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Have you ever been to a party, seen a tray of cake pops, and thought to yourself, “What are those and why are they here?” No, of course not. These tiny treats are mainstream and all the rage for good reason. They combine the depth and intrigue of a multi-layer torte with the charisma of a lollipop. Their neatness and portability beats out their cousin the cupcake.

So what you really think is, “I need to make some of those.” Here we have a fabulous cake pop recipes & ideas list. By the time you go through this image collection of cake pop ideas, you will have immersed yourself in party themes, gift alternatives, decorative pointers, baking tips, display options and of course many recipes.

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Easy Cake Pop Ideas (No Stress, Great for First Timers)

#1. Easy Brownie Pops (For Chocolate Lovers)

Brownie cake pops upside down on a baking tray.

Almost everyone loves brownies. Eating them in attractive little balls with colorful sprinkles somehow makes them even tastier. Fudge chocolate infuses each bite from the inside out. The wonderful thing about these is you can use your own family homemade secret brownie batter or brownie mix from a box. Either way, they turn out scrumptious.

Photo and recipe credit: Barbara Bakes

#2. Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops upside down on a tray.

The cinnamon roll is a staple of many American morning time diets. Nothing satisfies you quite like sinking your teeth into the gooey center of a fresh-baked bun. Cinnamon and icing bombard your taste buds. These poppers are perfect if you don’t have time to make homemade sweet buns and yet want something a bit fancier than packaged cinnamon rolls.

Photo and recipe credit: A Night Owl Blog

#3. Cheesecake Cake Pops Coated in Dark Chocolate & Coconut

Cheesecake Cake Pops Coated in Dark Chocolate & Coconut Flakes sitting in glass jar on a cloth napkin.

Cheesecake, popular worldwide, retains regional differences in ingredients, style of crust, and flavorings. These easy-made delights call for a cheesecake of any flavor you prefer. Rolling the balls in dark chocolate and coconut makes them explode with flavor.

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Christmas Cake Pops

#4. Christmas-Spiced

Christmas-Spiced Cake Pops finished, standing up.

Eggnog is not the only place to sprinkle nutmeg during Christmas. Spice pastries hold a special place during winter holiday times, and guests rave about cupcakes during Xmas. Quickly taking their place at the banquet tables, however, are the cake pops. They are tidier than cupcakes and yet look just as fun.

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#5. Christmas Cake Pops 4 Ways

Christmas cake pops 4 ways: reindeer, tree, snowman and decoration.

Sweets and gluten-free may not seem to go together, but these festive desserts say otherwise. Kids will love to partake in this variation on the cookie-cutter theme. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Christmas trees are creations from chocolate cakes, while Frosty the Snowman and baubles are cut from cinnamon cake. Rudolph wears milk chocolate icing and the others are dipped in various colors of melted white chocolate. Your imagination comes into play with the decorations where you can choose pretzels, marzipan, M&Ms, candy sprinkles, and unlimited other options.

Photo and recipe credit: The Loopy Whisk

#6. Christmas Colors

If you prepare cakes from a box or buy them from the local bakery, they will significantly speed up your finished product. Taking the time to make your own buttercream frosting will greatly improve the taste of these Christmas treats. The trick with the icing is to find a chocolate that melts evenly and is not too thick so it gives a uniform cake pop chocolate coating.

Photo and recipe credit: Joy in Every Season

#7. Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

Christmas tree brownie pops on candy canes.

Are you tired of serving the same sugar cookie cut-outs year after year? This twist on brownie pops puts a decadent spin on both Christmas tree cut-out cookies and cupcakes. The cream cheese frosting has a hint of tanginess that contrasts pleasantly with the rich fudge. These elegant-looking designs are easy to recreate. To form the Christmas tree shapes, you can use a cookie cutter or cut out a triangle by hand.

Photo and recipe credit: Five Heart Home

Valentine’s Day Cake Pop Ideas (As Good as Flowers?)

#8. Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake cake pops, the inside showing, on a green plate.

If you have ever had strawberries dipped in white chocolate, then you already know what a killer combination it is. The natural color scheme conjures up thoughts of love and romance. Then add shortcake to the mix and you’ve got yourself one tasty bite of dessert.

Photo and recipe credit: Life Love Liz

#9. Heart-Shaped

Pink heart shaped cake pops with golden arrows.

If colors are not sufficient to put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, these heart shapes are bound to guide you in the right direction. Use any flavor of batter because the exterior icing is what makes them so enticing. You can make these with homemade or store-bought frosting. The hearts are easy to make and yet it will appear as if you worked on them all day.

Photo and recipe credit: Hello Little Home

#10. Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops

Oreo cake pops covered in red, white and pink icing, lined up on a porcelain dish.

Looking at these fancy babies, you would never know the romantic exterior hides an Oreo cookie. With white, red, and pink candy coating, these pops appear to have been created especially for love. The candy melts add sweetness and an extra layer of texture to an Oreo, similar to the chocolate-covered sandwich cookies you find at the grocer. Homemade always tastes much better though.

Photo and recipe credit: Happiness is Homemade

#11. 5-Minute Treats

White chocolate covered cake pops with heart candy decorations and sprinkles.

