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Fun & Festive Cake Pops

Pop goes the party! No worries on who's cutting the cake; just serve and pop. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 package cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 1 cup prepared frosting of your choice
  • 48 lollipop sticks
  • 2-1/2 pounds dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • Optional toppings: crushed peppermint candies, finely chopped cashews, unsweetened coconut, assorted sprinkles, finely chopped crystallized ginger, crushed gingersnap cookies, melted caramels and coarse sea salt


  • 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.
  • Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. 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.
  • In a microwave, melt candy coating. Dip each cake ball in coating; allow excess to drip off. Roll, sprinkle or drizzle with toppings of your choice. Insert cake pops into a styrofoam block to stand. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cake pop (calculated without toppings): 213 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • sherry_vinigrette
    Jan 26, 2012

    This is basically a really good recipe for a lot of great cake pop ideas. In order to make the cake balls stay on the stick, keep the balls no bigger than 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Purchase an ice cream scoop that measures 2-tablespoons for uniform sizes. Place the cake balls on a cookie sheet and chill them for at least 1 hour, or overnight, in the refrigerator; or, chill in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. About the coating, you can purchase meltable candy wafers from any crafts/fabric store in all sorts of colors, or order them from Amazon - Merckens and Wilton are great brands.  To keep the cake balls from falling off the stick, first dip the stick at least 1-inch into the melted chocolate (or whatever candy wafers you decide to use) and THEN push the stick into the cake ball. Gently place the cake ball with its inserted stick back on the cookie sheet and chill again for 15 minutes so the candy coated stick will harden. When you're ready to dip the cake balls into the melted candy and decorate the way you want, have handy a styrofoam block to push the stick into it so the cake pop is standing straight up - this will allow the melted candy to dry. After they are dry, I like to individually wrap each cake pop in a little cellophane bag and close with a colored foil twist, which you can purchase at any crafts store. Another decorating idea is to coat the cake pop in one color, let it dry, and then dip a fork into a different melted candy color and drizzle it over the cake pop for an artistist look. These cake pops should be stored in the refrigerator so the candy coating won't get soft. You can keep them out of the refrigerator for a few hours, as long as the temperature doesn't go above 70-degrees. Remember to keep food safety in mine! You also might be interested in checking out for a ton of cake pop decorating ideas, too. :)

  • Go Herd
    Jan 16, 2012

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  • runningneumann5
    Jan 10, 2012

    I made 9 doz for a cookie exchange and had fun. They were a hit. Definitely have to freeze and not make too big or they fall off stick. Also need to hold on to or put in styrofoam until the chocolate coating hardens or will not be round.

  • darthwif
    Dec 24, 2011

    The trick is not to make the pops too big. Or instead of making pops on a stick, you can make them to be more like bonbons, still good but easier to ensure that they look presentable.My kids LOVE these and I liked all the ideas for the stir-ins.

  • 2GuysAndAGirl
    Dec 19, 2011

    These don't work! We couldn't get some of them to stay on the stick and when we tried to dip them in chocolate, they were heavy as someone already said and they all fell off. Absolute dud! We did eat some of the pieces we salvaged and they were tasty, but not presentable at all :-(

  • Samantha_Sweezy
    Dec 1, 2011

    I made these for an event at work. I used almond bark for the coating. I think that was a big mistake! The cake pops wound up being way too heavy as they started to thaw. I wound up freezing the pops over night. When I went to try to coat them however, they were still too heavy and fell off the sticks. I have since done some research and I think I will purchase a scooper to assist with the sizing. Also, I read somewhere that if you dip the stick in frosting and THEN insert it into the pop that it helps with stability. And I highly recommend purchasing a styrofoam block (like found at Hobby Lobby or Michael's for plants) to assist with standing the cake pops up after they have their candy coating. I didn't have one - and well, an upside down egg carton did not work at all! :P Overall, I think these were good, I just was not prepared for how dense & heavy these would turn out.

  • StarbucksLover
    Nov 21, 2011

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