Riley’s first birthday was a ball themed party. I wanted to try to get all the food to be ball-esque. What better way than cake pops! My problem? I had never made them before, and my oven was dead until the day before his party. I thought I might be a tad crazy for wanting to attempt a new project with not a whole lot of time to make a plan B cake. I looked at a ton of tutorials meshed all the tips and suggestions together and went for it!

The result? Yummy and really not that hard!

How to make cake pops

I had to make a few modifications along the way, but this is really something you can’t mess up! I did a gluten and dairy free batch as well as a “regular” batch.

Cake Pops

Cake mix for 9 x 13 pan
Tub frosting
Chocolate chips (or other semi-sweet baking chocolate)
lollipop sticks (I got mine at Michaels)
Styrofoam or cardboard box

Make the cake according to the package or recipe.

How to make cake pops

Once cooled crumble entire cake into a large bowl until it’s only fine crumbs. This is best done with your hands.¬†Add a few spoonfuls of frosting and keep mixing it into the crumbs.

How to make cake pops

How much you use depends on how moist your cake is. You want just enough frosting to make it moist enough to stick together when you make it into a ball. If you’re not sure if you have enough try to make a ball, if it holds together well then you have enough.

Turn your cake into balls by rolling them in your hand like play dough. Melt a little bit of the chocolate chips, and dip the tip into the chocolate, then stick it into the cake ball about 2/3 of the way in. Put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help them set up.

How to make cake pops

Here’s where you have a choice. You are “supposed” to melt the chocolate and dip/roll the cake pops in the melted chocolate. I tired this at first and they kept falling off the sticks. Then I melted more chocolate and I burned the original chocolate I melted.

How to make cake pops

Mini disaster and I only had 4 done (of the 18 it made). So I went to plan B and just used the rest of the tub frosting and frosted the cake pops. It worked out fine. Add some sprinkles and stick them in a chunk of Styrofoam or a cardboard box that you’ve pre-punched small holes that the lollipop sticks will stay in. (I used an ice pick to do this).

How to make cake pops



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2 Responses to How to make cake pops

  1. Whitney says:

    These are so cute! I just found your website through pinterest and love it! I’m having trouble deciding what to make for my almost 2 year olds birthday party and these look like just the thing. I really like that it’s different from cupcakes or a plain old cake. Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi! Thanks! I loved them because they are much smaller than a traditional piece of cake or cup cake. You can make them whatever size you want to control portions as well. Glad you found me and took the time to leave a comment! Welcome!

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