Cake pops are such a crowd-pleasing dessert, and really once you get into them are not complicated at all to make. If you have a football fan or event happening at your house these football cake pops are an easy win.
The fun thing about making cake pops is that you can prep them in advance and customize them for any team or party. Pair these with our football helmet cookies and you can have a fully-themed party ready to go! We used these for a super bowl party, I've made pastel cake pops and even farm animal cake pops. Once you get the hang of it they're a fun treat for your guests.
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- cake pop sticks
- Box cake mix, in flavor of choice
- melting chocolate
- muffin tins
- mixing bowl
- glasses and brown sugar, or a cake pop stand
- I like to make the cake the day before I will be making the cake pops, that way it has plenty of time to cool and I can break up the dishes.
- Make sure to flash freeze your cake balls. That really helps them not fall off into the chocolate and hold their shape.
- Dip the stick into the chocolate before the cake pop so it doesn't slide around.
- You can freeze these and make them in shifts too.
- Stand the cake pops in a glass of sugar or brown sugar if you don't have a cake pop stand.
- I used half a chocolate cake and dark chocolate melting squares.
- Since these cake pops were a little heavier I used a drinking glass full of brown sugar to hold them up once they were on the cake pop stick.
Serve these football cake pops at your draft party, for the big game or if you're hosting any type of watch party this season! You can store them for 3-5 days in an airtight container or freeze them.
Football Cake Pops
- 1 muffin tin
- 12 cake pop sticks
- 1 cake pan
- 1 box cake mix, in flavor of choice
- 1 bag chocolate melting wafers
- 2 tablespoon royal icing in white, could also use buttercream
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup oil of choice
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup frosting I used funfetti chocolate
- 3 spoonfuls frosting, additional
- Bake your cake according to the box instructions in a 9x13 pan.
- Crumble ½ of cake into a bowl. This makes approximately 10-15 cake pops depending on how you size them, if you're needing a larger quantity use the full cake.
- Add ¼ cup plus an additional 3 spoonfuls of frosting to the crumbled cake and combine. The frosting is what holds the cake together, so make sure you use enough.
- Roll cake dough into small balls, then squish the edges to give the appearance of a football. The size you want is about a quarter size and place into a mini muffin tin. You can use a cookie sheet or tray, but the muffin tin makes them less able to roll around.
- Freeze cake balls for 15-20 minutes.
- While they're in the freezer prep your chocolate.Melt your chocolate in 30 seconds increments until completely melted.
- Add your food coloring if using and have cake pop sticks ready along with the bowl of sugar or however you are planning to prop them up.
- Pull your cake balls out of the freezer. Dip the stick in the melted chocolate and then push the stick ¾ of the way through the cake pop.
- Dip the cake ball into the chocolate, submerging it. Remove cake pop from chocolate and spin a few times to allow excess chocolate to drip off.
- Place the cake pop in an upright position, whether in a styrofoam block, a cake pop holder or a glass full of sugar. Allow to cool completely.
- Once cooled, drizzle with royal icing to make the lines on the football.