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Cactus Cake Pops Recipe

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Even if you don’t live in the southwest, this adorable Cactus Cake Pops Recipe is sure to be a hit at your next party. They are perfect for Taco Tuesday, your Cinco De Mayo Celebration, southwestern theme parties and more!

Planning a family game night on your next Taco Tuesday? These easy Mexican cactus cake pops would go perfectly with my Game Night Fun and Taco Bar ideas!

Whether you are throwing a southwestern themed birthday party or just want to make a special treat for someone you love, these Cactus Cake Pops for Cinco de Mayo are bound to make them smile! Even better, they taste as good as they look!

cactus cake pops recipe

These Cactus Cake Pops do take a bit more time than other sweet treats but I promise the extra time is well worth it as these cute green southwestern inspired treats will please even the pickiest palette.

This recipe is easy to follow, which I love, and uses store-bought cake mix prepared how you would normally make it following the package directions. Once the cake is cooled, you combine it with deliciously sweet, homemade buttercream frosting whipped with softened butter and powdered sugar. Lastly, it’s time to decorate so it appears to be an adorable edible cactus.

Tips for making Cactus Cake Pops Recipe:

This Cinco de Mayo dessert recipe calls for boxed vanilla or white cake mix, which you probably have on hand and that will save you a lot of time making these cute and delicious green cactus treats. Simply follow the directions on the box and make two 8-inch round cakes.

As for the other ingredients, the homemade sweet buttercream frosting is a cinch to put together, just make sure your butter is softened so that it mixes well with the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract.

The homemade frosting really makes this recipe. It’s sweet, creamy and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Once the cake completely cools and you combine it with the frosting, you’re more than halfway done with these amazing little bites of cake.

these cactus cake pops will wow the crowd at your Mexican inspired party

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Cactus Cake Pops Recipe 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

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Make it a Meal:

With today’s busy schedules, meal planning can be hard, but I am here for you! I love creating new dishes in the kitchen and sharing there here on the blog. My boys love to eat so they love it when I try new recipes also! Here is a meal idea I’ve pulled together for you…

Main Dish: Taco Bake Casserole Recipe

Vegetable Side: Fresh Guacamole

Starch Side: Southwestern Steak Fries

Refreshing Drink: Virgin Sangria

easy cactus cake pops cinco de mayo dessert recipe

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Have your kiddos seen the movie Abominable yet? These Coconut Snowball Cake Pops from Somewhat Simple are perfect for your next family movie night.

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adorable cactus cake pops look so realistic

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these cactus cupcakes are easier to make than they look

Cactus Cake Pops Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Even if you don't live in the southwest, this adorable Cactus Cake Pops Recipe is sure to be a hit at your next party.


  • Vanilla cake, box mix make the recipe as two 8" cake rounds
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Kelly Green gel food coloring
  • Red gel food coloring
  • White sprinkles


  1. Crumble your cake into small bits and place in a bowl. Using a stand mixer, mix butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla on medium speed. Gradually increase to high and beat until completely smooth.
  2. Place a small amount of the frosting in a bowl and color it red. Color the rest with the Kelly Green gel food coloring.
  3. Put 3 tablespoons of the green buttercream into your bowl of cake crumbs and mix.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form your cake into a cactus shape and then place the sucker stick into the shape. Let set in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once set, use Wilton tip #47 to frost each cake pop with green buttercream in an upward motion (ie.: vertical strips). Insert white sprinkles on random spots.
  6. Using Wilton tip #191, frost flowers on top with red decorating frosting.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 577Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 0gSugar: 69gProtein: 2g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 4/11/2020

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