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Chocolate Peppermint Cake Pops

by Emma on November 29, 2011

in Dessert

I love cake pops! I think they are truly the perfect little treat and I adore making them for parties and special events. Elsie recently hosted a dinner party and asked me to bring over a dessert. So I decided to make cake pops, stolen flavor combination idea from Starbucks.

If Starbucks is mad that I stole their flavor combination idea they can just sue me (feisty today, huh?). But I have almost no money, so we’ll see who will be laughing then.


Anyway, let’s talk cake pops. And, you can really use any flavor combination you like so feel free to steal someone else’s idea or make up your own. :)

If you have never made cake pops before, then you are in for a real treat. There are quite a few steps, but none of them are hard or require a whole lot of culinary skill. If you get fancy with the decorating that’s probably the hardest part. I usually just add sprinkles though… so…. you know. :)

1. Bake a cake using a recipe you like or a box of cake mix. I used a dark chocolate cake mix.

2. After the cake has cooled crumble it up in a bowl and add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of frosting (again, you can use a recipe you like or the store-bought kind). For these I used a store-bought white frosting.

3. Using your clean hands combine the cake and frosting and form your pops. Not too big, just so they fit in the palm of your hand. Place them on a cutting board or plate and put them in the freezer for an hour or so. You want them to firm up a bit.

4. Melt some chocolate or candy melts according to the directions. For these I used white chocolate plus a tablespoon of oil.

5. Grab your lollipop sticks and dip one in the melted chocolate. Now stick it in a cold cake pop. Now dunk it in the melted chocolate and gently tap it on the side of the bowl to let the extra chocolate drip off.

6. You can set these on a plate, cake pop down. Or invert them in a piece of craft foam, cake pop up. It’s totally up to you, they taste the same. Before the chocolate sets sprinkle on any garnish you like, for these I used crushed up candy canes.

Enjoy these. Impress your friends. Try new flavors. Do your thing.

xo. Emma


Rae Veda November 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Oh my gosh. These look so delicious. Definitely making these for Christmas. Eeep! So yummy. xo, rv

Julie November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

They look delicious! Love them!! I have little to no culinary skills but these look easy enough for even me so I may give it a try =P

SuZi November 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

They look lovely! I’ve never made cake pops and until now thought they required a special tray… Looks like I was wrong!
I don’t have many occasions to make special things, but I think I have to try these for our family Christmas.

I have a question about the frosting. I don’t know if I get the boxed thing here in Austria. Could you maybe point me in the direction of one I can make myself and that would have the same effect as the one you used in the recipe? The things I have in my mind now (like buttercream frosting etc) would make the dough too liquid, right?
Thanks for your help and the idea!

Hanna November 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

Same problem here. There is nothing like store-frosting available in Germany either (or I haven’t seen it yet). But I think you can use anything like buttercream frosting or cupcake topping with cream cheese. It is not to liquid as you can form the mixture with your hands. The freezing gives you the texture to cover it with melted chocolate. If you want to get a recipe that works with (german/austrian) available ingredients feel free to email me. :)

Brielle November 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

ah! I am totally making these for Christmas.
That is my favorite flavour combination. Yummy!
Thanks for the fun post.

teddi November 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

my favorite part was “using your clean hands.” one would hope that’s a given, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to clarify. ;)

Gina_AcuteDesigns November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Yum – chocolate + peppermint is the best combo.

Marie November 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I call them Cake Balls and I love them! Last week I made a normal cake with some orange food colouring. I dipped them in melted white chocolate with some green food colouring. In the end I made them more pretty with some sprinkles. It was delicious! :)

Tuuli November 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Oy, these look so good! What a great idea, must try :-) Thank You!

hannah alehandra November 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Yummmm. Oh send one my way, pleasee!!! xo

Giulia November 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

OMG they look delicious! I have to try them!!!!

grace November 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

o yes yes…when school is out and I’m back home … my mom and I want to try and cake pop recipe and these are SO it!


totally pinning this so I won’t forget!

Dez November 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I love your blog! You post recipes I actually want to make. lol :)

Megan West November 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Yessss! I recently had one of these flavors at Starbucks and about died of happiness. So good. I will be making these for a holiday party! Thanks lady! Also, I feel like I keep seeing you around Springfield. Small town, I suppose.

dena miller November 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

Very Festive…I like the idea and will probably try it for the Holidays…
Thank you♥

Anne Marie November 30, 2011 at 12:48 am

Those are so pretty and my favorite flavor combination!! I haven’t ever tried to make cake pops but chocolate peppermint ones seem like a great place to start!

