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Cake pops are easy to make. Turn your cake failures into treasured treats.

Updated on November 22, 2012
Yummy and easy cake pop of chocolate cake and vanilla almond bark.
Yummy and easy cake pop of chocolate cake and vanilla almond bark. | Source
Epic fail!  This little gem was my 5yo's birthday cake.  It was a treat after dinner so I just left it as is.
Epic fail! This little gem was my 5yo's birthday cake. It was a treat after dinner so I just left it as is.

What to do with ugly cake.

Have you ever gone through all of the effort of baking a cake from scratch only to have it fail? Perhaps if you are Martha Stewart or Rachael Rae this has never happened to you but as for the rest of us it is always a possibility. Whether your cake went flat or your cupcakes over flowed sometimes you end up with a bunch of great tasting cake that looks UGLY. Now if you are just serving your kiddos at home this isn’t a big deal as they could care less as long as they get to eat it but what if this is your contribution to local library bake sale and it’s 9PM. The sale is tomorrow at 10AM. What now? Cake pops! Not only are cake pops easy to make but the non-standard ingredients are not too expensive and can be stored for such baking emergencies.

Aside from cake and icing you only need the sticks to put them on, the chocolate or almond bark to melt and dip them in, sprinkles (because what’s a cake pop without decorations!) and some sort of rack to allow them to cool in. Since all of these ingredients will last for a long time you can keep them as staples in your pantry until your crisis occurs. After you read these step by step instructions I have a feeling these cute little treats may just make an appearance more often than when you have the occasional cake failure.

What do you think?

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Cake Pops How To...

Just follow these simple steps to create amazing little desserts everyone will love.


  • Cake, in any condition as long as it is yummy
  • frosting
  • chocolate or almond bark
  • candy sticks, they need to be the thicker kind to support the weight of the cake
  • decorations, sprinkles, icing, etc.
  • Cake pop stand, You can purchase a rack made for stick treats or you can wrap a block of styrofoam with plastic wrap

Turning your cake mistake into a tummy yummy

  1. Break your cake into small crumbs. You can do this with your hands or a food processor.
  2. Add a heaping spoon of icing and mix. You can also do this with your hands or you can put it in a bowl mixer.
  3. Continue to add icing a little at a time until you get a consistency similar to play-doh. Depending on the cake you started with you may only need that first spoonful.
  4. Once your mixture has the right consistency use a 1 table spoon scoop or similarly sized spoon or scoop and measure out equal portions into your hand and roll into a tight ball
  5. Repeat this until the crumb/icing mixture is gone.
  6. Melt a small amount chocolate/almond bark. This can be done in the microwave or in a glass cup/mug set in a pot of hot water. Setting a coffee mug into a pot with an inch or two of water will allow you to start melting while you are preparing the crumb and icing mixture and keep the melted chocolate/almond bark liquid while you are dipping.
  7. Dip the tip of the cake sticks into the melted chocolate/almond bark then stick into a cake ball. DO NOT push the stick all the way through. Stop with the end of the stick in the middle of the ball.
  8. Put your cake pops onto a tray and put them into your freezer.
  9. While your pops are in the freezer melt the rest of your chocolate/almond bark.
  10. Put sprinkles in a single layer on a plate.
  11. Bring your pops back out of the freezer and did one by on into the chocolate/almond bark all the way up to the stick. (This is the benefit of using the cup because you can dunk instead of roll the pop.)
  12. Allow excess to come off then dip into sprinkles laid out on plate. (You can also hold the pop over the plate and shake the sprinkles on) The warm chocolate allows the sprinkles to stick.
  13. Put pop into your cake pop decorating stand and allow them to set. You can put them in the freezer to speed up this process.
  14. After they have hardened you can serve or wrap with some plastic wrap and ribbon.


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    • Dreamjar profile image

      Dreamjar 5 years ago from Florida

      I just saw candy eyes at walmart and thought of doing animals too, I bet my kids would love that.

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Very clever and creative!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading your Hub. I make CakePops (even wrote a Hub about that), and love decorating them into animals. I like the way you made yours. I invite you to take a look at my Hub when you have some time.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Dreamjar 5 years ago from Florida

      completely true, any cake will do. I am going to make them for Thanksgiving but let everyone decorate thier own as an activity while everyone is waiting for the meal

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      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I love this idea and it will go over well when I make them, even if I just bake or buy a pound cake just for this purpose. Thanks for the idea

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This one I vote up and now look forward to so many more by you.


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      Life and Luxury 5 years ago from South Beach, FL

      Necessity is the mother of invention it seems, and I think a lot of people will return to this article to upcycle the ol' cake mistake. But let me tell you, that cake you have in the 'fridge would have been good enough for me. Looks delish!

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      Dreamjar 5 years ago from Florida

      I love to share solutions to problems I have encountered. I function very well 'on the fly' but I know not everyone does. The preemptive strike can can save a 'planner' a lot of frustration. (Don't get me wrong being a 'planner' can prevent many of the mistakes in the first place but... just in case.)

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      My daughter makes these from time to time...very yummy! I laughed when I saw an actual Hub on this subject. Great job!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is very nice! My daughter made some the other day, and I didn't think it would come out that good, but it was a with everyone. I will pass it on ..... :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Simple, but bound to be popular and tasty!! Great idea.

      Shared, up, useful, tweeted and pinned.