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{how to make the best cake pops}

I've been making cakepops for a couple of years now.
And I think I have it totally perfected.
It was definitely a bit of trial and error...
 even after watching a youtube tutorial, I had to basically figure it out on my own. 

I realize this was a hot blog topic ions ago, but really... when are bite size cake balls on a stick a bad idea?
Never. Ever.
Plus, when else can I blog about balls, sticks and poking in every other line?

OK. Let's get started. 

What you'll need:
cake mix + ingredients listed on box to make {devils food never disappoints}
can of frosting {i prefer cream cheese}
candy coating


Bake cake according to instructions on box.
It is best to do this the night before you would like to make the cakepops since the cake will have to be cool.

Once cake is completely cooled, remove two large chunks of cake from pan and rub together with your hands to make crumbles over a bowl. Continue doing this until the cake is gone.
The cake crumbles need to be very fine, so it is necessary to keep rubbing cake between hands until a fine consistency is achieved.
Next, add your frosting, but NOT the whole can!
I find that HALF of a can is usually perfect.
{if you use too much, the cake balls will kind of melt off of the sticks later.}
You will need to mix it in very thoroughly until there are no more dry pieces of cake.
The more you mix the better.

Now, you can roll the cake into balls about one inch in size.
If you notice a dry spot... pinch it together with the rest of the ball to "mix" it better... if that still doesn't work it may need mixed more with the rest of the crumble/frosting mixture.
Dry spots are no bueno though... it will make the ball fall apart.
Place balls on a small baking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper.
Once they are all complete, put the tray into the freezer... for about 5-10 minutes.
It is now time to get your candy coating ready.
There are endless options to buy, and they all work great.
These were the supplies I used:
The best trick to melting the candy coating is to use a double boiler... which I don't have...
so I make my own.
I place a glass pyrex bowl over a pot of water {make sure there isn't a gap between the bowl and the pan or else it won't work}.
Add the candy coating to the glass bowl and place the pan on the stove.
{It takes a little while to melt, but once it is melted it won't harden in the bowl because the hot water in the pan continues to keep it at the perfect temperature. Necessary bonus.}
Once it is melted, remove from the stove.

Take your stick, dip it about half inch into the candy coating, and place in the center of the ball.
Push it in only half way through the cake ball.
This is what will keep the ball sturdy on the stick.
Once they are all poked place the entire tray into the freezer.
After about 10 minutes remove the tray.

You may now begin dipping!
Take the stick and submerge the cake pop straight down into the coating... you may need to use a spoon to get the coating to cover ALL of the cake.
Now, the most important part... tapping.
You need to gently tap the stick on the edge of the bowl to remove the excess coating.
You will have to play with this part because....
you can't tap too long or else the coating starts to dry and sprinkles won't adhere,
AND if you don't tap enough off, the cakepop will drip... or worse, fall because it is too heavy.
Practice it. You will know.
{If towards the end of your chocolate coating application the uncoated balls are getting warm, you may need to put them back into the freezer for a few minutes. If you start losing balls into the candy coating, that's a good sign they're too warm.}

Immediately after the excess coating is tapped off, pour on the sprinkles!
I bought some hard foam {not the kind that soaks in water}from the floral department years ago to place the cakepops in while they dry... they still work like a dream.
{hint... don't remove the plastic covering that's on it when you buy it... makes for much easier clean up}

And there you have it!

The most delicious treat ever! 

You can use any flavor of cake and icing... plus get creative with your candy coating colors and sprinkles!

Any questions?
Ask away.



  1. soooo I've yet to make these. I think it's time. Yours look great.

  2. okay this makes so much more sense than trying to use those cake pop machines and baking trays. I may finally attempt these now!

  3. Wahoo! Just in time to attempt for Ollys birthday!! (and if they fail i can just eat them all to hide the evidence!)

  4. this looks like perfection and I will definitely be making these...now to find an occasion!

  5. been wanting to try out the task of cake pops for some time now. totally excited to learn from your methods!!

  6. I've been dying to try cake pops- love them! thank you so much for sharing!! :)

  7. I have been wanting to try making cake pops so this tutorial will come in handy! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I had one of those cake pop gadgets that you plug in and make 8 at a time. It was not a fun experience, sold it and never looked back. You make this so much easier. I will tackle this now. Just leave it on the blog so that I can return to it! lol Thank you for making it so much better.

  9. Yes yes yes! You do it the same way I do it and I swear it's taken me years to make it perfect as well! The freezer man, that's the key to keeping them on the stick! RIP all those delicious cake pops that were lost in the chocolate!


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