Want a dessert that's simple but has a fun wow factor? Try firecracker 4th of July cake pops. I used regular candles, but they'd be even more fun with relight candles.
4th of July Cake Pops
I originally made these for Lu's Spy Birthday party (think cherry bombs), but I realized they'd be really fun for the Fourth of July, too.
You will need:
- 1 cake mix* prepared according to package directions (I used chocolate cake)
- 1 can of frosting (I used chocolate frosting)
- 2 bags of candy melts (I used black, vanilla flavored chocolate)
- birthday candles (I used regular, but relight candles would be fun)
(Makes 20-22 ¼ cup size cake pops.)
*If you are using a gluten free cake mix, be aware that most packaged gluten free cake mixes are half the size of a regular cake mix. If you use a gluten free cake mix, it will make half as many cake pops, and you should only use ½ the can of frosting.
- Once the cake is cool enough to handle (but still warm), break it into small pieces and put the pieces into a very large mixing bowl.
- Stir in a can of frosting, and mix it thoroughly. You can see in the picture above that I was able to mix the the cake and frosting pretty well, but there are still a few chunks of cake here and there. (Hopefully, you're a better mixer than I am!)
- To make your cake pops uniform in size, use a measuring cup to scoop the mixture. (I used a ¼ cup measure.) With clean hands, roll the mixture into balls and place them on a cookie sheet.
- Insert a candle into each ball, and place the cookie sheet in the freezer. Leave them there for about a half hour.
- While cake pops are freezing, melt candy melts according to package directions.
- Remove cake pops from the freezer and dip them in the candy melts to coat. Because the cake pops are cold, the chocolate will harden very quickly. Work quickly!
- Place the coated cake pops back on the cookie sheet. That's it!
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