Grinch Cake Pops are made with red velvet cake and dipped in green candy coating. These Grinch themed cake pops are topped with red candy hearts for the perfect touch.

Grinch Cake Pops on a stand.
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These adorable cake pops combine moist red velvet cake with yummy cream cheese frosting. They are so pretty dipped in the vibrant green candy melts for a fun Grinch themed treat.

The little red hearts complete the look. The recipe uses a boxed cake mix so it is so easy.

Gather the kids and make this fun Christmas Recipe along with Grinch Fudge for a fun holiday activity. It would even be fun to make this Grinch Hot Chocolate for a festive drink.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Grinch Cake Pops - red velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting, cake pop sticks, green candy melts, vegetable shortening, candy hearts
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix (and ingredients called for on box to make the cake)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (I used pre-made)
  • Cake Pop Sticks or Lollipop Sticks
  • Vibrant Green Candy Melts
  • Vegetable Shortening 
  • Red Candy Hearts (or Red Candy Sprinkles) 

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Variations

  • Cake Mix Flavors. Feel free to substitute other cake mix flavors in this recipe. Chocolate cake balls would be delicious. You can also try vanilla or yellow cake mix.
  • White chocolate. If you prefer to use white chocolate, melt the chocolate in the microwave in intervals. Then add green food coloring to make this green chocolate covered treats.
  • Lined Baking Sheet. Prepare the baking sheet with parchment paper. This will prevent the Grinch cake balls from sticking and make clean up super easy.

How to Make Grinch Cake Pops:

Baked red velvet cake

Step 1 – Prepare the red velvet cake based on the package instructions.  Bake according to box instructions. Then let the cake cool at room temperature.

Crumbled Red Velvet Cake in a bowl

Step 2 – Remove the cake from the pan.  Remove the brown outside layer from the cake and throw it away.  Crumble up the remaining cake into a large bowl.

Mixing the crumbled cake with cream cheese

Step 3 – Add the cream cheese frosting to your crumbled cake and stir everything together until well combined.

Rolling the cake into balls

Step 4 – Shape the mixture into about 24-36 cake balls depending on their size. Place on a lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop to ensure that each one is approximately the same size.

  • Step 5. Melt the candy melts. Put the green candy melts and vegetable shortening in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.  Then continue to heat in 30 second intervals stirring between each one until the candy melts are fully melted and creamy.
Sticking the cake balls with sticks

Step 6 – Dip each cake pop stick into the green melted candy. Then place them into the cake balls about halfway through the balls.  Then place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Dipping the cake balls into the melted green candy melts

Step 7 – After the cake pops have been in the freezer, dip each cake pop into the melted candy melts. You may need to re-melt the candy melt if it has solidified some.

Coving the cake balls with the melted green candy melts

Step 8 – Make sure that the candy covers the cake pop completely.  Allow the excess melted candy to drip off back into the bowl.

Adding the red heart and decorating

Step 9 – Then place the stick of cake pops in a block of styrofoam while the candy dries and solidifies. 

  • Step 9. Get out a piping bag. Place the remaining candy melts in a decorator’s bag. Cut off the end of the bag at a 45 degree angle. 
  • Step 10. Drizzle candy melts and top with red heart sprinkle. Drizzle the remaining candy melt over the top of each of the cake pops. Place a red candy heart or sprinkles onto each of the cake pops before the candy melts hardens. 
  • Step 11. Continue to decorate all the cake pops. Continue until all the cake pops have been covered and decorated.  Once all the cake pops are dry, they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips:

  • Roll the Cake Pops Smooth. The cake pops will have a smoother appearance if you roll them very smooth when forming.
  • Use a cookie scoop. The cake pops are easier to make all the same size if you use a cookie scoop.
  • Coat the lollipop stick in melted candy. This step will help the cake pops stay on the stick. Don’t skip this step.
  • Skip the lollipop stick. You can make cake balls and skip the stick completely. The treat will look different but still be so cute.
Grinch Cake Pops up close.

How to Store:

Refrigerate the leftover Christmas Cake Pops in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Stored in the fridge they will stay nice and fresh.

Make in Advance:

The Grinch cake pops recipe are easy to make in advance. Feel free to make these 1-2 days in advance for parties. This will save you time and they store easily.

Grinch Cake Pops on a platter.

Can you Freeze Cake Pops?

You can freeze the cake balls but it is recommended to do so before dipping. Freeze the plain cake pops on a sheet pan for 1 to 2 hours.

Then transfer to a freezer bag or container. Freeze up to 2 months and then thaw in the fridge when ready to use. Decorate as normal.

More Easy Grinch Recipes to try:

We love hearing from you. If you make these Easy Grinch Cake Pops, make sure to leave us a comment or a review.

Grinch Cake Pops

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Grinch Cake Pops are made with red velvet cake and dipped in green candy coating. These Grinch themed cake pops are topped with red candy hearts for the perfect touch.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Freeze 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 148

Ingredients

  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix and ingredients called for on box to make the cake
  • 3 Tbsp Cream Cheese Frosting I used pre-made
  • 24-36 Cake Pop Sticks or Lollipop Sticks
  • 12 oz Vibrant Green Candy Melts
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Shortening
  • 36 Red Candy Hearts or Red Candy Sprinkles
  • 1 egg
  • 0.25 cup oil
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Instructions

  • Prepare the red velvet cake based on the package instructions.  Bake according to box instructions. Then let the cake cool at room temperature.
  • Remove the cake from the pan.  Remove the brown outside layer from the cake and throw it away.  Crumble up the remaining cake into a large bowl.
  • Add the cream cheese frosting to your crumbled cake and stir everything together until well combined.
  • Shape mixture into about 24-36 cake balls (depending on their size) and place on a lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop to ensure that each one is approximately the same size.
  • Put the green candy melts and vegetable shortening in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.  Then continue to heat in 30 second intervals stirring between each one until the candy melts are fully melted and creamy.
  • Dip each cake pop stick into the green melted candy and then place them into the cake balls about halfway through the balls.  Then place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • After the cake pops have been in the freezer, dip each cake pop into the melted candy melts (you may need to re-melt the candy melt if it has solidified some).  Make sure that the candy covers the cake pop completely.  Allow the excess melted candy to drip off back into the bowl.
  • Then place the stick of cake pops in a block of styrofoam while the candy dries and solidifies.
  • Place the remaining candy melts in a decorator’s bag and cut off the end of the bag at a 45 degree angle.
  • Drizzle the remaining candy melt over the top of each of the cake pops and place a red candy heart or sprinkles onto each of the cake pops before the candy melts hardens.
  • Continue until all the cake pops have been covered and decorated.  Once all the cake pops are dry, they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 148kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 2g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.04g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 167mg, Potassium 68mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 12g, Vitamin A 30IU, Calcium 30mg, Iron 1mg

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