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10 Chocolate Cake Pops In 3 Categories + Tips

Chocolate cake pops come in a huge variety of designs and flavors. There are so many great ideas out there that you can replicate at home. Our favorites are, arguably, the most chocolatey ones. We’ll cover all of the best cocoa-based cake pops (and more) in this article.

Since cake pops were first popularized by baking blogger Bakerella in 2008, they’ve gone from strength to strength. You can find just about every flavor imaginable today, but nothing will ever be quite as good, quite as sumptuous, and quite as mouthwateringly delicious as chocolate cake pops.

Best Chocolate Cake Pops

Best Chocolate Cake Pops

Where do we start? If you like chocolate (and who doesn’t?), you’ll like just about any well-made chocolate cake pop, provided it’s made with good-quality cocoa.

With that said, some cake pop ideas are simply superior to others. Here are a few of our favorite ones, all of which are easy to replicate at home.

Gooey Chocolate Center Cake Pops

Gooey Chocolate Center Cake Pops

Perhaps you’ve seen cake pop recipes with gooey caramel centers. We think you can take it up a notch by filling your chocolate cake pops with a melty, sumptuous chocolate filling.

Think teaspoon-sized globs of nutella frozen until solid, gently rolled into a ball, and then quickly added inside each cake pop ball.

Once your cake pops have set in the fridge, coat them in more chocolate (or brown candy melt mixture if you’re not so confident in melting regular chocolate.) Decorate with chocolate sprinkles.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Pops

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Pops

If you enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream or minty chocolates, you’ll love these. The key is to add mint extract to the buttercream when making your chocolate cake pops.

Assemble as you normally would. Once you’ve put together your cake pops, coat them with dark or semisweet chocolate and let them set.

Finally, drizzle green candy melts over each ‘pop and, if you like, sprinkle some mint-infused sugar over the top of each for extra mintiness.

Ferrero Rocher Cake Pops

Ferrero Rocher Cake Pops

Ferrero Rocher is a popular confection made of chocolate and hazelnuts. These cake balls offer some of those same flavors, but are actually vegan and gluten free.

All you need is your favorite gluten free vanilla cake, some vegan Nutella, hazelnuts, vegan chocolate, and some sea salt.

You can coat each cake pop in chocolate and chopped nuts and even place a whole hazelnut inside each.

If you do fill them with whole nuts, just make sure you keep an eye on younger children enjoying these, or be extra safe and prepared by having separate ‘pops without nuts inside.

Chocolate Orange Cake Pops

Chocolate Orange Cake Pops

If you enjoy the taste of chocolate oranges, particularly around Christmas time, these are for you. Many recipes just use orange zest and a touch of orange juice to flavor simple chocolate cake pops.

Orange extract (the kind of baking, not the essential oil for using in a diffuser or in candles) works just as well, and you’ll need very little to add a lot of flavor.

Coat in melted baking chocolate or brown and orange candy melts, using the orange to drizzle simple patterns across your finished ‘pops. We like these to look a little like orange-flavored truffles. Adding orange sprinkles or tiny strips of candied orange peel looks great, too.

White Chocolate Cake Pop Ideas

White Chocolate Cake Pop Ideas

White chocolate is trickier to melt, so it requires a little bit of skill to coat your cake pops with it. Top tip: use white candy melts instead, which are easier to melt and coat your cake pops with, and taste very similar.

Below are some of our favorite white chocolate cake pop ideas for making delicious, buttery ‘pops that look and taste great.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte White Chocolate Cake Pops

Pumpkin Spiced Latte White Chocolate Cake Pops

PSLs are, as we all know, the ultimate Fall beverage, particularly if you’re a Starbucks fan. These cake pops make use of all the popular flavors in the form of scrumptious, super easy to make cake pops.

Our favorite recipe uses a ‘cheat’ approach of crumbling up storebought pumpkin cake with cream cheese, softened butter, and icing sugar.

The pumpkin spiced cake pops are then coated in white chocolate or white candy melts. For an added ‘pop’ of flavor, sprinkle just a few instant coffee granules over the tops of the cake pops, as you would regular sprinkles.

Voila, the perfect pumpkin spiced latte white chocolate cake pops.

Raffaello Coconut and White Chocolate Cake Pops

Raffaello Coconut and White Chocolate Cake Pops

The most satisfying parts of raffaellos are the different representations of coconut flavoring (think the coconutty milk cream and desiccated coconut exterior) and the almond center.

As such, we like our raffaello-style cake pops made of our favorite coconut cake mixed with coconut frosting.

Coat the set ‘pops liberally in white chocolate or white candy melts, then sprinkle on desiccated coconut and toasted ground almonds.

