Funny, but true – my child’s most toxic habit is that she thinks she is getting a cake pop from Starbucks every time we go to Target. While I enjoy treating her every once in a while, I thought it would be fun to make her some for Valentine’s Day instead of buy them.
Needless to say, these were a huge hit with Emerson.
Picking the flavor was an obvious choice.. I cannot think of a better option than red velvet for Valentine’s Day. The red hues are so festive! And decorating is effortless. Just pick your favorite sprinkles.
I think the next flavor will be Funfetti with rainbow sprinkles, because these are so fun to make and something you can do with the kiddos.
If you don’t have cake pop sticks (lollipop) sticks, you can still make these and serve them as cake balls/truffles.
The recipe I have shared includes a small batch cream cheese frosting recipe. You can substitute this with store-bought cream cheese frosting from the baking aisle.
- 1 box red velvet cake mix + other ingredients per box instructions (water, eggs and vegetable oil)
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- Pinch of salt
- 10 oz white chocolate
- Decorative sprinkles
- Bake cake according to box instructions. Let cool completely.
- While cake is cooling, prepare cream cheese frosting by mixing cream cheese, butter, vanilla, salt and confectioners’ sugar until well combined. Set aside.
- Crumble cake into large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup frosting, then mix with hand mixer. Allow to set for 5 minutes for cake to absorb moisture. If needed as more frosting a little at a time until cake reaches a thick dough-like consistency.
- Roll mixture into balls with hands. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour, placing cake pop sticks in the center halfway through.
- Melt the white chocolate, then dip cake pops into chocolate. Add sprinkles right away, then stick into Styrofoam upright to set. Or lay on parchment paper to set.