How to Make The Perfect Cake Pops, Recipe by @xokatierosario

Perfect Cake Pops

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 36 cake pops
Author Katie


  • 1 Foolproof Vanilla Cake Recipe
  • 1/4 cup prepared buttercream frosting plus more for mixing, if needed
  • 2 (12 oz.) bags chocolate candy melts save 50 pieces or so of candy melts, set aside
  • 48 cake pop sticks
  • Optional Vegetable Shortening to thin out chocolate candy melts


  1. Bake the cake according to the recipe. Quickly cool down the cake.
  2. Once cooled completely mix together the cake and buttercream frosting in a large bowl. Mix until the consistency is like a meatball. When squeezed together it should stay together but not be so moist that it will fall off the stick when being dipped in the chocolate.
  3. Before melting the chocolate, remove 50 or so candy melts from the bag and set aside for the decorating stage. Begin melting the chocolate in a microwavable bowl or container. Melting in 30-second increments; stir after each time to make sure the chocolate isn’t burning.
  4. Start scooping the cake mixture into a larger tablespoon size balls. Scoop each cake ball onto a piece of parchment or wax paper. Roll each ball till smooth.
  5. Once the chocolate has melted completely, dip the tip of each stick into the chocolate and then into the formed cake ball.
  6. Then dip each cake ball into the chocolate, gently tap the edge of the bowl of the container with the stick to remove the excess of the chocolate off the cake pop.
  7. Before placing the cake pop right onto the parchment or wax paper, place the round candy melt on the paper and then place the dipped cake pop onto the candy melt. Hold the stick straight up and hold for a minute to make sure the pop has adhered to the candy melt.
  8. Continue to dip each cake pop into the chocolate and place onto the candy melts. This step is so important for achieving a clean bottom of the cake pop.
  9. Once all the pops have been dipped, now you can decorate! They are now ready to eat!

Recipe Notes

Notes: If the chocolate is too thick and is warm enough then add 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening to the chocolate candy melts. This will loosen the chocolate and make it much easier for dipping. Continue to add the shortening until the chocolate is thin enough to dip but not so thin it’s like water. We are looking for a molasses consistency. For easy decorating, dip the cake pops like instructed above. Once the cake pop has been dipped and placed on to the candy melt add sprinkles to the wet chocolate before they dry. This is the easiest way to create fun and colorful cake pops.