Make these in literally 5 minutes! Would you believe that a perfect pre-made cake pop exists? It is the doughnut hole. In this recipe, you simply crumble up the doughnut holes. And as you know, doughnut holes have natural moisture. Use white chocolate or other assorted chocolate colored icing to fit the occasion. Red and pink sprinkles highlight the theme of Valentine’s Day. Coconut oil is a nice trick to make the chocolate glossy and thinner so it coats the balls better.

Photo and recipe credit: Working Mom Magic

Cake Pops for Baby Showers (Ideas you Will Love)

#12. Baby Girl Babyface

Baby face cake pops in a pink stand for baby shower.

If you want to redefine the descriptor adorable, put a face on your baked goods. These baby faces are pretty easy to make but are also quite time-intensive. You may have to experiment with the white and pink or other colors to get the shade you want. Any time decorations are the most important part of your baking process, it necessitates that you prepare in advance.

Whether preparing cakes from scratch or from a mix, try baking them the day before and freezing them. Thaw them just before you make your dough balls. Remember, cold batter balls(not freezing) and warm icing.

Photo and recipe credit: A Canadian Foodie

#13. Girl Baby Shower

White girl baby shower cake pops with pink and silver icing drizzles and clear packaging plus thank you notes.

You can use these eye-catching beauties not only for baby showers but also for birthday parties. Use your imagination on the color schemes. If you change it up, these can easily accommodate a boy’s shower as well. Drizzling is an alternative style you can use with the candy melts to create a splash effect or intricate webbing.

Photo and recipe credit: Flour on my Face

#14. Baby Rattles

A cake pop adapts naturally to the baby rattle design. After making the cake crumbs, you will form them into balls of 2 different sizes. Each pop stick will have one larger cake ball and one smaller cake ball on either end, forming an adorable baby rattle, ready to be decorated with a pink coating and sprinkles. You can easily switch up the colors depending on the shower. Attaching ribbons give them that special touch.

#15. Baby Boy Shower Cake Pops

Baby boy shower blue cake pops on a blue stand.

One of the best ways to get a successful party off the ground is with a drop-dead gorgeous food presentation. Who would not feel sheer excitement at the sight of a beautifully arranged stand of bright blue pops? Blue is not a color you see in food every day, even cupcakes. Since a person’s psyche is linked to food color, your baby shower guests will not be able to help feeling anything but electrified to eat these baby blues.

Photo and recipe credit: Neighbor Food Blog

Cake Pop Ideas for Halloween (Creativity is not Just for Costumes)

#16. Halloween Cake Pop

Halloween is an optimal time to bring out your creative streak via costumes and food preparations alike. A cake pop allows as much license if not more so than a cupcake. With special attention to making a pliable dough, you can form cake balls into ghosts, pumpkins, or Frankenstein monsters. Use different colors of candy melts while still wet to paint on facial features and other details.

#17. Jack O’ Lanterns (Carve Pumpkins the Easy Way)

Jack o lantern cake pops in a jar.

Jack O’ Lanterns are synonymous with Halloween. Do you want a cheat? Leave your pumpkins outside intact and create Jack O’ Lanterns of the pastry kind. They are much easier and cleaner than the garden variety. You can use white chocolate with food coloring or candy melts for the coating. You may like the shade of orange in the candy melts better. Chocolate cakes fit both the flavor of the buttercream icing and the aesthetic appeal of the treat.

Photo and recipe credit: Art and the Kitchen

#18. Halloween Ghosts

Ghost cake pops.

These Halloween party pops are better designed to sit directly on a flat surface with the sticks hovering above them. Ghosts are easy to make – just form your batter ball into a bell shape and flare out the bottom for a skirt. While the icing is still wet, apply the candy eye decals. They will look professionally done and irresistible to children.

Photo and recipe credit: The Anthony Kitchen

#19. Halloween Characters

Witch, ghost and green and orange cake pops for Halloween in a black plastic jack o lantern.

You do not have to put much fuss in Halloween desserts to make them look sophisticated. Hershey’s chocolate kisses make delightful top hats for Jack O’ Lanterns or witches. Change the colors of your dipping medium to create pumpkins, goblins, and ghosts. You can use these same candy melts to draw mouths, eyes, and scary lines.

Photo and recipe credit: Love in my Oven

#20. Spooky Chocolate Cake Pop

Halloween dark chocolate cake pops with sprinkles in a Halloween themed mini bucket.

Halloween is one of the few times where you can scare someone and they will like it. Although these go well with the Halloween theme depending on how you decorate them, they are more festive than frightening. Tiny chocolate cakes with milk chocolate exteriors are delicious double chocolate treats and perfect backdrops for orange, green, and yellow sprinkles.

Photo and recipe credit: Ahead of Thyme

#21. Frankenstein Halloween Monster

Green Frankenstein cake pops made of rice krispies.

One of the reasons cake pops work so well at parties is because you can easily turn them into characters. And what better time to do this than for Halloween when you need monsters? Square Frankenstein monsters make delightful Halloween treats as you pipe the milk chocolate for hair and facial features. It easy to make them cute by creating eyes out of white chocolate chips and a tiny dollop of melted milk chocolate.

