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Dessert: Heart Shaped Cake Pops in 5 Easy Steps

Searching for that perfect sweet treat to give to your Valentine?  Look no further! Cake Ball Love is here to share an amazingly adorable Valentine’s day treat with you all today.  Learn how to make heart shaped cake pops in 5 easy steps.

Valentine’s Day is such a great time of year for baked goods. Everything lends itself to adorable decoration and who can resist super cute hearts? This tutorial teaches how to make cake pops using a small cookie cutter to create the shape of your pop, rather than rolling each individual ball. Although cake pops requires a bit of patience, the end result is completely worth it!

  • Baked Cake {Chocolate Cake seems to be the easiest to work with}
  • Buttercream
  • Candy Melts {Merckens Dark Chocolate is super dreamy to work with and can be found at Standlees in Chula Vista or Do It With Icing in Clairemont Mesa. Otherwise Wilton’s Dark Chocolate, available at Michael’s is great to use as well}
  • Small heart cookie cutter {approximately 1.5″ in diameter}
  • Non-pareils or edible decorations of choice. Wilton’s usually comes out with an array of sprinkles for Valentine’s
  • 5/16″ Lollipop sticks


Step 1:

Crumble your cake using a food processor or stand mixer for at least 3 minutes. If your cake is very moist, the cake may begin to make a play-doh like consistency without the addition of buttercream frosting. Once the cake is fully crumbled, add your buttercream 1 Tablespoon at a time, fully mixing for 1 full minute after each addition. Continue until the consistency resembles Play-Doh. It should easily be rolled into a ball without cracking or falling apart. If it does, add more buttercream.

Step 2:

Knead the dough a few times, and roll it out to a 1/2″ thickness. Cut out your heart shapes using the cookie cutter, carefully pushing the shape out of the cutter. Place the hearts in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or the freezer for 10 minutes. This can be done the night before and left in the refrigerator overnight. Let the hearts sit out at room temperature for 5 minutes before dipping. You want them cool to the touch, but not very cold.

Step 3:

Place 1/2 c. of your melts into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir until the bowl is no longer hot. Repeat until the candy melts are melted. If you find the consistency to be too thick (which commonly happens with some white and almost all colored candy melts) add about 1 teaspoon of shortening or vegetable oil at a time. The melts should flow smoothly off a spoon, just like melted chocolate, and be no hotter than your bottom lip. Tap the bowl on the counter a few times to bring any bubbles to the surface.

Step 4:

Dip and decorate your cake pops. Dip the end of your stick into the melted candy melts, then insert into the bottom of the heart using a slight spinning motion. Dip into the candy melts, fully submerging. If the heart falls off the stick at this point, the stick may have not been inserted far enough into the heart. You can also let the melt set and act as a glue before dipping the heart.

Gently tap off any excess chocolate, and sprinkle with non-pareils. Place into a stand (styrofoam blocks work well) and let set.

Step 5:

Display, eat and enjoy!

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We hope you have a very happy Valentine’s Day- The San Diego way of course! Did you like this cake pop tutorial? Visit Cake Ball Love for more inspiring ideas!




Images and recipe provided by: Cake Ball Love

One Response

  1. Rajiv Kumar Friday, September 1, 2017 Reply

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