Cake pops are small, round balls of cake that are glazed and served on a stick! They are an adorable, handheld twist on delicious cake, and there are loads of cake pop recipes here to choose from.
These little treats became popular in part because of a certain widely popular coffee company selling its cute little round cakes on a stick along with its coffee.
Cake pops are often plated upright so they look like a bouquet of “flowers.” These cake pop recipes make great finger food desserts at parties, showers, and kids’ birthdays.
But bakers have taken cake pops to another level, making them out of almost any kind of cake or dessert.
My first “cake pop” came to be because I had overbaked a rum cake. It turns out that rum balls are made of baked cake crumbs and then you add a lot more rum and then more rum glaze.
We ate way too many highly boozy rum balls that year. No stick necessary—they went from the fridge to our faces.
You can make cake pops without the sticks. Some home chefs are using tiny forks, paper straws, a couple of toothpicks, or none at all. You can use paper muffin or candy holders, too.
Originally, without the sticks these tiny round desserts are just “cake balls” but who are we to judge.
Some cake pops are made of rolled-up cake crumbs and some are baked fresh in a cake pop maker like this one (stab, glaze and go).
Some cake pops are round, some are square, and made of nearly anything.
Cake on a stick just looks like fun and has a cool “bouquet” quality when plated upright.
If you want to try making your own cake pops so you can offer your friends and family cake on a stick, check out our list of 17 cake pop recipes that are innovative and delicious.
From Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops made with easy-peasy canned dough, to Death By Chocolate Cake Pops for just enough chocolate to live for, and, yes, you can even make cheesecake into finger food with the Blueberry Cheesecake Pops, plus…
You’re going to die from the cute when you see #10.
Best Cake Pop Recipes
Each of these recipes is sure to delight anyone’s taste buds!
We had to include a vanilla cake pop recipe on this list, but we still wanted it to be special, so this is a Mexican Vanilla Cake Pop recipe that you’ll fall head over heels for.
Mexican Vanilla comes from a different tree than traditional vanilla and has a richer, bolder taste because it has a higher alcohol content when farmed.
You can decorate these vanilla cake pops any way you want, so feel free to be creative with your design.
If you’re like us, a whole piece of decadent red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting can be a bit overwhelming.
For a lighter, poppable version of red velvet cake, check out this easy cake pop recipe that will be a hit at any holiday party or gathering.
There are few things better than fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning, but this Cinnamon Roll Cake Pop recipe comes pretty close.
To save time and get these in your tummy as fast as possible, you can use premade cinnamon roll dough from Pillsbury or elsewhere.
You can make these a fun breakfast treat for a family on the run in the mornings, or it can be a creative snack at a birthday party.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating Black Forest cake, you’ll need to try out these Black Forest Cake Pops inspired by the German dessert.
The Black Forest is a chocolate cake with cherries and whipped cream for sweet relief from the richness of the chocolate.
These cherry-filled cake pops are perfect for any occasion or as a treat to have around the house when you need something sweet to elevate your mood.
A treat you can serve as breakfast and dessert, these Lemon Poppyseed Cake Pops combine this classic and beloved flavor combination with a modern and innovative dessert form.
If you prefer light, fresh flavors and fluffy cakes, these are likely the perfect cake pop for your palette.
The airy cake is doused in a subtle coconut cream glaze to add more intrigue to the flavor combination and may have your friends playing a flavor guessing game as they enjoy them.
If you need a pick-me-up that goes beyond coffee, go for these Coffee Cake Pops.
The cake pops are topped with a “magic” chocolate shell for some added sweetness that punches up the bold coffee flavor.
Treat yourself to this delicious and easy cake pop recipe at home!
Everyone loved strawberry shortcakes as a kid, and probably not much has changed as an adult, so indulge your inner child with these scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake Pops.
These are ideal for a sunny afternoon at the park or a summer-time party to put everyone in a good mood.
In need of a tropical escape?
We’ve got you covered with this fun cake pop recipe that features some interesting flavors but ends in a moist and fluffy cake pop that sends you straight to the Caribbean.
