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Red, Cake and Blue Pops for Labor Day

red, cake and blue pops
Try having the kids make these Red, Cake and Blue Pops at your Labor Day picnic. Dessert, centerpiece and kids activity all in one!

Need a quick, kid-friendly dessert for your Labor Day picnic?

Here’s one so easy you can have the younger guests at your party put them together. Red, Cake and Blue Pops pair pound cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries. So simple and so tasty!

I made these for a Memorial Day picnic and they were a hit! Adults and kids alike devoured the hand-held dessert. Plus, they’re so colorful that I used them as centerpieces too.

I love dessert, but I prefer a little of this and a little of that to a whole slice of anything. The beauty of this recipe is that it doesn’t take a ton of prep time, gives people the option to nibble at the parts they like and it doesn’t need to hog any primo fridge space before a party.

This recipe also doubled as an activity to entertain the kids while they waited for dinner to be ready. I cut pound cake ahead of time and had the berries washed and ready to go. Kids took turns making skewers and adding them into Mason jars. If you’re really fancy, you could serve these with a whipped cream dip or a pot of chocolate fondue. But for us, they were good enough to eat as is.

Red, Cake and Blue Pops
Have the berries washed and ready to go, and the pound cake cut. Then your junior chefs can assemble dessert while you cook.

Red, Cake and Blue Pops


  • 1 pound cake
  • 1 pint blueberries, washed
  • 1 quart strawberries, washed, stems removed
  • 15-20 bamboo or plastic skewers


Have all the fruit washed and ready to go. Cube the pound cake into good size pieces so that they can be skewered without falling apart (about 1.5 inches or so).

If the strawberries are really large, cut them in half before assembling.

Have your junior chefs take turns assembling their skewers in a pattern (a few blueberries to start, cake, strawberry and repeat).

Set them out in Mason jars as a centerpiece. Don’t be surprised when your centerpieces look suspiciously smaller by dinner 😉

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