How to Make Cake Balls

My first attempt at making cake balls turned out pretty yummy!
My first attempt at making cake balls turned out pretty yummy!

Until just a short time ago I'd never heard of cake balls before. It all started when my husband said his stepsister was "craving cake balls" on her Facebook profile. Cake balls? I consider myself somewhat informed when it comes to the world of baking so I had to figure out the mystery behind these so-called edible balls of cake. After doing a little bit of research online I discovered that cake balls are also referred to as "cupcake pops" or "cake pops". What you call them all depends on their presentation. Either way, the result is always delicious!

Basically, you bake a cake, crumble it all up, mix the crumbs with frosting, roll into balls, and dip in chocolate. Sounds delightful doesn't it? That's exactly what I thought. You can eat the balls with your fingers or create cake pops and put them on lollipop sticks. Once my research was done I found this all very intriguing and had to try it out for myself.

For my first attempt at making cake balls I decided to try German chocolate cake with coconut/pecan frosting and chocolate coating. One of the great things I discovered about cake balls is the endless variations you can try. Think about how many different types of cakes there are. These different variations of cakes can be combined with all the different types of frostings and coatings. Yum!

Cake balls require very few ingredients.
Cake balls require very few ingredients.

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Gather Your Ingredients

There's basically three things you need to bake cake balls:

1. Cake
2. Frosting
3. Coating

You can make your cake and frosting from scratch or you can use a pre-packaged cake mix and frosting. As far as the coating goes, you can use any sweetened, meltable chocolate. For my first cake ball project, I used chocolate bark coating which Kroger carries for $3.79 for 24 oz. (12 bars in the package are 2 oz. each) I would imagine just about any other grocery store would have something like it. I found it in the baking aisle hiding out next to the chocolate chips.

You'll need one package of bark coating for each batch of cake balls you want to make. I found for the 30 cake balls I made there was just enough. My first attempt was pretty messy and I probably wasted some chocolate coating but it all worked out OK. (Update: Now that I have some experience under my belt I've found that I normally have about two bars left of the bark coating. I usually end up using the last two bars for decorative drizzle or save them for another project.)

Instead of the bark coating you can also use those little confectionary wafers. The nice thing about those is that they come in all sorts of different colors. I've seen these at Michael's in the cake decorating aisle. If you chose to add coloring to your bark coating or wafers be sure to use oil-based coloring or paste. Coloring that contains water will cause the coating to become crumbly and unworkable.

I also recently made some mint chocolate cake balls using Andes mints for the coating. I ended up using about 75 mints which is about 3 packages or 1 pound of mints. It's usually cheaper if you can buy them in bulk. I've purchased them in bulk at Meijer.

Bake your cake just as you normally would and let cool for 15-20 minutes.
Bake your cake just as you normally would and let cool for 15-20 minutes.
You should crumble your cake into what looks like a pile of dirt.
You should crumble your cake into what looks like a pile of dirt.
After you incorporate the frosting you'll have a large cake blob that "feels weird".
After you incorporate the frosting you'll have a large cake blob that "feels weird".
These are what my cake balls looked like before they got dipped in chocolate.
These are what my cake balls looked like before they got dipped in chocolate.

The Birth of a Cake Ball

Step One: Bake Your Cake

This one is pretty easy. Just bake your cake the way you usually would. You can use just a rectagular sheet pan because you'll be destroying the cake anyway once its done baking. It's really fun! Let your cake cool for a while but it should still be slightly warm before you crumble it into the bowl. I think I let my cake cool for 15-20 minutes. Once your cake is crumbled by hand you can continue the process a step further by using a hand mixer or food processor to get a finer texture.

Step Two: Add Frosting

Now, mix in your frosting to make a paste. You'll need to add 3/4 to a full can of frosting. It all depends on what type of cake and frosting you use. I started off with 3/4 of the can and the mixture still looked a little dry so I added to the rest of the container. If you want your cake balls to be more cakey you'll probably want to add less frosting. In the words of Martha Stewart your mixture is going to "feel weird." So if those are your thoughts--don't worry--you're on the right track!

Before you roll out the balls you want the mixture to chill for a while. If you try to roll them out while warm or at room temperature they will crumble into bits. I put my mixture in the freezer for two hours only because I was busy and didn't have time to get back to it right away. However, according to the cake ball experts the mixture only needs to stay in the freezer for 15 minutes. I noticed after rolling out about half the mixture that it started to get warm again and hard to work with. So I put the rest back in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes and finished it up.

I used my hands to roll out the balls but I've heard using a melon baller can make things easier. You can make the balls as small or as big as you like but 1 to 1.5 inches is recommended. I found some of the larger cake balls where a lot harder to dip in the coating and was wishing I had made some of them smaller. After rolling them out I placed the balls in a plastic container to keep in the freezer. You can stack them on top of each other between sheets of waxed paper.

Some websites recommend putting the rolled balls onto cookie sheets but I don't have that much room in my freezer!

You'll want to freeze the balls for at least 6 hours. This makes it much easier to dip the balls in melted chocolate. If the balls are too warm when you try to coat them with chocolate you'll have a big mess on your hands!

Step Three: Coat With Chocolate

Once your balls are nice and chilled you're ready to dip them in chocolate. I used the microwave to melt my bark coating but you can also a saucepan or double boiler. Here's melting directions from the back of the bag:

Double boiler: Heat water in bottom of double boiler to boiling. Remove from heat and add coating in top of double boiler. Stir until melted.

