanks! Your website is amazing. I just started a cake business and make all edible decorations, your site is a true inspiration.


  54. REE! This receipe is amazing! I’m so gonna use it for my mom’s b’day. But I’ll just crush some oreos and mix it with cream cheese. Than, I will put it inside a box full of yellow candy melts. Edible pens? I’ll try to search for it.. BUT! Tnx for the receipe! :)

  55. Lucy – you can use any basic cake and frosting. it doesn’t have to be from a mix.

  56. HI!
    Im 14 and i check up with yur blog every week
    i love your creative mind! i wish it where mine!
    i was just wondering could i bake a cake like a normal sponge because my family (who i bake for) don’t like cake mixes from boxes, so could i bake a sponge cake instead?
    Thanks for sharing the creative-ness!

  57. You are SO creative and so generous for sharing this recipe and instructions! :)

  58. Carlee – they’re supposed to be very moist. Try them tomorrow and I think you’ll like them better. They’re best the second or third day. You can also use less frosting next time you make them if you like.

  59. Bakerella, I just made my first batch of cake pops the cake was still gooey inside is this the way it is supposed to be? It looks like yours are flaky am I right?

  60. Amanda – try americolor brand edible ink pens and add some il or shortening to your coating to make it more fluid and easier to work with.

  61. i can’t get the candy coating on smoothly. plus the pen i have is not very good. where can i get a better one and how do i get the candy coating to go on smoother?

  62. koren – you can use other colors.

    jess- don’t use regular white chips – use white candy melts or bark coating.

    And don’t add food coloring that contains water. you need oil based candy coloring.

  63. i had a big mess…too much frosting makes for too soft cake balls?? my wafers got chunky like chocolate does when it gets water in it–was that b/c i tried to add yellow food coloring to white chips? or b/c i microed it for too long? tried the shortening, but that didn’t help enough to dip (even assuming my balls were dipable, which they weren’t!) maybe try again next week. :) love the site!

  64. do they have o be chocolate? would like to try pink or yellow.. butterfly themed… how long to they last if not eaten? LOL

  65. Hi from Texas, I made the pops but they were very sweet taste, what frosting do you use???

  66. I made these (not smiley faces–no time to write on them) for the first time yesterday and shared with people at work. Big hit! The best compliment: these taste like how I imagine donut holes SHOULD taste like.

  67. Add a product called paramount crystals or try shortening to thin it.

  68. What do you do to get the liquid texture with the candy melts. I've struggling with mine, I see your are so smooth and shiny. Please help!!!

  69. Sally – the mixture should be moist enough to mold and still hold it's shape. The coating can be thinned with shortening.

  70. I love your cake pops!! You are amazing!! I had some trouble making them…boo….my cake mix was like cookie dough…and my chocolate was too thick…any tips?
    oh..and how long should I leave them in the frige? 10-15min?
    Thanks for making these adorable pastries!!!

  71. this is cuteeee… i love it!!! <3 <3<3<3
    i want to make it too..

  72. These are awesome! I made some for a family picnic and they were a big hit. I wish I had read the previous comments before now – I see I'm not the only one who might have over done it in the freezer and had cracking problems.

    I was disappointed that not all edible markers are made equal though – I bought the only type I found (Wilton's FoodWriter Edible color Markers) and they don't write on oily surfaces such as chocolate. But even cake pops without faces were a big hit. I'll have to make the little cupcakes next time if I can't find the right markers. And I'm already trying to find an excuse for a next time to make them. :)

  73. To make them less moist, just add less frosting next time until the texture is moist enough to mold and still hold its shape.

  74. My cake pops dough is not cakey it is more the consistency of cream center. I used 2 cups homemade frosting, what is the consistency suppose to be?

  75. You can color chocolate, but you have to use special candy color.

  76. Bakerella, have you ever tried using gel food coloring with the white bark melty stuff? I’m too cheap too lazy to go buy the colored melting chips….

  77. thin enough to dip and remove easily without it getting stuck. Shortening can help thin it out.

  78. These are wildly adorable!

  79. How thin should the candy melts be. I felt that they were too thick when I tried…

  80. IF they do that again, try re-dipping them. I think it has something to do with freezing them too long and cake expanding.

