The project is made from vanilla cake mix batter and frosting that is made into balls and threaded on a cake pop stick and then decorated.
The snowman theme of these cake balls is perfect for the holidays and also useful all through the winter when we have snow on the ground. They would be the perfect sweet treat to celebrate National Snowman Day on January 18!
They are as much fun to decorate as they are to eat. Keep reading to see how to make them.
You could even leave one of these snowman cake pops out for Santa on Christmas Eve – that would be a great way to get on Santa’s list.
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How to make cake pops
Any vanilla cake can be made into a snowman, but these cake balls use the cooked cake in another way – to make a firm batter for cake pops in the shape of snowmen.
To make these Christmas cake balls you’ll need these ingredients:
- vanilla sheet pan cake
- vanilla frosting
- cake white candy melts
- cake pop sticks
- piece of white Styrofoam
One 9 x 13 inch cake will make 24 double snowmen cake pops, or 48 single snowman head cake pops.
You can either buy a vanilla sheet cake or bake your vanilla cake as directed on the package. When it has baked and cooled, break it into pieces and add to a large bowl.
Stir in four tablespoons of vanilla frosting and mix until the cake mixture is crumbly. (for faster mixing using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, if you have one.)
Making the cake dough balls
Roll out the dough into a large ball. It should have a consistency like playdough and not be sticky when you try to roll it into balls.
Making single snowmen head cake pops
The easiest way to make the cake pops it to make just the heads. For these, use a melon ballers to scoop out the dough. Roll the dough to form 48 balls. Be sure to roll until the balls are very smooth.
Place on parchment paper and put in the fridge to set.
Making full snowman cake balls
To form full snowman requires two sizes of balls – 24 small balls for the heads and 24 medium sized balls for the body.
Place the balls in the fridge for about 15 minutes. The warmth of your hands will make the ball mixture soft and the fridge will firm them up again.
Assembling the snowmen pops
Remove the cake balls and insert the cake pop sticks into them. Push the stick into the large ball and all the way through and allow it to protrude 1/2 inch. Add the small ball on the top.
If you are making just the snowman head, push the stick through the single ball but don’t let the stick protrude above the top.
Place in the fridge to set.
Melting the white candy melts
Candy melts will burn and seize easily. Be careful not to overheat. I use about a 50-70% power and stir every 30 seconds. (your microwave setting may vary.)
Work quickly now. Dip the two balls into the soft candy melts. Tap off the excess. I like to coat all the snowmen first and decorate them later.
Doing this allows all of the snowman balls to be coated before the chocolate cools too much and needs reheating.
Stick the bottom of the sticks into the piece of white foam to allow the snowman cake pops to set.
How to decorate the snowman cake pops
Now comes the fun part – adding the snowman decorations like the hat, eyes, nose and scarf.
There are lots of ways to decorate these balls of cake batter to make them look like snowmen. Some ideas are:
- fruit roll up to make scarves
- black licorice to make small top hats
- pieces of fondant to make hats, scarves, noses and other decorations
- red string licorice to decorate hats or make scarves
- sprinkles for eyes, buttons and mouth pieces
- small round candies for eyes or buttons
- mini cookies for hats
- colored icing to decorate in a hurry
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Snowman cake pop ideas
Looking for some ideas for ways to decorate your little snowmen? Try one of these ideas.
Single head snowman cake pops
Single snowman heads are the easiest and fastest to make. Decorate these with candy, licorice or mini cookies to form hats and add a strip of red licorice to add a hat band.
Add orange candies for the nose and black sprinkles for the eyes and mouth.
Snowman cake pop with cookie hat
Add mini cookies as a hat and use food coloring pens to add details for the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons.
Cut the ends of a piece of red licorice to make a fringed scarf and wrap it around the snowman neck.
Snowman cake pop with licorice hat
This cute snowman cake pop uses pieces of black licorice that is formed into a hat.
A food coloring pen adds the mouth, tiny black edible sugar pearls form the eyes and buttons and a small orange sugar pearl makes the nose.
A bright red ribbon completes the design under the snowman cake pop.
