Christmas Cake Pops make a festive bite sized dessert. They are rich and creamy while being simple to prepare.

Cake pops in a vase with candy melts.
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This recipe is one of our favorite Christmas desserts. The red and green coating with sprinkles makes this extra special. It is such a pretty dessert for Christmas. The kids ask me to make this every single year!

I love to make treats and also make this Cake Pop Recipe and Grinch Cake Pops. There are so many fun ways to make cake pops.

Why we love this recipe:

They are so easy to make for parties. You will save a ton of money from buying these at the bakery.

With only a few ingredients, anyone can make cake pops that look great and taste even better!

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Cake pops- cake mix, candy melts, sticks, sprinkles, icing.
  • Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting 
  • White Candy Melts
  • Red Candy Melts
  • Green Candy Melts
  • Christmas Sprinkles
  • Lollipop Sticks

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Variation ideas:

  • Cake Flavor. Try different types of cake batter. We like red velvet cake, vanilla cake, chocolate and lemon.
  • Decorations. Substitute other types of sprinkles. Try pastel for Easter, pink and red for Valentine’s Day or anything you like.
  • Gluten free. You can use a gluten free cake mix if you prefer.
  • Coating. We used candy melts but you can also use melted chocolate. We love to use white chocolate.

How to make Christmas cake pops:

Cake in pan.

Step 1. Make and bake the cake per the box instructions. Allow to cool.

Cake crumbled in bowl.

Step 2. Remove the cake from the pan and discard the brown outside layer from the cake.  Crumble up the remaining cake into a large bowl.

Cake mixed with frosting in a bowl.

Step 3. Mix in the frosting with the cake. Stir everything together until well combined.

Cake mixture formed into balls and placed on baking sheet.

Step 4. Form the cake balls. Then place on a lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop to ensure that each one is approximately the same size.

Sticks inserted into balls.

Step 5. Insert the cake pop stick about halfway into the balls.  Then place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Cake pop ready to dip.

Step 6. Melt the candy in a separate microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals. Be careful not to burn it.

Cake pop dipped into melted candy.

Step 7. Dip the cake pops into the melted candy. Make sure that the candy covers the entire cake pop. Then allow the excess chocolate to drip off back into the bowl.

Cake Pop topped with sprinkles.

Step 8. Add the sprinkles and place the cake pops in a block of Styrofoam.  Top the cake pops with the sprinkles before the candy coating dries.  

Tips for Easy Cake Pops:

  • Baking sheets. Line the sheets with parchment paper to make clean up easy.
  • Cookie Scoop. Form the cake balls using a cookie scoop to make sure they are the same size. It is also easier and faster to form the cake balls.
  • Melt the coating in intervals. It is important to melt the candy in 30 second intervals so it does not burn. It can very easily burn if it is cooked too fast.
  • Measure the frosting precisely. Don’t be tempted to add extra frosting or the cake balls will be too soft. This will make it difficult for them to stay on the stick.
  • Chill the cake mixture. If the cake mixture is sticky once combined with icing, put in the refrigerator. This will help to make the batter more firm.
  • Dip the lollipop stick in melted candy. Before inserting into the cake ball, dip the stick into melted candy. The cake ball will stay more secure when you do this.
  • Apply sprinkles while wet. It is really important to apply the sprinkles while the candy coating is still wet. Otherwise, it will not adhere to the Christmas tree cake pops.

FAQ’s

Can I make cake pops a day before the party?

Yes, this is an easy way to save time for a party. You can form the cake pops in advance and refrigerate them. Then coat in chocolate the day you plan to use them.

Another idea is to make the cake in advance so that you have one less step when making them. There are several ways to make these in advance.

How long will cake pops last?

Cake pops will last at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks. You can refrigerate them up to 3 weeks.

Can you freeze cake pops?

Cake pops can be frozen up to a month. Make sure to separate them with wax paper and wrap them in plastic wrap.

Store them using an airtight freezer container. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge.

Red, green and white Cake pops on the counter.

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Christmas Cake Pops

4.85 from 19 votes
Christmas Cake Pops make a festive bite sized dessert. They are rich and creamy while being simple to prepare.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Freeze 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 183

Ingredients

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 it 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.
  • Gently place each cake pop stick into the cake balls about halfway into the balls. Then place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place each of the candy melts in a separate microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until fully melted. Be careful not to over heat.
  • Dip each cake pop into 1 color of the melted candy melts. 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 stick of cake pops in a block of styrofoam. Top the cake pops with the sprinkles before the candy coating dries.
  • 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 183kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Protein 1g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Sodium 171mg, Potassium 15mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 20g, Calcium 47mg, Iron 1mg

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