Cake Pops for Valentine’s Day

One would think that since one of my sisters is a professional cake decorator, I would have some little creative baking gene running through me.

I don’t.

In fact, one of the last cakes I made, for my nephew’s 4th birthday, was SUPPOSED to be a Pirate-Themed cake.  But, it was sooooooooo pathetic looking my sister and I told that gullible little boy a cannon ball had hit it.

Yes, he believed us and, yes, it was that bad.

(don’t judge)

I’m still not sure what possessed me to apply for the Wilton Cake Pop Contest.  Seriously — ME?  Being creative with melted candy or fondant or sprinkles or other such little decorating oddities?

But, this baking and decorating adventure was different.  This time, I had a Little Lady who believed in me.

And my little cheerleader wanted PINK cake pops.  With sprinkles.  Lots and lots and lots of sprinkles.

(sprinkles are very important when you’re three)

Armed with a strawberry cake mix and strawberry frosting. . . and 8 cans of various Valentine’s day sprinkles . . . and one grounded 3 year old (grounded for sneaking into the 9th can of sprinkles and eating over HALF of them),  I got started.

In all honesty, cake pops are NOT hard.  Especially with the new “Recipe Book” Wilton has out: Pops! Sweets on a Stick.  There are cake recipes, cookie recipes, pictures of suggested tools, and instructions for every kind of pop imaginable.  Christmas pops, Baby Shower Pops, Baseball Pops, Zoo Pops . . . I didn’t count but there had to be at least one hundred different pop styles.

Of course, for the Cake Pop competition, I had to create a pop that WASN’T in the book.


I had visions of cannon-bombed cake balls tormenting me but I bravely followed Wilton’s Pound Cake from a Mix recipe, baked it and then crumbled it.

Cake Pops work best when your cake is very finely crumbled; I used a mini food processor to achieve this.

Yes, CRUMBLED the cake.  There’s actually an appropriate time to be destructive during the cake pop process.  Awesome.  At this point, I knew I could do this.

The rest of my afternoon was spent packing the cake pop mix (which consisted of the crumbled cake and a bit of the strawberry frosting) into a silicone baking pan full of petite little hearts.

After several hours of chilling, the hearts were ready to be popped on a stick and dipped into melted candy.

Now, here’s where I’m going to stop a moment and give you some very important advice: USE the Wilton Candy Melts.  They are SO much better than alternatives.  I ended up not having enough of the white melts and had to use some vanilla bark.  It ended up being full of tiny lumps.  Annoying.  Very annoying.

But the Wilton Melts are perfectly smooth and melt very quickly in the Wilton Melting Pot.  Love this thing!

If you find that your melted candy is making a thicker coating than desired, you can thin it down with shortening (Wilton's Suggestion) or use Canola Oil (my suggestion). I used the canola oil till it was as thin as I wanted, and it didn't change the flavor or the hardening process.

While I couldn’t copy any of the pop examples from the Wilton Cake Pop book, I did attempt some of the techniques shown, like candy melt leaves — made with melted green candy spread into a silicone muffin cup.  Pretty easy!

I let my leaf bases chill in the fridge for at least 45 minutes; after they harden completely, peel the silicone away from the candy. To make a hole in the bottom for the lollipop sticks, I took a very pointy knife and heated the blade in a cup of boiling water. Then, I gently bored a hole in the bottom of the leaf base.

I added them to some of my hearts (after they had set completely) to simulate rose buds.

After adding the leaf base to the heart rose pop, I used more melted candy to both seal the hole in the leaf base and to adhere the base to the heart rose pop. I left them upside down on my stryofoam until the seal was completely hard.

They kinda looked like rose buds.  I had a good idea . . . probably needed a bit more practice to make them look a bit better.

In the end, I didn’t have a bombed out mess on my hands but some decent cake pops for Valentine’s Day.

Immediately after dipping your pops in the melted candy, you can add your embellishments. I dipped the pops in various ramekins of sprinkles and colored sugar. To add the little candy eyes and candy heart mouths, I used kitchen tweezers.