Melting snowman cake pop
Oh baby, it’s warm outside and the snowman is starting to melt our hearts!
These adorable little girlie snowmen are turned upside down after dipping and then placed on parchment paper to allow the coating to settle down. This makes them look as though they are starting to melt!
Use tiny candies for the eyes and nose, add eyelashes and a smile with a food coloring pen and pretty ribbons on the sticks.
Snowman cake pop with fondant decorations
This sweet snowman has pieces of colored fondant that is used to make mittens, a scarf and a hat with a snowflake.
Form tiny pieces of black fondant to make the eyes and buttons and a yellow piece for the nose. It’s easy to do this with packaged rolled fondant.
Icing decorated snowman cake pops
This cute design is a good choice when you are short on time and don’t have a lot of candy or fondant to decorate the snowmen with.
Use a fine tip on an icing bag and pipe the eyes, mouth, arms and buttons with chocolate icing. Add some icing on the top and attach a small candy wafer for a hat, or piece of one for ear muffs.
A single orange candy for the nose completes the design.
This quick cake pop snowman design uses orange and red tinted icing plus chocolate icing to make a snowman with a beret and scarf.
Other Christmas cake pops ideas
This cake pop recipe can be used for more than snowman designs. These Christmas cake balls can be made in so many ways that are appropriate for the holidays.
Switch out the design from a snowman to another Christmas theme by decorating the cake balls to make ornaments.
Shape the dough in a pyramid, dip in green candy melts, and decorate with sprinkles to make Christmas tree cake pops.
Flatten your cake batter a little to make it oval, dip in milk chocolate and add some fondant antlers, ears, eyes, nose and tongue to make reindeer cake pops. The possibilities for Christmas cake pops are endless.
Other snowman project for Christmas
I love to feature snowmen in Christmas baking and crafting projects. If you love snowmen too, be sure to check out these ideas:
- DIY Bottle Cap Snowmen Ornaments
- DIY Marshmallow Snowmen
- Clay Pot Snowman – Easy Terracotta Christmas Project
- Mason Jar Snowman Glow Light
- Lightbulb Snowman – Cute Christmas Light Bulb Craft
- DIY Bottle Cap Snowmen Ornaments
Pin this snowman cake pop recipe
Would you like a reminder of these cake pops for Christmas? Just pin this image to one of your holiday boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
You can also watch our video for making cake pops on YouTube.
- 1 vanilla sheet cake 9" x 13" cooked and cooled.
- 4 tablespoons of vanilla frosting
- 12 ounce bag of white candy melts
- 24 pieces of soft black licorice
- 6 slices of red fruit rollups
- 3 tablespoons of vanilla frosting tinted black
- 24 medium sized round orange sprinkles
- 96 small black sugar pearls
- Place pieces of the cooked vanilla cake in a mixing bowl.
- Add four tablespoons of vanilla frosting.
- Mix using a paddle attachment until the mixture is crumbly.
- Remove and knead slightly to form a ball of dough.
- Use a melon baller to scoop out balls of dough. Roll into smooth, firm balls.
- Make 24 small balls and 24 medium balls.
- Push the cake pop sticks into the large ball so that it protrudes 1/2 inch. Place the small ball on the top.
- Place in the fridge for 2 hours to set.
- Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat the candy melts on 70% power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until the melts are smooth and silky.
- Quickly dip the snowman cake balls into the melted white chocolate. If the candy melts becomes too thick to dip, you can heat it gently again.
- Stick the cake pop stick into the Styrofoam base to harden. Chill for 15 minutes more.
- Cut the soft black licorice to make top hats.
- Cut red fruit roll ups into small scarves.
- Place the black tinted frosting in an icing bag with a small round piping tip attached.
- Pipe the smile of the snowman.
- Use the black icing to attach the sugar pearls for eyes, buttons on the chest and the orange candy pieces for a snowman nose.
- Attach the licorice top hat with black icing.
- Wrap the fruit roll up scarves around the neck area and secure under the top flap with a drop of icing.
You will also need black gel food coloring, 24 cake pop sticks, a piping bag and round tip and a piece of white Styrofoam.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.