Cakes and Cupcakes · Patriotic Recipes for Memorial Day and 4th of July

4th of July Cake Pops

4th of July Cake Pops

These adorable cake pops are decorated for the 4th of July, but they could really be decorated and used for any occasion under the sun.  I especially like to do cake pops for parties, bridal showers, and baby showers. 

Ingredients:
1 plain white cake (or any kind of cake you want to use)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon milk (or more, as necessary)
lollipop sticks or popscicle sticks (Michaels or JoAnn’s)
1 package of Wilton candy melts, I used white, any color/flavor you want is fine.

Directions:

Bake the cake and let it cool completely on a rack.  When it is completely cool, break the cake into a large bowl. Crumble it with forks or your fingers until it is in fine crumbs.

In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and milk together until smooth. Pour into the cake crumbs and mix with a spoon. Then continue mixing with your fingers, kneading and mixing until fully incorporated into the cake. Check to see if it will roll into a ball. It should: if it needs a little extra moisture, add milk a spoonful at a time.

When the mix is completely done, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. Prepare two large baking sheets by covering with wax paper or parchment. Take a bit of the cake mixture and roll it into a smooth ball. Stick one into the end of each ball, pointing upward, as you put the ball back down on the sheet.  As each sheet fills up, put it in the freezer so that the balls harden.

Melt the candy melts in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth.  Dip each pop into the mixture, cover with sprinkles if desired, put back onto the sheet, stick up.

Put in the refrigerator until set.  Enjoy!

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