Fun Halloween inspired cake pops that aren’t hard to make! The cake is made skinny by using diet orange soda and cake mix. They’re a fun orange color when you bite into them and taste like an orange creamsicle!
Did you see these cute cake pops on my Instagram last week?! I am definitely a cake pop newbie. This attempt was my very first time making them. I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated by the whole process. There are so many steps and they can be very detail oriented.
Being honest with myself, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. And I’m kind of competitive. So when I’m not great at something right off the bat, I want to throw in the towel. But if I’m naturally sort of good at something, I’ll keep trying until I get it perfect.
I will never forget one of my first dates with my now husband 10 years ago. He took me bowling and I wasn’t winning. In fact, I was getting creamed. I got so mad. I obnoxiously quit the game and pouted like a two-year old for 30 minutes, Ha! Can you say poor sport?! My husband still talks about that date. I’ll never live it down. And he never takes me bowling! 😉 Yep. Like I said, when I’m not good at something from the start, I’m done.
Anyway, there were a couple Snafu’s along the way with these cute little cake pops, but I kept at it. They’re sort of a fun little project. I used Pint Sized Baker’s tutorial here. If you want to see some amazing cake pops, check out her blog. I mean, wow. She’s got some serious talent.
I used the same cake recipe for this low-fat soda cake but used diet orange soda instead of diet coke and a white cake mix instead of chocolate. I used the Pillsbury Sugar-Free frosting and Ghiradelli white chocolate bars for dipping. I couldn’t find candy melts.
They came out pretty cute besides some sad bare spots that didn’t get any chocolate (I didn’t show you those ones. Wink wink). My boys LOVED them. My 2 year old wanted “two of them” so he was walking around the house double-fisting them. It was hysterical! I love the orange color when you bite into them and they taste sort of like an orange creamsicle.
These would be such a cute treat for class parties or to give to teachers for Halloween. They would look so cute on a treat table at your Halloween party. I can’t wait until I’m good enough to make some Halloween ones like these from Pint Sized Baker. So cute!
- 1 box white cake mix
- 10 oz. diet orange soda
- 2 egg whites
- orange gel or liquid coloring if desired for a bolder orange color
- 1/4 of cooked & cooled 9x13 cake
- 2 Tbsp. white frosting
- lollipop or cake pop sticks
- white chocolate bar s (the ones for melting, can find next to chocolate chips in baking aisle) or candy melts, for dipping
- Preheat oven according to box directions. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
- Beat cake mix, diet soda and egg whites in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Add coloring if desired to make it more orange. Pour mixture into pan.
- Decrease cooking time by 5 minutes from what the box says. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake will come out clean when it is finished.
- Make cake pop batter by mixing the cake and frosting in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth. Measure out one tablespoon sized balls and
- roll smooth. Place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and put into the fridge to harden a bit.
- Melt some of one of the candy bars or candy melts in the microwave. If using candy bars, use the melting directions on the inside of the wrapper and melt into a mug. If using candy melts, put into a microwaveable mug and heat for 45 seconds on high; stir and heat for 30 seconds at 70% power; stir and let sit for 5 minutes to allow the heat of the bowl to continue melting the candy. Stir until smooth.
- Take the cake balls from the fridge and dip the stick into the melted white chocolate and then insert halfway into the cake pop ball. After all the cake balls have sticks, stick back in the fridge until hardened a bit more.
- After the cake pops have hardened a bit, take out of the fridge. Melt more white chocolate in the same mug. Take the stick and dip the cake ball into the chocolate (I found that if you tilt the mug at a 45 degree angle, it seemed work best for me). Tap off the excess and decide if you want the stick up or down for display. Finish all the cake pops. Add fun sprinkles while the chocolate is wet.
- This might sound weird, but I took a shoe box with a lid on it and cut some small holes into the top of the lid. Each time I was finished with a cake pop, I stuck the stick into one of the holes to set. When dry, serve or share and enjoy!