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Cake Pops Recipe with Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

Cake Pop Recipe with Decorating Ideas for the Holidays at CookieClubRecipes

Cake Pops and Cookie Balls
by Michelle and Niki Jones
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Category: Desserts, Cookie Balls, Cake Pops
Prep Time: 45 Minutes (plus chill time)
Level: Baking Experience Helpful
Yield: 40 - 50 Cake Pops

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Cake pops and cookie balls make wonderful bite-size treats any time of the year for young and old alike. Here is a delicious recipe with easy decorating ideas for how to make cake pops for any holiday or occasion. Choose whatever flavors and colors you desire and have fun! :o)

To make cookie balls, simply omit the lollipop sticks. We promise they will still be decadent!!!


1 box milk chocolate cake mix, prepared and baked
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
2 pkgs. candy melts, vanilla and pumpkin spice flavors
1 pkg. of 50-count lollipop sticks
Holiday candy decor
Semi-sweet mini-chocolate chips

(For very SMOOTH cake pops, add 1 T. of vegetable oil to the melted candy coating.)

Note: Candy melts and lollipop sticks can be found in most stores that include a cake decorating section, such as Michael's and Walmart. Special flavors and colors of candy melts are available during the holidays, like our favorite pumpkin spice. You can also use chocolate almond bark. 

How to decorate cake pops for the holidays?

Decorating List for Holiday Flavor and Color Combinations

Here's a few more ideas I've come up with for you to have fun with!

Birthday Cake Pops - Use confetti cake mix, white candy melts, and multi-colored sprinkles.

Valentine's Day Cake Pops - Use strawberry flavored cake mix and pink candy melts, or white candy melts with pink sugar crystals.

St. Patrick's Day Cake Pops - Use yellow cake mix with green candy melts and gold edible glitter.

Easter Cake Pops - Use white cake mix with different pastel shades of candy melts such as yellow, light pink, light blue, mint green, and lavender.

Fourth of July Cake Pops - Use white or red velvet cake mix with red and blue candy melts, and holiday star sprinkles.

Fall or Halloween Cake Pops (as featured) - Use white, chocolate, or orange flavored cake mix with orange or pumpkin spice candy melts.

Thanksgiving Cake PopsUse white or chocolate cake mix with orange or pumpkin spice candy melts, and green or orange sugar crystals.

Christmas Cake Pops - Use white, chocolate, or red velvet cake mix with red and green candy melts, or vanilla and chocolate with piped icing of the opposite color, or chocolate sprinkles.

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Prepare and bake cake mix in a 9x13-inch pan; as directed on box. 

baked cake mix and sweetened condensed milk

Remove cake from oven. Spread condensed milk over cake while it's still warm. 

cake mix in bowl with condensed milk

Stir to combine cake and milk until well blended. Move cake mixture to a large mixing bowl if needed.

cake pops formed into balls

Use a cookie scoop, spoon, and/or hands, to form mixture into balls. Place on wax paper and add lollipop sticks. (Tip: Melt some of the candy coating and dip the lollipop sticks in just enough, about an inch, so that it will act as a glue for the cake pops. Works great!) You should get about 40-50, depending on the size you make, and how often your family sneaks into the kitchen for a taste! ;o)

cake pops ready for chill time

Cover and freeze cake pops for 2-3 hours.

vanilla and pumpkin spice melted candy melts and holiday decorations

Prepare candy melts as directed. Use a separate bowl for each type of sprinkle you want to use. This will make it much easier to dip the cake pops and catch any extra sprinkles that fall (if you shake them on by hand).   

cover cake pops with melted candy coating

Dip cake pops into melted candy to cover completely. There are several ways you can do this. You can dip them and roll to cover when the coating is very melted. Just keep turning till cake pop is covered.

spread melted candy coating on cake pops with spoon

You can spread the melted coating around the cake pop with a spoon, smoothing it out as you go. 

cake pops with swirled candy coating

Or, my favorite that I just came up with as the candy coating became a bit thicker... spread coating onto the cake pop from bottom to top with a spoon, turning the pop as you go, as you would make curved swirls when frosting a cake. Continue until the entire cake pop is covered.  

decorate cake pops with holiday sprinkles

If desired, sprinkle, dip, or roll covered pops in holiday candy decor or mini-chocolate chips.

decorate cake pops with swirled candy coating

If using two different color coatings, you can also coat with one and drizzle with the other. (To drizzle with the second color, reheat if needed.)

fall or halloween decorated cake pops on serving plate

Set decorated cake pops top side down on serving plate, mini-cupcake wrappers, wax paper, or something to hold sticks upright. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes.
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