Homemade Patriotic 4th Of July Cakesicles

Last Updated: March 30, 2024

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Celebrate Independence Day or Memorial Day with these eye-catching red, white, and blue cakesicles that are the perfect patriotic treat.
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Inspired by the Star-Spangled Banner, these 4th of July cakesicles are made of your favorite chocolate cake encapsulated in a crisp, white chocolate shell and decorated with red and blue icing. The perfect treat for an Independence Day celebration.

patriotic 4th of July cakesicles

I am always looking for red, white and blue desserts to serve at my 4th of July party.

The kind that look good on a buffet table. And taste as good as they look.

These 4th of July cakesicles definitely fit that bill.

And unlike traditional cakes, they are mess-free and easy to eat.

Perfect for outdoor celebrations where conventional desserts might be difficult to serve.

Ingredients

4th of July cakesicle ingredients - chocolate cake, red, white and blue candy melts and sprinkles
  • chocolate cake – You can use a cake mix or your favorite chocolate cake recipe to make the cake.
  • candy melts– 1 cup white candy melts, ¼ cup each of red and blue candy melts
  • sprinkles – red, white and blue star sprinkles
  • coconut oil – used to make the chocolate candy melts a little smoother.

Substitutions

  • White cake would also work instead of the chocolate.

Equipment

  • silicone popsicle mold – A soft mold (like this one*) is better than a hard one since it makes the cakesicles easier to remove.
  • popsicle sticks
  • 2 piping bags or Ziploc bags

How to make 4th of July cakesicles

Patriotic cakesicles

Prep work

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake a chocolate cake using a cake mix or your favorite recipe.

Make the cake pop dough

chocolate cake pop dough in a bowl with a cookie scoop

Make sure your cake has cooled completely before starting this step.

First, break the cake up into small bits.

Put it in a food processor or blender and pulse or blend on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir to make sure the large pieces are broken up.

Blend for another minute and stir again.

Add 1 Tablespoon of water and blend for 2 to 3 minutes.

You will see the cake crumbs begin to look like a dough.

Add one more Tablespoon of water and blend for another 30 to 45 seconds.

The cake will form a dough.

Make the cakesicle

Melt half of the white candy melts in the microwave.

To do this, put them in a glass bowl and microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave and stir.

Repeat this microwave and stir process until all of the candy has melted.

If it’s too thick add in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and mix well until smooth.

White chocolate in cakesicle molds with popsicle sticks

Pour 1 spoonful of candy coating into the mold.

Spread it up the sides of the mold. Add more as needed to cover the center.

Slide the popsicle sticks into the center making sure they are as even as possible.

Don’t point the sticks down into the chocolate. They should hover above it.

Let the white chocolate set before continuing.

You can speed up this process by freezing for 15 mins (no more no less or you risk cracking the chocolate). Make sure the mold is flat or the chocolate will not set evenly.

Chocolate cake in the cakesicle mold

When the chocolate has hardened, use a small cookie scoop to portion out the cake pop dough.

Press the cake gently into the mold, being careful not to break the coating.

Melt the other half of the white chocolate, following the same process as before.

White chocolate coating on top of the cakesicle

Cover the top of the cake with the melted candy.

Let the chocolate harden. You can freeze the cakesicles for another 5 minutes to speed this up.

Remove from the mold

Now carefully remove the cakesicles from the molds.

Loosen one of the end pieces, starting from the top of the cakesicle.

Then peel the entire pop free. Push the sticks up through the mold.

Cakesicle with edges that need to be trimmed

Use a pair of scissors to cut off any excess white chocolate around the edges.

If the sides are not fully covered, dab a bit of the melted chocolate into the exposed areas and let dry.

If the stick won’t stay inside the dough, remove it from the mold, dip it in melted chocolate and insert it back into the cakesicle. Let set for 10-15 mins.

Rest the cakesicles on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Decorate

Red and blue candy melts in piping bags beside a bowl of star sprinkles

Melt the red and blue candy melts inside of their respective piping bags, following the same instructions as above. 

