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How to Make Cake Pops

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My daughter loves to make cake pops. We have never ventured to be as creative as the original Cake Pop maker — Bakerella, but, we have tried our fair share at making them. The first few times were epic fail, but then we finally learned how to make cake pops the right way.

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How to Make Cake Pops

How to Make Cake Pops

How to Make Cake Pops


  • 1 cake mix in a box
  • 1 tub of frosting
  • 1 bag of popsicle sticks
  • 1 or 2 bags of candy melts in any color
  • sprinkles and decorations


  1. Bake a cake, any cake (use a box mix or your favorite cake recipe). Let it cool, then crumble all your cake evenly with your hands, a food processor or a blender. Place all the crumbs into a large bowl. The cake should be crumbly with no big pieces at all.
  2. Make the frosting that goes with your cake recipe (or buy canned frosting) and add it to the crumbs. Use the back of a spoon or your clean, dry hands to thoroughly mix them together. The trick here is to have one can of frosting per box of cake mix that you make. If you do less frosting, they will crumble. If you do more frosting, they will be too sticky.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop out even amounts of cake pop dough. Use clean, slightly moistened hands to roll into firm balls. Place them onto a baking sheet or dish and put them in the freezer.
  4. Use a microwave, double boiler, or CrockPot to melt the coating. Be careful not to make your dipping chocolate too hot, or the cake pops will fall apart. If this happens, let the coating cool for several minutes before dipping more.
  5. Remove several cake pops from the freezer. Take a lollipop stick and dip the tip into the melted coating (this is key to get the cake ball to stick). Push the stick almost all the way through the cake ball. If you don't, it will fall off the stick.
  6. Dip the ball into the melted coating until it is all the way covered, then quickly remove it. Hold the coated pop over the bowl while the excess drips off.
  7. Once most of the excess coating has dripped off, add sprinkles and decorations if you want and place the pop stick into styrofoam square.. if you’re making pops that are going to lay flat, set them on a flat surface lined with wax paper. When you’re done with the first batch of cake balls you removed from the freezer, take out several more and repeat steps. Be sure to do them in batches so that they stay together and hardened and not falling apart.

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