Birthday Cake Pops with sprinkles are so fun for any occasion. They are simple to make and always a hit with the kids.

Close up photo of birthday cake pops.
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My kids love cake pops and sprinkles make it even better. We have been making these Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops and I wanted to try some with colorful sprinkles. You might also like Cakesicles.

When you add up the cost of purchasing cake pops at a bakery or coffee shop, it adds up quickly. This can get very expensive if you have a large family.

If you are craving desserts with a colorful theme, try Easy Rainbow Sugar Cookies and Confetti Cupcakes.

Ingredients: 

  • White Cake Mix. Plus the ingredients needed to prepare the cake on the back of the box.
  • White Frosting 
  • Rainbow Sprinkles 
  • Lollipop Sticks 

How to make birthday cake pops:

  • Make the cake. Follow the box instructions for a 9X13 pan and bake. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  • Take the cake out of the pan. Go ahead and remove the brown outside layer from the cake and throw it away. 
Photos of making the cake balls.
  • Crumble the cake. My kids love to help with this part. Just crumble the remaining cake into a large bowl.
  • Add the frosting. Pour the frosting into your crumbled cake and stir together until everything is well combined.
  • Form into cake balls. Use your hands to shape the mixture into about 24 to 36 cake balls. This will vary depending on their size. As you form them, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to decorate the cake balls.

  • Microwave the white candy melts. Place them inside a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. 

    Continue to heat in 30-second intervals. Make sure to stir between each one until the candy melts are fully melted.
Photos of dipping the cake balls in candy and sprinkles.
  • Coat the cake ball sticks into melted candy. Start by dipping each cake pop stick into the melted candy. Then place them into the cake balls about halfway into the balls.  Freeze for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer. The cake pops should be easier to dip once frozen. Coat each one with the melted candy melts. If the candy begins to solidify, you may need to put it back in the microwave to melt again.

    When dipping, make sure that the candy covers the cake pop completely.  Let the excess melted candy drip back into the bowl so that it is not wasted.
  • Put the rainbow sprinkles in a shallow ball.  Carefully roll the freshly coated cake pop in the bowl of sprinkles Each one should be thoroughly coated. Do not wait to do this step or the sprinkles won’t stick once dry.
Close up photo of birthday cake pops.
  • Place the sticks of cake pops in a block of Styrofoam. This will allow the candy to dry and the cake pops to solidify without messing them up.
  • Repeat until all cake pops are coated. Keep repeating this process until all the cake pops have been covered. 
Close up photo of birthday cake pops.
Close up photo of birthday cake pops.

How to serve cake pops?

You can purchase a cake pop stand but we just used a block of Styrofoam. The sticks are easy to push into this and it securely holds them in place.

As you are ready to serve, friends and family can just grab and go.

If you are concerned about how the Styrofoam looks, you can wrap it in paper secured with pins. You can use wrapping paper or craft paper that matches your décor.

Once dry, you can also serve them in a mason jar. Just use the idea that works best for you.

Variations:

  • Food coloring. You can use food dye to change things up. This can be used in the white cake mix to make different colors. You can also use this to turn the white candy melts into any color you like.
  • Candy coating. We used white candy melts but they sell these an assortment of colors. Feel free to use whatever you like.
  • Cake mixture. We used white cake mix but you can use yellow or vanilla cake, funfetti, strawberry or chocolate. The ideas are endless.
  • Sprinkles. Rainbow sprinkles are so fun for birthday cake pops. However, you can easily switch these sprinkles for any occasion.

    Try using Valentine’s Day sprinkles, St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles. Easter and more.

More tips for Cake Pops:

  • Make sure to coat the stick into the melted candy first. This will help to secure the cake ball in place.
  • Don’t add extra frosting. This will make the mixture too soft and it will be hard to form the balls. They will be difficult to keep the cake balls on the stick.
  • Freeze the cake balls before coating. This makes it so much easier. The cake balls will look much smoother as well.
  • Melt the candy in intervals. It is imperative to microwave a few seconds at a time. You risk burning the candy melts if you try to microwave the full amount of time at once.
  • Place in Styrofoam to dry. Put the cake pop sticks in Styrofoam to allow to dry. If you lay them on a baking sheet, they will be flat on one side.

    This method will keep them perfectly round once dry.
  • You can make in advance and freeze. Cake pops freeze well. Just allow to cool completely before freezing. They will keep up to 6 weeks.

    When you are ready to serve, allow to thaw in the fridge overnight.

Can you freeze Cake pops?

Yes you can! See how to Freeze Cake Pops so you can make them ahead and freeze for when you are ready to use them.

From parties to holidays or just because, these cake pops will be a hit. They also make great party favors. You can wrap them individually in cellophane.

Try these today for a great treat. Everyone will be so impressed you made these.

Birthday Cake Pops

4.86 from 7 votes
Birthday Cake Pops with sprinkles are so fun for any occasion. They are simple to make and always a hit with the kids.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 247

Ingredients

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • *Plus ingredients to prepare the cake on the back of the box
  • 1/3 cup White Frosting
  • 16 oz. White Candy Melts
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Lollipop Sticks
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Instructions

  • Make cake and bake according to box instructions in a 9X13 pan. Then let the cake cool at room temperature.
  • Remove the cake from the pan.  Remove the brown outside layer from the cake and throw away.  Crumble up the remaining cake into a large bowl.
  • Add the frosting to your crumbled cake and stir everything together until well combined.
  • Shape mixture into about 24-36 cake balls (depending on their size) and place on a lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop to ensure that each one is approximately the same size.
  • Put the white candy melts in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.  Then continue to heat in 30 second intervals stirring between each one until the candy melts are fully melted and creamy.
  • Dip each cake pop stick into the melted candy and then place them into the cake balls about halfway into the balls.  Then place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • After the cake pops have been in the freezer.  Dip each cake pop into the melted candy melts (you may need to remelt if it has solidified some).  Make sure that the candy covers the cake pop completely.  Allow the excess melted candy to drip off back into the bowl.
  • Then place the rainbow sprinkles in a shallow ball.  Gently roll the candy coated cake pop in the bowl of sprinkles to coat the cake pop in the sprinkles.  You’ll want to make sure to work quickly to coat the cake pops with the sprinkles before they dry.
  • Then place the stick of cake pops in a block of styrofoam while the candy dries and solidifies.
  • Continue until all the cake pops have been covered.  Once all the cake pops are dry, they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 247kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 1g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 14mg, Sodium 169mg, Potassium 19mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 16g, Vitamin A 20IU, Calcium 49mg, Iron 1mg

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