Apr 20

Tree Pops and Ladybug Bites

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It’s Earth Week here on LFM, so what have I got for you today?
No celebration is complete without cake, so tree pops and ladybug bites of course!
Originally I planned on making Earth pops, but the amount of work that was going to be required to do the details on the balls just ended up not being worth it, so I rethought my plan. I decided on doing treats inspired by the Fujilings instead. Squirrel inspired the tree pops, because Squirrels love to play in trees,

(Foodie in training . . . reading one of Mama’s food mags)

and Bug inspired the ladybug bites, because, well . . . that one’s pretty obvious!
I used Bakerella’s recipe and this video clip as a reference. These were so fun to make. I used a Devil’s Food cake and a can of cream cheese frosting (just for sake of time) for the balls.
The tree pops ended up looking a bit like a tree that a Kindergartner would draw, or something out of a Dr. Seuss story, but hey, you can use your imagination right? To make the tree pops I dipped some lollipop sticks first in dark chocolate for the tree trunk and then stuck the into the balls, then let them firm up again in the fridge.
Then I dipped them in green candy melts and sprinkled them with “apples.”
For the “apples” I used some red candy sprinkles left over from Christmas.
To make the ladybug bites I dipped the cake balls in red candy melts and then added the details on with dark chocolate.
A few things I learned from this experience:

— These are surprisingly yummy! I figured they would be good, but was really making them for the “cute factor.” They ended up being delicious–BONUS!
— These would be really fun to make with kids, though they are still a bit messy for Squirrel to help with. I let her “help” roll the cake balls. I think she ate the mixture for the most part.

— Next time I make these I will add half of the frosting and mix it up and then slowly add in the rest until I get a consistency that I’m happy with instead of adding all of the frosting at once. The mixture was a bit on the soft side for me, even after being refrigerated.

— Don’t plug in your slow cooker next to your tree pop forest without thinking . . . The heat will cause some “global warming” which will cause some inadvertent “deforestation” to occur.
Oops . . . .— Tree pops and ladybug bites make the Fujis happy.

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LollyChops April 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

This is such a fun post! The top pic of Bug is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. I wonder what she’s saying…. it would be fun to come up with quotes for that pic…

I’ll start it off and see if anyone else joins in!

Bug: “ohhhh watch out mamma!!! The cake pops are too close to the crock pot!”


Snakebit April 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I have never been one for eating bugs, but you have now shown me a bug I would love to eat.


curiousdomestic April 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Your global warming made me laugh. The trees and bugs are really cute.


Azuki April 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Those are so cute! I just love the ladybugs. Awesome job there!

-Pass the Pocky


kawaii crafter April 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Your tree pops and lady bugs look just adorable. I’ve always wondered if you could use pockys in replace of the lollipop sicks. Do you think the cake would be too heavy for it?


Bobbi April 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Omigosh!!! Bug is getting SOOOO big!


K and S April 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

loved the part where you talked about “global warming”…these are too cute!


Annie Pazoo April 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I LOVE the trees and lady bugs! and those darn cute Fuji girls, too!


Melanie Gray Augustin April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Adorable and delicious – can’t get any better than that!

I did your global warming trick the other day too. Turned on the George Forman grill when I turned on the mixer….. then didn’t turn off either. Oops. I wondered what the burning smell was. Pregnant brain strikes again.


Megan April 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I love the pops! You did a great job. Perfect for earth day!


Jenn April 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm

LOL “deforestation”


Bob April 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Heh, those are awesome. Love the pics of Bug, infant smiles are the best. :)


Goldie April 20, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I HAVE to make these. They are so adorable.


Joanne April 21, 2009 at 6:43 am

So cute and fun!


[email protected] April 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm

So cute! I love the apple tree idea. I’ll be linking. And to continue Lolly’s idea…

“arrrggghhh! Bug infestation!!! I wonder if they taste as good as the last bugs I put in my mouth?”


Madeline and Family April 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm

How cute, you are so creative.


s. stockwell April 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

Oh my! It just does not get much cuter than this! The Baby, the trees & the bugs. Great post. Best from Santa Barbara, s


Fuji Nana April 22, 2009 at 11:12 am

“Hey, I’ll bet my NANA would love to eat these! Why don’t you invite her over?”


Mommy Gourmet April 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Too sweet! Love it!


chocolatecup April 24, 2009 at 3:46 am

the tree pops and your baby are terribly adorable:)


Ginger April 24, 2009 at 5:20 am

One thing cuter than the next on this post!! Very adorable children and very adorable cake pops!! I would like to try these cakepops. I have seen them a couple of times. I would be a bit hit with my nieces and nephews if I showed up for family Sundays with these cake pops!! Thanks for sharing….


Tammigirl April 24, 2009 at 9:39 am

OH my gosh! I love your tree idea. Ladybugs are my all time favorite. I might not have enough patience or skill to do the bugs, but they are adorable. I did some, too, but I took the easiest way out I imagine:



Jen April 24, 2009 at 11:13 pm

That last picture is so adorable! Cake bites are so fun to make, I did the same thing the first time with the frosting. NOw I even use less frosting to make them more cakey. Too cute!
♥ Jen


Molly May 7, 2009 at 10:25 am

“Global warming” and “deforestation” that was hysterical! These are so cute and I can’t wait to try them!


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