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!
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.
Add 1 cup of your favorite frosting. We chose a basic butter frosting, but any thick, creamy frosting will work.
Using a large spoon or electric mixer, stir just until combined.
Using a small scoop, roll mix into 1-1/2-inch balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
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!
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.
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: