Star Cake Pops

The last Monday in May is reserved for Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who died while serving our country. I used to get sort of upset that the meaning of the day was lost. It's become just a three-day weekend and a celebration of the unofficial start of summer. 

I'd be willing to bet that this Memorial Day, many of you will find yourselves at a picnic or barbecue that maybe feels a bit more celebratory than what Memorial Day was originally intended to be. And in my opinion, that's OK. I'll be there too! I've come to learn that you can do both - honor and celebrate. That's what my friends and I do, although with our own twist. You see, on Memorial Day, we work out. 

Yup ... you read that right. We workout.

I belong to a gym here in Alexandria and each Memorial Day we choose a workout that's been created specifically in memory of a fallen hero. It's always one of our toughest and most grueling workouts of the entire year. 

We gather in the morning and remember the soldier. We talk about their story and the significance of the workout. We tackle the workout together, all the while thinking about the person we're honoring as well as ALL service men and women. It's pretty incredible because when you feel like giving up, you think to yourself, "Man ... this is nothing compared to what they went through."

When we're done we're exhausted but we feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in our country and in our servicemen and women. Maybe that's not how everyone feels, but it's how I feel. And there's a very cool sense of camaraderie that comes out of it, too. 

When we're done, we fire up the grill and bring out the dish we brought to share. We hang out and enjoy each other's company for the afternoon. I've come to LOVE it. 

So why did I tell you all of that? Well. the easy cake pop recipe I'm about to share just happens to be what I plan to bring to our gathering this year. Cake pops are typically found at parties and celebrations, and quite frankly, I just didn't want you to think I didn't respect the true meaning of Memorial Day by bringing a "party food"!

I think these cake pops are perfect for any patriotic picnic. If you're looking to bring something sweet and red, white and blue, you're going to love this easy way to make cake pops. 

Don't let the name fool you, these are a bit simpler than typical round, ball-shaped cake pops. Check it out! The recipe is below and here are some quick tips to use as you make them. 

Start out by making your batter as instructed in the recipe. Add most of the batter to the pan, but reserve 2/3 cup to make colored batter: 1/3 for red and 1/3 for blue! Once you have your colors made, add dollops of each color to the pan like this: 

Star Cake Pops prep

Star Cake Pops prep

Then use a butter knife to create swirls. Swirl it up a bit more than I have here (this is a progress shot), but not too much. We don't want it to start turning purple!

Star Cake Pops prep

Then bake it as directed. Once it's cooled, invert the pan on a piece of parchment paper. Use a star cookie cutter to cut star shapes out of the cake. How cute are these already? 

Star Cake Pops prep

Star Cake Pops prep

Sorry! I don't have photos of the next couple of steps, but I promise, they're simple! Insert a stick into each star and place them flat on a tray. Pop the tray in the freezer for an hour or two and then dip each pop into melted almond bark. Finish it off with some patriotic sprinkles, and you're done! 

Aren't they great? These are perfect for any patriotic holiday. Enjoy!

Star Cake Pops

- Anna

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Star Cake Pops


  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • 12-14 lollipop sticks
  • 1 lb. 4 oz. pkg. white almond bark
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles
  • Star cookie cutter (approximately 3 inches wide)


Preheat oven to 325°. Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl; blend well. Do not over mix; batter will be lumpy. Reserve 2/3 cup batter. Pour remaining into a greased 13 x 9 pan. To 1/3 cup of the reserved batter, add red food coloring; mix well. To the other 1/3 cup reserved batter, add blue food coloring; mix well. Dollop spoonfuls of the red and blue batter evenly over the white batter. Use a knife to gently swirl colors together. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Invert cake onto a flat surface. Using cookie cutter, cut out stars. Insert a lollipop stick into each star; place on a tray lined with wax paper. Continue with remaining cake. Place tray in freezer for at least 1 hour. Just before removing cake from freezer, melt almond bark as directed on package. Pour melted bark into a small, deep bowl. Dip each star into the warm almond bark, using a spoon to cover completely. Set stars on wax-paper lined baking sheet to cool. Top with sprinkles while the almond bark is still soft. Makes 12-14 cake pops.

Tips and Hints

  • The cake pops are adorable just as they are without the almond bark coating. You could just serve them as star-shaped pieces of cake!
  • You could make this recipe with any color for any occasion. Think pinks and purples for a girly baby shower. Or greens and browns for a boy's camouflage birthday party!
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