How to Make Cake Pops: Easy Summer Recipes
Cake pops are a fun delicious dessert to prepare for any number of different occasions and events throughout the summer. Round up a cake mix, frosting recipe, and lollipop sticks, and you'll be well on your way to making a great batch of cake pops. Just as there are numerous flavors for both cakes and frosting as well as a host of options for decorations, there are also more combinations than anyone could ever make for cake pops. This is a dessert option for virtually anyone. Happy summer and happy baking!
Occasions to Make Cake Pops During the Summer
Just a Few Ideas
Fourth of July
Wedding Showers and Receptions
What types of cake pops are perfect for summer occasions?
Food and Drink Themed Pops
Beach / Outdoor Themed Pops
More Summer Themed Pops
Fourth of July
Sand pail / sand castle
Summer Cake Flavor Ideas
Of course there is no need to feel limited to this list when selecting cake and frosting flavors for your cake pops. However, if you're looking for summer specific ideas, any of the flavors in the following list are great options.
- Angel food
- Blood orange
- Key lime
- Lemon or orange poppyseed
- Passion fruit
Tips for Making Cake Pops
Cake Pops by Bakerella
General Summer Themes
- Multicolored. There is a wealth of inspiration out there for bright, multicolored cake pops that will make anyone happy during the summer. Create a batch of colorful pops with multiple frosting colors or consider adding decoration (i.e. stripes, dots) in a different color. Switch up the colors to suit the event or occasion at hand or as you are inspired. You can't go wrong here. Get some multicolored cake pop inspiration at Cupcake Stand and Ashlee Marie.
- Fourth of July. You can apply a wide variety of different 4th of July décor options to cake pops. There are numerous possibilities for decorating in red, white, and blue with simple embellishments (colored sprinkles can go a long way). Simply make a set in red, white, and blue, decorate your cake pops with stars in patriotic colors, or display the cake pops in a flag formation. My Juice Cup has a great round up of Fourth of July cake pop ideas.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cakepops
Food and Drink Themes
- BBQ grills. BBQ grills are a little bit tricky, as it can be tough to get the three toothpick legs to balance, but they are adorable. Goods By Kreative has a tutorial for covered charcoal grills while Duncan Hines has a tutorial for open grills complete with burgers and other grilled goodies of your choosing (i.e. steaks, vegetable kabobs).
- Pineapple. Pineapple cake pops require a fair amount of time and patience to get the frosting pattern and green pineapple top just right. The effort will all be worth it when your family or party guests see the final result. Get the tutorial from Pint Sized Baker.
- Strawberry. Strawberries are another fun food to create as cake pops and are a little less time intensive than pineapples. Some people create plain strawberries while other people create chocolate covered strawberries. The choice is up to you. Strawberry is a natural choice for the cake and/or frosting, but of course you shouldn't feel limited to this.
- Summer drinks. 365 Days of Cake Pops created coconut cup cake pops with pina coladas that are complete with drink umbrellas. Seasonal margaritas and martinis in various flavors are other popular options. Check out some margarita inspiration from The Cake Poppery and lime martini glasses from The Cake Bomb.
- Watermelon. One of the best parts about watermelon cake pops is the seed surprise on the inside. Many people use mini chocolate chips for the seeds. Some bakers create separate white and green frosting layers to mimic real watermelon while other bakers stick with a sole green layer. Check out the tutorial from Pint Sized Baker.
How to Make Caterpillar Cupcake Pops
Beach / Outdoor Themes
- Baseball. Baseball cake pops are a great option for birthday parties and graduation parties for baseball players as well as end of the season baseball parties, baseball watching parties, and tailgating events. The dashes on the balls are a bit of work but really add the final touch that you need for realistic baseballs. Our Suburban Farm has a tutorial.
- Beach ball. Sanding sugar is a popular choice for giving the colors on the beach ball a little something extra. Many people opt for the classic red, yellow, green, and blue stripes that alternate with white, but of course you can mix this up as you like. Totally Love It uses Bakerella's recipe for her beach ball cake pops. Check out another fun version from Beki Cook's Cake Blog, too.
- Crabs. Apparently you can buy sugar eyes and make every part of the crab pops edible. Who knew? Swedish fish candy are a simple (and delicious) choice for the claws. There is a nice tutorial for crab cake pops over at Tasty Kitchen.
- Fish. Most bakers go for a fish design that resembles a blow fish, as this is a natural choice for a round cake ball. Of course you can experiment with other shapes, too. Leafy Tree Tops included fish cake pops as part of an ocean themed birthday party. There is a tutorial available at Betty Crocker.
- Flip flops. Flip flops are not a natural shape for cake pops, which lends many people to create separate flip flops that they attach to round cake pops. Complete Deelite goes way out with blue cake pops for the water, a coating of "sand," and specially constructed flip flops that she attaches at the end. She uses food writer pens for the flip flop thong detail.
- Insects. The most popular insects for cake pops are bees and ladybugs. Bees are a little bit involved with candy melts for the stripes and fondant for the wings. Midtown Sweets has a beautiful bees example. Chasing Some Blue Sky has great tips for creating ladybug half shells and adding all of the other details (i.e. dots, eyes).
- Sun. Any party will be a little more cheery with sun cake pops. Regular eyes and sunglasses are both popular choices. Grab inspiration from Living Locurto and P is for Party. There are a number of types of candy including Mike & Ike and candy corn that make easy, delicious sun rays.
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