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Love Bug Cake Balls

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  • Prep 2 hr 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 48
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These playful guys are perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you want to brighten someone’s day --fun to decorate, and yummy to eat!
Created Oct 10, 2017
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ cake mix (any flavour)
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 3/4 cup Betty Crocker™ Creamy Deluxe™ frosting (any flavour)
  • 3 bags (12 oz/340 g each) candy coating (any colour)
  • 48 paper lollipop sticks
  • Assorted candy for decorating (see tips for suggestions)


  • 1
    Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool completely, and crumble cake. Reserve approximately one-fourth of cake crumbs, and set aside. (These will be used to coat the love bugs.)
  • 2
    With large spoon, thoroughly mix remaining cake crumbs and the frosting.
  • 3
    Roll mixture into quarter-size cake balls, and place on waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Place cake balls in freezer about 15 minutes to firm up. Then transfer them to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.
  • 4
    Place candy coating in microwavable bowl so coating is at least 3 to 4 inches deep. Microwave uncovered on Low (10%) in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
  • 5
    Remove 2 cake balls from refrigerator at a time. Dip tip of lollipop stick into melted coating, and insert into cake ball no more than halfway through. Dip and remove cake pop into coating in one motion without stirring, making sure entire cake ball is covered. If coating is too thick, add a little vegetable oil to help thin it and make it easier to work with.
  • 6
    Remove and gently tap off any excess coating to fall off pop and back into bowl. Before coating sets, gently press cake crumbs around entire ball. Place stick in craft foam to dry.
  • 7
    Once dry, remove cake ball from lollipop stick for decorating. Using photo as a guide, get creative with placement of desired candy decorations for fun expressions and details. Use melted candy coating to attach candy decorations. For feet, attach cake ball to a mini heart cookie. Use string licorice for antennae, heart candies for ears and eyes. Let dry completely; store loosely covered.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Suggested supplies for decorating: Red string licorice, Heart-shaped candy sprinkles, Candy eyes, Jumbo heart candies,Small heart cutout sugar cookies (use for feet)
  • Tip 2
    Have a love bug decorating party! Gather all your decorating supplies, and have them organized in separate dishes ahead of time. This will make the decorating go a lot easier.
  • Tip 3
    Several brands of candy coating are available, and each may melt a bit differently. The white colour varies, and when melted, some are thinner than others. Make a note of the brand you prefer to work with, and watch carefully while melting.
  • Tip 4
    You don’t have to make all the cake pops at one time. Divide the recipe, or freeze some of your cake pops for another time. After cutting the cake into 4 equal pieces, reserve 1 section for cake crumbs. The remaining 3 sections will make about 16 cake pops each. Use only 1 bag of candy coating to coat 16 cake pops at a time, and remember to also use only 1/4 cup frosting for each section of cake.

Nutrition Information

220 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 28g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 48 servings
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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