I can’t deny it–I LOVE sweets! Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for those of us with a serious sweet tooth and I love finding every way I can to celebrate holidays, which of COURSE means I get to make incredible desserts and goodies for friends and family. Have you ever seen anyone turn down a cake pop?! The answer is NOPE because it’s literally never happened. They are the BOMB. Normally I eat pretty healthy (wildgame is my jam!) but this lifestyle blog is all about finding that BALANCE between family, outdoors, food, health and FUN and Cake Pops fall somewhere in that spectrum. Plus, we all know that the way to everyone’s heart is through their stomachs, am I right?!
Believe me when I say, these cake pops are GOOOOOD and they’re perfect for kid’s events, adult parties, office gifts, or just because. The end result looks a lot more complicated and fancy than the recipe actually is but try them out and decide for yourself!
Cake Pop Recipe:
- 1 box of Cake Mix
- All the ingredients called for on the box of cake mix–eggs, oil, (or, a great oil substitute like applesauce!) etc.
- 1 carton of Frosting of your choice
- Sticks for the Cake Pops (Get them here, or your local craft store should carry them)
- Approx. 2 1/4 cups Melting Chocolate or Almond Bark
- Nonpareils or Sprinkles
- Start by preparing a cake using the cake mix and following the instructions on the box. Bake the cake and let it cool completely–this is the hard part because it smells AMAZING.
- In a large bowl, break up the cake into pieces and combine with the frosting. I recommend gradually adding the frosting until the cake pops are moist and easy to form into balls but not TOO moist that they’re gooey.
- It will look crumbly, and that’s PERFECT! Take these crumbly little pieces and roll them into small balls in your hands.
- Next, melt about 1/4 cup of the chocolate or almond bark. Dip the sticks in the melted chocolate and then stick them in the cake balls, being careful not to go all the way through the balls.
Freeze the cake balls for at least 2 hours so they don’t break apart when you dip them in chocolate.
Melt about 2 cups of melting chocolate or almond bark. It works well to melt it in a mug placed in the microwave (keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn), or using a double broiler if you prefer!
One by one, dunk the cake pops in the melted chocolate, shake off the excess, and sprinkle with nonpareils.
- Set them up OR lay them on parchment paper once you’ve done the previous steps. When that chocolate sets, it is GO time! You can dig in and thank me later (or, tag me in your Instagram stories or posts making them–I stopped myself from eating all of these, so I’ll live vicariously through your posts!!)
I hope you have as much fun making these as we did! I did the first few steps of this recipe solo but near the end, Leni jumped in as my sues-chef and LOVED helping with the chocolate and sprinkles. I love love love making these memories and sweet recipes with my girl… even though I’ve been vacuuming sprinkles all week.
Do you have an all-time FAVORITE sweet, or one you’d love to see us post on the blog? Comment below–let’s keep making the world a sweeter place!
See you back here later this week for a surprise you are NOT going to want to miss!!
Fun and messes made by us, gorgeous memory-making photos by my sweet friend Photos by Jennifer Wilson Photography!!