Santa Christmas Cake Pops




Introduction: Santa Christmas Cake Pops

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I’m not sure if it’s the pink button nose or the rosy cheeks, all I know is I can’t help but “aawwww…” out loud when I see these adorable Santa Christmas cake pops. They are sure to be the cutest Christmas treat on the table at any holiday party!

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Step 1: Supplies

To make Santa cake pops you will need:
  • White cake balls
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Red, white, and peach candy melts
  • Marshmallow bits
  • Red disco dust (optional)
  • White sparkling sugar
  • White tiny sugar pearls
  • Pink sugar pearls
  • Pink luster dust (optional)
  • Black confetti sprinkles
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers (clean and used for food only)
  • Small paint brush (clean and used for food only)
  • Styrofoam block or cake pop stand

Step 2: Make Cake Balls

Start by making your cake balls and chilling them in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to start dipping your Santa cake pops.

For step-by-step directions for making cake balls, see How To Make Cake Pops | A Step-By-Step Tutorial.

Step 3: Make the Face

Start by microwaving your peach candy melts in a bowl on low power for 30-seconds at a time. Stop and stir after each 30-second interval then repeat until the coating is completely melted. Do not overheat the candy melts or your coating will become lumpy. If the coating is too thick, add a small amount of vegetable oil to thin it out.

Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted coating and then into a cake ball, gently pushing until the stick is about half way through the cake ball. Complete this step for all cake balls then set them in the fridge until they are chilled.

For the next step, you will need to have pink sugar pearls and black confetti sprinkles ready to apply with tweezers.

If your peach coating has cooled or thickened, repeat the microwave heating process.

Dip each cake pop straight down into the peach coating until the cake ball is completely covered and sealed. If you need to angle the cake pop, gently tilt it in one direction and then another. Do not stir the coating with the cake pop or it may fall off of the stick. Remove the cake pop from the melted coating by pulling it straight up. Then, turn the cake pop at an angle and gently tap off any excess coating. Turn the cake pop upright.

Before the coating hardens, use tweezers to place two black confetti sprinkles about half way down the cake pop for Santa’s eyes. Then, set a pink sugar pearl another quarter of the way down for the nose. Stand your Santa cake pops upright in a styrofoam block or cake pop stand to dry.

Once the coating has completely hardened, you can give your Santas rosy cheeks at any time by brushing on a small amount of pink luster dust.

Step 4: Make the Hat

To make the hat on your Santa cake pops, be ready with marshmallow bits, red disco dust, and white sparkling sugar.

Melt the red candy melts. Turn each cake pop upside down and dip it into the coating to cover half  the distance between the top of the pop and Santa’s eyes.  If you would like your Santa cake pops to have sparkly hats (more sparkle = more cuteness!), gently sprinkle red disco dust on the wet coating. Place one marshmallow bit on top of the cake pop to make the ball on Santa’s hat. Let the red coating harden then wipe off any excess disco dust with a clean, dry paint brush.

Melt the white candy melts. Use a toothpick to spread the coating around the rim of Santa’s hat. Sprinkle white sparkling sugar onto the coating while it is still wet. Then, set the cake pops aside until all the coating has hardened.

Step 5: Make the Beard

For the next step, you will need to have white tiny sugar pearls ready to apply. If your white coating has cooled or thickened, repeat the microwave heating process.

Use a toothpick to spread white coating around the sides and under the nose to make Santa’s beard. Sprinkle white sugar pearls onto the wet coating and set the Santa cake pops aside until completely dry.

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    13 Discussions


    5 years ago on Step 4

    Disco dust is not edible. It is plastic craft glitter and should not be applied to food that will be eaten. It doesn't matter that it is non-toxic--so is playdoh, craft glue, and silly putty, but we don't decorate food with those, either.

    You should be using edible cake sparkles [colored gum arabic], unflavored gelatin [colored and ground into flakes], or fine grain sanding sugar [bought colored or colored using a dot of gel paste color rubbed into it.


    6 years ago

    Adorable! I cant wait to try this.

    Those beards are the cutest! What brand of candy melts do you use? I always have the worst luck with them.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Penolopy, for the Santa cake pops I used almond bark and colored it with candy coloring. I find the almond bark has a thinner consistency than the candy melts. I also like the Make n Mold candy melts. I recently learned that you can use paramount crystals to thin the coating so I will be trying that soon. Also, you can add vegetable oil to your coating to thin it.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! They were based on a design for cookies by The Bearfoot Baker.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are the cutest cake pops I've ever seen. Love the beard. :D