Valentine Cake Pops Recipe

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This easy Valentine Cake Pops Recipe makes adorable truffle like desserts that are so much fun to make and even more fun to share. Super delicious and perfectly festive, these sweet treats are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine cake pops in glass

Valentine’s Cake Pops

If you’re looking for super easy valentine’s day desserts that are just as fun to make as they are to eat, this recipe for chocolate covered cake pops is the perfect answer. They’re addictively delicious with a creamy chocolate cake center and a sweet white chocolate coating on the outside. These cake pops make great bite-sized festive treats for school parties, gift giving or to share with your special someone on date-night.

It’s easy to see why these cake pops are loved by kids and adults alike. Not only are they sweet and decadent, but these little morsels are also like having mini chocolate covered portable cakes on a stick! It doesn’t get more adorable than that. Add them to your Valentine’s dessert line up with other yummy treats like this Valentine’s Popcorn and this festive Valentine’s Day Milkshake.

Valentine cake pops on white plate with checkered towel

💖 Why We Love This Recipe

  • Easy: A prepared boxed cake mix makes these easy cake pops a no-fuss recipe anyone can make.
  • Fun for kids: They’re a super fun activity for the kids to help make for their school parties.
  • Versatile: You can easily make them for any holiday, birthday parties and more just by changing up the color of the sprinkles and chocolate drizzle to suit the occasion.

🛒 Ingredients

Ingredients for Valentine Cake Pops
  • Cream Cheese
  • Chocolate Cake Mix (plus all the ingredients on the box directions)
  • White chocolate chips or white candy melts
  • Valentine sprinkles
  • Pink gel food coloring (or pink candy melts-optional)

How to Make Valentine’s Day Theme Cake Pops

Step 1. Bake the cake according to package instructions. Cool completely to room temperature.

Step 2. In a large mixing bowl, crumble the cake into fine crumbs, making sure there aren’t any large lumps of cake left.

Chocolate cake crumbled in bowl

Step 3. Add the cream cheese. Mix until a uniform dough forms. Depending on how moist your cake is, you might use a little less cream cheese. Start by adding ½ half the cream cheese and mix. Then add a little more at a time until it holds its shape.

Chocolate cake crumbles with cream cheese

Step 4. Shape the cake mixture into 20 evenly sized balls of chocolate dough using the palm of your hand. Make sure to shape them until they’re smooth.

Chocolate cake rolled into balls

Step 5. Push a lollipop stick into each ball. Transfer them to the freezer for about 20 minutes or until they are firm.

Chocolate cake with lollipop sticks

Step 6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring at 15 second intervals.

Melted white chocolate in bowl

Step 7. Dip the cake balls into the melted candy melts.

Cake pops dipped in white chocolate

Step 8. Decorate the cake pops with sprinkles or nonpareils before the chocolate coating hardens.

Adding heart sprinkles to valentine cake pop

Optional chocolate drizzle: In a small bowl, add a cup of candy melts and heat in the microwave in 5 second intervals until smooth. Add a couple of drops of pink food coloring until it’s the color you desire. Use a piping bag or cut the corner off a sandwich bag to drizzle the pink melted chocolate over the cake pops.

Drizzling pink chocolate over Valentine cake pops

Step 9. Refrigerate the cake pops for about 30 minutes or until the candy coating is firm.

Serve and enjoy your Valentine’s Day cake pops!

Cake pops laying on plate

How Do I Dry Chocolate Dipped Cake Pops?

There are two methods we like to use to prop up the cake pops so that they can dry evenly.

  1. Stick the end of each cake pop stick into a styrofoam block after you’ve dipped them in chocolate. For a pretty presentation, just cover foam block with parchment paper or colored construction paper. You can also use a cardboard box with tiny holes poked in it.
  2. Fill a glass or a vase with dry rice. Then place the cake pops in the glass so that they are not touching each other. The rice helps keep them in place when transferring them to and from the fridge.

How Do I Store Cake Pops?

Store cake pops at room temperature for up to a few days or in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Valentine cake pops in clear glass

Chocolate Valentine Cake Pop Variations

Chocolate cake: If you love an intense chocolate flavor, add a couple of teaspoons of instant coffee to the cake batter. It doesn’t give the cake pops a coffee flavor, but it does give the cake a deeper chocolatey flavor.

Boxed cake mix: We used a cake from a boxed mix, but you can use a homemade cake from scratch if you prefer.

