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How To Make CakePops! Instructions: Photos And Videos

Let’s make CakePops! I’ll show you how to make Tigers and Puppy Dogs. There are many more animals you can make using this method, but for now we’ll just make Tigers and Puppy Dogs.

These adorable little CakePops are all the rage now. I’m always late jumping on present day bandwagons, but I just want to share how to make these little guys. My daughter showed me photos of some of these she made for a child’s Birthday party. She made Tigers, Monkeys and Puppy Dogs. I just fell in love with them! I begged her to show me how to make these. These instructions will yield 18 of little animals. I think you will find them irresistible, too.

This project will take two people to make everything run smooth. As one person dips the CakePops, another person should be standing by to attach the eyes, nose and mouths. It is time consuming, but I have to say we had a fun afternoon, shopping for these and making them.

If you want to stand the CakePops upright, you will need a Styrofoam block to stand them in to dry and to work on them. We preferred to place each one in a wax paper lined cookie sheet “on their heads”. They are more stable that way to transport or display. You can also place each CakePop in it’s own separate plastic bag and tie a ribbon around the top for a special occasion. We were going to use the ones we made for a Birthday party, so we just arranged ours on a serving tray. They were “the hit of the party”.

Very Important!

After you have made the balls and have them on the tray, place them in the refrigerator or freezer for at least two hours. You want them to be very firm before dipping them in the warm melted chocolate.

We Bought Our Supplies For the CakePops

We made a trip to our local crafts store where we bought the supplies to make Tigers and Puppy Dogs:

Wilton’s candy melts. 1 bag of chocolate for the Puppy dogs, 1 bag of orange for the Tigers, and

1 bag of black for the Tiger Stripes.

1 package of Popsicle sticks.

I container of Wilton sprinkles (Flowerful Medley)

1 Edible Black Frosting Pen

Then, we went to the grocery store to buy: 1 box of yellow cake mix, and 1 container of Pillsbury’s Creamy Supreme Classic White Frosting. You could use any flavor cake mix you like.

1 bag of Reece’s Pieces for the animal’s ears and nose.

Chcolate Morsels if you like for the ears on the dogs.

Make The Cake For The CakePops

You’ll need: About a Tablespoon of Crisco to add to the melted chocolate to make it smooth.

A Pastry Bag with a very small tip to make the tiger’s stripes.

A double boiler. I just use a small saucepan over a larger pan of hot water to melt the chocolate melts.

First make the cake. We used two 8 ½ x 8 ½ square pans. After the cake has cooled, cut it, and crumble it between your hands into a large bowl. Add about ½ of the can of frosting. Mix this well. Roll the balls with your hands about 2 inches in diameter. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least two hours. The balls will get firm. Our yield was 18 balls.

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Bake The Cake For The CakePops

Cake Is Baked And Ready To Be Crumbled

Crumble The Baked Cake Into A Bowl

Add The Frosting To The Baked Cake

Make The Balls And Place On Waxed Paper; Refrigerate Or Freeze For An Hour

Place Popsicle Stick Into CakePop Balls

The Melted Orange Candy For The Tigers

Instructions For The Tiger CakePops

FOR THE TIGERS: Melt about half the bag of Orange Candy Melts. Add about 1 tablespoon of Crisco. Place a Popsicle Stick that has been dipped in the melted candy about ¼ inch, and then into the middle of a ball. Dip the entire ball with the stick into the melted candy. Place on the cookie sheet to dry. Do 9 balls in the Orange Melt

In the container of Sprinkles, find 36 round white pieces (these will be the eyes of the tiger and the dogs). Make a dot in the middle of the eye with the edible marking pen. We used white round pieces for the tigers, and blue and green for the dog’s eyes.

Dip a toothpick into the melted Orange candy melt and place that drop onto the Tiger where the eyes will go. Quickly place the Tiger’s eyes on the head. Cut the Reese’s Pieces in half. Do the same for the nose, mouth and ears. We used heart shaped sprinkles for the Tiger's mouth and star shaped sprinkles for the hair around the mouth. You will have to hold the pieces for a minute until they dry. This is where you need an extra set of hands. After the heads are completely dry, melt just a little of the black chocolate candy melts. Add just a little Crisco. Use the pastry bag with a tiny opening to make the stripes on the tiger.