Lauren Helen November 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

Cake pops are KIND OF my speciality – whenever there’s a bake sale or an event of any sort, I get tons of requests for cake pops! This is a GREAT way to make them festive – I’ll definately be trying these!

irene wibowo November 30, 2011 at 1:39 am

look delicious wanna try.. :) irene wibowo

jenn November 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

So is adding the oil the trick for white chocolate? I tried making pumpkin ones and the white chocolate was a PAIN. I didn’t have any problems with the dark chocolate though. I guess it’s because white chocolate isn’t really chocolate?!?! Thanks for the tips.. and I had no idea that starbucks has this flavor now. I’ve been staying away to save money for Christmas.

Jo - Lost in the Haze November 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

Ohh, these sound so good, Emma! I love love love peppermint deserts, and I have never tried a cake pop!

Lost in the Haze

Sarah M November 30, 2011 at 2:04 am

Your food and setup is always so cute, Emma! I love that you made something that looked really intimidating (really, and I like to bake!) very approachable. I love to throw parties so these might be next on the menu!
Sarah M

Jacqueline November 30, 2011 at 3:37 am

I’m a huge cake pop fan! Can’t wait to try this particular flavor combo :)
xo Jac

Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves November 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

a great holiday cake pop I am right now thinking of every holiday coffee flavour I like and trying to make it into a cake pop! Gingerbread latte in cake pop form?? I will have to experiment.
Although just swapping too much caffeen for too much sugar will still = a silly Nic

Take Care
Nic xo

Tertia November 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Ooooh yum!! Do you have to add frosting to the cake? I mean, if you had a reeeeally dense cake, could you just use cake without the frosting? I’m not so keen on icing/frosting…(are they the same thing? I’m from the UK and I don’t think we call it frosting. We have buttercream icing and icing sugar+water icing) Hehe :D
But none-the-less, these look delicious! And they are so pretty as well! Love the look of the crushed candy canes!! xx

Melanie November 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Hey Emma : )

I wanted to post some pictures of my Thanksgiving food I made (everything came from your blog). I made the cajun tomato soup, buttermilk cream + pepperjack biscuits and the cran-apple-nut pie. All of it was AMAZING. Especially the pie. Especially because the pie had butter pecan ice cream with it.

Anyway–can’t post pictures in the comments but if you’re interested I can email them or you can check out a couple of the pictures on my tumblr.


Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries November 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

OMG! Can you move to Barcelona, become my best friend and make these for me??? That´s all thanks! ;)

Monica @ Soirees & Such November 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow! these are so cute! I think I’ll make them for Christmas

Elstyle* November 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I love them! bring joy

Kayla November 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm

i absoutley love how you write your posts, I always smile because i can just see you talking while reading.
i didn’t realize how easy these are to make! i am definitely making them for a Christmas party i am attending next week. thanks!

Jenn November 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

You and me, baby…we got this cake pop thing down. I make them often for friends and family. Any chance I get, really.

Michelle Sexton December 1, 2011 at 12:16 am

Ok. I just want to thank you for this recipe!!! How to make cake pops has been a huge mystery to me for such a long time!!! But thanks to you, I now understand how to make things. You’re amazing! :)

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions December 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

I never knew how these were made but I love them! How great for my daughter’s first birthday!!!!! I’m so gonna try these out!


Naomi A. December 1, 2011 at 2:40 am

Totally making these at some point this holiday!! Your photos are always so beautiful!

Eleanor December 1, 2011 at 2:42 am

Wow, these do sound easy! Now that you’ve explained them so simply I definitely think I have to give them a go. They look adorable, too.

betty December 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

they look really nice and simple!

Inna December 1, 2011 at 6:32 am
katrina December 1, 2011 at 7:20 am

two of my favorite things combined — i bet these are YUMMY.

Hannah December 2, 2011 at 4:32 am

I cannot wait to try this recipe, they sound wonderful and if they taste anything like the ones starbucks sells then they definitely will. Btw, love your blog, keep the great posts coming! :)

Hadiya December 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

wow.. i have never heard of cake pops before. a very very interesting idea and seems pretty easy too. i am for sure going to try it. yours look yuummmyy!! <3

Meanz December 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I want to make cake pops so bad! Those look so delicious!

Kellie December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

these look amazing!! so much so, i HAD to blog about them on my “5 loves on monday” feature. hope thats ok. you can read it here:

Meli (Blush + Jelly) December 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The first thing I thought when I saw these cake pops was how I love the Starbucks peppermint cake pop! These little cuties are so fun to make. Another thing to add to my to-do list for the holidays. :)

Meghan December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I made these using boxed spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and cream cheese frosting. I also went the lazy man’s way & used Hersey’s instant shell chocolate topping, drizzled it on top, and popped them in the fridge for about an hour. AMAZING and only took about 30 mins total (aside from the waiting times while the pops were in the oven, fridge…aka Christmas movie time)!

Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens December 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Hi Emma! These look so good. I’ve been wanting to try cake pops for awhile, but I’ve been sort of intimidated. I’ll have to give these a go – they don’t seem too hard. I have a question, though. Do you think you can use a brownie recipe instead of a cake recipe? Or would that end up with a consistency that’s too different?