Red, White and Blue Cake Pop Stars
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Today we’re making red, white and blue cake pops in the shape of stars! These strawberry cake pops coated with chocolate and decorated with M&M’s® are delicious! Try this fun recipe for red, white and blue cake pop stars — a patriotic spin on your regular old cake pops! The stars and stripes wave proudly over our great country, from coast to coast and we owe thanks to our troops, both at home and abroad! Also, don’t forget to check out my Freedom Fries!
Thank You Troops Cake Pop Dessert
While some of us will never have the opportunity to serve our country, we are very thankful for those who serve and protect our freedom. We all have family or friends, or know of someone who has served or is currently serving, and we must take a moment to say thanks and show how grateful we are as a nation to these brave troops!
With that in mind, we’re making a special patriotic treat with red, white and blue M&M’s® Milk Chocolate candies! Nothing says patriotic like red, white and blue M&M’s® candies. After all, M&M’s® candies were originally created as rations for the troops!
1 For You, 1 For the Troops
To help support our troops, I’ve purchased M&M’s® candies and Skittles® candies at Walmart. During the 1 For You, 1 For the Troops campaign, for every bag you purchase Walmart or Walmart.com, MARS/Wrigley will donate 1 bag to our troops – note that this is a Walmart exclusive campaign, so get your M&M’s® candies at Walmart! Also, keep your eyes peeled for special events coming to a Walmart near you!
Of course I got the red, white and blue seasonal M&M’s® candies to use in my patriotic cake pops recipe. They’re available in both M&M’s® Milk Chocolate and M&M’s® Peanut varieties! Don’t forget to grab some America Mix Skittles® too!
Red, White & Blue Cake Pop Stars
It’s the time of year to make patriotic summer treats for our family and friends, to celebrate our troops and enjoy our freedom. Today we’re making red, white and blue cake pop stars using strawberry cake, cream cheese frosting and decorating them with, you guessed it, red, white and blue patriotic M&M’s® candies!
Let’s gather our ingredients for this recipe. You can find the complete printable recipe below all the fun pictures. I’m using a strawberry cake box mix. You can make a cake from scratch, but honestly, the box cake mixes are fantastic for these, since they’re so moist and ready to go!
Feel free to make your cake ahead of time to make preparation faster and easier when it’s time to do the fun stuff. I made strawberry cake using cake mix, in a 13×9 pan. We’ll also use cream cheese frosting, red, white and blue M&M’s® candies, white chocolate melts, lollipop sticks and a small star shaped cookie cutter.
First we’ll crumble our strawberry cake into fine crumbled. Just do this by hand, if you try to use a spoon you’ll likely end up mashing instead of crumbling.
Now it’s time to add a spoonful of cream cheese frosting to our crumbled cake. Add only a spoonful at a time, otherwise you risk getting the cake too wet and the cake will become too sticky to form. You really want the mixture crumbly, but wet – much like the mixture looked in my Wicked Good Peanut Butter Cookies recipe.
Mix the cake and frosting together with your hands until it’s well incorporated and you’re able to form cake balls nicely with your hands.
Once our cake and frosting have been combined, we’ll create a tightly rolled ball, about the size of your hand. Flatten it out so it looks like, yeah I know, a large hamburger patty. It should be large enough to cut out at least one or two stars, if not more. Careful not to cut the stars to close to the edge though!
Tip: Use cooking spray on your cookie cutter to prevent any unwanted sticking!
Once we have all the star cake pops cut out, it’s time to put them on sticks. To do this, we’ll melt a very small handful of (8 or so) chocolate melts. We’ll dip one end of the lollipop sticks into the melted chocolate and insert it into the cake pops. Once all of the star shaped cake pops have sticks in them, place them on a plate or baking sheet and slide them into the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up nicely.
Once the 20 minutes is up, it’s time to melt the rest of our hardening chocolate, get dipping and decorate with red, white and blue M&M’s® candies! Melt your chocolate melts as directed on the package.
Dip your cake pops into the chocolate, or spoon chocolate over the cake pops – there’s no wrong way to do this. Allow the excess to dribble off back into the bowl. You may need to work the edges with a spoon to help the star shape along. Immediately decorate with red, white and blue M&M’s® candies.
Tip: Work quickly, the chocolate hardens fast! If you miss your chance to stick the M&M’s® candies, simply apply a bit of melted chocolate to the back of the candy and stick it on!
M&M’s® Red, White & Blue Patriotic Cake Pops
M&M's® Red, White, and Blue Cake Pop Stars
5 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- Bake your cake ahead of time and allow to cool completely.
- Crumble your cake into fine crumbs with your hands
- Add 1 Tbs of cream cheese frosting to your cake and mix with your hands. If needed, add more frosting to the mix, but don't get the mixture too wet. It should be crumbly, but able to stick together to form tight balls.
- Form 3 inch balls, tightly packed
- Press balls slightly to flatten them, cut with star cookie cutter
- Melt a small handful of chocolate melts
- Dip one end of stick into chocolate melts and insert into the star, repeat for all stars
- Freeze cake pop stars for 20 minutes
- Melt chocolate melts and dip stars into chocolate, allow excess to drip off
- Immediately decorate with red, white and blue M&M's® candies
After decorating each cake pop, place them into a cake pop holder to set. You can get a cake pop holder in the party aisle at Walmart. You could also use a mason jar full of M&M’s® candies to hold the cake pops upright while they set. Prepare ahead of time.
These red, white and blue patriotic cake pop stars are a great way to celebrate Memorial Day, the 4th of July and a great way to support our troops by purchasing M&M’s® Milk Chocolate, M&M’® Peanut and Skittles® candies at Walmart!