It’s almost that time when we get to celebrate our great country! Every year, whether it be Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day, I tend to host a get-together with my family and friends. I do everything from party décor and accessories to toys and crafts for the kids… plus, I even like to add my own special twist on the food! Pop Rocks® have been a huge hit with my kids lately and it got me inspired to incorporate them in my treats for this upcoming patriotic holiday. Therefore, I created my very own firecracker cake pops! Not only do they have a patriotic feel with their red, white, and blue colors, but they are also delicious and pop in your mouth with every bite. The kids get a sweet treat and they have fun eating it is a win for Mom!
These Supplies Are Poppin’ All Over Dollar Tree’s Shelves:
- 1 Box of Your Favorite Cake Mix or Already-Baked Unfrosted Cake
- 1 Cup of Your Favorite Frosting (I used vanilla)
- White Chocolate Chips, Melted
- Red and Blue Pop Rocks®
- Fun Paper Straws, Wooden Craft Sticks, or Lollipop Sticks
- Floral Foam Block (Optional)
Get Fired Up For These Sweet Treats!
- If you are using a box mix, bake it according to the package directions and let cool completely. For a fun twist, bake a cake with red food coloring and one with blue for an extra patriotic bite!
- Break apart cooled cake into small crumbles, about the size of bread crumbs, and put in mixing bowl.
- Add frosting a few tablespoons at a time. Either knead together, or use mixer on low to combine cake and frosting. Continue adding frosting in small dollops until it comes together to form a dough. I used about 1 cup of frosting for a full cake, but depending on the size of your cake and how dry the crumbs were, you may need more or less. Your dough should be similar to playdough in consistency, and you can tell you have it right when you can roll a portion of it into a ball and it holds its shape and doesn’t stick to your hands.
- Roll the dough into balls about the size of ping pong balls and set on a baking sheet.
- Melt your chocolate chips in 15 second intervals until smooth. If the chocolate seems too thick, add a small amount of vegetable oil until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Take your sticks one at a time and dip them into the melted chocolate and then into the center of a cake ball. Complete this step for all of the cake balls at once so the chocolate on the stick has time to set. This helps keep the cake ball in place on top of the stick.
- Dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate and ensure it is fully coated. You may need to use a spoon, or rotate the pop in the chocolate to ensure it is fully covered. Gently tap and slowly rotate the cake pop over the bowl of chocolate and allow any excess to drip off the pop, once dripping stops, use the floral foam to hold the cake pop upright while it dries.
- Allow the chocolate to set slightly (a minute or two), but not fully harden before adding the pop rocks. This will prevent them from sliding down the pop in the melted chocolate.
- Repeat 7 & 8 for remaining cake balls. If you run out of sticks like I did, dip the cake balls in the chocolate and set them on parchment paper to dry.
- Once all of the cake pops have hardened, use some more floral foam and a patriotic tin from Dollar Tree to turn them into a bouquet for a fun, edible centerpiece!
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