How To Make The Perfect Cake Pop Batter

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How to make cake pop batter

There are few things more satisfying than biting into a perfect cake pop.

A bite-sized treat on a stick that is utterly delicious, yet not quite big enough to leave any lasting tell-tale signs on your hips.

For me, the perfect cake pop is a perfectly round vanilla sponge ball, coated in whatever sugary treat takes your fancy. (Personally, I find those sponge/buttercream pops just too rich and heavy).

The sponge should be light and fluffy, but not too light or it will simply fall of the stick. Here’s my personal recipe to get the perfect cake pop batter EVERY time!

Cake Pop Batter Ingredients


  • Eggs (1 per 12 cake pops required)
  • Self-raising flour
  • Margarine (I use Stork) – at room temperature
  • Caster Sugar
  • Vanilla extract

How To Make Cake Pop Batter


You will see that I didn’t specify any measurements above. Don’t panic!

Most recipes call for a certain quantity of eggs, but no two eggs are ever the same size and therefore your batter will change each time. Too thick. Too runny. Not good.

Here’s what you do…

  • Firstly, weigh your eggs in their shells – and remember this weight.
  • Now measure out your flour, caster sugar and margarine to the same weight as your eggs. All 4 ingredients will now weigh the same.

Sidenote: This works especially well if you buy fresh farm eggs which come in all crazy sizes! 


egg sizes


If you have a food mixer, perfect! If not, roll up your sleeves and get ready to work :)

  • In your mixing bowl, add your margarine and beat for just a minute until softened.
  • Add your caster sugar and beat on high until light and fluffy. Remember to scrape the sides so all the margarine is blended.


Cake pop mix


  • Crack your eggs into a small bowl or mug. Whisk lightly with a fork to break up and slowly add to your margarine/sugar mix.
  • Scrape the sides with a spatula to ensure an even mix.
  • Once all the egg is incorporated, increase the speed and mix for a further 1 minute.
  • Add the flour a tbsp at a time. (Any faster, you will have a dust cloud. Trust me :) )
  • Add the vanilla extract. I suggest approx. 1/2 teaspoon for every egg.
  • Mix briefly to blend.


Cake pop batter


  • Spoon heaped teaspoons of cake pop batter into your pre-heated, lightly oiled cake pop maker
  • Cook for 4 minutes
  • Decorate
  • Enjoy!


cake pop maker

Now, somebody pop the kettle on and make some tea. I’ll be around as soon as this next batch is finished!

~ Natalie

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  1. Carrie

    July 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Oh these look AMAZING. My kids are completely obsessed with cake pops…my oldest, who is 4.5, is especially obsessed. Yesterday he asked me for a cake pop maker in his room. He told me he’s going to ask Santa for one, and he’s going to make us all cake pops every day. Okay, then…I won’t complain about that. LOL! I might have to try these…I’m sure I’d win Best Mom Ever award if I was successful.

    • Natalie

      July 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Oh Carrie, your son sounds adorable! But if you haven’t got a cake pop maker yet, you should definitely get one! They are so easy to make – and my recipe gives you perfect results. Your kiddos would have great fun decorating them!

  2. Super Busy Mum {Debs}

    August 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

    There is a cake pop MAKER!!! How did I not know this! Hahaha! These look amazing!

    Thanks for linking up with this weeks #MMWBH! xx

    • Natalie

      August 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Ha ha, yes! Cake pop maker = best kitchen gadget EVER!

  3. Autumn

    September 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Totally pinning this one!

    • Natalie

      September 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Autumn, thank you SO much. I appreciate that!

  4. Farienne

    September 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    These seems to be delicious!!

    Would you happen to know how many cake pops you can make with each (additional) egg?


    • Farienne

      September 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Also…do you also have a chocolate flavored version? If yes, would you be willing to share? :)

      • Natalie

        September 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

        I do – and I’d be delighted to share!

        I’m just going to work out the quantities for your previous question – and I’ll do a chocolate variety for you!


    • Natalie

      September 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Farienne, thank you for your question!

      Ya know, since this recipe is so simple, when I make cake pop batter, I normally just keep on ‘popping’ until the batter runs out. Can you believe I’ve never counted them!

      BUT… you’ve just given me the perfect excuse to go make some cake pops. Gimme an hour – I’m just heading to the kitchen and I’ll be right back :)

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  6. Lorraine

    November 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hi my cake pops burn on the bottom help

    • Natalie

      November 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Lorraine,

      Do you oil your cake pop machine before you add your cake pop batter? I use a pastry brush and very lightly paint top and bottom with a swish of oil. Spoon in a teaspoon of cake pop mixture so it’s almost level with the top, and cook for 4 minutes maximum. I switch the power off whilst I then take them out quickly. How do you do yours?