Well, most of them were decent.  Some of my flowers ended up looking like star fish.


Not cool for Valentine’s Day.

P.S.  If you’re curious, here’s a list of the items I used to make my Cake Pops:

  • 1 Box of Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 can Strawberry Frosting
  • 1 Bag of Red Wilton Candy Melts
  • 1 Bag of White Wilton Candy Melts (should have used two!)
  • 1 Bag of Green Wilton Candy
  • Wilton Candy Eyes
  • Wilton Heart Sprinkles
  • Wilton Red Sugar Sprinkles
  • Wilton Pink Sugar Sprinkles
  • Wilton White Sugar Sprinkles
  • 1 Bag of 6″ Wilton Lollipop Sticks
  • Wilton Pop Decorations — Flower Petals
  • Wilton Cake Pop Decorating Stand
  • Wilton Petite Hearts Silicone Baking Pan
  • 1 (completely random) Flower Silicone Pan (I think I purchased it last year from the Dollar Store?  Maybe?)
  • Wilton Melting Pot

Disclaimer: I received a Wilton Kit containing various tools for making cake pops. I was not required to give my opinion on the products but to simply create an original pop and share it in a post.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.


  1. love cake pop says

    That is so awsome. they look so amazing and easy to do. Im looking forward on trying to make some on my own. Thank you for some of the advise. Keep making those wonderful cake pops :)

  2. angie sprouse says

    how do you make the cake stay together after you take them out of the kits i tryed to make them and after i put them in chocolate they came a part

    • Rachel says

      Did you chill the pops before and after inserting the stick? I did that (at someone’s recommendation) and didn’t have a problem with them falling apart. Good luck!

  3. says

    I love this! I am going to to do with my boys(but you know, with cool things like soccer balls and stuff).

    You SO have a creative gene in your blood!

  4. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE making cake pops! made them for the first time EVER (sans pops… so really cake balls?) for Christmas and had the boys dig in (litterally) with VERY VERY clean hands to take care of the ‘crumbling of the cake’ for me! They also helped with shaping and it was SO VERY MUCH FUN! should have used the candy melts though and now I know for NEXT TIME!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  5. says

    You don’t even wanna know how jealous I am! I make cake pops all the time and that stuff would SO come in handy if I had it! Like that chocolate heater upper thing! I have thrown away so many bowls because the chocolate was just to heated and stuck and gross to get off. I never get good blogging promotions. Well, sometimes, but not always which is clearly what I want!

  6. says

    I have to give you props, those look cute! I suck unless it’s a cookie that just requires being dropped on a cookie sheet then getting baked in the oven.

  7. says

    Awww they came out really good. Even if some look like starfish but they are adorable starfish. Kidding, they are all cute you did a great job!

  8. says

    ok… I see the starfish resemblance. BUT- they are pink. and sparkly. so they are still perfect for Valentines day. Anything is perfect for valentines day if its pink and sparkly :)

    but seriously- great job! I have yet to brave the cake pop frontier- despite having bakerella’s book. one of these days Ill do it. one of these days. 😉

  9. says

    Oooo, I have been on a cake pop making kick. I have made them a few times in the last couple of weeks. You should let me know next time so I can do it too!

  10. says

    How cute are those. I’ve heard the buzz around the internet on them and would love to try my hand at being so creative. My 5 yr old is a cake monster and my 2 1/2 yr old loves the frosting. thanks for the adorable idea

  11. says

    Cute! Cute! Cute! You did a great job. Trust me, if it was me making those THEN they would be horrible.

    Thanks for sharing this. I love Wilton products. I’ve always wanted to try making pops too.

  12. says

    I think your pops look great! I am helping with a shower in a few weeks and we are wanting to make cake pops. One of the girls tried and is having a hard time. Do you care if I borrow some of the things you got and the book? I will call you tomorrow to see if I can borrow them. That would be so awesome! But only if you are finished with them for a week or so. Thanks Rach!