Caramel Apple Cake Pops Recipe
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Caramel Apple Cake Pops Recipe

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For a perfect fall treat, mix spice cake and apples with frosting to form cake balls. Then dip them in caramel coating, and let the kids go nuts, rolling them in peanuts.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + freezing Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:39 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + freezing Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 packages (11 ounces each) Kraft caramel bits
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 39 lollipop sticks
  • 1 cup finely chopped salted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

146 calories: 1 cake pop, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding the apples after mixing. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake according to package directions. Cool completely.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  3. Crumble one cake layer into a large bowl. (Save remaining cake for another use.) Add brown sugar mixture; mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Arrange on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine caramel bits and water. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Dip ends of lollipop sticks into caramel and insert into cake balls. Dip balls in caramel; roll bottoms in peanuts. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 39 cake pops.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Cake Pops in Country Woman October/November 2011, p46

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I loved the picture and it sounded great and tasting for the holidays. I made it and was running an hour late waiting for them and dippin them...after all said and done i tasted one and was unhappy. Everyone asked me if I forgot to bake them. I should have just lefted it the pretty spice cake and made a caramel glaze."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This recipes taste was really good, but unless you kept the pops frozen they were difficult to work with (1 frozen them for 2 days and were still hard to handle) and forget about trying to transport them, they stick so badly to whatever they come in contact with. It was a lot of work for something that wasn't worth it. DON'T ATTEMPT TO EVEN DO IT!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012


Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"The flavors all came together really nicely, but the caramel coating was a hot mess. The pops stuck to the plate and were very heavy and hard to handle. I think I would do a candy coating next time with caramel drizzle and nuts."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"carmel did not stay on cake pop. I will not make this again."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Here's a suggestion from the Test Kitchen for ease in dipping the pops in caramel. Only take about 10 pops out of the freezer at a time. By leaving the rest in the freezer, they won't get too soft before being dipped.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Difficult to hold together. Would not stay on the stick during dipping and after completion the caramel did not stay on the cake balls. I will not make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"This recipe was a lot more work than I expected, and in the end I was not impressed with the taste, texture, or their ability to hold together. They kept falling apart and off of the stick. Trying to keep them frozen enough so I could dip them was a challenge in its own right and it took me nearly 3 hours just to dip them in caramel because I kept having to wait for them to re-freeze. Ugh! I've never been so frustrated by a recipe!"

chris 5
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"These were absolutely delightful and what a nice taste of fall. Got so many compliments, will definately make them again"

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