  81. Hi there, I did couple of the lollipop cakes (with the happy face on…:D) but i found that after the chocolate dried, it crack..split open (the coated chocolate..)
    Is there’s any trick to prevent that?
    your reply greatly appreciate it…

    I love all your creations…looks fun!!

  82. Those are adorable!

  83. I love them. I made them with Strawberry cake mix and they exploded. Once the got hard the chocolate split and the fell off the stick. Any suggestions.

  84. I know exactly what you mean. I am always looking at candy differently now.

    Next time you do them, don’t leave them in the freezer too long.

  85. We made our second attempt last night…and thankfully the results were much better. You make it all look so easy…although the more you do, the better you get. I will never look at a sprinkle deco the same again (hummm…what can I make out of a blue snowflake…a foot…a crazy eye – ha ha). Anyway – I’m still having trouble with the candy melt cracking after they have set. I used Wilton and Bark coating and had the same problem. Do you ever have that problem?

  86. V or Nessa – Yes, the paper sticks are better. And I think you can still use them, just let them defrost to the point of just being chilled and firm. If they are too cold, it will make them difficult to dip. The chocolate will start to harden too quickly.

  87. These are sooo amazing and adorable I had to make them for my daughters bday easter theme, her birthday is today…however on my first batch, everything was going wrong…I think I put to much cream cheese icing ( I used Duncan Hines creamy homestyle cream cheese frosting with the moist deluxe chocolate devils food cake ) it was kind of gooey but rolled very well, then I put them in the freezer since I had a short time to make them. I also used plastic stick (should I use paper? ) and they kept falling off when I would dip them, which was also a disaster, I think the chocolate was too thick, I’ll try thinning it with oil (as read in one of your response). But he’s my problem…my second batch I forgot in the freezer! Are they still good?
    txs so much.

  88. bimby – yay

    Anonymous – either should be fine. start out with 1/2 can of frosting and mix. then add more as needed.

    Anonymous – as long as you use candy coloring, it should work fine for both.

    sandie – a styrofoam block does the trick.

  89. I love the chicks and bunnies!!! How do you carry them in the car to other places?

  90. Bakerella, I love your pops! I’ve made the oreo balls for years, but I love the creative things you do with them and want to try making cake pops. I was wondering, does food coloring in white chocolate work as well as candy melts? I’ve never worked with candy melts and am a bit hesitant about the taste. Thanks!

  91. bakerella! these are you so cute, im going to make some for easter. weeee
    i was planning on making a lemon cake (just picked up some meyer lemons), do you think a a pound cake will work better or a fluffier cake like texture for the cake pops?
    Thank you much! =)

  92. Really, very nice.
    I’ll try to make them.

  93. Thanks for sharing all the way from Guatemala, Grace!

  94. I want to thank you for your excellent recipe and idea, I made them for my daughters university graduation, without a face because I did not have a marker, but they were a great hit, everybody loved them, and was a new idea in my country,(Guatemala) thank you again, for beint so speacial.

  95. Cassie – you can try regular baking chocolate. I haven’t yet, but if you do – add a bit of shortening to help thin it out.


    look on my links page… i have a few on there.

  96. Just tried to make these, and as i remember from making pops around the holidays… I do not like the way the melts taste! Do you have any suggestions for an alternative? Maybe bakers chocolate? I do not want it to thick!

    SOOOO glad I found your blog… don’t know what I would do with out it! You totally ROCK!!!!

    have any inspiration blogs for cooking? don’t know what I am making for dinner tonight….hehe!

  97. 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 4 oz.

  98. Hey!
    I want to make your lovely pops, but I was wondering how many oz. one stick butter is..

  99. Aubrey – in this post is a link to the edible ink pens I use. The brand is Americolor.

  100. The pens I got did not write on them very well, what kind do you use, and where can I get them?? Thanks

  101. You need your chocolate to be on the liquid side. Not too thick. Then, dip them in the coating in one dunk. Lift back out and then turn and tap until the entire ball is covered and the excess falls off. Hope that helps.

