Beach Ball Cake Pops

Bakerella Beach Ball Cake Pops

Summer is officially here and I hope you guys will have the chance to do something fun, fun, fun!

These beach ball cake pops are a great way to get in the right mindset. I made them a while ago for Target’s blog (A Bullseye View) at the time, but it appears the instructions have since been removed in their site reorganization. So I thought I would update this post I made back then to include the complete how-to instructions. Now they‘ll be handy here if you want to give these cute pops a go.

They are so sweet and simple, and have such strong and graphic visual appeal. They just sing summer. And sunshine. And they make me smile. And they make me wish I was at the pool right now. P.S., if you love summer, you might like these Sunshine Cake Pops, too.

Now, let’s make some beach balls. The full instructions are at the end of this post, but first, here’s a photo play-by-play.

Cake Crumbles

To make cake pops, start with crumbled cake and then mix it with frosting. Easy and so tasty.

Rolled Cake and Frosting

The texture will be something like this. You can scoop amounts of the the cake and frosting mixture for even size balls.

And then just roll them by hand. If your cake crumbs are fine, you’ll get rounder, smoother balls which will make for smoother pops when dipped.

This is a good consistency of cake to frosting. The mixture should be moist but shouldn’t feel wet. Once they are scooped you can easily roll them into a smooth ball.

Melted White Candy Coating

Speaking of consistency, you want your candy coating to be fluid and smooth so that it pours off the spoon instead of plopping. : ) I know. Nice visual, but this is what you want. Not too thick and perfect for dipping.

Dipping in candy coating

Once rolled, chill them and then dip them in white candy coating.

Sanding Sugar
To decorate you’ll need some colorful sanding sugar in bright happy colors.

Etching on Cake Pops

A helpful way to divide the pops into eight equal sections is to use a toothpick to draw or “etch” lines right on the surface.

Corn Syrup as glue

Use a small brush to apply a thin layer of corn syrup to one of the sections.

Coating yellow sanding sugar

Then dip that section in one of the sanding sugar colors.

Toothpick Tool

Use a toothpick to clean up any edges for a more finished look.

Blue Sanding Sugar

Repeat, with each color of sanding sugar.

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Add a blue confetti sprinkle to the top and voila – Beach Balls!

Brown Sugar Sand

You can even display them in a dish filled with light brown sugar or cookie crumbs for sand.

So super cute for a party presentation.

Beach Ball Cake Pops
Yield: 36 Cake Pops

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes

Have a ball this summer and enjoy the perfect bite-size treat.


  • 1 box cake mix (bake as directed)
  • 1 18 oz can of frosting
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheet
  • White candy wafers
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Heatproof plastic bowl
  • Toothpicks
  • Corn syrup
  • Small brush
  • Yellow, red, green and blue sanding sugar
  • Blue confetti sprinkles
  • Styrofoam block


  1. Bake cake as directed on box for a 9 X 13 cake. Cool completely and crumble into a large bowl.
  2. Mix 1/2 to 3/4 of a can of frosting into the cake crumbs using a large spoon. You won’t need the rest.
  3. Roll mixture into 1.25 inch balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet. You can also use an ice cream scoop and then roll the balls. Let rest for about 30 minutes.
  4. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes so they will firm up. Then transfer them to the refrigerator to remain chilled and avoid freezing.
  5. Melt white candy wafers in a heatproof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least three to four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.
  6. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted white candy coating and insert stick into the cake ball. Dip the entire cake pop into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. If your coating is too thick, you can add a little vegetable oil to help thin it and make it easier to work with.
  7. Remove and gently tap to allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back in the bowl. Place in a Styrofoam block to dry.
  8. When dry, use a toothpick to draw or lightly etch two perpendicular lines starting at the top of the cake pop. Draw the lines straight down the sides. Then draw two more perpendicular lines, so that you have eight equal sections. Brush off any white chocolate shavings.
  9. Use a small kitchen brush to apply a thin layer of corn syrup to one section of the cake pop and dip in yellow sanding sugar. Repeat so all of the pops have yellow sections. Use a toothpick to clean up any edges and brush off any sanding sugar that gets on the exposed white sections of the pop. Repeat with the red, green and blue sections of the beach ball.
  10. Use a toothpick to dot white candy coating on top of the pop and place a blue confetti sprinkle to finish off the Beach Ball look.
  11. Let dry completely and enjoy!
Beach Ball Cake Pops by Bakerella

