768x90

Key Lime Pie Cake Pops Recipe {and how to make cake pops}

How to Make Key Lime Pie Cake Pops momspark.net

I am proud to announce that I have recently partnered with Duncan Hines on a new “Duncan Hines Passionate Blogger” program this year. What does this mean? Well, I will be giving away a ton of fun Duncan Hines products, including Frosting Creations, as well as sharing recipes and offering one of my readers the chance to visit the Duncan Hines Test Kitchens this September! (more info on that coming soon)

For my first post, I wanted to create a special recipe using the new flavors from Duncan Hines’ Frosting Creations! The flavors include Pink Lemonade, Key Lime, Peaches and Crème, and Fruit Punch. Since St. Patrick’s Day is later this month, I went with the Key Lime Pie flavor for my recipe. I went over several ideas in my head on what to create with the Key Lime Pie frosting, but then a light bulb went off. CAKE POPS!

I recently learned how to make cake pops after reading Bakerella’s Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats. Yes, you can buy a cake pop maker from a store, but I honestly believe Bakerella’s method of mixing cake with frosting tastes much, much better. My steps may vary a bit from Bakerellas’, but the end result is still the same. You may find that yourself making your own edits as well.

Are you new to making cake pops? If so, this post will cover every step. Let’s get started!

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations

Everything You Will Need

  • Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix (white would work as well)
  • Eggs (for cake mix)
  • Vegetable Oil (for cake mix)
  • Water (for cake mix)
  • Cake Pan (I always use a 9×13 pan)
  • Duncan Hines Frosting Creations
  • Key Lime Pie Flavor Mix
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large Metal Spoon
  • Cookie Scoop
  • Wax Paper
  • Baking Sheets
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 48 oz Vanilla Candy Melts (4 packages) – 3 green and 1 white
  • Deep Microwave-Safe Plastic Bowl
  • 48 Paper Lollipop Sticks (at least 48)
  • Cake Pop Stands (enough for at least 48 cake pops – you can also use styrofoam blocks)

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations

How to Make Cake Pops - Cake Pops Stand momspark.net

A few notes before we get started:

  • Bakerella recommends using an 18.25 oz box of cake mix, but I have had success using 16.5 oz as well. The key is the amount of frosting you add to the cake. (which I will go over later) If you use the 18.25 oz box cake, you will produce around 48 cake pops. If you go smaller, you will end up with less. You get the idea.
  • The process of making cake pops is fun, but time consuming. Prepare to spend a few hours (up to 4 hours or so) working on your cake pops. You can cut your time in half by working with half of the cake and freezing the other for later. I have done this many, many times.
  • You can find candy melts, cake pops stands and paper lollipop sticks at Walmart in the craft section, but your options will be limited. I recommend getting supplies at your local craft store (Hobby Lobby has a ton of options) if you have one.
  • Sometimes my cake pops turn out really pretty and smooth. Sometimes they don’t. Don’t sweat it if your first batch (or two or three) turn out a bit lumpy and bumpy. No biggie. Chances are, they will still taste delicious. You will get better with practice.

Duncan Hines Frosting Creations - Make a Hole with Knife

1. PREPARE THE FROSTING CREATIONS. Create a deep hole in the middle of the frosting using a butter knife. Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Dump Flavor

Pour the Frosting Creations flavor pack into the hole you created. Duncan Hines Frosting Stir

Stir mix and frosting together using butter knife. Duncan Hines Frosting Stir

How to Make Cake Pops - Bake Cake momspark.net

2. BAKE THE CAKE. Following the instructions on the box, bake your cake and let it fully cool.

How to Make Cake Pops - Break Cake with Hands momspark.net

3. CRUMBLE THE CAKE. Once the cake is cool, transfer all of it to a large mixing bowl.

How to Make Cake Pops - Crumble Cake with Hands momspark.net

Crumble the cake with your hands until you get a fine, consistent texture among all pieces. Try to avoid leaving large pieces.

