How to Make Cakesicles

Learn how to make cakesicles with this step-by-step guide. Cakesicles, or cake popsicles, are perfect for any event, and the best part is you can decorate them however you like to match the theme of your celebration!

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Cakesicles? What are those?

That’s what most people think when they first hear about cakesicles, also known as cake popsicles. But cakesicles are very simple to make, and they’re a delicious and fun way to enjoy cake.

To make cake cakesicles, mix a baked cake into fine crumbs and mix them with a little frosting. The frosting binds the crumbs together and creates a dense mixture that can be molded into popsicle shapes. Once the cake popsicles are frozen, dip them in melted chocolate or decorate them with your favorite toppings.

When it comes to decorating cakesicles, the possibilities are endless. You can use sprinkles, candy melts, edible flowers, or royal icing to create unique and festive designs. So, let your creativity run wild and have fun with it!

Which Cake is Best for Making Cakesicles?

The cakesicle recipe is very flexible. You can use any cake flavor and even tailor the cake to the occasion. For example, you could make strawberry cake cakesicles for Valentine’s Day or chocolate cake cakesicles for Halloween.

Here are five options for cakes you can use for cakesicles and cake popsicles:

  1. Scratch cakes: I have three recipes on my blog for scratch cakes that you can use: vanilla Swiss roll cake, red velvet petite fours cake, and Cadbury mini egg cake.
  2. Box cakes: Box cakes are quick, easy, and convenient, and they come in a variety of flavors. You can’t beat that!
  3. Cake scraps: If you often work with sheet cakes, you know there are always leftover scraps. Instead of throwing them away, freeze them in an airtight container for up to three months. When you’re ready to make cakesicles or popsicles, thaw the scraps and use them.
  4. Brownies: Instead of cake, you can make brownie cakesicles by swapping cake crumbs with brownie crumbs.
  5. Store-bought cakes: If you’re short on time or not in the mood to bake, you can buy a sheet cake from the store for your cakesicles or popsicles. Just be sure to choose a moist and dense cake to hold its shape.
Equipment and ingredients used in making the recipe.

Frosting: The Glue That Holds It All Together

Frosting is the essential ingredient that binds the cake crumbles together and creates a dense mixture that can be molded into popsicle shapes. Generally, you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of frosting for every 1 box of cake crumbles (the equivalent of a 13×9 baking sheet). However, the amount of frosting you need will vary depending on the consistency of your cake crumbs. If you’re using very moist cake crumbs, you may need to add less frosting. Conversely, if your cake crumbs are dry, you may need to add more frosting.

  • Store-bought frosting: If you’re using a store-bought frosting, choose one that is thick and creamy. 
  • Homemade frosting: If you’re making your frosting, use a recipe that creates a thick and dense frosting. A good buttercream frosting is a good choice.

A little frosting goes a long way. It’s better to start with less frosting and add more as needed than to add too much at once. If you add too much frosting, your cakesicles will be too soft and may fall apart.

Two rows of decorated sicles
Cakesicles for Every Occasion

Coating Your Cakesicles

Once your cakesicles have frozen, you are ready to apply the coating. The coating will give your cakesicles their delicious flavor and festive appearance. You can use various coatings, including chocolate, candy melts, or even chocolate ganache.

Here are some tips for choosing the right coating for your cakesicles:

  • Store-bought coating: If you’re using a store-bought coating, such as candy melts or chocolate wafers, choose one that is good quality and melts easily.
  • Homemade coating: If you’re making your own coating, such as white chocolate ganache, follow a recipe that creates a smooth and creamy coating.
  • Flavorings and colors: You can add flavorings and colors to your coating to create various looks and flavors. For example, you could add peppermint extract to white chocolate for a mint chocolate coating or add red food coloring to chocolate for a festive red coating.
A tray full of various decorated  cakesicles

Decorating Your Cakesicles

Once your cakesicles are coated, it’s time to decorate! The possibilities are endless, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sprinkles: Sprinkles are a classic cakesicle decoration. You can find various sprinkles at craft stores and grocery stores. Try mixing different colors and shapes for a fun and festive look.
  • Candy melts: Candy melts are another popular cakesicle decoration. They come in various colors and flavors and are easy to melt and use. You can dip your cakesicles in melted candy melts or use them to create intricate designs.
  • Edible flowers: Edible flowers are a beautiful and elegant way to decorate your cakesicles. You can find edible flowers at some specialty grocery stores and online.
  • Chocolate drizzle: Melted chocolate is a versatile and delicious cakesicle decoration. You can drizzle it over your cakesicles or use it to create designs such as hearts, stars, and flowers.
  • Piping: If you’re feeling adventurous, use a piping bag to decorate your cakesicles with frosting, chocolate, or other toppings.