Photo and recipe credit: Kenarry

#22. Halloween Peanut Butter Cookie Pops

Cookie dough is even easier to make and form into pop balls than baked cake. Naturally sticky, you can form the dough into a ball around a mini fun-sized candy bar. Instead of freezing them you bake them, then decorate with icing once they cool. They come out like cookies on a stick and not balls, so you can draw any Halloween design you like on the flat surface.

#23. Halloween S’Mores Cake Pops

Sort of between candy and cookie pops, these S’Mores are ridiculously easy to make. They taste much like traditional S’Mores and yet are sophisticated enough for any party. Get creative with the decorations at the end to represent your favorite character. Your guests will not be prepared for the light fluffy gooey center.

Wedding Cake Pop Ideas

You can use these as the main wedding dessert or cake pop wedding favors.

#24. Wedding Cake Pops

White cake pops with sparkles and Mr. and Mrs. Champagne glasses.

Using a food processor makes uniform crumbs for your batter, and using a scoop makes consistent batter balls. You can be as creative with wedding pastries as with any other theme, using different colors of chocolate, sparkling sugar, and piping. Sparkling sugar comes in multiple colors, and you can even make your own. This recipe calls for white cakes, but you can use any flavors you prefer.

Photo and recipe credit: Priya Creates

#25. Bride and Groom

Bride and groom cake pops.

These cake pops fit in with the elegant décor of even the classiest of weddings. They also appeal to the taste buds, whether pairing the chocolate cake interior with milk or white chocolate coating. The pop itself is almost fudge-like in taste because of the chocolate icing. Add only sufficient frosting for a ball to hold its shape.

Photo and recipe credit: From the Grapevine

#26. Pink and Silver Cake Pops

Pink cake pops with silver sprinkles.

Present these pops at your wedding to make a beautiful statement. The light exterior is complemented by a rich red velvet center. You could even reverse the color scheme and try silver balls with pink sparkling sugar. The coating calls for almond bark, so use oil-based coloring to prevent it from seizing. If you cannot find silver food color, mix varying amounts of white and black until you obtain your desired result.

Photo and recipe credit: Rose Bakes

#27. Gold Cake Pops

Gold can be used for many occasions. Gold spheres give an air of extraordinary to weddings, New Year’s parties, and festive balls or galas. Shortening and other fat additives can help prevent your exterior coating from developing those unattractive cracks. Using a paintbrush for sparkling sugar has the double benefit of brushing it on evenly and gently packing it into the coating. Work quickly so your surface does not dry.

Cake Pop Ideas for Birthdays

#28. Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

Ice cream cone cake pops.

Kids will love these! These decorative and imaginative morsels will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Of course, you will use cones in place of the sticks. The nature of ice cream cones makes it unnecessary to be neat and precise. You can present the cones upright or upside down. You can also use mini ice cream cones if you wish. Vary the decorations to resemble multiple types of ice cream toppings.

Photo and recipe credit: Rose Bakes

#29. Starbucks Birthday Copycat Recipe

White and pink is a versatile color combination, often symbolizing anything from romance to love to comfort and childhood, purity, and innocence. Pink and white desserts inspire vibrant anticipation tempered with soothing tranquility. A neat technique of removing the darker cake edges with a knife ensures a pure white interior and helps it retain moisture.

#30. Birthday Cake Pops with Sprinkles

Birthday cake pops with sprinkles.

Multi-colored sprinkles are a great way to add a sense of fun to a dessert. Another secret benefit of lots of sprinkles is they can artfully cover any blemishes. You can use any of your favorite white cake recipes or cut down on the time element by using a cake mix. You can also use chocolate cake or another flavor with perhaps a darker frosting to provide better coverage.

Photo and recipe credit: Hello Little Home

#31. Mickey Mouse Cake Pops

The charm of Disney characters is undeniable. With Mini Oreos, black and red candy melts, and white chocolate you can easily turn a plain chocolate edible into Mickey Mouse. He makes a fun and delicious accompaniment to birthday parties or even baby showers. Make sure to stir the candy melts each time you are about to dip to keep the icing fluid. You can even up any irregularities in the coating with a cocktail stick. Use a similar technique if you want to create Minnie Mouse. 

#32. Soccer Oreo Cookie Pops

Soccer oreo cake pops on green shredded paper.

Do you know a little boy or girl who plays soccer? These cookie pops are perfect for birthday parties or even for an awards banquet. This is one of the simplest and quickest treats to make and yet looks like you had them catered in. The most difficult part is decorating the soccer balls. You can pipe the threading or free draw the design with a toothpick.

Photo and recipe credit: Onion Rings and Things

#33. Birthday Cookie Cake Pops

Birthday cake with a candle cake pops.

These are actually cookie pops made to resemble miniature birthday cakes. You can even decorate each one with its own birthday candle. The creamy filling of the sandwich cookies along with the tang of the cream cheese compliments all the chocolate in a sinful way. No baking is required for these adorable treats. 

