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The Ultimate Homemade Cake Pops Recipe

Homemade Cake Pops are perfectly moist cake meets rich icing in these bite-sized delights! Discover how to make the most delightful and delicious Homemade Cake Pops with our easy-to-follow recipe.

July 19, 2023
Homemade Cake PopsPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 90 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 120 mins


  • 1 box of your favorite cake mix (and associated ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup frosting (store-bought or homemade)
  • Candy melts or high-quality chocolate for coating
  • Lollipop sticks or cake pop sticks
  • Sprinkles or decorations (optional)


  1. Bake the cake according to the instructions on the box. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  2. Once the cake is cooled, crumble it into a large bowl, ensuring there are no large pieces.
  3. Add the frosting into the bowl with the cake crumbs. Mix them together until it forms a dough-like consistency.
  4. Use your hands or a mini ice cream scoop to form the mixture into small, round balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Melt a small amount of the candy coating following the package instructions. Dip the tip of each cake pop stick into the candy coating, then insert it into the cake balls. Place the cake pops in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to firm up.
  6. Melt the rest of the candy coating. Dip each cake pop into the candy coating, ensuring it's fully covered. If you want, decorate with sprinkles while the coating is still wet.
  7. Stand the cake pops upright in a piece of styrofoam or a cake pop stand to dry. Once dry, they're ready to be enjoyed!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Cake Pops
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9 g11.5%
Cholesterol 10 mg3.3%
Sodium 135 mg5.9%
Protein 1 g2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use a fully cooled and slightly stale cake. Freshly baked cake can be too soft and crumbly, making it difficult to shape into cake pops. A day-old cake is easier to work with and holds its shape better.
  • Crumble the cake. Break the cake into fine crumbs using your hands or a food processor. Ensure there are no large chunks left, as they can affect the texture of the cake pops.
  • If your cake is too dry to form into balls, add a bit more frosting until it reaches the correct consistency.
  • Add frosting to the cake crumbs gradually. Start with a small amount, as you can always add more if needed. The frosting helps bind the cake crumbs together and adds moisture, but too much can make the mixture too wet.
  • Roll the cake mixture into uniform-sized balls to ensure even cooking and a consistent appearance. A small cookie scoop can be helpful for this step.
  • Chill the balls. Place the shaped cake balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and chill them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. It helps firm up the cake pops and prevents them from falling apart during dipping.
  • If you have problems with your cake balls staying on the sticks, try freezing them for a bit longer before dipping them into the candy coating.
  • Make sure to completely immerse the cake pops in the candy coating for a smooth, even layer. If the coating is too thick, you can add a bit of vegetable oil to thin it out.
  • Use candy melts or high-quality chocolate for dipping the cake pops. Melt the candy melts or chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in short intervals, stirring in between, to avoid overheating.
  • If you're having trouble with the candy coating cracking after it dries, it may be because your cake pops are too cold. Allow them to come to room temperature before dipping.
  • Use a styrofoam block. To let the cake pops dry without touching any surface, stand them upright in a styrofoam block or cake pop stand until the coating is completely set.
  • The candy coating sets up fast, so be sure to add your decorations right after you dip each cake pop.
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Homemade cake pops are delightful treats that are cake mixed with frosting, shaped into small balls, and adorned with a candy or chocolate coating. Cake pops are the perfect bite-sized indulgence for all sweet lovers. Not only are they a charming and fun dessert, but they also serve as an exciting project for both baking enthusiasts and those new to the kitchen.

This recipe will guide you through creating cake pops from scratch, guaranteeing a treat that's equally appealing to the eyes and the palate.

What Makes Cake Pops So Good?

Cake pops are a delightful treat that combine the rich flavors of a cake with the fun, portable convenience of a lollipop. They are especially loved for their versatility and the creative possibilities they provide.

Moist Texture: Cake pops are typically made by combining baked cake crumbs with frosting, which results in a moist and decadently rich interior. The ratio of cake to frosting is often just right to give a texture that's not too dense but also not too crumbly.

Versatility: Cake pops can be made with any type of cake and frosting combination, offering endless flavor options. They can also be decorated in countless ways with different colored candy melts, sprinkles, and other toppings, making them adaptable to any occasion.

Fun to Eat: The small, lollipop-like form of cake pops makes them easy to eat without needing a fork or plate. They're a perfect portable treat for parties or other events.

Bite-Sized: Because they are small, cake pops provide a way to enjoy a sweet treat without overindulging. They're great for portion control, especially for those who are trying to keep an eye on their dessert intake.

Great for Gifting: Given their attractive appearance and the creativity that goes into making them, cake pops make great gifts. They can be individually wrapped and presented in a pleasing manner.

In summary, cake pops are a great way to enjoy the flavors of a traditional cake in a fun, bite-sized, and versatile form. Whether you're a chocolate lover, a fan of vanilla, or anything in between, there's a cake pop out there for you!

How To Easily Dip Cake Pops?

Dipping cake pops can seem a little daunting, but with the right preparation and a few tips, it becomes quite simple:

  • Prepare Your Coating: Melt your candy coating or chocolate in a deep, narrow cup or bowl. The depth helps to completely submerge the cake pop. Ensure the coating is smooth and completely melted, but not overly hot. You can achieve this by heating it in short intervals and stirring frequently.
  • Pre-Dip Tip: Before dipping the whole cake pop, dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the melted candy coating or chocolate. Then, insert it into the cake ball. This creates a seal and helps the cake ball stay on the stick while you're dipping.
  • Dip: Dip the cake pop straight down into the coating until it's completely covered. Avoid stirring or moving the pop around in the coating as this can cause it to fall off the stick.
  • Remove and Tap: Lift the cake pop up and tap the stick lightly on the side of your container to remove excess coating. This should help create a smooth surface.
  • Dry: Stick the dipped cake pop into a foam block or stand and let it dry completely.
  • Decorate: Once the coating is dry, you can decorate the cake pops as desired.

