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One great thing about cake pops is that you can make them several days in advance of an event… even a week (or two).

The chocolate coating seals in the cake, keeping it fresh. However – have you ever noticed that after a day or two, the stick starts to turn yellow?

1 How to Fix Yellow Cake Pop Sticks

The problem: standard cake mix ingredients include eggs, water & oil. Lollipop sticks are made from tightly-wound paper, which essentially act like a wick, absorbing the fat content contributed by oil.

The solution: Musselman’s unsweetened applesauce! It’s really that easy… substitute the exact amount of applesauce for what the cake mix calls for in oil.

2 Ingredients Applesauce

Did she just say applesauce in cake mix? I sure did! Don’t stress, it will not change the taste at all, I promise. I tested this solution with several friends, and not one person noticed the swap.

Most mixes require a 1/2 cup of oil. Musselman’s snack-size applesauce cups hold just about that same amount!

3 How to Fix Yellow Cake Pop Sticks with Applesauce

Next time you are making cake pops, keep that oil in the cupboard and peel back a snack pack of unsweetened applesauce – no measuring required!

I had so much fun working with Mussleman’s on this post… such a quick fix for a very common cake pop problem.

Now that you have pearly white sticks, here’s a fun & easy cake pop idea for Fall… Halloween Pumpkin Pops! {see my Pumpkin Cake Pop Tutorial to get started}

Halloween Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Cake Pop vertical

Place melted orange candy into a Ziploc bag. Snip off one corner of the bag — the smaller corner you cut, the finer of a “tip” you’ll have.

Pipe on your desired design – then immediately shake black sanding sugar over the wet candy. The crystals will only stick to where you pipe – ta da!

Spider Halloween Cake Pop with Apple

Jack is so friendly looking, you almost feel bad eating him… almost 🙂

HH Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Cake Pop

I especially love the sugar crystal effect for the spider design… it’s the perfect texture for a Halloween creepy-crawly.

HH Spider IG

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