Ultimate Recipe Swap: The Fourth of July Edition

I am not Betsy Ross.

Nor am I Bakerella.

But, I really wanted to be. At least for a day.

For the last month, I’ve been scheming this fantastic Fourth of July cake pop that I was going to wow you with. I had such great plans. I envisioned candy coated, star-shaped cakes on a stick, bedazzling in all their red, white, and blue glory. I hunted down supplies, planning weeks in advance. I even went to five stores to find patriotic sprinkles. And, no, Michaels did not have them, not even in June. Walmart’s the place if you’re interested.

But, what was conceived in my mind didn’t really come to fruition. The first one or two looked okay, sort of, but then a star lost his point.

And then one of my helpers dropped this one on the table.

And this one fell off its stick.

So, I abandoned the project to my children, and they had a fantastic time. I mean, I think I may get nominated for Mother of the Year.

They frosted and sprinkled and indulged in sugar-induced hyperactivity to their heart’s content. They really were happy, they are just serious about their work in these photos. I think we even made some memories.

Now, that’s what I call Old Glory.

Candy-Coated, Red, White, and Blue Star Cake Pops Cakes

1 family size frozen pound cake*
1 bag vanilla flavored candy melts
patriotic sprinkles
star cookie cutter

Slice frozen pound cake in horizontal thirds. Cut out small stars with cookie cutter. Save the scraps for a trifle or other snack. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Frost cake stars with melted candy coating. Sprinkle with patriotic sprinkles.

*The poundcake for this recipe was generously provided by Sara Lee. Stay tuned for a product review on my giveaway and review page.

How about you? What festive recipe or meal idea do you have for the Fourth? Share it with us!

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  1. Hoosier Homemade says:

    We love Fourth of July at our house!
    I'm having a week long celebration of fun Fourth of July things, can I link more than one?
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. We have a small blueberry farm and our berries are finished by the end of may, but I still set out every year to make a blueberry, strawberry and cool-whip/pound cake trifle-type dessert. I can usually find good and fresh strawberries or raspberries to use, but, in our house, it "simply isn't done" to BUY fresh blueberries. Just can't do it ๐Ÿ™‚ So i make a blueberry sauce with our frozen berries and just layer everything, finishing with cool whip and some semblance of a flag as the topper. It's fun, light, and American!!
    Can't wait to see the other recipes- thanks, Jessica!

  3. Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    Ok – you are TOO cute!! I completely know the feeling. I have blamed some of my frosted cakes on "the kids" before. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    I'd hand that one off to the kids, too. They don't care about perfection… they care about the process! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Katrina says:

    They look fabulous and it looks like the kids were having fun. We don't do 4th July over here of course but still makes for interesting reading

  6. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says:

    How cute! What a great treat for the fourth!

  7. The pops look like a lot of fun, even if they didn't turn out exactly as planned ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I think it's awesome that you turned the project over to your kiddos. I need to be less of a perfectionist!

    Oh, and I have been searching for sprinkles too, so thanks for the tip. I'll check Walmart.

  9. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says:

    I've never tried cake pops, but I think they are so cute and they're something I've been wanting to try.

    I wonder if using melted chocolate or almond bark would be easier to work with than frosting. ???

  10. FishMama says:

    It was candy melts, not frosting. But, I guess candy melts aren't the same as almond bark? I thought it was, but it didn't melt as thin as almond bark does. That was probably my downfall.

  11. Lisa Curcio says:

    Those Star cake pop looks so yummy & like so much fun to make!

    …(and sorry about the double post, I am new to MrLinky & clicked when I should have clacked)…

  12. Andrea @ The Train To Crazy says:

    They may not look like bakerella's but I'm sure they taste great!

  13. Going Green Mama says:

    I realize it may not be picture perfect, but remember the kids had a blast…and that is what counts!

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  15. All Things Frugal For You And Me says:

    WOW! I feel like I'm at a 4th BBQ smorgasboard:) Can I get one of everything?

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