Photo and recipe credit: Just a Taste

Cake Pop Graduation Ideas

#34. Graduation Hats

A cake pop is an easy way to make events come alive in food. Without much effort, you can recreate a graduation hat in the form of a dessert complete with a tassel. You can use different food coloring if you want to coordinate with the school colors. Graduation scrolls can add a personal greeting and signature from you.

#35. Graduation Cap Pops

You do not need cookies or cake to make delicious treat pops. All you need is half an hour to produce impressive and innovative edible decorations. These bite-sized morsels do not require any baking, slicing, or utensils. Your most difficult task is making sure everything sets firmly. You can match the M&Ms to the specific school colors, but you do not have to leave the chocolate naked. You can dip the entire Reese’s piece and chocolate square combo into colored chocolate.

Cake Pop Ideas for Thanksgiving

#36. Pumpkin Cake Pops

Cake pops that look like pumpkins, upside down on a tray.

By the time you finish making these morsels, it should look like you gathered them directly from the pumpkin patch. You can even create vines with piping or green-colored candy. Pumpkin cake makes a delicious combination with the candy coating. If you don’t really care for the taste of pumpkin, try spice or vanilla. Mint chocolate also tastes good and creates a traditional color pairing with the orange shell.

Photo and recipe credit: What Should I Make For

#37. Thanksgiving Oreo Turkey Pops

Turkey oreo cake pops in a small pail with candy corn.

This is another variation of a cookie pop. Easy and cheap to make, it only require three basic ingredients along with your decorative tools. Candy corn makes an attractive crest and you can even cut the tips to make beaks. These treats become utterly adorable once you place their candy eye decals. You can use other types of candy as well.

Photo and recipe credit: Centsless Deals

Chocolate Cake Pop Recipes

#38. Red Velvet & White Chocolate

Red Velvet & White Chocolate Cake Pops in white rectangular serving dish.

Red velvet is one of the most highly sought after cakes and no wonder. When perfectly baked, it rivals the moist richness of chocolate cake and the light fluffy sweetness of vanilla pastries. When mixed with buttercream frosting and enclosed in a white chocolate shell, red velvet cake retains its elegance and presents an attractive contrast of colors as appealing as the flavors. A garnish of red velvet crumbs leaves no question about the inner contents of this treasure.

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#39. S’Mores Cake Pops (No Campfire Required)

S'mores cake pops.

These desserts do not quite visually match traditional s’mores, but they have all of the important features: graham cracker crunch, fluffy marshmallow flavor, and a chocolate bar. The cake pop actually looks like a large marshmallow and the flavors satisfy all the elements you would expect in a s’more.

Photo and recipe credit: Moms and Munchkins

#40. Turtle Apple Pop

Cake pops have become so popular in party culture that it is difficult to know whether apple pops are inspired by them or by caramel apples on sticks or both. They resemble cookie pops and you can decorate them with any mixture of drizzled caramel and sprinkled nuts. These treats only take about twenty minutes to make.

No-Bake Cake Pops

#41. Raw Cake Pops

Raw cake pops decorated in white and yellow chocolate and sprinkles.

Before you grab your antacid tablets and book lamenting all the detrimental effects of eating raw batter, these pops call for healthy and wholesome ingredients. The bright colors you associate with fun and festive still infuse them. Despite the presence of a number of superfoods like chia, raw honey, and coconut flour, these cake pops have a cake-like consistency and flavor.

Photo and recipe credit: Wallflower Kitchen

#42. No Bake Oreo Cake Pops

Colorful no bake oreo cake pops in a white stand.

Oreo cookies lend themselves naturally to the cake pop concept. Although they are technically cookie pops, you make these just like typical cake pops. Oreo cookie pops in typical fashion require very few ingredients and no baking. Depending on what colors and types of sprinkles you use, these can be quite versatile.

Photo and recipe credit: Jo Cooks

#43. Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick

Cheesecake is among the classiest of desserts on its own. Freeze it and put a slice on a stick and it becomes an unconventional, fancy, party centerpiece. Add a fun twist by partially dipping them in melted chocolate and covering them in sprinkles.

Gluten Free Cake Pop Recipes

#44. Gluten-Free Cake Pops

Chocolate gluten free cake pops laid out on a serving tray.

Gluten free doesn’t have to mean flavor free. Other than paying attention that all ingredients are gluten-free, you make these cake pops the same as any others. This recipe has the added benefit of being dairy-free and you can easily adapt it to a vegan recipe. Prepare for a quadruple chocolate experience with a fudge-like core complemented with chocolate icing, chocolate coating, and chocolate chips or sprinkles for decorations. You can also use other flavors for the shell and the garnish.

Photo and recipe credit: Gluten Free Palate

#45. Easy Gluten-Free Cake Pops

Gluten free cake pops in stand, frosted in sprinkled in different colors.

No one has to know these are gluten-free. Start with chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cakes. The only requirement is that the ingredients are gluten-free. Any of these flavors complements either a chocolate or white chocolate exterior. For decoration you can drizzle melts in intricate designs or pepper with sprinkles, candy beads, or flavored chips. You could even try butterscotch chips.