Saucepan: Melt candy coating in heavy saucepan at very low temperatures, stirring constantly until smooth.

Microwave: Place candy coating in microwave safe dish. Microwave for one minute at full power, then stir thoroughly. Continue microwaving on high for 15 seconds intervals, stirring well after each interval, until smooth.

Helpful Hints: Chop or break up coating to speed melting times. Melt at lowest temperature possible to produce the smoothest final product. Overheating will cause bark coating to scorch. Use only dry utensils or cooking pans because moisture will causing coating to separate, solidify or granulate.

The results of my hard work.
The results of my hard work.

Some More Helpful Hints

Coating the balls in chocolate was the hardest part for me. I'm somewhat of a perfectionist and I had a hard time trying to figure out how to cover the entire ball with a smooth coating. Some baking websites recommend manipulating the balls with a toothpick or fork while others recommended using a spoon. I made a huge mess with the spoon and ended up using toothpicks. I would stab a ball with the toothpick, roll it around in the melted chocolate and twist it around to get most of the excess chocolate to drip off. Then I had to figure out how to get the ball off my toothpick and onto my sheet of waxed paper without messing it up. While I was trying to figure this out I noticed that the chocolate set and dried very quickly. I could just pull it off with my fingers.

(Update: I've found the easiest way to coat your cake balls is with a fork and spatula. Hold the fork in one hand and the spatula in the other hand. Drop the cake ball in the coating and make sure all surfaces get covered using the fork and spatula. Lift the cake ball up out of the coating with your fork and let the excess coating drip off while you tap the fork on the edge of the bowl. Gently let the cake ball roll off the fork onto a piece of waxed paper. If you have a plastic fork, break off the two center tines and this will make it even easier for you. For less than the cost of a nickel you've just created a dipping-fork much like those the professional candy-makers and chocolatiers use.)

It's best to only work with a few balls at a time and leave the rest in the freezer. Once the balls warm up they become much harder to work with. The chocolate coating also becomes harder to work with once it begins to cool off so you have to find a happy medium. It's best to only melt 2-3 of the chocolate cubes at a time. I think next time I might try using the saucepan instead of the microwave because I think it will be easier to keep the chocolate at a good temperature.

After your balls are rolled in chocolate you're pretty much done unless you want to get fancy and add more decorations or sprinkles. If you want to add sprinkles you'll have to work pretty quickly and decorate one ball at a time because the chocolate hardens very fast. I placed the finished balls on a sheet of waxed paper while I worked on the others. Cake balls can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Chances are you won't have to worry too much about long-term storage because they'll be gobbled up right away!

Note: if you store your cake balls in the refrigerator they might get sweaty. This usually isn't a huge problem taste-wise but can make them look a little strange--especially if they've been decorated.

Funfetti Cake Balls

After my original adventure with german chocolate cake balls I decided to give Funfetti cake balls a try. The result was equally delicious! This time around I used Funfetti cake mix with vanilla frosting (the Funfetti variety that come with the package of sprinkles on top) and white almond bark. While the coating was setting I also dipped them in rainbow sprinkles for some extra "flair. Instead of dipping them in sprinkles you can also just "sprinkle" the sprinkles onto the cake balls.

One thing I learned with the Funfetti cake is that after you bake the cake and mix in the frosting the colored bits seem to fade quite a bit. So what I did was mix the sprinkles that came with the frosting into the mixture. It seemed to work out pretty well. When you bite into the cake ball you still get to see some of the bright candies. I also learned that you need to buy A LOT of sprinkles if you want to make your cake balls look pretty. I bought a small container and only had enough for half the batch. Oops! Oh well. No one that ate them seemed to complain!

How to Decorate Your Cake Balls

I didn't decorate my cake balls the first time around but this is something you might want to consider since it's really not that difficult. There are all kinds of different ways to decorate your cake balls. When I make Funfetti cake balls I like to decorate them with different colored sprinkles. An important thing to remember when decorating your cake balls with any type of sprinkle is that you need to add the sprinkles BEFORE the outer coating has set and dried. Otherwise, the sprinkles will just slide off and that's no fun at all. :-( You can also dunk your cake balls into a bed of sprinkles for more coverage but that can get pretty messy. I prefer to just sprinkle on the sprinkles. :-)

One embellishment that can make your cake balls look fancy is to drizzle on a contrasting color of coating using either a squeeze bottle filled with melted coating or a spoon or fork dipped in the coating. You can also pipe different designs onto your cake balls using a variety of cake decorating tips. Some people also go so far as to decorate their cake balls with pieces of fondant to make them resemble different creatures and characters. I've even seen some cake balls decorated to look like little football helmets! Clever!

If you have a golf fan in your family you can make some cake balls with white coating and then purchase some round paper candy cups. Using Wilton tip #233 and some green frosting, pipe some grass around the edge of the candy cup and then place a cake ball inside the cup. Cute!

Really, the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating cake balls and you're only limited by your imagination.

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Never heard of cake balls but now, thanks to you, I have. We are not big cake eaters but I have to congratulate you on how nicely you did this first hub.

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the kudos Peggy! Like you I had never heard of cake balls before and had to share my great discovery with everyone. They are quite yummy!

