Fun Desserts: Patriotic Red White and Blue Cake Pops

by Sugar on July 1, 2016 · 26 comments

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Serving up a dessert that’s fun and patriotic for the 4th of July is easy with these red white and blue Patriotic Cake Pops.

Cake pops are a fun dessert for kids and adults. Part cake and part candy pop make these a dessert that can be made in advance and served up in millions of different ways. You can use any cake flavor or frosting of your choice as well as decorative sprinkles to make them all your own. They are a fun activity for the kids too. It allows everyone to get messy in the kitchen and mix up some fun.

I thought it would be pretty to make a red cake and dip them in white candy melts and red, white, and blue sprinkles. These patriotic cake pops are perfect for any party.

Ingredients (makes 40-50 cake pops):

  • 1 box of Betty Crocker® cake mix of your choice
  • 1 1/3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (12 oz) can Betty Crocker® frosting of your choice
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of candy melts of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Colored decorative cookie sprinkles of your choice
  • Wax paper
  • A flat piece of Styrofoam


Bake cake as directed on box for a 13 x 9 cake and let cool completely

With your fingers, crumble cake into a large bowl. Once the cake is completely crumbled, add the frosting. Mix well with your hands until dough forms. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on wax paper on cookie sheet.

Place in freezer for about 15 minutes.

When ready to assemble, heat candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave according to the directions on package. Mix in the shortening until you have a smooth texture that runs off a spoon. Remove cake pop balls from freezer.

Dip the tip of a Popsicle stick into the melted candy then halfway into the cake ball.  Lay them down on a wax paper coated cookie sheet until all the balls have the sticks attached.

Then swirl the balls gently into the melted candy and coat well.

Allow them to drip for a moment and then dip into colored sprinkles. Set into Styrofoam to harden.

Cooking Tips:

  • A mini ice cream scooper makes it easy to get an even amount of dough before rolling into balls.
  • If candy melts are still very thick add an additional 1/2 teaspoon of shortening until mixture is smooth.
  • If you want to make colored cake like red, blue or green use a few drops of food coloring of your choice to the cake mix and mix well before baking.
  • Cake pops do not need to be refrigerated.
  • For added decoration dip cake into candy only, allow them to dry completely and decorate with decorative icing.

For really easy and fast cake pops, try my simple shortcuts my Easy Doughnut Hole Cake Pops Made Easy Video.   The recipe above follows a Bakerella method.  My video shows you a version that is NOT Bakerella’s Cake Pops!

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Kate says:

Cute, tasty, sparkly and patriotic. What’s not to like? Great work, Arlene! So glad I came across these as I couldn’t find any decent recipes for last year’s July 4th. I had to hat tip them on my little site: :)


christina says:

im going to them on monday 12 th june as my grandchildren will love them thank you for showing me xx

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So glad you like them. Enjoy!

Robin says:

My best friend & I have been making cake pops for awile and we have been trying to come up with a “trick” to make it easier to work with the chocolate melts…we have a babyshower coming up and we are going to use the crisco trick when we make the cake pops!! Cant wait to use it..thanks soooo much for the tip 😉

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I’m so happy to be helpful. :)


Candise says:

How long will the decorated donut holes last? I was hoping to make the cake pops two days earily before I needed them for a Kindergarden party. Day 1 ice… Day 2 decorate. The theme is Batman and I found an ebayer that can make the edible sticker of the batman symbol 3/4″ in size to fit the cake pops. Would you recommend applying the sticker before the icing firms up, never used edible stickers before.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

They last a few days. I have made them and covered them for at least 3 days and they were fine. You know I have never used the stickers either. My guess is if it’s too wet it may bleed so I would do it after they set somewhat but you may want to see if there are instructions.

Good luck and keep me posted.

Dima says:

Wawww! I love this recipe. I made 72 for my little sisters birthday, in only 1hr. I used doughnut hole instead of crumbling some cake. I think I mostly enjoy this recipe more then any recipe on this site. But I don’t mean I don’t like anything on this site. (Do we have to adda Crisco in the Candy Melts?)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Hi thanks for the great feedback. So glad you like this recipe. No you don’t need to add the Crisco it just makes the candy melts easier to work with.

Judy says:

Arlene, I just stumbled onto the utube video of donut hole cake pops. What a good idea. For my birthday my husband gave me a cake pop baking tray which I have not used yet. Our church has a Holiday boutique in November so I have plenty of time to practice. We always have a baked goods table and I thought the cake pops would be a good seller for the kids. Now with the suggestion of donut holes I am really excited because I could make a lot of pops in a relatively short period of time. Thank you for sharing. Judy

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Thanks so much for the feedback. It is a huge time savor for stuff like that. Have fun with them and let me know how it goes.

Sugar :)

aiza says:

i tried making oreo cake pops, but the problem is if i put the lollipop stick, it cracks….what should i do?

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Try freezing them for about 20 minutes before you dip the stick and then only put the stick in half way. Oh and make sure you add Crisco to the candy melts. I know these things can be very tricky. If all fails use my easy dough nut hole method.

Good luck,


Nikki Brendel says:

When you use donut holes do you you cake nOT glazed? Does it taste weird bc of the glaze the donut stores put on them & then chOcolate is added when we coat them? I was thinking of taking the easy route bc I need to make 80 by Dec. 22.

Thank you,

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Yes the chocolate usually have a glaze on them. I have gotten the plain cake ones that don’t but they all work and taste fine. My kids like them better so if you are making them for kids trust me they won’t care. They will love them and it does save a ton of time.

I just made a batch of cake pops the regular way for an assignment for Betty Crocker and it took me over 2 1/2 hours to make 40 of them. They came out great and Yummy but I could have easily made 100 of more with the doughnut holes in that time. It just cuts out the steps of making the cake letting it cool, crumbling it, making the balls and on and on. With the holes you can just get right to dipping and decorating.

I make them this way when I have to make a huge amount to make and just want to save time. Do make sure you use my tip with the Crisco for either method. It helps a lot. :)

Have fun,


elizabeth says:

where can i find Popsicle sticks?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I buy them at Michaels or any craft shop that sells chocolate and cake decorating stuff.

Have fun making these.

Sugar :)

Shanell says:

I have tried to make cake pops for the second year in a row and they dont turn out what am i doing wrong! everything is good untill i go to swirl in candy melt mixture and they all fall apart :(

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I know how you feel the first few times I made them they fell apart too. Use my trick with the Crisco and it will help. You just mix 1/2 teaspoon of Crisco into the candy melts and it will be creamy enough so they won’t fall apart. You can also try my easy way to make them. Check out my video

Sugar :)

Jodee says:

Sugar, do the donut holes stay on the sticks as well as the cake pops?
I think I’ll try with a less sweet donut hole and see how it goes

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Yes they stay on great. Give it a try.

Sugar :)

Cathy D says:

My 8-yr old has a Pokemon themed birthday party coming up – these will be perfect to decorate like Pokeballs! :) I’d seen these before (including the ones you refered to in your post) but the colors you used just made the idea “click” for me! Thanks!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

That does sound great. Have fun making them and post pictures if you can. Enjoy!

Deb says:

I showed this recipe to one of my friends and she suggested making them yellow and frosting a 60’s Smilie face on them. Cute idea!

Could you use cellophane or plastic wrap and individually wrap them with ribbons, etc?? Or would the candy melt stick to the wrap?

Profile photo of CheriflyCheri says:

Sugar……do you like making them this way VS the donut holes???

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They are all on the sweet side for me but the kids love them. You can get much more creative making them this way vs the donut hole, so it all comes down to how much time do you want to spend on them and who is eating them.