Best part of having leftover Thanksgiving pies or cake is repurposing them to make new desserts. This year, I had left over Pumpkin Spice Butter Cream Cake and I wanted to make Cake Popsicles aka Cakesicles. In addition, I added sliced almonds and dried cranberries to the recipe for more Christmas feel.
Easier than making these treats from scratch or box recipe, after you are done, you won’t think about sharing.
By the way, you can design your cake pops however you like. With mines, I coated them with Dark Chocolate and topped each of them with cute mistletoes. The green chocolate leaves were made with a silicon leaf mold, and the berries are red chocolate balls.
What I love about this recipe?
This recipe is a different than usually because you can make it your own. What does that mean? If you are Keto, Vegan, Gluten Free or whatever lifestyle you choose, you can make these to fit your diet needs.
Update 12/20/21: You can also make chocolates stuffed with cakes aka Christmas Petit Fours. Not as fancy as a traditional Petit Four with the cake layers, I made them using an Christmas Ice Mold I found at my local Dollar Store. You need to make them the same way as the Cakesicles.
What ingredients + supplies are needed?
Ingredients + Supplies:
1. Let over cake or box cake mix**
2. Popsicle Silicone Mold
3. Popsicle Sticks
4. Chocolate Chips or Melts (Any kind you want)
5. Any additional decoration you want for topping such as sprinkles, chocolate drizzle, fondant, nuts and more
** Note: Follow box recipes instructions on how to prepare. It can me any flavor or brand you like
Let’s get started….
Prep Time: Varies (If making the cake from box; 10)
Decorating Time: Varies (If making the cake from box; 2hours)
Total Time: Varies ((If making the cake from box; 2 hours +)
Yields: Varies (If making the cake from box; approx. 12)
- Left Over Cake or Favorite Cake Mix
- 4 tbsp Favorite Frosting**
- Your Favorite Candy Melts or Chocolate Chips
- Any additional toppings of your choice
** Note: Frosting is needed if you are making the cake from box recipe.
Making Box Recipe: Start at #1 and skip 3, 4 and 5.
Using Leftover Cake: Start 3
- Grab a box of our favorite cake mix for a 9×13 pan. Follow the instructions on the box to bake and cool your cake.
- When cake is cooled, cut in half. Add half the cake to a stand mixer and mix on low. Add in a tablespoon of frosting mix for 2 minutes. Check to see if the batter hold together when pressed. Add another tablespoon if the cake dough is too dry and mix for 2 minutes more. The cake pop dough should form a ball in the bowl and stick to it self.
- If using left over cake, add cake in bowl big enough to fit the cake. Add whatever toping your desire as I did with the almonds and dried cranberries.
- Using a wooden spoon, mix all ingredients together until it forms a big dough.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Pour the candy melts into a microwave safe bowl and melt at 100% power for 1 minute. Stir the candy melts and then heat again at 70% power for 45 seconds. Stir the candy. It should be completely melted.
- Make sure that the popsicle mold is clean and dry. Add a tablespoon of melted candy into the cavities and spread up the sides to coat the edges. I like using a paint brush for this.
- Pop the try into the fridge for 5 minutes to harden. If you see any holes or missed spots, add more candy melts and wait for it to harden.
- Measure out a tablespoon of the cake pop dough and press it into the hard candy. Insert the wooden popsicle sticks and press the dough down so that it is below the lip of the mold.
- Spoon over some melted candy to coat the back of the pop. Scrape off any excess candy and place in the fridge for 5 minutes to harden.
- Carefully remove the cake popsicles from the molds. Repeat this process until all the cake pop dough is used up. You should get about 12 cakesicles from half a cake. Obviously less if you don’t have much of as much leftover cake.
- Give the cakesicles some time to come to room temperature before decorating them.
- This is where you get create and add any decorations on top. If you want to add sprinkles, drizzle any leftover chocolate top of each pop then add the sprinkle while they are still wet.
Did you make this?
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