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Patriotic Cake Pops

Patriotic Cake Pops

Whether you’re hosting a 4th of July get-together and serving up burgers and hotdogs or a playful patriotic clambake party, these spectacular treats are guaranteed to make it a sweet celebration.
By Pam Kanavos

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Looking for some Patriotic inspiration? Bored and in need of a spectacular yet easy dessert that will keep the crowd coming back for more? Whether you’re hosting a 4th of July get-together and serving up burgers and hotdogs or hosting a playful patriotic clambake party, these spectacular red, white and blue treats are guaranteed to make your party a sweet as well as a spectacular celebration.

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Patriotic Cake Pops

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  • Author: Pam Kanavos
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: Makes 50 1x


The perfect recipe for that truly patriotic Independence Day Celebration.


  • 1 box of your favorite cake mix (plus all ingredients needed, as listed on box), or your favorite from scratch cake recipe
  • 3/4 can prepared cream cheese frosting
  • White or blue chocolate melts (I prefer to use the Wilton brand)
  • Red chocolate melts (I prefer to use the Wilton brand)
  • White sprinkles (the ones that look like little balls)
  • Supplies:
  • 1 Waxed paper
  • 50 lollipop sticks


  1. Bake cake as directed on package or in recipe.
  2. When completely cool, break the cake into crumbs by hand in a large bowl. Mix in full can of frosting until well blended.
  3. Roll the cake mixture into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.
  4. Melt the candy melts as directed or in a melting pot.
  5. Dip a lollipop stick about ½ inch into the melted chocolate and insert the stick into the rounded part of a cake ball. Repeat for remaining cake balls.
  6. Place the cake pops in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, to firm.
  7. Once the pops are firm, remove from the fridge/freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate, tapping excess chocolate off.
  8. For the “stars” of your flag, blue candy-making melting chocolate. For the “stripes” pops, use the red candy melts.
  9. Prop up pops, cake end down, on waxed paper while the chocolate is still slightly warm, so the candy hardens into a flat surface at the top (this will help your pops stand up when serving).
  10. Finish the blue pops with white sprinkles before chocolate coating hardens.
  11. Drizzle white chocolate over the red pops after chocolate coating hardens.
  12. Line up your pops to create the Stars & Stripes on a tray.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Cake
View Comments (14)
  • This is a very cute idea in theory. But with the abundance of summer berries, doesn’t it make more sense to present a recipe for a fun and patriotic red white and blue dessert using more natural ingredients and not all that food dye, especially on a site called “Honest” cooking?

    • Hi Jenni,

      I would have to agree with you about the abundance of summer berries and how they would make a very nice patriotic presentation. Cake pops are a thing of the present, a treat that is enjoyed by adults and kids alike at all sorts of events and get togethers. It would be such a shame not to treat your guest to something they would definitely enjoy.

      To the trained pastry chef using chocolate melts is a crime higher then murder, and tempering chocolate (white chocolate in this case) would be as easy as pie. Unfortunately not all our readers are trained in the culinary field (like you and i), Tempering chocolate is a step that most would shy away from. Giving them an easier version to make something that they would enjoy is preferable. But if one is so averse to dye then yes they could temper white chocolate and use natural dye and hope that the chocolate sets up nicely.

  • So, I made this and it took me 4 hours of constant work. I wound up changing it a bit as I did not want to use dyed chocolates (which are not actual chocolates). I also made my own frosting as I try to avoid high fructose corn syrup. This was very difficult to make. I had a friend help me and the results are… well… I just hope that it tastes good. If you like I can send you a picture of what my attempt yielded. Also, the sum cost of ingredients for this was not kind on the wallet. Great idea, but not great for the novice.

  • Unlike the previous replies, I am making these because they are cute and not because of “health” reasons!

  • Made these for an early 4th party last year. Everybody LOVED them! My nephew had a party to attend the following day. He called me later to ask for the recipe! Oh so cute and Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  • I am by no means a person that cooks or bakes anything. NO JOKE. I was looking for something cute and easy and it looks like like this fits my needs. Thanks for the post. Fingers crossed….. Happy 4th!

  • You can’t list 3/4 frosting in the ingredients and then say, “Mix in full can of frosting…” in the instructions. This is confusing and will cause errors. Please fix it.

  • I used 3/4 a can of frosting like the recipe said and that literally ruined the whole thing for me. They fells apart, there wasnt enough cake to make 50 pops, they were all very small. And since there wasnt enough frosting, the cake fell off the sticks into the chocolate. I had to throw all of it away. 2 hours of wasted time.

  • I have a special pan I bought from Hobby lobby that makes round cake pops don’t have to crumble them like this but I also have troubles when I put them on the stick keep sliding down how can I keep this from happening

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