How To Make Cake Pops

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 4, 2015

You've probably seen cake pops - adorable little balls of frosting-coated cake made into lollipops. They make great gifts for your friends or treats for when your grandkids come to visit your retirement community. You can make your very own cake pops with this recipe and a few helpful tips.

Chocolate Cake Pops 
This recipe makes chocolate cake pops with white chocolate frosting. Feel free to mix up the flavors to suit your own tastes - vanilla cake also makes for great treats!


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs per cake directions
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • 4 boxes white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Sprinkles for decoration


  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Paper lollipop sticks
  • Block of plastic foam

First, you'll need to prepare the cake mix according to the package. Spread the batter into a 9-by-13-inch pan, and bake according to directions. Keep an eye on your cake to ensure you don't overcook it. Once baked, let the cake cool. 

Next, line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and set aside. Cut the top and edges off your cake, then place the rest in a large bowl. Use your hands to break the cake up into crumbs. Add the frosting to the bowl and stir well. 

To form the cake balls, you can use a miniature ice cream scoop, coffee scoop or other small tool. Scoop out a small amount of the cake mixture and roll it tightly between your hands. Smooth edges will give you the best results! Once your ball is made, place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the cake mixture is used up. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until the balls are cool and firm. 

Melt a few ounces of the white chocolate. Remove the cake balls from the fridge, then dip each lollipop stick a 1/2 inch into the chocolate. Quickly push each stick into a cake ball, about halfway through. Place the balls with sticks back in the fridge for 20 to 30 more minutes. 

Finally, you're ready to coat the cake pops in frosting. Microwave the remaining chocolate and mix in the shortening. Working with a few pops at a time, dip each in the chocolate mixture and swirl until covered. Tap off any remaining frosting, then add any desired sprinkles. Stick the cake pop into the foam block so it can set. Repeat with all the remaining pops.

You can either let the pops air dry or place them in the freezer to speed up the process. Once they're set, store the pops in a single layer in airtight containers. 

Tips for perfect pops
Making perfect cake pops take some practice, but if you're careful, you can create lovely treats on the first try. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid a few common blunders:

  • Don't make the balls too big: You may be tempted to roll bigger balls of cake to speed up the process, but this can backfire. Big cake pops are heavy, which means they're more likely to fall off the sticks. 
  • Thoroughly stir the cake and frosting: You want a really homogenous mixture to form balls with, so you should take your time and carefully mix together the cake crumbs and frosting. Use your hands if you need to!
  • Watch the coating carefully: Burnt chocolate won't be smooth, and that will make it very difficult to coat your pops. When you're microwaving the white chocolate, keep a close eye on it. Some bakers recommend heating the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between.