Dipping A Ball Into The Orange Candy For The Tiger

Placing The Ears On The Tiger CakePop

The Dipped Tiger CakePops

Drawing The Stripes On The Tiger CakePop

The Finished Tiger CakePops

Tiger CakePops Are Finished

Instructions For The Puppy Dog CakePops

FOR THE PUPPY DOGS: Melt about half the bag of Chocolate Candy Melts. Add a little Crisco. Use the same directions for the tigers to attach the Popsicle sticks and to dip the balls. Use the toothpick to place the nose and ears on the dogs.

Refrigerate overnight. You can store leftover melted candy in the refrigerator.

Putting The Stick Into The Ball For The Puppy Dog CakePop

Dipping Chocolate Ball For Puppy Dogs CakePops

Ball Has Been Dipped In The Chocolate For The Puppy CakePop

Balls Have Been Dipped For The Puppy CakePops

The Finished Puppy Dog CakePop

Puppy Dogs CakePops

Tigers and Puppy Dogs CakePops Finished

A Cake We Decorated For A Party

I’m already thinking of using the leftover orange melted candy for Jack O Lantern CakePops. Your imagination will just run wild when you think of all the possibilities. Just use multicolored sprinkles on the CakePops if you don’t want to make animals. I want to do some Turkeys for Thanksgiving. I can do Snowmen and Christmas trees for Christmas! These are just SO much fun to make! I hope you will enjoy making some CakePop animals.

If you enjoyed reading my Hub about making CakePops, please take a minute and let me know by rating this Hub .

A Great Hub by cassylu1981 about how she made CakePops for a Birthday Party

CakePop supplies from Amazon

© 2012 Mary Hyatt


stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on September 15, 2015:

Hi Mary, I was looking for something to make for my granddaughters party and saw these cute CakePops. So glad I found these. Thanks Stella

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 05, 2015:

Hi, StephSev108 I'm glad you have made CakePops before. It does take some time and patience to make them look like this, but they are well worth it!! Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on February 05, 2015:

These cake pops are so cute. Mine taste good but they've never looked so adorable. Thanks for the share.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 04, 2015:

Hi, Au fait Yes, we had fun making these CakePops. At Halloween we made ghosts and Jack O Lanterns. You are so right; they could be made for Valentine's Day, too.

Thank you for reading, commenting, the votes and the share, Mary

C E Clark from North Texas on February 04, 2015:

These look like such fun! Get the kids to help and they could even be decorated for Valentine's Day coming up soon, just 10 days away. Yes, I'll bet they are time consuming, but so nice to see the finished product and a great time together. Voted up, UI, and sharing with followers.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 26, 2014:

Hi, Peachpurple. Yes, I have to admit these little cake pops are very time consuming, but we had such fun attaching the tiny ears, and drawing on them. The project was well worth it!

Thanks for reading about how to make cake pops! My best, Mary

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 26, 2014:

wow, it looks like a lot of work, but for the kids, worth to make them happy

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 07, 2014:

Hi, rebeccamealey, Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my cake pops! I appreciate that, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 07, 2014:

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan Oh, I do hope you'll make cake pops. My grandkids love to get involved in making these. We will do snowmen for Christmas!

So nice to see you, Mary

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 07, 2014:

These are just adorable!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 07, 2014:

Cake pops is a great idea. Great pictures and instructions on how to make them. The cake pops look cute and delicious, voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 07, 2014:

These Cake Pops are so cute and you presented the hub so well. Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions and helpful pictures.

I am going to try this for sure. I like the color combination and it would be fun to engage kids in this job.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 06, 2014:

Good Morning, praserio30. So nice to see you may be interested in making cake pops! I do hope you will, and please let me know how they turn out!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes, Mary

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 05, 2014:

Wow...beautiful cakepops. I had never knew about this before. Thanks for sharing and I like it. Voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 05, 2014:

Hi mdscoggins Oh, yes, as I tried to explain in the Hub, after the balls are made, they must refrigerated so they are cold when dipped. Otherwise, they will fall apart!!

