diy: fourth of july cake pops

it’s been a while since i’ve baked anything, so i thought i’d try another round of cake pops to celebrate the fourth.

i’d love to be someone who always bakes from scratch, but there just isn’t always time for that. plus, i’m not the best baker anyway. that’s why i was excited to find this strawberry cake with cream cheese icing recipe from southern plate– it combines a cake mix and your own fresh ingredients (strawberries!).

here’s what you’ll need for the strawberry cake:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 cup smashed strawberries
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 package strawberry gelatin (3 ounces) 
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

you’ll need a cup of smashed strawberries. you could probably use a food processor or a blender, but smashing them in a ziploc bag with a can of beans works just as well. and it’s cathartic.

add the milk, oil, eggs, and gelatin into a bowl.

then add the flour and mix until the batter is smooth.

mix in the cup of strawberries.

pour the batter into a prepared sheet cake pan and bake according to the box (32-36 minutes at 350 degrees).

let the cake cool while you make the icing.

here what you’ll need for the cream cheese icing:

  • 8 ounce cream cheese, room temp
  • 4 tablespoons margarine, room temp
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar

blend together all of the ingredients until smooth.

now for the fun part. crumble the cake into bowl of cream cheese icing.

mix it all together with a spoon.

roll the cake into balls. i made these especially giant. place the cake balls into the freezer. these were super gooey, so they needed to be frozen overnight in order to work with them.

finally, here’s what you need for the decorations:

  • red, white, and blue candy melts
  • lollipop sticks
  • red and blue star-shaped sprinkles
  • red and blue edible glitter
  • styrofoam block (not pictured)
  • mini treat bags and ribbon for packaging

add lollipop sticks to the frozen pops and put back in the freezer. i pulled each pop out of the freezer right before i dipped it. warm pops=a giant mess.

melt the candy melts as directed. i found that the best way to do this was with a homemade double boiler. this kept the candy warm and runny.

yum. make sure the heat is really low, otherwise you’ll overcook the candy and it’ll be worthless.

dip the pops one by one and then sprinkle with the glitter or stars.

stick the pops into a styrofoam block for drying.

i ran out of sprinkles, so i had to figure out something else for the remaining pops! i melted candy melts in a ziploc bag, cut a teeny-tiny hole in the bag, and then streaked the tops of the pops with color. my mom would be appalled at the mess i made!

package them in treat bags (or saran wrap if you make giant pops like mine), tie them up with ribbon, and pass them out to all your friends on the fourth of july. i hope that you all have a lovely holiday with friends and family!

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