As a mom, I love finding fun and creative ways to celebrate special occasions with my family, and it’s that time of year again when I get to make a family favorite, my Valentine’s Day cake pops!
Making this recipe with my children is a fun family activity, regardless of their age. Everyone can help make the batter, shape the cake pops and decorate them with sprinkles and toppings. Making cake pops together adds excitement to the Valentine’s Day celebration, and they are delicious treats too!
With just a few simple ingredients and steps, anyone can create these adorable treats – so let’s get started!Print
Valentine’s Day Cake Pops: An Easy And Fun Valentine’s Day Tradition
- 1 box of white cake mix (red velvet cake is popular as well)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 8 ounces of softened cream cheese or frosting
- 24 Lollipop sticks
- Sprinkles, candy melts, or other decorations of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with butter, cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil, eggs, vanilla extract and water with a hand mixer until combined.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes (depending on your oven) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before making your cake pops.
- Once cooled, crumble the cake into a large bowl. Stir in the melted butter and cream cheese frosting until fully combined. The dough should be slightly crumbly, but soft and moist.
- Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of the cake mixture and roll into balls in the palm of your hand or use or two spoons to shape the mixture into small cake balls, about 1.5 inches in diameter, then form them into hearts.
- Place the balls on a lined plate or baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. To cool faster, you can also put these in the freezer.
- Melt candy melts in the microwave according to package instructions (typically do 30-second intervals to not overcook them). Dip a lollipop stick into the melted candy or melted chocolate and insert it halfway into the cooled cake pop.
- Dip each cake pop into the melted candy wafer and swirl around until the cake pop is fully coated. Place onto parchment paper until set. Scrape off the bottom of the cake pop on the side of the bowl to get a smooth finish by removing any excess chocolate coating.
- Decorate with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or other decorations of your choice before the chocolate hardens.
Do you freeze cake pops before dipping?
Freezing cake pops before dipping them in chocolate is optional, but it can be helpful as it enables the chocolate to set faster and will also help keep its shape. I recommend either putting them in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them from breaking apart while dipping them.
How long will cake pops last unrefrigerated?
At room temperature, cake pops are typically good for a few days and in the refrigerator, can easily last up to a week.
What can you use for cake pops instead of candy melts?
A regular or white chocolate bar or chips is a great substitute for candy melts when making cake pops. Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler and dip away! Alternatively, you can use melted marshmallow or marshmallow fluff as your coating.