In this post, I will show you how to make AMAZING Chocolate Gingerbread Cake Pops for the holidays. A few Winters ago, I was gifted a bottle of spectacular mocha liqueur and had a moment of chocolate-covered inspiration.
These gingerbread cake pops were seriously some of the best cake pops I’ve ever had. And although they (and the second batch, too) are LONG gone, I wrote down the recipe so I could share it with you for the holidays!
(Feel free to omit the alcohol if you would like and the same amount of milk instead.)
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake Pops Recipe
Cake pops are made very simply by crumbling cake and mixing in some frosting. It creates a dense ball of cake that can be put on a stick and dipped in chocolate. (This recipe includes a special frosting recipe that is also incredible on cakes and cupcakes!)
Ingredients and Supplies
- Powdered sugar
- Damn Fine Mocha Liqueur or other chocolate and coffee liqueur. If you prefer to make chocolate gingerbread cake pops without alcohol, use milk or almond milk.
- Crystallized ginger, chopped – I like Reeds for these cake pops and also for snacking! They are sweet and gingery without being too spicy.
- Chocolate Candy Melts – I used Ghirardelli White and Dark chocolate candy melts. You can melt these in the microwave or on the stovetop.
- Cocoa powder – I used Hersheys, use your favorite.
- Gingerbread boxed cake mix (these usually require eggs, water and oil, so make sure you have those on hand, too.)
- Paper straws cut in half or cake pop sticks
Step 1: Make The Cake
Bake your favorite gingerbread cake mix according to the directions on the box. Allow it to cool completely – about two hours or overnight.
Once cooled, trim the overdone outer edges away. To make sure you have a smooth mix, trim off any other hard or thick outer parts of the cake before crumbling.
In a large mixing bowl, use your fingers or a fork to crumble the cake into a meal-like texture.
Step 2: Make The Frosting
Damn Fine Cake Pop Frosting Recipe:
(Makes about one cup)
- 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup Damn Fine Mocha Liqueur
- 5 tbsp shortening
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
Put all of these ingredients in a mixing bowl, and with a mixer using a whisk attachment, blend slowly until combined. Once combined, mix on high for about one minute until the frosting is nice and fluffy. If you want a little more body to the frosting, add more powdered sugar 1/3 cup at a time. To loosen it up, add a splash more of the Damn Fine Liqueur.
Be sure to keep this out of reach of children.
Step 3: Mix the Frosting and Cake Together and Form Balls
Add 4-5 tbsp. Damn Fine Chocolate frosting and use the back of a spoon or soft spatula to mush it together into a very thick, slightly dry paste. It should mush together like wet sand and behave like a thick dough.
Step 4: Add A Cake Pop Stick, Freeze, and Dip in Chocolate
Scoop a rounded teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. (Tip: Use inside of a round-shaped teaspoon to help you do this. That will help you get smooth, evenly round cake pops.) If your cake balls are cracking or not sticking together, add more frosting until they do. 🙂
Take six sturdy paper straws and cut them in half.
Melt a little bit of your chocolate in the microwave. Dip each straw in chocolate coving about 3/4 inch of the straw. Insert the melted chocolate topped straws evenly into the cake balls, being careful to go about 3/4 of the way through. Repair any cracks by pressing the cake back together, and freeze for about 30 minutes.
Next, melt your dipping chocolate according to the instructions on the back.
Have parchment paper ready. Sprinkle this with cocoa powder or mini chocolate chips if you would like. (optional)
Dip each cake ball in melted chocolate, then place on the parchment paper. Be sure to place them straight up so the straws are pointed at a 90-degree angle. Add the ginger accent by dipping a small piece at a time of candied ginger into the melting chocolate (you are using it as a glue) and place it on the cake pop.
Place on a beautiful tray for a party or package some up as an unforgettable gift for a friend.
Did you make these? Please post a comment on how you liked them!