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I should charge for this – cake pop tutorial!

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What you will need:

  • 1 cake mix (box mix is fine or you can make your own, I’ve done both)
  • 1 can of frosting (or the equivalent if you are making your own)
  • sprinkles or other decorations

I find the rest of this at Michael’s, I’m not sure where else carries it

  • 1 bag of lollipop sticks
  • 3 bags of candy melts (they are round wafers and come in different colors and flavors, by the cake supplies)
  • styrofoam

Bake the cake in a regular 9×13 pan according to directions.
cake suppliesbake the cake :)
Let it cool completely.
let it cool completely
Put the cake in a large bowl.
using a spatula move the cake to a large bowl
Using your hands, break the cake up into crumbs.
crumble the cake
Starting with about half the can, add the frosting to the crumbs. I always use more than half the can, but never the whole can. The amount of frosting depends on how moist the cake is already.
add 3/4 can of frosting
The frosting should make the cake moist and easy to “ball”.
the cake should look like thiscake + frosting
At this point, wash your hands or the next step is difficult.
your hand should look like this
Roll about 1/2″ to 3/4″ cake balls in your hands. You should be able to get between 35-45 cake pops from one cake.
roll cake balls in your handavg 35-50 per cake
Put the cake balls in the fridge to chill.
no larger than 1" diameter
Melt about 1/2 of one of the flavors of candy melts.
1/2 bag candy melts
THIS IS IMPORTANT – Do not burn the candy when melting. In the microwave set for 30 second increments at HALF power.
microwave 30 sec eachhalf melted
It will take a few sessions to melt the candy. You can also use a double-broiler (my mom would!)
Dip the sticks in the candy melts (about an inch).
dip lollipop stick
Place the stick in the center of the cake ball no more than halfway (the candy acts as a glue to hold the stick in).
melted candy acts as glue
Put them back in the fridge to chill.
insert stick halfwaycompleted tray
Melt the rest of the cake melts (you can remelt the previous candy).
decorating supplies
Dip the cake pops in the candy melts to cover (use a spoon to help).
try to dip each pop only once
Tap the pop and rotate it on the side of the bowl to remove the excess candy.
tap on bowl to remove excess
Be sure to add the sprinkles or decorations before the candy sets.
If the cake balls begin to fall of the sticks as you are dipping, put them back in the fridge to chill again.
Prop the sticks in the Styrofoam to finish setting.
setting in styrofoam
* When chilling in the fridge, there isn’t really a set time length. I usually make the pops over two days so I usually break the work up at one of those times. But it could be much shorter (1-2 hours). You can speed chill in the freezer but DO NOT allow the pops to freeze.

I store them in the fridge so they last longer, but will not spoil being served at room temperature once they are set.

cake popscake pops!
Click this link for a PDF version of the instructions: Cake Pop Directions


8 responses

  1. Thank you for the detailed tutorial!!!!! I’ve been wanting to try making these forever, but still haven’t gotten around to it. I never would’ve thought of using Styrofoam to stand the pops up while setting. Thanks for the great tips – maybe I’ll do a trial run this weekend and then make more for a picnic next weekend!!

  2. Wow! They are beautiful!

  3. Jessica Davis

    I love this Sara! Thanks for sharing, I will be making them soon!

  4. Ooooh, I cannot wait to try making these…my hubby and son thank you in advance!!! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  5. YOU ARE MY HERO!! I have been trying to figure out how they make the cake balls round for ages! My grandson has celiac disease in addition to Type 1…I can make him Gluten Free cake pops now!! THANK YOU, thank you so much for sharing your secret.

  6. Thanks Sara. I don’t bake but I will certainly try this.

  7. Wow they are so pretty. I am going to talk my sister into making them with me.

  8. Contemplating a version of this for Lila’s artist party. Thinking, thinking…

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