Photo and recipe credit: GF Jules

#46. Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Pops

Gluten free chocolate cake pops with heart sprinkles in a small polka dot pail.

With chocolate cake, you can use chocolate buttercream frosting to complement its flavor or cream cheese or vanilla icing to pleasingly contrast it. Recipes are provided for both. These chocolate cake pops are versatile and with minor tweaking can accommodate birthdays, showers, Valentine’s Day, or Independence Day.

Photo and recipe credit: Fearless Dining

#47. 4-Ingredient Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Pops

Chocolate gluten free cake balls on a white rectangular dish.

It is simple to include gluten-free ingredients when there are only four of them in your recipe. The lack of ingredients also tells you this should be a simple recipe to reproduce. You save a bunch of baking time by using a box mix. It is a chocolate cake with the deep and bitter notes of dark chocolate icing, a pleasing combination of flavors. You can apply colored sprinkles or eat these bite-sized pops plain.

Photo and recipe credit: Easy Real Food

Vegan Cake Pop Recipes

#48. Super Easy Vegan Halloween Cake Pops

Vegan Halloween cake pops upside down on a plate. (spider webs and mummies)

Cake pops are sure to make you a hit at any party. You can shine even more when you take into consideration the potential that more and more of your guests and party mates are likely to be vegan. The Halloween cake pop assortment includes mummies, eyeballs and spider webs.

Photo and recipe credit: Baby Teith

#49. Vegan Confetti

Vegan confetti cake pops on a plate, one with the white center exposed.

Once you make your vegan cake into pops, apply your semi-sweet or white chocolate coating and add the colored sprinkles. The more colors, the more eye-catching the treats will be. This is one area where it is not necessarily desirable to have coordinated or matching colors, so go wild.

Photo and recipe credit: Revolution in Bloom

#50. Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops Vegan Gluten Free in an orange mug.

These cake pops look and taste like autumn. You see pops made with apples, cakes, and cookies. This recipe actually uses delicious and moist pumpkin bread. Other than the main ingredient, the pop making process is exactly the same. All ingredients are vegan. The cream cheese and chocolate are proven complementary pairings for the pumpkin.

Photo and recipe credit: From my Bowl

#51. Vegan Rainbow Cake Pops

Rainbow cake pops with chocolate coating and colorful sprinkles on a tray.

Similar to confetti cake pops, these treats will probably turn out more uniform in appearance, like a rainbow. The flavor of the core is much different though. Utilizing freeze-dried fruit as a main ingredient along with nut butter, you have a nutritious sweet interior with a delicious chocolate coating. You can even make assorted varieties by using different types of freeze-dried fruits. Imagine surprising your guests with different inner colors as they bite into these delicacies.

Photo and recipe credit: Abbeys Kitchen

Cake Pop Recipes Using Cake Mix

#52. Making Cake Pops with Cake Mix

A baby blue pail filled with cake pops, sprinkles in the background.

You can use any flavor cake mix. This particular recipe tutorial makes a basic cake pop utilizing a nifty gadget known as the cake pop maker. The appliance allows you to bake a batch of cake balls in less than five minutes. Pour the batter in pre-made compartments and when they are finished, the balls are ready to chill and dip. Do not despair if you do not have a cake pop maker yet. We have a cake pop maker buyers guide full of handy information.

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#53. Use a Mold!

Not only are we simplifying cake pops by using cake mix in this recipe, we are utilizing the convenient cake pop mold as well! After combining the cake mix with oil, eggs and water, fill the mold with the batter, close it up and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes. At this point, you can decorate the pops to your heart’s desire.

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#54. Confetti Cake Pops

Confetti cake pops.

These desserts are perfect to whip up if you are in a hurry. Cake mix with sprinkles in it is fun so you get a little crunch in the cake as well as on the coating. Use canned frosting as well as white chocolate. You can have them done start to finish in about an hour and a half.

Photo and recipe credit: Art and the Kitchen

#55. Father’s Day Cake Pops

Golf ball and tee cake pops.

These are great for anyone who enjoys golf, but were specifically made with Father’s Day in mind. These golf balls on a tee seem especially fitting. You can bake the cake from a mix and purchase the frosting premade. You may even want to get your kids involved in the celebration by letting them help out in the preparation of these super cool pops.

Photo and recipe credit: Evermine

Cute Cake Pop Ideas

#56. Cute Chicks

No stories involving cute things go very far without mentioning baby animals of one kind or another. And you can not get much cuter than downy yellow chicks. On par with the marshmallow Easter chicks you can buy, these cake pops have a fluffy sponge cake center highlighted by a yellow chocolate coating. Accessories like the wings, beak, and feet can be constructed of sugar paste icing.

#57. Lemon Poppy Seed (As Bright-Tasting as They Look)

Lemon poppy seed cake pops in yellow frosting and white drizzles.

No list of cake pops would be complete without mention of lemon poppy seed cake. Naturally moist and flavorful, the cake is an obvious go-to ingredient for delicious desserts or breakfasts. If you want a bold lemon flavor, use lemon cream cheese in your batter. Subtle can be intriguing as well, and in this case buttercream frosting will suit very well. The sweet yellow candy melt coating brings sunny thoughts and is indicative of the zesty, lemony center.

