It's a boy! It's a girl! It's a cake pop ! Gender-reveal baby showers are about to get even more fun. The white candy coating on these retro-style cake pops keeps the big secret until everyone's ready to take a bite.
(Need a refresher on working with candy melts to coat your pops? We've got a deep dive here .)
- Freshly baked cake
- Pink and blue gel food coloring
- White candy melts
- Canola oil
- Cookie tray
- Greaseproof paper
- Pink-and-white striped paper straws
- Blue-and-white striped paper straws
- Pink and blue ribbon
1. Make your pop dough
Crumble cake finely over a bowl. Add buttercream in small increments just until the cake crumbles hold together when squished.
Tip: We test ours by forming some of the mixture into a ball and pushing a cake-pop stick into it. If it cracks we add a little more buttercream to the mixture. If it squishes and loses its round shape we add more cake crumbles.
Add blue or pink food coloring to the cake mixture. This method is better than coloring the cake batter because it gives you more control over the hue.
2. Form your pops
Roll the mixture into balls of equal size and line them up on a cookie tray lined with greaseproof paper.
Tip: To get perfectly uniform balls use an electric scale. Ours are generally a little under an ounce each.
3. Stick 'em up
Melt a small amount of candy melts and dip the end of a straw into it before pushing it into your cake ball. Repeat for even amounts of blue and pink straws.
Refrigerate the cake balls until firm, which could take an hour or two depending on the temperature of your fridge.
5. Get melty
Melt the candy melts in a glass bowl, either over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave. Keep checking them so they don't burn. Once they're melted, add canola oil a little at a time until the consistency is like runny honey.
6. Coat and cool
Coat each cake pop by dipping at an angle and allowing the coating to flow around the pop. Gently tap any excess off, then place the pop back on the baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. When all balls are coated, place them in the refrigerator to set.
7. It's show time!
Remove from the fridge and tie ribbons on each straw, alternating pink and blue. Serve when you're ready for the big reveal.