(Almost) Summer Sweets and Treats: Homemade Cake Batter Popsicles
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Jessica Tomes is a wife and mommy to three precious (but rambunctious) little girls. She is currently pregnant with baby number four, and can’t wait to meet HIM this September! She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Christian University. She owns The Plaid Pony, an upscale online boutique featuring curated favorites for infants through tweens — and is so excited to launch The Plaid Pony Home this Fall! She is passionate about writing and marketing impeccably designed clothing and furniture, and this wonderfully beautiful mess we call motherhood. She happily resides in Houston, Texas — eating all the Tex Mex she can get her hands on!
Adapted from mmmpopsicle.blogspot.com.
So I am just going to come clean with you guys and admit that I have a major sweet tooth. Unfortunately (for my waistline), it only gets worse when I am pregnant. Conventional wisdom says you crave sweets when it’s a girl, and salty when it’s a boy. From my own personal experience, this has proven true. (Although I’ve also craved pizza and booze with this baby, so I am not sure what that means. Yikes!)
With baby number one, it was always cupcakes. Eventually my husband stopped buying them for me from the grocery store (it became a bit of a problem), and told me if I wanted them, I would need to make them myself. This did not deter me; I developed a penchant for baking. This time around (with baby girl number three), I crave ice cream. Luckily, I have not (yet) been cut off from the Blue Bell — but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy getting a little creative in the kitchen. Clearly, given my history, this recipe for homemade Cake Batter Popsicles is a winner, winner chicken dinner…And it’s made with Greek yogurt! So it’s a teensy bit healthier. Right? 😉
Here’s how you make them.
- Are you planning to use a Zoku Quick Pop Maker (like me)? If so, you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s directions, and freeze the popsicle maker for eight plus hours prior to making these pops. Just keep that in mind. I like to keep my (clean) popsicle maker in my freezer — ready to go — all summer long. You never know when inspiration is going to strike! 😉
- Combine six ounces of Greek yogurt, four tablespoons of sugar-free yellow (boxed) cake mix, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and one-third cup water in your favorite blender. Blend until well-combined. It should be smooth and creamy.
- Next, add a tablespoon and a half of chocolate syrup to the mixture, swirling (with a spatula) to combine. Do not turn on the blender!
- Grab your Zoku from the freezer and insert the popsicle sticks (one for each slot). Then pour the delicious popsicle mixture into each mold (up to the fill line). Pour rainbow sprinkles onto the bottom of each popsicle, and press gently. The pops should freeze in seven to nine minutes. Just like magic! If you don’t have a Zoku, you can always make the popsicles the traditional way — the pops will need to freeze for a minimum of four hours. Time to dig in!
These popsicles are the perfect treat on a hot summer day! Or even just a hot (almost) summer day. Kiddos and grownups will love them just the same, making them perfect Play Date fare. Or a delicious summer birthday treat. What are some of your favorite summertime treats? Got any summer pregnancy must-haves? We’d love to hear! Feel free to share in the comments section below. Cheers to the best summer ever! xoxo