Photo and recipe credit: Project Nursery

#58. Cactus Cake Pops

These look fancy and artsy, but the cacti are fairly easy to bring together. They are made like any other cake pops except at the ball stage you make arm extensions or oval shapes. Yellow cakes with vanilla or white buttercream frosting work well with a green candy melt or green chocolate coating. Take some artistic license with decorations to include thorns and flowers.

#59. Unicorn Cake Pops

Unicorn cake pops with purple hair.

These desserts make great party add-ons in this age of the unicorn. They shine for either theme-based baby showers or birthday parties. Unicorn cake pops are fast and fun to make as the cake is from a mix. Any flavor will complement the white chocolate coating as far as taste goes. You may want to choose based on color to present the best look for the unicorns.

Photo and recipe credit: Daphnie Pearl

#60. Paw Patrol Cake Pops

Paw Patrol cake pops.

If you do not know who Rocky is, he is the cute dog character on Paw Patrol who is big on recycling. The cake pop itself is easy enough to make. Shaping a cake ball into Rocky’s head may be challenging. To get the right shade of gray, try mixing white and black and add a little light blue. It does not have to be perfect. Use any cake pop flavors that you think will go with the colored chocolate melt coating.

Photo and recipe credit: Moms and Munchkins

#61. Brussels Sprouts Cake Pops (The Fun Way to Get Kids to Eat Their Greens)

Brussel sprouts cake pops.

When attending a party where imagination and cuteness are a prerequisite, try strolling in with a tray of vegetables. Veggies made with chocolate cake, peanut butter, and green candy melts, that is. You can try all kinds of different vegetables, but these greens are particularly adorable. Plus, the size and shape of Brussels sprouts look like they were made to be cake pops.

Photo and recipe credit: Baking Mad

#62. Galaxy Cake Pops

Galaxy cake pops on a starry background.

Children and adults alike can become mesmerized by outer space. You can form a miniature galaxy of your own with cake pops. They are wonderful for Star Wars or Star Trek themes. When you decorate, think tie-dye-like splashes, gold stars, glitter, and sparkle. Do not allow convention to limit your choice of colors or flavors. You can make your planets and stars out of cupcakes if you prefer.

Photo and recipe credit: The Soccer Mom Blog

#63. Easter Cake Pops

Yellow chicks cake pops for Easter.

Cute things make everyone feel good. This is an alternative way to create cute yellow chicks. You can also try your hand at mixing in little bunnies and colored eggs if you like. Candy chips make excellent eyes, noses, beaks, and feet. Of course, you can also just paint these on with a toothpick or tiny brush. A yellow cake and yellow candy coating make these chicks irresistibly sweet.

Photo and recipe credit: Eat Yourself Skinny

#64. Alien Cake Pops

Alien cake pops on a plate, toy story napkin underneath.

They really have thought of everything when it comes to cake pops! These cute little green aliens from Toy Story are perfect for kids’ birthday parties. The ears are simply made of melted chocolate and treat sticks to form the points. The eyes are attached using the chocolate as the adhesive and the antennas are just smaller cake balls. This recipe yields 25 to 30 out of this world pops.

Photo and recipe credit: A Magical Kingdom Called Home

Cake Pop Maker Recipes

You will be amazed by what it can do. Tip: If preparing a cake pop maker recipe with cake mix, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt will enhance the flavor.

#65. Bubble Waffles

If you have ever had strawberries dipped in white chocolate, then you already know what a killer combination it is. The natural color scheme conjures up thoughts of love and romance. Then add shortcake to the mix and you’ve got yourself one tasty bite of dessert.

#66. Donut Holes

Chocolate covered donut holes on a white serving dish.

This makes perfect doughnut holes, but it also provides a handy mini donut recipe for a cake pop maker. Doughnut holes are similar to cake pops when baked rather than fried, but there is a variation of ingredients that make up the batter. Depending on how advanced your cake pop maker is, you can change cooking trays to cook donut holes, mini donuts, and full-sized doughnuts. And all only take a few minutes.

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#67. How to Make Cake Pops in a Cake Pop Maker

Glazed cake pops in a glass jar, wood background.

When you use a cake pop baker, you completely eliminate the step where you add frosting to your baked crumbs. So your cake balls will turn out lighter. They are easier to cover with the exterior coating but if you enjoy that moist denseness of made-from-scratch pops, they will not have too much of that. Instead, they will be airier. If you are rushing, you can just use cake mix batter.

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#68. Takoyaki Pops

Takoyaki is a Japanese dish with octopus and ginger. With its juicy center and flavorful fillings, it is one of many savory recipes for cake pop makers that you can enjoy. When you pour the batter and add your cooked bits of octopus and other ingredients, the cups allow you to slowly rotate the Takoyaki. Chopsticks work best. This ensures even cooking and gradual closing of your Takoyaki into an appetizing ball.

#69. Banana Cake Pops

Banana cake pops upside down on a black tray with colorful, striped treat sticks.