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ratcliffe07 7 years ago

wow sounds yummy! I found this amazing strawberry recipe from scratch (it was truly the best cake i have ever had) with icing from would be so yummy like this. It would be great to use at like a tea party for kids or something like neat! thanks!

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

That does sound good! One variation I want to try next is strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate coating. Grab the milk!

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caderade2 7 years ago

They are like oreo balls but with cake :) sounds good.

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Colebabie 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Sounds sooo yummy. I wonder about Key Lime Pie? Dipped in chocolate.. mmm.

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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

These actually look delicious, plus I think my kids would love to make these. It may be just what we need to do this weekend.

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SCStrat 7 years ago from Seattle

Wow those cake balls look delicious.

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

They ARE delicious! And I encourage anyone to try making them at home. Sooo easy and a great project for kids.

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

This looks yummy, and I am sure kids would love to do this. Older kids could even make cake balls on their own with adult supervision.

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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Wow ! I have got to give this one a go. Thanks

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Jesus_saves_us_7 7 years ago from Seeking Salvation

Looks yummy, Thanks 4 sharing!

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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

I make cakes every week or two for my husband's employees...I have never seen these cake balls before, never!!!! Wow, I am going to make them next week...and I bet they will be a huge hit!!!!!! Thanks for a fantastic, creative, new way of eating cake!!!!!!

Southern girl 7 years ago

Amanda Im amazed how cake balls are becoing a big hit today. I was introduced to these little creatures back in 1994 when I moved from California. Now I can go into cake shops and see them sold for $1.00-$1.50 ea. I hope everyone apreciates you doing the research and sharing the info with them to make some quick cash.

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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

I was sick all last week (bad, bad bug :-(....) but, got some chocolate coating this weekend... plan to make these special little morsels for one of the employees who is getting married in a few weeks... should be someway to put them together and make a fun last days as a bachelor treat... I'm going to have to put my thinking cap on for that one!! :-)

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL that should be interesting MFG!

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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

I made two huge batches and called them "bachelor balls"....They were a SMASH hit!!!!!  The bachelor loved them, the bride-to-be loved them, all the guys loved them!!!!!  Now, they are a married couple; I am getting requests everyday from all the mechanics at my hubby's work for more... they are all mechanics, so I am changing the name to "grease balls"  ...... LOL.... everyone is asking daily now for GREASE BALLS....too funny!!! Making them again tonight.... 

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

Sounds like you're already a cake ball expert! Another thing I really like about them is how easy they are to transport (and eat)!

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mwaky 7 years ago

nice neva heard of cake balls this is my first tym

Jill  7 years ago

very cool idea! i love to bake and am always looking for fun new treats for kids. this is perfect - especially for a little lunch box treat! great hub, thanks.

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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Amanda, have you ever tried rum truffles? They're very similar to cake balls, except rum soaked raisins get added into the cake mix, and then they are usually rolled in chocolate flavoured sugar strands. I must try your variation, as they look delicious.

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Amanda, I haven't tried rum truffles but they do sound very similar to cake balls. Cake balls are so easy to make and the variations are limited only by your imagination!

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CennyWenny 7 years ago from Washington

I love cake balls but find it extremely difficult to dip them in chocolate without everything falling apart. I think I may try the freezer trick next time, that might really help!

Cowgirl Texas 7 years ago

My mom is making cake balls right now and they look soo good i cant wait to try one!!!

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

@CennyWenny--I think you'll have much better luck working with cold and firm cake balls! Otherwise like you said they fall apart easily and make a mess!

@Cowgirl--lucky you!

Lisa 7 years ago


• White cake mix and mint chocolate chip icing - Dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.

• French vanilla cake with white chocolate almond icing. – Dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.

• Red velvet with cream cheese icing and vanilla confectioners coating.

• Red velvet with cream cheese icing dipped into milk chocolate coating.

• Chocolate cake, milk chocolate icing, dipped into chocolate bark.

• Lemon cake with lemon frosting and dip them in whit chocolate.

• Lemon cake mixed in white chocolate chips and lemon frosting, dipped in white chocolate.

• Spice cake with cream cheese frosting and coated them with white chocolate coating.

• Cherry chip cake mix and cream cheese frosting dipped in white chocolate.

• Fudge cake, mixed in peppermint chips and fudge frosting. Dip in dark chocolate.

• Chocolate fudge cake mix and coconut pecan frosting dipped into chocolate.

• Chocolate cake, butter cream icing, and dark chocolate coating.

• Chocolate cake/chocolate icing and dipped into raspberry/chocolate chips are melted with a bit of oil.

• German chocolate cake mix with coconut pecan frosting & dipped in melted semi sweet chocolate chips.

• Strawberry with vanilla frosting, dipped in chocolate.

• Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, dipped in white almond bark.

• Chocolate cake, chocolate icing and Andes candy bits. If you like Girl Scout Thin Mints you will love these.

Clare 7 years ago

They look fab ! !

I am off to the shops to buy the stuff to make these now ;)

Heather  7 years ago

I actually pressed the cake mixture into a square pan, then popped it in the freezer for an hour or so. I popped them out and cut into one inch squares and kept them in the freezer, taking out only a couple at a time to dip. I dropped them, one at a time into the coating and lifted them out with a fork, sliding the fork underneath the square. I then tapped the fork against the edge of the pan to shed the extra coating, and used a knife to slide it onto waxed paper. They looked beautiful, and symmetrical, like expensive chocolates.