How to Make Cake Pops - Stir Frosting with Cake momspark.net

4. POUR THE FROSTING INTO THE CAKE. (not all of it!) The amount of frosting you add to your cake will depend on how much cake you are working with. I recommend starting with adding 1/2 of the container of frosting and testing the mixture once it is completed mixed to see if it can hold a ball shape easily using your hands. You don’t want too much frosting as it will be too moist and will be difficult to dip. How to Make Cake Pops - Stir Frosting with Cake Back of Spoon momspark.net

Use the back of a metal spoon to mix the frosting with the cake. After mixing, prepare 1-2 baking sheets (depending on how much mixture you are working with) with wax paper and place near your working area. (you will be placing your balls on the wax paper-lined cookie sheets on the next step) How to Make Cake Pops - Scoop Mixture with Cookie Scooper momspark.net

5. ROLL BALLS. Once your mixture is the proper consistency and can hold a ball shape easily, it is time to start rolling into balls. I use a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture, then place the scooped mixture into my hand to roll the ball. The cookie scoop keeps the balls a consistent size and make the process a bit easier. Once you create a ball, place on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet. How to Make Cake Pops - Place Scooped Mixture in Hand momspark.net How to Make Cake Pops - Roll Ball Mixture in Hand momspark.net How to Make Cake Pops - Roll Ball Mixture in Hand momspark.net How to Make Cake Pops - Cake Ball on Wax Paper momspark.net

How to Make Cake Pops - Cake Pop Balls on Cookie Sheet momspark.net

6. CHILL CAKE BALLS. After rolling your cake balls, it is time to chill them. (this will make the dipping process much easier) You have two options at this point – freeze for about 15 minutes or refrigerate for several hours. Either way, you will want to cover your baking sheets in plastic wrap and make sure they are not frozen, but firm before you dip them. How to Make Cake Pops - Candy Melts in Bowl momspark.net

7. MICROWAVE CANDY MELTS. Once your cake balls are firm (not frozen), it is time to dip them! The first step in doing so is to place your candy melts into a deep microwavable plastic bowl (plastic doesn’t get as hot as other materials, so I recommend plastic). I also recommend using all 48 oz of your candy melts to ensure a nice, deep pool of candy melt. This will make dipping easier and more seamless. For this recipe, I used 3 bags of dark green plus 1 white candy melts to create a nice lime green color. How to Make Cake Pops - Melted Candy Melts momspark.net

The bags of candy melts will have instructions on cooking time. It is best to mix every 30 seconds or so to avoid lumps. If you do get lumps (I certainly did in this tutorial), it’s okay. Your cake pops won’t be as smooth, but they will still taste delicious. The thinner your melted candies are, the better. Avoid overcooking the candy melts.

How to Make Cake Pops - Dip Stick into Candy Melts momspark.net

8. DIP! Once your candy melts are completely melted, take a few of your cake balls out of the freezer or refrigerator to work with. (if they are in the freezer, transfer to the refrigerator) Take a lollipop stick and dip the tip of the stick roughly 1/2 inch into the melted candy. How to Make Cake Pops - Put Cake Ball on Stick momspark.net

Push the lollipop stick into a cake ball, about halfway through. How to Make Cake Pops - Dip Cake Pop into Candy Melts momspark.net

Dip the cake pop into the melted candy coating until it is completely covered, then remove carefully. Try not to re-dip or move your cake pop around in the melted candy. This will result in a very thick, heavy cake pop and you want to avoid that as it may fall off the stick. (if it does fall off the stick, fish it out using a spoon) How to Make Cake Pops - Remove Cake Pops from Candy Melts momspark.net How to Make Cake Pops - Cake Pop is Coated momspark.net

You may need to use your finger to remove any drips under the cake pop. Once your cake pop is properly dipped, place in your cake pop holder and move to the next! How to Make Cake Pops - Cake Pop is Coated momspark.net

9. EAT OR STORE. Now that you have created a ton of delicious cake pops, what is next? The obvious answer is to EAT THEM, but if you are making the pops for an upcoming party or want to save some for later you can store in an airtight container at room temperature. (if you are making this recipe using a homemade cake, you will need to refrigerate)

If you have any questions or comments regarding this recipe, please leave a comment below! Stay tuned for Duncan Hines giveaways and more in the coming days, and learn more about Frosting Creations by visiting www.duncanhines.com/frostingcreations.

