Conversation Hearts Cake Pops for Valentine’s Day

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If you’ve visited my baking blog lately, you’ve probably noticed I’ve become a little obsessed with cake pops. Ever since the Wilton Pops book became available, I just haven’t been able to contain myself. The ideas are flowing I tell you! It also helps that I have some awesome cake pop testers in the house. My kids just can’t seem to get enough of these and I don’t mind treating them to one or two pops every now and then.

Seeing as I have Valentine’s Day on my mind already, my first idea focused on the candy that you probably think of most often for Valentine’s Day, conversation hearts. They’re simple, sweet and share little messages of love.

Brachs Conversation Hearts Cake Pops

To make these extra special, I started with a red velvet cake and a little cream cheese frosting. Mmmm … perfection!

red velvet cake crumbs

Once the frosting and cake crumbs are combined and chilled, you can use any type of heart shape mold or cookie cutter you like to create these. I just happened to have picked up Wilton’s Petite Heart Pan while shopping at Michael’s last week and knew it would be perfect for this project. Each little heart is perfectly sized for cake pops. After pressing the cake pop dough into the shapes and an overnight chill in the fridge, they were ready to be sticked <– yes, it’s a word and it’s mine. Sticked involves placing a lollipop stickĀ  in candy melt and “sticking” it into the cake pop.

Red Velvet Cake Hearts

After another short trip to the fridge, these beautiful red velvet cake pops are ready to be dipped in candy melts.

Red Vevlet Heart Cake Pops

I’ve gotten quite a few questions on twitter about how to get the candy melts nice and smooth. The easy answer … I use the microwave on 50% power to melt the candy in a small glass dish until the wafers are almost melted … but not entirely. They hold onto heat and with some gentle stirring become nice and smooth. I then add a few tablespoons of pure vegetable oil to thin the candy a bit so that it slowly drips from my mixing spoon. Think the consistency of honey!

You just dip them straight down into the melts (only once, you don’t have to keep dunking them like a cookie in milk), then slowly pull it back out of the melts and gently tap the excess back off. While Wilton does make a cake pop stand, my experience using this has been completely unsuccessful. I recommend buying a small foam block from your local craft store. It can be used multiple times and holds the pops in place to dry quite well.

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Conversation Heart Cake Pops

Disclosure – I am a Wilton Brand Ambassador but was not compensated for my opinions and all products used in this article were purchased myself.

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  1. says

    Love them! I will make these this year.
    Quick question… how much frosting do you add to a full cake? I think I have been adding too much and they have been falling off the stick.

    • says

      Kathy, for a whole cake I add just a little bit less than a regular tub of frosting or you could just measure out 1 cup.

  2. says

    I love these! I think I will make them for the staff where I work (school) and use computer terms. Thanks for the instructions. The petite heart pan is perfect for this!

    • says

      That’s a really cute idea Emily. After I had already done the pops I got the idea to write “bite me” on one with a bite taken out of the corner but you could do “Byte Me” instead. lol

  3. says

    These are so cute. Owen just told me “Mama those look like fun to make! …. What are they?!” LOL. Definitely something we’ll have to make soon.

      • says

        Lol I must but sadly it’s going to wait until we get our own apartment in a couple months. Too much stress trying to do any baking/cooking in my husband’s sister’s house ….. though I’m honestly itching to bake something HA!

  4. says

    So cute! I have all the ingredients to make cake pops(minus the sticks) So I’m just going to make some cake balls. They are chilling overnight now. Love these!

  5. says

    I love V-Day! Reall I just freaking love it! These came out wonderful. I did a V-Day post for my Wilton
    cake pop contest and getting to see everyones entries and designs has been awesome. I am
    def going to be trying to make these lovely hearts!

  6. Maureen Timerman says

    Great idea, and I’ll bet no one is complaining about all the nice goodies?

  7. Laura @ GotChocolate says

    CUUUUUTE!!! Now I know what you meant about having conversation hearts all over your place.

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Excellent work my friend!!!

  8. Misti Bressette says

    Love this idea…saw a Mickey pan online and wasn’t quite sure what I could do with it. I am currently planning my son’s 1st b’day party-baby mickey, so this would be GREAT!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Heather Henderson says

    These look so yummy! your kids are so lucky. I need to get over to your baking website to view some of these “obsessions”.

  10. says

    i still have not tried the original ones… but these seem to complicated… did the cake crumble at all when dipping and shaping the melted chocolate?

    • says

      Dawn, they’re really not hard at all. As long as you press the cake down really tightly they don’t crumble at all in the dipping process. You just have to press them nice and tight.

  11. says

    Are these easy to get out of that heart shaped pan? I bought the same one at Michael’s this weekend and can’t wait to try these.

  12. Heather says

    quick question – what did you use to write on the hearts? They turned out sooooo cute!

    • says

      Hi Heather, I just filled a piping bag with candy melt to pipe it on but I think if I were to do it again I’d use buttercream. The candy dries in the tip rather quickly.

  13. Esther says

    hello~ these look great! I was wondering what you used to write on the cake pops?
    Was it the candy melts or did you use candy writers?
    Is there a easy way to write?

  14. says

    Cat, these are great! This would be a fun idea for a Valentine’s Day party at school, too.

    And thanks for the candy melt tips. My first attempt at rice crispy pops was a bit challenging to say the least, and having the chocolate be too warm was the problem I faced.

  15. Rue says

    These are the very cutest hearts I have seen. Congratulations! Great Job!

  16. Nique says

    What did you use to dip the cake in?? I want to make these for my daughters class for V-day.