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

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 199kcal
Author Joss D


  • Electric hand mixer


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

Cake Pop Icing:

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


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.


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.
If there is left-over frosting, it can be frozen for later use.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.1mg