TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup cream cheese frosting
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 48 maraschino cherries, stems removed, drained
  • 48 lollipop sticks
  • 2-1/2 pounds white candy coating, chopped
  • Red pearl sugar


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and maraschino cherry juice; mix well. Shape mixture by tablespoonfuls around cherries. Place on baking sheets; insert sticks. Freeze for at least 2 hours or refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until cake balls are firm.
  3. In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip each cake ball in coating; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with red pearl sugar. Insert cake pops into a styrofoam block to let stand until set. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Cherry Vanilla Cake Pops in Bakeshop Favorites 2012, p57

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