  102. How do you get the Cake Pops so round? I’m trying to get them to look “pretty”..but no such luck. they taste delicious though!!


  103. Thanks Robyn!

  104. I love these! They are so incredibly adorable and I can’t wait to try them!

  105. Great idea for gifts and nice bouquet tutorial.

  106. Hi there Bakerella. I just found your blog and it’s wonderful! I couldn’t resist making my own cake-pops and now I’m giving away bouquets of them as xmas gifts!. I just made a tut for them and I wanted to give you the link:

    Thanks for the gorgeous recipe. :)

  107. They can last up to a week.
    Just store them in an airtight container on the counter.

  108. how long can you store these and how?

  109. Wow … Your picture a large number of

  110. That’s funny. Thanks for the heads up.

  111. I think lots of people are making these because when I clicked the link for the markers, yellow candy coating showed up as “customers also bought this”!!

    Just thought you should know!

  112. chats – that makes me smile.

    Laura – I hope they do, too.

  113. I LOVE your ideas. Thanks for sharing. I will be making these in the next 5minutes… Hope they turn out as cute as yours.

  114. I made these with three kids 9,7,4. It was super easy and they had a blast from start to finish. I did discover that using a double broiler made the dipping easier. The final product ended up being smoother.

  115. I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed them.

  116. I totally love the pops… and I made some tonight…
    check it out at not as pretty cause the chocolate was not as smooth…
    Gotta try again with drops of veg oil in the melt.

    But my kids loves them… and so do I…. :)

  117. bassie – thanks

    adora – I love to hear things like that. Glad your son liked them.

  118. My son loved these. When he showed them to his grandma he kept making all the smily faces. They are so cute! He can’t wait till we make them. Thanks!

  119. I’m in love with your cake pops! These I’ve gotta try!

  120. Anonymous – that’s cute. Wish I could have seen their expressions.

  121. I made chocolate cake ball pops w/blue white chocolate and blue sugar sprinkles for my son’s birthday at school and these were a big HIT! Kids couldn’t figure out how cake got inside :-) Thanks so much!

  122. Jeanine – Good. thanks.

    Chinouk – It’s hard for me too.

    Pat – I swirl, and tap the extra off. And when I do, it smooths out the chocolate. You can also add a few paramount crystals to thin it out some. Or a drop or two of oil.

  123. I made these the other day and although they tasted amazing I had a bit of trouble with the candy melts melting thin enough to dip the pops into and achieve that smooth surface you get. Any tips?

    They were a big hit anyway bit!

  124. How can I look at this without getting hungry? =)

  125. Those did have me smiling, I love them!

  126. vivianto – thanks!

    b|e creative stationery – Yesss!

    Sarah – they are addictive!

  127. Oooh, those cake balls! I’ve made 3 batches already! Love the smileys!

    I have a gift for you at my blog:

  128. Yumo!

  129. Love them!

  130. jenn – for the pops, I insert the stick first and then dip the entire ball in the candy coating very carefully. Make sure chocolate surrounds the stick at the base to help secure the ball. Then gently tap off excess while you twirl the cake pop.

    Also, I haven’t used Wilton melts, but a lot of others have and I am thinking they might be a little more difficult to work with. I need to try them out and see.

    jaina – thanks!

  131. Omg those are so cute! I love the bright cheery colors.

  132. Thanks for your reply Bakerella! This particular time, I was making pops, but I’ve tried just the cake balls as well. I use the Wilton candy melts. I will give it a drop of veggie oil next time! I hadn’t thought of that. I’m determined to make some “pretty” cake balls! lol. Thanks again for taking the time to respond. :)

  133. jenn – Are you doing the pops or the balls? What brand of candy melts are you using?

    For the candy melts, I melt in the microwave in 30 sec intervals, stirring in between until melted. Then I dip the balls, one at a time in to the candy coating with a spoon. Cover the top of the ball if your bowl isn’t deep enough. Then lift out and tap off excess chocolate by tappin spoon against the side of the bowl. Then, let ball slide off spoon onto wax paper. If it’s still, too thick, you can add a drop of veg oil to the chocolate or use something called paramount crystals.

    Hope that helps.