I hope you will try again. The video I enclosed is a helpful one, and there are many more on YouTube.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 05, 2014:

Hi there, vocalcoach, It makes me so happy to hear you made these cake pops! We made Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween, and we are going to snowmen at Christmastime! That should be fun!

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and the shares!

Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on November 05, 2014:

Hi Mary, Great explanation about how to make cake pops. I tried before and they did not come out very nice. I found that they needed to stay refrigerated as well or they seemed to melt some. Do you have any recommendations for that?

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 05, 2014:

I'm back once more to thank you Mary for sharing this wonderful recipe. I made them and they were a big success! Sharing everywhere.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 04, 2014:

Hi, Torrs13 Yes, these cake pops have been popular for quite a while now. They are just so cute, everyone loves them. We make them for kid's birthday parties. Only one one wants to eat them cause they are just so cute!

I do hope you will make some, too. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 04, 2014:

Hi, rdsparrowriter, Thanks so much for your wonderful comment on our cake pops! The kids and I did have a lot of fun making these.

Thanks for the votes, my best, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 04, 2014:

Hi vocalcoach, I am delighted you like my idea of making cake pops! I wish you did live next door to me, then you could help me make more of these! They really are fun to make.

Thanks so much for the votes, I appreciate that. Mary

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on August 04, 2014:

How cute! I was first introduced to cake pops a few years ago and now I see them quite frequently. I've never tried to make them on my own, but maybe I will give your recipe a shot. Thanks for sharing this!

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on August 04, 2014:

Wow ! Simply looks so delicious and very colourful :) Thanks for sharing them with illustrations :) Voted up and useful :)

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 03, 2014:

How did I miss this fantastic hub? I'm sharing it right away to make sure others don't miss it. These cakepops are just the cutest thing ever. I love the recipe and your photos. It's a good thing you aren't living next door to me. With your talent for baking, I'd weigh 500 pounds. :) Voted up, useful. awesome and interesting.


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 03, 2014:

Hi, Vellur Yes, the cake pops are time consuming, but so rewarding when you see the results. My grandkids love to make these, and they have learned to make many other animals, too.

Thanks so much for the nice compliment, and the votes, Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 03, 2014:

Delicious and creative!! The cake pops look cute. It must take a lot of time and effort. Great hub, voted way up. Great photos!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 24, 2014:

Hi, VVanNess Yes, the stick will slide right out IF the cake pop is not cold enough. You must keep them in the refrig. till you're ready to insert the stick. Try again and keep them cold, OK?

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 24, 2014:

Hi there, pstraubie48 Kids really do love these little cake pops when made to look like animals! I do hope you will try to make some of these and I thank you for the Pin.

Good to see you, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 24, 2014:

Hi, rebeccamealey Thank you for the nice compliment on my Hub about making cake pops!

My best, Mary

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 23, 2014:

Oh! I've always loved cake pops, but I had a huge problem with the sticks sliding out when I tried to pick them up. Great tutorial!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 23, 2014:

Great photos and directions ....My grandson loves the tiny cupcakes so I know he will adore these.

Angels are on the way to you this morning.

Bookmarking and pinning :D

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 23, 2014:

Those are adorable, and look pretty easy to do. You give good, clear instructions. Thanks!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 08, 2013:

Hi, Deborah. Thanks for reading this Hub about making cake pops. They are such fun to make. I will contact you on FB.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on November 08, 2013:

Mary.. I would love it if you would be in my third cookbook.. I feature different hubbers in my cookbook.. if you are interested send me a message on Facebook..


Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 19, 2013:

Hi marcoujor. I do hope you will try and make some CakePops. Most directions I have seen for them are hard to follow, so I tried to make my Hub easy to follow.

I got a double boiler for Mother's Day, so the job of melting the chocolate will now be easier for me.

