There’s a reason why cake pops became popular. First of all, they look adorable. Secondly, they taste like delicious cake. They’re also easy for people to eat. Did you also know that they’re actually not that hard to make?
I’m serious. In fact, let me show you the video that taught me how to make cake pops (thanks to the amazing YouTube channel, Kawaii Sweet World):
It is a Valentine’s Day themed video, but the basic tutorial for making cake pops in the beginning is great. It’s my go-to recipe and it’s the recipe I share with others when they ask how I make mine. In fact, here are the cake pops I made for Valentine’s Day this year and you can see they turned out pretty awesome (and tasted awesome too):
You can find most of the decorating ingredients you need (like the candy melts, lollipop sticks, etc) at craft stores like Michael’s or on Amazon. If you want to get really fancy, you can also buy little plastic lollipop bags and ribbon to package them.
I pasted the basic instructions below that will make rounded cake pops with a shell. If you want to add sprinkles, I suggest adding them when the shell is still liquidy and hasn’t hardened yet. If you want to add the swirls like above, wait for your base shell to dry before adding them.
- 1 box of your favorite cake mix (Yellow or vanilla cake works well)
- 1 container of your favorite frosting (I used vanilla)
- 1 bag of candy melts in the color of your choice (I used Wilton’s Candy Melts)
- Lollipop sticks
- Bake the cake according to box instructions. For best results, make a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake.
- Crumble half the cake into small pieces. Add in 1/3 cup of frosting and combine well.
- Using an ice cream scoop (or just eyeball it), scoop out balls and roll them in your hands. Place them on plate or baking sheet.
- If you want more, repeat with the other half of cake and another 1/3 cup of frosting.
- Refrigerate the balls for 20 minutes.
- Follow the instructions on your candy melts to melt some of them in the microwave (in a microwave safe cup). Stir every 20 seconds until it has a smooth liquid consistency.
- Take a lollipop stick and dip it in the melted candy. Insert the stick into a ball about 1/2 inch and set aside to harden. Repeat for each ball.
- Dip your pop upside down into the candy melt and coat evenly. Hold it above the cup for a few seconds to allow the excess to drip off.
- Use styrofoam or something else (I used a shoe box poked with holes) to hold the cake pop up while it dries.