Heather 7 years ago

OH...and I lined the pan with waxed paper, to make it easier to get them out before cutting...very important step!

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

@Lisa, thanks for the suggestions! I made some with Andes mint coating and they turned out great! I added a bit of black decorating gel to some melted Andes and drizzled that over the top for a simple and elegant looking decoration.

@Clare, I hope they turn out great!

@Heather, yes I've learned that waxed paper is very helpful. thanks for the tips! I haven't tried the square shape yet!

Tammy C 7 years ago

This is my second time around baking these for Christmas this year. My parents decided they want me to send them some. Hopefully they will still be good by the time the mail gets to them.

This recipe is amazing, fun and easy to make!

Try it out! You'll love them!

kimmywakes 7 years ago

thank you for the tip on using a fork and spatula to coat the balls with chocolate! i was using long skewers - one to dip, the other to push the ball onto the waxed paper - but they were getting so messy. your technique works like a charm!

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amandakjones 7 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm glad it helped you out Kimmy! Sometimes it can be difficult to explain certain techniques with just words!

TChas 7 years ago

@Heather: Just made my first batch of cake balls for New Years Eve! My second batch will be square! What a great idea and quick....making the little balls took forever. Thanks for sharing :)

polly 7 years ago

if you make them into squares, you could decorate with small dots (one thru six) like dice, expecially if your husband was having a poker nite!

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cosmopinkice 7 years ago from Kentucky

Wow! These look delicious. I love cake and candy, what a great combo. It's the first time I've ever heard of cake balls.

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dragonbear 7 years ago from Essex UK

Great idea! Never heard of them, but definitely will give them a go. Chocaholic here!

Laporte 7 years ago

Just tried them for the 1st time. Never heard of them before until a friend was making them. The were yummmmmmy!!!! Thanks for the great tips can't wait to try another flavor!!

legalsec224 7 years ago

I had these for the first time on Saturday. They are awesome. The one I ate was a red velvet cake and cream cheese mixture. Perfect for anyone especially if you aren't big on eating sweets. One cake ball was perfect size for me.

kelly  7 years ago

yum yum !!!!! i'm just a kid i love cakes cakes save life! i love you i just gave this recipe to my mum and she bake for me and my brother enjoyed

yahooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! yummmmmyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

kelly  7 years ago

yum yum !!!!! i'm just a kid i love cakes cakes save life! i love you i just gave this recipe to my mum and she bake for me and my brother enjoyed

yahooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! yummmmmyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

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MrSpock 7 years ago

This is definitely bookmark material here. The cakes before they got dipped in chocolate look like munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. They must taste great once they're dipped!

NYCMommy 7 years ago

I love to bake and recently read an article about how popular cake balls are becoming. I made my first batch yesterday - they look exactly like your first batch photo but I used red velvet and cream cheese frosting inside. This will not be my last time making them - what a hit! I felt like I was making meatballs! So fun, delicious and versatile! Thanks for all your helpful hints!

CarrieLaine 7 years ago

I can hardly wait to try these. Have a bake sale coming up soon. You said they can be stored in the fridge, what about the freezer? If I make them a week in advance will they keep in the freezer?

Cat 7 years ago

I have made these often. I use these candy dipping tolls from Wilton...they work very well to coat all of the cake ball.

Theresa 6 years ago

I make a lot of candy, most dipped in chocolate. I use a small crock pot to melt the chocolate in, kept on low heat it will keep the chocolate smooth and easy to use. I will usually make approx 10 pounds of millionares at a time and the chocolate stays smooth and easy to work for the entire batch (if I have to add more chocolate will usually have to wait just a few minutes to melt and become ready to use).

neatnickk 6 years ago

Just found a Cakeball cookbook at

Looks like a lot of great combinations...

Bridget 6 years ago

Thanks for the post! The tips really helped. I wrote a few more based on my own first-time failure on it on my blog. Lessons learned: ALWAYS use a boxed cake mix and one rectangular pan, you can get melted chocolate stuff out of your saucepan by boiling baking soda in it and THESE ARE SO GOOD, but a lot of work.

Shannon Locke 6 years ago

I tried these lovely confections for the first time last month and fell i love. So glad I decided to look up the recipe and found this site. They are pretty pricey for my wallet. So thanks very much.

julia savoy 6 years ago

i've been making these for a few years now and they are ALWAYS a huge hit!!! people ask for the receipe all the time!!! i think they are perfect for kid's birthday parties. no cutting of the cake and cupcakes the kids just lick the icing off. i find that with the cake balls, kids eat the whole thing and ask for more!!!

Lala 6 years ago

This is an awesome treat. My fav is red velvet, cream cheese frosting and white coating.

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great hub! I'll have to try this & bookmark it! Thanks..

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Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Thanks for this idea. I just know my granddaughter will love making these, nice and messy enough! My husband makes fudge balls, but I have never thought of cake balls!

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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Yummy!!! Yummy!!! Yummy!!! I don't have any more words

Tracey 6 years ago

My co-worker brought some cake balls in to work and they were awesome so I decided I would make some for her Birthday. Your instructions were GREAT! Your steps broke it down and my results were exactly as you describe. The only problem I ran into was my cake "oozed" out of small holes in the coating. Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?

