The Cutest Little Vegan Cake-Pops

by Kortney Campbell on January 20, 2012

Vegan Cake PopsAmerica seems to have an infatuation with little cakes. First it was the cupcake, and now it’s the cake-pop.  Since cake-pops are having a moment, we decided to try our hand at them.

Our first run with these little balls of heaven were for a fundraiser we catered for SPOT, a local low cost spay & neuter clinic.  They were quite the hit and ever since, we have had dozens of people asking for the recipe for these little sweet treats.

So without further ado, here it is!  A word to the wise-  follow the directions & tips or it could get really messy!

Here’s what you need:

We use the Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe for the cake & glaze.  The name is spot on.

The only other things to pick up are the shell ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet morsels
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350

  1. Prepare the cake as instructed in the recipe, let cool and smash well with a fork
  2. Prepare glaze according to the recipe then add to the cake crumbles
  3. (The fun part) Once it’s cool enough to touch, squeeze the cake mixture together with your hands to ensure it is mixed well
  4. Measure out a Tbsp full of cake and roll it into ball. *You don’t want to go much bigger than a Tbsp because they will be too heavy to hold up…trust us!
  5. Put the rolled balls on a plate or in a tupperware container and freeze for several hours or over night. *Do not skip this part- they WILL fall apart if you do not freeze them.Vegan Cake Pop Ingredients
  6. Melt about a cup of semisweet morsels with 1 tbsp of oil in the microwave or on the stove.Vegan Cake Pop Directions
  7. Dip the tip of your stick in the melted chocolate. *This helps it stay on the stick
  8. Push the chocolaty tip of the sick about 3/4 of the way into the frozen cake ballVegan Chocolate Cake Pop
  9. Keeping one hand clean and one “dirty” (read: chocolaty), carefully dip the cake-pop into the melted chocolate then smooth out wipe off any extra with a finger from your “dirty” hand. *if you leave too thick of a chocolate layer the pops will be too heavy and may fall off the stick.Vegan Cake Pop Sprinkles
  10. Dip the chocolaty pops in sprinkles, crushed nuts, vegan marshmallows or any other yummy topping you and think of.Veg Cake Pop
  11. Standing the pops up in glasses is the easiest way to let them “dry”, but you can also put them pop-down in a bed of sprinkles!Cake Pops Vegan

Remember any pops that fall apart during the process have to be eaten & they don’t count as calories. ; )

We love cake pops.  They are so very cute & fun to eat but they are definitely a lot of work without a pop-maker.  Send us pictures if you try them out & let us know if you have any questions along the way!

Have you ever made cake pops before?  Have any tips?

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Mikayla June 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I love this idea and I’m interested in making these for my graduation party! One question, where did you find the sticks for the cake pops?


    VeganHousewives June 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Hey Mikayla! We actually picked them up at Michaels. They have big bags of them!


    Geniene June 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I have a cake pop business and would like to include a vegan option and this looks perfecto! =)


    Kristen July 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! I going to use them to make this monster cake ( About how many cake pops does this recipe make? Thanks!


    Katie July 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hey Kristen! I don’t remember how many exactly, but it was several dozen.


    Gwen September 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Quick question. I’ve got a batch of these pops sitting in the freezer ready for my daughter’s birthday party tomorrow. How long before the party should we take them out? We’re hoping that the girls can decorate them as part of the party games/activities. Should be messy, but fun!


    VeganHousewives September 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    The longer they sit out, the softer they get, which means they’re more likely to fall off the sticks. We took ours out right before we headed to the event we served them at and they were okay for a couple of hours. They stay on best if you place them stick up in a plate of sprinkles :)


    Gwen September 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you! We left it till the last minute to take them out and they behaved perfectly. My daughter’s vegan and non-vegan friends all equally loved them!


    NicH September 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Making these as favors for my mum’s wedding next week, already done 2 batches and they were fantastic! She’s the only person who knows they’re vegan, can’t wait to see what everyone thinks :)


    Vegan Housewives September 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    We’re so happy that you like them! They can be a mess to make but they are SO good and no one ever knows that they are vegan! We salute you for making 2 batches, that’s a lot of work!



    Tatiana September 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I am thinking of making these for a party on a Sunday. Do you think I would be able to make them (decorated and all) and Saturday and just keep them refrigerated until the party?
    Thank you!


    VeganHousewives September 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Tatiana! We actually started making ours 2 days in advance, so definitely! We would suggest that you put them stick up in some toppings though – it helps them stay put :)


    Katie February 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I just made these for my son’s Valentine’s Day party tomorrow :) They were perfect! The only thing I did different was use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil both in the cake and the shell. Worked great!


    Tiffany May 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I have a cake pop maker, so would I make the glaze and add it into the batter before baking them right? Have you tried this before?


    VeganHousewives May 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    We haven’t tried them with a cake pop maker, but I wouldn’t think you’d have to use the glaze if you were using the maker :)


    Sarah Rice November 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    These are amazing! My 5 year old daughter has only been vegan a few months and she doesn’t miss much. She loves cake pops though!
    We made these and I have been keeping them in the freezer. These are hard to ration. Thank you for the great recipe and instructions!


    Genie February 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    These are fabulous! I made them exactly as the recipes call for and they came out perfect! My high school age daughter shared them with her class and they were a huge hit!


    Kortney Campbell February 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Thanks so much for sharing Genie! So glad you loved them!!


    Mercedes February 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

    hi there,

    this is FOR SURE a vegan recipe? including the “best chocolate cake ever” recipe for the cake pops?
    i have a yogi friend who is coming to town in about a month and told her i’d make her vegan cake pops.
    so, it definitely has to be vegan or else she’ll freak! :)



    Kortney Campbell February 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hi Mercedes, All recipes on Vegan Housewives are vegan :)


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