This adorable cake won't melt like a real popsicle... but it will disappear just as fast! The best part: even though it looks super-professional, it's actually shockingly easy and doesn't require any fancy equipment. You go, pop star.
How to make a Popsicle cake
Start with a simple sheet cake, and it can be any size you want depending on how many folks you're serving. (Told you it was easy.) Pick a recipe you can count on for a nice solid stable cake — you don't want anything too crumbly or messy when carving the cake into shape. For example, a vanilla pound cake or chocolate mud cake is probably a better bet than something like a carrot cake with nuts and raisins.
- Sheet cake
- Serrate knife or sharp paring knife
- Round cutters (optional)
- Small off-set spatula
- Large off-set spatula
- Paper or cardboard template
- Gel food coloring
- Rolling pin
- Fondant smoother
- Clean paintbrush
- Water or gum glue
Create a template for your cake and the stick. Fold paper in half to make sure the shapes are symmetrical.
Following the Popsicle template, cut your sheet cake into the Popsicle shape. Use round cutters to help create the bite marks.
Frost the cake with a thin layer of buttercream.
Tint the fondant whatever color you choose. (We went with orange here, because the classic creamsicle has our heart.) Dust your work surface with a touch of cornstarch and roll out the fondant into a rectangle, about 1/4 - 1/8" thick.
Carefully roll fondant back over the rolling pin, lift and unroll fondant over cake. Gently press the fondant to the cake, then smooth the top and sides with a fondant smoother.
Make sure the fondant is pressed smoothly over all the cake's curves and corners. Trim with a sharp paring knife.
Roll out white fondant the same width and length of the popsicle shape, about 1/4 - 1/8" thick. Use a paring knife to cut a "dripping" pattern.
Moisten the top portion of the cake with a tiny bit of water or gum glue. Transfer the white fondant to the top of the cake. Smooth over the edges and trim. Carefully cut through the white fondant where the "bite" is. That way, the inside of the bite will be orange!
Using a large off-set spatula, carefully transfer covered cake to a cake board. Then roll and cut a thin strip of white fondant. Place along the bottom edge of the bite, near the cardboard.
Color small amours of fondant various colors. Roll them into thin ropes and cut into 1/2" pieces to create "sprinkles."
Adhere "sprinkles" to the cake with a tiny bit of water or gum glue.
Roll out a piece of "wood" colored fondant to about 1/2" thick. Use the stick template to cut out the fondant. Adhere to the cake board at the center of the base of the popsicle.