Jessica Glossop 6 years ago

This is a fantastic idea and i'm so glad I came up on this site!!! The directions with the photos are great and I really appreciate you taking the time, EVERY ONE, for all your tips and new ideas!! I have a baby shower coming up soon and I'd like to try them out once before I make them! Thank you to ALL for the comments, I did read them ALL!! :-) This is great!!! Thanks! I will bookmark and try to remember to post my progress and how it goes!!!

Marie 6 years ago

Cake balls are delicious and easy to make!

All of my cake pals also love to make these treats.

I think they may be the next craze, just like cup cakes!


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Moneylady 6 years ago from Texas

How cool is this!!!! We are having a cake bake sale at work next week and this will be a hit!! I am SO glad I found this! Thanks!

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Moneylady 6 years ago from Texas

This will be a great project for our next "Grandma Day"

Leilani 6 years ago

Great guide! I had these a few months ago at my sisters and they are amazing!

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angel115707 6 years ago from Galveston, TX

Love this information, great hub, and thanks for the updates!

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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

The great thing about this is that you can make these delightful cake balls using your leftover cake scraps, or even use an entire cake to make them!

kitchenwitch 6 years ago

I think that there on the same pages as Petits Fours???!!!

Chef Pat 6 years ago

Meat fork works great no need to break a fork , get creative and add a jelly bean or smooth candy , chocolate etc. to center as a prize , if the balls feel funky during rolling = You just did it correct. Serve with good coffee or tea or a great sugar free juice or Champagne Also you can use variations = a cookie cutter to mold cake shapes "don't have to be balls" could be stars, ducks, rabbits etc. My wife just made a batch or red velvet & chocolate cake balls I will eat 2 with my coffee they will be gone by noon with 4 Teens in my home. Thank you Pat.

zry 6 years ago

I can't wait to try this recipe!! Thank you for being so detailed. We'll see how messy it goes...

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Journey * 6 years ago from USA

These look so cute and seem like a great idea for a party. They remind me of munchkins. Thanks for the recipe.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I'm going to have to make this with my class. They will love it.

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MamaScooby 6 years ago

been doing cake balls for a while but been having issue with the chocolate cracking after it dry. What can I do?

Gilda Tumlinson 6 years ago

Do you have to dip it in chocolate coating? I'd like to try the German Cho. cake but the icing is alread so sweet. I don't think it would keep the German Cho. taste if I dipped it in cho.candy. Has anyone ever made cake balls without the coating?

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nicole.reilly 6 years ago from Austin, TX

great hub! definitely will try making those for my family.

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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

I am going to make this one with my granddaughter....she will have a ball. And it looks oh so yummy.

6 years ago

Gross. You don't even use real chocolate but that stuff with hydrogentated oil in it. Try using real chocolate to coat. Freezing or having cold centers then dipping in real chocolate would mess up the chocolate. Try using real ingredients not all these artificial ingredients she uses. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a can of frosting from the grocery. wake up out there!!! Start eating more pure foods instead of all the preservatives and oils in the products mentioned. Barfarella!

Lee Ann 6 years ago

For my first time we made lemon balls. I used a small scoop so they had flat bottoms for easy storage. The only problem we had was the coating. The directions stated to add solid shortning for dipping. The coating was very thick and hard to work with. Trying to not get frustated and pitch the whole thing, do you have any suggestions?

Hannah 6 years ago

How do you keep the cake balls from oozing cake.

After it's coated with the chocolate, I noticed that

the cake comes out of the chocolate anywhere the chocolate

didn't cover, like the bottom of the cakeball, the part that sits

on the wax paper. What can I do

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Rita BYrd 6 years ago

Does anyone have an idea on how i can solve my cake ball problem?

My baked cake crumbled beautifully, however, when i added the frosting , it immediately turned heavy, moist and mushy. when they are cut in half it appears that my cake mix never got baked... The cake balls that i purchase from my local bakery are light and airy on the inside just like an actual baked cake. that is the hint that i am searching for desperately! Thanks

Andreamarie 6 years ago

Some suggestions on keeping the cake from oozing out: freeze the balls, dip them once lightly, then when dry, coat (dip) them again. Keep them in a cooler environment. To make lighter, more airy cake balls, use less frosting. You can also make mini cupcakes (use the smallest muffin pans you can find, bake without wrappers) and just dip those. They will be much more airy because they aren't mixed with additional liquid. You can buy pans that make mini egg-shaped balls of cake from Chicago metallic or you can use the one from Wilton which will make regular cake in a very small egg shape also.

jamie 6 years ago

I didn't have alot of luck with the fork- they still came out looking deformed. While at Hobby Lobby I noticed and purchased a unique looking tong. It looks like a combination between a fork and a tong. It works great! It allows me to manipulate the balls in the coating and then also allows the coating to drain through the fingers. It leaves the balls with a smooth coating which I never got with a toothpick or a fork since it left a whole in the top of the ball. Just thought I would pass this little tidbit of infol.

Cate 6 years ago

I use my corn on the cob holders for dipping cake balls - holds them better than a toothpick, doesn't make as many holes as a fork!

Elizabeth+Grandma 6 years ago

Me and tita are going to make these cake balls!!!!!!!!

I hope they come out good!!!!!!! We'll come back with the results later!!!