These also work well as truffles (so without the addition of a lollipop stick), but they’re just as elegant in cake pop form. Excellent for your next summer party and/or a white-themed bridal shower.

Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Cake Pops

Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Cake Pops

These are arguably the most delicious cake pop flavor ever. We like them made from a cake with ingredients such as pureed strawberries, greek yogurt, plenty of vanilla extract, and butter.

The frosting whipped into this cake is made with butter, icing sugar, heavy cream, more vanilla extract, and freeze-dried strawberries.

Once you’ve made and set your cake pops, coat them in white chocolate or white candy melts, and decorate with extra freeze-dried strawberries. Perfection.

Easy Chocolate Cake Pops

Easy Chocolate Cake Pops

If some of the designs above sound a little too elaborate for you, start with our easy chocolate cake pop recipes below. These all make use of the most important ingredient: good chocolate.

Beyond that, they’re fairly easy to experiment with, so have fun as you explore the world of chocolate cake pop baking and creating.

Simple Chocolate Brownie ‘Pops with Colorful Sprinkles

Simple Chocolate Brownie ‘Pops with Colorful Sprinkles

The best chocolate brownie cake pops make use of a simple brownie mix and some chocolate frosting. Once you’ve baked and cooled your brownies and whipped up your ‘pop balls, chill them in the fridge until set.

Next, coat liberally in chocolate (bittersweet usually works best, but use whatever you like the most.) Allow your cake pops to rest in their upside down box or styrofoam block until almost set.

Then decorate them with some colorful sprinkles of your choosing. For a more elegant look, use chocolate sprinkles.

Chocolate Fondue ‘Pops

Chocolate Fondue ‘Pops

If ever there was an easier cake pop to make, it’s this, and it’ll be a hugely fun surprise for both young and old(er) guests too, trust us. All you need is your favorite chocolate cake pop recipe.

Make sure you insert the lollipop sticks by dunking them a little into melted chocolate first, then let the pops set. Do not coat them in anything. Serve on a platter surrounded by different dips, sauces, sprinkles, and crushed nuts.

Let your guests make their own DIY chocolate fondue-style ‘pops. Some popular toppings include different types of chocolate sauce, melted chocolate, caramel sauce, roasted nuts, desiccated coconut, sprinkles of all kinds, dehydrated fruit chunks, and popping candy.

Cute Reindeer Cake Pops for Christmas

Cute Reindeer Cake Pops for Christmas

These are perfect for Christmas, obviously, but you can kind of modify them to suit other occasions. Start with your favorite chocolate cake pop recipe (ours below will do nicely.)

Coat your fridge-set ‘pops with melted chocolate or brown candy melts. Decorate with pretzel chunk antlers, red M&M or smartie noses and black icing for eyes.

Some other creative ‘animals’ you might make are penguins (use pretzel stick pieces for beaks instead), and spiders (use the pretzel pieces for legs.)

How to Make Chocolate Cake Pops At Home: A Simple Recipe

You’ve heard of caramel-filled ‘pops, here are chocolate-filled ones. If you just want to make a simple set of chocolate cake pops, omit the filling. Remember that using high quality chocolate will ensure better-flavored ‘pops.

What you’ll need:

For the cake batter:

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsps of unsweetened, high-quality cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of hot water

For the frosting:

  • 6 tbsps of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup of icing sugar
  • ½ cup of unsweetened, high-quality cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tsps of heavy cream
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract

For the coating:

  • 24 oz of brown candy melts

Optional:

  • 40 small spoonfuls of nutella, for the filling
  • chocolate sprinkles

You’ll also need:

  • lollipop sticks
  • an upside down box or styrofoam block to let your cake pops set

Step-By-Step Recipe

Step-By-Step Recipe

Now you’ll find the whole recipe step by step.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, grease a 9” baking pan and set aside.

2. Whisk your dry ingredients in one bowl, including your flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt.

Mix up your wet ingredients in a separate bowl, including the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Mix your dry and wet ingredients together and whisk alongside the hot water until nicely combined. Look out for any dry patches and whisk thoroughly.

3. Pour your fully-combined batter into your greased baking tin and bake, for around 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick or fork comes out clean.

4. While your cake is cooling, prepare your frosting. Start by beating the butter until soft and creamy. Add in the cocoa powder, icing sugar, heavy cream, and your vanilla extract and continue to whip until fully incorporated.

5. Crumble the cooled cake into the frosting and mix up until there are no large chunks left.

6. If you’re wanting to add the nutella filling, now is the time to pop 40 teaspoon-sized globs of nutella onto a baking sheet. Pop this in the freezer until it’s fairly hard and can be molded into smaller balls.

