Cake Pops Recipe

cake pops recipe
cake pops recipe

Welcome to Takeout Food, where culinary exploration meets delight! Say goodbye to overpriced cake pops and hello to homemade deliciousness. With our easy cake pops recipe, you’ll be creating cafĂ©-worthy cake balls in no time. Gather the family for a fun weekend project and let’s dive into the world of bite-sized desserts.

What You Need to Make This Recipe

Ingredients needed to make cake pops.

  • Vanilla cake: While a box cake mix works perfectly for convenience, nothing beats the taste of homemade cake. If you have some leftover cake lying around, feel free to use that instead. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try chocolate cake, red velvet cake, or strawberry cake for different flavor variations.
  • Frosting: You can use either homemade vanilla frosting (a great way to use up leftovers) or store-bought frosting. The choice is yours! Chocolate frosting or cream cheese frosting are also delicious options.
  • Candy melts: These delightful melts, once melted and dipped, set up with the same look and texture as chocolate. They are easier to work with, as tempering is not required. Just be careful not to scorch them, as they harden quickly.
  • Sprinkles: Buy your favorite sprinkles from the store or try making your own homemade sprinkles following our easy recipe.

How to Make Cake Pops

  1. Crumble the cooled cake into a large bowl.

    Set of two photos showing cake being crumbled then frosted added.

  2. Add frosting and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles wet sand but is not smooth.

    Set of two photos showing a cookie scoop scooping the cake before rolling.

  3. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cake mixture.

  4. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.

    Set of two photos showing the balls placed on a lined sheet pan and then a lollipop stick inserted.

  5. Place the rolled balls on a lined plate. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or freeze for 30 minutes.

  6. Melt the candy melts or chocolate wafers according to the package instructions. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and insert it about halfway into a cake ball.

    Set of two photos showing balls dipped in candy coating and topped with sprinkles.

  7. Dip the cake ball into the chocolate, then remove and gently tap on the side of the cup to let excess coating drip off.

  8. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Place the cake pops upright and let them stand until the coating is set.

    Multiple white cake pops with rainbow sprinkles.

Pro Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Want to add more color to your cake pops? Try adding gel food coloring to the candy melts. Keep in mind that gel food coloring is more concentrated, so a little goes a long way. If using liquid food coloring, be cautious not to thin out the frosting.
  • Ensure the cake is completely cooled before crumbling it. Warm cake will cause the frosting to bind and make it difficult for the cake pops to stay together. If possible, bake the cake a day ahead of time to allow sufficient cooling time.
  • Chill the cake and frosting mixture before rolling the balls. This will make it easier to shape them evenly.
  • For the best results, crumble the cake into fine crumbs. This will ensure a smooth texture and prevent large chunks of cake from poking out.
  • To display your cake pops, create small holes in a styrofoam block or the bottom of a deep cardboard box. Insert the end of the lollipop stick into the hole once the cake pop is coated and decorated. Alternatively, place the cake balls upside-down on a lined baking tray to dry, giving them a flat side that makes transporting them easier.
  • Get creative with flavors! This recipe works with various classic cake mix flavors and complementary frostings. Bake your favorite cake flavor in a 13×9-inch sheet and follow the recipe instructions. For more inspiration, check out our Pumpkin Cake Pops or Halloween Cake Pops variations.


What can I use instead of candy melts?

If you don’t have candy melts on hand, you can try melting wafers or good-quality white chocolate or dark chocolate bars. If the chocolate is too thick, you can add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the melted chocolate to achieve a smoother texture.

Why is the candy coating cracking?

A common cause of cracked cake pop coatings is a significant temperature difference between the cake balls and the melted candy coating. To prevent this, allow the coating to cool for a few minutes before dipping the cake pops. This will help ensure a smooth and crack-free coating.

Why did my cake balls fall off their stick?

To prevent cake balls from falling off their sticks, dip the lollipop sticks in the frosting before inserting them into the balls. This helps the sticks stay in place as they harden. Also, make sure to insert the lollipop sticks deep enough into the cake balls for stability. Using thicker lollipop sticks will also provide better support for the weight of the cake balls.

How do I store cake pops?

If you’re making cake pops ahead of time, you can store the undipped cake balls in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. After dipping and decorating them, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I freeze cake pops?

Yes, you can freeze both uncoated and coated cake pops for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow them to thaw at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before indulging.

If you’re ready to embark on a delightful cake pop adventure, give our recipe a try! Don’t forget to rate the recipe and share your experience in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you at Takeout Food! Explore more culinary inspirations and recipes on our official website.

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