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How to Make Cake Pops: Easy Summer Recipes

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Cake pops are a fun delicious dessert to prepare for any number of different occasions and events throughout the summer. Round up a cake mix, frosting recipe, and lollipop sticks, and you'll be well on your way to making a great batch of cake pops. Just as there are numerous flavors for both cakes and frosting as well as a host of options for decorations, there are also more combinations than anyone could ever make for cake pops. This is a dessert option for virtually anyone. Happy summer and happy baking!

Occasions to Make Cake Pops During the Summer

 Just a Few Ideas 

Father's Day

Graduation Parties

Fourth of July

Birthday Parties

Baby Showers

Wedding Showers and Receptions

What types of cake pops are perfect for summer occasions?

Food and Drink Themed PopsBeach / Outdoor Themed PopsMore Summer Themed Pops






Fourth of July

Summer drinks

Sand pail / sand castle



Beach ball


BBQ grills




Flip flops








Summer Cake Flavor Ideas

Of course there is no need to feel limited to this list when selecting cake and frosting flavors for your cake pops. However, if you're looking for summer specific ideas, any of the flavors in the following list are great options.

  • Angel food
  • Blood orange
  • Coconut
  • Key lime
  • Lemon
  • Lemon or orange poppyseed
  • Passion fruit
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla

Tips for Making Cake Pops

Cake Pops by Bakerella

Blue raspberry, cherry, and lemon frostings. Perfect for the 4th of July.

Blue raspberry, cherry, and lemon frostings. Perfect for the 4th of July.

General Summer Themes

  • Multicolored. There is a wealth of inspiration out there for bright, multicolored cake pops that will make anyone happy during the summer. Create a batch of colorful pops with multiple frosting colors or consider adding decoration (i.e. stripes, dots) in a different color. Switch up the colors to suit the event or occasion at hand or as you are inspired. You can't go wrong here. Get some multicolored cake pop inspiration at Cupcake Stand and Ashlee Marie.
  • Fourth of July. You can apply a wide variety of different 4th of July décor options to cake pops. There are numerous possibilities for decorating in red, white, and blue with simple embellishments (colored sprinkles can go a long way). Simply make a set in red, white, and blue, decorate your cake pops with stars in patriotic colors, or display the cake pops in a flag formation. My Juice Cup has a great round up of Fourth of July cake pop ideas.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cakepops

Food and Drink Themes

  • BBQ grills. BBQ grills are a little bit tricky, as it can be tough to get the three toothpick legs to balance, but they are adorable. Goods By Kreative has a tutorial for covered charcoal grills while Duncan Hines has a tutorial for open grills complete with burgers and other grilled goodies of your choosing (i.e. steaks, vegetable kabobs).
  • Pineapple. Pineapple cake pops require a fair amount of time and patience to get the frosting pattern and green pineapple top just right. The effort will all be worth it when your family or party guests see the final result. Get the tutorial from Pint Sized Baker.
  • Strawberry. Strawberries are another fun food to create as cake pops and are a little less time intensive than pineapples. Some people create plain strawberries while other people create chocolate covered strawberries. The choice is up to you. Strawberry is a natural choice for the cake and/or frosting, but of course you shouldn't feel limited to this.
  • Summer drinks. 365 Days of Cake Pops created coconut cup cake pops with pina coladas that are complete with drink umbrellas. Seasonal margaritas and martinis in various flavors are other popular options. Check out some margarita inspiration from The Cake Poppery and lime martini glasses from The Cake Bomb.
  • Watermelon. One of the best parts about watermelon cake pops is the seed surprise on the inside. Many people use mini chocolate chips for the seeds. Some bakers create separate white and green frosting layers to mimic real watermelon while other bakers stick with a sole green layer. Check out the tutorial from Pint Sized Baker.

How to Make Caterpillar Cupcake Pops

Beach / Outdoor Themes

  • Baseball. Baseball cake pops are a great option for birthday parties and graduation parties for baseball players as well as end of the season baseball parties, baseball watching parties, and tailgating events. The dashes on the balls are a bit of work but really add the final touch that you need for realistic baseballs. Our Suburban Farm has a tutorial.
  • Beach ball. Sanding sugar is a popular choice for giving the colors on the beach ball a little something extra. Many people opt for the classic red, yellow, green, and blue stripes that alternate with white, but of course you can mix this up as you like. Totally Love It uses Bakerella's recipe for her beach ball cake pops. Check out another fun version from Beki Cook's Cake Blog, too.
  • Crabs. Apparently you can buy sugar eyes and make every part of the crab pops edible. Who knew? Swedish fish candy are a simple (and delicious) choice for the claws. There is a nice tutorial for crab cake pops over at Tasty Kitchen.
  • Fish. Most bakers go for a fish design that resembles a blow fish, as this is a natural choice for a round cake ball. Of course you can experiment with other shapes, too. Leafy Tree Tops included fish cake pops as part of an ocean themed birthday party. There is a tutorial available at Betty Crocker.
  • Flip flops. Flip flops are not a natural shape for cake pops, which lends many people to create separate flip flops that they attach to round cake pops. Complete Deelite goes way out with blue cake pops for the water, a coating of "sand," and specially constructed flip flops that she attaches at the end. She uses food writer pens for the flip flop thong detail.
  • Insects. The most popular insects for cake pops are bees and ladybugs. Bees are a little bit involved with candy melts for the stripes and fondant for the wings. Midtown Sweets has a beautiful bees example. Chasing Some Blue Sky has great tips for creating ladybug half shells and adding all of the other details (i.e. dots, eyes).
  • Sun. Any party will be a little more cheery with sun cake pops. Regular eyes and sunglasses are both popular choices. Grab inspiration from Living Locurto and P is for Party. There are a number of types of candy including Mike & Ike and candy corn that make easy, delicious sun rays.

