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Cake Pop Dough *No Frosting Needed*

Updated: May 23, 2023

My cake pop dough recipe is super easy to make and comes together in less than 5 minutes! Dip them in your favorite chocolate or candy melts, and they’ll sure to be a hit at any party!


I have spent a great deal of time trying to find the perfect cake pop dough recipe. I even paid for a cake pop “class” that included a recipe that not only did not work for me but used ingredients I had already tried. I figured I was using the wrong measurements. Nope! It just didn’t work. Don’t get me wrong. Not all recipes are created equal, and what may work for one person may not work for another. With that in mind, remember that this recipe may not work for you; and that’s ok! This is just me sharing what has worked for me in hopes it will work for someone else.

Now, this recipe is not your typical mushed cake with frosting! I do not prefer adding buttercream to my cake pop dough. I believe it makes it sweeter, which then takes away from the chocolate you’ve just dipped it in. It’s a CAKE pop, not a cake and frosting pop! Haha!

What’s also great about this recipe is that there is no letting the cake “sweat” to build moisture and the cake goes from the oven straight into the mixer. This makes the process more efficient and only takes about 3 to 4 minutes to come together. The heat from the hot cake helps bind the dough to get that perfect dough consistency.

You can find the full recipe below, but this is what you’ll need to make the perfect cake pop dough.

Cake Mix

I use Betty Crocker, but you can use any cake mix. To be honest, I love cake mix. It’s inexpensive, a time saver and helps keep the dry ingredients consistent. Mind you, I love to bake from scratch as well (I do when I make pound cake and cookies), but when you’re baking cakes, cupcakes and cake pops by the bulk, sometimes a few less ingredients to measure can save a ton of time.


I use water to not overdose on fat. You can use milk of course but keep in mind that the more fat you use, the denser your cake becomes, which then makes for gummy dough. Using milk when baking a cake is great because it adds richness and more moisture; but this is a cake pop that is gonna be mushed together and dipped in chocolate. No one’s gonna know the difference, so save that milk for your morning cereal. Milk is getting expensive!

Full Fat Greek Yogurt

I know I just said to not overdose on fat, but this is the magical ingredient right here. I use this when I’m baking cakes and cupcakes as well because the acidity gives the cake a nice crumb. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the yogurt! The fat in Greek yogurt helps retain moisture so you don’t have a dry, crumbly cake pop dough. No Greek yogurt on hand? You can also use sour cream. Just substitute a 1:1 ratio!


This one is pretty self-explanatory. My only advice is to use room temperature eggs. When your eggs are room temperature, your batter combines more effortlessly without over mixing and doesn’t leave eggy streaks. Eggy streaks=scrambled eggs. Ew!


Vanilla flavoring (or extract) is used in this recipe, but you can use any flavoring you’d like. I’ve seen some people use almond flavoring, which give a very unique flavor. You can flavor the cake with strawberry, banana or even coffee flavoring. I use Lorann’s Bakery Emulsions and let me tell you! Those emulsions are tried and true and my go to when wanting to add any flavor to my cakes!


Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can I make them?

These can be made up to 10 days in advance if stored in the fridge. If stored at room temperature, they can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Do cake pops need to be refrigerated?

No, but they will last longer in the fridge.

Can cake pops be frozen?

Yes! You can store your cake pop dough in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply bring them to room temperature and roll them back into shape.


Now that I’ve broken it down, go make some cake pop dough! Afterwards, dip them in your favorite chocolate and add some unique designs!


Let’s get to baking! I’ll be walking you through all the steps in my written recipe and video below! If you try this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram, and you can also find me on TikTok and Facebook.


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To view a video of the below recipe, click here.

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