  134. I have tried making cakeballs quite a few times. They’re always delicious, but not so great to look at. lol. Do you add anything to your candy melts? I just can’t seem to get mine thin enough to dip no matter how long I melt it. Am I not melting it long enough? I just don’t want to scorch it. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

  135. I am behind responding, but thanks for all the sweet comments. The smiley faces were fun. I couldn't keep myself from laughing as I drew the faces on, so I'm glad you all enjoyed them, too.

    spearle – yes, I have used homemade icing and it works fine. I used this one:

    Cream Cheese Buttercream frosting

    1 stick butter (softened)
    8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
    4 cups confectioner's sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add sugar and vanilla until creamy. Easy!

    stella – It might help you to watch the martha stewart video if you haven't seen it already. Go to her site and search cupcake pops.

    saucy – I bought black ones at a cake supply store, but you can get them here:

    morgana – I always love your comments. Thanks for keeping me smiling.

    jenny – are you able to find any canned ready-made frosting. You can use any flavor that goes with the cake you are making. You can also use homemade. I have used this one.

    And they are fine at room temp for several days, or outside as long as it's not hot. They can melt or fall off the sticks if they get too hot.

    cakespy – What?! are you kidding. I'm thinking there are more surprises to you.

    jess and jen – I sure have and they are really good, too.

    josephine milkweed – I think the Americolor Gourmet Writing Pens are the best. I've tried Betty Crocker brand and they were just no where near as good.

    pookie b – YAAYYY! I'm so glad someone recognized it. I think you're the only one, though.

    danyele – that's awesome. It's fun to step out of the cake comfort zone, isn't it?

  136. Your stuff will never cease to amaze me!

  137. Too funny! My kids got a kick out of that. Thanks for the laugh!

  138. in love with the smiles!!!! thx!

    and, you inspired me to make my very first non-traditional cake. i made a unicorn cake for my #2 kiddo’s bday this week. it’s not perfect, but ii did it!!!

  139. these are so awesome! love your tasty treats and your blog!

  140. What fun! Okay, maybe not for the one that was eaten. Too cute! I love how the one in the first pic looks like he’s got a curl in front. They remind me a little of Charlie Brown. You are super!

  141. I love the one in the front with the little tuft – cool dude smiley face :). The sacrificial one could be a cousin to Mr. Bill. I could have so much fun with these. Just let the imagination run wild.

  142. Those are darling!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  143. The Nirvana one rocks!

  144. Another great idea from Bakerella! Thanks so much for the smiles!

  145. They did put a huge smile on my face. thanks, it was a great way to start a work day.

  146. Aw these are so cute! I have got to try these out sometime.

  147. omg you never cease to amaze. another stunning creation! so cute!

  148. I am in the process of making some of these tonight! I just have to draw the smiley faces on them.

    These are so cute– you are very very talented!

  149. Really riding the cake pop wave. Do something new.

  150. OMG!!! YOU ROCK!!! I just saw your cute cupcakes that you did on Martha, and I bow down!!!! You are amazing!!! Love love love your blog!!!


  151. These are so cute I just couldn’t resist leaving a comment. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and seeing what fun baking things you’re up to!

    Thanks for always sharing such great ideas!

  152. These are extremely cute, I’ve gotta make them!

  153. Hi Bakerella:
    You draw so nicely with the edible writers, I wonder if the ones you use are as floppy-tipped as the Wilton ones? I’ve tried the Wilton ones and it feels like trying to paint with a brush that needs to be re-dipped in the paint. Any thoughts? Although I have a feeling that *you* could still make them look fantastic somehow…btw I bought ‘Hello, Cupcake’ for a friend’s birthday this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation. Put mine on my Christmas list….

  154. These are tooooooo CUTE!


  155. Those are A.MA.ZING! So cute I almost feel bad for wanting to bite their little heads off!

  156. Have you ever used chocolate cake and chocolate frosting for these…just wondering if it was good. I think I might try it! I made the cupcake ones for a party once and they were a huge hit! I love your great ideas!

  157. My daughter couldn’t stop giggling at the pictures!

  158. How Cute!!

  159. I just made pops last night and instead of frosting, I used cream cheese. It’s what I use for Oreo Balls and it’s delicous. They are pink with white non-perils. Your suggestion a while ago. Thanks!