Christina Knoph 6 years ago

Can I make the cake and mix it with the frosting, freeze the mixture and make the actual cake balls a week later?

Elizabeth+Grandma 6 years ago

Everything went well until we melted the white chocolate chips!!!!! we

Put in veggie shortening and it became unmeltible like frosting!!!!!!!

carolyn 6 years ago

I am late on the cake ball craze but a friend did them at a party and I vowed to try making them at home...your directions were great-thank you! taking some chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, and heath bar bits cake balls dipped in chocolate to a christmas party and calling them "reindeer balls"!

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OpusTalis 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

Much thanks from the sweet tooth! I can already see myself sitting comfy by the Christmas fire, dipping my fingers in the bowl and discovering these delightful cake balls. Oh la la. Love and joy all the way

brenda g 6 years ago

Cate, the corn cob holders are a great idea. Can't wait to try it tomorrow. Thanks for the tip. :)

cupajoe 6 years ago

Waiting for my cake to cool as we speak. The kids get out of school early today so I thought I would have the cake baked and ready for them to help me create some cake balls to take to our family Christmas Eve party tomm. night. Thanks for the great directions...I hope they turn out as good as they sound! I am making a butter yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting dipped in chocolate almond bark and a cinnamon swirl cake with vanilla frosting dipped in vanilla almond bark (for my daughter who hates chocolate;). I will let you know how it goes!

Jenny S 6 years ago

Thanks so much for all of the helpful hints. I started making these right before Christmas and had such a hard time because my mixture was falling apart! I finally gave up after a few fell apart completely in the chocolate and made it all messy. I have had the rest in the fridge for the past few days. After reading all of your tips I can them up for New Years Eve!

Carol Coelen 6 years ago

A co-worker brought this to work but didn't really share any information on how to make. Then i asked someone else and they were a little more helpful but still didn't tell me how hard they were to dip. After making them and they were so-so i decided to look up on internet. Thanks for the wonderful hints. I will keep trying and will get better thanks to you... Happy New Year...

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The Baking Guru 6 years ago from California, USA

Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I have never heard of cake balls before but I will have to give these a try!

Rosemary 6 years ago

I'm so excited to try them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just have one question. Does it take very long to crumble up the cake after you bake it?

Shirley 6 years ago

I had the chocolate cake balls at a party and I could have eaten all of them! Love them!

Carter 6 years ago

I want to make them for my daughters birthday. How far in advance can they be made ?

stella 6 years ago

Using a plastic fork with the middle prongs out worked well for me! Thanks!

However, all of them either burst out of a hole or cracked. I would like to solve that without re-dipping them but I am not sure how. Bummer! Maybe they shouldn't be in the freezer very long. (mine were in three hours)

Tonia 6 years ago

Another easy way to melt chocolate and keep it melted it to use a fondue pot! The chocolate won't burn and it's easy to throw the balls right in to dip.

Holly 6 years ago

Like everyone commenting, I have never heard of cake balls,these seem to be a pretty well kept secret, but they look wonderful and I can not wait to make them for everyone.

jennifer 6 years ago

I am trying to figure out how to make them look smooth all over> when I made mine, they had pooled areas.. I had these at a shower and I want mine to look as good as theirs.. any ideas

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Angel S. 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I have made Cakeballs a couple times, but it always seems easier to me to just purchase them at the local bakery...

Hopefully yours and the other readers help will change my attitude!!!

Melissa 5 years ago

Thanks for all the helpful tips, I am making some this evening and I think all your helpful tips will make this a fairly pain-free process. :)

Amanda 5 years ago

Your advice for these has been awesome! Using less frosting made them taste MUCH better than last time. I previously did a recipe on this, used an entire can, and it tasted like cake flavored frosting. YUCK. But these? Fantastic! Plus, it made a better "batter" to roll. THANKS!!! :D

Shayla 5 years ago

OMG I saw these and cheesecake pops at a bridal show and just had to have more. Thanks for the instructions. I have my cake balls in the freezer awaiting dipping in the morning. First batch is going to school with my son so my critics wont be too hard on me. :)

Thanks again.

Magie 5 years ago

Making cake balls for the first time today!

I am using strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting, I have not dipped yet, I'm glad all of you had such great tips, hopefully it will be pretty easy!?!

Paige Krekeler 5 years ago

Thank you for your tips. I'm not a baker nor am I talented in any sort of culinary way (purposeful) but I have been wondering about these.

I saw bumblebee cake balls and want to try them. I am fairly certain that I'll have a very expensive learning curve before they come out looking like actual bees. I will not be intimidated!

Your post here will help guide me through.

Kay Nelson 5 years ago

I'm a new cake ball maker and have been trying some great combinations -- but I'm not good at dipping. My solution: melt the candy coating, then dip each ball half way up. Put back on tray to harden. Then take a teaspoon and put a "dollop" over the top of each cake ball. Leaves a little space between the bottom dipped coating and top, which shows the cake ball color. Right after putting the dollop on top, you can add coconut, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc. for decorations. My friends who have tried mine swear they like them even better than the ones they've eaten that are totally covered in the candy coating. 5 years ago

Looks yummy.... Wanna try this one!

Beardedguywholikescake 5 years ago

I just got back from a camping trip and experienced my first taste of the mighty cake balls. I have to say, I have mixed feelings about the discovery. The up side is that hey are amazing!! The down side is that I will probably be too fat to walk out of my door to purchase varieties of cake ball ingredients by this time next year. Thanks a lot everyone for this recipe :) :( lol.