Remember, practice makes perfect. If your first few pops aren't as smooth or perfect as you'd like, keep going! You'll get the hang of it.

Should Cake Pops Be Frozen Before Dipping?

Cake pops should be chilled before dipping, but they don't necessarily need to be frozen. In fact, if they're frozen, they could cause the candy coating or chocolate to crack after it's dipped due to the change in temperature.

Here's the general process: After you form the cake pops, you should refrigerate them for about 2 hours or freeze them for 15-20 minutes so they're firm but not frozen solid. This will help the cake pops maintain their shape while being dipped.

However, if you're planning to prepare the cake pops in advance and store them for a while before dipping, you can freeze them. Just make sure to let them partially defrost in the refrigerator before dipping to avoid the potential for the coating to crack. It's all about the gradual change in temperature.

It's also crucial to ensure the cake pops aren't too cold when dipping because it can cause the candy coating to set up too quickly, which could make it appear clumpy or uneven. You're aiming for a happy medium: cool enough to hold their shape but not so cold as to disrupt the dipping process.

How To Make The Smoothest Cake Pops?

Making smooth cake pops is all about the technique and temperature. Here are some tips:

Consistent Size: When forming your cake balls, try to make them as uniform in size as possible. You can use a mini ice cream scoop or a tablespoon measure to ensure they're all the same size.

Right Consistency: Don’t add too much frosting to your crumbled cake. Adding too much can make the cake pops too soft and they can fall off the stick. The mixture should be moist enough to roll into balls, but not overly gooey.

Chill Before Dipping: Chill the cake balls in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or in the freezer for 15 minutes before dipping them into the coating. This helps them hold their shape.

Smooth Coating: Make sure your candy melts or chocolate is at the right temperature and consistency. If it's too hot, it can melt the cake balls; if it's too cool, it can be too thick for a smooth finish. Add a little vegetable shortening or paramount crystals to thin the coating if necessary.

Dipping Technique: Dip each cake pop straight down into the coating until the cake ball is completely covered and sealed. If you need to angle the cake pop, do so. But do not stir the coating with the cake pop. Gently lift the cake pop out of the coating and let the excess drip off.

Drying: Allow the coating to dry completely before adding any decorative elements. Use a cake pop stand or a piece of styrofoam to hold the cake pops upright while they dry.

Patience: Take your time. Rushing through any step can lead to bumpy or cracked cake pops. Remember, practice makes perfect!

What To Serve with Cake Pops?

Cake pops are delightful sweet treats that can be served on their own as a delightful dessert or as part of a dessert spread. Here are some ideas on what to serve with cake pops:

Dipping Sauces: Offer a variety of dipping sauces such as chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, or fruit coulis. Guests can dip their cake pops into these delicious sauces for an extra burst of flavor.

Fresh Fruits: Serve some fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries alongside the cake pops. The fruity flavors complement the sweetness of the cake pops and add a refreshing touch.

Ice Cream: Pair cake pops with a scoop of ice cream such as vanilla ice cream, either on the side or sandwiched between two cake pops to create a cake pop ice cream sandwich.

Mini Dessert Platter: Arrange the cake pops on a mini dessert platter along with other bite-sized treats like mini muffins, macarons, and cookies.

Hot Beverages: Cake pops go exceptionally well with hot beverages like coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. The combination of the warm drink and the sweet cake pops is simply delightful.

Milkshakes: Serve cake pops with chocolate milkshake in shot glasses for a fun and delicious dessert pairing.

Fruit Skewers: Create fruit skewers with a mix of colorful fruits, and alternate them with cake pops for a fun and visually appealing presentation.

Assorted Sprinkles and Toppings: Serve them with assorted sprinkles, crushed nuts, coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, or colored sugar. Customize cake pops with your favorite toppings.

History of Cake Pops

Cake pops, those delightful, bite-sized confections that are a cross between a lollipop and a piece of cake, first burst onto the sweets scene in 2008. They were introduced to the world by Angie Dudley, a baker in Georgia, who goes by Bakerella on her blog, where she showcases her recipes and sweet creations. The initial concept came to her when she was trying to use up the leftover cake. She mixed it with frosting, rolled it into a ball, put it on a stick, dipped it in a sweet coating, and thus, the cake pop was born!

They gained a wider audience when Dudley was invited to showcase her cake pops on Martha Stewart's show. The popularity of cake pops skyrocketed after this, and they began to appear in bakeries and dessert menus all over the world. Cake pops have since become a popular treat at events like baby showers, weddings, and birthday parties due to their versatile nature and fun presentation. They can be decorated to match any theme or color scheme, and the flavors are limitless, which adds to their popularity.

The great thing about making cake pops is the creative freedom it offers. You can play around with the flavors of the cake and the frosting, the type of coating, and the decorations on top. Want a red velvet cake pop with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate coating? Go for it! Or how about a chocolate cake pop with peanut butter frosting and a dark chocolate coating? Absolutely! With sprinkles, crushed nuts, drizzles of different colored coatings - the sky's the limit when it comes to decorating your cake pops. This delicious treat, with its moist cake center and sweet outer shell, continues to be a favorite amongst dessert lovers everywhere.

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