Pirate Cake Pops


posted: 03/20/12

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A Pirate Cake pop with a red and white dotted bandanna and an eye patch

Recently, my friends, Nicole and Tom, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Jack. Nicole and Tom are awesome. I met Nicole at work when I was pregnant with Gavin. She is, very honestly, one of the nicest people I have ever met. I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard her say an unkind thing about anyone. But she’s not a weird, disingenuous, blowing sunshine and rainbows kind of person either. And Tom’s pretty cool too. (Ha! I always tell Tom how lucky he is to have snagged Nicole, but they are both pretty lucky.)  Given how wonderful Tom and Nicole are, I can’t wait to see what a great little man Jack grows into. This is Nicole, Tom, and Jack doing Al’s Walk with us for Elliot.

A picture of Lisa's friends Nicole and Tom with their son Jack

So when I found out that they were throwing a pirate party for little Jack, I knew that I had to make these pirate pops from Bakerella’s Cake Pop Book. I love these! Bakerella’s book has a ton of wonderful pops, but I probably love these the most.

A book called Cake Pops by Bakeselle

Bakerella uses a white confetti for the dots on the bandana, but I used melted white chocolate and a tooth pick to make the dots. The idea of placing each piece of confetti on seemed like more than I could handle. And the tie and knot of the bandana is Jumbo Heart Sprinkles and the red from this bottle of Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles.

Two containers of sprinkles. One holding red and pink hearts, and the other holding multicolored circles

Good Lord. Check out all those black sprinkles . . . what kind of cake pop can I make that requires black dots . . . . hmmmm . . .


For the pirate’s pale pale skin (shouldn’t the pirate be more tan, with all his time spent swabbing decks and walking planks?), I added some pink, orange, and brown food coloring gel until it was a . . . I hate to say “flesh color” because well . . . there are lots of colors of flesh, and this one certainly isn’t mine. But for lack of a brain that can come up with better terminology, I added pink, orange and brown until I came to a color that looked “fleshy.”

Should I be giving you the step by step of how to make these? I have absolutely no pictures of the process. Bad blogger! Oh well, here goes:

  1. Make your cake and roll out your cake balls using Bakerella’s perfected method.
  2. Color some white chocolate to look “fleshy” using pink, orange, and brown food coloring gel (I used about four globs each of pink and orange and three globs of brown . . . I’m nothing if not precise), dip the cake pops in there to make the first layer.
  3. Once all the cake pops are dry, dip them in red melted chocolate at an angle.
  4. Once the red is dry, add dots of melted white chocolate using a toothpick or a long wooden skewer.
  5. Add a face with these edible markers. (Note: The markers aren’t edible, just the ink. Is this the most poorly written post ever?)
  6. Using a toothpick, add a glob of red melted chocolate to the side/back of the bandana and then add a red sprinkle for the bandana knot and a jumbo heart for the ties. You’ll have to hold it until it dries and can stay in place, less than a minute.
  7. Go pirate theme crazy and make cute tags and containers (read: metal soup can with cut out paper glued to it) to display the pops.
  8. Continue to go pirate crazy and dress your family in pirate garb to attend said party. (Post to come.)
Wrapped up Pirate Cake Pops with tags that says "Arrgh Matey, I'm one!!"

Happy  Birthday Jack!! I’m so glad we got to be part of your special day, Matey!

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Tom Moniz says

    Lisa, the pirate pops were the hit of the party! Thanks for helping make Jack’s 1st b-day a special one.

  2. Lisa says

    Thanks Tom!!

  3. Stacey Brell says

    that’s awesome thanks so much for the great idea! i am currently planning a pirate themed party for my sons 5th birthday and these look like an awesome idea to make!

  4. Monica says

    Hi. Your pirate pops are so cute! I do you know if the food color pens you used have corn syrup or soy. We have food allergies in our family. I have not been able to find an ingredient list for them.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Monica, the main ingredients on the kind I have are water and propylene glycol. Soy and corn syrup aren’t listed. Happy pop making!

  5. jennifer says

    Thank you for posting this. Please advise how much white chocolate you at used and what type of food coloring you used. Also how did you make the red chocolate? Is this candy melts or white chocolate died to red? Help please… I want to make this for my son’s 3rd bday they look awesome! your the best

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Jennifer! Some of your questions I can’t answer because I made these over two years ago, and I honestly can’t remember. That said, I used the Wilton gel colors, they work the absolute best in white chocolate. The red chocolate was the Wilton candy melts. Good luck! :)

  6. Connie says

    Hi Lisa,

    I know you made these pirate pops two years ago but did you have trouble with the red chocolate, that you dipped on an angle, dripping? Any hints to help me with that. Thank you. Connie

    • Lisa Longley says

      Connie, good question . . . . I don’t remember having any trouble with it dripping. If you need to make the red thinner, try adding a little crisco to the melted chocolate.

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