Naked {Jack-o-lantern} Cake Pops

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Naked {Jack-o-lantern} Cake Pops

These cake pops without a chocolate candy coating came about by accident.  In the middle of making cake pops we ran out of Wilton dipping chocolate but I realized that my whole family still devoured them.  When I tried one I discovered that I actually like them a bit better than a traditional Wilton chocolate-coated cake pop.  Admittedly, they are less polished looking, but they are also less sweet and we didn’t miss the chocolate coating at all.  Omitting the chocolate coating simplifies the assembly process as well so they are super quick and easy to make.

After our initial experience using white cake and buttercream frosting, my son and I used a handful of our low-fat pumpkin oatmeal muffins (regular pumpkin bread would work well, too) to make some Halloween-inspired cake pops sans chocolate candy coating.  They are plenty sweet with the pumpkin bread/cake and the cream cheese frosting and were quickly eaten with and without the Jack-o-lantern faces.  I definitely think that naked cake pops are here to stay on my family’s list of favorite treats.

Naked {Jack-o-lantern} Cake Pops
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4+
Without the chocolate candy coating, these naked cake pops are less sweet and quicker to make than traditional cake pops.
  • Pumpkin bread or pumpkin cake, crumbled
  • Cream cheese frosting, to taste
  • Lollipop sticks
  1. Once your cake has cooled, crumble it into pea-sized or smaller pieces.
  2. Mix in the frosting a spoonful or two at a time, adding just enough so that when rolled the cake mixture stays in balls without crumbling apart.
  3. Roll the dough into balls and place them on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Refrigerate them for 15 minutes.
  5. Insert a lollipop stick into each cake ball and decorate with piped frosting as desired.


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