Cake Pop Recipe
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Cake Pop Recipe
We’ve all seen them standing there, tempting us as we get our skinny vanilla spice latte at Starbucks. Round, delicious balls of cake on a stick, coated in some fabulous chocolate coating. I figured there must be a way to make them at home, even with my kids, and there is! Follow these easy instructions to make beautiful cake pops that are perfect for Valentine gift giving.
Easy Cake Pop Recipe
- 1 box cake mix and ingredients to bake it (listed on the box)
- 1/2 can frosting that compliments the cake flavor/color
- 24 oz meltable candy coating, in a flavor that compliments your cake
- 40 lollipop or cake pop sticks
- Decorations such as nonpareils, sprinkles, nuts, etc
- Long Styrofoam "plank"
- Bake the cake in a 9x13 pan as directed on the package. Let cool.
- Crumble the whole cake into a large bowl.
- Microwave the frosting for about 20 seconds, making sure no foil is left on the package. Stir. If the consistency is soft and smooth, pour about half of the container into the crumbled cake and mix. Try to form a ping-pong sized ball. If the cake sticks together well without cracking, you can continue to make balls. If the cake cracks, add more frosting. (I usually use about 3/4 of the container.)
- Place the formed balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes, until chilled throughout.
- Melt the candy coating over a double boiler. When smooth and melted, dip the end of a stick into the coating and press into a cake ball, standing it on it's top so the stick is in the air. Continue with the remaining balls.
- Start with the first pop you worked with, dip in the melted coating, making sure to coat the whole pop. Let the excess drip back into the pan.
- Roll in sprinkles, nuts, etc. Press the stick into the Styrofoam and let it set. Continue with the remaining pops.
- Once they are hardened, you can place them in a sealed container for storage and enjoy!
Cydni Arterbury saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 11:24 am
Thank you for this post!! I tried to make cake pops once before but used melted chocolate chips instead of candy coating & it never got to a smooth consistency for dipping & my pops turned out AWFUL looking!!!! My daughter is having a friend sleep over this weekend. We may attempt this recipe!
Raining Hot Coupons saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 11:28 am
Yay!!! You are very welcome Cydni =) I hope it goes well for you…This is perfect for a sleepover party.
The Brunch Lady Catering saysJanuary 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm
Hey Ladies! Ive made these several times and have a few hints for you! Buy the chocolate melting pot instead of using the double broiler. It keep the choc chips melted and doesn’t burn. I also add a small amount of wax to the pot first then the choc chips. The wax makes the coating harden faster. DO NOT freeze if your gonna use the wax as it will crack, just a good quick chill. Dip the ball and gently knock on side of pot to let excess choc drip back in. If your balls look wobbly, try double dipping after first coat dries! My clients love these!
Chrissy saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
This is a great way to make them. I bought the cake pop pan and it does not work! They are too heavy and don’t hold onto the sticks at all!! This works though!!! Thanks for the post, I need to make some for the kids’ party coming up 🙂
sarah g saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 11:58 am
I’ve made this recipe before except I put them in the fridge overnight b4 coating in the candy chocolate. I think the freezing would be better bc the next morning when I got up there was about 5 balls left lol. I have some ideas where they went. My kids and husband got into them and I’m not gonna lie I ate a few myself lol
Cecilia Hart saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm
My daughter is turning 7 next month and these will definitely be made for her party! Love the simplicity of this! Thanks for sharing!
Jacque saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm
I have been trying to come up with an idea on how to make these without a machine and you just gave me the solution! Thank you!!
Candice saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm
I use this exact recipe when I make maple bacon cake pops for my fiance. He loves them!
White chocolate candy melts
and I add a teaspoon of maple extract and small pieces of bacon when mixing the crumbled cake & frosting.
Finally, I garnish with a few pieces of bacon, also.
Every time I make them, they never last more than a few hours. They are so delicious!
Tobi saysFebruary 9, 2013 at 8:58 am
Wow, what an interesting idea – may have to try that out! 🙂
Nana Jan saysJanuary 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm
I can NEVER get cake balls to work!!! I have resolved to using donut holes and it works great!!!
Rebecca saysDecember 23, 2017 at 11:09 am
Do you still have to put them in the refrigerator
Brooke saysJanuary 18, 2013 at 6:31 am
Thanks for posting. Ive seen this recipe but forgot about it. Cant wait to try it for my honey and little ones. 🙂
Becki Yochum saysFebruary 9, 2013 at 10:52 am
WHAT?? DONUT HOLES?? You are a genius! Quite possibly the best thing I will learn all day! LOL THANK YOU! 😉
Kris Lemire saysJanuary 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm
this is absolutely ridiculous 🙁 I CANNOT get these to work for the life of me… making the balls and all that isn’t the problem… it’s getting the melted candy to work without holding them dripping over the pan for like 10 mins each (I’m not joking) or completely falling off the stick 🙁 I was oh so hopeful but I”m having a heck of a time… darn!
Lynda Difrancesco saysFebruary 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm
I make these a lot and always have trouble with them falling off the sticks when dipping. What I do now is not dip them in all the way. (Just coat the top half) works and looks just as good.
Tobi saysFebruary 9, 2013 at 9:01 am
My problem is that the Wilton candy melts are thick when they melt and create a really thick coating and you need so many to cover all the pops. Someone told me to add vegetable oil to thin it out and it helped, but wonder if there is a better way? My kids love cake pops though and so less messy than bringing cupcakes to a party 🙂
B saysDecember 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm
Not vegetable oil, Crisco shortening. Adding the Crisco shortening will thin the chocolate and make it easier to dip. Important to dip the sticks in first then into the cake pop. Let that harden befor you dip the rest of the cake ball _ as the recipe indicates
Heather B saysFebruary 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm
Wish me luck all! I am currently getting ready to attempt these for my daughter’s tea party birthday tomorrow. I decided to try almond bark for the coating, we will see how it goes!!
Crisy saysFebruary 13, 2013 at 12:47 am
I use this recipe for mine too! I actually use the Wilton candy melts but add a spoonful of crisco to the melted chocolate for a smooth coating and I don’t dip my pops, I use a spoon to scoop up the chocolate and spin the pop into the spoon. Hope this helps!
Debi Booth saysMay 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm
You do make everything look so easy…I’m going to try =) Will let you know how it turns out…TY
Karen saysJuly 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm
The recipe was fantastic, I did have the same trouble as alot of people. They would fall off the stick if I tried to completely dip them. I finally dipped them only half way. Also after they were dipped I set them up and the pop slid down the stick, so I put them upside down on a cookie tray, they didn’t look pretty, but still tasted good.
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Stein saysNovember 7, 2017 at 1:28 am
For a make shift double boiler I use one of my regular pots filled halfway with water and put a metal bowl just barely touching the water on top and put on medium heat until the chocolate is melted all the way through. Works like a charm