Don’t discount this cake pop recipe because it will blow you away.
My suggestion for adding flaked coconut to small things like this is to pulse the flaked coconut once or twice in a food processor so that they aren’t giant, chewy pieces.
You’ll get the flavor and “snowy” appearance when you reduce the coconut before finishing the cake pop.
Salted caramel is such a beautiful balance between sugar and salt, so if you’re like us, you’re already drooling for this fun cake pop recipe.
A Salted Caramel Cake Pop pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning or a glass of wine on a Friday night.
The best part about this Ice Cream Cone Cake Pop recipe is that you can use any kind of cake that you want!
All that matters when following this recipe is to make the cake pops look just like fresh-scooped ice cream on a cone.
These are so freakin’ cute! I want to have a party just so I can make and serve these.
Get the mini ice cream cone bases here if you can’t find them locally.
This easy cake pop recipe speaks for itself, as everyone is familiar with the classic pairing of chocolate cookies and creamy frosting.
This fun cake pop recipe is great for giving your kids a fun snack or making a dessert for a gathering full of picky-eaters.
Now you can have s’mores on a stick; no campfire required.
For that oh-so-good mix of chocolate, seared marshmallow, and graham cracker, try out this fabulous cake pop recipe that will become your new favorite way to consume s’mores.
13. Matcha Cake Pops
This classic Japanese flavor is currently all the rage in the US, so hop on the green tea train and make these Matcha Cake Pops.
This easy cake pop recipe results in enchanting green cake pops that bring vibrance to the dessert buffet and surprise people with the unique flavor.
And these little treats have a skosh of caffeine in them, so you can totally justify eating them for breakfast.
The Lemon-Lavender Cake Pops are a fun cake pop recipe that brings a beautiful color to your dessert table as well as an enchanting flavor.
This easy cake pop recipe uses less than ten ingredients and can even be made the night before an event in a pinch.
Lemon and lavender are a magical combination that encapsulates the breezy coolness of the spring season, ideal for a picnic or spring party.
15. Carrot Cake Pops
For those searching for cake pop maker recipes, this one is the gold standard.
Cake pop maker recipes are often easier than traditional cake pop recipes, but in the end, most recipes can be accomplished with either method.
These are the perfect cake pops for an Easter celebration or a Spring picnic; either way, your friends and family will love how yummy and portable they are.
Want to make cake pops but aren’t a huge fan of cake?
Then these Blueberry Cheesecake Pops are for you because they toss out the cake book and instead opt for a luscious cheesecake filling paired with the beloved graham cracker crust.
The blueberries add a refreshing burst of flavor to the creamy rich cheesecake.
And to finish off this list, we’re ending with a chocolate cake pop recipe, so you have the full range of options but not just regular old chocolate.
For a lavish chocolate experience, make these Death By Chocolate Cake Pops that will have you reaching for a cold glass of milk.
If you or someone in your family is the ultimate chocolate lover, this is the ideal cake.
The bottom line
Whether you want a simple chocolate or vanilla cake pop recipe, or you’re looking for something more creative, this list has you covered.
Whole cakes can be overwhelming to make and to eat, so simplify things with cake pop maker recipes and conveniently portable and delicious treats on a stick!
Here’s the babycakes highly rated cake pop maker on Amazon (aff) for cake pops that get that nice round shape with fresh cake.
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- Mexican Vanilla Cake Pops
- Red Velvet Cake Pops
- Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops
- Black Forest Cake Pops
- Lemon Poppyseed Cake Pops
- Coffee-Cake Cake Pops
- Strawberry Shortcake Pops
- Coconut-Rum Cake Pops
- Salted Caramel Cake Pops
- Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops
- Cookies & Cream Cake Pops
- S’mores Cake Pops
- Matcha Cake Pops
- Lemon-Lavender Cake Pops
- Carrot Cake Pops
- Blueberry Cheesecake Cake Pops
- Death By Chocolate Cake Pops
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