Cupcakes used to be the go-to for cake lovers that didn’t want the hassle of making an entire cake. Nowadays, there’s a new sweet treat to satisfy your cake cravings — cake pops.
If you want to give your valentine something special this year, whip up a batch of these festive mini cake bites, and feel free to get creative with your toppings.
This cake pop recipe is:
The main ingredients are:
Optional additional ingredients
- Sugar-free dark chocolate
- Keto-friendly sprinkles
- Sugar-free coconut shavings
Health Benefits of These Valentine’s Cake Pops
This recipe calls for both grass-fed cream cheese as well as grass-fed butter. While dairy comes with its own health benefits like protein and fat-soluble vitamins, grass-fed dairy takes the nutrition up a notch — especially in the fat department.
As opposed to conventional dairy, grass-fed dairy is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential to cellular health and play a vital role in combating inflammation in your body[*][*].
Cows fed grass also produce dairy that’s more abundant in the polyunsaturated fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). In fact, grass-fed dairy can be up to 500 times more rich in CLA than conventional dairy. Among its reported health benefits, CLA may help combat diseases like cancer and diabetes[*][*][*].
Collagen Supports Joint Health
One ingredient that you’ll find in these cake pops that may take you by surprise is collagen powder. While many people throw collagen into their morning coffee or shake, collagen is a fantastic ingredient that can provide a boost in protein to almost any recipe.
Beyond its protein content, however, collagen also offers benefits that directly support the health of your joints. Specifically, the cartilage that supports your joints in their fluid movement. Collagen is the primary protein that makes up cartilage, and as such, consuming collagen can help keep your cartilage and joints strong and healthy[*].
Valentine’s Day Cake Pops
Cake pops make fun and festive Valentine’s Day treats. Have fun with these little cakes and splurge on some cake decorating supplies like sprinkles and chocolate chips.
To begin, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
While your oven is heating up, grab a large bowl, and add mix together the first four ingredients and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, mix your melted butter, eggs, and almond milk, and then add to your larger bowl, mixing well to combine wet and dry ingredients.
Next, grab a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the batter so it’s about 2 centimeters thick and bake cake for 12-14 minutes, or until easily pierced with a toothpick.
While the cake is cooling, whip together the cream cheese, butter, sweetener, and vanilla flavoring.
Once cooled, crumble cake into a large bowl and using a hand mixer, mix in cream cheese mixer. Note: be careful not to add too much, the frosting is meant to act as a glue, so make sure your mixture is still cake-like.
Use a cookie scoop to scoop the batter, roll into a ball, and place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and chill for 20 minutes.
While your cake balls are chilling, whip together your icing.
Finally, stick your cake pop sticks into your cake balls and dunk them into your frosting of choice. Cover them in sugar-free sprinkles, or whatever toppings you like, and allow them to chill for another 10 minutes.
If you don’t want to dip your cake balls in chocolate completely, you can also drizzle melted chocolate on top.
For heart-shaped cake pops, place cake balls into a heart mold or shape them by hand before baking.
Top your cake balls with sugar-free toppings like heart sprinkles, sugar-free white chocolate, or chocolate chips.
If you want to make chocolate cake, add cocoa to the cake mix, and for red velvet cake, add some red food coloring.Print
Valentines Cake Pops
These delicious little cake pop bites make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat whether you’re cooking up something for a special someone, or sharing with a crowd.
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 16 1x
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 scoop Perfect Keto Vanilla Collagen
- 2 tablespoons powdered swerve
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled to room temperature
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 ounces grass-fed cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
- ¼ cup powdered swerve (optional*)
- 2 teaspoons non-alcoholic vanilla extract
- 28 grams melted keto-friendly dark chocolate, melted
- keto-friendly sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the first four ingredients and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the melted butter, eggs, and almond milk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing to combine
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread the batter so it’s about 2 centimeters thick and bake for 15 minutes or until easily pierced with a toothpick.
- While the cake is cooling, whip together the cream cheese, butter, sweetener, and vanilla flavoring.
- Once the cake has cooled, crumble it into a large bowl.
- Using a hand mixer, mix in the cream cheese mixture, being careful not to add too much (the frosting acts as a glue, so mixture should be cake-like still).
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop the batter, roll into a ball, and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and chill for 20 minutes.
- While the cake balls are chilling, whip together the icing.
- Use a lollipop stick to stick into the flat end of the cake ball, dunk the cake ball into frosting mixture, cover in sugar-free sprinkles, and chill for an additional 10 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1 cake pop
- Calories: 105
- Fat: 9.3g
- Carbohydrates: 4.7g (Net: 3.3g)
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Protein: 3.4g