Looking to serve a great dessert at your wedding, engagement party, or wedding shower? Cake pops are a fun option that are also easy to bake and decorate. They can be served in lieu of cake or as favors for guests to take home.
Shaping Your Cake Pops
To make the characteristic round shape of these tasty desserts, you can try molding them by hand, shaping them in a silicone mold, or even using a mini meat baller. Since these cake treats have recently become popular, some companies even sell actual cake pop makers that shape and bake the tiny round cakes. However, make sure you look up reviews before you buy any such machine, as many may not stand up to the large batches you need to make for your guests. If rolling by hand, remember to cup your hands to keep the mixture rounded and prevent it from crumbling. About a tablespoon of cake mixture will make a standard-sized cake pop.
To bring in the lollipop element of your cake pops, you can use candy sucker sticks that are easily found online or in craft stores within the baking section. You can use plain white sticks, but decorated and colored options are also sold. Look for ones that match your wedding colors!
Since cake pops need to stay upright, it’s best to buy a specialty cake pop stand to help with cooling and serving. You may also want to consider buying cello bags and twist ties if you plan on handing these out as favors.
Easy Cake Pop Recipe
Choose your favorite cake recipe, use the one below, or buy a box of cake mix (if you want a pure white interior, follow or buy a vanilla recipe and omit the egg yolks). Bake into a sheet, according to the recipe’s instructions.
Basic White Cake
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9” X 9” pan.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and stir in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to creamed ingredients, mixing well. Stir in milk until batter is smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven and check if done with a dry toothpick. You will then set the baked cake aside to let cool before making the actual “pops.”
While the cake cools, make a buttercream frosting from the recipe below (or buy pre-made frosting).
Basic Buttercream Frosting
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 to 2 Tbsp milk
Mix powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and one tablespoon of the milk. Slowly beat in just enough additional milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable.
Crumble cake into your frosting and mix. Roll into balls, place sticks into cake balls, and chill until the mixture is hardened.
Dip cake balls into melted chocolate and chill.
Wedding or Engagement Party Themed Cake Pops
- 1 box white cake mix (plus eggs, water, and oil)
- 1 can vanilla frosting
- Candy wafers (for melting and dipping)
- 1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil
- Candy sucker sticks
- Edible glitter or white sugar, and candy dots
- 16-ounce bag of chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips
- Small cello bags
- Ribbons or colorful wire twist ties
- Block of Styrofoam for drying, aluminum sheets to cover
Preheat oven to 350 degree. Spray non-stick oil into 9” X 13” pan. Follow cake mix instructions (no yolks for whiter cake) and bake. Test cake by inserting a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, the cake is done. Cool to room temperature.
Cut the cake into four even pieces and use a sharp knife to trim off the thin browned top, sides, and bottom, which are too dry to use. Finely crumble white cake into large bowl.
Add ¾ of the canned frosting a little at a time with your hands until cake is moist and can be shaped into a ball, but still a bit crumbly.
Roll on a non-stick surface into about 48 balls of 1-1/2” diameter.
Cover a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper, place balls on sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap, and cool for one hour in refrigerator.
Melt candy wafers in double boiler or microwave at 30-second intervals while stirring, and then add vegetable oil.
Dip candy sucker sticks about ½” into warm melted candy and then into the cake balls, placing them back onto the pan, stick facing up. Once done, place trays in refrigerator until sticks are firmly held in the cake.
Quickly dip each ball completely into melted chocolate and drip off excess chocolate.
Place cake balls stick side down into Styrofoam and let harden.
Decorating Bride and Groom Themed Cake Pops
Brides: Create a white dress pattern with piping frosting. Sprinkle edible glitter or white sugar and place candy dots to add to the dress pattern.
Grooms: Melt chocolate chips and dip just the sides of the cake pop for a tuxedo effect. Use mini chocolate chips to create a bow tie and buttons.
Allow cake pops to set, place in small bags, and use ribbon or ties to secure.
Experiment ahead of time with different decorating ideas to find a look you love and can replicate easily if you’re making large quantities later. These ingredients are easy to decorate your cake pops with and are flavors most guests will enjoy:
- 16 ounce regular, mini, or white chocolate chips
- Lightly sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes (sticks to frosting or melted dips)
- Candy sprinkles
- Food glitter
- Chopped nuts