Use a variety of textures and colors. This will make your cakesicles more visually appealing. Have fun and experiment!

Holiday and Celebration Cakesicle Variations


Cakesicles are a fun and festive treat that can be enjoyed on any occasion. They are easy to make and can be decorated in various ways, making them perfect for any celebration.

Here are some ideas for cakesicles for different occasions:

OccasionCoatingDecorations
Blue ChocolatePink or blue candy meltsSprinkles, bows
BirthdayDesired color chocolate or candy meltsFunfetti sprinkles
ChristmasWhite, red, or green candy meltsRed and green chocolate drizzle, sprinkles
EasterPastel-colored candy meltsDusk sprinkles
Fourth of JulyWhite chocolateRed and blue chocolate drizzle, sprinkles
Gender RevealColor that will not reveal the inside colorAs desired
HanukkahBlue candy meltsWhite drizzle, Hanukkah sprinkles
Saint Patrick’s DayGreen candy meltsWhite drizzle, Saint Patrick’s Day sprinkles
Valentine’s DayRed candy melts or ruby chocolateWhite drizzle, sprinkles as desired
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FAQ

Why are my cakesicles falling apart?

This is usually due to not using enough frosting. Make sure to use enough frosting to hold the cake crumbs together.

Why won’t my cakesicles stick to the popsicle sticks?

The cake was not packed tightly into the mold, or too much frosting added. Try repacking the cake. If that does not work, remove the cake, sprinkle a little flour into the cake, and remix.

Why are my cakesicles cracking?

This is usually due to using too much frosting. Make sure to use the correct ratio of cake crumbs to frosting.

Why are my cakesicles melting?

If you use a chocolate coating, use high-quality chocolate that is melted and tempered correctly. If you are using a candy melt coating, melt the candy slowly and carefully.

Two rows of decorated cake popsicles.

How To Make Cake Popsicles (Cakesicles)

Cakesicles are a delicious and versatile treat that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They are made by combining cake crumbs and frosting, and then molding them into the shape of popsicles. Cakesicles can be coated in a variety of different substances, such as chocolate, candy melts, or white chocolate ganache. They can also be decorated with sprinkles, candy, or other toppings.
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Course: Dessert, Treat
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 small sized cakesicles
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Equipment

  • Cakesicle mold
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Microwave or double boiler

Ingredients

  • 1 baked cake (9×13 the equivalent of a box of cake)
  • 2 tablespoons frosting (30g)
  • 3 cups melting wafers (678g)
  • decorations

Instructions

Prepare the Cake

  • Start with a room-temperature baked cake or cake scraps. Break the cake into crumbs using your hands or a mixer.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of frosting per 1 box of cake crumbs (the equivalent of a 9×13 sheet cake) and mix until the cake becomes a ball. If using a different amount of cake, adjust the frosting accordingly.

Prepare the Cake Mold

  • Melt the chocolate or candy melts according to the directions.
  • Coat each cavity of the mold with 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate.
  • Insert a popsicle stick into each cavity and move it around a few times to create space so the shell does not crack later.
  • Place the mold in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

Set the Cake

  • Fill each cavity with 1/3 of the cake mixture.
  • Move the popsicle stick halfway into the cavity and pack in the rest of the cake.
  • Use your fingers to pack the cake very tightly and ensure there are no air gaps.
  • Leave a 1/16-inch space between the top of the mold and the cake. This is the extra space needed to set the back of the cakesicke.

Set the Cakesicle Back

  • Place about 1 tablespoon of chocolate on top of the cake, forming the back of the popsicle. Spread the chocolate evenly.
  • Use an offset spatula or icing smoother to scrape off any excess chocolate.
  • Freeze for 5-10 minutes.

Decorate

  • Decorate the cakesicles as desired. Popular options include using sprinkles, candy melts, chocolate drizzle, edible glitter, or other decorations. See the notes for how to do this

Notes

Additional Tips:
  • To prevent the cake from sticking to the mold, you can grease the mold with a little bit of butter or cooking spray.
  • If you are having trouble getting the chocolate to stick to the cakesicles, try dipping them in a thin layer of melted chocolate first and then chilling them in the freezer for a few minutes before adding the main coating.
  • To store cakesicles, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.
How to Add Sprinkles or Other Decorations
To add sprinkles or other decorations to a cakesicle, as pictured above, you need a base of warm chocolate or candy melts for the decoration to adhere to. There are two ways to do this:
1. Fill a small bowl with sprinkles. Then, hold the cakesicle at an angle and dip it into the bowl of warm chocolate or candy melts, followed by the sprinkles.
2. Fill a small piping bag with warm chocolate or candy melts and fit it with a small tip. Draw lines with the chocolate on the cakesicle and then add sprinkles or other decorations on top of the lines.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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