You can find a printable version of the recipe below.

Print

Key Lime Pie Cake Pops

Yield: 35-48 Cake Pops

Ingredients:

Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix (white would work as well)
Eggs (for cake mix)
Vegetable Oil (for cake mix)
Water (for cake mix)
Duncan Hines Frosting Creations
Key Lime Pie Flavor Mix
48 oz Vanilla Candy Melts (4 packages) - 3 green and 1 white

Directions:

PREPARE THE FROSTING CREATIONS. (follow instructions on container)

BAKE THE CAKE. (follow instructions on cake box)

CRUMBLE THE CAKE USING HANDS. Once the cake is cool, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Crumble the cake with your hands until you get a fine, consistent texture among all pieces.

POUR THE FROSTING INTO THE CAKE. (not all of it!) The amount of frosting you add to your cake will depend on how much cake you are working with. I recommend starting with adding 1/2 of the container of frosting and testing the mixture once it is completed mixed to see if it can hold a ball shape easily using your hands. You don't want too much frosting as it will be too moist and will be difficult to dip. Use the back of a metal spoon to mix the frosting with the cake. After mixing, prepare 1-2 baking sheets (depending on how much mixture you are working with) with wax paper and place near your working area. (you will be placing your balls on the wax paper-lined cookie sheets on the next step)

ROLL BALLS. Once your mixture is the proper consistency and can hold a ball shape easily, it is time to start rolling into balls. I use a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture, then place the scooped mixture into my hand to roll the ball. The cookie scoop keeps the balls a consistent size and make the process a bit easier. Once you create a ball, place on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

CHILL CAKE BALLS. After rolling your cake balls, it is time to chill them. (this will make the dipping process much easier) You have two options at this point - freeze for about 15 minutes or refrigerate for several hours. Either way, you will want to cover your baking sheets in plastic wrap and make sure they are not frozen, but firm before you dip them.

MICROWAVE CANDY MELTS. Once your cake balls are firm (not frozen), it is time to dip them! The first step in doing so is to place your candy melts into a deep microwavable plastic bowl (plastic doesn't get as hot as other materials, so I recommend plastic). I also recommend using all 48 oz of your candy melts to ensure a nice, deep pool of candy melt. This will make dipping easier and more seamless. For this recipe, I used 3 bags of dark green plus 1 white candy melts to create a nice lime green color. The bags of candy melts will have instructions on cooking time. It is best to mix every 30 seconds or so to avoid lumps. If you do get lumps (I certainly did in this tutorial), it's okay. Your cake pops won't be as smooth, but they will still taste delicious. The thinner your melted candies are, the better. Avoid overcooking the candy melts.

DIP! Once your candy melts are completely melted, take a few of your cake balls out of the freezer or refrigerator to work with. (if they are in the freezer, transfer to the refrigerator) Take a lollipop stick and dip the tip of the stick roughly 1/2 inch into the melted candy. Push the lollipop stick into a cake ball, about halfway through. Dip the cake pop into the melted candy coating until it is completely covered, then remove carefully. Try not to re-dip or move your cake pop around in the melted candy. This will result in a very thick, heavy cake pop and you want to avoid that as it may fall off the stick. (if it does fall off the stick, fish it out using a spoon) You may need to use your finger to remove any drips under the cake pop. Once your cake pop is properly dipped, place in your cake pop holder and move to the next!

EAT OR STORE. Now that you have created a ton of delicious cake pops, what is next? The obvious answer is to EAT THEM, but if you are making the pops for an upcoming party or want to save some for later you can store in an airtight container at room temperature. (if you are making this recipe using a homemade cake, you will need to refrigerate)

DISCLOSURE – I am a Duncan Hines Passionate Blogger and received compensation and product in return for this post. Read Mom Spark’s full disclosure here.