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  8. Jenny

    January 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I bought a cake pop machine and tried many times to make them but for some reason the top of my balls always shribble up. How can I get them round?

    • Natalie

      January 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Jenny, what recipe do you use for your cake pop batter? Also, do you make sure your cake pop maker is pre-heated and lightly oiled before use? Follow my cake pop batter recipe above – filling each hole almost level – and you will have perfect cake pops every time!

  9. sasha

    January 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    how much of the ingreediants do we need? 1 egg or 10 eggs, 1g or 10000kg

    • Natalie

      January 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Hi Sasha, the recipe explains… since every egg weighs differently this recipe doesn’t call for a particular quantity of eggs, rather, it is based on the WEIGHT of the eggs.

      Firstly, weigh your eggs in their shells – and remember this weight.
      Now measure out your flour, caster sugar and margarine to the same weight as your eggs. All 4 ingredients will now weigh the same.

      As a guide, for every one egg used, you will get approximately 12 cake pops.

      Have fun!

  10. Kate

    February 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Oh wow, do I ever feel stupid now … I’ve been making cakes for half a century, my Good Housekeeping recipe book that was a wedding present has annotations beside the cake recipes saying whether the eggs should be large or medium, I know one egg weighs about 2 ounces, but I never put it all altogether and thought to weigh the eggs and base the weights of all the other ingredients on that. Thank You. Oh, and my first attempt at cake pops, using a silicone mould, had perfect results.

    • Natalie

      February 26, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Isn’t this recipe great! Now, whenever I make any type of cake from a cookbook, I always look at the proportions and adjust slightly. UK eggs are so varied in size, it’s no wonder I’ve had so many kitchen mishaps over the years. Congrats on getting perfect cake pops! I have a chocolate recipe on here too that delivers the same great results :)

  11. michelle

    March 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Hi just got cake pop maker will be trying your recipe do you know if it works as well with gluten free flour.Thanks :)

    • Natalie

      March 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Michelle, I’ve never made gluten-free cake pops – but if you try, please come back and share. I’d love to know how they turn out!

  12. Kailyn Mccaghren

    April 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    HI! I am kailyn. This is a good looking batter you came up with! I was wondering, how would you make the icing type stuff for it? It’s like plastecine only better tasting.


    • Natalie

      April 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Kailyn, for the cake pops in the picture above, I coated them in melted chocolate and dipped in sprinkles. You could also make up some fondant icing and dip into that… it will dry to a lovely sheen. Otherwise, you can get candy melts, but I’m not a fan of those. They are pretty colours, but rather tasteless.

  13. wendy

    April 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    does anyone know how long you cook the cake pops for in the mtal tim in the oven rather than the electric pop cake maker ??

  14. Steph

    April 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm


    I have tried your recipe and for the first time got perfect round sponges! I’ve had issues coating them though. Any tips on getting the pops to stay on the sticks? They seem to get too heavy and fall of when I dip them in chocolate.


    • Natalie

      April 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Steph, I am so pleased to hear you got perfect cake pops with this batter recipe :) And yes, I can share some coating tips, too!

      First of all, dip your cake pop stick in a little of your coating mix before pushing into sponge ball. You may need to use the stick to dab a little around the spot if you need more. Push your stick at least half way in. Next, allow your cake pop to rest in the fridge for a few minutes to allow the stick to fully set. I find it really useful to use an empty egg box to stand the cake pops in with sticks pointing upwards.

      When you are ready to coat your cake pop, remove the chilled pops from the fridge and one at a time, hold it over the molten chocolate or coating. Do not swirl the cake pop in the coating. It is too thick and heavy and pulls the sponge off the stick. Instead, use a spoon to scoop some mix and coat it over the sponge. You can dip the very tip in if you need to, but it’s not normally necessary. Once you have a generous coating, keep the stick in the downwards position, and slowly turn / twirl it round so the excess drips off. This helps to get an even coverage too. The chilled pop also helps it set quickly.

      If you use a 12-egg carton as your pop stand, you can then use the cardboard uprights inside the carton to now hold your pops in an upright position.

      Just before the coating sets, you can dip into sprinkles.

      Hope this helps!

      • Steph

        April 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

        Hi Natalie,

        Just wanted to say thanks for the coating tips. It worked much better- not as smooth as I wanted but for a first attempt not bad! The batter is also great for cupcakes! Steph.

