St Patrick’s Day Treats: Super Easy Cake Pops

I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.
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It’s hard to stay connected as a family these days.

Even if you’re an at-home mom, you may be busy with household managment, homeschooling, or rocking a home-based business between loads of laundry.

You’ve got a lot on your plate, and sometimes you worry you aren’t making the most of these family years.  One of the best ways to feel like an amazing mom and to create life-long memories with your kids is to establish traditions and celebrate holidays.

Holidays act like mile markers in the mind.  We remember them because they’re special and fun.

I love celebrating the major holidays, but the lesser celebrated ones are sometimes even more fun because there’s not as much pressure!

Burn the Thanksgiving turkey and it will be remembered for a lifetime.  Ruin the St. Patrick’s Day cake pops and..meh.. no biggie.  Mushed cake still tastes good!

But, you won’t ruin the cake pops because they’re actually easy as pie…  Hold up, no, pie is a pain in the neck compared to these.

These take some time, but not a lot of effort.  And your kids can play along too!

St. Patrick’s Day Treat: Cake Pops

Start by baking a cake.

LOL That sounds like a pain already.  Actually, get a yummy box cake mix of the yellow or white variety.  My favorite has always been Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden cake.

Grease up a 13×9″ pan and bake your box cake according to the package directions.

Cool the cake

When it’s done, pull your cake out and set it on a cooling rack (or the cold stove top) to cool.  You don’t even have to worry about turning it out of the pan.  Just let it cool.

Soften cream cheese

Soften a block of cream cheese by setting it on the counter for about 15 minutes.  This obviously can happen while your cake is cooling.

Go fold some laundry.  Watch “this cool trick, Mom” or endulge in a brief Netflix binge.

Dye the Cream Cheese

Since these are St. Patricks Day cake pops, you’ll want them to be green on the inside.  We’re all Irish inside on St. Paddy’s Day!

Add a few drops of green food coloring to your cream cheese and mix it together in your mixer.

Sidenote: when my mother-in-law bit into these she said, “Oh, pistachio!”  Then she realized it was just green cake and not pistachio. But it got me thinking, I bet we could make these pistachio flavored!  Perhaps by adding some pistachio pudding to the cream cheese here.  Comment if you’d like me to experiment with that. 

Mix Cake and Cream Cheese

Tear the cake apart an put it into your mixer with the cream cheese.  There is no need to be delicate or dainty.  Just get it all in.

Turn on the mixer and watch for it to become a cohesive mixture.

Get to Rolling

Roll out your cake balls about 1″ round.  You don’t want them too big.  They will get bigger when you add the candy coating.

Place the balls on a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet.  Insert lollipop sticks, then put them in the freezer to harden.  Just don’t leave them in too long.

Melt the Coating

I like to use Almond Bark for the coating on my cake balls and cake pops.

Melt about 9 squares in a microwave safe bowl (preferably a deep sided one) by microwaving in 20 second intervals and stirring a lot.

Any time you’re melting chocolate or chocolatey type ingredients, the microwave makes it easier to prevent burning, but you MUST stir.

Stir. A lot.

At a certain point, you will think you need more heat when actually you need more stirring.

Be sure you’ve stirred all you can before you microwave it any more.

There’s nothing sadder than having to throw out chocolate that seized.  {Wah!! I’ve killed the chocolate!}

Don’t kill the chocolate.  Even if it’s white chocolate that only aspires to be real chocolate in its little white chocolate daydreams.

Dip and Swirl

And now, we master the swish and flick, er, I mean, dip and swirl.

Dip your cake pops into the melted almond bark.  Tilt it to the side and swirl around until the entire sphere is coated.

Then pick it up and tap it gently on the side of the bowl until all the excess melty white stuff drips off.

Oh Yay! I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.

We aren’t cool enough to have a nifty cake pop resting stand like this one.  We tried to come up with something that would hold the cake pops standing up, but I never did figure it out.

When I was making cake pops for a party, we bought blocks of foam that we placed them in.

I’ll be honest, those foam blocks are out in the garage in my cake or party bin and I just didn’t feel like going to get them.  See, I told you, St. Patrick’s Day is low-key.

Freezing the cake pops makes the coating harden faster.  This meant that I could dip one, swirl it, and then hold it in my hand while I did the next one.  By the time I had two coated, the first had hardened and I could set it on the waxed paper without it leaving a little puddle.

Decorate!

After all the cake pops are coated, you get to make them pretty!

You can add green sprinkles before the white chocolate has quite set up, or you can melt some green candy melts and drizzle it over each cake pop like so.

I used about 1/3 of the bag of candy melts and had green leftover.  You don’t need much.
Oh Yay! I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.

 

I wish I had thought of this sooner.  I dipped on end of a lollipop stick into the green candy melts and stamped on a little shamrock.

An even better idea would be to put the green into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip and pipe it on.
Oh Yay! I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.

Tied on a little embroidery thread for extra festive beauty!
Oh Yay! I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.

Scrumptious!
Oh Yay! I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.

These are such a hit with kids.  They pretty much love any food on a stick!

And…bonus for moms!

For some reason, cake pops take longer to eat and feel like more of a treat that cake balls.  It’s the same exact recipe, but I just eat one cake pop and I’ll eat 3-4 cake balls.  Not sure why that is.

Maybe I should serve all my food on a stick.

Whether you get the kids involved in the process or just surprise them with this yummy treat, they’re sure to remember this as a special day that you went out of the way to make them feel loved and happy!

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Christina

I love St. Patrick's day! These fun and easy cake pops are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with my kids.

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