These super easy and fun cake balls are perfect for the 4th of July but can be made anytime…..and the REALLY cool thing is that they’re basically just cake pops without the popsicle stick.
There is just something special about the Fourth of July, don’t you agree? Fireworks, lake time, picnics, games, swimming, cookouts, and time with family.
Whenever our family gets invited to a gathering where we are asked to bring a side dish or dessert, I want to take something that’s not only tasty but looks great as well. You know, something that’s pretty (without taking up precious fun time) and festive!
These red, white and blue cake balls scream festive and patriotic. 🇺🇸
People want to show their patriotism by wearing something red, white and blue and by eating something red, white, and blue too! 😉
These 4th of July cake balls have it all going for them. They’re certainly festive, super delicious, and a breeze to make. Pick one up, pop it in your mouth and carry on with your family fun.
This is a super-fast recipe to whip up for any gathering, but your family and friends will be impressed with your festive dessert and think you spend all day making it.
Ingredients To Make Cake Balls
- Cake – choose any flavor you like in your choice of boxed, homemade, or store-bought.
- Red, white, and blue candy melts – white chocolate bars or white chocolate chips will also work in place of the white candy melts.
- Red, white, and blue sprinkles – chose whatever colors suit your occasion and flavors.
- Candy star sprinkles – or find other fun shapes to use as toppings !
- Unsalted Butter
- Milk – Half and Half or cream will work in place of the milk
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
Video Tutorial For Cake Balls
Check out this quick video I made showing you the process of making these delicious crowd-pleasing treats! Prefer written directions? You can get those down below or with the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!
How To Make Red, White, And Blue Cake Balls
Seriously, these cake balls are so easy to make, you’ll be surprised at how incredible they look (and taste)!
Bake or buy a store-bought cake. Make sure it is completely cool before continuing.
Prepare frosting by adding butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to large bowl. Mix with hand or stand mixer until well combined.
Crumble the cake in the bowl with the frosting. Combine cake and frosting using hand or mixer on low speed.
Once the cake and frosting are combined, form it into balls about a tablespoon in size. Put the balls on a sheet tray.
Melt the white chocolate or candy melts. If the chocolate is too thick, add a bit of milk to thin it back out.
Place the cake ball in the melted white chocolate. Roll it around in the bowl to coat evenly. Put the coated ball on a parchment paper lined tray and allow to dry.
Melt approximately half cup of the blue and red candy melts separately. Drizzle each over the top of the dried cake balls.
Top with sprinkles and candy stars, and your cake balls are ready to enjoy!
Recipe Notes and Tips
- I used this kit for the candy melts and sprinkles – it’s got everything you need all in one package!
- If the candy melts seem to be too thick when melted, thin it out with just a splash of milk.
- If you have chosen to bake a cake (either homemade cake or boxed mix), make sure the cake is completely cooled before crumbling it up and adding frosting.
Cake Ball Variations to Try
Try using different-colored candy melts to fit the occasion. For example, try orange or black for Halloween. Then use black, orange, or bat-shaped sprinkles for the top! Same with Christmas – use red, green and white for a festive look with Christmas tree sprinkles.
Experiment with different cake and frosting flavors to see what is your favorite combination. Try lemon cake with a little raspberry extract in the frosting. YUMMY!!!
Instead of cake balls, why not try some fun shapes like a flower, stars, squares, egg-shaped….almost any shape will work and so much fun to change up the shape.
I sometimes find I have questions before attempting a new recipe. Here are some common questions you may also have about cake pops.
Why are my cake balls not holding together?
It is mostly like because you need to add more frosting. Add small amounts of frosting to the mixture until your cake balls reach a consistency similar to clay and the cake ball is sticking together.
How do I make sure my cake balls don’t crack?
They should remain at room temperature before coating them with the chocolate. Do not chill them before rolling them in the melted chocolate.
How can I keep my cake balls from sweating?
You do not need to refrigerate your cake balls unless you are using a frosting that requires it. The moisture from the fridge is what will cause the condensation.
What is the best way to store my red, white, and blue cake balls?
Store them in a cool, dry container for best results. They do not need to be refrigerated unless the frosting requires it.
More Holiday-Themed Recipes to Try
- Festive Patriotic Red, White & Blue Vanilla Fudge
- Easy No-Bake Easter Bird’s Nest Cookies
- Valentine’s Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- Easy and Festive Holiday Fruitcake Cookies
- 9 x 13 inch cake, any flavor - boxed, homemade or store bought
- Candy melts - red, white and blue
- Sprinkles - red, white and blue
- Candy star sprinkles
- 7 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 tsp milk, half and half or cream
- 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Prepare boxed cake, make a homemade cake or take store bought cake out of package.
- In a large mixing bowl, add butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix with hand mixer or stand mixer until well combined.
- Crumble the cake (make sure it is cool if not store bought) in the frosting bowl and combine using your hands or low speed mixer.
- Once the cake and frosting are combined, form the mixture into balls about a tablespoon in size. Place the cake balls on a sheet tray.
- In a bowl, melt the white chocolate or candy melts. If the chocolate is too thick, add a small amount of milk to thin it out.
- Place the ball of cake in the melted chocolate rolling it to coat evenly. Take the coated ball out and place on tray covered with parchment paper. Allow chocolate to dry.
- In separate containers, melt the red and blue candy melts. Drizzle each color over the top of the dried cake ball. Add sprinkles and candy stars to the top of the cake balls.