These Pink Champagne Cake Pops are going to be your new go-to celebration treat! Make them to ring in the New Year or for your next birthday party. They are as delicious as they are pretty!
This is one of the most fun photo shoots I’ve ever put together and I’m excited to finally post all about these gorgeous cake pops!
The recipe was put together for this year’s holiday issue of Celebrity Cooking Magazine. I was so honored to be featured in the magazine amongst great chefs like Giada De Laurentiis and Fabio Viviani. If you skip to page 72 of the magazine, you will find a Keep It Sweet Desserts feature along with a couple of my holiday dessert recipes. Since they didn’t include the recipe for these Pink Champagne Cake Pops (just a photo), I figured I just had to share them here!
Cake pops are a fun treat and can take a little bit of time to put together, but when you use a good recipe, they will taste just as delicious as they look (you can’t say that for all store-bought cake pops and mixes). Also, since they are dipped in chocolate, the cake balls retain their moisture for a little longer than cupcakes or regular cake so they can be prepared up to one week in advance.
New Years Eve parties, bridal showers and 21st birthdays are just some of the occasions to celebrate with these cake pops.
And imagine your guests delight when they bite into the sweet champagne flavored cake pop and find a pretty pink center!
Sorry for the photo overload, I just couldn’t resist!
- 1 Pink Champagne Cake
- 1 batch Pink Champagne Buttercream
- 60 6-inch lollipop sticks
- 32 ounces white chocolate or white chocolate melts, roughly chopped
- ½ - 1 cup diamond sugar (optional but recommended)
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside
- Break cake into pieces and place in a large bowl; crumble cake into small crumbs with fingers
- Add buttercream to cake and mix with a spoon until all cake crumbs are coated
- Use a small cookie dough scoop or large spoon to scoop balls of dough onto wax paper
- Use your hands to roll the cake scoops into balls
- Cover with another sheet of wax paper and place in freezer for at least two hours
- Prepare another baking sheet with wax paper for finished pops, alternatively, have a large piece of styrofoam available for drying cake pops
- Once cake balls are frozen, you can make the cake pops
- Put white chocolate in a heat-safe bowl and place in over a pot of simmering water; stir chocolate constantly until melted (you can also melt the white chocolate in the microwave)
- Remove balls from freezer; dip the top of each lollipop stick about ¼ of an inch into the white chocolate and immediately press into cake ball two thirds of the way through
- Once complete, dip each cake pop, one at a time, into white chocolate; lightly tap off excess chocolate and place cake pop on wax paper or stick into styrofoam; decorate with diamond sugar immediately before chocolate hardens
- Repeat until all cake pops are dipped and decorated
- Allow to cool and for chocolate to harden before serving
Cake can be made one day before making cake pops; just make sure it is covered tightly with seran wrap overnight
Cake pops can be made up to one week in advance of serving
- 13⅞ ounces (3 cups) all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 15 ounces (2 cups) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 x-large egg whites at room temperature
- 4 drops red food coloring
- 2 cups champagne (make sure to choose champagne that you like the taste of)
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup / ½ stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1¼ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons champagne
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 drop red food coloring
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; grease and flour 9x13-inch cake pan or baking dish; set aside
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt); set aside
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Reduce speed to medium and add egg whites, one at a time; add vanilla
- Mix in food coloring
- Stop mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula
- With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients and champagne in three alternating additions, starting and ending with dry ingredients
- Pour into prepared cake pan or baking dish and bake 25-35 minutes or until knife comes out clean from center
- Beat butter for several minutes until light and fluffy
- Add sugar, champagne, vanilla and food coloring and beat for several minutes until light and creamy
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These are absolutely stunning! I’m not a huge fan of cake pops (or cake in general) but I would absolutely try these in a heart beat. They just look out of this world!
These look delightful! And I approve of anything that (can) involve(s) drinking while cooking. ;-)
These sound SO good and look beautiful! I can’t even imagine how yummy they taste. Congrats on the feature!
Oh, these sound wonderful and they look gorgeous!
Oh you know how much I love my champagne! These are too cute! I’d love to make them for New Year’s :)
Congrats on the huge feature! So exciting!!! xo
Those are so pretty Lauren!
Would you believe I’ve never made cake pops? I need to remedy that this holiday season – these are such a fun (and pretty!) option!
Congratulations on the magazine feature! These cake pops are adorable. I totally want them for NYE!
Thank you so much, Bianca!
Congrats on the magazine feature!! So exciting and well deserved! These cake pops are absolutely gorgeous, I feel these are a must for NYE!
Thank you, Jessica!!
Those pink insides are making me a little too happy! So cute! I made a pink champagne for new years last year, but i might have to change it up with these cake balls!
I just made these for my book club Christmas party. They were a “hit” to say the least! At first everyone thought they were too pretty to eat, LOL! Once I insisted they weren’t just for decoration, everyone loved them and even took some home for husbands and children. Plus I had extras for my next party! Thanks for the great recipe.
Thank you so much for the kind comment, Glynis! I’m so happy to hear that. Now I want to make them again soon:-)
Hello, i found when i made these that they ended up smelling like beer. very yeasty smelling. Are they supposed to smell like this?
Hi Haley- They might have a bit of an aroma from the champagne but I wouldn’t deccribe it to be like beer. Hopefully you were still able to enjoy them.
I’m so excited to try these tomorrow! We’re invited to a NYE party & since I’m a cupcake baker (but never cake pops) people expect sweets from me. I bought a bottle of pink moscato champagne to use. Fingers crossed mine come out even half as beautiful as yours!
Thank you so much for the nice comment, Melissa. I hope you enjoy the cake pops, the pink champagne was a great idea! Happy New Year:-)