Cake Pops: the delicious dessert recipe for a fun, bite-sized sweet treat on a stick

Total time: 15 Min + Chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist

We love cake in just about any form we can get it. And what better way than having cake pops! Cake pops are easy, fun, bite-sized desserts on a stick. Easy to make, it's the best way to use up leftover sponge cake, easy to customize and makes the perfect dessert to serve for birthdays, parties, or special occasions. The frosting is rich, while the texture on the inside is moist and crumbly. The best of all? You only need three ingredients: leftover cake, frosting, and chocolate.

It couldn’t be easier to make a delicious, kid-friendly dessert. Make sure to check out our variation options below. These homemade cake balls are so easy to make, and the perfect bite-sized party treats for any occasion!

Homemade Cake Pop Ingredients

Cake – any leftover cake will work for this recipe.

Frosting – use any leftover frosting.

Chocolate – Dark and white chocolate is best for melting, look in the baking aisle (don’t use candy chocolate from the candy shelf.

How To Make Cake Pops

This recipe comes together in a few easy steps. First, break up the cake using your hands, then use an electric hand mixer to break it up into finer crumbs. Now add the frosting and continue to mix until the mixture comes together.

Use your hands to form small balls, this will be easier if the mixture is cold. Place the skewer into the ball, then dip into the melted chocolate.

How To Make Frosting for Cake Pops

To make the frosting, beat together 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp softened butter, 1 + ¾ cups powdered sugar, 2 tbsp milk, and 1 tsp vanilla essence.


Cake Pop Decorations Ideas

Make any color cake pop you want, by coloring white candy melted or white chocolate before dipping the cake, pops into it.

There’s no need to stop at sprinkles, try any of the following for sprinkling:

  • Lemon, orange, or lime zest
  • Freeze-dried crushed berries
  • Edible shimmer
  • Dried coconut.

Cake Pop Flavor Variations

Use any cake variation that you would use to make a cake. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, coat with white chocolate
  • Carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, coat with white chocolate and orange zest
  • Vanilla Cake, vanilla buttercream frosting, funfetti sprinkles
  • Vanilla cake, lemon frosting, coat with white chocolate and lemon zest
  • Chocolate cake, caramel frosting, dark chocolate coating

Tips For making Easy Cake Pops

If the cake pops are dry and not moist, you can use a bit more frosting. But be careful not to add too much, otherwise, they will become soggy.

You can also use candy melts instead of white and dark chocolate.

Is your cake pop coating cracking? This is probably due to temperature differences. Make sure that the melted chocolate isn’t too hot when dipping the cold cake balls into it.

To prevent the cake pop balls from falling off the stick, make sure to dip the sticks into the melted chocolate first. When the chocolate hardens, it helps them stick to set.

If you don’t have any leftover cake, you can use a store-bought sponge or use a cake mix to make it your own.

To make them ahead of time, wait for the chocolate to set, then place them in an airtight container. Cover with towel paper to absorb any condensation and store in the fridge. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

If you struggle to form a nice, round ball, then they’re probably too warm. After mixing the frosting and the cake, place the mixture in the fridge to cool. Once the mixture is cold, it will be easier to form round balls.

How To Store Homemade Cake Pops

The cake pops can be stored at room temperature, unless you live in a warm area, then it’s best to store them in the refrigerator. Place the cake pops in an airtight container, cover with towel paper to absorb any condensation, and store in the fridge for about a week. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.


vanilla cake (like Madeira cake)
1/3 cup
White chocolate
Dark Chocolate


Crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.

Use a mixer to further break the cake into smaller crumbs.

Add the frosting and use a spatula to mix it well.

Use your hands to form the mixture into small balls.

Dip the wooden skewers into melted chocolate and press them into the cake balls.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Pour the melted dark chocolate into a bowl.

Add the white chocolate. Dip each ball in a bowl with a spiral of white and dark chocolate.

Serve and enjoy!

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