Christmas Cake Pops Decorating How-To

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To make the holiday cake pops featured in our Christmas Cookie Exchange Ideas and Recipes, start with the recipe below for basic cake pops, and then decorate them by following the instructions for each design: reindeer, snowman and snow globe.

Basic Cake Pops Recipe

Makes approximately 40 cake pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of store-bought cake mix (and all ingredients needed for mix)
  • 1 can or 2 cups prepared frosting
  • Wilton candy melts, available at Party City stores: light cocoa for reindeers, white for snowmen, and blue for snow globes

Supplies:

    __ 40 cake pop sticks     __ Wax paper     __ Cookie sheet     __Decorating bags
    __ Couplers     __ Decorating tips     __ Styrofoam block or colander

Instructions:

  1. Bake cake as directed on package. After cake is completely cool, break up the cake into crumbs by hand into a large bowl. Mix in entire can of frosting until well blended.

  2. Roll your cake mixture into 1" balls and place on cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes to firm up.

  3. Meanwhile, melt candy melts as directed on package.

  4. Remove cake balls from fridge. Dip the end of each cake pop stick into the candy melts, then insert into a cake ball.

  5. Dip each cake pop into the candy melts, tapping off excess. Place pops upright on Styrofoam or insert into holes in upside-down colander to dry (decorate snowglobes while wet).

Decorating Reindeer Cake Pops

Ingredients:

  • Light cocoa Wilton candy melts
  • Wilton confetti sprinkles in white
  • Food markers
  • Pretzel twists, broken in half
  • Mini M&M's in red
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

  1. Follow basic cake pops recipe above, using the light cocoa Wilton candy melts to coat your cake pops.

  2. While pops are drying, dot the white confetti sprinkles with your edible black marker to make the reindeer eyes. Alternatively, you can use eyeballs icing decorations.

  3. To make the antlers, dip the ends of two pretzel halves in candy melts and hold on them against a cake pop until dry. Repeat for all pops.

  4. Use a toothpick to dab some candy melts onto the two eyeballs and a red M&M, and attach to a cake pop. Repeat for all pops.

  5. Draw the mouth of your reindeer using the edible black marker.

Decorating Snowman Cake Pops

Ingredients:

  • White Wilton candy melts
  • DOTS gumdrops in orange
  • Oreos, separated
  • Mini Oreos
  • Food markers
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

  1. Follow basic cake pops recipe above, using white Wilton candy melts to coat your cake pops.

  2. While pops are drying, cut orange DOTS with scissors or knife to desired nose shape and length.

  3. To make the hat, use a toothpick to dab some candy melts onto a mini Oreo and attach to a regular Oreo half.

  4. Use the same method to attach the completed hat to the top of a cake pop. Repeat for all pops.

  5. Dip your gumdrop nose into the candy melts and hold firm against the pop until dry.

  6. Draw the eyes and mouth of your snowman with your black food marker.

Decorating Snow Globe Cake Pops

Ingredients:

  • Blue Wilton candy melts
  • DOTS gumdrops
  • White nonpareils
  • White fondant
  • Food markers
  • Wilton snowflake sprinkles
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

  1. Before putting your cake balls on the sticks, take a red or green DOTS gumdrop and push it onto your lollipop stick with about half an inch of the stick poking out at the top.

  2. Follow basic cake pops recipe above, using the blue Wilton candy melts to coat your cake pops.

  3. While the candy melts on the cake pops are still wet, sprinkle the white nonpareils onto the pops for snow, leaving space for a small snowman. Allow to dry completely.

  4. While pops are drying, roll out your white fondant and cut out two different size circles for the snowman. Draw the face and buttons with your black food marker and a nose with your red food marker. Secure the snowmen to the pops with a little water.

  5. Use a toothpick to dab some candy melts onto the snowflake sprinkles and attach to cake pops.