If you are looking for a fun and festive treat for you next holiday party, make Christmas Cake Pops. These cake pops make the best dessert and are easy to make.

Cake pops in a mason jar filled with candy melts.
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Easy Christmas Cake Pops Recipe:

We love making fun and festive Christmas desserts. These cake pops are the perfect sweet treats and are easy to make. Start with a cake mix for the perfect holiday dessert.

Cake pops can be made into a variety different options. Make Reindeer cake pop, snowman cake pop, or even Christmas tree cake pops for all your holiday plans.

The kids love to help to dip the bite size treats into melted chocolate and add the sprinkles. Use different flavors of cake batter to what you prefer. See more Christmas cake pop recipes.

Check out this fun and festive Ugly Sweater Cake Recipe.

Close up of a cake pop with a bite taken out of it so you can see the red velvet cake inside.

How to Make Christmas Cake Pops:

Christmas Cake Pops are one of my favorite desserts to make. All you need is simple ingredients to start. The candy coating and the fun sprinkles make this a crowd pleasing desert.

Ingredients for this recipe

Ingredients: 

The Red Velvet Cake

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix 15 oz
  • *Plus ingredients to prepare the cake on the back of the box

For the Frosting: 

  • Unsalted Butter, softened
  • Cream Cheese softened at room temperature
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar

For the Cake Pops: 

  • White Candy Melts
  • Vegetable Shortening 
  • Christmas Sprinkles 
  • Lollipop Sticks

How to Make Cake Pops for Christmas: 

  • Step 1 – Prepare Cake – Make cake and bake according to box instructions in a 9X13 pan in the oven. Then let the cake cool at room temperature.
  • Step 2 – Beat Frosting ingredients – Beat the butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Then add in the vanilla extract.
  • Step 3 – Add in Powdered Sugar – Then slowly add in the powdered sugar until it’s all combined and smooth.
baking cake and mix in frosting
  • Step 4 – Crumble Cake – Remove the cake from the pan. Remove the outside layer from the cake and throw it away. Crumble up the remaining cake into a large bowl.
  • Step 5 – Add in Frosting – Add approximately ¼ cup of the frosting to your crumbled cake. Then stir everything together until well combined. You want the mixture to be moist but still be able to form it into balls.
crumble cake and mixing in frosting
  • Step 6 – Shape into balls – Shape mixture into about 24-36 cake balls (depending on their size). Place on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper. I used a cookie scoop to ensure that each one is approximately the same size.

How to Decorate Cake Balls:

  • Step 7 – Melt Candy Melt – Put the white candy melts in a small microwave safe bowl with the vegetable shortening. Then microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.
  • Step 8 – Continue Melting – Then continue to heat in 30 second intervals. Stirring between each one until the candy melts are fully melted and creamy.
  • Step 9 – Dip Stick – Dip each cake pop stick into the melted candy. Then place them into the cake balls about halfway into the balls. Then place in the freezer or fridge for 10-15 minutes (do not freeze for longer than 15 minutes).
Shaping cake into cake balls and inserting dip stick
  • Step 10 – Dip Balls – After the cake pops have been chilled, dip each cake pop into the melted candy melts. You may need to re-melt it if it has solidified some.
  • Step 11 – Remove Excess Chocolate – Make sure that the candy covers the cake pop completely. Allow the excess melted candy to drip off back into the bowl.
  • Step 12 – Roll balls in sprinkles – Then place the Christmas 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. 
  • Step 13 – Work Quickly – You’ll want to make sure to work quickly. To coat the cake pops with the sprinkles before they dry.
the process of dipping cake balls into melted chocolate, sprinkles then serving
  • Step 14 – Allow to Dry – Then place the stick of cake pops in a block of Styrofoam. While the candy dries and solidifies.
  • Step 15 – Continue – Continue until all the cake pops have been covered.
  • Step 16 – Serve and Enjoy – Once all the cake pops are dry, they are ready to serve and enjoy. 
Close-up of a cake pop topped with sprinkles

Variation Ideas:

  • Change the Cake – You can easily change the cake with these cake balls.
  • Rudolph – Make Rudolph cake balls with antlers made of pretzels for the ultimate cake truffle. Use red candy melts for the coating of the cake.
  • Change Decorations – These cake balls can be decorated in many different ways. You can even change the sprinkles to the holiday you are celebrating.
  • Candy Melts – Instead of using white candy melts, you can use white chocolate chips.
Multiple cake pops in a mason jar

Cake Pop Tips:

  • Candy Melt Texture – If the melted candy melt is too thick, thin it out by adding more of the vegetable shortening. Add it slowly to the melted candy until it’s a good consistency.
  • Line Baking Sheet – Make sure to line baking sheet for easy cleanup.
  • Melting Candy Melts –  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.
Cake pops in a mason jar with candy melts

How to Store Leftovers:

Store the leftover cake pops in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Close-up of cake pops topped with sprinkles

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I prepare cake pops ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare ahead of time. We like to bake the cake the night before to ensure it has completely cooled.

How Long do Cake Pops last?

If stored properly they will last about a week at room temperature.

Can you Freeze Cake Pops?

Yes, you can freeze cake pops for about a month. Store in a freezer safe container for best results. Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to serve.

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Christmas Cake Pops

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If you are looking for a fun and festive treat for you next holiday party, make Christmas Cake Pops. These cake pops make the best dessert and are easy to make.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Freeze 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24
Calories 231

Ingredients

For the Red Velvet Cake:

  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix 15 oz
  • *Plus ingredients to prepare the cake on the back of the box
  • For the Frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ cup Powdered Sugar

For the Cake Pops:

  • 16 oz. White Candy Melts
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Shortening
  • Christmas Sprinkles
  • Lollipop Sticks

Instructions

  • Make cake and bake according to box instructions in a 9X13 pan. Then let the cake cool at room temperature.
  • Beat the butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Then add in the vanilla extract.
  • Then slowly add in the powdered sugar until it’s all combined and smooth.
  • Remove the cake from the pan. Remove the outside layer from the cake and throw it away. Crumble up the remaining cake into a large bowl.
  • Add approximately ¼ cup of the frosting to your crumbled cake and stir everything together until well combined. You want the mixture to be moist but still be able to form it into balls.
  • 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 with the vegetable shortening 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 the freezer for 10-15 minutes (do not freeze for longer than 15 minutes).
  • After the cake pops have been chilled, dip each cake pop into the melted candy melts (you may need to re-melt it 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 Christmas 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!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover cake pops in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
If the melted candy melt is too thick, thin it out by adding more of the vegetable shortening. Add it slowly to the melted candy until it’s a good consistency.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 231kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 2g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 22mg, Sodium 175mg, Potassium 70mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 20g, Vitamin A 192IU, Calcium 34mg, Iron 1mg

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