If you enjoyed this post, follow us on Facebook for more goodness.

   Pin It

Amy Bellgardt

AMY BELLGARDT is a wife and mom of two boys, as well as founder and lead blogger at Mom Spark. Amy also manages Mom Spark Media, a social media marketing firm.

24 Responses to “Key Lime Pie Cake Pops Recipe {and how to make cake pops}”

  1. #
    Mel Lockcuff — March 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    These look delicious, Amy. I have a cake pop maker but have been wanting to try this method too. Def inspires me to give it a go.:)

    [Reply]

    • Mom Spark replied: — March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:52 am

      Thanks, Mel! They certainly take more time than a cake pop maker, but I think they taste better in the end. :)

      [Reply]

  2. #
    Donna — March 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I invested in a chocolate melter/warmer, less than
    $20 with 40% off Michaels coupon, I use is for many
    Fun baking things, but it makes melting perfect! No lumps, no over heating!

    [Reply]

    • Mom Spark replied: — March 5th, 2013 @ 9:00 am

      Oh, that is a great idea. How long does it take to melt?

      [Reply]

  3. #
    Jenn @therebelchick — March 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love cake pops, and this look delicious!!

    [Reply]

    • Amy replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      Thank you!

      [Reply]

  4. #
    Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby! — March 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve followed the cake pop trend, but I *still* haven’t tasted one. Those look delicious! Thanks for walking us through the process.

    [Reply]

    • Amy replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

      Oh girl, you must try one!

      [Reply]

  5. #
    Ellen Christian — March 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Wow those look great. I tried cake pops once but they didn’t come out well.

    [Reply]

    • Amy replied: — March 9th, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      Thanks, Ellen! If you try them again, let me know how they turn out.

      [Reply]

  6. #
    Jenn — March 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Gorgeous! My first and only attempt at cake pops was a major fail. Aesthetically anyway. They did taste amazing!

    [Reply]

    • Amy replied: — March 9th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

      That is the thing, even if they are a bit bumpy and lumpy they still taste yummy. :)

      [Reply]

  7. #
    Mindy — April 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    How do you keep cake crumbs from getting in the melted chocolate? I always have this problem and end up pouring the melted chocolate over the cake pop instead of dipping.

    [Reply]

    • Mom Spark replied: — April 17th, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

      Hi Mindy!

      Hmmmmm….are you cooling the cake balls before dipping them? If you are, it sounds like your cake balls may not be moist enough.

      [Reply]

  8. #
    Soon — April 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I just wished to just take a few seconds and inform you that I enjoyed the write-up.
    I seriously don’t think many people know simply how much work that goes into the making of a good web site. I realize this will be sort of random however it bugs me sometimes. Nonetheless awesome site.

    [Reply]

  9. #
    Brandy — April 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Ok you have me sold, these look so yummy! I bet I would love them and my kids would too!

    [Reply]

    • Mom Spark replied: — April 26th, 2013 @ 9:07 am

      Your kids will love them! Please let me know if you make some, I would love to know how they turned out!

      [Reply]

  10. #
    Nemat — May 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I bought the frosting creations the other day because it was on sale and was horrified to find out the amount of trans-fats involved. Trans-fats should not be in added to anything. FAIL!

    [Reply]

  11. #
    nikejordanus.com — September 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    If you are going to be shopping online, make
    sure that you do it from a computer connection you
    know is secure, like the one that you have at home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public
    places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using
    them.

    [Reply]

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Sweet Treat Giveaway From Duncan Hines! | Mom Spark™ - A Blog for Moms - Mom Blogger

  2. Pingback: Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Glaze Recipe - Simply Stacie

  3. Pingback: Duncan Hines Test Kitchens Trip Giveaway | Mom Spark™ - A Blog for Moms - Mom Blogger

  4. Pingback: What I Do All Day as a Blogger. | Mom Spark™ - A Blog for Moms - Mom Blogger

  5. Pingback: Cool Finds: Game Day Inspiration! | Mom Spark™ - A Blog for Moms - Mom Blogger

Leave a Comment