No-Bake Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

Need a great idea for simple, last-minute Valentine’s Day treats you can pull together in under half an hour? Cake pops are as popular as ever, but there’s no need to make them from scratch, baking cakes and crumbling them to mix into frosting and roll into balls. Here’s an easy way to make perfect cake pops in next to no time – you can even pull them together for the kids’ school Valentine’s day party while they eat breakfast.

Start with cake doughnut holes, available at most doughnut shops and grocery stores. If you can find the pink (cherry?) ones, they’re even more festive. Wooden Popsicle sticks or the paper/cardboard lollipop sticks you can get at most craft stores work perfectly.

White chocolate chunks or chips melt easily in the microwave – a small blob of butter helps it melt without seizing. Melt it on medium-high for a minute or two, watching it and stirring occasionally, until it’s melted and smooth.

Then, simply dip the cake pops in the chocolate to coat them. Pop the chocolate back in the microwave if it starts to cool and thicken.

Have a shallow dish of sprinkles at the ready – shredded coconut or toasted nuts work too – to dip, coating them completely or not. They don’t need to be perfect – all the kids will see are chocolate and sprinkle-covered cakes on sticks.

Set them upright on a piece of waxed or parchment paper to cool until set. If you like, place each one on a flattened small muffin paper or truffle cup. These are a delight at birthday parties too, instead of cake!

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