Cake Pop Frosting & Coating

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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.

This recipe teaches you how to create frosting and coating options, without candy melts, that are deliciously smooth.

Cake Pop Coating drizzled from a spatula into a bowl.

You may not require the entire amount of frosting; just use what the recipe you are following calls for. The serving size can easily be adjusted to your needs or you can store the extra amount in the fridge or freezer.

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake Pops in a bowl with lime zest on top.

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 or freezer is also possible.

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.

Cake Pop Coating in a bowl with spatula.

You can add peppermint or almond extract to add flavor to the icing. You can also adjust the thickness by adding more milk or icing sugar. Try experimenting with different kinds of cake.

Red velvet is a common favorite! If you’re feeling confident with the frosting you can also try making colorful pops by adding food coloring to the mix.

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake Pops in a bowl with lime zest on top and a spatula.
Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake Pops and Cake Pop Coating in bowls.

Are you ready to make some cake pops? Pull out your favorite mixing bowl and all the ingredients you’ll need to follow these instructions and get started!

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake Pops and Cake Pop Coating in bowls.

Cake Pop Frosting and Coating

Joss D
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.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Cake Pop Cream Cheese Frosting:

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

Cake Pop Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla - optional*

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/glaze is to be used as the cake pop coating. If you would like it to be thicker, simply mix in more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If you'd like a thinner coating, add some more milk, little by little.
  • After dipping the cake pops in the coating, you can dry them at room temperature or in the fridge if you are in a rush. It will take about 30 minutes or more.

Equipment

Electric hand mixer

Notes

Nutrition information is for the frosting/coating combined, per serving.
This recipe makes about 2 cups frosting and 1 cup icing, which should be enough for approximately 18 cake pops.
*Do not use the vanilla if you would like a whiter coating.
**Use as much frosting as your cake pop recipe calls for. If there is left-over frosting, it can be frozen for later use.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 26mgSugar: 27gVitamin A: 333IUCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

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

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