How to Make Cake Pops

Have your cake (pop) and eat it, too! We'll show you how to make cake pops. Thanks to these party-ready cake pop ideas, DIY cake pops aren't difficult to make -- all you need is cake, frosting, cake pop sticks, and melted chocolate.

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Have your cake and frosting in one bite-size treat! Cake pops are balls of cake and frosting dipped in creamy melted chocolate or candy melt. We'll show you how to make cake pops, including a variation for luscious cheesecake pops -- because cake pop flavors are practically endless!

Step 1: Start with the Cake

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At first, cake pop ingredients are no different than baking a regular cake. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Use any suggested pan size and bake according to directions. Cool in pan on a wire rack. 

Remove cooled cake from pan and crumble into a large mixing bowl.

Get the Cake Pop recipe.

Step 2: Add the Frosting

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Add 1 cup of your favorite frosting. We chose a basic butter frosting, but any thick, creamy frosting will work. 

Get the Basic Butter Frosting recipe. 

Step 3: Mix

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Using a large spoon or electric mixer, stir just until combined. 

Step 4: Form Balls

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Using a small scoop, roll mix into 1-1/2-inch balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. 

Step 5: Finish the Cake Pops

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For cake pops, dip one end of each cake pop stick (lollipop sticks work just fine) into melted candy coating or chocolate and poke cake pop sticks into balls (this helps the balls stay on the sticks). Freeze for 30 to 60 minutes more or until balls are firm.

Working in batches, dip cake pops into melted candy coating or chocolate. Allow excess to drip off; place cake pops on clean waxed paper-lined trays or baking sheets. Decorate with sprinkles, nuts, candy, and more! 

Get the Cake Pop recipe. 

Don't feel like cake pops? Omit the stick and make cake truffles instead! Using a fork, simply dip the balls into the coating, allowing the excess to drip off. Freeze for 30 to 60 minutes more or until the truffles are firm.

Gorgeous Cake Pops

Flower Cake Pops

Skip that slice of cake and serve up a tray of cake pops. They're bite-size and party-ready -- what more could you want in dessert? Plus, when you make your own DIY cake pops, there are so many ways to spice them up. Here are a few of our favorite cake pop ideas:

Hyacinth Flower Cake Pops

Watch and Make: Berry Cheesecake Pops

Spring Flower Cake Pops

Easy Doughnut Hole Cake Pops

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