Rainbow Cake Pops Are Super Beginner-Friendly

Every get-together needs a burst of color to liven things up, and that’s exactly what these color-packed cake pops are for! They couldn’t be easier to make, either: there’s no sculpting or shaping required, and you can create the rainbow effect with just a handful of candies.

Rainbow Cake Pops

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Cake, baked and cooled (use your favorite recipe)
  • Buttercream (Swiss Meringue and American buttercream work well)
  • Stand mixer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Blue and yellow candy melts
  • Large nonpariels in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
  • Rolling pin
  • Small knife
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Piping bag or plastic snack bag
  • Scissors
  • Cake pop stand or styrofoam block
  • Instructions

    1. Make the Cake Pop Dough

    Mash up your baked cake and combine it with buttercream.

    Pro Tip: For every 2 cups of cake, use 1 tablespoon buttercream. Adjust this ratio until you have a doughy consistency you can roll into a ball.

    2. Chill

    Wrap the cake pop dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.

    3. Shape

    Roll the cake pop dough. You want it to stay a bit thick, so use two containers or books of the same size as guide rings. Once rolled, use a small knife to cut the dough into rectangles.

    4. Prep the Candy Coating

    Melt your blue and yellow candy melts separately, then mix a small amount of the yellow with the blue to create a teal color. Keep adding yellow as needed until you’re satisfied with the color.

    5. Dip

    Insert the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy melts, then push it into the bottom center of a rectangle cake pop. Once secured, dip the cake pop into the candy melts. Let the excess drip off.

    6. Decorate

    While the cake pop’s coating is still wet, arrange the nonpariels into a rainbow on the front. Place it in a cake pop stand or styrofoam block to dry.

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 for all cake pops.

    7. Pipe the Clouds

    Spoon some excess buttercream into a piping bag or a plastic snack bag. Use scissors to cut a tiny hole in the tip and pipe small fluffy clouds on either end of the sprinkle rainbow.

    Let the clouds dry, then you’re done!

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