Birthday Cake – Cake Pops

August 23, 2016 By Cathy — 17 Comments
Celebrating a birthday? These birthday cake – cake pops are just the way to get the party started!

Birthday Cake - Cake Pops

We had cause to celebrate this past weekend. Two birthdays! My husband got one year older and we celebrated my good friend’s little girl turning 5. Turns out, no matter what the age, these mini birthday cake – cake pops bring just the right amount of whimsy and fun to any celebration.

Birthday Cake - Cake Pops

Birthdays are a funny thing. It seems the older you get, the less you’re supposed to care about celebrating. Whereas when you’re turning 5, it’s perfectly acceptable to run around practically shaking with glee at the thought. Thing is, it should really be the opposite.

Instead of shunning the celebration as we get older, we should embrace it. Life is filled with challenges and heartbreaks and why not take a day to just enjoy. Instead of making it a day of complaining about getting older, make it a day of being grateful for a new year. Easier said than done on the other side of 40, but why not do it up?  And these cake pops are a good way to start.

Birthday Cake - Cake Pops

As much as I love cake, sometimes just a bite or two is all I need. And cake pops provide just the right amount. I love that these little guys look just like individual cakes. And with a little candle on top, you can light one or a whole mess of them up and sing along just like you do with a proper layer cake. My recipe calls for red velvet cake, but you can use your favorite flavor and the same decorating method. This post has additional general cake popping tips and definitely check out the video below to see how I made these sweet pops.

Birthday Cake - Cake Pops

I think you’ll agree that these mini cakes are perfect whether you’re turning 5 or 45. And for my birthdays going forward, I plan to embrace my inner 5 year old and celebrate with gusto. And of course a bite or two of cake.

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Birthday Cake - Cake Pops
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
Celebrating a birthday? These birthday cake - cake pops are just the way to get the party started!
Course: Dessert
Servings: 28 -30 pops
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • 2 oz 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-pupose flour
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened (brick cream cheese, not whipped)
  • 2 oz unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz confectioners sugar 1/2 box
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1-12 oz package white chocolate melting wafers I like Ghirardelli
  • 1/2 cup colored candy melts
  • 30 lollipop sticks
  • sprinkles or edible confetti
  • birthday candles trimmed
  • *1 1/2 inch round cutter
  • **styrofoam block
  1. Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 inch round cake pan.
  2. Cream together the butter, oil and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, blending well.
  4. Add the food coloring and buttermilk and mix until incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda.
  6. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. Add the vinegar and mix, then add the vanilla and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  8. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cream Cheese Icing: Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes on med/high speed with an electric mixer.
  10. Gradually add in confectioners sugar, mixing well to combine.
  11. Stir in vanilla extract until incorporated.
  12. Cake pops: Crumble cooled cake by hand or in a food processor until fine crumbs.
  13. Pour the crumbs into a mixing bowl and add 1/2 - 3/4 cup frosting (the rest can be refrigerated and stored for another use).
  14. Mix with the paddle attachment of a mixer on low speed until mixture holds together and has the consistency of play-doh or wet sand.
  15. Spread cake/frosting mixture into an 8 inch round cake pan and smooth. It should be about 1 inch thick.
  16. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment and using the round cutter, cut out 28-30 rounds, reforming scraps as needed. Lay the rounds on the baking sheet and place in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  17. Remove about 10 rounds at a time and allow to to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before dipping.
  18. Melt coating according to package instructions.
  19. Dip the end of each lollipop stick into the coating, then stick in each round and allow to harden before dipping.
  20. Dip each round and tap off extra coating, tapping on your hand holding the stick, not the stick directly.
  21. Sprinkle with edible confetti or sprinkles and stick in the styrofoam block to dry.
  22. Pipe an upper and lower decorative border on each pop to resemble a birthday cake.
Birthday Cake - Cake Pops

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17 responses to “Birthday Cake – Cake Pops”

  1. These are the cutest things ever. I’m not great at decorating cakes but you always make it look so easy with your videos. I’m quite sure mine wouldn’t turn out as good looking as yours. Love these!

  2. These are absolutely perfect for any age Cathy! They’re totally adorable! I think I’d need some help to get mine to look as nice as yours!

  3. These look so good!!!!! Do we get to eat these for dinner??

  4. Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!? Oh my gosh. I LOVE those cake pops.

  5. Oh my word, so adorable! I cannot wait to make these!

  6. These are ridiculously cute! I am obsessed with them! Especially loving the little candle 🙂 Adorable.

  7. So cute, I’m sure they were delicious:)

  8. Happy belated birthday to your hubby and your friends little girl! I agree, birthdays should remain special and be embraced no matter what the age. I’m thinking next year I need THESE to help me celebrate in style! These are SO adorable, Cathy!! I swear you make the cutest baked treats EVER!! I am always in awe of your talent, lady! My husband is turning the bit 3-9 in a couple months, and I can tell you I WILL be making these!!! Pinned!! Cheers, lovely!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks so much Cheyanne. I made these all the time when I had my baking business. Now it’s fun to do it again for friends and family. I hope you give them a go for your guy. He’ll love them!

  9. Mimi says:

    Hi these look lovely! I think I might try and make these for my little sister’s birthday coming up soon! Was just wondering if you tempered the chocolate or just melted it?
    Thanks, Mimi.

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