Homemade Vanilla Pink Cake Pops are fun & tasty treats for any occasion! Sweet Cake Pops covered in white chocolate & decorated to be perfectly pink for Valentine’s Day!
Pretty Pink Cake Pops are perfect for Valentine’s Day, fun occasions, gender reveals, and birthdays! This simple and easy homemade cake pop recipe is one you’re going to enjoy. With a homemade vanilla cake and sprinkle topped cake pops, every ball looks and tastes incredible.
Cake pops are perfect for any occasion and really fit into any theme with just a simple color change or sprinkle added. If you can bake a cake, crumble it into crumbs, and make a snowball with your hands, you’ve got the skills needed to make cake pops. Perfecting these little balls takes a little practice, but once you get going and follow along with the simple step-by-step instructions down below you’ll become an expert cake ball maker in no time!
What are pink cake pops?
Cake pops are a trendy and fun treat that’s portable, bite-sized, and can be decorated to look fabulous and unique. These pink-colored pops are the perfect addition to any party. This recipe makes about 15 cake pops, so it’s perfect for making and sharing with friends and family!
Cake Pop Ingredients
-Flour: We need 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour for the gluten base of our vanilla cake.
-Sugar: 1 cup of granulated sugar will sweeten the cake recipe.
-Eggs: We need 4 eggs, but they’ll be divided so sort the egg whites from the yolks before you begin to help save a little time
-Vanilla: With 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract we can enhance the flavors in the cake.
-Butter: We need 1/2 cup of butter (one stick) to help us get a tasty rich cake.
-Sweetened Condensed Milk: We only need 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk for this recipe, so there will be some leftover. Use canned milk or homemade sweetened condensed milk.
-White chocolate chips: Giving us that crunchy chocolate outer shell is 2 cups of melted white chocolate chips.
-Cake pop sticks: While this isn’t a food ingredient, it is necessary for cake pops, otherwise you’d just have cake truffles. About 15 sticks should be plenty.
-Pink food coloring: You need to use pink gel food coloring because the water-based liquid food coloring will cause the chocolate to seize. Alternatively, you could just use pink colored melters chocolate instead of white chocolate chips and food coloring.
-Sprinkles: Use any festive and fun sprinkles you have to help these cake pops look even more fabulous. This ingredient is optional, but fun.
How to make cake pops
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Give it a quick spray with cooking oil to help ensure the cake comes out smoothly.
Beat the egg white with an electric mixer in a larger bowl on medium speed until a foam is formed. Beat in 1/2 cup of white sugar and then increase the speed to high. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract on high speed until it turns to a nice pale color and increases in volume.
Lightly fold 1/2 of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture and then sift in the flour. Scrape the bowl, from the bottom and then fold it onto the surface and fold in the remaining egg white mixture, combining until smooth.
Pour your batter into the lined cake pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and flip the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Use a food processor to turn the cake into breadcrumbs. Alternatively, you can crumble the cake by hand.
In a medium bowl, microwave the butter and condensed milk, stirring until smooth. Add that mixture to the cake crumbs, stirring well. If necessary, you can add in more condensed milk to help with the cake crumbs.
Take chunks of the cake mixture and roll them into balls. Transfer the balls to a lined plate or tray and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to help chill and set.
In a small bowl, melt 1/4 cup of the white chocolate chips and then dip the sticks into the melted white chocolate. Stick that dipped portion through the cake balls, being careful not to go all of the way through. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. This will help to keep the cake balls from falling off.
Melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring well until smooth after each time.
In a separate bowl, mix two tablespoons of the white chocolate with the pink gel food coloring. Transfer the chocolate to a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with a small corner snipped off.
Take each of the chilled cake pops and dip them into the white chocolate, draining off any excess chocolate as you go. Immediately top them with sprinkles or pipe the pink chocolate mixture over the top of the cake pop.
Let cool for 30 minutes to harden up, or place them in the fridge to help speed up this process. Serve & enjoy!
Pink Cake Pops
Homemade Vanilla Cake
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 egg whites
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter
Mixing & Coating Cake Pops
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 15 sticks for the cake pops
- pink gel food coloring
Make the Homemade Vanilla Cake
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper. Give a quick spray with cooking oil.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until foams formed.
- Beat in 1/2 cup of sugar. Increase speed to high. Continue to beat, forming stiff peaks.
- Beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until turns pale and increases volume.
- Lightly fold in 1/2 of the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
- Sift in the flour. Scrape from bottom, fold onto the surface. Then fold in the remaining beaten egg whites. Combine until smooth.
- Pour batter into the lined cake pan. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Let cool about 20 minutes, then turn over the cake onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.
Prepare Baked Cake for Cake Pops
- Use a food processor to turn the cake into a breadcrumb consistency. You can also crumble the cake by hand.
- In a medium bowl, microwave the butter and condensed milk, stir until smooth.
- Add the mixture to the cake crumbs. Stir well. If necessary, add more condensed milk.
Shape & Coat Cake Balls in Chocolate
- Take 2-3 TBSP chunks of the cake mixture and roll into balls, transferring each ball to a lined tray or plate.
- Put into the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Melt about 1/4 cup of white chocolate. Dip the sticks in the melted chocolate and then stick them in the cake balls, being careful not to go all the way through the balls. Put into the fridge for 10 minutes.
Decorate Cake Pops
- Melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave, stirring at 30-second intervals until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix two tablespoons of the white chocolate with pink gel food coloring. Transfer the chocolate to a piping bag or ziplock bag with a small hole snipped in one corner.
- Take each of the chilled cake pops and dip into the white chocolate. Tilt cake pops so that excess chocolate drips off. Immediately add sprinkles or pipe the pink chocolate over the cake pop. Let cool for 30 minutes to harden up, or place in the fridge to speed up this process. Enjoy!
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Are cake pops easy to make?
Yes, they’re easy to make, but there are several steps to the process. Like most things, practice makes perfect. The cake pop process is a simple one. Bake cake, crumble it, sweeten the cake, roll into balls, stick it and dip in chocolate. None of the steps are overwhelming, but getting the hang of it might take a ball or two to figure out. That said, even the broken or “ugly” cake pops still look and taste great. Adding sprinkles helps too!
Can cake pops be frozen?
Yes! Cake pops can do pretty well in the freezer if you freeze in an airtight container for up to a few weeks. Simply thaw before eating, or enjoy cold. They won’t take long to thaw if held at room temperature for a few minutes they should become soft enough to bite through.
How long will cake pops last?
Cake pops can last in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. For that reason, I recommend not making them until closer to the party date so that they taste incredible.
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With pink cake pops and sprinkles, these tasty little treats are always party-ready! You’re going to love how simple and easy these cake pops are to make and how much fun they are to eat! Homemade Vanilla Pink Cake Pops are fun & tasty treats for any occasion! Sweet Cake Pops covered in white chocolate & decorated to be perfectly pink for Valentine’s Day!
Melissa Griffiths says
Beautiful AND delicious! Thank you!
Terry Crylen says
I can feel the weight gain already just looking at it. Yum!
Worth it! 😉