How To Make Cake Pops – 5 Basic Ways You Should Know

Simply put, cake pops are cake lollipops. You’ve seen them in birthday parties, baby showers, and Christmas parties, even in weddings. You can even send them as a present just like you would with flowers.

They come with cute and dainty designs depending on the theme of the event. Cake pops can be as simple as cake balls dipped in chocolate frosting or as intricate as having a customized shape and lot of details in the decoration. You can challenge your creativity and come up with cute little cake pops.

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My passion with cake pops started when I had so much leftover cake. I started researching on what I could with them. I stumbled upon a bakeshop that made cake pops. I thought I could make those cute little pops myself too.

Cake pops can come in spheres or in any shape you want. They are placed on lollipop sticks, thus the name cake lollipops. Cake pops can be presented in two ways. Pop down with stick up (they can stand on their own and can be placed in platters) and pop up with stick down (they can be placed on stands or arranged as a presentation similar to flower arrangements).

The Cake in Cake Pops

The cake base of cake pops can either be left-over cake or a newly bake cake. There are quite a number of ways you can make the cake for cake pops.


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What You Need

  • Cake mix or left-over cake
  • 13” x 9” cake pan
  • ​Ready-made frosting, 450 g
  • ​Wax Paper
  • ​Mixing Bowl
  • ​Small Ice Cream Scoop
  • ​Baking Sheet
  • ​Plastic Wrap
  • Lollipop Sticks, 40 pieces


Yield – 40 cake pops

  • Step 1: Bake cake as per package instructions.
  • Step 2: Allow cake to cool.
  • Step 3: In a large bowl and with your clean hands, crumble the cake making sure there are no big pieces.
  • Step 4: Add ¾ of the frosting to the crumbled cake. Too much frosting will make the cake balls too moist.
  • Step 5: Thoroughly mix cake and frosting until moist enough to roll balls into a round shape.
  • Step 6: Fill small ice cream scoop with cake ball mixture.
  • Step 7: Roll the cake balls by hand.
  • Step 8: Place cake balls in baking sheets lined with wax paper.
  • Step 9: Let stand for 20 minutes
  • Step 10: Place plastic wraps over the cake balls
  • Step 11: Chill for about 2 hours or freeze for about 15 minutes or until cake balls are firm.

When firm enough, start decorating your cake pops.


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Rolling cake pops manually can be tough on your hands. Let a cake pop roller or mold take the place of your hands! Making cake pops using a roller or mold and your hands have exactly the same procedure.

They both make cake pops either from scratch or left-over cake and follow the same procedure. A cake pop roller or mold though cuts rolling time, and of course will not tire your hands.

Simply load the cake pop mixture on the roller and slide the roller cover up and down and it will instantly produce uniformly shaped round cake pops. Or you may load the cake pop mixture on the mold and press.


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A cake pop pan replaces the traditional baking pan in making cakes. Using a cake pop pan combines 2 major steps in making cake pops from scratch. It bakes and rolls cake pops at the same time. Here’s how to do it.

What You Will Need

  • Cake Mix
  • Mixing Bowl
  • ​Spatula
  • Big Spoon


  • Step 1: Prepare the cake mixture as per package instructions.
  •  Step 2: Fill each cavity of the cake pop pan with the cake mixture.
  • Step 3: Bake as per package instructions.
  • Step 4: Place cake balls in baking sheets lined with wax paper.
  • Step 5: Let stand for 20 minutes
  • Step 6: Place plastic wraps over the cake balls
  • Step 7: Chill for about 2 hours or freeze for about 15 minutes or until cake balls are firm.

When firm enough, start decorating your cake pops.


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Similar to a cake pop pan, a cake pop maker bakes and rolls cake pops at the same time, uniformly. The procedure is exactly the same, too. It takes around 6 minutes to bake and roll a batch of cake pops in a cake pop maker.


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Cake pops are not always round in shape. They also come in different shapes and designs. You can use cookie cutters, cupcake molds or any molds for that matter. Just follow the procedure on how to make cake pops using your hand and rollers and you are good to go.

Decorating Cake Pops

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When the cake has been baked, crumbled, shaped into balls or any other shape you want, allowed to be firm and attached to a lollipop stick, it is now time to decorate your cake pops. Refrigerate the cake pops after attaching the lollipop sticks to make them firmer. Remove them a few minutes before working on the decorations.

What You Need

  • Cake Pops in lollipop sticks
  • Chocolate / Candy Melts
  • ​A microwave-safe bowl
  • ​Plastic spatula
  • Pop Cake Stand, Styrofoam


  • Step 1: Melt the candy melt/ chocolate as per package instruction
  • Step 2: Make sure it is of the right consistency.
  • Step 3: Dip cake pop into candy melt / chocolate. Make sure the entire surface of the cake pop is covered.
  • ​Step 4: Allow the cake pop to drip while still in an upside down position.
  • ​Step 5: Let the cake pops stand on the Styrofoam.
  • Step 6: Allow to dry.
  • Step 7: Decorate the cake pops.

There are a lot of supplies you will need to decorate your cake pops. The simplest of which are Sprinkles.

You can also make your imagination run wild and decorate cake pops anyway you want. Here are some very creative cake pops.


There are two important things to remember when making cake pops. First is to make sure the cake ball is firm enough to hold the candy melt/ chocolate dip. That is why it is important to chill them before dipping. Second is to make sure the dip is of the right consistency, otherwise it will not hold.

I have made cake pops quite a number of times. When using leftover cake, I use a Cake Pop press mold. When making cake pops from scratch, I use a Cake Pop pan. Making cake pops is fun especially during the decorating part.

Have you made cake pops? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section and let us learn from each other.




Jenny Hopper

My name is Jenny Hopper, I'm a mother of two cute little kids. To tell you, blogging isn't an easy task. But for me, I feel rewarded for doing the things that I love and one is sharing my experiences with the world and with you. And I definitely welcome any helpful and sincere contribution from you.

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