Vanilla Cake Pops

Cake Pops are not just for kids! I repeat: Cake Pops are not just for kids! Okay, okay. Am I having a Grownup Cake Pop temper tantrum or am I about to go off on a tangent about Cake Pops? I think a bit of both. I did a little Google history about Cake Pops and found out that they have been around since 2009. Nearly, half my life. I’m dating my age here. 12 years ago, Cake Pops arrived on the scene. I was a “tweenager”or also called a preteen. Ok. I was almost 12 and about to hit the teenage “Terrible Twos.” Just kidding. My parents would say, I was (wink)-an Angel. Of course, I am so glad I didn’t listen to them when they would tell me not to use the stovetop or oven without supervision, when I was even younger. 

Do not be like me kids. Kids really should listen to their parents, but, I was the youngest of two, and fortunately, my sister, who is three years older than me, had already paved the way with obeying and being a well behaved child. Besides, parents need flavorful children to make their lives more interesting right? If I had followed their stove orders, then perhaps I would not be baking and cooking today right?

Vanilla Cake Pops

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Madison Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Vanilla Cake:
  • 3 cups 3 cake flour

  • 1 teaspoons 1 baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 salt

  • 3 large 3 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon 1 pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup 1 buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 unsalted butter

  • 1 cup 1 vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 sour cream

  • For the Vanilla Frosting:
  • 4 cups 4 powdered sugar

  • 1 cup 1 unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 milk

  • 1 teaspoon 1 pure vanilla extract

  • Additional ingredients:
  • 30 30 lollipop sticks

  • sprinkles


  • For the Making the Vanilla Cake:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C. Grease and flour a 13×9 inch pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together by combining the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, butter, oil and sour cream until combined.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk.
  • Spread the batter in the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • For Making the Vanilla Frosting:
  • Using a mixer, on a medium speed, beat together the butter until creamy and smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and combined.
  • For Assembly:
  • In a large bowl, crumble up the large sheet cake. Add 2 spoonfuls of frosting to the cake and combine. Roll into balls.
  • Take the sticks and dip them into the unused frosting and then stick them onto each ball (this helps the stick adhere to the cake ball). Chill in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to allow to harden.
  • Next, heat up the frosting in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. Dip each cake cake pop in the frosting and place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Repeat until all cake pops are coated. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 more minutes to properly set and then Enjoy!


  • These cake pops can also be coated in melted chocolate or melted white chocolate.

Okay, enough about me and more about these individual Cake Pops that resemble lollipops on a stick. The only difference-Lollipops are hard. Cake Pops are soft. They both are sweet and memorable and not just for kids. I repeat, Not Just for Kids. Making Cake Pops is a great way to turn a basic sheet cake into a fun family night.  And, because of this Virus, people right now, are not into touching or using utensils that have been touched by someone else, which is a good idea, just to cut down on a possible spread. As a result, individual food items are making a popular comeback.

Earlier, I made a vanilla cake from scratch and decided to make another batch of the same ingredients using the same sized 13×9 inch pan and created these unforgettable Cake Pops. It was hard trying to decide if I wanted a slice of cake, or, if I wanted a Cake Pop. And, you know what? I had both. I waited a few hours to try my Cake Pop. It helped that the cake pop had to chill for 30 minutes in the fridge and another almost 30 minutes for the icing to harden and set. Patience is a virtue. Another lesson I learned when I was a kid. 

After the cake was done baking in the oven, I let it cool for about 15 minutes. I then crumbled it up and added my homemade frosting to it. I mixed the frosting and the baked cake together, so it would stick together easily.  I then rolled the cake mixture into balls and stuck a cake pop stick into the cake ball. Then, I put some icing around the area where the ball met the stick.

After the Cake Pops were placed on a platter, I immediately put them in the fridge for 30 minutes. I made the same batch of homemade frosting that I used previously for my homemade cake. I made a vanilla frosting, but feel free to get creative. You can use melted chocolate or store bought frosting to coat the crumbled cake. Whatever works for you.  Allow the frosted Cake Pops to set in the fridge for 15-30 more minutes. Then, it will soon be time for you, as a Grown adult, to relive your Sweet childhood memories all over again-Drama Free! 


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