Cake pop flavors: This is what makes cake pops so much fun! You can make them with any flavor cake you prefer. For Valentine’s Day, a red velvet cake mix or a strawberry cake mix are awesome alternatives. Lemon or vanilla are other tasty choices.

Shapes: If you want to get super creative, you can press the cake and cream cheese mixture into silicone candy molds that have different shapes. Hearts or flowers would be cute for Valentine’s Day

Four cake pops decorated for Valentine's Day

Tips For Making the Best Cake Pops

  • Allow the cream cheese to sit out long enough that it’s room temperature. This helps to mix in with the cake crumbles without having to overmix it.
  • This is a forgiving recipe so if you happen to slightly overbake the cake, that’s okay. Just trim off the brown edges so there won’t be any darker spots in the dough.
  • To give the cake balls a smooth texture, give them one more quick roll with the palm of your hands when you take them out of the freezer,
  • To make sure you don’t end up with cake balls that are too soft (you want a firm ball), add the cream cheese a little at a time.
  • To make dipping easier, use a deep, skinny glass or cup to hold the melted chocolate. This gives you room to get the whole cake ball covered in chocolate.  
  • For a smooth finish, when dipping the cake balls into the chocolate, don’t swirl them. Just dip and lift straight up, allow any excess chocolate to drain off.

Why Do I Have to Freeze the Cake Mixture Before Dipping?

By freezing them, it makes them easier to work with. It allows the moist cake mixture to firm up and hang on to the cookie stick when you’re dipping them into the chocolate. For best results, work in batches. Take half of them out of the freezer to coat first, then dip the other half.

How Far in Advance Can I Make Valentine Cake Pops?

Cake pops can be made up to several days in advance. For best results keep them stored in the fridge until about an hour before serving.

Cake pop with a bite taking out of it

Can I Freeze Leftover Cake Pops?

Cake pops will freeze well when stored properly using these steps:

  • Allow the chocolate covered cake pops to dry completely.
  • Wrap each one in wax paper or a cellophane bag. Avoid plastic wrap because it tends to stick when thawing.   
  • Try to get the paper wrapped as closely to the stick as you can to prevent any air from getting in. Don’t press too hard when wrapping or they may crack.
  • Drop the wrapped cake pops in a gallon sized freezer bag and place them in a safe spot in the freezer so they don’t get crushed.

Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Valentine Cake Pops in glass
4 from 2 votes

Valentine Cake Pops


Course Birthday Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
These festive Valentine Cake Pops are easy, fun and SO delicious! It's the perfect way to show someone special that you love them on Valentine's Day!

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Bake cake according to package instructions. Remove from oven and cool cake completely to room temperature.
    1 box chocolate cake
  • In a large mixing bowl, crumble cake into fine crumbs making sure there aren’t any large lumps of cake left.
  • Add the cream cheese. Mix until a uniform dough forms. Depending on how moist your cake is, you might use a little less cream cheese. Start by adding ½ half the cream cheese and mix. Then add a little more at a time until it holds its shape.
    1 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • Shape the cake mixture into 20 evenly sized balls of chocolate dough using the palm of your hand. Make sure to shape them until they are smooth.
  • Push a lollipop stick into each ball. Transfer them to the freezer for about 20 minutes or until they are firm.
  • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, stirring at 15 second intervals.
    1 3/4 cup white candy melts
  • Dip the cake balls into the melted candy melts.
  • Decorate the cake pops with sprinkles or nonpareils before the chocolate coating hardens.
    Valentine's Day sprinkles
  • Optional chocolate drizzle: In a small bowl, add a cup of candy melts and heat in the microwave in 5 second intervals until smooth. Add a couple of drops of pink food coloring until it’s the color you desire. Use a piping bag or cut the corner off a sandwich bag to drizzle the pink melted chocolate over the cake pops.
    1/3 cup light pink candy melts
  • Refrigerate the cake pops for about 30 minutes or until the candy coating is firm.

Notes

There are two easy ways to dry your cake pops upright:
  • You can stick the end of each cake pop stick into a styrofoam block after you have dipped them in chocolate. For a pretty presentation, just cover foam block with parchment paper or colored construction paper. You can also use a cardboard box with tiny holes poked in it.
  • The other option is to fill a glass or a vase with dry rice. Then place the cake pops in the glass so that they are not touching each other. The rice helps keep them in place when transferring them to and from the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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