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Homemade Cake Pops

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I am excited to show you how to make homemade cake pops. There is something cool about a ball of cake covered in chocolate on top of a lollipop stick.

Homemade cake pops are awesome and one of my favorite desserts! And they are way less expensive to make at home.

Are you tired of making the same thing for birthdays or maybe you want something new to bring to a party? Make these amazing treats and impress your friends and family with your baking skills.

Instead of giving a bouquet of flowers, maybe give a bouquet of cake pops! If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking! 🙂

If you are a fan of cake make sure to check out these other cake recipes.

Step 1: How to make homemade cake pops

Homemade cake pops in a glass jar

First, in order to make cake pops at home, we need a base cake. You can use any cake mix from the store or your favorite homemade cake recipe. Just follow the instructions and bake up that cake. You can make all kinds of different flavors.

Step 2: Break up that cake

I am sorry cake, I love you, but it is time for a breakup.

After you bake your cake in whatever pans you want to use, it really doesn’t matter, break it up in a large bowl. Alternatively, a little trick I learned is you can put the cake in a heavy-duty zip-lock bag and break it up in there.

We want to get the crumbs pretty fine. I am using only half of the cake, which makes 12 to 13 cake pops. Another thing you can try is using a hand mixer or stand mixer.

If using the stand mixer, use your paddle attachment. Be aware, some cake bits might want to pull a superman and fly out of the bowl. 🙂 You can also use a food processor too if you like.

White hand mixer breaking up yellow cake in a large glass bowl.

Step 3: Frosting Time

Now we add in our favorite frosting. I am just using a store-bought white frosting. Start with one large heaping Tablespoon worth of frosting, which really is about 2 or 2 1/2 Tbsp. (approx. 35g or so).

You can always add some more if you want a little later. IF using the full cake you will probably use about 1/3 of a cup. Now dive in there with your clean hands and mix the frosting with the cake bits.

You can use gloves if you like as well if you don’t like the idea of touching the cake. Or again, you can use your mixer. 🙂 You want to add the mixture to resemble play-dough, once it is all mixed together, meaning it stays together when you smush it together, haha.

Hands smashing up cake with frosting in a large glass bowl.

Step 4: Roll out the cake pops balls

Now we need to grab some cake mixture and make it into a ball. I usually use a Tablespoon and measure out two Tablespoons worth, which make a decent-sized cake ball. Knead the cake mix a little bit in your hand, then use your palms to roll it into a ball.

Again make sure your hands are clean or wear gloves. Next place the cake ball on a parchment paper-lined baking tray or plate.

Round cake pop ball on top of a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Step 5: Melt, Dip, Stick, Smooth, Chill

Now, melt some of the Candiquikcandy melts, or chocolate chips/bars. I have used all three types, I really like the consistency that melted Candiquik gives. You can’t go wrong with candy melts though. Or even using your favorite kind of chocolate.

I use the microwave to melt the Candiquik. I either use the defrost setting on bursts of like 45 seconds then stir, or use the hi setting and do bursts of 30 seconds and then stir, until the chocolate is nice and melted, you may also use the double boiler method.

Hand placing a stick dipped in white chocolate into a cake pop ball.

After that dip your treat stick into the Candiquik, about 3/4 of an inch, then stick it into your cake ball, about the same far. Don’t poke it too far, we don’t want it coming out the other side.

Now you can smooth out the chocolate that you like with your finger, purely for aesthetics. Next, place those in a piece of styrofoam or a cake pop stand, and then into the fridge for 10 minutes. This will help the chocolate firm up and give some stability to the cake ball.

You will be left with a bunch of un-dipped homemade cake pops.

Several un-dipped cake pops on sticks stuck into white styrofoam.

*Note if you pick the cake ball up and turn it over you will have a little flat part which is a great place to stick your lollipop stick.

Step 6: Dip, Turn, Tap those cake pops

Once our homemade cake pops have firmed up it is dipping time! Melt more chocolate, I usually only do one color/flavor at a time. If you are using a more shallow bowl, tilt the bowl of chocolate, then dip your cake pop into it.

Use a spoon to cover the ball if needed. Now rotate the cake stick, and gently tap the stick with your finger, this will allow the excess chocolate to drip off, and rotating ensures a nice smooth covering.

Hand dipping a ball of cake on a stick in a bowl of melted white chocolate

You may also use a deeper more narrow glass. With these you can usually just dip straight down and come up with it, then do the rotating and tapping.

Once done place your cake pop back into the styrofoam or cake pops stand and let the chocolate set. If using traditional chocolate you may want to put them in the fridge for a few minutes to help the setting process. If not, by the time you are done dipping the last one, most of the others will have completely set.

Step 7: Decorate and Serve the Cake Pops

Now we get to decorate these little homemade cake pops. 🙂 I chose to just drizzle different flavors on the top, using a bit of chocolate in a plastic bag with the corner snipped. You can use a professional piping bag with tips as well.

If you want to stick different candies or nuts on it, you will want to do it shortly after dipping before the chocolate sets completely. And there you go, cake pops! 🙂

Several homemade cake pops drizzled with white and dark chocolate.

How to store homemade cake pops?

You can store your cake pops at room temperature. You can also wrap them up with some candy bags for gifts. They will last about a week at room temperature. Alternatively you can place them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Can I freeze the cake pops?

Sure! You can freeze homemade cake pops. Just place them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. Then when you want to eat one, remove it and let it thaw out. Just make sure the chocolate is fully set before freezing them.

Cake Pops Troubleshooting – Why are my cake balls falling off the stick?

Now for a few homemade cake pops troubleshooting tips. One of the most common questions I get is “Why do my cake balls keep falling off the stick?” Here are a few reasons why that happens and what to do to fix it:

  • The texture of the cake balls is not quite right. Meaning, you added too much frosting or not enough. Just add the frosting a little bit at a time until when it comes together it resembles smooth play dough. When you roll it, the cake ball will be nice and smooth. If there is too much frosting in it, it will be too soft and fall of the stick easier.
  • The cake ball was too large. Don’t make the cake ball for the cake pop too large. The ball should be about a Tablespoon in size before dipping or just slightly larger. And it will weigh around 20g. Just shy of 1.5 inches in diameter.
  • Try leaving them in the fridge a little longer before dipping them. This can help to keep them on the stick longer. Some people will even put them in the freezer after putting the sticks in them and before dipping them. Although don’t let them freeze completely, the frozen cake ball will expand a bit after thawing which can crack the chocolate after it has been dipped.
  • Make sure the melted chocolate you use is nice and runny. The CandiQuik kind really is one of the best dipping chocolates. And if you run into issues with the chocolate that you are using not being thin enough, add a little vegetable shortening to it while melting it. This will help make it runnier. 1 to 2 teaspoons is all you should need.
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Homemade Cake Pops Recipe

This homemade cake pop recipe is very easy to make, using very few ingredients. There is something cool about a ball of cake covered in chocolate on top of a lollipop stick. Instead of giving a bouquet of flowers, maybe give a bouquet of cake pops! They are really easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it, let's get started!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, chocolate, easy
Servings: 24 cake pops
Calories: 150kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt

Equipment

  • treat sticks
  • styrofoam or cake pop stand
  • Bowls
  • spoon
  • bags
  • hand mixer (optional)
  • parchment paper
  • baking tray or plate

Ingredients

  • 1 cake mix box of your favorite cake (plus necessary ingredients listed on back of box) or use your favorite homemade cake recipe.
  • 1/3 cup approx. of frosting (your favorite kind)
  • candiquik
  • candy melts

