Cake Pops – A How To

Author:  Spring (Jordan)

I wrote about making cake pops for our movie party post, which you can read about here, and today I will show you how I made them.  They are the “it” food treat right now.  I wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out, but I still wanted to give them a try.  Overall, the recipe was easy, and they tasted good.  But, they took a lot of time.

Basic cake

First, bake a basic cake.  I just used a cake mix.

Crumbed cake

Once the cake has cooled, crumble it up.  Here I used my hands as the tools.

Crumbled cake

For the second cake,  I decided to use the food processor, and that is the way to go.  It breaks up the edges of the cake much better than I did using my hands.

Cake with icing

Once the cake is crumbled, add 3/4 of a pre-made container of icing.  Since this was a vanilla cake, I added vanilla icing.

Cake pop balls

Once it is mixed, make balls a tad larger than a Tootsie Pop and place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.  Put them in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then store them in the refrigerator till you are ready to add the candy coating.

Candy coating

Here is the candy coating I used for the first batch.  I just melted candy wafers (available at Michael’s) in the microwave.  They come in different colors so that you can coordinate them with your party theme, if you wish.  The second time around I put the wafers in a small crock pot and heated them that way.  This method was easier, and the coating stayed warm, which made it easier to work with.  To make the “pop”, I took a lollipop stick and dipped it in the candy coating before putting the cake ball on the lollipop stick.  This helped it attached better.

candy coating

I wasn’t having much luck just dipping the cake pop into the icing without some of the cake crumbling.  I then decided to just spread the candy coating on it with an offset knife.  After the candy was on, I added some sprinkles or other frosting as decorations.  The possibilities are endless.

Cake Pops

If you decide to use the lollipop sticks you will need some styrofoam to put the finished product in so they can “set up” while sitting up.

The best part about these treats is that they are the perfect serving size.  One is just enough to help satisfy a sweet tooth.


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  1. says

    My grandson loves cake pops! They are just the right amount of cake and frosting for him. Your tutorial is very clear and the photos are wonderful ..thanks!

  2. josie says

    i should not be reading this post while on the slow-carb d . . . your cake pops look so scrumptious!!

  3. Carolyn Rasnick says

    I have had cake pops at several functions lately (sans the stick) and they are to die for. My friends and I have been dreaming up exotic flavors like red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting, spice cake with butterscotch frosting, etc. I have a HUGE sweet tooth (unfortunately) and one of these (or sometimes two 😉 is enough of a sweet to do the trick!! Yours were especially cute and festive!!