Many of you probably think of bananas as difficult to work with. Generally they go into sloppy batter as seen for banana bread or banana pudding. It is hard to think of them in a neat perky cake pop. That is where your cake pop maker can perform magic. Using plenty of dry ingredients and without frosting, these cake balls come out ready to dip in dark chocolate coating. The bitterness of the chocolate contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the bananas.

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#70. Savory Pizza Bites

Pizza balls on a black serving plate, small dish of marinara sauce on the side.

You will not be able to stop at just one. Similar to store-bought pizza rolls, these snacks are a breeze to make. Made from rounds of pizza dough rolled into balls around mozzarella cheese and other Italian toppings, these cook only around 5 minutes tops. If you rotate them a couple of times, they should cook evenly. They are flavorful and the dough is soft with a crispy outer shell. Feel free to substitute any pizza ingredients you want like sausage or pepperoni.

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#71. Blueberry Pancake Cake Pops

Pancake cake popPancake cake pops covered in maple syrup on a white plate with polka dots.s on a white plate with polka dots, a jar of maple syrup in the background.

Much neater than using a griddle or skillet. Pancake cake pops in the cake pop maker are somewhere between a pancake and a muffin. The ricotta cheese keeps them moist and balances the tart sweetness of the blueberries. Although there are a lot of ingredients, these cake pops are easier to make than most pancakes. The best part is they do not have an exterior coating and you can enjoy them simply with maple syrup.

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#72. Mini Chinese Pork Buns

Cake pop maker Chinese Pork Buns in a bowl, soy dip on the side, marble background.

With this recipe, preparing the filling will take more time and effort than cooking the balls in the cake pop maker. The bun or round pocket consists of homemade yeast bread. Your cake pop maker will leave these morsels with a hot savory and spicy center and a bun that alternates perfectly between crispy and soft. If your pork buns do not appear to be cooking evenly, rotate them once or twice in the cake pop maker.

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#73. Mediterranean Meatballs

Mediterranean meatballs on a plate with pesto, tomatoes and dill on the side, grey wood background.

Oh, yes you can! Meatballs are not the sort of dish you would typically expect to come from a cake pop maker, but in only a few minutes bake time, out pops these flavorful and perfectly shaped, savory morsels. They make a great appetizer with the dill pesto, or on their own you can experience the Mediterranean flavors and eat them as a main or side dish.

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#74. Pumpkin Pops

Cake Pop Maker Pumpkin Cake Pops in jars on white background, yellow cloth napkin.

Pumpkin cake pops–how can you go wrong, right? They are perfect for a fall treat and go excellent with a cup of java. My kids love it when I add these tasty pops to their school lunches. They are made in a cake pop maker in only 32 minutes, which includes making the batter!

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Cake Pops Without Sticks (Cake balls)

#75. Minty Chocolate Holiday Cake Bites

Cake truffles, white chocolate with dark minty chocolate swirls.

Consider adding these delicious morsels to truffles, candies, and cookies that you may gift for Christmas. Everyone knows how decadent chocolate chips in fresh cakes are. When the rich chocolate contrasts with the candy coating, it is like an explosion in your mouth. The addition of the peppermint is optional.

Photo and recipe credit: Pinch of Yum

#76. Boozy Margarita Cake Balls

Margarita cake balls, white with green sprinkles in a green bowl.

What a splendid way to enjoy Tequila! Move over, rum cake! A dash of sparkling sugar and a couple of sprigs of green makes these cake balls gorgeous. Whether you present these desserts in a bowl, on a tray, or in mini liners like cupcakes, they are stunning in appearance and zesty in flavor. The recipe calls for buttercream frosting, but you can add pizzazz with key lime frosting instead. Just remember to keep them away from the kids.

Photo and recipe credit: Home Cooking Memories

#77. Peanut Butter Snowballs

These attractive white holiday balls hide a rich sweet peanut butter core beneath a white chocolate coating. Maple syrup compliments the peanut butter similarly to honey but with a lighter consistency. If you are not a fan of peanut butter, you can experiment with other nut butters like cashew or hazelnut. Decorate the snowballs with sprinkles or serve them plain.

#78. Healthy Vanilla Cake Balls

Orange healthy vanilla cake balls.

These are gluten-free vegan treats that do not have many traditional cake ingredients in them. Despite the chickpeas and protein powder, vanilla cake balls taste like cake because of the cashew butter; moist and fluffy. And their wholesome goodness is not marred by any kind of coating except a few sprinkles if you choose.

Photo and recipe credit: Eating Bird Food

#79. Red Velvet Cake Balls

Red velvet cake balls.

Both its deep magenta color and its characteristically unique flavor encourage pastry chefs to contrast red velvet cake with cream cheese or white chocolate. These scrumptious cake balls embrace both. The batter uses cream cheese frosting and the coating is melted white chocolate icing. If you happen to not like red velvet cake, you can substitute chocolate or spice cake.

Photo and recipe credit: Shugary Sweets

Cake Pop Decorating Ideas

#80. Marbleizing Effect

Marbleizing is an easy technique to create a beautiful swirl effect of two contrasting colors on the outside of your cake pop. You do not need to add much color to your base candy melt. The other thing to keep in mind is to not over stir your mixture or you will erase any appearance of marbling.

