If you’ve walked into a Starbucks in the past year, you’ve probably noticed these tiny treats lining the display window.  Cake and frosting is mixed together and covered with a chocolate candy coating and of course, presented on a long lollypop stick. These fancy little treats look labor intensive, and while there are a few steps, they’re not much harder to make then a cupcake. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t get the hang of dipping the first time around, just look at my lumpy but totally still cute (and delicious!) pirates.

Pirate Cake Pops
(recipe adapted from Bakerella)

Makes about 25-30 pops

1 Fully Baked Cake (I used Duncan Hines French Vanilla)
1 Can Frosting (or make your own! Recipe to follow at bottom)
1 Bag White Candy Melts
1/4 Bag Red Candy Melts
Black  Edible Food Writer or Black Gel Food Coloring
25-30 Lollypop Sticks (I used 8 inch, but they were pretty long, 6 inch is probably better)
Styrofoam

Let’s Make Cake Pops!

1.Bake your cake according to instructions; let cool.

2.Crumble the cake completely; with a fork, spatula or my preferred method, my hands. Once crumbled, add your frosting, a bit a time, until the mixture looks like cookie dough (you might not have to use all of the frosting).

3.Shape into balls. I used a coffee scoop, about 2 and 1/2 tablespoons, to get evenly sized balls. Once shaped, put balls in freezer for 5 minutes, then fridge for anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight. (I found that putting them in the freezer longer made them more susceptible to cracks.)

4.Melt white candy according to instructions. Dip lollypop a half inch into melted candy, then insert half way into cake pop. Immediately dip entire cake pop into candy melt. Do NOT turn the cake pop in the candy melt, it will fall apart. Dip straight in, then remove, and if anything, lightly tap the excess candy off/let it drip off. (The first time I made these, I couldn’t properly dip them at all, so I used a spoon to coat them with the melted candy- which is why they’re lumpy) Insert Cake Pop into styrofoam to cool. Repeat with all pops. Put leftover white candy aside.

5. Once cooled, melt red candy. Dip the top of the pops into the candy melts, creating a red bandana. If you want, you can take an extra lollypop stick, dip into melted white candy, and create white tiny dots on the bandanna.

6. Mix black food coloring with white candy, or use a black food writer, and create the pirate face.

Let cool and serve!

These cakes dry completely hard, so they’re perfect for party favors. Get some clear lollypop treat bags, cute ribbon, and you’ve got the perfect party take-away for your guests.

Happy Baking.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick butter (room temperture)
1 package cream cheese (room temp)
3/4 package of confectioners sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Beat room temperature butter and cream cheese till incorporated, going from low to medium. When basically incorportated, anywhere from 3-5 minutes, add vanilla. Then, add sugar until desired thickness and sweetness is reached. Once that happens, beat on high till silky smooth.