Football Shaped Cake Pops

I love being an aunt!!  Mostly because I get to make fun things for our nephew, Ryan!  (You may remember the Duck Themed Diaper Cake I made for my sister-in-law before he was born).  This week was his first birthday.  Because his party had a “Little Quarterback” theme, I decided to make Football Shaped Cake Pops!!

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First, I made a display by lining a green photo box with styrofoam and then covering it in fake green moss to look like grass (You can’t really see the moss in my pictures, but you could see it as people started taking out some of the pops to eat them!!)  I decorated the outside with fun stickers and then made a football field background.  To make the background I found scrap booking paper that looked like a football field, spray glued it to some cardboard, and then inserted it into the back of the box.  And then I got stickers to put his name on it!!

Football Shaped Cake Pops 1 Food Marriage

I made the football cake pops with chocolate cake, chocolate icing, and then dipped them in chocolate candy coating.  (They were like chocolate heaven!)  Ryan loved the cake pops so much that when he finished his first pop, he started crying because he was finished it.  They were so good he wanted a second one!!

Football Shaped Cake Pops Recipe
One recipe will yield about 40 – 45 cake pops


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients required for the cake (listed on cake mix box)
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting (feel free to use a store-bought kind)
  • 2 (14 oz) bags of brown-colored and chocolate flavored candy melts.
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of white-colored and vanilla flavored candy melts.
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Bake your cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Allow your cake to cool completely.
  • Crumble your cake up (You can use your mixer to break it up).
  • Add in 1 cup of frosting and mix well (this will give it a sticky texture).
  • Roll your cake into about about 2″ – 2.5″ size balls.  Once you get it into a ball shape, roll it between your hands to slightly make it more of an oval shape.  Place your oval shape onto a tray covered with wax paper and then pinch each end together between your fingers to make it come to a point.  This creates the football shape.
  • Once your footballs are shaped, place your tray into the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.
  • Melt a small amount of the chocolate candy melts.  Dip each end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and the press the stick about 3/4 of the way into the ball.  Do this with each ball (I did about half of my footballs with regular-sized lollipop sticks and then the other half with slightly longer lollipop sticks.  This allowed me to display them all at different graduated heights in the display).
  • Once you have sticks in all your footballs, place back into the refrigerator.  This will ensure that the sticks stay in your balls.
  • Melt more of your chocolate candy melts, and dip each cake pop into the melted candy so it is covered completely.  You may want to tap it on the side of your dish to eliminated any excess candy.  Place each cake pop standing up in a styrofoam block until the candy hardens.
  • Once your cake pops are hardened, get your white-colored vanilla-flavored candy melts out.  Using a disposable candy decorating bag, melt your candy right in the bag and then use to paint the tops of the footballs with lines and laces.
These are by far my favorite cake pops I have made yet!!  They were loved by the kids at the party – they could grab them and go right back to playing and didn’t make much of a mess!  They are great for birthday parties, but could also be fun for a game day get together or the a Super Bowl party!  Aren’t they the cutest!?

xoxo, Food Marriage


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