#81. Cake Pop Frosting and Icing (The Heart and Body of Cake Pops)

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake Pops and Cake Pop Coating

There is no need to ever overthink the processes behind two essential cake pop elements – the frosting which goes into the batter and the icing that coats the finished cake ball. You can make both with simple ingredients. Most commonly, you will use buttercream frosting because this complements about everything. However, cream cheese is an excellent substitute that goes well with almost any ingredient and stays smooth with ease.

Icing most often uses candy or chocolate melts. However, there are other cake pop coating options. You can make a very simple icing with powdered sugar and milk that can dress any cake pop or even doughnut holes.

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#82. Two-Color Cake Pops

Do you ever hanker to create a real festive cake pop? You can make bi-colored cake pops like a pro. Simply separate the batter and add different food color to each. Incorporate some of each batter into one ball. These are amazing for graduation themes where it might be nice to incorporate two colors into one pop.

With care, you can make the icing bi-color also. You just have to dip part of your cake ball at a time, allow it to dry and set, then proceed to a new section with a different color. You can also ice the entire pop cake and paint sections with a paintbrush.

Cake Pop Display Ideas

#83. Clear Acrylic Stand (A Large Display Case)

Clear acrylic cake pop stand.

This sets off your desserts splendidly, especially if you have a lot of them. Charity galas and New Year parties can set off your cake pops as if they were in a display case. There are 56 holes and three distinct levels. You may use the stand for setting your desserts as well as serving them.

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#84. Bakelicious Decorative Stand

White 2-tier cake pop stand.

This sturdy stand (the same kind I use) always creates an attractive presentation of your baked goods. It only has space for 24 lollipop sticks, but its three-tier cake appearance showcases the cake pop’s colors and shapes to its best advantage. The presentation is fit for birthdays or other gatherings.

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#85. Sweet Creations 3 Tier, Collapsible Display

3 tier cake pop holder

This display case is meant not only to show off your desserts but also to safely transport them. It is capable of holding up to 40 lollipop-sized sticks. If you are a real pastry dynamo, it also has slight indents for up to 24 cupcakes. The stand is easy to store and simple to clean.

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#86. 48-Hole Cake Pop Stand and Lollipop Display Holder

Wooden cake pop holder.

This stand attractively displays your cake pops like blooms on a tree. It has the additional benefit of holding business cards, postcards, and signs. This makes it an ideal stand for corporate meetings, office parties, charity balls, or fundraisers. The wood construction makes it sturdy and a clear gloss finish makes it easy to clean. If you are between cake pop batches you can use it for lollipops.

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#87. Bucket Displays

Cute easter cake pops in a small decorative pail.

You can use a decorated bucket to display holiday-themed cake pops. For example, during Mother’s Day or Easter, you can place an assortment of different cake pop forms in a manner that invites guests to grab them. Easter buckets can have pastel colors and you can line them with commercial nesting material or plastic or hard-boiled eggs that the kids dyed.

#88. Display Trays

Unicorn cake pops on a white tray.

You can set your unicorn treats upright, but an intriguing alternative is to lay your cake pops upside down on a platter with the stick oriented upward. This lessens the effect of having horns going in two opposite directions. The other picture you can create is that of a magical carousel. If you are especially artistic, you may add other cake pop creatures to the menagerie.

#89. Present Stand

Present cake pop stand with a bow.

You can use Styrofoam block cake pop stands to display cake pops in symmetrical rows. You can even customize these to resemble gift boxes. For example, at a birthday party, you can transform one of these blocks into a present with a bow and maybe even some wrapping paper. The cake pops will look even more exciting if you use a compatible neutral background color for the gift wrapping.

#90. Loofah & Basket Filler Cake Pop Displays

Cake pops in a loofah stand.

Similar to what florists do for even their most precious roses, you can disguise the base with fake straw, shavings, or decorative foliage. The loofah works similar to the Styrofoam block in holding the cake pops upright.

#91. DIY Birthday Bash Cake Pops Stand

If you are the slightest bit crafty, you can make your own stand. Styrofoam is versatile for drying, displaying, and transporting pastries. It is particularly useful for birthday bashes that may have a theme. With a floral ring, Styrofoam top, scrapbook paper, and acrylic glue, you can create an efficient and cute stand.

Time to Get Baking & Creating

Did you enjoy this list? Did anything, in particular, stand out? We are interested in any comments you have. Do you have a favorite cake pop recipe of your own? Perhaps you can share some of your ideas or experiences. If you have any friends who love to bake or have an artistic streak, feel free to share this article with them.

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  1. Talk about a one-stop-shop for cake pop inspiration! This was a lot of work gathering, writing, pasting and posting. Completely enjoyed it. Now to make some strawberry shortcake pops! T’is Strawberry Season right now! YUM!

    1. It was a lot of work and I thank all of the contributors for allowing me to share their beautiful cake pop photography and recipes! Thanks Valerie for letting me share your adorable babyface cake pops and for the lovely comment!

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