Cakesicles are similar to cake pops and cake balls but they are shaped like a popsicle and are a few more bites of cake. Who doesn’t want more cake? This is a step by step tutorial for making cakesicles and decorating them for the 4th of July.
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I have been drooling over these on Instagram and Pinterest for months. I finally decided to give them a try and decorate them for the 4th of July. They were so fun to make. If you’ve seen them before, you know they can be decorated simply dipped in chocolate with sprinkles to the more elaborate designs that look like adorable little animals.
What you will need to make your own Cakesicles:
your favorite cake
1 cup cocoa crispies
1/2 cup to 1 cup your favorite icing
I baked an 8″x 8″ my red velvet cake and used some vanilla buttercream that I had left over from another cake. The cocoa crispiess are just to give some crunch! You could use a 1/2 batch of my Awesome Cake from a Mix or any of my cake or frostings recipes. Use a store-bought cake if you just want to get to decorating! Gasp!
There are two parts to this tutorial. The first part is the method I used for making the popsicle cake pops. The second part is decorating. You can use the method to make the cakesicles then decorate them however you like. I chose a Patriotic theme for the 4th of July!
Method for Making Cakesicles
Of course, like cake pops or cake balls, the first step is to crumble your cake. Cut it into big chunks and put it into a bowl. Then go at it with a spoon or whisk….or clean hands. Break the chunks up into little crumbs. The second step is to stir your frosting into the cake crumbs. Start with half a cup then add more if needed. It depends on how moist your cake already is. You want the crumbs to start to stick together easily. I also stirred in some cocoa crispies for some crunch. This is optional. Now to make the shape. This is where cakesicles differ from cake pops or cake balls. Take about a quarter of a cup of the cake crumb mixture and form it together. Instead of a ball, form it into little ovals that resemble popsicles. I just eyeballed the shape and the amount.
You can make them a little smaller if you’d like. I don’t think they could be any bigger though unless you used a wider popsicle stick. There are also popsicle molds you can use. But I didn’t really want to order any extra tools. I’ve tried cake ball molds and tools before and they just don’t work like I want them to. So I use a chef’s best tool…clean hands.
The biggest thing to remember is to keep them uniform in size and shape. After the crumbs are formed into cakesicles, place them on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet and pop them into the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
After the cakesicles are nice and firm, we need to add their sticks. Melt a little bit of the semi-sweet chocolate. Then dip a popsicle stick into the chocolate. Carefully push the chocolate coated popsicle stick into the cake. After the sticks are added, place the cakesicles back on the cookie sheet and pop them back in the freezer while prepping for the next step.
Now it is time to give them their coat of chocolate. I melted a whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler. You can use whichever chocolate you like here like white chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate. When the chocolate was fully melted and very smooth, I poured it into a heat safe cup that was deep enough and wide enough for a cakesicle to be dipped into it.
Carefully dip each cakesicle into the cup of melted chocolate making sure it is fully dipped and coated. Carefully lift it out and shake off any excess. Turning it helps as well. Then set it on the parchment or wax paper. Repeat this process until all the cakesicles are covered. Re-warm the chocolate in the microwave for 15-30 seconds if needed. My chocolate was a little sad looking towards the end but I planned to decorate them and knew it would be covered up later.
Now at this point, you could add some sprinkles or nuts to the popsicle cake pops before the chocolate sets up or leave them be and enjoy them as they are. I, however, feel the need to get patriotic for the 4th of July!! I dipped them in red, white and blue candy chocolate melts in a marble pattern. Then added a little flourish or brush stroke of melted chocolate and fun sprinkles.
To decorate the Cakesicles you will need:
12 ounces white candy melts
6 ounces red candy melts
6 ounces blue candy melts
After the chocolate robed cakesicles were fully set, I melted some white candy melts, red candy melts, and blue candy melts. Again I put the white melted chocolate in a heat safe cup that was deep enough and wide enough for the cakesicle to be dipped into.
To create the marble effect, I drizzled (or sometimes clumsily dropped- Ha!) a bit of the melted red chocolate and then a bit of the blue melted chocolate over the top of the white melted chocolate. Then I carefully dipped a cakesicle into the cup, swirled it a little then carefully lifted it out. I let the excess drip off. Carefully shaking it a bit to move it along. Then set it back on the parchment paper to dry. Repeat the process for all the cake pops. They tend to start getting darker as you go but they each turn out different and unique.
Now I know you are asking why not just do this marble step first instead of a coat of semisweet chocolate then the marble. I didn’t think the marble chocolate would fully cover the red cake. And you know more chocolate is more chocolate, right.
For the flourish or chocolate brushstroke, I dropped a bit of chocolate on a piece of wax paper then spread it with a quick swipe and sprinkled it with the sprinkles. When they dried, I peeled them up and added them to the marbled cakesicles with a bit more of melted white chocolate.
Now that you know the method, of course, you can change up the colors of cake and the chocolate to match any theme.
These cakesicles turned out fantastic. They tasted delicious and looked festive. I will definitely be making them again. Now it’s your turn! Get your cakesicle on!