DeWishes Delights 5 years ago

This is a very versatile recipe to play around with. We use the basic mix but instead of a rolling them into balls, we make them into lots of different fun shapes. With some creativity, they can become a real conversation piece!

michelle ponce 5 years ago

Thank u for the great tips!!! I tried making these last yr with no luck but after reading how u did urs I'm gonna try again !! Thanku sooo much!!!!!!

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dobo700 5 years ago from Australia

mmm - sounds fantastic, I will have to give this one a go. Thanks

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mabmiles 5 years ago

It is my first time to hear about cake balls! Thanks for the idea.

Eat & Enjoy 5 years ago

Great recipe.

I used this to make my sister's confirmation dessert - cake balls in the shape of a rosary.

I just posted my experience with making cake balls on my blog. Since I used this recipe, I've credited you.

Fabulous job!

(Check out the post:

Thanks again.

kathy posey 5 years ago

I just started to make cake balls I did a German choc and German choc icing, also a carrot cake and creme cheese icing then a cherry chip cake mix and put a marchino cherry in each one and used vanilla icing. I took them to work and everyone loved them. I work in a hospital and we had got some from a bakery for catering and they put pretzels in there in stead of the sticks so you got the sweet and salty. I tried that with the German chocolate ones and they were good that way. cant wait to try more variations. Love making them.

Dawn 5 years ago

Amazing. My cousins and I adore making these! 5 years ago

You could use a peanut butter fudge frosting instead of the bark coating. I pour the peanut butter fudge over my cake and it hardens immediately and it is very easy to prepare. Great for cookies as well!

animalslover13 5 years ago

They taste delicious! I encourage anyone or everyone to try these! They are perfect for any Special Occasion or "Just Because" I made them today and they were fantastic! It's very tasty if you melt chocolate chips, (For the coating) and add a little bit of peanut butter to it. But, instad I also added mint to the some of the melted chocolate chips and that was my favourite! There are a lot of different things to try with Cake Pops and I am looking forward to trying many of them!

( -- How do you make peanut butter fudge?)

- Love: animalslover13

Buddyswife 5 years ago

I want to thank you for this website. I recently made these for the first time and they turned out pretty good for a first-timer. The chocolate did not melt very well though (it was too thick) so I used a tiny bit of vegetable oil to thin it a little and it worked great. Your directions and pictures were very helpful, so thank you for taking the time to do it.

Cassie 5 years ago

Wow- your recipe was spot on and your hints were very helpful. I made cream cheese frosting to mix with the Funfetti, then used Ghiradelli white baking chocolate for the coating- my boyfriend said they were better than any we'd ever bought. Thank you!

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southerngirlz 5 years ago

I want to try these for a wedding rehearsal dinner. The bride's favorite cake is German Chocolate. Can the traditional icing w/ pecans and coconut be used? And where? On the outside or inside?

Seattlekiwi 5 years ago

Planning on making these for a large scale event. Any tips on storage or stream lining the process as they will have to be made a day or two ahead of time. Thank you:)

Sabrina 5 years ago

You are awesome! Thank you!

Judy 5 years ago

I love making the cake balls, BUT they are not that easy to coat, I have trouble melting the chocolate, but will try the dbl boiler.Guests really love them, and so easy to serve, don't really have to have plates.

jackie 5 years ago

Again, can these be frozen? would u coat them before freezing? i need to make a large, ampount for an open house at my salon next month, like 400 of them, so again i ask, any way to make these in advance?

cali girl 5 years ago

this is making my mouth water i love doing these!

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llm1962 5 years ago

I have a few tips for everyone trying to make cake balls. First of all, use a double boiler. It is the most efficient way to melt the chocolate. The chocolate will also stay melted if you make sure the water is really boiling before you take it off the stove. Next, add about 2 tablespoons of crisco to the chocolate. The chocolate should basically fall off the spoon. Roll your balls and freeze them. You can keep them frozen for weeks stored in a container. Take them out of the freezer and insert lollipop stick to dip. Hold the ball over the double boiler and spoon the chocolate over it. After it is covered, tap the excess off. Then stick it in a piece of foam. I usually do two pops, then go back to the first one, roll it in whatever I am using for garnish (toasted coconut, heath bar pieces, sprinkles, etc) and then do the second pop. If they are really frozen they will harden really fast so watch out. Once they are hard, just slip them off of the lollipop stick onto a piece of wax paper. You can use the sticks over and over by just wiping them off with a damp paper towel.

Cake balls will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks and be fine. Most people really like them better cold than room temp because they are crunchier! I make them all the time. They are really time consuming, but everyone loves them. Feel free to email me at with questions. I have a small cupcake/cake ball business.

Hailey 5 years ago

I tried to make cake balls for my daughter's bday and it was an EPIC FAIL!! lmaoooo Totally didn't know water and chocolate was a big no no....ended up buying some online from and they were amazing!...Love their Hennessy Bombs...I felt a bit tipsy after lol But I'm working on mastering the dip and slide to make my cake balls look a bit well...more presentable.

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jb 5 years ago

Am I the only one in the world who doesn't like cake balls? I think I must be!

