Inspiration for cake pop designs can come from many places. One of my favorites is nature. As the temperature warms up and you’re spending more time outdoors, take a look around. From flowers to bumble bees to the simple sunshine, using just a little imagination you can turn everything you see into an adorable bite-sized treat on a stick.
Today Gaby of Gaby’s Special Treats will be showing us step-by-step how she turns one of nature’s cutest bugs, ladybugs, into even cuter cake pops.
Gaby was first introduced to cake pops about a year ago when she ordered them for her son’s birthday party. She fell in love with them and started making cake pops for herself and for family events. She takes a few orders here and there, but describes herself as someone who makes cake pops mostly just for fun. “I’ve tried my hand at other treats,” Gaby says, “but I always seem to go back to cake pops!!” To tag along on Gaby’s cake pop adventures, follow @gabzep on Instagram.
Make Basic Round Cake Pops
Ladybug cake pops start with basic round cake pops. To learn step-by-step how to make cake pops using a cake mix, please see How To Make Cake Pops.
If you want to get creative with the flavor of your cake pops, check out How To Make Cake Pops With Unique Flavors.
Now, without further delay, I’ll turn it over to Gaby to take us through the process for making her ladybug cake pops…
Ingredients and Supplies for Ladybug Cake Pops
To make ladybug cake pops you will need:
- 12 prepared round cake pops
- Red candy wafers
- Black candy wafers (I used Merckens)
- 24 candy eyes (I used Bakerella)
- 12 red heart sprinkles
- Chocolate jimmies (optional)
- 1 extra lollipop stick
- 1 piping bag or sandwich bag
- A cake pop stand or foam block
How To Make Ladybug Cake Pops
Start by making the faces for your ladybugs. You will need a small amount of melted black candy wafers, one unmelted black candy wafer, two candy eyes, and one red heart sprinkle for each face. Dip a toothpick into your melted black coating and use it as glue to connect the candy eyes and the red heart sprinkle to the black unmelted candy wafer. Repeat this process until you have 12 ladybug faces. Set the completed faces aside while dipping your cake pops.
For dipping, make sure your cake pops are at room temperature to avoid cracking. Microwave your entire bag of red candy wafers in a cup on 50% power for 1 minute. Stop and stir, then continue melting for an additional 15-seconds. Stop and stir again. Continue microwaving in 15-second intervals, stopping and stirring after each interval, until your coating is completely melted.
Dip each cake pop straight down into your red melted coating until the cake ball is completely covered. Remove the cake pop from the melted coating, turn the cake pop at an angle and tap off any excess coating. Place your dipped cake pops in a cake pop stand or foam block to dry.
Helpful Hint: A tall narrow bowl works best for dipping cake pops. Keeping the coating warm throughout the entire dipping process is key to having a smooth coating on your cake pops. To avoid having to repeatedly reheat your coating, a chocolate melting pot is a great tool.
After the coating on your cake pops has completely hardened you can add a ladybug face to each of your pops. Use a toothpick to dab on a little bit of your red melted candy coating onto one side of the cake pop. Place one of your ladybug face pieces on the dab and hold it in place until the coating hardens. Repeat these steps for all 12 of your ladybugs.
To create the wing lines and spots for your ladybugs, melt a small amount of black candy wafers. Place the candy wafers in a cup and microwave on 50% power for just 30 seconds. Stop and stir, then continue melting for an additional 10 to 15 seconds. Stop and stir again. Continue microwaving in 10 to 15-second intervals, stopping and stirring after each interval, until your coating is completely melted.
Pour some of the melted coating into a piping bag or sandwich bag, cut the tip off of the bag and draw a black line on each of your cake pops. Find the middle spot right behind the ladybug’s face and draw the line all the way to the back of the ladybug.
For the ladybug spots, dip an extra lollipop stick into the black melted coating and tap it onto the back of each ladybug, arranging the spots to your liking.
For the ladybug antennas, choose two of the longest Jimmie sprinkles you have for each ladybug. Dip each sprinkle in black candy coating and hold it place on a ladybug’s face until the coating hardens. A special thank you to Gaby of Gaby’s Special Treats for showing us how she makes her adorable ladybug cake pops! I can’t wait to see more of your amazing cake pop creations, Gaby. Keep ’em coming!