Honey Bee Cake Pops (Just for Fun)
Little bites of cake covered in a candy coating – what could be better? Cake pops are a whimsical treat that everyone loves. They can be made in any shape or theme to fit your interests or special occasion. Using this recipe you can make your own honey bee cake pops for a fun desert or themed birthdays.
How to Make Bee-Themed Cake Pops
In their most basic form, these treats are formed as small rolled balls. After adding the stick base, they resemble the iconic lollipop – hence the name “cake pop”.
A small snack, they are less messy that cupcakes (no paper to peel off). But, the real fun is all of the decorating you can do to personalize them.
Before talking about how to make your very own bee cake pops, let me give a suggestion. Don’t fret over making them perfectly smooth and round. If you have the talent – go for it.
But, if you are like me – with some anxiety issues or any problem that sometimes results in shaky hands.. don’t let that keep you from enjoying the fun. They will still taste delicious – even if they don’t look machine made perfect.
You only need a few things to make cake pops – especially if you use the cake mix shortcut. If you have never made cake pops before – I suggest you do take advantage of cake mix.
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- yellow cake mix – prepared according to directions
- yellow candy melts
- black cake paint
- sliced almonds
- candy sticks – lollipop stick – cake pop stick
Any cake mix will work well for your bee pops. I suggest you choose a simple mix such as vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. Try to avoid rich mixes that contain coconut, nuts and other materials that may be gooey.
Candy melts are the perfect choice for making cake pops. Yes, you can use almond bark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. But, the dipping process and the thickness of the candy coating is easier with candy melts.
Black cake decorating (gel) is used to form the eyes and stripes. Sometimes gel is frustrating because it is slow to dry – but it is the easiest one for me to find. Just don’t add too much.
Almonds for wings. You only need a few sliced almonds to give the impression of wings. Though honey bees have 4 wings – I would only put 2.
(Optional) I like to add a couple of tablespoons of honey to the mixture. Any type of honey is fine because we are only using a small amount. It adds flavor and helps things hold together. But, you can omit this step if you wish.
You can find small candy sticks in the baking or craft section of your local grocery. Just look for those used in making suckers or lollipops.
Putting It All Together
1. Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the box. Bake it in a 13 x 9 pan and let cool completely.
2. Crumble the cooled cake into a large mixing bowl. Use clean hands to break it into many little pieces. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of frosting to the cake mixture and a little honey (1 – 2 tablespoons) if desired.
Continue to combine and mix to integrate the frosting throughout the mix. You have the right consistency or texture when you can squeeze some in your hand and it holds it’s form.
3. Form small balls – about 2 tablespoons of mixture – no larger. Larger balls will be more difficult to keep on the stick. Place them on a baking sheet or pan.
4. Put the pan of cake balls into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Do not let them freeze – just chill.
5. This is an important step – don’t skip it. Use a dipping stick to make a small starter hole in the center of each ball – only go about 1/2 way through.
Melt a small amount of your candy melts in a small container. Dip a stick into the candy and then insert it into the cake ball – about 3/4 of the way through.
6. Continue until you have prepare all the cake pop balls with their dipping sticks. Place them back into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes to help the stick anchor in.
7. Prepare your candy melts by melting them in the microwave at short intervals. Stirring in between until all of the chips are melted.
You can then dip each one of your cake pops into the yellow melted candy. Be gentle, do not twist or tap the stick on the side of the container to knock off excess – let it drip.
A safer method is to use the spoon method. Hold the bee cake pop over the cup of melted candy and use a spoon to coat it.
8. Once the pop is coated – a great way to let it cool is to use a cup filled with rice. (I had some rice left over from making my honey bee gnomes! ) Another idea is a piece of Styrofoam.
9. Once the yellow candy coat has set, use your black gel icing to create eyes and stripes. Things are beginning to look more like a bee now.
10. As a final step, use two slices of almond to give the appearance of wings. Yes, bees have 4 wings but that just looks too busy on a cake pop. If you are gentle, you can insert the almonds into the candy coating.
Now, you will notice that mine are a bit lumpy bumpy – but as I said before, I focus on having fun. This process works and you can get as creative as you wish with your bee cake pops.
Storing & Using
Once everything is cool and dry, you can gently place your pops in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. They are best eaten within 7 days.
For longer storage, gently wrap each pop in plastic wrap and then vacuum seal in a bag. They should do well in the freezer for up to a month.
Now, you have a great idea for your next parts or special event. If you want to really go for a bee theme – try this honey bee cake. It is wonderful served with hot coffee.
In fact, there are dozens of great ways you can bake with honey – and you don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to have success.
Bee Cake Pops Recipe
- 25 Dipping sticks
- 1 box White Cake Mix *prepared
- 1/3 cup Frosting
- 2 tbsp Honey (optional)
- 1 pkg Yellow Candy Melts
- 1 Cake Decorating Gel Icing – Black
- 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
- Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. You will likely need, eggs, oil, water etc. They are not included in this ingredient list because the needed items will vary depending on the cake mix you choose.Bake in 13 x 9 pan in oven. Remove and let cool completely.
- Using clean hands, crumble the cooled cake into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/3 cup of frosting, and the 2 tablespoons of honey (if desired). Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients.You will have to adjust the amount of frosting until you get the consistency desired. The mixture should not be soggy but it should hold together when squeezed in your hand.
- Form the batter into small round balls. Two tablespoons is usually a good size. Do not make them too big or it will be more difficult to keep them on the sticks! Place the balls into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Don't leave them too long – they should not freeze.
- Melt a small amount of the candy coating in a dish. Remove the balls from the freezer and start a small hole in each one.Dip one end of the stick into the melted candy and quickly insert it into the started hole until it is about 3/4 of the way through the cake pop.Place cake pops back in freezer for another 20-30 minutes.
- Melt the remaining pieces of candy melts in the microwave using 30 second intervals until melting. Keep stirring and be careful to not scorch it.Remove balls from freezer and either – dip the bee cake pop head into the melt – or- use the spoon method – dipping up candy coating and let it flow across the pop.
- One the cake mixture is covered with coating, place the stick handle in a piece of Styrofoam (or a cup filled with rice) to let the coating set.
- Once the coating is set. Use a cake decorating gel tube to give your bee cake pop eyes and a couple of stripes. Gel is messy – you might consider small strips of black fondant for the stripes if you want to get fancy.
- As a last step, give these worker bees some wings. Insert 2 pieces of sliced almonds in the candy shell of each bee cake pop.