7. Mold around 1 tablespoon of the cake pop mixture around each nutella ball and quickly return to the fridge or freezer until these have fully set. Refrigerating them will take around 2 hours, while freezing will take about an hour.

8. Melt the candymelts according to package instructions. Dip each lollipop stick quickly into the candy melt mixture before adding them to the cake pop balls.

Allow to set a little, then dip each cake pop into the candy melts (you may need to re-melt the mixture slightly.) Set each cake pop in the upside down box or styrofoam block to sit upright and ‘dry.’ They’ll take around an hour to fully set.

9. Add any sprinkles once the cake pops are almost dry, to allow them to stick better. If you don’t want sprinkles, follow one of our cake pop design ideas above instead.

How to Melt Chocolate for Cake Pops

How to Melt Chocolate for Cake Pops

A lot of bakers like to add a little bit of oil or butter to their melted baking chocolate to thin it out and make it easier to use.

The most important thing to remember when using chocolate is that you need to melt it slowly, ideally in a double-boiler over hot water.

Don’t use the chocolate while scalding hot, and make sure you let any residual chocolate drip off before setting the cake pops in an upside down box or styrofoam block to set.

Tips for Making Chocolate Cake Pops

Tips for Making Chocolate Cake Pops

Chocolate cake pops can be easy and quick to make or be elaborate, filled, and/or decorated. Regardless, here are some of the best tips for making sure your chocolate cake pops turn out both beautiful and delicious.

Use a No-Bake Recipe

Use a No-Bake Recipe

If all of the elaborate baking, cooling, frosting-making, and mixing sounds like it’s too time consuming, consider using a no-bake cake pop recipe instead.

Our favorite hack uses a food processor to mix up oreo cookies and cream cheese. Form into balls and freeze for around 30 minutes, then coat in melted chocolate or brown candy melts.

Top as you normally would with sprinkles or, for example, toasted coconut flakes.

Consider Using Candy Melts for Your Coating

Consider Using Candy Melts for Your Coating

Candy melts tend to taste fairly similar to baking chocolate, with the key difference being that they don’t contain cocoa butter and instead have vegetable fats as one of their main ingredients.

This means they don’t require tempering and can be melted much more easily. They’re also much easier for coating, and don’t need to be thinned out first.

So if the idea of melting real chocolate sounds daunting to you, use candy melts instead and just opt for extra cocoa in your cake mixture.

Know Which Chocolate Works Best

Know Which Chocolate Works Best

‘Best’ may be the wrong term here, as this is really all down to taste. Many bakers prefer unsweetened chocolate as it adds a sumptuous richness to your cake pops without making them sugary.

When it comes to melting, dark chocolate also melts better and faster. Higher percentages of cocoa butter help with this process, too, so couverture chocolate will give you an especially glossy coating for your ‘pops.

On the other hand, white chocolate is a little trickier to melt and can burn quite easily. Another key point: never add cocoa powder to your chocolate coating. It’ll result in nasty lumps and a really unpleasant, gritty texture that’ll border on inedible.

Alternatives to Chocolate Cake Pops

Alternatives to Chocolate Cake Pops

Chocolate cake pops sound like a bit too much work? Or do you want to set up a whole table of chocolate-flavored baked goodies for your next ‘do?

Then our ideas in this section will have you covered. Remember that the better the chocolate and cocoa you use, the better your cake pops will be.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes are an excellent alternative to cake pops and can be made with just about any chocolate cake, cupcake, or even brownie recipe or box mix you like.

The key is to not let them dry out as you bake them, so keep a close eye on your oven temperature and baking time. Frost with the best bittersweet or dark chocolate buttercream you can make or buy — the more chocolatey the better.

And if you’re up for a small challenge, take out a little bit of cake from the center top of each cupcake once they’ve cooled (and before frosting), and fill with gooey nutella or ganache. Frost, and you’ll have a lovely surprise, extra-chocolatey filling.

More ideas for birthday cupcakes.

Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Cookies

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like chocolate cookies? Our favorites are traditional chocolate chip cookies, made extra sumptuous by the addition of lots and lots of chocolate chips. Go for different kinds of chocolate, bittersweet and white for example, for a simple twist on the traditional treat.

Here you’ll find 10 types of cookies.

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownies need to be gooey and ultra-chocolatey.

They make the perfect dessert (slightly heated and served with vanilla ice cream — or better yet, clotted cream ice cream, if you can find it.)

They’re also ideal as party favors, decadent snacks, and for experimenting with if you’re new to baking.

For instance, adding a touch of sea salt makes for a sweet yet savory treat, adding peanut butter chips gives a reese’s pieces vibe, and adding salted caramel just makes them plain luxurious.

Find here delicious chocolate birthday cakes.

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