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Cake Pops

May 21, 2016 (Last Updated: October 29, 2020)

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A fun treat to help celebrate any occasion and a fun treat to make!

Cake Pops with different colored sprinkles

My daughter turned 15 last week! I don’t know how time seems to fly so quickly, but somehow she really is 15! The teenage years are a whole new world, but one thing has remained constant…her desire to still  plan a fun birthday party and a unique birthday cake.

We’ve had a lot of cakes over these past years; ladybug, butterfly, flower cupcakes, castle, clown cake, Barbie cake, purse, fancy flip flops, topsy turvy cake, and now….Cake Pops!

The last few years Taylor not only helped plan what kind of cake, but she has been able to help make the cake!  You are never too old to have a fun birthday cake!

Pink and white cake pops poked into the bottom of an egg carton.

We knew the cake pops would be center stage, but there’s not a whole lot of cake in these pops, so we also made cupcakes so everyone could have enough cake.  Plus, we needed a place to put the candles!

A closeup shot of a white cake pop covered in small colorful sprinkles.

Cake pops aren’t hard to make, but there are a few tips to follow.  The kids and I watched this video by Bakerella before starting. Even after watching this video, we had a few flops.

A cake pop that fell apart and is lying in a heap.

A cake pop that fell to the bottom of the stick.

The first picture shows pops that fell off while dipping and the second is a pop that slowly slid down the stick once it was done. The biggest reason for our flops was the cake balls weren’t cold enough.  We should have popped them back into the fridge to firm up again.

 The second reason was the candy cooled and was getting too thick.  A quick pop back into the microwave would have solved the problem. We had several flops, but we had more successes and definitely had enough pops!

A pink and white stick holding a white cake pop.

Round balls of cake stuck on a colorful stick and covered with a candy coating.

Cake Pops

Cake Pops
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 pops


  • 1 whole cake (baked and cooled)
  • 1 cup frosting
  • 48 oz candy coating pieces
  • lollipop sticks
  • decorating sugars and sprinkles


  • Crumble cake into a large bowl.
  • Mix in frosting. I used my hands.
  • Form cake into balls and roll together with hands.
  • Place cake balls on baking sheet.
  • Place sheet in refrigerator for several hours or in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • In a deep microwave bowl, place candy coating. Melt according to package directions.
  • Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted candy.
  • Insert stick halfway into pop.
  • Dip pop into melted candy coating. Do no stir around.
  • Lift out and let excess candy drip off.
  • Apply sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired.
  • Place upright to cool and harden. I used an inverted egg carton, but a Styrofoam block works too.
Keyword Cake Pops
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Recipe from Bakerella



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    November 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    5 stars

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    November 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    5 stars

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    May 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love that you guys are making the cake together! And cake pops at that. I haven’t tried cake pops yet but they look like a fun project to try with my nephews. Thanks for including the flops too because life is definitely not perfect! Happy bday to your daughter!

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      May 25, 2016 at 5:01 am

      I always figure the flops are just part of the learning!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    May 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    5 stars
    These are sooo pretty and cute! And I hope your daughter had a very happy birthday! I’m sure she did since her mom made her these adorable cake pops!

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      May 25, 2016 at 5:02 am

      The cake pops were certainly fun and her birthday was just perfect 🙂

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