What are you doing fun this summer? I’d love to know what you guys are looking forward to in your summer plans because I haven’t done anything fun yet. I’m longing for the pool and rest and adventure and rest and rest. What to do and where to go?

Hope you have a ball this summer!

A version of this post was originally posted on July 9, 2012.


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158 comments on “Beach Ball Cake Pops”

  1. How fun!
    I love them!

  2. How darling and cheery :D they make me smile. No big plans, see some movies (Magic Mike hehe) family bbbqs, the beach

  3. Oh, my goodness, they are really cute!!!

    : )

    Julie M.

  4. Man your creations are all so freakin PERFECT. If this were me I’d get sprinkles everywhere and mess up the pattern lol.

  5. Ooh, so cute! I know some kids who will /love/ to have these at their birthday next month! :D

  6. so cute! I did something similar but made Christmas ball ornaments. plans for the summer are mainly to not melt! and make yummy foods!

  7. I love it!

  8. those look so cool!

  9. SO CUTE!!!!!
    I know what to make while I’m at the beach next week! :D

  10. My plans for the summer are to make it through my classes! And when I have time, spend time with friends that I don’t get to see too often because of school.

  11. We’ve hit the water in our boat a few times and this weekend we are heading camping with 5 other families. 12 adults and 18 kids! Should be fun, interesting and LOUD!

  12. Super fun! I was at the grocery store the other day, and I saw some pre-packaged Duff Goldman cake pops at the bakery section. They were all cracked and crumbled and melty…and not to mention, expensive! It’s so much easier (and prettier) to do it yourself.
    Super fun looking and absolutely yummers!!!

  13. Mindy1 – ok, maybe I did do something fun already. Saw MM. Pretty entertaining.

    Jakki – I make a mess too. Just work with one color at a time over a baking sheet and you can collect the sprinkles to reuse.

    Jessie C – not melting is going to be hard this summer. A scorcher.

    Kaila – YAY!

    Carlene – I like it.

    Kendra – You’re outnumbered.

    Alexis – Agreed!

  14. This is so cute!! I want to make it now.

  15. Fun! I love the technique for adding the “glitter”

  16. What a great little treat! I will probably have to wait till next summer to make them, though (or have a summer in winter sort of party) since all my cake stuff is packed up so we can move in a couple of weeks. I’m trying to get to the pool as often as possible to escape the chaos of our house.

  17. A couple of my friends are getting married this summer! So that’s going to be my fun (OPEN BAR!!) as right now it’s busy season at work and lots of overtime.

    Also PAX Prime will be happening Labor Day Weekend. Always excited for that.

  18. We’re going to 5 events at the Olympics and were sneaking off to Paris for a few days while we’re there too…sans my 2 year old…very excited!! Get to the pool already :) These are beautiful and adorable!

  19. you are so creative!! We’re just hangin out at the house.

  20. You have perfect timing!
    We are having a pool party this Sunday and today I have started the cleaning and de-cluttering of our home and have been trying to come up with a menu and something sweet for Dessert.
    Thank You Bakerella! (and I have a beautiful wooden cake pop stand that my sweet husband made me for my friend’s baby shower, which I filled full of Rainbow– inside and out–) that I will now fill with Beach Ball Cake Pops!!

