The Best Cake Pops Recipe! This Easy Cake Pop Recipe is made with box cake and only a few ingredients! The most delicious Vanilla Cake Pops!
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Cake pops are a popular and easily customizable treat for a dessert table or birthday party.
This is a super easy recipe that uses a boxed cake mix and a simple homemade frosting, that is then coated in white chocolate and sprinkles.
These fun cake pops are the perfect base for your creativity. To see how fun they can be for a holiday, check out these Halloween Cake Pops!
You will love this Vanilla Cake Pop Recipe!
- Fun Treat: Completely customizable! Just switch up the cake flavor or the sprinkles.
- Cheap: With grocery store costs on the rise, this is a delicious, budget-friendly dessert!
- Total Party Food: Perfect for your kids' school party, or birthday party, or serve them at your own themed party and pick the sprinkles to match your theme.
Easy Cake Pop Ingredients
For these cake pops you'll need:
- vanilla cake
- salted butter
- powdered sugar
- heavy cream
- vanilla extract
- cake pop sticks
- white chocolate
How to make Cake Pops with Cake Mix
- In a large bowl, crumble your cooked and cooled cake.
- Beat softened butter until fluffy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, beat in the milk and vanilla for another 1 minute.
- With a hand mixer, mix in 3 tablespoons of the frosting into the crumbled cake and mix until it is easy to roll into balls, if it's still too crumbly add another tablespoon or two. Using a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into balls, or press with a cake pop press, and repeat with all remaining mix.
- Melt 4oz of white chocolate in the microwave, for about 45 seconds. Dip a cake pop stick into the chocolate and then place the stick into each ball about halfway. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Melt 8 oz of the white chocolate in the microwave, heat in 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring after each and stopping when the chocolate is just melted.
- Dip cake pops into chocolate and let the excess drip off, immediately roll or sprinkle with sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden slightly. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
How to store Cake Pops
How long do cake pops last?: Cake pops can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or at room temperature for about 2 days.
Can you freeze cake pops?: We don't recommend freezing cake pops. The chocolate coating/cake can get a funny texture when defrosting.
Vanilla Cake Pops substitutions and additions
Cake Mix: This recipe was tested using Duncan Hines vanilla cake mix, but you can use any cake mix you like!
Chocolate: We used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips.
Butter: Butter is essential to this recipe. We haven't tried it with dairy free butter but it might work!
Heavy Cream You can substitute with milk or half and half. I haven't tried non-dairy milk but I think it would work.
Vanilla Extract: Helps to add flavor, we don't recommend substituting.
Frosting: We haven't tried this recipe with store bought frosting but I think it would work! If you try it let us know.
Tips for the best Cake Pops!
- Once the pops are cooled, you can put some of the melted chocolate in a plastic bag, cut the corner off, and drizzle onto the cake pops.
- To color the chocolate: Use gel food coloring sparingly, liquid food coloring can make the chocolate seize up.
- Use good quality chocolate: A good quality chocolate will not seize up when melted gently. If it does, you can add ½ teaspoon vegetable oil.
- Candy melts can be used, but they have a waxy taste and texture. Candy melts also do not remelt well like white chocolate does.
- Work in batches with the chocolate, melting more as needed. Make sure you melt enough chocolate that it will submerge the entire cake pop in the chocolate when you dip it. The more you have to move the pop around, the more likely it is to come off the stick in the chocolate.
- If the cake pops are too dry add more frosting. If they're too dry, they will crumble and crack when you insert the stick. If this happens with your first one, return it to the bowl and add a bit more frosting to the mixture.
Easy Cake Pop Recipe FAQs
This recipe should make 24 cake pops.
If your cake pops are falling apart, you need to add more frosting to the mixture.
Yes! This will ensure they don't fall off in the melted chocolate.
Other fun colorful dessert recipes:
- Funfetti Cookies With Cake Mix
- Tie Dye Colorful Cupcakes
- Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
- Edible Sugar Cookie Dough
Easy Cake Pops Recipe
- 1 15.25 box vanilla cake mix baked according to directions
- Bake cake per the package directions.
- In a large bowl, crumble your cooked and cooled cake with your hands or two forks.
- In a medium bowl, beat the softened butter with a hand mixer until fluffy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, add in the milk and vanilla and beat for another 1 minute, it should be the consistency of peanut butter.
- If frosting is too stiff, add more milk a teaspoon at a time, if it is too thin, add in more powdered sugar a teaspoon at a time.
- With a hand mixer, mix in 3 tablespoons of the frosting into the crumbled cake and mix until it is a uniform mixture that is easy to roll into balls when squeezed, if it's still too crumbly add another tablespoon or two. Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoons, roll 2 tablespoons of mixture into a ball, or press with a cake pop press, and repeat with all remaining mix.
- Melt 4oz of white chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave, about 45 seconds. Dip a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and then place the stick into each one, about halfway into the cake ball. Place balls in the freezer for 1 hour or the fridge for 2 hours.
- Melt 8 oz of the remaining white chocolate in a small bowl or mug in the microwave, heat in 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring after each heating and stopping when the chocolate is just melted.
- Dip cake pops into chocolate and let the excess drip off, immediately roll or sprinkle with sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden slightly, place on a sheet tray lined with parchment, or you can use a box with holes punched into it, or a piece of styrofoam to stick the pops in. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.