Homemade Cake Pops

Homemade Cake Pops Recipe

Whenever I get invited to go over someone’s house for a party or even just dinner, I can’t show up empty handed. I just can’t. When I was growing up my mom always said that it was rude not to bring something with you when you were invited somewhere & that is something that has always stuck with me. I determine what I will bring with me depending on the event, the people that will be there and the season (or if there are any upcoming holidays, etc). Sometimes I bring a bottle of wine, sometimes I make a dip and other times I look for specific recipes. These homemade cake pops are good for any occasion, though. They’re easy to make and always go over real big! Plus you can decorate them with sprinkles, etc to make them festive if you want to.

Here’s what you need to make your cake pops:

  • Box cake mix – Yellow cake in this case
  • Container of frosting that compliments the cake – Vanilla
  • *Ingredients on back of box to prepare the cake as instructed*
  • Food processor (or you could crumble the cake by hand)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Almond bark
  • Sprinkles
  • Shoe box with holes poked in it

Here’s what you do:

1. Prepare the cake as directed on the back of the box (I baked my cake in a 9 x 13 pan).

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2.Once the cake was baked and cooled, I put half of the cake in the food processor until it was evenly crumbled.
3. Put the crumbled cake in a large mixing bowl and then do the same with the second half of the cake (you could also do this portion by hand if you don’t have a food processor).

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4. Next mix in half of the container of frosting until the cake and frosting are evenly combined.

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5. Take a large spoon full of the mixture and roll in your hands until no cracks appear and it feels firm and evenly shaped.

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6. Place cake pop on a cookie sheet and do this with the remainder of the mixture.
7. Once you have all of your cake pops formed, put them in the fridge for at least 4 hours (you could also keep them in the freezer for a few days until you are ready to dip. Just be sure to transfer the cake pops from the freezer to the fridge for a couple of hours prior to dipping).
8. When you are ready to dip the cake pops, melt your almond bark in a bowl as instructed (1 minute in the microwave, stir, 30 seconds in the microwave, stir, until it is melted and smooth).
9. Dip your lollipop sticks in the melted almond bark about one inch and let them cool.

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10. Once the sticks are dipped and cooled you are ready to dip the cake pops. Meanwhile, be sure to keep your cake pops in the refrigerator and only take out a few at a time.
11. Insert the lollipop stick into the cake pop about a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch.

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12. Dip the cake pop into the melted almond bark (I used a spoon to help ensure it was evenly coated). Roll in sprinkles or sugar if desired.

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Place the cake pop upright in your shoe box holder to cool.

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Once the almond bark has hardened your cake pops are ready to eat.

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And guess what? If you don’t want to eat them right away (what???), they can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months!


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  1. Liz Mays

    Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing. Three days is even questionable!

  2. Erica

    I like cake pops a lot! I even have a machine

  3. Crystal

    I have it too but haven’t perfected it yet. Any tips?

  4. parentingpatch

    I have made cake balls but never cake pops. I really need to make some sometime!

  5. Amber NElson

    These look amazing. I have never made cake pops before. Will have to try!

  6. Adriana

    These look so good! I love making cake pops, they’re so fun and there’s so many varieties!

  7. Amber NElson

    Yeah I am amazed at the different flavors you can make!

  8. Lisa @bitesforbabies

    I’m pretty adventurous in the kitchen but I have to admit that I haven’t made these yet because they look so time-consuming! You’re recipe sounds delicious and actually looks pretty easy. I might bite the bullet and make these with the kids this weekend!

  9. John Milnes

    I think my little girl would love this activity. This is something quick and simple to do.Thanks for sharingJohn

  10. Amber NElson

    I really think that my daughter would love to help me make these.

  11. Eugenia Nazarova (@NazarovaEugenia)

    Love cake pops! I need to make them! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Liz Mays

    I made them once and it was a lot of fun. I totally need to do it again!

  13. Jody Smith

    I tried these before a couple years ago and they didn’t work for me. I think your recipe looks doable for sure and I can’t wait to try them again!

  14. Megan McCoig

    Really want to try these! They look so yum and also easy to make – I think they’d make a nice Valentines treat!

  15. alissa

    These are pretty fun to make. I’ve never gotten super creative with them – enough to make characters, or anything like that. I like making them though.

  16. Tammilee Tips

    These look so easy to make! I have a feeling though they wouldn’t last three months in my freezer we would snack on them to much!

  17. MELISASource

    Those look fantastic! I love cake pops, and I love how easy they are to make versus how amazing they taste.

  18. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    First of all, I think it’s ridiculous to assume that these would last anywhere long enough to be frozen. LOL. Second, I love how simple this is to make. I’ll be feasting on cake pops soon!

