Make These Cake Pops at Home

Cake pops with rainbow sprinkles

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Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Yield: 18 cake pops
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
262 Calories
10g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 262
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 94mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cake pops are all the rage and they can be dressed up as elegantly as you like for any occasion like bridal shower and wedding favors or turned into wacky characters the kids will love.

There are many recipes for cake pops and zillions of pans and countertop bakers for this treat. These pops, however, are made with crumbled cake crumbs (the kids love to smoosh up a cake) brought together with frosting to top 18 lollipop sticks. Or you can use crumbled cheesecake (minus the graham cracker crust!) that is moist enough to be moldable without the frosting. Just imagine one of these at every child's place for a kid's birthday party!

It's a fun project to get the kids involved in, especially when the weather is inclement for outdoor play, there's no school holiday in sight for months to come, and you want to pull them away from their electronic devices. It's really an all-hands-on-deck activity.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18-ounce) box cake mix, baked in a 13x9-inch pan, cooled and halved (freeze another half for next time)

  • 1/2 cup creamy frosting of choice

  • 1 (14-ounce) bag white candy melts

  • 1 package candy colors

  • Colored sugars, pearls, and other decorations

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl, crumble half of a 13x9-inch cake with the hands (use gloves if you can't stand messy hands) until no large chunks remain. Add icing and mix with fingers until well combined. Using a cookie scoop, portion into 18 balls. Roll between the hands until round and smooth. Place on parchment-lined sheet pan and freeze until no longer sticky, but not rock hard about 1 hour.

  3. Melt Candy Melts according to package directions. Dip one end of the lollipop stick into melted candy and insert into cake pops. Place back on the parchment-lined tray and freeze for 1 hour to set the stick in the pop.

  4. Add candy color to small amounts of melted chocolate and, working with one pop at a time (leave the rest in the freezer), dip in melted chocolate until completely covered. Shake off excess. Immediately roll in sugars or place decorations on. If chocolate dries too fast, you can use royal icing to apply decorations. Stick in a thick piece of Styrofoam to dry completely. Proceed with remainder of pops.

  5. If desired, place pops in a Cake Pops Gift Box or wrap in lollipop papers and tie with a pretty ribbon.