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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. Letโ€™s get baking! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Homemade cake pops in a glass jar

Step 1: Bake that cake

First in order to make cake pops 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 doesnโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also use a food processor too if you like.

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 donโ€™t like the idea of touching the cake. Or again, you can use your mixer. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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.

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

Now, melt some of theย Candiquik,ย candy melts, or chocolate chips/bars. I have used all three types, I really like the consistency that melted Candiquik gives. You canโ€™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.

After that dip yourย treat stickย into the Candiquik, about 3/4 of an inch, then stick it into your cake ball, about the same far. Donโ€™t poke it too far, we donโ€™t want it coming out the other side. Now you can smooth out the chocolate that you like with your finger, purely for aesthetics. Now place those in a piece of styrofoam or aย cake pop stand, and then into the fridge they go for 10 minutes. This will help the chocolate firm up and give some stability to the cake ball.

*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.

Sticking homemade cake pop ball with white stick and white chocolate.
homemade cake pops on sticks in styrofoam board

Step 6: Dip, Turn, Tap

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. 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.

make sure to dip your homemade cake pop ball in chocolate
tap the excess chocolate off your homemade cake pop

Step 7: Decorate and Serve the Cake Pops

Now we get to decorate these little cake pops. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Several homemade cake pops drizzled with white and dark chocolate.

Homemade Cake Pops Video Tutorial

Now check out those steps in action by watching the video tutorial. ๐Ÿ™‚

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
  • 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. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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 a little more 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, wear gloves if you don't want to use bare hands. Or again, you can use your mixer. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.
  • 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. Next place it on a parchment paper lined baking tray or plate.
  • Now we need to melt some of ourย candiquik,ย candy 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. After that dip yourย treat stickย 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. Now you can smooth out the chocolate that you like with your finger, purely for aesthetics. Now place those in a piece of styrofoam or aย cake pop stand, and then into the fridge they go for 10 minutes. This will help the chocolate firm up and give some stability to the cake ball.
    *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.
  • Once our 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 insures a nice smooth covering. You may also use a deeper more narrow glass like I am doing with the pink candy melts. 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.
  • Now we get to decorate these little cake pops. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Do you like the recipe? Please give it a rating and comment down below, I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you make it tag me on Instagram @inthekitchenwithmatt. Also, sign up for the newsletter so you wonโ€™t miss out on any of my new posts and recipes.

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10 Comments

  1. Krissy Allori

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

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe! My kids and I love cake pops and needed a good recipe to use.

  3. Katerina @ diethood .com

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

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe and so easy using cake mix. I used strawberry cake mix because that’s my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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