Thanks so much for reading and for the votes, Mary

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 18, 2013:

Oh wow, Mary...I just saw these in a cooking magazine and was so confused...typical.

You took this concept and made it understandable, so visual with the photography and your detailed and fun instructions.

Now I feel good about trying this and I thank you.

Voted UP and very UABI. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Maria

Klavdija Frahm on March 11, 2013:

Thank you, I'm very proud of myself too :) I got extra enthusiasm for making them again. Cakepops are great for every occasion, holiday....possibilities for decorating them are endless

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 11, 2013:

Hi, Klavdija Frahm! I am so proud of you! I looked at Intagram and saw your CakePops. You did a great job. I'm thinking of making some for Easter. Maybe shape the Pops like an Egg.....

Good job, Mary

Klavdija Frahm on March 11, 2013:

Well I made it! Proof:

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 10, 2013:

Hi, Klavdija Frahm. So nice to "meet" you today! I'm so happy you are going to make some CakePops! Just follow my directions and also the ones in the videos and you won't go wrong.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Good Luck, Mary

Klavdija Frahm on March 10, 2013:

Great hub! I'm just baking my first cakepops ;) I hope they will look as beautiful as yours :) Thumbs up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 12, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48. You cracked me up when you said you made cake flops! I made the bad mistake of dipping mine once when they were not cold enough. The cake part fell off of the stick and into the melted chocolate. The cake balls should be frozen or at least very cold when you dip them.

I do hope you will try to make these again. If you have any problems, just let me know, OK?

My best to you, Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 12, 2013:

Thanks for this, Mary. I have tried to make these pops using a different recipe and I had cake flops instead of pops. Your photos and step by step directions make this look like something I can try anew.

Sending you many Angels this evening.:) ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 09, 2013:

Hi Lizoliva, thanks for reading and commenting on my CakePops Hub. They really are adorable. Everyone love them. You can make and decorate them for all seasons, too.

So nice to "meet you", Mary

Lizolivia from Central USA on February 08, 2013:

These are a good idea, never seen them before. I'm looking forward to making them. Thanks

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 11, 2013:

Hi, Grannagill. I am so happy you like my Hub on how to make CakePops. I do hope you and your grandchildren will make these; they are so much fun to do!

Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

Grammagill from Florida on January 11, 2013:

Mary...I so love this CakePops Hub. Voted it up, and will share. My grandchildren are going to love making these.

Have a Blessed Day!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Hi again, CassyLu981. I found your great Hub on having an Ice Cream party for Kids. Your CakePops turned out very nice.

I have placed a link to yours now.

Goodnight, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Hi, CWanamaker. Good for your mother-in-law for making cakepops! Once you make them , you just can't stop. Everyone loves them.

Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment.

See you again, soon, I hope. Mary

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on November 12, 2012:

I would LOVE to link our hubs :) My cake pop making is actually in the Ideas on how to throw an Ice Cream Party for kids hub. The first picture is of the crumbling of the cake :) Now that I look at them again I love how they turned out and my kids had a blast helping! Just put a link to yours in mine :) Thanks again for the links! And I will be trying your secrets soon!

Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on November 12, 2012:

My mother-in-law made these the other day and they were great! I will definitely be making these for my next potluck or birthday party. You have some great ideas.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Hi, CassyLu1981. I wish we could put a link to our Hubs in the comments! I just looked at your Hubs to find your CakePops Hub. You have so many great Hubs, but I couldn't find it. What is the Title??

Yes, dipping the sticks in the melted chocolate makes the stick stay in place.

My mistake was not getting the balls cold enough before dipping. That is so important, otherwise, the ball will come apart.

Thanks so much for the votes, share, and Pin, Mary

BTW: would you like to link our two Hubs?

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 12, 2012:

Oh, tillsontitan! You just made my day with your nice compliment. I am sort of a "Jack of all trades, but master of none!" I love trying new things, and I was so happy to learn how make CakePops.

I made Jack 'O Lanterns at Halloween, and they turned out SO cute. Now, I'm thinking of turkeys!!!