Though cake pops are still a relatively recent dessert craze, they鈥檝e quickly become a staple sweet when it comes to birthdays, weddings and, naturally, the holidays. We teamed up with Michaels to create a batch of totally festive confections to bring to all your holiday parties. And with the right buckets, boxes and baskets you can create a fun display on your dessert table or give these cake pops as party-perfect hostess gifts. Cake pop points are clearly the new brownie points ;)

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You can get everything you need to decorate and package these cake pops at Michaels, so be sure to make a trip before the holiday madness launches into full swing.

Ingredients for the pops:
鈥 cake mix

鈥 water, oil and eggs (as per your cake mix)

鈥 1 jar of frosting

鈥 cake pop or lollipop sticks

Ingredients for decorating:
Wilton Color Mist (gold, red, white)

鈥 Wilton Silver, White, Blue, Red and White Sprinkles

Wilton Decorating Bags

鈥 Wilton Blue Candy Melts

鈥 Wilton Red Candy Melts

Wilton Bright White Candy Melts

Wilton Gold, Silver, Red and Blue Pearl and Color Dust

鈥 Wilton Edible Silver and Gold Stars

Materials for packaging:
鈥 gold bucket

鈥 white boxes

鈥 red paper baskets/crates

glitter tape

paint pens

red crinkle paper

gift tags

floral foam (for standing up cake pops)

Instructions:

1. Bake cake according to package directions.

2. Let cool completely; crumble and mix thoroughly with a jar of frosting.

3. Roll dough into quarter-sized balls.

4. Melt a small amount of white candy melts. Dip ends of lollipop sticks in melts and then stick halfway into cake balls. Freeze for one hour.

5. Melt remaining candy melts and dip frozen balls in one at a time to cover completely. Dip pop in sprinkles or leave plain and stick pops into floral foam to dry.

6. Melt more candy melts and place in a pastry bag fitted with a small round attachment. Use candy melts and sprinkles to add creative designs to each pop. Go nuts!

7. Optional: Package them up as edible gifts, create creative displays on your dessert table using buckets, boxes and baskets.

Let鈥檚 get started!

3-CakeMix

Bake cake according to package directions. We went with a box of white cake mix with oil, eggs and water. You could easily try one of our skinny alternatives though.

4-CakeCrumble

Once your cake has baked and cooled completely, use a fork to crumble it up.

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Then drop in an entire jar of frosting and mix thoroughly. Roll your new dough into quarter-sized balls.

6-Sticks

Now, melt a small amount of white candy melts. Dip ends of lollipop sticks in melts and then stick halfway into cake balls.

7-Freeze

Freeze your pops for one hour.

8-Decorations

Now comes the fun part. Time to start decorating!

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Start by dipping some of your pops in white candy melts.

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Add icing, sprinkles, pearl dust and more.

9-Red

Then melt another bowl of candy melts in any color you like. Put them in a piping bag and decorate your pops. When you鈥檙e using candy melts in a piping bag, you must act quickly or the melts will start to harden.

10-Red-Dots

You can also dip the whole pop in your candy melts and add sprinkles.

14-Blue

Then, we went with a big blue bowl of candy melts to add a little wintery hue to this holiday scene.

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16-Done

Voila!

17-Package

Now, time to package them up.

18-Bucket

We used paint pens to write on this gold bucket. Then add floral foam to the bottom of the bucket and stick your cake pops into it. Top with crinkle paper to cover the foam, and your pops are ready to gift.

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For this box we used washi tape to trick it out.

20-Basket

And for the basket we created Santa鈥檚 belly. How jolly is that?

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To get everyone we know into the Christmas cake pop spirit, we invited our favorite makers, bloggers and friends to Brit HQ to make their very own cake pops.

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Folks got super creative with their designs, and the Michaels team provided ample inspiration. So fun!

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What are your favorite holiday desserts? What about edible gifts? Talk to us in the comments below.