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!
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:
- 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.
- Box cakes: Box cakes are quick, easy, and convenient, and they come in a variety of flavors. You can’t beat that!
- 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.
- Brownies: Instead of cake, you can make brownie cakesicles by swapping cake crumbs with brownie crumbs.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 using a mix of 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.
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:
|Pink or blue candy melts
|Desired color chocolate or candy melts
|White, red, or green candy melts
|Red and green chocolate drizzle, sprinkles
|Pastel-colored candy melts
|Fourth of July
|Red and blue chocolate drizzle, sprinkles
|Color that will not reveal the inside color
|Blue candy melts
|White drizzle, Hanukkah sprinkles
|Saint Patrick’s Day
|Green candy melts
|White drizzle, Saint Patrick’s Day sprinkles
|Red candy melts or ruby chocolate
|White drizzle, sprinkles as desired
This is usually due to not using enough frosting. Make sure to use enough frosting to hold the cake crumbs together.
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.
This is usually due to using too much frosting. Make sure to use the correct ratio of cake crumbs to frosting.
If you are using a chocolate coating, use high-quality chocolate that is melted and tempered correctly. If you are using a candy melt coating, make sure to melt the candy slowly and carefully.
How To Make Cake Popsicles (Cakesicles)
- Cakesicle mold
- Popsicle sticks
- Microwave or double boiler
- 1 baked cake (9×13 the equivalent of a box of cake)
- 2 tablespoons frosting (30g)
- 3 cups melting wafers (678g)
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 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
- 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.