Cute-as-can-be Hostess Cakesicles taste just like store-bought Hostess Cupcakes… but shaped like popsicles! Crazy delicious and easy to make. Scroll to the end for printable recipe and video how-tos.
While I took some liberties with this sort-of copycat recipe of Hostess Cupcakes, these Hostess Cakesicles taste pretty dang close to the store-bought version. I thought I’d follow the trend (according to Instagram, anyway) and try out this Cakesicle mold. I love the results. Chocolate cake perfection. My daughter says, “They are SOOOO yummy!”
Hostess Cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes with cream filling and topped with chocolate frosting and the classic squiggle. The cakesicle version is a mixture of chocolate cake with marshmallow fluff and topped with chocolate and an icing squiggle.
what is a “cakesicle”?
I’m glad you asked because I had the same question! A cakesicle is the same as a cake pop (a mixture of cake and frosting rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate or candy melts), but pressed into a popsicle mold. Instead of dipping the cakesicles, however, I found it much easier to coat the mold with chocolate.
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how do you make Hostess Cakesicles?
you will need:
- cakesicle mold
- half of a Devil’s food chocolate cake
- 2 heaping tablespoons marshmallow fluff
- 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate, divided
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening (Crisco), divided
for the icing squiggles you will need:
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- disposable decorating bag
- This recipe will make 6 cakesicles
- Allow a couple hours to make these. They aren’t that hands-on, but you’ll need to chill the cakesicles in between steps.
- For the squiggles, save time and just buy a tube of vanilla icing from the grocery store.
- Instead of the decorating bag, use a Ziploc bag and snip the tip.
step one: prepare your cake mixture
Prepare a Devil’s Food chocolate cake in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and let cool completely. I used a cake mix. Crumble one-half of the cake into a large bowl. Rub a tablespoon and spoon with Crisco. Use the tablespoon to add 2 heaping tablespoons marshmallow fluff to the cake crumbles. Stir with the spoon until the fluff is evenly distributed, then knead the mixture with your hands. It should condense and be moist. If the mixture feels dry add a teaspoon or two of additional marshmallow fluff. Cover and set aside.
step two: prepare your cakesicle mold with chocolate
In a microwave-safe bowl, place 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening. Heat for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and let sit for a minute or two. Stir, using the residual heat to fully melt the chocolate. If needed, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
Spoon a couple spoonfuls into each of the six cavities. use the back of the spoon to coat the sides of the mold. Be sure the whole cavity is covered with chocolate. (If the chocolate runs off the sides, let it cool and stiffen a bit.) Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
step three: fill your cakesicle molds
Press the cake mixture into each cavity so the top is flat (you might have a tiny bit of mixture leftover). Place your palm over the cakesicle and insert the popsicle stick that came with the molds. Chill for another 15 minutes.
step four: top with chocolate
In another microwave-safe bowl, place 1 cup of chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons shortening. Heat for 90 Heat for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and let sit for a minute or two. Stir, using the residual heat to fully melt the chocolate. If needed, microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Spoon a couple spoonfuls on top of each cakesicle and use an off-set spatula or knife to spread the chocolate to cover each cakesicle. Chill until very well-set, about an hour.
step five: remove from the molds
To remove from the molds, bend back the silicone at the top of a Cakesicle. Gently lift up from the top while pushing the stick forward. Use a sharp knife to carefully trim the edges.
step six: top with icing squiggles
In a bowl, mix together a cup of confectioner’s sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk. Stir with a whisk. To thicken, add more confectioner’s sugar, and to thin add milk. When desired consistency is reached, fill the decorating bag, snip the tip, and pipe squiggles.
This recipe will make 6 cakesicles
Allow a couple hours to make these. They aren't that hands-on, but you'll need to chill the cakesicles in between steps.
For the squiggles, save time and just buy a tube of vanilla icing from the grocery store.
Instead of the decorating bag, use a Ziploc bag and snip the tip.