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Christmas Elf Cake Pops

Happy elves that happen to taste like PB&J can easily be part of the party decor—until dessert, when they'll magically disappear! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
  • 48 lollipop sticks
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups canned chocolate fudge frosting
  • Additional vanilla frosting, red paste food coloring, and dark chocolate and candy cane-flavored kisses


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions using a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add jam and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; insert sticks. Freeze for at least 2 hours or refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until cake balls are firm and easy to handle.
  • Insert cake pops into a plastic foam block to stand. In a microwave, warm vanilla frosting and peanut butter; stir until smooth. Spoon over cake pops.
  • Using fudge, additional vanilla and red frostings (tint desired amount of additional vanilla frosting red), pipe hair and faces; use a leaf tip for ears. Top each with a chocolate or candy cane-flavored kiss hat. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cake pop: 164 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • jgrabowski
    Dec 17, 2012

    I made these for a kids Christmas party and they disappeared in no time. I did make a few changes. I found that when I dipped the pops in warm frosting, I could never get the frosting to harden. So, I used melted candy coating instead. Also, since I didn't know if anyone at the party would have a peanut allergy, I didn't use peanut butter at all. Instead, I mixed just a tiny bit of brown gel food coloring in with the candy coating to make a skin color.