  21. One thing for Aug is my Sister-In-Law’s wedding! Luckily it will be small cause I am helping her make Cake Balls for favors…eek! Neither of us are pros but both have fun with cake pops…any one specific link to the best advice for smooth, simple decorating/handling? I always make pops so I am used to the stick…so nervous about dipping and setting them to dry and keeping them smooth and fully encased in coating (no cake “bald spot” underneath) and not getting a blob under them…etc. ;)

  22. I am a weirdo. My idea of fun is go out and pull weeds. :) I do also take the dogs hiking, and I signed up both dogs for nose work classes. I highly recommend this for any dog. My dogs love it and all the dogs in our class love it. And bless the person who thought of it – I live in a place where it rains a whole lot so it is nice to have a fun game to play that you can do inside!

  23. You make it look so easy! I have the darnedest time with my candy melt consistency and white is the worst culprit. And the cracking! These look so cute!

    Looking forward to downtime with the kids. And once my 4-yo gets her cast off we’ll do the water fun!

  24. These are amazing! I have to make them soon, once I have time. Mostly this summer I’m studying, but when I take breaks, my son and I are going to the movies. The A/C of the theater can’t be underrated, plus the cheap movie theater by our house has $2.50 tickets before 6pm.

  25. These are so adorable! I can’t wait to try them out! :)

  26. So cute!!! :) They look so fun!

  27. Wow Bakerella! You really out did yourself..again! :) you are my inspiration! I always have trouble making them a perfect circle! I can barely put them on a stick without having it slip. Any tips?

  28. Its winter where I am. Please don’t assume all of your readers are in the northern hemisphere. Oh, oops, the world doesn’t exist beyond the USA does it????

  29. Summer here in England has been a total washout so far. Its been cold, wet and generally unpleasant! I’m hoping it will change soon so I can go with my friends.

  30. Maybe you’ll come to visit Israel this summer? We will be glad to have you

  31. Great idea! Summer at work, dreamind about sea and laying on the beach :)

  32. They look amazing!!!

  33. Sooo cute !

  34. These are so amazingly cute!!! I thought I was looking at actual beach balls for a second! I would love to make these :) so fun!!! I am looking forward to being in summer in two weeks! I’m in New Zealand right now so it’s winter but moving back in two weeks. I can’t wait to feel summer heat!!!!

  35. Oh, they are just wonderful – so fun! :-)

  36. oh how cute are these! And I’m about to throw a beach party so your timing is just perfect!! thanks again for all your great ideas..

    By the way I was just wondering if you eat all of the treats you make?? I would be the size of a beached whale if I’d bake as much as you do – and then eat all of it ;-)

    love from Holland xx

  37. oh and how we’re spending our summer? We’re getting marries August 31st and then off on our honeymoon to Egypt. so excited!


  39. You make me wish that we had a pool! For summer fun, we are heading out to Cedar Point today for a bit of a vacation. I’ll think of these pops when we are at the hotel pool.

  40. these are so cute! haven’t seen this kind of beach balls in a long while ^^|| anyways, it’s summer all year round where i live.. and the weather is hot (not super-hot) and kinda nice (?!) right now ^^ hope you get to rest and have fun soon ^^

  41. Not much of summer weather here in London…but we’re going to be following the Olympics!

  42. These look so cute! I really want to be at the beach in the sunshine now, but I’m in rainy London instead.

  43. These are so freaking cute! Awesome idea!

  44. These just scream summer fun!

  45. Perfection and adorably cute!

  46. Wow, you are amazing. you just keep making these spectacular things!

  47. Those are seriously adorable! I live in Michigan so all I would like to do right now is head up to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival. Sit back on the shoreline and drink some cherry wine with delight. :) It’s possibly my favorite place to go with my family for down time. Since we live in metro Detroit, we don’t get there as often as we want. Enjoy your summer!

  48. What about Cancun, Mexico? or Puerto Vallarta? I hope you get a well deserved vacation and you get the chance to RELAX!

