How To Make Cake Pops...
A Fun Edible Centerpiece Idea!

Cake pops are all the rage these days. Who wouldn’t enjoy a delectable bite or two of cake, mixed with frosting, and dipped into a candy coating? Put that blissful ball of goodness on a stick and you have a huge hit! So, why not take it the next level by creating an edible centerpiece out of them for your next occasion?

They're not really difficult to make, but do require more time and patience than simply baking and frosting a regular cake.

If you don’t have the time or patience to make them you can make cookies-on-a-stick.   They are a bit easier, in my opinion, yet still offer the “on-a-stick” fun factor.

Cake Pop Display Ideas

My son and daughter-in-law had a beautiful outdoor wedding reception during the summer. The bride had many helpers who helped her with the event, including making this awesome dessert table showcasing this array of cake pops in fun brightly colored buckets.  They also had chocolate dipped pretzels and strawberries, make-your-own fruit pizza (sugar cookie base with confetti frosting, and blueberries and strawberries to put on top), rice crispy treat pops and more. Simple, delicious, fun for guests, and way cheaper than buying a wedding cake!

More Ideas for Displaying...

IDEA #1 To make an edible centerpiece simply place the wrapped confections on a beautiful tray or platter and place in the center of your table.

IDEA #2 Place cake pops on a raised cake stand, with a paper doily underneath, if desired.

IDEA #3 For a birthday party, wrap a round piece of Styrofoam in gift paper to make it look like a cake  Then insert pops into it for the “candles”.

IDEA #4 For a buffet table, place several into glass jars and tie colorful ribbon around the jar or, if preferred, individually wrap them and tie ribbon around each pop stick.

IDEA #5 For a cute Christmas decoration, insert pops into a cone shaped piece of Styrofoam to create a cake pop “tree”. The cone can be wrapped in tissue paper or aluminum foil first.

There are so many different ways to display them. Be creative and have fun with it!

Have Your Cake & Cake Pops, Too!

I'm not a huge frosting kind of person, so just a few decorative frosted touches on this lemon cake topped with, what else...cake pops, makes a fun, whimsical way to have both! The whole arrangement is edible!

Another fun idea would be to cover the entire cake in them, using the cake as your "foam" holder. Once the pops are all gone, you can either serve the cake or make more pops out of the leftovers!

My First Cake Pop Making Attempt...

My daughter had a very simple wedding. Her father and I hosted an elegant dinner at a wonderful restaurant. After wining, dining, and having our fill of desserts, I had asked the restaurant to place a small tray of these individually wrapped cake pops on each table (which I had brought in earlier in the day). They were the perfect ending to an absolutely fabulous day!

That was my first attempt at making them (I know… a bit risky for your daughter’s wedding right?).

I have to admit that the ones pictured here were actually my second attempt! The recipe I used called for extra eggs, a box of instant pudding, and different quantities of liquid from what the directions on the box called for. As I began to make the first batch, I realized I needed a 4-serving size of vanilla instant pudding. Since I was still in my pajamas and REALLY didn’t want to go to the store, I decided to substitute it with 4 little snack cups of sugar-free pudding that I had in the refrigerator! Okay…I know…what was I thinking?

Needless to say, it came out terrible! It was flat like a pancake and had the texture of raw cookie dough -although it actually tasted good!

Fortunately, I had purchased a second box of mix (and my daughter came home just in time for me to send her to the store for the rest of the ingredients).

The second batch came out great, except I didn’t realize I was suppose to dip the stick in the melted candy coating first. As a result, I had a bit of an issue with the pop wanting to fall off. I ended up using a knife to put the coating on.

My new motto after this experience is...

"If they don’t look pretty – put sprinkles on ‘em!” Feel free to use it. Sprinkles hide a multitude of flaws!

What To Do and NOT Do...

• Do NOT add sugar-free pudding to your mix (read why… above!)

• Use regular cake mix from a box. (Does anyone really bake from scratch anymore? Box mixes come in just about any flavor...why make things harder?) There is no need to add or change the ingredients shown on box.

• Leftover frosted cakes or breads, such as banana, date nut, pumpkin, etc… work very well, too! If the cake already has frosting then there’s no need to add any more…just crumble and roll! (I made some with leftover pumpkin cake that had a cream cheese frosting - it was to die for!)

• Do use a food processor, if you have one, to process cake into fine even crumbs. If you don’t have one just break it up and crumble with your hands. Some people prefer to cut off the edges of the cake beforehand, removing larger crispier edge pieces. I’ve always left mine on and had no problems.

• Add frosting sparingly while mixing. You can always add more, if needed. I think some recipes call for way too much. If you can form a ball that seems to stick nicely, then you have enough. A 1/4c-1/2c should be enough, in most cases.

• Be sure pops are thoroughly chilled for at least 2 hours before inserting stick.

• Do NOT freeze pops before dipping in candy coating. (If you have to, due to time constraints, be sure you don’t leave them in for more than 15 minutes. It will cause the coating to crack once you dip them, due to expansion.)

• DO dip your stick into candy melts before inserting into pop.

• THIS MAY BE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TIP! When coating your cake pops do NOT plunge it up and down (the suction will pull it off the stick!) Instead, carefully dip and gently swirl. Use a spoon or knife, if necessary, to get it covered near the stick.

Directions For How To Make Cake Pops...


• 1 box of cake mix, any brand or flavor

• ¼ to ½ c frosting, homemade or purchased, in flavor of your choice

• 1 package candy coating melts, in flavor/color of choice, melted according to directions

• Lollipop or cake pop sticks (available at baking supply and craft stores)

• Sprinkles or other decorations, if desired


• Piece of foam big enough to stick cake pops into until cooled (or parchment paper lined cookie sheet)

• Plastic lollipop bags or cake pop boxes, available at baking supply and craft stores

• Ribbon or twist ties (many lollipop bags include these)

• Stickers or labels for decorating bags, if desired


Read the helpful tips above before starting.

• Mix and bake cake according to directions on box.

• Cool completely and then crumble cake into fine crumbs by hand or put into food processor.

• Add frosting to crumbs a little at a time. Mix well until it sticks together when pinched.

• Roll mixture between your palms creating an even shaped ball approximately 1”-2” in diameter. Continue until all of cake mixture is gone.

• Place balls on cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

• When you’re ready to dip pops prepare candy coating melts according to directions.

• Once candy coating is completely melted take one of the lollipop sticks and dip one end into melted coating and insert dipped end into a chilled cake ball. Put it to the side on a parchment lined cookie sheet and repeat until all have sticks.

• Carefully dip and swirl each pop in melted candy coating. If you are using sprinkles, apply immediately after dipping before coating hardens. When finished place back on cookie sheet or insert stick into piece of foam to cool and harden. Repeat until all are coated.

• Wrap each cake pop in a lollipop wrapper and tie with ribbon or twist tie, if using wrappers. Decorate bags with stickers or labels, if desired.

Ideas for Cookies On A Stick

Ideas for Cheesecake Pops

Ideas for Cupcake Bouquet

Ideas for Brownie Bites

Ideas for Lollipop Centerpieces

Ideas for Candy Centerpieces

Ideas for Rice Crispy Treats

Ideas for Fruit Centerpieces

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