How To Make Cake Pops [Guide 5 Easy Steps]

This simple cake pops recipe comes with helpful advice on how to make cake pops as well as detailed directions on how to melt our renowned Candy Melts candy, which makes decorating a breeze.

Cake pops are fantastic culinary gifts or party favors since they are simple to create and enjoyable to design. They are simple to personalize with your own colors and flavors and are ideal for those times when you only want a tiny taste of something sweet.

Cake pops can be made using your preferred homemade cake recipe, but you are perfectly acceptable in this situation to use a boxed cake mix. Cake pops are the ideal size for moist cake crumbs, which are produced by boxed cake recipes. Additionally, you can include your preferred mix-ins to give it a somewhat more “homemade” feel.

How to making cake balls

Using a measuring spoon is the simplest approach to create consistent, uniform cake balls. One batch can yield anywhere between 16 and 48 pops, depending on size!

How to make tiny, medium, or large cake balls is as follows:

  • Small: 48 cake balls, each about 1 1/4 inches in diameter, can be made from a tablespoon.
  • Medium: 24 cake balls, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, can be made from 2 teaspoons of batter.
  • Large: To create roughly 16 cake balls, use 3 teaspoons, each measuring about 2 inches in diameter.

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How to Use Candy Melts to Dip Cake Pops

We advise melting wafers in a Candy Melting Pot with a small amount of EZ Thin Dipping Aid for dipping. The melting pot will aid with maintaining the ideal temperature for your candy, and the EZ Thin will create the ideal consistency for dipping.

Cake pop customization and decoration is simple and enjoyable with Candy Melts. They come in a variety of hues and flavors, and they melt easily.

Check out our detailed How to Utilize Candy Melts for Baking and Decorating guide for additional details on how to melt, use, and decorate cake pops with Candy Melts.

In your melting pot, you can alternatively use chocolate or white chocolate. Both are excellent coatings!

How to Keep Cake Pops Safe

Cake pops that have been coated and covered in Candy Melts candies can be kept at room temperature for a week. Store your cake pops in the refrigerator if you dipped or decorated them with white chocolate or melted chocolate to prevent melting.

Can Cake Pops Be Freezed?

Put your cake pops gently in a big reusable freezer bag. For up to 6 weeks, cake pops can be stored in the freezer.

Donut Pops Busy Bee

Use pre-made doughnut holes if you don’t have time to make cake pops for your party since you’re too busy! All you need to do to make these sweet Busy Bee Donut Pops is dip and paint them, making them perfect for birthdays or baby showers.

Cake Pops with a School Spirit

With these Team Spirit Cake Pops, you can flaunt your pride. These sweets, which are made with two shades of cake and candy, are perfect for any sporting or academic occasion!

Cake Pops with Sprinkles

These adorable Succulent Cake Pops will help you create your own culinary garden.

Cake Pops with blue marbling

These Marbled Cake Pops really pop when there’s a little blue swish in them!

How to make cake pops


  • 1 box of your choice of cake mix
  • one package of Instant Pudding Mix 3.4 oz (Use chocolate instant pudding mix if using a chocolate cake mix.)
  • 4 Eggs
  • Water, 1 cup
  • Vegetable Oil, 1/3 cup
  • 1/2 cup of Buttercream Frosting (chocolate frosting for chocolate pops)
  • 1 package of candy melts 12 ounces, in any color you choose
  • Choose Your Own Toppings (sprinkles, nuts or other toppings)

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1. Build the Cake

  • Set the oven to 350°F. Apply nonstick spray to a baking sheet or sheet cake pan.
  • Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, and oil in a large bowl. For two minutes, use an electric mixer at medium speed. Pour into the ready-to-use pan.
  • When a toothpick put in the center of the cake comes out clean, bake it for 35 to 40 minutes. Cake should cool in the pan for ten minutes before being removed to finish cooling. Cake should be split in half, with one half being frozen for later.
  • Crumble the cake with your hands until there are no big pieces left.
  • Add frosting and blend thoroughly with your hands.

2. Create cake balls

  • Form into cake balls, then chill for about two hours to solidify.
  • Cake balls the size of a tablespoon, each measuring about 1 1/4 inches in diameter, provide around 48 cake pops.
  • Medium cake pops: 24 cake pops can be made from 2 tablespoon-sized cake balls, each measuring approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Large cake pops: To make 16 cake pops, use 3 tablespoon-sized cake balls, each measuring about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.

3. Make Cake Pops and coat them

  • Melt Candy Melts candy in accordance with the directions on the package while cake balls are setting.
  • Each lollipop stick should first be dipped into melted candy, then into the set cake balls. Repeat with the remaining cake balls and then refrigerate once more until firm, about 10 minutes. Save any leftover melted candy.
  • One by one, dunk the cake balls in the remaining melted candy. Lightly tap to get rid of extra. If necessary, thin out the candy for simpler dipping by reheating it with more EZ Thin Dipping Aid.
  • Add your preferred topping or sprinkles right away, then transfer on craft foam. Continue with the remaining cake pops. About 10 to 15 minutes of chilling will have it set.

Tips and Troubleshooting for Cake Pops

  1. Go Easy on the Frosting: A lot of people left out the advice to ONLY ADD A LITTLE BIT OF FROSTING in the cake pop tutorials I was following. That is very significant! Most cakes already have moisture. Unless you add extra cake, in my judgment, too much icing ruins the dish.
  2. Use Your Hands To Mix: To get a feel for it, it actually helps to mix it with your hands. It appeared like I wasn’t adding enough icing when I mixed it with a spoon, but when I started to form a ball, it turned out that I had added way too much. Even after the icing has been incorporated, the cake should still be somewhat crumbly.
  3. Mini Ice Cream and Cookie Scoop Great: To ensure that you have equal quantities, scoop out the “dough” with a miniature ice cream scoop.
    I only put these in the freezer once, so there’s no need to keep refreezing them. If you wish to bag them or hasten the final setting time, do it twice.
  4. Use A Deep, Narrow Cup For Dipping: To avoid twirling the cake ball, the melted chocolate or candy coating should be deep enough to thoroughly cover it. **NEW METHOD** Another technique I recently saw on Cupcake Wars involved melting the chocolate in a bowl, placing the cake pop within, and then spooning the chocolate on top.
  5. Box Cake Is Perfect- If you’re not against the ingredients, just get a box cake and create some homemade icing to make life simple for yourself. Nobody will be aware.
  6. Use A Styrofoam Holder—A block of Styrofoam offers an inexpensive and effective holder for the cake pops to be placed in while they are drying.

how to make cake pops


Where can I find an option to candy melts?

Try melting wafers (my fave is Ghirardelli Vanilla) or high-quality white chocolate or dark chocolate bars if you don’t have candy melts. Try adding 1 tbsp of vegetable oil when whisking the melting chocolate if it is too thick.

Why is the coating on the candy cracking?

Significant temperature fluctuations between the cake balls and the coating are the primary cause of fractured cake pop coating. If the cake balls are too cold and the melted candy melt is too hot, the cake balls will expand and then contract, causing the coating to split. Make sure the coating isn’t really hot when you dip your cake into it to avoid this happening. Before dipping, let your coating cool for a few minutes.

What caused my cake balls to remove from their stick?

Never forget to dip lollipop sticks in frosting before inserting them into the ball. As the balls firm, this aids in keeping the sticks in place. They will also slip off if the lollipop stick is not inserted deeply enough. Last but not least, check that your lollipop sticks aren’t too thin—you need them to be thick enough to support the weight of the cake balls. Above are the lollipop sticks I always use.

What do I do with them?

Undipped cake balls can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days if you’re making them ahead of time. After decorating and dipping them, keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.

Do these fit freezers?

Cake balls, both coated and uncoated, can be frozen for up to two months. When you’re ready to consume them, let them thaw at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes.

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