Red Velvet Cake Pops are sweet balls of red velvet cake, mixed with vanilla buttercream and rolled into balls that are then dipped in melted chocolate for the perfect single serve treat. Decorated with red melted chocolate and heart sprinkles, these red velvet cake pops are the perfect Valentine’s Day cake pops.
Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cake Pops
If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s day treat then you are going to love these easy to make red velvet cake pops. These easy cake pops are made with red velvet cake mix, buttercream frosting, candy melts, and sprinkles for decorations. They have the perfect flavors and are made easy to eat by putting them on top of lollipop sticks. Cake pops are always a big hit when I bring them to parties with kids because they are single serve and basically no mess!
This delicious treat is perfect for Valentine’s Day or for just because you want an awesome dessert. I love how easy they are to make and my kids love how tasty they are.
If you want to make these Valentine’s Day cake pops as a handout treat for a party, allow them to cool and then wrap in plastic wrap and they are perfect.
Cake Pop Recipes
What is a cake pop?
Cake pops are balls of cake that are mixed with frosting and then dipped in melted chocolate or melted candy melts, that harden giving the cake pop a sweet soft center with a chocolate or candy melt outside.
What does a cake pop taste like?
Cake pops taste like cake that has been mixed with frosting and then dipped in chocolate. They have an amazing flavor and can be made with any flavor cake or icing.
What flavor is red velvet?
Red velvet tastes like a combination of chocolate cake and vanilla cake in one flavor. Well, it kind of tastes like that, they do have a distinct flavor of their own but if you are trying to explain the flavor to someone then that is the best way to do so. The cake itself has a gorgeous red color that is perfect for pairing with Valentine’s Day.
Tips for making perfect cake pops
- Make the cake balls smooth. For a smooth cake pop you need to roll the cake balls very smooth. I like to roll them the first time and then give them a quick roll in my hands again after they have cooled in the fridge.
- Easy cake ball dipping. Melt the chocolate in a small glass to dip the pops in, I find a 2 cup measuring cup to be the best way to do the dipping and not make a huge mess.
- Make them all the same size. You can use a cookie scoop to get them all the same size.
- Keep the cake ball on the stick. Make sure the cake pop stays on the lollipop stick by dipping it into the melted candy coating and then placing the cake pop on the stick.
- Use quality candy melts. You will have a much easier time melting them and dipping the cake balls with a quality candy melt or dipping chocolate.
- Use a Double Boiler to melt chocolate. As easy as it is to melt chocolate in the microwave I find it much easier to dip marshmallows when I am melting chocolate in a double boiler.
Variations of this recipe
Change up the color of candy melts. Because I made these to be for Valentine’s Day I used red candy melts. You can also use pink candy melts if you are wanting to stick with the Valentine’s Day theme. If you are wanting to make these Red Velvet Cake Pops as a dessert with no theme then you can use white chocolate or white candy melts to coat the cake pops. You can also use dark chocolate and milk chocolate as the dip for these cake pops.
Change up the sprinkles. I used one heart sprinkle but you can use little heart sprinkles or nonpareil sprinkles.
Use homemade Frosting or store bought. I like using homemade buttercream, you can also use homemade cream cheese frosting if you want to. If you do not want to use homemade frosting then you can use a tub of store bought frosting.
Use homemade Cake or Store bought. I like making my life simple and using a box of red velvet cake and then baking it according to the box. If you have a favorite homemade red velvet cake recipe that you like you can use that too.
Why are there air bubbles in my cake pops?
If you get air bubbles in the candy coating it is from stirring them in the melted candy melts. You just want to dip the pop straight in chocolate and not stir it. If you get air bubbles let the cake balls warm up a little bit.
Why are there cracks in my candy or chocolate coating?
If you get cracks in the candy or chocolate coating it is from having a drastic difference in temperature of the coating and the cake ball itself.
Homemade Cake or Boxed cake mix?
While I do love a homemade cake, a boxed cake will work just fine for these cake pops.
Homemade or Store bought Frosting?
You can use either store bought or homemade frosting. If you are using homemade frosting make it ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a little bit to stiffen up after making it.
Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes! I actually think they are better when they have had a day to sit and harden and come together. The uncoated cake balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Coated cake pops can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How to Store Cake Pops
Allow cake pops to be fully set and then store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze Cake Pops?
You can freeze the cake balls before you have dipped them into the candy coating. To freeze the cake balls place them on a baking sheet and place in the freezer till frozen. Once frozen place in a freezer bag. They will keep frozen for up to 6 weeks. To make cake pops, allow the frozen cake balls to thaw in the fridge and then continue on with the steps for decorating and dipping in the candy coating.
You can also freeze the dipped cake pops for up to 6 weeks in an air-tight container.
Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cake Pops
- 1 Red Velvet cake boxed mix baked and cooled.
- 1 cup buttercream frosting (can use store bought)
- 36 ounce Red Candy Coating melts
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- Heart Sprinkles
How to Make Red Velvet Cake Pops
Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on the box or use a homemade cake mix.
Allow the baked red velvet cake to cool for about 30 minutes. If you need it to cool faster then you can remove it from the baking dish and put it into a large bowl.
Crumble cake into a large bowl.
Add the frosting and mix thoroughly with hands.
Measure cake mixture and roll into 1″ sized balls.
Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to firm up.
While the cake balls are in the fridge melt the candy melts and the shortening together. I find the best way to do so is using a double boiler, but you can use the directions on the package to melt them and melt them In a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments.
Dip the lollipop stick in a small amount of coating before inserting into the cake ball.
Dip cake pops in melted candy and allow excess coating to drip off by tapping your wrist and tapping on side of bowl.
Place in a cake pop stand, Styrofoam block or a box with holes to set. Before the coating is dry add a Valentine’s Day Sprinkles on top.
Valentine’s Day Recipes
- Heart Shaped Meringue Cookies
- Valentine’s Day Popcorn
- Heart Bacon
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry French Toast
- Fruit Love Bugs
- Heart Quesadilla
- Strawberry White Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bombs
Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cake Pops
- Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on the box or use a homemade cake mix.
- Allow the baked red velvet cake to cool for about 30 minutes. If you need it to cool faster then you can remove it from the baking dish and put it into a large bowl.
- Crumble cake into a large bowl.
- Add the frosting and mix thoroughly with hands.
- Measure cake mixture and roll into 1″ sized balls.
- Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to firm up.
- While the cake balls are in the fridge melt the candy melts and the shortening together. I find the best way to do so is using a double boiler, but you can use the directions on the package to melt them, and melt them In a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments.
- Dip the lollipop stick in a small amount of coating before inserting into the cake ball.
- Dip cake pops in melted candy and allow excess coating to drip off by tapping your wrist and place in a cake pop stand, Styrofoam block or a box with holes to set.
- Before the coating is dry add a Valentine’s Day Sprinkles on top.