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How to Make Cake Pop Topiary Trees


If you are among the living (or are at least among the coffee addicts) you know that Starbucks has added cake pops to it’s menu. Dotter works there and brought me one home to try this week. Yummy goodness! Me thinks it’s time to introduce you to cake pops extraordinaire.

First, bake a 18.25 oz. cake mix (more details about making cake pops in the book at this at the end of this post).

Then grab one 16 oz. container of store bought frosting. It’s important to note that you can only use 3/4ths of the container though or your cake pops will crack after coated.

Place 3/4 of the container of frosting into all of the cooled, baked cake. Did I mention using only 3/4ths of the container of frosting?

Using your hands, form chocolaty goodness into 1 1/2 inch balls.

Place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Since I didn’t have any green Wilton White Candy Melts on hand, I used white, yellow and blue to make a light green. I used equal amounts of blue & yellow then added extra white.

Yeah, like that.

Learning color combining was my very favorite part of of my early childhood lessons. I do love colors.

Insert a 4 inch lollipop stick here. Reform the top a little bit again as it might get a little bit flat from sitting on the pan.

Chocolaty goodness meet white… er… green… chocolate.

Again using what I had on hand, I sprinkled lightly with little green candy beads and used hearts as the flowers. Place the hearts on imperfectly as, you know, hearts never grow on trees perfectly.

Using shorty baby lead-free pots (or placing mini muffin liners in the pots to make them food-safe), push extra cake pop dough into flower pots tightly, making “dirt”.

Spoon a little bit of the melted, green chocolate over the top.

Place cake pop topiaries into pots immediately (before green chocolate dries).

Tie cute little ribbons right under the trees.

Are you ready for the sweetness?

Are you sure?


These are the things that make me jump up and down with joy.

So adorable for Easter Sunday. Perfect for a girly event like a bridal shower, baby shower or tea. Let’s all jump up and down with joy together, shall we?

Oh the other makes we could make! The ideas are endless, really. If you would like more cake pop ideas, you simply must get Bakerella’s new book that just came out last fall.

Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

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10 Responses

  1. Those are so adorable!! I love the little hearts on them, so cute. 🙂

  2. Thanks for making these for my special birthday! They are really great!

  3. These are adorable and perfect for Easter. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Danielle

    Hi – These are the cutest thing! Where do you buy the little pots? I did a search, but can’t seem to find them? Also do you know if the cake pops can be frozen? I am thinking of making these for a bridal shower, but not sure if I can freeze the cake in advance?

    • The Clever Culinarian

      Hi Danielle, I bought the pots at Michael’s but they had no markings to be sure they were lead-free so another reader had the great idea of placing a mini muffin liner in the pot to make it food safe. It was a duh moment for me. I am not sure if you can freeze them at any point just because extra moisture would change the cake texture. If they get the least nit too much moisture, then they crack after they are coated. Don’t ask me how I know this. I just do. 🙂 Happy cake-balling!

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