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Kendra 5 years ago

Just made my first batches of cake balls. I made double chocolate with Heath Candy topping and Coconut Butter Pecan with Whit Chocolate, Peacn, and Toasted Coconut topping. YUMMY!!! They were not too bad but covering them in the chocolate was a bit hard.

faizan 5 years ago

Thanks this recipe is very similar to

cornelia 5 years ago

Thats great . But honestly you people do anything on your own ??? Im coming from Croatia ...except brownies ..we dont have cake mixtures in boxes ...or canes of frostings ....people here make cakes on old way ..starting with flour and ewerything what's i would love to make pop cakes for my kids ..but where do i find a recipe ..for cake ....for frosting ...making it all form begining of my own withouth buying ready to made stuff? grr searching recepies for day..... :((((

Lisa 5 years ago

I found that I needed more coating than 1pkg. to complete the entire cake mix. I used a melon ball scoop. Do I need to add something to the coating, like shortening?

watever 5 years ago

OMG...i still dont know how to make cake balls...anyone help..i need it RAPID because am cooking it at school on friday


Peggy C 5 years ago

I have dipped chocolates for years, but I have never made cake balls. The best way to meld chocolate is to put it in an electric frying pan and barely turn the pan on as low as you can. It keeps the chocolate the same temperature always. Thanks for sharing.

sharon 5 years ago

I had cake balls for the first time from Star Bucks. They really made me want more, but not at StarBucks price!

Erika 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.Just had surgery and cant entertain for the holidays BUT got an invitation to a friends house on Christmas Eve. I am excited to say I will be making these yummy cake balls which I have never made before.I will have my hubby buy the ingredients and I will be baking from my wheel chair.Love how you explained everything in detail, almost like you were talking to me as I read it.Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

Angele 5 years ago

Thank you for posting how to do this in such detail along with all the helpful hints. I am going to give it a try today. Thanks for all the advice.

Christa W. 5 years ago

Thank you for posting how to make cake balls!! I had the hardest time making them by just following an online recipe. I looked for help and found your post. After reading your post, I was able to make the cake balls successfully! During my first attempt, I was trying to work with the cake balls when they were still warm and it was a mess! Thanks for all your help!

Simone 5 years ago

Mmmmm,mmmmm good

Debbie @ PinkTexasChick 5 years ago

My son wants baseball cupcakes for his birthday so I thought I should give cake balls a try. Your post has a lot of very useful information and tips. Thanks so much!

Preety 15 yrs 5 years ago

YA WILL TRY TO MAKE............THNKS!!!!

batti 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this! So helpful! Making my first batch tomorrow :)

H@nn@h 5 years ago

I am doing this on Febuary 14, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!! So tots excited to do this! I AM WISHING I WILL DO IT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!LOL I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GUYS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!....CAKE BALLS!,I LOVE YEW!!!!!!!

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Jyoti Patil 5 years ago from Mumbai

Superb recipe. Voted up !! n following now!

@m@nd@! 5 years ago

Oh cake balls....sigh..........LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;) I LOVE YEW......

coleman 5 years ago

CAUTION!!!! Skip this step: (“you can continue the process a step further by using a hand mixer or food processor to get a finer texture".) I tried this and it turned my cake crumbs into a big ball of play-doh. I have found that if you just crumble the cake with your hands all turns out just fine.

jjzizi 4 years ago

Made these tonight for the first time, followed your directions exactly and they turned out perfectly! Thanks! These are the best directions I have found!

Lisa 4 years ago

Thanks, this nice recipe is similar to

Lisa 4 years ago

Oh! Sorry my friends :-) I so silly was mistaken ((((((

Wanted to tell "" and wrote any nonsense - the goupy typographical error distorted all sense ))))))

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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Amanda, excellent hub. Since I also make wedding cakes, it's interesting to me why I have never made cake balls with the leftover cake I have. You did a great job sharing your instructions and organizing your subject material. Thumbs up and thank you.

judyjudyjudy 4 years ago

Thanks for this..... I have struggled with cake balls for a while and your post tells what I need to do to get them just right! I appreciate your "real" approach and straight talk! Gonna try it again today! Wish me luck!

Jeannie 4 years ago

We will try these for a fundraising bake sale at church. Thanks for the info. Your instructions are easy to follow, so I know I will have a lot of fun doing these.


hahaha 4 years ago

"if you store your cake balls in the refrigerator they might get sweaty."

Tina 4 years ago

I made these yesterday for an end-of-season soccer party. I used chocolate cake, homemade chocolate buttercream frosting, and white chocolate bakers chocolate. Then I dyed some leftover frosting black and piped it on the balls to make soccer balls. The kids (and parents!) loved them! I can't wait to make them again using the different flavors and techniques that you all suggested!

Lea 4 years ago

um..... im 1o and im in 5th grade and im just rying to make stuff for my family.... and cake pops are my favorite so i just want an easy recipe anyway i wish i could make cake pops :( :( :(

Krista 4 years ago

I make these but instead of cake mix I use cookies (Oreos) crumbled with a food prosessor, mixed with one package of cream cheese softened then dipped in almond bark. It's an easy way to make these

Terry 3 years ago

I made these for New Years party. Didn't go well because everyone thought they were way too sweet. Sorry to disagree with most of you, but this is not a keeper for me.

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Margie Lynn 4 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

I received a kit for Christmas one time. Mine just fell apart! I will have to try them again. Thanks for a great article!

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