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Cupcake Pops and Bites


Everyone's favorite dessert takes a cheeky new form courtesy of Angie Dudley, at

  • Yield: Makes about 50

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 3148



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Trim about 1/2 inch from the perimeter of the cake. Working in batches, crumble cake into the bowl of a food processor; process until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a large bowl and add frosting; blend together using the back of a spoon, until well combined, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Roll mixture into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch balls; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cover with parchment-paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to refrigerator until chilled, about 2 hours or to a freezer for about 10 minutes.

  3. Begin to shape balls into cupcakes by rolling balls first into logs. Fit logs into a 1 1/4-by-3/4-inch flower-shaped cookie cutter. Push cake mixture into the cutter halfway so that some of the cake mixture extends beyond the top of the cutter. Shape extended cake mixture into a cupcake-shaped top. Push cake from cutter to remove. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Transfer to freezer until chilled, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Remove cupcakes from freezer and dip the bottom of each cupcake into the chocolate; transfer, bottom-side up, to prepared baking sheet. To make lollipops, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of each cupcake. Let chocolate set, 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Melt white chocolate or pink candy melts in heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate and place right-side up on prepared baking sheet or stick lollipop sticks into a Styrofoam square. Place a candy-coated chocolate in the center of each and top with sprinkles. Let dry completely.

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  • Issy Missy
    24 MAR, 2013
    Is there any otther substitute i could use for the buttercream !?
  • Jillylo
    30 NOV, 2012
    Word of advice, add the buttlercream a little at a time, rather than using the entire 2 cups as indicated. I only after having to rebake another cake, ended up using 1/2 cup, if that, of the frosting.
  • CLo1374
    15 MAR, 2011
    chibbard - you obviously know nothing about making these cake pops. what your describing will NOT work! They will fall apart....
  • normajeanr50
    9 FEB, 2011
    These are absolutely adorable! I wish I had of seen these last January when my grand-daughter turned one! We went all out for a cupcake birthday party. The capcake pops would have matched everything including the dress I made for her!
  • kareninflorida
    2 SEP, 2010
    Oh, these are just cake balls that have had the bottom part shaped through a cookie cutter! I thought based on the name, they would actually be mini cupcakes, as chibbard suggested. But then you run the risk of them becoming dry by not mixing the cake w/the frosting. Personally though, I find cake balls way too sweet
  • chibbard
    30 JUL, 2010
    I love Martha, but I swear, the woman makes things far harder than they need to be. These cupcakes are a good example. While cute, there's no need to bake a cake and mix it up and blah blah blah. Just bake chocolate mini cupcakes (in a mini muffin pan), then stick THAT on a stick and just dip the top of that in a pink-colored chocolate melt. Top with sprinkles and an M
  • michellebuckner
    22 JUN, 2010
    Ok, I absolutely LOVE these!! I want to make these for my daughter's bday party but I just tried making them and it didnt go very well. You make it look so easy! I dont know what I did wrong but the cake mixture was pretty moist and even after chilling it, it was difficult to shape with the cookie cutter. Any suggestions?
  • thecupcakequeen
    28 MAR, 2010
    I can't wait to make these for Easter. I hope they turn out good.
  • JennClark
    27 SEP, 2009
    JennBostedo: I doubt you'll ever see this comment since yours was written a year and a half ago! But I had to tell you anyway- when you described your idea for the chef hats I about died! That is the dang cutest thing! I would love to see how that turned out! Good job!
  • kikikens
    15 JUN, 2009
    Can't you just use a mini cupcake pan and do this?