Our Easy Cake Pop Recipe is a favorite. We use a combination of a baked cake mix and cream cheese frosting to create these delicious little sweet. Change the flavors and candy melts to suit any occasion.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- These easy cake pops are easy to make and perfect for any occasion.
- It is very affordable to make your own cake balls at home.
- These are a breeze to prepare and can be decorated for any occasion.
- Even the kids can pitch in and help to make these. A great rainy or snowy day project.
- Decorate with melted chocolate and festive sprinkles. Truly, you can vary this recipe for any occasion. It is quite versatile.
- A great recipe to use leftover cake.
- a baked cake made from a boxed cake mix
- candy melts, colors to match the cake pops.
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This is an overview of the recipe. The full instructions are below in the recipe card.
1. In a large mixing bowl, crumble your prebaked cake.
2. Use an electric mixer with the beater attachment to mix in the cream cheese frosting.
3. Divide your cake into 20 sections. With the palm of your hand, round out each portion into a ball shape.
4. Place the cake balls on a sheet pan or plate, and place them in the freezer for 15 minutes.
5. While your cake pops are in the freezer, place the candy melts in a medium-sized bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals until completely melted.
6. Remove the cake pops from the freezer.
7. Place your cookie stick in the candy melt, then the cake pop. Then add your cake pop to the candy melts. Coat the pop completely with the melt. On the side of the bowl, tap it gently with the stick removing any excess chocolate from the cake pop to create a smooth finish.
8. Place the cake pop on the parchment paper. Immediately add your sprinkles before the chocolate dries.
The cake pops can be stored in an airtight covered container for up to 3-4 days.
The baked cake balls can be kept in the freezer in a freezer-safe storage bag or container for up to 4 months.
Defrost overnight in the fridge. You can freeze the balls unfrosted. Place the balls on the baking sheet in the freezer until frozen. Then place in the freezer-safe bag so they do not stick together.
Expert Tip: A friend of mine told me a great trick, flip an egg carton over, empty of course, and place the sticks into the egg carton. They stay upright and dry nicely.
- To place the stick in the cake pop, first dip the stick into the melted chocolate. Then place into the ball. This ensures the stick will stay in the mixture.
- Use a deep glass bowl or measuring cup to melt the candy melts. Dip your prepared cake balls into the mix and be sure entire ball. However, you don't want too much on it. Gently tap the ball against the side of the glass bowl to remove excess coating. Then decorate with the sprinkles.
- You can certainly purchase a cake pop holder from your local craft store. I hate to spend money on things I don't use at least weekly, so I don't have one.
- This recipe uses half a baked cake for 20 pops. Generally, I make two batches and freeze the second batch for another day.
- When making the pops, use the 2 Tablespoons of the frosting. If you add too much, the pops will be mushy.
- Be sure the cream cheese is soft so the ingredients come together easily.
- It is very important to freeze the pops for at least 20 minutes before decorating with the melted candy.
- When removing the rounded balls from the freezer and give them a minute or two at room temperature so they are not too cold.
Frequently Asked Questions
They should be dry in about 1 hour.
For the cake mix, try red velvet, chocolate, pumpkin spice, or strawberry to name a few.
Any color candy melt will work. Green for Saint Patrick's Day, blue for 4th of July, orange for Pumpkin for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Pink and green for Easter, blue and pink for baby showers. Use white melts for any holiday and decorate with festive sprinkles. There are endless possibilities.
Go crazy with sprinkles and decorating for any occasion.
A dessert bar for parties is always fun. Next time, make our Fruit Dip Marshmallow Fluff along with these easy cake pops.
Homemade Twix Bars are another fantastic sweet treat.
This recipe was originally published on January 22, 2021 and updated on February 15, 2022 for user experience.
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Easy Cake Pop Recipe
- 15 ounce box cake mix, baked Note 1
- 2 Tablespoons cream cheese frosting, softened Note 2
- 12 ounces candy melts Note 3
- sprinkles, any of your favorites Note 4
- In a large mixing bowl, crumble your cake.
- Use a hand mixer, stand mixer, or spoon to blend in the softened cream cheese frosting.
- Divide cake mixture into 20 sections. With the palm of your hand, round out each portion into a ball shape, about 1 ½ inch each.
- Place the cake pops on a sheet pan or plate. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- While the cake pops are in the freezer, place all of your candy melts in a medium sized bowl. Microwave for 30 second intervals until completely melted.
- Remove the cake pops from the freezer.
- Place the cookie stick in the candy melt, then the cake pop. Then add your cake pop to the candy melts. Coat the pop completely with the melt. On the side of the bowl, tap it gently with the stick removing any excess chocolate from the cake pop to create a smooth finish.
- Place the cake pop on the parchment paper. Immediately add your sprinkles before the chocolate dries.
- Continue steps 6 – 8 until each cake pop is complete.