Friday, September 9, 2011

{Peanut Product Free} Cake Pops!

The dilemma: Your child wants to take cake pops to school for their birthday but there is a peanut allergy in the class.

The solution: This recipe!

Today is my daughter's sixth birthday. She really wanted to make cake pops, however, one of the children in her class has a peanut allergy. Although individual's allergies are not the responsibility of other parents, these kids are in kindergarten. And, if I can make something that everyone can eat that would be my desire. After all, no child wants to be singled out as the kid that can't partake in the treat fun.

My research led me to two conclusions. 1) I have the utmost respect for people that live with peanut allergies. It seems that nearly every product has some kind of peanut, peanut oil, or is made in a place that has peanut products. The time needed to figure out a healthy diet and the options within that diet are limited. 2) There is not a lot of good, fun kid birthday friendly recipes available online. I did over two hours of research online and tweeted with some parents of children that have peanut allergies to come up with this solution. Then I emailed Grace's teacher the ingredients for her to forward to the child's mom to confirm that it was in fact okay.

So, for my fellow moms, I am posting this recipe. It will make your life easier and save you a lot of time! That said, check the boxes when you do go to make this to make sure nothing in the products or factories has changed since this post date.

You will need:

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix (Party Rainbow Chip)

Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

Dec a Cake Non-Pareils Sprinkles

Bakers Semi-sweet chocolate squares

Having peanut free products, I used this recipe as a springboard for the cake pop fun.

To make it:

1) Bake the cake according to directions on the cake mix box. After the cake is cooked and cooled, crumble the cake into a very large bowl.

Now look at your fingers! If you have not taken off your jewelry now is the time to do so because it is about to get very messy!

2) Mix 1 can of frosting (with your hands) into the bowl of crumbled up cake. Once it is thoroughly mixed, refrigerate the mixture for 15 minutes.

3) Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and lay on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil .

You do not want to make them larger because the stick will not be able to hold the weight of the cake. I had a few "flops" with the ones that were even slightly larger.

4) Chill in the freezer for 30 - 40 minutes.

5) Stick the lollipop sticks into them (not all the way to the top though) and cover them in melted chocolate. Stick them into a styrofoam block to dry.

6) While the chocolate is still "wet" decorate with sprinkles.

After they have dried, cover them in candy bags and close it off with a twisty or ribbon or whatever you choose. You can get those products at a cake specialty store.

I made the twisty into hearts because I'm a geek like that. :)

If you do not have a peanut allergy to consider, you can make this recipe with any brand cake mix and frosting. You could also you chocolate almond bark to save on money for dipping chocolate. And, obviously, you could decorate with any candy or drizzle with a different color dipping chocolate.

Grace and Hannah helped me make them but they weren't completely set until after they had gone to bed.

But as you can see, she was very excited when she saw the finished product this morning. Plus, not only were they the cake pops she asked for, but they were brown and today just happens to be brown day at school. Double bonus!


  1. Hello! I love the enthuasiam in this story/recipe, i am allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and I have been wanting to make these cake pops for quite awhile and i was wondering if you knew where to find peanut/tree nut free colored candy coating like yellow and green...?

  2. I have a child with a peanut allergy and I love to bake. There are so many products with peanuts in them or as you mentioned, may be contaminated. Thanks so much for this! I will be able to make her class cake pops for her birthday next week! I'm glad to see dec a cake, all of Wilton's is made in a peanut facility. Thanks!

  3. wate whe the brithday

  4. i will totally do this for my birthday in two weeks because there is a girl in my class that is EXTREMLY allergic to peanuts so THANK U SOOOOOOOO MUCH:)


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