Cut a small hole in the bottom of the piping bag.

White cakesicles decorated with red and blue icing and star sprinkles

Then draw lines across the top of the cakescicle. 

Add sprinkles immediately before the chocolate starts to harden.

Let set fully, about 20 to 30 minutes.

4th of July cakesicle with a bite out of it

Serve and enjoy!

Storage

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

I don’t recommend freezing them since the candy coating may crack.

Red, white and blue 4th of July cakesicles

Frequently asked questions

What is a cakesicle?

A cakesicle is like a cross between a popsicle and a cake pop. It typically has a soft cake interior covered by a hard chocolate coating all served on a popsicle stick.

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red, white and blue 4th of July cakesicles

Patriotic 4th Of July Cakesicles

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 8 cakesicles
Prep 15 minutes
Freezing/Setting Time 50 minutes
Total 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 chocolate cake, made from a cake mix or your favorite recipe
  • 1 cup white candy melts
  • ¼ cup red candy melts
  • ¼ cup blue candy melts
  • Star sprinkles
  • 3 teaspoons Coconut oil

Equipment

  • 2 silicone popsicle molds
  • small glass bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • small cookie scoop
  • 2 piping bags or small Ziploc bags

Instructions
 

Make the cake pop dough

  • Bake the cake using the instructions on the box or recipe. Let it cool completely before continuing.
  • Break the cake up into small bits.
  • Put it in a food processor or blender and pulse or blend on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir to make sure the large pieces are broken up.
  • Blend for another minute and stir again.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of water and blend for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You will see the cake crumbs begin to look like a dough.
  • Add one more Tablespoon of water and blend for another 30 to 45 seconds. It should stick together if you squeeze some of it in your hand.

Make the cakesicle

  • Melt half of the white candy melts.
  • If it’s too thick add in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and mix until smooth.
  • Pour 1 spoonful of candy coating into the mold. Spread candy up the sides of the mold. If more chocolate is needed to cover the center do so.
  • Slide in the popsicle sticks to the center making sure they are as even as possible. They should hover above the chocolate, not point down into it.
  • Let the chocolate set before continuing. You can speed up the process by freezing for 15 minutes (no more no less or you risk cracking the chocolate). Make sure they are flat to prevent the chocolate from setting unevenly.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the cake pop dough. Press it gently into the mold being careful not to break the candy coating.
  • Melt the other half of the white chocolate candy melts, following the same process as above.
  • Cover the top of the cakesicles with the melted chocolate. Clean up the edges as much as possible.
  • Let the candy coating harden. You can freeze it for another 5 minutes to speed up the process.

Remove the molds

  • Carefully loosen the mold, starting from the top of the cakesicle. Peel it off until the entire pop is free.
  • Push the sticks up through the mold to completely remove the cakesicles.
  • Use a pair of clean scissors to carefully trim off any excess chocolate from around the edges.
  • If the sides are not fully covered, dab a bit of the melted chocolate into the exposed areas and let dry.
  • Rest them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Decorate

  • Melt the red and blue candy melts inside of their respective piping bags, following the same process as above.
  • Cut a small hole in the end of the bags and draw lines across the top of the cakescicles.
  • Add sprinkles immediately before the candy has a chance to start setting.
  • Let sit until hardened completely, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Notes

  • To melt candy melts, put them in a glass bowl and cook at 50% power in the microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out and stir them. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • If the stick won’t stay inside the dough, remove it from the mold, dip in melted chocolate and insert back into the pop. Let set for 10 to 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Patriotic 4th Of July Cakesicles
Serving Size
 
1 cakesicle
Amount per Serving
Calories
337
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Sodium
 
465
mg
20
%
Potassium
 
178
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
51
g
17
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
32
g
36
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
81
mg
8
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

authorWanda Simone
courseDessert
cuisineAmerican
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This post was originally published on May 27, 2023 but was updated with new content on March 30, 2024.


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