These Green Cake Pops are the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
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Growing up we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with our extended family. I’m not even a teeny tiny bit Irish, but I still rocked the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” pin every single year! Have you heard the expression that we are all a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day? I am definitely a believer!
It was a fun tradition to have as a kid, so I thought it would be fun to start new traditions with my own kids. Nothing fancy, or big, just a little fun decor and a special treat – Green Cake Pops!
Since making cake pops for the first time on Valentine’s Day, my oldest son has been asking me to make them again! I thought it would be fun to make green cake pops, cover them in white chocolate, and then add fun St. Patrick’s Day designs on them.
Making the cake balls is actually pretty easy. For this recipe I use a gluten free box of cake mix. I had no problems getting the cake to stick together to roll into balls with the brand of cake mix and icing that I bought. You can use a homemade recipe or regular box cake mix as well. There is no difference in the directions.
Dipping them in the white chocolate can be a little tricky. I recommend using a small silicone brush to help spread the chocolate around. I use coffee mugs to keep the cake pops upright and not touch each other while the white chocolate is hardening back up.
Decorating these Green Cake Pops gave me a bit of an unexpected challenge. The packet of green candy melts I bought to decorate them with turned out to not be the color green I was going for at all. I was worried I was going to have to scrap the entire recipe because of a lack of decoration!
I finally decided to use green gel food coloring and a toothpick to create the designs. It was super easy and the shade of green is perfect! I’m really happy with the way the cake pops look and taste!
Since the gel food coloring won’t harden, if you will be transporting them, I would recommend using extra vanilla icing dyed green and piping the decorations on instead.
I like the look of the shamrocks and dots to fill in the white space, but you can add swirls and fun St. Patrick’s Day sayings as well!
This St. Patrick’s Day inspired Green Cake Pops recipe is proof that sometimes you have to improvise – and it might just be better than the original plan! I guess you can say the luck of the Irish was on my side!
Green Cake Pops
- Make the cake according to the directions on the package, stirring in food coloring until the desired shade is reached before baking.
- After the cake has baked and cooled, crumble it into fine crumbs in a large bowl.
- Add the vanilla cake frosting a tablespoon at a time until the cake is just moist enough to be rolled into about 40 1-inch smooth balls.
- Place the cake balls on a sheet pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour or two. They can be left in the refrigerator longer if needed.
- Once the cake balls are firm, place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and cook on 50% power for a minute. Stir until smooth. If they are not melted enough, heat on 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
- Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted white chocolate and then insert it into the cake ball about half way. Dip the cake ball into the white chocolate and turn to coat.
- Decorate and enjoy! See notes for decorating suggestions.
Tips and Techniques for Making Cake Pops
- You can use a regular or gluten free boxed cake or a homemade cake recipe with very similar results.
- Use a small silicone brush, if necessary, to help spread the white chocolate around so that the cake is fully covered.
- Place the cake pops into coffee mugs or a block of Styrofoam to keep them upright and not touching each other while the white chocolate is hardening back up.
- Cover cake pops to store them. They can be left at room temperature for up to a week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze your cake pops for up to 3 months.
Cake Pop Decorating Ideas
- Add sprinkles, colored sugar, or edible glitter before the white chocolate sets.
- Use different colored cake icing or Candymelts to add swirls or designs.
- Use green gel food coloring and a toothpick to create designs as shown in the photos. Just be aware that the food coloring may not fully set so be extra careful if you have to transport the cake pops.