I decided to make some Breast Cancer Awareness Cake Pops for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
So, I set the kids down with some fun Breast Cancer Awareness activities and got to work!
They’re the cutest little pink velvet cake balls on a stick ever! And they taste amazing, too. But the best part is that the cake itself is so simple to make, you can use it for any kind of cake pop recipe.
Just be careful not to become too addicted to making cake pops, right?!
Plus, this pink cake pop recipe is so simple, I can have it made in less time than it would have taken to drive to the bakery and place the order–much less have them get it ready.
How to Personalize Your Breast Cancer Awareness Cake Pops
If you want to personalize your breast cancer awareness cake pops, it would be super easy to write the letters of a friend’s name on top or use their favorite color as the sprinkles on top.
Another option would be to use the cake pops to spell-out something personal. If you put them into a foam floral square, there’s basically nothing you can’t do with these. Just think about those cupcake cakes where they make all those crazy shapes–do the same with the balls!
But, by far, my favorite way to personalize cake pops is to decorate them with the persons’ favorite edible flower. It’s so simple, and such a wow-worthy moment. You could also use edible butterflies or other treat toppers, but flowers are my favorite. Something about flowers just makes for a fun cake pop decoration.
And, putting the flowers on is so simple–you just brush a little corn syrup on the back and then pop it on top of the cake pop. Easy peasy.
Or, if you’re making them for a baby shower, you could always put a diaper made from fondant on the bottom. I’ve always wanted to do that, but haven’t had a chance.
How to Display Pink Ribbon Cake Pops
One thing that used to always baffle me was how do you serve your cake-on-a-stick?! They’re on sticks–which is very different than a flat-bottomed cupcake.
So, what I like to do sometimes is get a piece of floral foam and stick the stick bottoms in that. If I don’t want green or white, I can paint the foam or cover it with some polyfill or moss, just to be cute.
But, in the case of these pink ribbon cake pops, I decided to keep them on their ends. Sometimes, it’s just fun to have the sticks pointing straight up to the sky.
Point is, you don’t have to overthink it, and if you’re out of ideas, put the cake balls on their heads.
How Do I Stop My Pink Cake Balls from Cracking
It’s just horrible when you make a big batch of cake pops and they start cracking before you can even serve them. The best way I’ve found to stabilize them is to drop some coconut oil into the candy coating.
I don’t do this every time, but if I plan to dip the cake balls and let them sit overnight before serving, having that coconut oil in with the melting chocolate can keep the pops from cracking for sure.
Tips for Making Cake Pops
- Make your cake into fine crumbs before combining with the icing. There’s nothing like a big lump of cake to mess up a pretty round shape.
- You can use white chocolate instead of candy melts, but you need to mix in cream to make it a ganache instead of just using straight chocolate, or it’s guaranteed to crack.
- When using a floral foam block, be sure to cover it with cling wrap. You don’t want any of those pesky bits of foam on your cute cake balls.
The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store. I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.
- Pink Food Coloring
- Pink Candy Melts (There are other brands, but I like Wilton candy melts because they’re just super consistent.)
- Vanilla Extract (You know, imitation vanilla can expire?! I had no idea!)
Reminder, not all ingredients in the Breast Cancer Awareness Cake Pops are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.
Must Have Resources:
When making Pink Velvet Cake Pops at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.
- Lollipop Sticks (If you just don’t have these, you can still serve your pink velvet cake pops. But instead of putting a stick into the melted chocolate and inserting it into the pops, you’ll skip all that and they’ll just be cake balls.)
- Pink Sanding Sugar Sprinkles
- Pink Ribbon (You can use any pink ribbon, but I found that this was the right size for my cake pops.)
Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: Hamburger Soup in the Slow Cooker
Vegetable Side: Bacon Broccoli Salad
Starch Side: Scalloped Potatoes
Refreshing Drink: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Mocktail
Best Cake Pop Recipes:
Once you’re done baking the cake, letting it cool before you crumble the cake into a large bowl, you’ll get to discover just how fun it is to make little cake balls. And then it turns into an addiction of fun times. You’ll definitely need more cake mix recipes and ideas. These recipes below are some of my very favorites for the fall.
- Savory Cake Pop Recipes that Will Blow Your Mind!
- Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Cake Pops
- Fall Cake Pops that Will Wow Them!
- Brownie Peppermint Cake Pops
More Breast Cancer Awareness Recipes:
If you’re pulling together a Breast Cancer Awareness Party or supporting friends in a breast cancer awareness marathon, you definitely need to check out these awesome pink recipes. Imagine a whole table packed with pink foods, drinks and fun!
Ingredients for the Cake:
- ½ cup milk, room temperature
- ½ tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 drops pink food coloring
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Ingredients for the Icing:
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 packages pink candy coating
- Pink sprinkles (optional)
- Instructions for the Cake Pops: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare one 9x13 inch or two 8-inch cake pans by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add ½ tablespoon vinegar to milk and stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt until combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Mix in vanilla extract and food coloring until combined.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture one cup at a time, alternating with milk mixture until all ingredients have been added.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 teaspoon of vinegar with baking soda. Pour mixture into batter and mix until incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- While the cake is cooling, make the icing by beating together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, alternating with one tablespoon of milk until all ingredients are combined.
- Pour the cake into the bowl with the icing and stir to combine. Place the cake and icing mixture in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Take the cake mixture out of the refrigerator after it has chilled and form into 24 balls. Place the balls in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.
- While the cake balls are chilling, melt the candy coating according to package instructions. Dip each cake pop stick into the melted candy coating and stick one stick into each ball. Place the cake pops back into the refrigerator to chill after the stick has been placed. When the candy coating has hardened, dip the cake ball into the candy coating until the ball is completely covered. Top with sprinkles if desired.
- Place the coated cake pops back in the refrigerator to chill until the candy coating has hardened.
- To make the Ribbon Toppers: Cut pink ribbon into six-inch pieces and fold to form an awareness ribbon. Secure the center with a drop of hot glue.
- Allow the glue to set then place a ribbon on top of each cake pop.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g