  19. OurFamilyWorld

    These cake pops will be a sure hit. I must get all the ingredients. Pronto!

  20. Elizabeth O.

    I love how easy it is to make too! Looks like a lot of fun!

  21. MyTeenGuide

    I had no idea cake pops are easy to make. The girls love cake pops and I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  22. Jeanette

    I love cake pops! I have made these in the past and they are a little bit of work but they taste great! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  23. tara pittman

    I love cake pops. They are a lot of work but so worth it.

  24. Dawn Lopez

    This would be a great make ahead snack. I never realized they could be in the freezer for 3 months. I like to have things on hand and this looks like the perfect recipe!

  25. Catherine S

    These look so yummy. I have never made my own cake pops. I can’t wait to make some.

  26. Paula Schuck

    Is there any more delicious treat than cake pops? No. The answer is no.

  27. Jessica Beal Harlow

    This looks so easy! I know I could do it! lol I love that they can be frozen for up to 3 months, although, I’m certain they would never last long enough to make it to the freezer. lol I usually make cupcakes for school functions, but I think next time I’ll try a few batches of these cake pops!

  28. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    This is a great little treat that I think the kids would love making. So many flavours you can use too. Awesome.

  29. Pam Wattenbarger

    Cake pops are so much fun to eat. I haven’t tried making them but this might have convinced me that I need to.

  30. Esti

    These look so amazing, I may have to make them for my daughter’s birthday party!

  31. meagan

    I’ve always wondered how cake pops were made! Looks simple and delicious! These would be perfect for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend!

  32. Jennifer Sikora

    We made cake pops recently and even though they are time consuming — they are really good and are very pretty too!

  33. Seattle Travel Blogger

    These pops look great.
    Tasty treats for the upcoming Valentine’s day.

  34. Brandy

    Cake pops are so much fun, my daughter makes them with this machine she has. They are so delicious and fun!

  35. Michele

    Not sure I’d have the patience to make these–I probably would consume most of it before it became cookie pops! They sure do look good.

  36. Tiffany @ Daily Leisure

    I made homemade cake pops once and the cake pops were amazing, but I could not find a good coating. I did not think to try almond bark though! (I used melted chocolate chips)

  37. Rebecca

    I’m coming over for dessert. I’ll bring coffee you get the cake pops ready.

  38. Stacie

    Who knew cake pops were so easy to make. I’ll have to try this!

  39. Samantha Pierce

    I’ve never made cake pops, but you’ve made it look so easy I might have to try!

  40. Miles Basilio

    Same here! My mom used to prepare it for us. I think I should give it a try as well.

  41. Elizabeth O.

    That’s great! I never tried making cake pops before, I sure do enjoy them. I’d love to make this with my girls, should be fun!

  42. Mimi B

    I had no idea they could be so easy to make! Takes something as scrumptious looking as this treat to make me realize I could actually make them. Those won’t last long around these parts.

  43. Miles Basilio

    I would love to prepare this for the kids. We always buy cake pops so thanks for your recipe.

  44. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    I’ve wanted to make cake pops for awhile now, but was always worried of the mess and difficulty! Seeing your pictures and instruction-it looks so easy! Plus its something I think the kids can help make as well!

  45. Kim

    So easy! They are so dangerously easy looking. Yum!

  46. Lisa Bristol

    This is such a great idra. It looks so easy to make. I will have to make some this weekend.

  47. Amy Desrosiers

    I love the simplicity of these cake balls. they are so easy to make and perfect for messed up cakes!

  48. Up Run for Life

    I had no clue that these are so easy to make. I like them bc it’s just enough cake to calm your sweet tooth without eating a ton of empty calories.

  49. Emily Glover

    Yum!! I have all the ingredients in my pantry to try out cake pops but I’ve yet to do it. They look so delicious!

  50. Stefanie

    I have been wanting to make cake pops for a while now. They are amazing!

  51. imnotasupermom

    Thanks for the shoebox tip. I’m not sure what I did the last (the first) time I made cake pops, but I do remember it was so messy. It made the final product so messy my kids called them cake poops.

  52. Healing Tomato

    What a great idea! I had no idea that you can make your own cake pops so easily. Great recipe

  53. Sarah

    I love cake pops! Yours looks so good. Mine always end up a pinterest fail lol.Flip Flops and Furs

  54. Ricci

    I have been on such a sweets kick lately!! These cake pops look super yummy!!!

  55. simplybeingmommy

    Cake pops make me happy. I never use my food processor to chop them up though. What a great idea!

  56. Nancy L.

    Those look sooo good! I never knew you could make cake pops without a mold/pan. I have the pan, but I can only make about six of them, so I never tried. Your way is a lot easier! Thanks! Going to give it a try!

  57. Theresa

    I wish someone would come up with a way to put pie on a stick. I much prefer pie to cake lol

  58. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    I have never made cake pops! I had no idea how they were made so appreciate your step by step tutorial!

  59. Carol Bryant

    I love cake pops and they are so expensive to purchase. I am bookmarking this because I’d love to try these. TY!

  60. lisamc7

    I love making cake pops! Picked up a cake pop maker last year and I use it for all sorts of other appetizers too!

  61. victoria

    I love that cake pops. I bet my father would love this for dessert

  62. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    I love making cake pops! They’re one of my kids’ favorite desserts!

  63. [email protected]

    I haven’t try cake pop but it looks good and a perfect dessert forfamily

  64. Dogvills

    We love cake pops, but I haven’t tried making them. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  65. jillconyers

    I think I’m the only one in the world that has never eaten a cake pop. I would probably try one if I could find them gluten free.

  66. Dogvills

    The girls love cake pops. I had no idea they are easy to make.

  67. milenabarrett

    I tried making cake pops once. It was a disaster! I have no skills in this area!

  68. Nicole Haas Etolen

    This is a great idea, I’m sure kids would love this as their snacks it’s really look so yummy.

  69. Ana De Jesus

    These look amazing I have never tried cake pops before so I would most definitely enjoy this ! They look so simple to make which is a plus.

  70. mary

    This sounds so easy. I tried to make some a few years back and failed. I think it’s because I used the wrong chocolate….going to try almond bark. Thanks!

  71. Lexie Lane

    Woah! That looks yummy. I really love easy recipes. I can’t wait to try that for my kids.

  72. Jonathan W Key

    Wow these look so yummy and easy to make! Might try it out this weekend.

  73. Chubskulit Rose

    What a treat! I love that idea and I am sure my son would be over the moon for this.

  74. Christie

    I’ve always wanted to make these! Cake pops are so fun for kids

  75. Fashionable Librarian

    This is very innovative and cool at the same time. I have never made cake pops though…hmmmmmmmmmm

  76. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a fantastic way to enjoy cake. I am definitely making these tonight.

  77. Jeanine

    This is one thing I have yet to try. Cake pops. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet but these look so good. My kids would love them no doubt!

  78. Amy Jones

    I love everything dipped in chocolate and this in particular look delicious

  79. Travel Blogger

    These are so cute! What a perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day.

  80. Ellen

    I have been searching for a good cake pop recipe, and this looks easy enough. You could even bake sprinkles inside the cake to give it some color.

  81. Shaylee Field

    So THIS is how you make cake pops! I had no idea. I’m definitely going to try this out!

  82. Melissa Bernardo

    I love cake pops! These look so good and easy to make!

  83. angie

    love that you offered the step by step photos, cakepops are awesome cake on a stick just the right size to enjoy

  84. Debra

    We love LOVE making cake pops at home! They are so moist and delicious!

  85. positivelystacey

    My daughter went through a phase where she was obsessed with making cake pops. She made all kinds! It’s been a long time now. Yours look fantastic!

  86. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I grew up with the same thing. My Mom always said that you can never go to someone’s house without bringing anything. Those cake pops are a sure winner.

  87. Miss (@thedealmatch)

    Great recipes.. My kids love cake pops and we always buy some from the store

  88. Heather

    These look delicious! And so easy! I don’t know why I have never made them before…but I definitely want to try. We have a birthday coming up soon, perhaps this will make the list of treats!

  89. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Those turned out perfectly! I have a cake pop pan and everything; I guess I need to break it out and actually make some! Thanks for the inspiration!

  90. Janell @ Saving You Dinero

    I finally made cake pops this month. My kids loved them and I loved how easy it was!

  91. Hannah Adkins

    I love making cake pops! I love experimenting with the colors and flavors that you can do

  92. Pam

    I had no idea cake pops were that easy to make! I’m going to have to keep them in mind for my next party!

  93. Eileen xo

    I agree, never go empty handed. These are a wonderful cake pop. My daughter was looking to make some and we are on Holiday this week. Going to make your recipe. her last one didn’t have great results. Yours looks delish!

  94. ohnikkashae

    I love cupcakes and cake pops!! I tried to make them and they didn’t come out as I planned!! Yours looks great!!!

  95. tauyanm

    looks yummy! showed this to my daughter and she wants to make it as well!

  96. LauraFunk

    I want to try and make some of these for my kids. They love the ones from Starbucks so I am sure homemade would be awesome!

  97. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    These look great. We were just at some friends on the weekend and their daughter said she wanted to make cake pops.

  98. دهانات

    Really want to try these! They look so yum and also easy to make

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