This easy cake pops recipe includes helpful tips on how to prepare your cake, as well as instructions on how to properly melt Candy Melts candy for easy decorating.
Easy to make and fun to decorate, cake pops make great edible gifts or party favors. They’re a cinch to customize with your favorite flavors and colors and are perfect for those moments when you just need a little taste of something sweet!
You can make cake pops with your favorite homemade cake recipe from scratch; however, there’s no shame in using a boxed cake mix here. Boxed cake mix produces a moist cake crumb, perfect for cake pops. You can also add in your favorite mix-ins to make it feel a little more “homemade” (we suggest mini chocolate chips or sprinkles for a confetti look).
So roll up those sleeves…let’s get poppin’!
Makes about 24 medium-sized cake pops
This simple recipe is perfect for making cake pops in all shapes and sizes. Great to use as edible favors for birthdays and other celebrations, these treats can be customized using Candy Melts candy and colorful sprinkles.
- 1 box cake mix of your choice
- 1 (3.4 oz.) box instant pudding and pie filling mix*
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup Creamy White Decorator Frosting or homemade buttercream frosting (or Chocolate Decorator Frosting for chocolate pops)
- 1 bag Candy Melts Candy in color of your choice
- Sprinkles, nuts or other toppings
*If you’re using a chocolate cake mix, use chocolate instant pudding mix. For all other cake flavors, you can use a vanilla pudding mix.
- Preheat oven to 350℉. Spray sheet cake pan with nonstick vegetable pan spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil. Beat the ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Pour your batter into the prepared cake pan.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for about 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan and cool completely. Divide your cake in half and freeze one half for future use.
- Using your hands, crumble up the cake until no large pieces remain. Add the frosting and mix with your fingers until well combined. Form into cake balls and chill until set for about 2 hours.
- While cake balls are setting, melt the Candy Melts candy according to package instructions. Dip the tip of each lollipop stick into melted candy, then poke into each set cake ball. Repeat with all cake balls, then let chill again until set for about 10 minutes. Reserved remaining melted candy for the outer coating.
- Dip cake pops, one at a time, into remaining melted candy. Tap lightly to remove excess. Immediately cover with sprinkles or topping of your choice, then transfer to craft foam. Repeat with remaining cake pops.
- Chill until set for about 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!
How to Make Cake Pops
Check out our video on how to make cake pops!
How to Make Cake Balls
The easiest way to make consistent, uniform cake balls is to use a measuring spoon. Depending on the size, you can get anywhere from 16 to 48 pops with one batch!
Here’s how you can make small, medium or large cake balls:
- Small: 1 tablespoon-sized cake ball (each about 1 in. diameter) makes about 48
- Medium: 2 tablespoons sized cake balls (each about 2 in. in diameter) makes about 24
- Large: 3 tablespoons sized cake balls, each about 3 in. diameter makes about 16
How to Dip Cake Pops Using Candy Melts Candy
For dipping, we suggest melting your candy in a Candy Melting Pot with a little bit of EZ Thin Dipping Aid. The melting pot will help keep your candy at the right temperature and the EZ Thin will make your candy the perfect consistency for dipping.
Candy Melts make it easy and fun to decorate and customize your cake pops. They’re easy to melt and can be found in a variety of colors and flavors.
For more information on how to melt, use and decorate cake pops with Candy Melts, check out our step by step “How to Use Candy Melts for Baking and Decorating” guide.
You can also use chocolate or white chocolate in your melting pot. Both make a great coating!
How to Store Cake Pops
Dipped cake pops decorated with Candy Melts candy can be stored at room temperature for a week. If you used melted chocolate or white chocolate to dip or decorate your cake pops, store them in the fridge so the chocolate doesn’t melt.
Can You Freeze Cake Pops?
Simply place your cake pops in a large reusable freezer bag. Cake pops will in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
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How Far in Advance Can You Make Cake Pops?
Your mixture can be prepared a couple days in advance and kept in the fridge until ready to use. You can even form the cake balls a day ahead and let them chill in the fridge for easier dipping.
If you want to prep your cake balls and freeze them, store them in a large freezer bag and keep in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. Let your cake balls come to room temperature before dipping.
Why Are My Cake Pops Cracking?
If your candy shell is cracking, it’s mostly due to an extreme change in temperature (cold cake balls being dipped into hot candy). This can also happen with hot candy or chocolate being put into a cold refrigerator or freezer.
To avoid cracking, let your cake balls warm up to room temperature a bit before dipping in warm candy or chocolate. Once dipped, let your cake pops sit at room temperature for 5 to 7 minutes before placing in the fridge or freezer so the candy has time to cool. Getting a Smooth Finish
To get that nice, smooth finish, try rolling your cake ball again to smooth out the sides before inserting the stick. We also suggest using EZ Thin to thin out your candy, making it the perfect consistency for dipping and dunking.
Why Do My Cake Pops Fall Off the Stick?
If your cake balls are falling off your treat stick, they could be too heavy due to size or adding too much frosting.
To help ensure your cake balls stay, be sure to dip the stick in melted candy before inserting it into the cake ball. This hardened candy coating acts as a glue to hold the stick in place.
If you think you’ve added too much frosting, add a little more cake to help even out the texture.
The Frosting to Cake Ratio
When it comes to adding frosting to your cake, you want just enough to moisten it. This is especially important to keep in mind if you’re using a boxed cake mix, which is already pretty moist. Start with a small amount and add more as needed.
Have Fun Experimenting with Flavor!
Not a fan of buttercream frosting? Try using cream cheese frosting instead! Cream cheese frosting is great for red velvet cake pops, or can be used with your favorite dark chocolate cake mix.
What are some of your favorite cake pops that you’ve made? Share a picture of them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag us @wiltoncakes.
Perfect Homemade Cake Pops
- Sheet cake pan
- Cake pop sticks
- 1 box cake mix of your choice
- 1 box instant pudding mix (If you’re using a chocolate cake mix, use chocolate instant pudding mix.)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup Wilton creamy white decorator frosting or buttercream frosting or chocolate decorator frosting for chocolate pops
- 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts any color you'd like
- your choice of toppings (sprinkles, nuts or other toppings)
- Preheat oven to 350℉. Spray sheet cake pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely. Divide cake in half and freeze one half for future use.
- Using your hands, crumble up the cake until no large pieces remain.
- Add frosting, mixing with fingers until well combined.
- Form into cake balls and chill until set, about 2 hours.
- While cake balls are setting, melt Candy Melts candy according to package instructions.
- Dip tip of each lollipop stick into melted candy, then into set cake balls. Repeat with all cake balls, then let chill again until set, about 10 minutes. Reserve remaining melted candy.
- Dip cake pops, one at a time, into remaining melted candy. Tap lightly to remove excess.
- Immediately cover with sprinkles or topping of choice, then transfer to craft foam. Repeat with remaining cake pops. Chill until set, about 10 to 15 minutes.
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