        • Natalie

          April 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

          Hi Steph, thanks for the feedback!

          If you are using candy melts to coat your cake pops, I do sometimes find them to be thick and gloopy. You can add a small amount of vegetable oil to your melted mix to help thin the consistency and get a smoother coverage.

          PS. This batter works great for ALL cakes! Perfect for making a large round sponge cake too :)

          Have you seen my chocolate cake pop recipe also?

  15. Arifa

    April 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    Not quite sure how I arrived on your page ( I found it by accident!) but I am so glad I did! I got up and made a batch immediately and not only were the cake pops perfect, your coating methods were amazing. I had the same problem of the pop falling off but your techniques worked a treat and my family loved them. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Natalie

      April 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Hello Arifa,

      Yay! I am thrilled you got perfect cake pops! Thank you for coming back and sharing with me, I appreciate that :)

      Did you take any photos? If so, please feel free to share them on my Facebook Wall – I’d love to see them!

      Enjoy your cake pops!

  16. Alice

    April 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Planning to make lots of these for my son’s birthday party, but the mould I ordered hasn’t turned up yet! Am I right in thinking I could put the same recipe into paper cupcake cases and put it in the oven? If so, do you know how long for? Thanks!

    • Natalie

      April 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Oh no! I hope your cake pop maker turns up in time!

      But yes, you can use this recipe for fairy cakes, muffins or large sponge cakes, too. It works perfectly for all! I never made a note of how long they take to cook in cases, I normally leave them for 15 mins then check every couple of minutes until the top feels firm and no longer soggy :)

      • Alice

        April 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

        Fab; I’ll try it tonight. There’s always a chance the mould will arrive in the morning (the party’s on Sunday). Any idea what temperature?

        • Natalie

          April 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

          So sorry for my delay in replying to you. I use an electric fan-assisted oven and cook mine at 180*. I also pre-heat my over to this temperature before cooking.

  17. fatima malik

    April 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Im hoping to make a batch of these cake pops tomorrow- I only want to make 12 cake pops , does this mean I measure everything to the weight of 1 egg?
    P.s I also have the sweet treats cake pop maker
    Please reply ASAP

    • Natalie

      April 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Fatima,

      Yes, weigh your egg in its shell, then all other ingredients (self-raising flour, Stork margarine and caster sugar) should each weigh the same. Add vanilla extract or other essence to your preferred taste. Enjoy!

  18. zain

    April 27, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Hi I made the batter of the cake pops and realized I have a cake pop tray not a cake pop maker… how long should I bake it for and what sjould the temperature be??

    • Natalie

      April 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Hello Zain!

      I’ve not used the cake pop tray before, but using my recipe for cake pop batter, I would suggest trying first at 180*C (fan-assisted electric oven)for 15 mins and then add an extra minute or two. The first batch is always the trickiest, but once you’ve mastered the timing, they will be perfect every time after.

  19. Di

    April 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    How do I stop a ridge forming around the middle of my finished cake pop when cooked in a cake pop maker please? Di

    • Natalie

      April 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Hello Di, depending on your cake pop maker, sometimes this ridge forms when some of the cake pop batter seeps out between the upper and lower pans whilst cooking.

      The easiest way I have found to remove this ridge on cake pops is to wait until they have cooled and then lightly trim around with some kitchen scissors or scrape gently with a sharp knife. If you have a pastry brush, that is handy for removing any crumbs before adding a coating.

  20. Ro

    May 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Straight outta the oven – I had to try one, OH MY! Gorgeous.

    Last time I cheated with a packet mix, NEVER AGAIN.

    Thanks a bundle – gonna be the hit at my party tonight. Bring on the Eurovision!

    • Natalie

      May 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Hello Ro, thank you SO MUCH for coming back and sharing your cake pop success! I’m delighted they turned out perfectly for you. Enjoy the Eurovision :)

  21. Gill

    June 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, thanks so much for this recipe – have just bought a cake pop mould to cook them in the oven and really struggled to find any recipies online that aren’t ‘buy a madeira cake, crumble it up, add to icing and roll into balls’ for which my thought was yuck!
    My mum always made sponge cakes by weighing the eggs and adding the same weight of other ingredients so I’ll try this.

    • Natalie

      June 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Gill, good luck – be sure to come back and let me know how you get on :)

  22. Mariz

    June 17, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Ive had this cake pop maker before and had some fun times with it. I did notice that it makes cake pops a little dry/ tough on the outer layer (I think because of direct heat?). I have since switched to using a cake pop silicone mould. It takes a little longer to make but it makes fluffier pops! So worth the extra effort! :D

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