  160. You never cease to amaze me! LOL. Great idea!

  161. Very nice! I can’t wait to make more. I need to get an edible marker!!! :]

  162. bakerella….you make my mouth water!!!

  163. Bakerella strikes again…too cute, and yes, I think we are all smiling! Please keep making us smile :))))

  164. Those are so cute! You are so creative! =)

  165. Once again I bow down to you…wouldn’t these be cute in a classroom? To bad I retired…

  166. I love this! It reminds me of the calvin and hobbes where the snowmen crowd are gathered around a fallen snowman with looks of terror on their faces.

  167. How fun! Love the play by play! YumE

  168. These are fantastic! I love your slightly deviant sense of humor with the crushed one :-) Speaking of smiley faces did I ever tell you I once met Franklin Loufrani, the man credited with the creation of the smiley face? (and I believe the one who sued wal-mart!)

  169. Oh, these are so cute! I have to start making some of your recipes, they’re amazing!

  170. Girlfriend, you are my HERO! I LOVE these little buggers and your pictures really made me smile…or, grin evilly…. From someone who bites the ears off her kids chocolate Easter bunnies, these rock!

  171. How fun!
    The ones that “rock” would be great for Halloween!


  172. These are fantastic. What a great monday post!

  173. I sure I’m smiling! Too cute, specially the eaten one!

  174. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :)

    it’s very nice! great work!

  175. i love it!!Yiu are so good at this!!!=)have a nice day!!

  176. so CUTE!!!!!!

  177. these are super cute….

  178. Sooo cute!

    I was actually thinking of making the oreo truffles in to smiley faces for the start of school.

  179. Hi!

    Love,love the new idea ;-)
    Can you help me with two questions?
    1) I can’t find the can of frosting here in Australia, so what recipe can I use instead?

    2) I’m planning to sell cupcake pops at a school fete, so I want to know if they(with creamcheese) can keep at room temperature or even outdoors for a long time?

    thanks a million!

  180. ha these are so so cute. You re really a creative person. These will be great for children . Have to try them. Pity eating them though. :-)

  181. No doubt, I have a smile on my face… :-)

    All of them are adorable, cute, funny… I wanted to make something like this and now I know how to make it. ;-)

    You’re the best. Billions of smiles and kisses for you. And, as you are one of my best influences, take a look on my blog, there is a little green fairy for you (from the bottom of my heart).

  182. I can’t wait to try these too! Just great stuff here! Love’em!

  183. me encantan como una tira de comics..pero ademas se comen…te superas….felicidades

  184. Where do you get these pens??

  185. Aww, how sweet those are! I know my little ones would love to have such a treat like these waiting for them after coming home from school.

  186. Those are so cute! You are very talented!!

  187. i love them! these cake balls are cute!

  188. Ha! Those are awesome! Definitely made me smile. :)

  189. WAY TOO CUTE!!! I love them! My favorite is the half-eaten one with the shocked look on his face. Macabre, but adorable!

  190. I love your great, crafty food/treat ideas! I was flipping through my Family Fun magazine and saw a treat that seemed RIGHT up your alley. The website is

    If you need to sign up on their mailing list to see it, sign up and then search for ‘mini caramel apples.’ They are so cute!

  191. For some reason this looks easier then the cupcakes..maybe its the deceiving smiley face:P
    Thanks for sharing..I am going to try these for a back to school treat!

  192. I think these are SO CUTE!

    i cannot tell you how many times I’ve tried to make the cupcake pops and the cake pops and they are just not working! I don’t know what to do! :(

  193. I like the one with the big teeth the best! Question: have you ever used homemade icing in place of canned frosting? do you think it’d do alright?

  194. Smiling ear to ear, Bakerella. The second pic is my favorite. =)

  195. OMG These are so awesome. I need to do this for my kids one day.

  196. Oh, these are SUPER cute! I can’t wait to make them. You rock!

  197. too cute! My kids will love it when I try this one out!

  198. Love it!

  199. These are ADORABLE! Love them, great work :)

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