Cake Pops by Duncan Hines®

Cake Pops by Duncan Hines®


"Mini-bites of candy-coated Duncan Hines cake sit playfully atop lollipop sticks. The decorating possibilities are endless with these tasty treats."


2 h 30 m servings 217 cals
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Original recipe yields 40 servings



  • Calories:
  • 217 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.2g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 108 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • Prep

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  1. Bake cake as directed in a 9 x 13 pan and let cool completely.
  2. Crumble cake up into a large bowl.
  3. Soften frosting for 10 seconds in microwave. Add frosting to crumbled cake and stir with a fork until frosting disappears and is completely incorporated into the cake crumbs. Test your mixture by picking up a handful and squeezing it together. It should hold together without breaking apart. If mixture is too dry, add more frosting.
  4. Roll mixture into walnut-sized cake balls and transfer to a wax paper lined baking cookie sheet. Make sure balls are tightly packed and look smooth with no cracks. If they appear cracked, you may need to add more frosting.
  5. Transfer cookie sheet with cake balls to freezer or refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Place 16oz. of the candy melts in a small, deep microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring each time until completely melted. The melted coating should coat a spoon but still be able to slowly drip off. If coating is too thick, add shortening or vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Do not exceed 2 teaspoons per 16 ounces of candy coating or the cake pops will crack.
  7. Remove cake balls from freezer. Dip tips of lollipop sticks into candy coating and insert sticks no more than halfway into center of your cake balls. Let them set for 1 to 2 minutes, resting on the cake ball, sticks in the air.
  8. Pick up cake pop by the stick and dip into candy coating. Gently tap stick against side of bowl and rotate cake pop to help excess coating fall back into bowl. (Reheat and/or melt more candy coating as needed.)
  9. If decorating your cake pop, add your sprinkles, nuts or candy right after dipping, before coating dries.
  10. Poke stick of cake pop into Styrofoam block to stand up straight and dry completely, about 5 minutes.


  • Kitchen Notes:
  • Make sure your Styrofoam block and all sprinkles, nuts and decorations are ready to go before you start dipping your cake pops. The candy coating hardens within a minute, so you have no time to lose!
  • For decorations, check your local craft store or baking aisle at the grocery store for colored sprinkles nuts and candies. You can also use M&M's, chocolate chips, colored sugar, or coconut.
  • If you want to draw on your cake pop, you can buy decorating pens. They work like markers but are food safe, with edible ink.
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  1. 33 Ratings


Looks pretty in the photo doesn't it? Seems like fun? What a nightmare!!! These are terribly hard to make! It takes a few hours and the clean up is horrible if you are using different types of c...

We LOVED these, despite how long they took to make. (Anything shaped by hand is going to take a while - it's not a function of the recipe you use) My kids would have eaten all of them immediatel...

Yeah. Sure sounds easy to make, my kids and I were super excited for this. Wrong! While it was tasty, it was kind if a nightmare. The cake balls fall off the stick 1/2 the time, and it is a H...

I teach first grade and have a student whose family was not able to provide a party for her. She really wanted cake pops so - seriously -what could I do. The kids loved the flavor and have no ...

I saw baseball cake pops on another site and I wanted to make them for DS's 4th birthday. I used this recipe and tips I'd found on the internet, like dipping the stick in melted coating before ...

I loved this recipe. For people who have had troubles, you really need to read through the directions carefully a few times, and have patience. They are simple, but if you're sloppy, they're slo...

Taste great! Kids loved them even though they looked a mess! If I had made them they would have looked more like the pictures (I wish I took one of ours!) The reason I made them was for the pr...

First try and came out wonderfully!! Make sure you tab your hand gently to get rid of excess coating. Make a few at a time and leave the rest in the fridge until ready to dip them. Love these...

I had wanted to attempt cake pops for some time, but I was hesitant because I expected it to be a lot of work. It was, but the time and effort were well worth it! I made over 60 pops for a Hallo...