These Easy Cake Pops or Donut Hole Cake Pops are perfect for parties and holidays. Use store-bought donuts to make cake pops in half the time!
This recipe costs about $7.76 to make. It makes twelve servings for about $0.65 per serving.
Easy Cake Pops
While we love making things from scratch, sometimes you do not have the time and need an easy recipe hack to get onto the next event in your life a little bit quicker. These Cake Pops made with Donut Holes are just the trick to help simplify your life.
You do not have to spend a couple of hours making and baking a cake and then form the cake into balls before dipping them any longer! Instead, use premade donut holes, dip them into melted chocolate, and finish them off with a simple chocolate drizzle and fun addition of sprinkles.
Three ingredients and twenty-five minutes are all you need to make these Donut Hole Cake Pops. No baking involved! Grab your little ones as they will love helping you make these.
We love the versatility of this recipe. You can mix and match the chocolate and sprinkles to match any theme you need.
For example, use red, white, and blue sprinkles for a Patriotic party, pink or blue for a baby shower, or orange and purple sprinkles for a Halloween-themed party.
We think you get the idea; these Donut Hole Cake Pops are perfect for any occasion!
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 12 plain donut holes – $1.98
- 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers – $4.58
- 12 lilipop sticks – $0.60
- 1 oz sprinkles – $0.60
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How to Make Easy Cake Pops
- First, quickly roll the donut holes in your palms to smooth them out to prepare for dipping.
- Next, melt the wafers, following the directions on the package.
- Next, dip each cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and stick it into the cake pop. Cool the donut holes upside down.
- After the chocolate has cooled, dip each cake pop in the chocolate until it is fully coated. It may be helpful to use a cake pop stand for drying the cake pops.
- Finally, after the chocolate has been set, decorate each cake pop with a drizzle of extra chocolate and sprinkles before serving.
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- We used white chocolate wafers, but you can use dark or milk chocolate wafers.
- For this recipe, we used plain donut holes. Feel free to use chocolate or glazed as well.
SERVE: These are best the day they are made, but you can make them 24 hours in advance.
STORE: Do not store it in the fridge or freezer. The chocolate will sweat when brought to room temperature. This causes the sprinkles to bleed. Store at room temperature in either an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap if stored overnight.
FREEZE: These do not freeze well, so we do not recommend freezing the cake pops.
- Colored Treat Sticks
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Mixing spoon
Allow to cool upside down at room temperature until the chocolate is set. There is no need to put these Donut Hole Cake Pops in the fridge before dipping as you might when making traditional Cake Pops.
Please do not skip dipping the colored stick into the chocolate and then sticking it into the donut hole. This step acts as the glue to attach the stick to the donut hole. In other words, the chocolate on the end of the stick dries inside the donut hole, thus helping the cake pop and not fall off the stick. Just be sure to allow the stick to set completely before dipping the donut holes into the melted chocolate.
We prefer to use melting wafers for dipping the donut holes into them as they melt well and cover the cake pops smoothly after dipping. Chocolate chips do not create a shiny coating after dipping the cake pops as melting wafers do. Chocolate chips can become clumpy as they do not melt as well.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Let your little one dip the colored sticks into the melted chocolate and then help you stick them in the donut hole. A fun counting game will be to count each stick as they dip it into the chocolate.
Ages 4-5: Your child will love being able to use their creativity to decorate the donut holes as you show them how to drizzle the additional layer of drizzled chocolate and add on the sprinkles to the donut holes.
Ages 6-8: Guide your child’s hands as you teach them how to dip the cake pop in chocolate and shake off the excess. They can repeat the process with the remaining donut holes on their own.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
The average cake pop will cost you around $2. So making them at home is a cost-effective way to enjoy this yummy treat!
More No-Bake Desserts
- No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies
- Oreo Cream Cheese Truffles
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Cookie Dough Balls
- Homemade Frozen Yogurt
- No-Bake Banana Split Cake
- Shortcut Fried Ice Cream
- Easy Chocolate Fudge
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons
- Chick-Fil-A Copycat Frosted Lemonade
Donut Hole Cake Pops
- Colored Treat Sticks
- Microwave-safe bowl
- mixing spoon
- 12 plain donut holes
- 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers
- 1 oz Sprinkles
PREP DONUT HOLES:
- Prepare donut holes for dipping by giving a quick roll between your palms and determining where you will place your stick. I like to make sure the smoothest rounded side is at the top of the cake pop.
- Melt the wafers according to package directions.
- Carefully dip each cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and stick into the cake pop. Allow to cool upside down.
- When the chocolate has cooled, carefully dip each cake pop in the chocolate rotating until fully coated.
DECORATE CAKE POPS:
- For plain cake pops, drizzle on extra chocolate once the first layer is set.
- For drizzled/sprinkled cake pops, drizzle on extra chocolate once the first layer is set and immediately add sprinkles.
- For sprinkle coated cake pops, allow the coating to set for 10 seconds then dip into sprinkles and rotate until fully coated.
SERVE OR STORE:
- Serve right away or store.
- Do not store the cake pops in the fridge or freezer. The chocolate will sweat when brought to room temperature. This causes the sprinkles to bleed. If storing overnight, store at room temperature in either an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap.
- Melt the chocolate according to the package directions. We prefer to use a double broiler. Or, use a small saucepan with a glass bowl over the top.
- If your chocolate is too thick, you can add coconut or vegetable oil ½ teaspoon at a time to thin the chocolate if needed.
- When adding the second layer of chocolate drizzle, make sure the chocolate is close to room temperature to ensure the layers don’t crack or separate.
- Give the donut hole a quick shaping between your palms before placing it on the stick.
- If you have lumpy donut holes, use those ones to fully coat in sprinkles. It helps hide the flaws!