Learn how to make cake pops the easy way with cake mix with these easy step by step instructions with photos!
Today I am showing you how to make Cake Pops using cake mix. These little nuggets of cake dipped in chocolate have become a huge trend.
Charles says that he likes them because you can have just a taste of dessert without committing to eat an entire piece of cake or a cupcake. (My opinion? Life is short, eat a whole piece of cake!)
Personally, I think Cake Pops are a particularly stupid food trend. You take a perfectly good cake, mash it up, roll it into a ball, put it on a stick and dip it in chocolate. It’s more work for smaller serving sizes!
It’s easier to just make a cake. And I think cake tastes better anyway. I’ll step off the soap box now.
I can understand why some people like the cake pop trend. They are really pretty. And just because I don’t love them, it doesn’t mean that my readers don’t want to learn how to make Cake Pops, so I will show you the easiest way to make Cake Pops.
You can use any boxed cake mix to make cake pops. I used an Organic Cake Mix from Miss Jones, along with their Salted Caramel Frosting. I like the Miss Jones Cake Mix because it has a rich dark chocolate flavor.
If you really want to keep things simple, you could buy a couple cupcakes at the grocery store and then mash them up frosting and all to make Cake Pops (although it seems silly to murder cupcakes).
To make cake pops, first you need to bake a cake. Then you take that cake and break it up and add some frosting.
Mix the frosting into the cake, mashing the take up at the same time. You will end up with soft cake that can be easily formed into balls.
Roll the cake into balls, dip the sticks in melted chocolate and then place them in the cake balls.
Then the cake balls go into the freezer until they become solid. You need to put the cake pops in the freezer before you dip them in the melted chocolate – otherwise they will fall apart and make a mess. Trust me on this one.
Then it is time to dunk the cake balls in melted chocolate and sprinkles. Voilà! You have Cake Pops!
I might have made that seem a little too easy, the process is a little tedious.
Even though I think the Cake Pop trend is silly, I loved how these turned out. You can really taste the caramel frosting, and I liked the way the nonpareils gave added crunch to the Cake Pops.
I used the cake mix to bake two 8-inch round cakes. Then I used about 1/4 of that cake to make Cake Pops (I didn’t want to make too many because I knew I would end up eating all of them).
The instructions below are for a full batch, which would yield about 60 cake pops.
How to Make Cakes Pops:
How to Make Cake Pops (the easy way)
This recipe shows the easiest way to make cake pops using a cake mix and store-bought frosting.
- 1 box of Cake Mix
- All the ingredients called for on the box of cake mix
- 1 carton of Frosting
- Sticks for the Cake Pops Target and Michaels both sell them
- about 2 1/4 cups Melting Chocolate or Almond Bark
- Nonpareils or Sprinkles
- Start by preparing a cake using the cake mix and following the instructions on the box. Bake the cake and let it cool. Save the box from the cake mix - you will need this later
In a large bowl, combine the cake and the frosting. I recommend gradually adding the frosting until the cake pops are moist and easy to form into balls.
Stir until small crumbs form.
- Then form the crumbs into small balls.
- Next, melt about 1/4 cup of the almond bark. Dip the sticks in the melted chocolate and then stick them in the cake balls, being careful not to go through the balls.
- This is the most important step: freeze the cake balls. You need to freeze the cake balls, otherwise, they will break up when you dip them in the melted chocolate. Freeze the cake balls for at least 2 hours. I left them in the freezer for two days because I got busy with other things.
- Before you melt the chocolate, take the box from the cake mix and use a knife to gently poke small holes in the box. You will be placing the cake pops in the holes while the chocolate dries.
- Melt about 2 cups of melting chocolate or almond bark. It works well to melt it in a mug placed in the microwave.
One by one, dunk the cake pops in the melted chocolate, shake off the excess, and sprinkle with nonpareils.
Carefully place the cake pops in the box to dry. Once the chocolate sets it is time to eat!