Instructions

  • Bake your favorite cake from a mix or homemade recipe, and allow it to cool completely.
  • Break the cake apart into small crumbs by rubbing the cake together or putting it into a plastic bag and breaking it apart in there or using a mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment.)
  • Now we add in your favorite frosting. Start with one large heaping Tablespoon worth of frosting, (approx. 35g or so). You can always add a little more later. IF using the full cake you will probably use about 1/3 of a cup.
    Use clean hands or wear gloves and mix the frosting with the cake bits. Or use your mixer. 🙂 The mixture should resemble play dough, once it is all mixed together. It will stay together when smashed together.
  • Next, we need to grab some cake mixture and make it into a ball. A tablespoon worth makes a good-sized ball. Knead the cake mix a little bit in your hand, then use your palms to roll it into a ball and place it onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Now melt some of the candiquikcandy melts, or chocolate chips/bars. I prefer the candiquik. Use the microwave to melt the candiquik. Either use the defrost setting on bursts of like 45 seconds then stir, or use the hi setting and do bursts of 30 seconds and then stir, until the chocolate is nice and melted, you may also use the double boiler method.
    After that dip your treat stick into the candiquick, about 3/4 of an inch, then stick it into your cake ball, about the same far. Don't poke it too far, we don't want it coming out the other side. Smooth out the chocolate with your finger.
    Now place those in a piece of styrofoam or a cake pop stand, and then into the fridge they go for 10 minutes to firm up.
  • Time to dip the cake pops! Melt more chocolate and place in a small bowl or narrow glass then dip your cake pop into it. Use a spoon to cover the ball if needed. Now rotate the cake stick, and gently tap the stick with your finger, this will allow the excess chocolate to drip off, and rotating ensures a nice smooth covering. Once done place your cake pop back into the styrofoam or cake pops stand and let the chocolate set. If using traditional chocolate you may want to put them in the fridge for a few minutes to help the setting process.
  • Now we get to decorate these little cake pops. 🙂 You can drizzle chocolate on top using a small bag as a piping bag with the corner snipped off. If you want to stick different candies or nuts on it, you will want to do it shortly after dipping before the chocolate sets completely. And there you go, yummy homemade cake pops! 🙂

Video

How to Make Cake Pops | Easy Homemade Cake Pop Recipe

Notes

The Nutritional Facts will vary depending on the cake mix you decide to use as well as the chocolate coating and any other toppings. They will have between 150 and 200 calories for each one. 🙂 

Do you like the recipe? Please give it a rating and comment down below, I really appreciate it. 🙂 If you make it tag me on Instagram @inthekitchenwithmatt. Also, sign up for the newsletter so you won’t miss out on any of my new posts and recipes.

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77 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is a great idea for a party! I love that one cake can make 24 cake pops, that’s what you call portion control! I shall be trying this recipe.

  2. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    5 stars
    Cake pops can be such a fun to make. They are perfect for a party too.

  3. 5 stars
    I tried making cake pops at home once and failed. These look easy and fun to make. I’ll be trying it with the kids.

  4. Cake pops are so much easier to make than people assume. We are going to make some this weekend! My girls love them!

  5. Cake pops are so fun to eat. I like to save that little dab of chocolate near the stick to the very end.

  6. 5 stars
    The video convinced me better. I think I will try them.

  7. 5 stars
    They look perfect! My nieces are coming over this weekend and I’m gonna try a vegan version of this recipe. Thanks a lot for posting this 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I did that once with red velvet cake. Oh my god, it was heavenly.

  9. I and my kids love all your recipes, Matt! Thank you for leaving your sparkle in our kitchens <3 Much love

  10. 5 stars
    You did such an amazing job! That looks like something you’d find in a pastry shop.

  11. I never met a cake pop I didn’t like. These look really tasty.

  12. 5 stars
    What a great recipe! We’ll have to try these sometime. We love cake pops and making them is more convenient than an impulse buy.

  13. These look incredible! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Thankyou for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting information.

  15. 5 stars
    My little guy and i loved Matt’s recipe and his tips we made puppy heads out of our cake pops thanks again

  16. Krissy Allori

    5 stars
    Thanks for all the great tips. You made making these so much easier than the last time I tried it.

  17. 5 stars
    Great recipe! My kids and I love cake pops and needed a good recipe to use.

  18. Katerina @ diethood .com

    5 stars
    My kids would love these! A must try!

  19. 5 stars
    Love this recipe and so easy using cake mix. I used strawberry cake mix because that’s my favorite. 🙂

  20. 5 stars
    Such an easy delicious recipe. Totally a great idea to bring something different to a party! Love!

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