Marble Cake Pops Inspired by The War with Grandpa

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

Spend the holiday season laughing at the family shenanigans (that quickly escalate) in The War with Grandpa!

Based on the multi-award-winning beloved children’s book, The War with Grandpa is now available to own on Digital and will be available to purchase on Blu-Ray tomorrow, December 22.

About The War With Grandpa

Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid—he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter’s family, the boy is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences.

Alongside De Niro and Fegley is a top-notch cast that bring even more laughs throughout the mischievously funny and charming film, including:

  • Academy Award®nominee Uma Thurman (Kill Bill series, Pulp Fiction)
  • Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street, “Modern Family”)
  • Cheech Marin (Cars series, Coco)
  • Golden Globe®winner Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers, “Jane the Virgin”)
  • Laura Marano (Lady Bird, “Austin & Ally”)
  • Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can)

The film is directed by Tim Hill (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, “SpongeBob SquarePants”) and the script is written by Tom J. Astle (Get Smart, Failure to Launch) and Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic).

Marble Cake Pops Inspired by The War with Grandpa

Of course, no movie night is complete without a fun snack!

To celebrate the release of The War with Grandpa, I’m sharing a festive cake pop recipe inspired by the film and Grandpa’s marbles — one of Ed’s favorite collections.

Have you ever made cake pops at home? I’ll be honest, this dessert has always intimidated me! I had one bad experience attempting to make them and that was it — until now!

While these cake pops might look fancy and challenging, don’t let them fool you! I’m proud to share that my second attempt at cake pops turned out were much easier than I anticipated!

The point is — if I can do it, so can you. Below I’m sharing my helpful cake pop tips for you to try at home for your War with Grandpa movie night.

How to Make Marble Cake Pops


  • 9-inch round vanilla cake (optional – add half a teaspoon of peppermint extract when baking for a holiday touch!)
  • 3-5 tbsp. of vanilla frosting
  • White candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Cookie dough scoop
  • 8-inch candy treat sticks
  • Cake pop stand 
  • Baking sheet


Break apart a 9-inch round vanilla cake into small, even crumbles. 

Mix in a tablespoon of frosting at a time, using a hand mixer to combine, until the mixture clumps and sticks together easily. Note – you may not need to add all of the frosting based on how moist the cake is.

For equal-sized cake pops, use a cookie dough scoop (or a tablespoon) to form equal amounts of cake into small, rolled balls. (Approx. two scoops or tablespoons per ball.)

Place your rolled cake balls into the refrigerator on a baking sheet to chill for a minimum of 20 minutes. 

Warm a small amount of white candy melts according to the package instructions. Then dip a candy treat stick into the melted chocolate and insert it into the center of a chilled cake pop, being careful not to push it through the other side of the cake pop.

Once sticks have been inserted into all of the cake pops, place them back in the refrigerator to chill for another 5-10 minutes.

Warm your remaining white and red candy melts in separate containers according to the package instructions.

Once your cake pops have properly chilled, spoon lines of red candy melts on top of the melted white candy melts. Do not mix together.

Dip a chilled cake pop into the red and white candy melts to submerge it completely, then twist it slowly as you raise it out of the melted chocolate to give it a marbled look.

While holding the cake pop upside down, let all excess chocolate drip off. To help in this process, hold the cake pop stick in one hand and gently tap that hand with your other hand. Do not shake the cake pop.

Stand the dipped cake pop in the cake pop stand to dry.

Repeat the dipping process for all of the cake pops, adding additional lines of red candy melts to the white candy melt container as needed.

Let the cake pops harden and dry before enjoying.



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