10 Cake Pop Recipes and Ideas for Any Party

Spring Flower Cake Pops

Whether you call them cake balls, cake pops, or cakes on a stick, these sweet petite desserts are one way to make sure the dessert table's a ball. The rich truffle texture of chocolate cake pops and the dipped or frosted shells make them denser and more heavily concentrated in flavor than traditional cakes. And yet, homemade cake pops—especially when made into extra-cute cake pops with on-theme cake pop ideas— remain a relatively low-effort way to add whimsy, fun, and convenience to the best course of any party.

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Cake Pops

cake pops various decorated overhead
Karla Conrad

Once you learn the principles of making cake pops, any flavor combination becomes a cakewalk. This master recipe for cake pops shows you how to prepare basic homemade cake pops with a butter frosting that goes with everything, then a full dozen ways to dress them up with different flavors, mix-ins, and toppings. Starting with a boxed cake mix gets you ahead of the game.

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Brownie Cake Pops

Brownie Surprise Pops
Kritsada Panichgul

These from-scratch brownie-batter cake pops simply pop with surprises! First, there's the fact that they're fudgy brownies and not airy cake. Then, there's a chocolate-hazelnut filling to make it an entirely new type of cake pop flavor. A sprinkling of nuts completes the three wishes for a perfect dessert, adding crunch and a hint of salt to make the cocoa taste extra chocolatey.

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Triple Chocolate Cake Balls

Triple-Chocolate Cake Balls
Andy Lyons

Even more decadent are these chocolate cake pops that are enhanced with cream cheese and accented with graham crackers. Dipping them in melted semi-sweet chocolate instead of icing them makes them a hard-shelled treat and unique among cake pops—a neat trick you can apply to any other varieties as well.

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Geode Cake Pops

Geode Cake Pops
Hannah Bigot

Of all cake pop ideas, this style is a true gem. Beautiful, unique, and continuing the sparkling geode dessert trend, this recipe teaches you the surprisingly simple technique that turns rock candy into crystal magic. To make them look more natural, don't worry about making the cut-out clean. Irregular shapes look more organic. Gild the "fissures" in gold for a luxe feel in one short extra step.

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Cardinal Cake Pops

Cardinal Cake Pop
Karyn Granrud

These cute cake pops are suggested for winter gatherings, adorable nested on "snow" beds … but a simple color change can turn them into any type of feathered friend, fit for any season or occasion. The trick is turning wafer cookies and cake into pliable dough. Scatter them as decor around your dessert table as edible decorations and watch them fly off the display!

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Hyacinth Flower Cake Pops

Flower Cake Pops
Amber Spiegel

This cake pop idea doubles as both a centerpiece and a conversation piece. If you're aiming to impress, these will do it, from the detailed design to the double-sized portions, as the base is an extra-large log shape. The texture is just a matter of piping dyed frosting onto the chilled cakes as they're propped upright in sugar. The other accents? Construction paper!

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Spring Flower Cake Pops

Spring Flower Cake Pops

An easier floral than the hyacinth but equally bold, these spring- and summer-feeling blooms are as fitting for birthday cake pops as they are for a warm-weather barbecue. A candy shell is a nice departure from frosting, but don't worry—it still has a traditional cake coating element, as this cake pop recipe relies on pre-made fondant for the petals, which are as simple to make as using a cookie cutter.

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Christmas Cake Pops

Christmas Cake Pops
Andy Lyons

Cake pops are welcome treats year-round, but the winter holidays are a festive treat season. Bring these adorably decorated cake bites to any potluck and watch the guests ooh and ahh as they eat. This cake pop recipe walks you through how to make snowmen, reindeer, Santa bellies, and tree ornaments … and steal the show at the dessert table!

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Doughnut Hole Pops

Doughnut Hole Pops

The recipe calls for cake doughnut holes, so technically, they're still cakes, aren't they? These time-savers level up pre-made doughnut balls with a candy coating and festive sprinkles that you can customize to any season or theme. For instance, red, white, and blue are perfect for national holidays, and orange with brown and red are just right for a Thanksgiving table.

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Sour Cream Donut Holes with Raspberry Sugar & Glaze

Sour Cream Donut Holes with Raspberry Sugar and Glaze
Carson Downing

Want to stick with homemade cake pops? Then here's one last bonus if you want your cake pops to be doughnut dough cake pops! This one turns from-scratch sour cream doughnut holes into beautiful, refined desserts, upping the ante with a raspberry glaze drizzle and raspberry sugar for a gorgeous dusting. Who needs frosting, right?

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