Cake Pop Frosting & Coating

If you've ever wondered how to make cake pops, you might be surprised to discover how easy the process actually is. They usually consist of mixing crumbled cake with a frosting, inserting treat sticks, then coating them in icing and finally decorating to give them that finishing touch.

We’ve got the frosting part covered for you here! This recipe for homemade cake pop frosting and coating is simple and straightforward. It uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It teaches you how to create frosting and coating options, without candy melts, that are deliciously smooth. Pull out your favorite mixing bowl and all the ingredients you'll need to follow these instructions and get started!

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Cake Pop Frosting and Coating

This recipe for homemade cake pop frosting and coating is simple and straightforward. It uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It teaches you how to create frosting and coating options, without candy melts, that are deliciously smooth. Pull out your favorite mixing bowl and all the ingredients you'll need to follow these instructions and get started!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 199kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

Cake Pop Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 package)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lime

Cake Pop Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla

Instructions

For the Cake Pop Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Melt the unsalted butter.
  • Mix cream cheese, icing sugar, unsalted butter and vanilla extract until smooth with a hand mixer.
  • Add the lime zest and mix well. This frosting will be mixed with a crumbled cake to form the cake pop balls.

For the Cake Pop Icing:

  • Mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. This icing is to be used as the cake pop coating.
Nutrition Facts
Cake Pop Frosting and Coating
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Sugar 26g29%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

Notes

Nutrition information is for the frosting/coating combined.
You can omit the lime zest for a more basic frosting.
This recipe makes 2 cups frosting and 1 cup icing, which should be enough for approximately 18 cake pops.
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Your finished made-from-scratch cake pops can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a week, though we're pretty sure they won't last that long! Be sure to keep them covered so the cake won't dry out. Storing them in the refrigerator can cause condensation on the coating, which in turn can make them a little sticky!

Once you've mastered this basic recipe you may want to consider some alternative flavors and substitute ingredients that can make your cake pops unique. For the powdered sugar-based coating you may consider using a different extract than the basic vanilla. You can add peppermint or almond extract to add flavor to the icing. You can also experiment with different kinds of cake. Red velvet is a common favorite! If you're feeling confident with the frosting you can also try adding colorful decorations by adding food coloring to the mix.

Are you ready to make some cake pops?

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