  49. It is summer in Bakerella’s world (and mine) after all, so that’s when beach ball cake pops are the best!

    We just finished our summer trip to WDW to celebrate our 14th anniversary. =D Man, was it ever hot! LOL!

  50. So cute!

    Corn syrup question: I have tried numerous times to use corn syrup to adhere sanding sugar to my pops. At first it works (being careful to use a thin layer of corn syrup), but slowly the sanding sugar always starts to slide off. :( Any hints to make it stay in place?


  51. Awesome! Cake pop madness @ dhr E.R. Nurses are going crazy making cake pops for everyone (except for patients lol) I like visiting your website for creativity and inspirational moments :)

  52. Such a cute idea, Bakerella! They are beautiful!

  53. Love these…so cute. My husband and I are going to visit our daughter in Colorado Springs, Co. Fires are contained thank goodness. She just scored a job with the US Olympic Committee there. Cant wait to visit ! She and I love cake popping together !

  54. They look fantastic, yummy and like something I would love to make!

  55. Adorable! I’ve had your book forever but must have missed this technique with the corn syrup. Great idea!

  56. Oh my goodness…. I love these adorable guys!!!

  57. After one week of a cruise to the Bahamas, I’m going to prep school. Haha, high school’s so much work.

  58. Oh my goodness, how cute are these beach balls!! Love them!! You are so creative girl. Always love your fab photos! :)

  59. The beach balls are so cute! They make me wish we were going back to the beach this year.

  60. My summer plans involve moving back home to Georgia! I moved to Tennessee when I got married in April but my husband and I have decided we miss home!

  61. I will definitely give the Merckens a try… I kind of walked away from cake balls because of Wilton’s candy melts always clumping on me – my awkward cake balls looked more like creations by Picasso – fun looking, but not when I’m trying to make a round smooth ball! Now I’m excited to try again. THANKS BAKERELLA!

  62. These are just adorable. I picture them sitting on top of cupcakes, and putting crumbled graham crackers instead of brown sugar as the sand… Maybe on top of s’more flavored cupcakes for added summer fun. Yum! Btw bakerella, i’ve been wondering how you feel about those cake pop pans i see in stores? It seems to skip the best part- the frosting inside!

  63. Sooo cute!! I’m part fish so I love all things pool! That’s the best part of summer but what I love to do is visit a farm and pick lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to use in the kitchen. (you feel so healthy) Also fun is a family road trip to Williamsburg, Va or beautiful Rhode Island.

  64. These are really cute. Great idea for a beach themed party. Since I live by the water this is an excuse to throw a party. My summer so far has been spent traveling and eating lol.

  65. They are so stinkin’ cute! I’m going to try to make some for my niece’s birthday this weekend.
    My husband and his family have a cabin on a private lake and we like to go there. Our vacation is in 2 weeks yay!

  66. How cute! My kids would love these cake balls. We are just trying to stay cool in southeast Texas. But my hubby and I were able to get away for a week (no kids!) to a resort in Utah…ah…it was great!

  67. ADORABLE! Those are the cutest beach balls I have ever seen! I love your work, you are amazing!!

  68. these are soooo cute. i’ve been having trouble melting chocolate lately! even melting in a double boiler on the lowest heat the chocolate is still seizing. help!
    but as far as summer plans go, i’m not only super pumped for the new batman movie in a couple weeks, but i’m 22 and going on my very first plane ride! my boyfriend and i are going to visit his family in north carolina.. i’m really excited! :)

  69. It is so hot in your area right now – I would head away! I am in Victoria BC right now and it is beautiful! Loving the escape from the heat back home in Nebraska.

  70. Oh, just havin’ some MAJOR FUN! Holiday world, Indiana state fair, the county fair, and baking even more! Can I get a WhoopWhoop!?