In need of more cake pop ideas? Check this out!

Additional summer recipes from the author.

© 2013 Rose Clearfield

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Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 11, 2016:

I made cake pops with grandkids, but when you took a bite it fell apart! I would like to try again!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 22, 2013:

Thanks, Carter! That's great.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on September 22, 2013:

Love these Random.. Some of these ideas are super cute..will bookmark for future for my grandkids birthdays..def share & pin..cheers

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 17, 2013:

That's awesome, pstraubie! I hope that you get to make cake pops for your grandson sometime.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 17, 2013:

How cute these are!! My grandson loves cupcakes so I make the tiny ones for him. He would be enchanted with these clever ones you have shown. Awesome. Pinned and shared and voted up Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 27, 2013:

Thanks, Leah! Hope that you get a chance to make some strawberry cake pops in the near future. :)

Leah Lefler from Western New York on July 27, 2013:

I love the watermelon cake pops - those are adorable! The strawberry ones are pretty cute, too - I definitely need to make some for our next playdate/party!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 26, 2013:

Thanks so much, Nichelle!

Nichelle Webster from Silicon Valley on July 26, 2013:

What cute, cute ideas! I love the pics too.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 21, 2013:

So glad that you enjoyed this idea, Vicki! You're right that cake pops are perfect for just about any kind of party.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 20, 2013:

Yum! I've never heard of cake pops. How perfect! Great for any type of party, I would think. Love it!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 26, 2013:

Thanks, Careermommy! You're right that cake pops would be perfect for a girl's tea party or a boy's birthday party. Enjoy. :)

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on June 26, 2013:

What a great, unique idea! This would be great for a girl's tea party, and even for my son's upcoming birthday party. I'm definitely going to pin this.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 26, 2013:

Suzie, cake pops have totally exploded the past couple years. I'm really glad that you enjoyed this article!

pinto, I can take credit for the research but not actually trying all of the ideas. Glad that you enjoyed, though! I hope that you get chance to try making cake pops soon.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2013:

Hi randomcreative! With this hub you have again proved that you are good in science as well as arts and with sheer imagination we can do wonders. I would really like to try one.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 26, 2013:

Hi Rose,

I had no idea how popular these were and such variety! I want them all, so cute and as ever you are a mind of info! The video for the chocolate dipped strawberries is awesome and love the sound of the flip-flop ones! Definitely pinning this for reference! Thanks again Rose for another great idea, voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, shared!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 03, 2013:

Thanks, Jenn-Anne! I'm glad that you enjoyed this article. Honestly I'm not sure that I have the patience for this level of baking detail, but I admire people who do.

Jenn-Anne on June 03, 2013:

Now I'm hungry! Love the hub. I'd like to try making cake pops but my artistic skills are so poor they'd probably look pretty scary. It's fun to check ideas though. Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 24, 2013:

Thanks, Jeannie! They would be a fun project to make with a friend.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on May 24, 2013:

Oh, they looks so pretty and delicious! I want to start baking cake pops right now... maybe I will convince my friend to do this with me this weekend. She is a far better baker than me. :-) Voted up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 20, 2013:

Yes, for sure, Om! Glad that you enjoyed. :)

Om Paramapoonya on May 20, 2013:

Cake pops are surely one of the cutest desserts ever, so perfect for parties. Thanks for these ideas and tips. The strawberry cake pops are adorable!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 20, 2013:

I hope that you get a chance to make them soon, Thelma!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 20, 2013:

I have always wanted to make cake pops, but until now still one of my "to bake" list. Thanks for the good ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 19, 2013:

kittythedreamer, neat! Most cakes are too sweet for me, but I still that cake pops are adorable.

Thanks, Lisa! You're right that cake pops would be a lot of fun for a kids party.

vertualit, I hope so!

Mary, I linked your article in my tips section.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 19, 2013:

I made CakePops (wrote a Hub about them). I invite you to read mine. I took many photos as I went along. They are fun to made.

Voted this UP.

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 19, 2013:

Excellent summer recipe! I think every kids will be happy by your summer recipes :). thanks for sharing...

voting up!!

Liz Rayen from California on May 19, 2013:

What a great concept and how fun to have these for a kids party. I love the strawberries! Great hub and wonderful info! Thanks you for sharing this with us! Voted up and shared.--Lisa♥

Kitty Fields from Summerland on May 19, 2013:

My friend makes these and sells them. I think they are cute but they are a bit too rich for me. Cute ideas, though! Blessings to you.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 18, 2013:

Kathryn, you're right that cake pops are really popular right now. There are so many fun ideas out there for them. I enjoyed getting to share just a few of them here. Thanks so much! :)

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 18, 2013:

Cake pops seem to be very popular right now! There are some really cool ones out there now. This is a really fun article, with so many ideas. Thanks for sharing this with us, Rose. You really are a very creative person, and I always look forward to seeing what else you come up with!

Have a great weekend!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 18, 2013:

They are fun, Mhatter!

Ceres, yes fun AND delicious for sure. Thanks!

NornsMercy, I hope that you get a chance to make some in the near future.

Chace from Charlotte, NC on May 18, 2013:

Ooh, I've never heard of these. I can't wait to make some! :D

Ceres Schwarz on May 18, 2013:

This does look fun to make, not to mention delicious. Your many images are making me want to have some cake pops now. Very detailed hub with various themes for cake pops and they are all good ideas.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on May 18, 2013:

This looks fun! thank you

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