Basic Cake Pop Instructions

A cakepop is a delicious combination of baked cake mixed with frosting to form a truffle-like consistency, then dipped in chocolate to form this sweet and delightful treat.  It's on a stick for no-mess eating, and it looks super cute too!  Yum!

Basic Cakepop Instructions

Supplies you will need:

  • One box cake mix, any flavor of your choice, and listed ingredients on the directions
  • 9 x 13 inch cake pan
  • Wax paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 16 oz container of canned frosting
  • Plastic wrap
  • Hand protecting gloves (optional)
  • Large platter or baking sheet
  • Metal or silicon spoon
  • (2) 12 oz or 16oz bag of candy wafer melts
  • Chocolate melting pot, double boiler, or deep microwave-safe glass or plastic bowl
  • 4" or 6" lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block or a cake pop stand

  1. Bake the cake as directed on the box, using the 9-by-13-in (23-by-33-cm) cake pan. Let cool completely.
  2. Get ready to roll the cake balls by lining your platter or baking sheet with waxed paper. Grab the large mixing bowl. 
  3. Using your hands, crumble the cooled cake into the large bowl, either with or without gloves. You should not see any big pieces of cake.
  4. Add 1/3 to 3/4 of the container of frosting to the bowl. (You will not need the remaining frosting. Save it in the refrigerator for a later use.) Start off with only 1/3 of the frosting. Better to start with too little than too much. Mix it into the crumbled cake, using your hands---I find this the best way to get a nice consistent texture of the 'dough'. If the texture is too dry (crumbles of dry cake left in the bowl), add more frosting, a little at a time. If you use the entire container, the cake balls will be too moist. You can also take the easy way, and use an Easy Roller. It's a pretty neat tool if you want your cake pops to be perfectly consistent, and no mess for your hands!
  5. The mixture should be moist enough to roll into 1 1/2-in balls using the palms of both hands. After rolling the cake balls, place them on the prepared baking sheets/platter and place them in the refrigerator to chill. I chill them for at least 2 hours, and sometimes overnight if I don't have time to coat them right away. Remember to cover the balls with the plastic wrap before putting in the fridge.
  6. When you are ready to coat the balls, warm up your melting pot or grab your microwave bowl. Once the pot is warm, start the melting process, or place the melts in the microwave bowl. Melt the candy coating following the microwave instructions on the package, stirring often. I love using a silicon spoon vs metal. But either will work. You may also use a double broiler for this process, being careful not to overheat the candy. 
  7. Grab your lollipop sticks because you are ready to dip. Take a few cake balls out of the refrigerator to work with, keeping the rest chilled. I usually do 10 at a time.
  8. One at a time, dip about 1/2 in of the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating, and then insert the lollipop stick straight into a cake ball, pushing it no more than halfway through. Let the coating set before you dip. 
  9. Holding the lollipop stick with cake ball attached, dip the entire cake ball into the melted candy coating until it is completely covered, and remove it in one motion. Make sure the coating meets at the base of the lollipop stick. This helps secure the cake ball to the stick when the coating sets. The object is to completely cover the cake ball and remove it without submerging it in the coating more than once. If you do re-submerge the cake pop, the weight of the candy coating can pull on the cake ball and cause it to get stuck in the coating, while falling off of the stick.
  10. The thinner the consistency of your coating, the easier it will be to coat the cake pops. (If you find that your coating is too thick, add some shortening, vegetable oil or paramount crystals to help thin it and make the coating more fluid.)
  11. When you remove the cake pop from the candy coating, you want to tap off the excess dripping coating by gently tapping the stick against the bowl and rotating at the same timeThis prevents one side doesn’t from getting heavier than the other. If you didn’t completely dunk the cake pop, this method of tapping and rotating generally takes care of that. The coating will slowly slide down the surface of the cake ball until it reaches the lollipop stick. Make sure you've tapped off as much excess as possible, or you will have coating drip down the stick.
  12. While the coating is still wet, apply your sprinkles or decorations of choice. The place the pop in the styrofoam block to set. 
  13. Repeat with the remaining cake balls and let the pops dry completely in the Styrofoam block.
  14. Practice makes perfect! If you have difficulty on your first attempt, keep trying! 
And lastly, if you want to give these as a lovely gift, wrap them in a 3" x 4.75" treat bag, tie a pretty ribbon around the bottom and you have a delicious and sweet surprise for anyone!