Our Top Tips & Hacks to Make Perfect Cake Pops Every Time

You’ll be a total cake pop star.

If you’ve only had cake pops in an impulsive moment at a coffee shop, we have news for you: They’re not that hard to make at home! All you need is a box of cake mix, frosting, sticks, and a few extra ingredients to make bakery-worthy treats in your own kitchen. We put a few twists on the typical cake pop flavors using seasonings from our new Sweet Thai Popcorn Trio, inspired by Chrissy and Pepper’s favorite Thai treats: Coconut & Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Iced Coffee, and sweet-and-salty (and a little sour and spicy) Tangy Tamarind and Sweet Chili. 

Whether this is your first time making cake pops or you’re just a little rusty, we have six key tips and hacks to follow when baking, crumbling, shaping, and decorating for your next birthday celebration, dinner party, or random Tuesday night craving.

1. Let’s Get Ready to Crumble!

We swear by boxed cake mix for cake pops, because there's no need to fuss with a homemade cake when you’re just crumbling it up. When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes, then carefully scoop it into the bowl of a stand mixer, if you have one. Using the paddle attachment, you can crumble the hot cake quickly so that it actually sticks to itself BEFORE you add the frosting! You can also do this in a food processor or try it with a hand mixer, though it may get stuck in the more whisk-like beaters.

2. Don’t Skip the Freeze

Cake pops are relatively simple, but require some patience. The first exercise in patience is waiting for the cake pops to chill after you’ve dipped the sticks in chocolate and pressed them into the center of the cake ball. Putting them in the freezer will help everything firm up so you don’t lose a pop while adding the coating. You should only need 10 minutes, so use that time to make yourself a cup of coffee, take a quick stroll, or scroll Instagram.

3. Keep Things Running Smoothly

Once you make your coating—using candy melts, which melt more uniformly, or real chocolate, which you can use to really customize your favorite style and level of richness—make sure to pop it in the microwave to re-warm if it starts to solidify! You want the dipping process to go smoothly. An extra helper is to add a little vegetable oil to thin the mixture, which will also make the pops glossier. 

4. Make an Emergency Cake Pop Stash

All of these recipes make plenty of cake pops to feed a crowd...or future you! Make a big batch (between 32 and 46 bite-sized delights) and freeze the naked cake pops flat on a plate or sheet pan—before adding sticks or dipping. Once they're frozen solid, for a few hours or overnight, transfer to a freezer-safe container or zip-top freezer bag with as much air squeezed out of it as possible and store for up to four months!

5. Craft a DIY Cake Pop Resting Station/Display


In order to make sure your cake pops don’t get smushed as the chocolate hardens on the outside, you need to keep them upright. Our favorite way is to turn over a cardboard egg carton and cut little holes in the middle of each section using a paring knife or scissors. Then you can stand up the sticks in each section and let the whole thing set in the fridge. You can even decorate it as a display if you’re having people over. If you don’t mind hitting the craft store, a block of styrofoam or flower foam also works. 

6. Have Fun Decorating!

For our three new cake pop recipes, we just used a sprinkle of the spices, marbled chocolate, and some toasted coconut to decorate, but you should have fun with the decorating. Try using different colored candy melts, food coloring, sprinkles, nuts, and more to make them as festive and creative as you’d like.

Sweet Thai Popcorn Seasoning Trio
Sweet Thai Popcorn Seasoning Trio

We bottled Chrissy and Pepper's favorite Thai flavors into three shakeable seasonings that give popcorn, fruit salad, ice cream, yogurt, and even cocktails a seriously craveable flavor boost. Tangy Tamarind and Sweet Chili: Sweet and salty with a sour tamarind zing and a spicy chili kick Thai Iced Coffee: The best part of waking up! Rich dark coffee flavor balanced with mellow, creamy condensed milk sweetness Coconut & Mango Sticky Rice: Equal parts toasted coconut, starchy rice, and juicy, tart mango

Pop Star Set
Pop Star Set

For the passionate popcorn connoisseur that can’t decide on a favorite, may we suggest one of each? This set includes our Sweet, Savory, and Sweet Thai seasoning trios. That’s nine ways to instantly infuse everything from oats to eggs to cocktails with serious flavor. Coconut & Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Iced Coffee, Tangy Tamarind and Sweet Chili Ranchiest Ranch, Parmesan & Black Pepper, Smoky & Tangy BBQ Blueberry Muffin, Maple Doughnuts, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

You're Golden Nonstick Cake Pan
You're Golden Nonstick Cake Pan

Cinnamon rolls taste better eaten straight out of this champagne gold cake pan. It's also ideal for serving mousses, pies, and tarts—and comes in clutch on game days for serving dips and cheesy, melty sides. Order two to cut down on baking time if you're a layer cake person (who isn't?) The Cravings-exclusive champagne gold colorway matches the 3-Piece Bakeware Set With a non-stick coating, your cake will slide right out

Batter Up! 6-Piece Mixing Bowl Set with Lids
Batter Up! 6-Piece Mixing Bowl Set with Lids

Batter up! Upgrade your baking game with this nesting mixing bowl set with lids. It's a must-have if you love to bake delicious treats at home, and includes three different sizes for mixing up pancake batter (even easier thanks to a pouring spout), making cookie dough, or stirring together a dip. Made from durable and easy-to-clean melamine, these versatile mixing bowls can also double as great ways to serve some popcorn (with assorted Cravings seasonings) or store washed and cut fruit or salads in the fridge. Our favorite part? The silicone lids, which make this set perfect for storing sourdough starters or prepping sauces and salad dressings in advance.

Bake-Anything Sheet Pan Set
Bake-Anything Sheet Pan Set

Versatile sheet pans are essential for everyone, but this sparkling champagne gold set will make your kitchen shine a little brighter. The oversized sheet pan (20"x14") is ideal for making a nice big pizza or a sheet pan dinner for the whole family; a 15"x10" cookie sheet can make a dozen cookies or a tray of roasted vegetables; and a 13"x10" baking pan is just screaming for a cake. The best part? The nonstick surface makes for super easy cleanup!

Be Flexible Silicone Tools, Set of 4
Be Flexible Silicone Tools, Set of 4

Dial up the color in your kitchen with this four-piece silicone tool set. In four bright hues, these kitchen essentials make it easy to recruit help in the kitchen—no kiddo can resist a pink spatula! Plus, the silicone material won't melt at high temps, and has a velvety feel that makes stirring pasta feel a little more luxe.

The Movie Night Kit
The Movie Night Kit

Is it even the holidays without at least one epic movie marathon? With this set, you’re ready for impromptu evenings in, thanks to The Popcorn Popper, a genius bowl you can pop your corn in and eat out of, and the Poppin’ Off Popcorn Seasoning Kit. Perfect as a gift for holiday hosts and guests, or break up the seasoning kit and use as sweet and salty stocking stuffers.

Oven-to-Table Ceramic Bakeware Set
Oven-to-Table Ceramic Bakeware Set

This two-piece ceramic set has your baking needs covered—and doubles as serveware for family-style savory dishes! The pretty slate grey fits with any color scheme, so these dishes are perfect for taking birthday cakes, lasagna and casseroles straight to the table for serving. Small Dish: Your go-to for lasagna, bread pudding, casseroles, and deep-dish desserts. Large Dish: Makes big batches of buttery rolls, mac & cheese, brownies, or a birthday cake look even better.

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