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Vanilla Cake Pops

This cake pops recipe is a copycat of Starbucks' birthday cake pop. If you’ve ever been to Starbucks you've more likely seen they’re famous pink “birthday cake pops” through the glass of sweet goodies. This little treat is a combination of vanilla cake, frosting, and pink candy coating.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword vanilla cake pop
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 24 cake pops
Calories 119 kcal
Author Dina from simplyhomecooked.com

Ingredients

  • 24 cake pop sticks
  • cake pop former 11/4 inch in diameter or small cookie scoop
  • deep narrow cup
  • white sprinkles
  • Styrofoam
  • Cake:
  • 1 box Pillsbury classic white cake mix
  • 2 tbsp Pillsbury creamy supreme vanilla frosting
  • Candy coating:
  • 1 12 oz bag Wilton candy melts
  • 1 1/2 tsp Crisco shortening

Instructions

  1. Bake the cake according to the package and leg it cool down to room temperature.
  2. Cut the cake into 4 pieces and peel away the browned outside layer of the cake. I peel off the outer layer because it tends to be too dry to form the cake pop.
  3. In a large bowl, crumble the cake with your hands. Add 2 tbsp of frosting to the crumbled cake and mix with a spoon or your hands.
  4. Shape the cake into balls and place them into the cake pop former. Make sure the cake ball is a little bit bigger than the size of the press. Once the cake ball is pressed tightly, remove extra cake from the sides and roll the ball with your hands to smooth any imperfections.
  5. Melt about 1/4 cup of candy melts in a small bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals to avoid overheating the candy.
  6. Dip the tip of each cake pop stick into the melted candy and poke it into to ball about half way through. Place each cake pop onto a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, melt the rest of the candy in a bowl. Make sure you melt them in 30 second intervals with mixing in between. Once it's melted well, add 1 1/2 tsp Crisco shortening and mix well with a whisk or fork. Then pour the melted candy into a tall narrow cup.
  8. Once the cake pops have been in the freezer for 20 min, dip each into the cup and tilt to the sides slowly to make sure the entire cake pop is covered. Then slowly pull up the cake pop. (Don't swirl the cake pop) Hold the cake pop in one hand and tap your wrist so that all the extra melted candy drips off.
  9. Sprinkle the pop right away so that the sprinkles stick to it before the candy hardens.
  10. Place in a Styrofoam block and let it stand for about an hour.

Recipe Notes

Store the cake pops at room temperature. Refrigerating will cause condensation to form over the cake pop.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cake Pops
Amount Per Serving (1 cake pop)
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.