By Allrecipes Staff

It's common knowledge that everything tastes better on a stick—cake is no exception. Cake pops are all the rage for all the right reasons: They're adorable and adaptable; they don't require serving utensils and plates; and they're just the right size for tiny hands (or anyone trying to keep themselves from eating a whole cake, ahem). Why, then, are people nervous to make them?

Create a colorful variety of cake pops for your next party

As it turns out, cake pops are a fairly easy project—somewhere in between cake-mix cupcakes and a fondant-covered wedding cake in terms of time and baking expertise. Here are simple step-by-step instructions and a video to get you started, and plenty of inspiration for creating these cake cuties.

How to Make Cake Pops, Method #1: Pre-Baked Cake

Mix frosting into cake crumbs a little at a time. Photo by Meredith

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Video: How to make cake balls

How to Make Cake Pops, Method #2: Using a Baking Dish

Instead of rolling your cake-and-frosting mixture, press it into a baking dish and use a cookie cutter to create shapes, like these hearts for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Cake Pops

Making Heart Cake Pops. Photo by 52 Kitchen Adventures
Use a cookie cutter to make these sweet Valentines. Photo by 52 Kitchen Adventures

Watch this sweet video to see how to use cookie cutters to make cake pops.

How to Make Cake Pops, Method #3: Using a Cake-Pop Pan

To use a cake-pop pan, first spray the pan with cooking spray. Make a cake batter and spoon it into the bottom pan (no frosting "binder" needed), filling to the top. Secure top half of pan and bake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove. When completely cool, use a sharp knife to gently cut off the raised edge around the middle so balls are perfectly round.

Some like to use cake-ball pans, like these -- but you can easily roll your balls by hand.

Some like to use cake-ball pans, like these -- but you can easily roll your balls by hand.

Gently cut the seam off with a knife to make your cake pops perfectly round. Photo by Meredith

How to Make Cake Pops, Method #4: Using a Cake-Pop Appliance

If you're into gadgets, check out this video on how to use a special cake-pop appliance, the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, which works much like a waffle maker.

Video: Using the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker

Get Creative with Decorating

When it comes to decorating these tasty little treats, the sky's the limit.

Get creative when decorating your cake pops. These are rolled in almonds and bacon. Photo by Meredith
Use colorful sprinkles to create a fun assortment.
Go all-out with fondant for these adorable Halloween cake pops

Confetti Cake Pops

Add sprinkles to the crumbled cake base to create these cuties. Photo by Sprinkles for Breakfast

Baby Rattle Cake Pops

Baby rattle cake pops. Photo by Cakegirls for

Mojito Cheesecake Pops

Make Mojito Cheesecake Pops. with or without rum. Photo by SprinkleBakes

Rose Cake Pops

These roses are actually cake pops in disguise. Image by Cakegirls for

Cake Pops with a Hidden Rainbow Heart

For the advanced cake-popper, this adorable method produces a sweet surprise. Photo by Eugenie Kitchen

Maple Bacon Cake Pops

Maple bacon cake pops. Photo by

Cheesecake Pops

Cheesecake Pops. Photo by Sashja2413

Make cheesecake balls by scooping and rolling the filling of a baked cheesecake. Photo by Sashja2413

Savory cake pops

With the cake pop appliance, you can make savory cake pops, too!, like these pizza bites. Photo by

See more decorating ideas in our cake-pop gallery.

Mini Pie Pops

Try the pie variation.

Mini pie pops. Photo by NellAP

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