How to Make Cake Pops with Cake Mix

Love to bake but don’t exactly want a whole cake? Make some cake pops instead! If you haven’t heard about them yet, cake pop makers are an amazing appliance that have been gaining popularity in homes all across the country. Their small size and convenient design allow people to make delicious bites of cake quickly. You can make small, no-hassle batches, without having to wait for a big bulky oven to preheat or figure out the perfect ratio of buttercream frosting to crumbled cake.

Want to make things even easier? Try using a cake mix! It’s really easy to learn how to make cake pops with cake mix. Just pick up a tasty box of mix from the baking aisle, grab a few extra ingredients if you don’t already have them on hand and you’re all set! Mix the batter up and in 5 minutes or less of bake time, you too can be enjoying these bites of deliciousness. The homemade icing is very easy to make and adds the finishing touch to these unique and tasty treats.

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

Servings: 40 cake pops, approximately (this can depend on the cake mix you use)

Refrigeration Time: 30 mins.

Total Time: 90 mins.

Ingredients & Items You Will Need

Prepped ingredients for cake mix cake pops.
  • Boxed cake mix
  • Ingredients indicated on the cake mix package (usually milk, oil and eggs)
  • Cake pop maker
  • Cake pop stand
  • Lollipop sticks

For the Coating:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Sprinkles

If you don't have a cake pop maker just yet, take a look at our top 5 picks.

Step #1. Pour Cake Mix into Bowl

Cake mix in a bowl, spatula and pastry brush on the side.

Lightly oil the inside of the cake pop maker and then preheat. Pour the cake mix into a bowl.

Step #2. Add Ingredients Indicated On Cake Mix Package

Cake mix and butter in a bowl, spatula and pastry brush on the side.

Add the ingredients according to the cake mix package (in our case: butter, egg and milk). Mix well.

Cake mix, milk, egg and butter in a bowl, spatula and pastry brush on the side.
Cake mix batter in a bowl and whisk, spatula and pastry brush on the side.
Cake mix batter in a bowl, spatula and pastry brush on the side.
Cake mix and a whisk in a bowl.

Step #3. Fill Cake Pop Maker with Batter

Cake pop maker getting filled with cake batter, spatula and pastry brush on the side.

Pour the batter into the cake pop maker cavities (fill them about 1 mm from the top so that they don’t spill over or come out flat). Bake them for 4-5 minutes (if a toothpick comes out dry they are ready). Repeat for remaining batter. Unplug the device and let it cool before cleaning.

Cake pop maker filled with cake mix batter, spatula and pastry brush on the side.
Baked cake pops in the cake pop maker, spatula and pastry brush on the side.

Step #4. Prepare the Cake Pop Coating

Bowl of powdered sugar on blue background.

Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice to make the icing. For a thicker coating, add more icing sugar.

Bowl of icing sugar and lemon juice on blue background.
Bowl of icing sugar coating for cake pops.

Step #5. Insert the Cake Pop Sticks

Cake pop stick dipped into coating, blue plate of cake balls on the side.

Insert the treat sticks first in the icing, and then in the cake pops (about half-way into the cake pop). Place them on a tray or plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Treat stick with frosting at the end, pushed into cake ball on a blue plate.
Blue plate filled with cake pops that have treat sticks inserted in them, pail of coating on the side.

Step #6. Coat the Cake Pops

Cake pop getting coated with powdered sugar and lemon coating.

Cover with the icing and sprinkles, place in a cake pop stand and refrigerate until coating has hardened.

Hand holding a cake pop that has been dipped into sugar coating.
Hand holding a cake pop that has rainbow sprinkles on it.

Step #7. Serve & Enjoy!

2 cute pails filled with finished cake pops.
2 cute pails filled with finished cake pops, jar of sprinkles on the side.
2 cute pails filled with finished cake pops, jar of sprinkles on the side.
A baby blue pail filled with cake pops, sprinkles in the background.
A baby blue pail filled with cake pops, sprinkles in the background.
A baby blue pail filled with cake pops, sprinkles in the background.
A baby blue pail filled with cake pops, sprinkles in the background.

What I love about baking cake pops in a cake pop maker is the lightness of the cake balls, compared to forming the balls by hand with the heavy frosting. This method makes it far easier to keep the treat from falling apart or off of the treat sticks when dipping into the coating! Yes, you know what I’m talking about.

Whether you’re just short on time or simply prefer your cake on a stick, this simple recipe allows you to bake your cake pops in a jiffy. Don’t worry if you’re having some trouble with the cake balls sticking to the cavities of the cake pop maker. Simply spray it down with baking spray or make sure each cavity is well oiled before piping in the batter and your cake balls will pop right out. For more variety, melt some baking candy in different flavors to use as the coating.

Try out this recipe next time you’re in the mood for a cake but want to eat something unique and snack size. The moisture and sweetness of these bite-sized morsels will have your mouth watering before they’re even out of the cake pop maker. The only downside to this recipe is you’ll want to eat them all yourself. Bring them to your next party or simply make a whole batch and share with friends. Either way, everyone will be admiring your awesomeness and talking about your baking skills for days.

Do you have a cake pop maker in your kitchen? If so, what other recipes have you tried? Let us know below!

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How to Make Cake Pops with Cake Mix

It’s really easy to learn how to make cake pops with cake mix. Just pick up a tasty box of mix from the baking aisle, grab a few extra ingredients if you don’t already have them on hand and you’re all set! Mix the batter up and in 10 minutes or less, you too can be enjoying these bites of deliciousness. The homemade icing is very easy to make and adds the finishing touch to these unique and tasty treats.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 40 cake pops (approximately)
Calories 61kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix
  • Ingredients indicated on the cake mix package

For the Coating:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Sprinkles

Tools

  • Cake Pop Maker
  • Cake pop stand
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  • Lightly oil the inside of the cake pop maker and then preheat. Pour the cake mix into a bowl.
    Cake mix in a bowl, spatula and pastry brush on the side.
  • Add the ingredients according to the cake mix package (in our case: butter, egg and milk). Mix well.
    Cake mix and a whisk in a bowl.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pop maker cavities (fill them about 1 mm from the top so that they don’t spill over or come out flat). Bake them for 4-5 minutes (if a toothpick comes out dry they are ready). Repeat for remaining batter. Unplug the device and let it cool before cleaning.
    Cake pop maker getting filled with cake batter, spatula and pastry brush on the side.
  • Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice to make the icing. For a thicker coating, add more icing sugar.
    Bowl of icing sugar and lemon juice on blue background.
  • Insert the treat sticks first in the icing, and then in the cake pops (about half-way into the cake pop). Place them on a tray or plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    Cake pop stick dipped into coating, blue plate of cake balls on the side.
  • Cover with the icing and sprinkles, place in a cake pop stand and refrigerate until coating has hardened.
    Hand holding a cake pop that has been dipped into sugar coating.
  • Serve & enjoy!
    A baby blue pail filled with cake pops, sprinkles in the background.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Cake Pops with Cake Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* 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

The nutrition information is not provided for this recipe, as it will vary depending on the cake mix you choose.
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