This time of year brings cooler weather, tasty treats, and all things pumpkin. Both grownups and kids alike will love these Pumpkin Spiced Cake Pops! These cake pops are easy to make, delicious to eat, and perfect for most any event during the fall season like tailgating, co-workers pot lucks, and treats for little ones.
Makes 20 cake balls
- 1 package spice cake mix
- 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
- 1 tub of cream cheese frosting
- Candy sticks
- 1-2 bags of candy melts (for this recipe, I used chocolate and vanilla)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
- Sprinkles of choice, optional
- Mix the can of pumpkin with the cake mix until smooth. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Allow cake to cool. When the cake is completely cooled, crumble it with a fork, by hand, or in a food processor. You’re looking for a crumb like texture here.
- In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese frosting, one tablespoon at a time, with the cake crumbs until it forms a doughy mixture. Do not over add frosting, as the cake balls will not set. Test your mix after 2-3 tablespoons, if the balls form effortlessly, and do not crack, you are good to go. If they crack, add an additional tablespoon of frosting.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll cake into balls about 1 inch thick, and place on your parchment lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate cake balls until firm, approximately 2 hours.
- Melt vegetable shortening on a double boiler until clear, add candy melts and mix well (tip: the shortening assists in making sure the candy melts are smooth for dipping). Dip the candy sticks into melted candy, and stick into each cake ball. Dip each cake ball on stick into melted candy. Cover with sprinkles of choice.
- Allow to dry on a cookie sheet with parchment paper with the candy sticks standing upright. Or, you can serve them standing upright, by pushing the candy sticks into a piece of Styrofoam (found at craft stores). Refrigerate to keep firm, until ready to serve.
What’s one of your favorite pumpkin desserts to make this season?