How to make cake pops

Learn how to make cake pops with this basic cake pops recipe from baking queen Molly Bakes. Cake pops are a baking trend that is just not going away and if you've avoided making them because you think they're too hard, think again!

Our step-by-step picture guide shows you just how easy it is to make perfect basic cake pops at home. Perfect for parties, weddings or afternoon tea, cake pops are fun to eat and easy to decorate and adapt to suit the occasion.

You can either make the cake and buttercream from scratch or use slightly stale or shop-bought cake to make cake pops – they’re a great way to use up any leftover cake that might be past its best.

Once you have mastered the basic recipe, you can adapt the flavours, colours and the designs – the world’s your cake pop oyster!

Makes: 20
Takes: Around 1 hour if making the cake from scratch

Basic cake pops ingredients

Vanilla cake:

  • 120g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g unrefined caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 free range eggs, at room temperature
  • 180g self-raising flour
  • 4tbsp milk, at room temperature

Vanilla cream cheese frosting:

  • 80g unsalted butter, softened
  • 40g cream cheese, softened
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

You will also need:

  • 400g (1 bag) of candy melts – we’ve used white chocolate, but you could use milk or dark chocolate or even coloured candy melts instead!
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lollipop sticks


Taken from Cake Pops by Molly Bakes (Square Peg; £15)