Luck is on your side this St. Paddy’s Day! We’re sharing the recipe for the sweetest treat to lure that lucky leprechaun. These “Pot O’ Gold” Cake Pops are baked, covered in chocolate, and decorated with our favorite gold and rainbow candies. Just as impressive as they are delish, this DIY activity is a fun way to spend time with your family and best friends.
So put your green apron on and let’s get into the recipe!
For The Frosting
- 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 13/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1-3 teaspoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Making the Cake
To get started on the cake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in a medium bowl. In a stand mixer set up with a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg plus vanilla extract and beat until combined. Don’t forget to scrape down your bowl as needed!
While your mixer is running on low speed, add the dry ingredients along with 1 cup of milk to the butter and sugar mixture until well-combined. Pour the batter into your cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once a toothpick set into the cake comes out clean, allow the cake to cool completely.
Quick Tip: You can also use boxed cake mix and simply bake according to the instructions!
Creating the Frosting
In a separate bowl, beat the additional softened butter until creamy, about 2 minutes at medium speed. Lower the speed and add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk. Increase to high speed and beat for a few more minutes.
Quick Tip: You can also use canned frosting. Spoon it into your crumbled cake one spoonful at a time until you reach the desired play-dough like consistency.
Crumble your cooled cake with your hands and dump into the bowl with the frosting. Turn the mixer on low speed and beat for just a minute or two, until the frosting and cake crumbles are combined. You should now have a playdough like consistency. Measure 1 tablespoon of cake dough and roll it into a ball using your hands. Repeat until all the cake has been used. Place cake balls on a baking sheet and refrigerate for two hours, or one hour in the freezer.
Melting the Chocolate
Melt your candy melts or melting wafers in a double boiler placed over a stove or in a microwave. If using a microwave, melt the chocolate gradually, in 30 second intervals. In between intervals, stir the chocolate to ensure it doesn’t burn. We recommend melting the chocolate in a container or bowl that is deep enough to coat a cake pop.
To prepare for the assembly process, lightly dip one end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then gently insert into one cake ball, being sure to stop about halfway through. Be careful to not poke the lollipop stick through the other side of the cake ball. Repeat with all remaining balls of cake.
How to Assemble
Now it’s time to assemble our cake pops! Dip the top of one cake ball – the opposite side from the lollipop stick – in a bit of melted chocolate, then attach one sandwich cookie and press lightly to secure. Repeat with all cake pops. Wait for the chocolate to cool completely and ensure the sandwich cookie is secure before moving on.
Next, while your melted chocolate is still warm and fluid (but not too hot!), dip each cake pop into the chocolate and swirl around until fully covered. Gently tap off excess chocolate, and set it aside.
While the chocolate is still wet, begin to decorate! Our Sour Rainbows are perfect as the “rainbow” shooting over the top of the pot. We recommend using our Gold Pearls as the “gold coins” coming out of the pot, but you could add Chocolate Confetti or Rainbow Bears for a fun pop of color!
Once your creation is complete, place cake pops on a baking sheet or upright in a glass jar to set. Enjoy!
May the luck of the Irish be with you! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these adorable “Pot O’ Gold” Cake Pops – and make sure to tag us on social media @sugarfina in your cake pop creations!