These 4th of July cake pops will have everyone grabbing one and telling you how tasty they were. And only you will know just how easy they were to put together.
These patriotic cake pops are full of flavor and are themed to perfection without being fussy. Let’s make this red, white, and blue dessert!
Be sure to check out my American Flag Mason Jar Craft for more patriotic fun. It’s perfect for flatware or napkins during a cook out.
July 4th Cake Pops
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am a baker more than I am a cook. Cakes, cookies, pies – you name it, I’m a sucker for a baked good. Mmm, cake.
But honestly, I’m not going to put a cake together if it’s going to sit outside at a cookout, especially in the heat of the summer. Quick and easy desserts like cake pops are my baked tasty treat of choice during this time.
These easy red, white, and blue themed treats would be excellent for a 4th of July get-together, but honestly, I make them year-round. When you have a family carry-in dinner, a BBQ with friends, or just a simple treat to enjoy at home to use up a boxed cake mix, you cannot go wrong with the humble cake pop.
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Candy Melts or Baking Chocolate for Cake Pops?
Another question I am asked a lot is whether to use baking chocolate or candy melts when making cake pops. My preference is candy melts because they are literally made for this purpose and they are colored beautifully. As long as they are not over-heated, the color, consistency, and flavor are wonderful for cake pops.
How Do I Make Candy Melts Shiny?
To make candy melts shiny like melted chocolate, you will need to add shortening but don’t worry – it doesn’t change the taste. Add a small amount of shortening (between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon) to a full package of candy melts to increase the shine. Melt slowly, stirring to incorporate fully.
If you would like to use baking chocolate for cake pop coating, you must add a thinning agent and shortening is recommended most (never add water). General consensus is one should add one tablespoon of shortening for each cup of chocolate and follow this melting chocolate guidance.
Tips For Making Cake Pops for Any Occasion
- You can use store bought cake mix or a homemade cake recipe for this patriotic dessert.
- Change up the type of cake mix to change up the flavor of the cake pops but stick with a less oily or moist cake recipe. The frosting will add enough moisture to even a stale cake.
- I recommend baking the cake the day before and leaving it out. Honestly the drier a cake is, the better form you’ll get when mixed with frosting.
- If you choose to bake the same day as you decorate, do not add the frosting until the cooked cake has cooled. If the cake crumbles are too hot, it’s going to be a gooey mess that sticks to your hands and fingers.
- Keep in mind the quintessential rule for working with candy melts or chocolate: avoid overheating! You can scorch and seize the chocolate, so always err on the side of caution and pull the chocolate from the heat as soon as it’s melted.
- For a wonderful and yummy presentation, add a cake pop to a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in a sundae glass.
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How to Dry Cake Pops After Coating – Cake Pop Drying Options
One of the most fun email chains I’ve had going with other baker friends was years ago when the cake pop craze hit suburbia. We were all answering tons of emails each week about how people can set up a drying station for cake pops! Here are some ideas:
- Place cling wrap over the top of cups. Poke sticks into the wrap.
- Cover floral foam or Styrofoam® with foil or wrap. Poke sticks into the wrap.
- Pierce holes into a closed cardboard box, making sure the holes are just slightly smaller than the width of the sticks. Press dipped cake pops into the holes gently.
- Cross two baking racks and secure. Place sticks in the small squares.
- Invert a colander and balance the sticks in the holes. This is risky, friends, I’ve had many a “cake pop down!” moment using this, so keep a watch.
How to Make Cake Pops for Beginners
Below is the written and printable tutorial for this Independence Day dessert idea. If you have questions, please use the comments section and I’ll get back to you.
How to Store Cake Pops (Before or After Dipping)
Nearly every time I serve cake pops at parties or gatherings, they are all eaten or taken home with guests. In case you have some leftover cake pops OR want to know how long to prepare cake pops in advance, here is my best advice on how to store cake pops.
Whether you have already coated the cake pops or not, this recipe uses cream cheese frosting and should be refrigerated for storage.
- tear off a clean paper towel
- place it in an air tight container (zip top storage bag, glass storage container, etc.)
- put the dipped cake pops in the container
- put the container on the counter for two hours or in the refrigerator
Uncoated / un-dipped cake pops will usually last on the counter up to 2 weeks in an air tight container. The cake pops (uncoated) can be made and frozen up to 2 months in advance, as well.
More Delicious Desserts
- Make Firecracker Rice Krispies in Minutes – This is a fast treat that is loaded with yumminess and the kids love helping.
- 4th of July Popcorn Balls – If you’ve never had these, I’m about to blow your mind…
- These Patriotic Dipped Marshmallows are an Awesome Kid-Made July 4th Treat! – The kids will love helping create them!
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