  71. so cute!! you are amazing

  72. Cute cake pops! My daughter is so in love with your book. lol She’s my little chef in training (she’s 11 years old).

    For summer activities, I’ve spent a week at Boy Scout summer camp which was very fun. Horseback riding, camping, rock wall climbing, hiking. Totally excellent. I’m planning to go to Branson with my kids and parents in a couple of weeks which should be fun. I haven’t been there except for many, many years ago to see the Precious Moments Chapel. I’m also going to a scrapping retreat in August. VERY excited about that. :)

  73. You are so awesome, Angie! Many nights I can barely put a decent dinner on the table for my family (hello, recycled leftovers!) and you manage to come up with such artistic creations.

  74. These are so cute! There is no way mine would come out looking like that…maybe more like one of those marbled glass ornaments.

    Our family is going to Charleston in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait for eating and beach time! Flying with four kids…hmm. Not looking forward to that part, but eating! Yay!

  75. My summer plans include having a baby next month. :)

  76. I love those pops! It’s a little too warm right now in OR to play with melting candy. :) Heading to Yellowstone soon for some camping and Moose watching! Hmmm, I’ve been wondering how I could make a moose cake pop. Any ideas from you lovely folks?? That would be amazing!

  77. These were so cute, I had to make a batch right away! And they turned out great – thanks for the awesome inspiration! :)

  78. You’re a genius! and your cake pops put always a smile on my face.

  79. Thank you for sharing these! My cake is in the oven and the white chocolate candies are waiting to be melted. :-) I also want to thank you for making it so easy to pin it for pinterest. I definitely want to remember this for next year.

  80. o



    I LOVE THESE!!!!!!!!

  81. They look awesome! Love the texture of the coating you used. Must try it.

    We are staying near home this summer, but lots of fun plans, $1 movies during the week, kids are going to do some day camps, I am training for my first triathlon, a camping night in the park, Birthday parties, hitting the pool as often as possible, attempting the beach (the ocean scares me – way more than a pool), lots of volunteering for crafting for VBS at church, and trying a new baking recipe each week. Oh, and scrapping, trying to keep my blog updated and see some summer blockbusters. I may even get to my yard. Hope you get some great ideas and enjoy your summer!

  82. My “summer” is almost over. In 3 weeks I will go back to work after 5 1/2 months home with my sweet baby boy. I’m not looking forward to it.

  83. OMG one day and already 86 comments. so much for my dream of being first…

  84. You are so talented.

  85. These look amazing. I admire your patience! I would never be able to make these but can only imagine how tedious it can be!

  86. Oh my goodness!! They are sooooo cute that I can’t think of eating them. They look very real. I can’t wait to try to make ’em.

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  88. These are so much fun, Angie!! I am looking forward to more pool time and grilling with family & friends this summer :)

  89. These just scream summer! How fun. Hoping we can make it up to the lake for a few days before summer slips by. Thank you for sharing.

  90. I haven’t done anything either…I am hoping to go on a short road…maybe

  91. oops…I mean road trip

  92. That is too fun! You always amaze me with your creative ideas!

  93. They look awesome,
    Not Summer down here in Australia, but I am still enjoying the last few days of my school holidays.
    But exicting.. I am going to try and make you peanut butter fudge today. I Hope it works out.

    Thanks, Have fun enjoying your hot Summer.

  94. My summer plans consist of nothing too big. I am only getting married in 10 days.

  95. So cute and colorful! I love seeing you making more cakepops!
    My family loves going to the lake during the summer, and down to the pool. Baseball games and BBQ’s are also so much fun. I haven’t been out camping since I was a kid, but nothing would make me happier than to go again. Last year we went to the State Fair, a bit overrated for me now. I love summer food best, smores, watermelon, corn on the cob, homemade ice cream, and anything with strawberries, like my famous strawberry shortcake!
    Whatever you end up doing this summer, Bakerella, I hope you have lots of fun and relaxation. :)

  96. Like I said a few comments ago,
    I made your Peanut butter Fudge,
    I turned out great and It was yummy too!
    Thanks alot Bakerella.

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