DIY: How to Make Cake Pops!

by Nicole on February 11, 2013

Posted in: DIY,Food


Last Friday, I mentioned that I was in the process of making some cake pops for a friend’s bridal shower. Well … I’m pleased to report that they were a huge hit!

One thing that you’ll discover that I’m really bad at is documenting things … I have a few pictures of the process … but they’re crappy pictures, so bear with me!

To make your Valentine a batch of these cake pops, you’ll need:

  • 1 box cake mix (I used two … one strawberry, and one Valentine’s funfetti) — and the eggs, oil, water that you’ll need to make the cake (one box makes about 15 pops)
  • Frosting (I whipped up a quick little batch of cream cheese frosting, but you can just buy it for a couple bucks and spare yourself the effort/time)
  • Chocolate (you can get the meltable colored dots at Michael’s or other craft stores … I used 2 full bags for two batches)
  • Sprinkles of your choosing
  • Lollipop sticks (I got ’em at Michael’s … here or here)
  • Florist’s foam (the green flaky kind, also available at Michael’s or just about any craft store)
  • Optional: Cute little pails 😉


To get started, you’ll want to preheat your oven according to the directions on the box of cake mix. Make your cake, like you normally would, and bake it.  Let it cool and remove it from the pan. Gently cut off the outside crust of the cake (all sides … and careful, don’t take off big chunks, don’t want to waste any!) and put what’s leftover (all the middle) in a big mixing bowl.

Sorry, folks. No picture of this part. I told you I was bad at that … womp womp.

For one cake (made from a full box of mix), spoon in two heaping tablespoons of frosting.  Remove your rings and smush it all together with your hands.  I know that’s really technical, but I swear. It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Really. You’re going to want to stop once it’s a mushy mess that’s all sticky and pasty. (sorry, again, for all the technical jargon)

Next up? Balls! Roll ’em. You’ll want to make them a little smaller than a golf ball. Too much bigger and they won’t stay on your sticks. Roll ’em all and stick them on a cookie sheet. Pop them in the freezer.

Now, wash your hands.  And melt up your chocolate. You can use a double boiler, or if you’re careful and vigilant, the microwave. Get your sprinkles and sticks ready, and unwrap your foam … you’re going to use it after dipping/decorating your pops. It’s where they’ll dry/harden.

Once your balls have been in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, pull ’em out, and one by one, stick your stick in the melted chocolate, then stick it into the ball of cake. Then, dip into the melted chocolate … like so:


Using a spoon, gently cover the whole pop in chocolate … like so:


Now, you’re going to want to gently get the excess chocolate off. I say “gently,” because if you’re too quick/rough with it, it’ll fall off the stick and you’ll be frustrated. I learned the hard way.  So gently spin the stick, ball down, and let the excess chocolate drip/wick off.

On top of an empty bowl, sprinkle any sprinkles you’d like, or drizzle a different color chocolate, etc. Decorate til you’re pleased and stick it into your foam. You can also let it dry in a short cup, but that’s a pain in the ass (and what I did, so I should know).  One by one, do this with all your balls.

Leave them out to harden. Don’t put them in the fridge or freezer … they could sweat and make the chocolate come off, the ball could fall down the stick … a few no-good-very-bad-things could happen. Don’t risk it. They’ll harden just fine in the open air.

Give ’em an hour or two and they should be good to go! You’re ready to arrange them. I used cute little heart pails I found at Michael’s on clearance for $1.49 each. Get creative!

Take your foam, and cut it to fit into whatever receptacle you’re using, and cover with easter grass, crinkled paper, whatever you want … like so:


Now: Stick ’em in! Arrange them however you’d like. Be sure to handle them by the stick and not the ball. Use the ball to stick ’em in, and they’ll fall apart … and again, you’ll be frustrated.

Good luck! Let me know if you try ’em, and email me some pictures, I’d love to feature your ideas! xo


PS: it’s YOLO Monday!


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah February 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm

How adorable are these in those pails?! Love it!


Nicole February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Thanks!! I LOVE that the pails were only $1.49. That makes ’em even better!


Crystal from My Rambling February 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I saw your post on the YOLO Monday link up :) – I love making cake pops! These are so cute.. such a great little Valentine’s gift.


Nicole February 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for stopping by! They turned out so cute … but what an ordeal to make ’em! I’m not a baker, so it was a bit painstaking for me :) haha.


Lara September 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Did you put them in the florist foam to harden or how did you get them to harden without them losing their form? I am really excited to make these for our upcoming wedding :-)


Nicole October 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

I put them in the foam to harden … and the chocolate actually hardens real quick!


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