How to Make Cake Pops and Cake Balls


This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Use this tutorial to learn how to make cake pops and cake balls. Quick and easy, made with simple ingredients with various flavors, decorations.

This the best way to use up leftover cake scraps. I have been making them for years now and learned a lot and sharing all the tips and tricks I have learned along the way. I also did a post on How to Decorate Cake Pops- Beginners with ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

Now, I am not Bakerella by any means, who started this trend and is incredibly talented. Even some cafes and bakeries sell them. My son loves those cute Starbucks cake pops. 

You can use whatever leftover cake you like. I used leftover Pistachio Cake for these pops. The color makes them fun for kids and a perfect dessert for St.Patrick’s Day.

Easy Cake Pop Recipe

How to make cake pops?

  1. Bake cake.
  2. Crumble cake.
  3. Mix in frosting.
  4. Roll into balls and insert sticks.
  5. Chill.
  6. Dip in chocolate.
  7. Decorate with sprinkles.
  8. Chill again and enjoy.

How to make cake balls?

The steps are very similar:

  1. Bake cake.
  2. Crumble cake.
  3. Mix in frosting.
  4. Roll into balls.
  5. Chill.
  6. Dip in melted chocolate, using a fork and tap off excess.
  7. Place on a cookie tray, lined with wax paper.
  8. Decorate with sprinkles.
  9. Chill again and enjoy.

Can I make cake pops ahead of time?

Yes, you can make them 2 days ahead of time. Keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Same applies for cake balls too.

How to Make Cake Pops- Step By Step Tutorial

Tips for cake pop recipe

  • Cakes, especially fresh cakes are already very moist and if you add a lot of frosting to the crumbs, they will not be able to hold their round shape. So, go easy on the frosting! Add a little at a time.
  • Cake mixture is ready when it’s crumbly but still soft and moist to hold its shape. Shape a few balls each time you mix in a little frosting to see if it’s easy for you to shape balls.
  • Mixture can be combined with your hands, spoon, fork or even a hand-held mixer or stand mixer.
  • The number of pops you get from this recipe depend on how big or small you make them.
  • Store bought or homemade cake can be used.
  • Store bought or homemade frosting can be used.
  • To ensure all the pops are the same size, use an ice cream scooper or measuring spoons.
  • Don’t skip the freezing steps because that allows the cake ball to firm up and hold its shape and not fall off the stick when you are covering it in melted chocolate.
  • To ensure the nice round shape, gently push the chocolate dipped pops into a block of styrofoam or box with tiny holes.
Homemade Cake Pops Recipe


  • Oreo cake pops– Instead of cake mixture, crumble Oreos and mix in frosting and use that mixture to make small balls.
  • Red velvet pops– Push a stick into these Red Velvet Truffles and dip them in melted chocolate.
  • Vanilla and chocolate cake pops– Probably the two most popular flavors. Use either chocolate cake mix or yellow cake mix. Use either chocolate frosting or vanilla frosting.
  • Use seasonal sprinkles and candies to decorate Holiday pops for Easter, Christmas Halloween, Thanksgiving e.t.c.
  • Unicorn or birthday pops– The best way to get this look is through the use of bright and colorful sprinkles.
  • Wedding cake pops– Use white cake, vanilla frosting, white chocolate and decorate in white edible pearls, white sprinkles. These look very classy and elegant and also make a great party favor or dessert.

Supplies and ingredients needed

  • Cake– Can be any flavor and can be fresh or simply leftovers.
  • Frosting– Can be any flavor.
  • Cake pop sticks– Lollipop sticks or even popsicle sticks work very well too. They can be ordered online or you can get them at Wal Mart, Michaels or Hobby Lobby or even Amazon.
  • Cake pop maker or molds and rollers– I never needed to order these/ However, some people love the molds for making different shapes instead of just simple round pops and they loved the rollers to make little balls. I just use my hands.
  • Cake pop stand or holder– I haven’t purchased these either because I typically use a styrofoam block or a DIY stand, which is cheaper. You can also decorate the styrofoam in wrapping paper and ribbons for dessert tables.
Easy Homemade Chocolate Cake Pops Recipe/ Tutorial

Other desserts on sticks

How to Make Cake Pops (Quick and Easy)
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
5 from 3 ratings
Rate this Recipe »

Homemade Cake Pops Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Decorating time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Use this tutorial to learn how to make cake pops and cake balls. Quick and easy, made with simple ingredients with various flavors, decorations.
Yield: 28 Pops


  • 1 box Cake mix, Baked according to box instructions into a 9×13 cake
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup Buttercream frosting
  • 2 cups Chocolate, Melted, White or Semisweet
  • Decoration , Sprinkles, Shredded coconut, Chopped nuts, Sesame seeds e.t.c.


  • Bake cake, as per box instructions and let it cool down OR  bring out all of your leftover cake scraps too. It can be one flavor or multiple flavors, as long as they work together. 
  • Crumble the cake in a deep mixing bowl. Use your hands or a potato masher, a fork or even a mixer. 
  • Start adding a little frosting a (2 tablespoons at a time), while mixing. The amount of icing will depend on how moist your cake is. Typically, you need to more icing to dry cakes and less icing to moist cakes. The cake mixture should eventually be moist and slightly crumbly but still hold a ball shape. 
  • Use a small ice cream scooper or spoon to remove small portions of this mixture and roll into tight balls. 
  • Place these balls on a cookie tray lined with wax paper. 
  • Dip the dip of cake pop sticks in melted chocolate and insert them halfway into the cake balls.
  • Freeze tray for about 20 minutes until the pops become firm.
  • Remove cake balls from freezer and hold the pop in one hand and use your other hand to pour melted chocolate over it OR you can dip your cake pop into a bowl of melted chocolate. Swirl and tap on the edge of the bowl gently to let excess chocolate drip off.
  • Toss sprinkles or any other decoration now, before chocolate sets up. Work quickly!
  • Then, push this decorated cake pop into a styrofoam and freeze for about 5-10 minutes or until chocolate sets. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 39mg, Sugar: 12g, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 105
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Until next time, tata my lovelies!


11 comments on “How to Make Cake Pops and Cake Balls”

  1. I found a cake pops stand at Walmart for 3.50.  Works great and is reusable.  Definitely worth it.  Better than styrofoam or anything else I have tried.5 stars

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating