Halloween Cake Pops

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Halloween Cake Pops are one of the simplest but most scrumptious homemade Halloween treats ever!! These little bites of chocolate covered cake are decorated with festive Halloween sprinkles. They’re as much fun to make as they are to eat, and you only need 3 ingredients!!

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Halloween Cake Pops

As a mom, I can’t wait for the holiday season — and for me, it starts in October!

I’m always thinking of new Halloween dessert ideas to try to steer away from the same old candy.

But with all the costumes, decorations, and prep going on, I don’t always have time to make something from scratch. That’s where this Halloween cake pops recipe comes in!

A soft, fluffy donut hole is hidden beneath a rich chocolate shell… and covered with fun and tasty sprinkles!

Cake pops for Halloween are always a favorite, whether served at a party or dropped into treat bags.

Kids can even help make these 3 ingredient cake pops — so count it as a holiday craft too!

And be sure to check out all of my best Halloween party tips and ideas for an unforgettable night!

ingredients for donut hole cake pops

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Donut Holes – Instead of Halloween cake balls, grab your favorite flavor of donut holes!

    It saves so much prep time and you won’t have to worry about the texture coming out wrong.
  • Chocolate and White Chocolate Melts – I like to use both regular and white chocolate melts, but you can use one or the other.

    White chocolate is easier to add food coloring to for more colorful Halloween cake pops.

    If you have more time available, freeze the donut holes and coat them with Magic Shell!
  • Sprinkles – All the better to decorate with! An assortment of Halloween sprinkles with bats, ghosts, and pumpkins are always fun.

    Shop around and see what you can find!
donut holes on sticks

Tips when Making Cake Pops for Halloween

  • Make Decorating Easy

A small spoon will help you roll the donut holes in the chocolate and sprinkles, helping you hit every last bit of the cake!

You can also transfer the melted chocolate to a tall, narrow glass and dip the pop right in. Gently swirl on the way back out to remove excess and get a smoother finish.

  • Slow and Steady

If you want a ton of chocolate on your Halloween cake pops, be sure to do it layer by layer, letting the chocolate solidify a bit before you go for the next round.

  • Great for Any Occasion!

Break out this Halloween cake pops recipe for any holiday! They make sprinkles in every shape, size, and color you can think of.

Why not try green and red for Christmas, pink and red for Halloween, or red, white, and blue for the 4th of July?

cake pop coated in white chocolate

Storing and Serving Halloween Cake Balls

Your Halloween cake pops will need to be refrigerated and covered to prevent the chocolate from cracking and the centers from drying out.

Stored properly, they’ll last you for up to 2 days. They also freeze really well for a couple of months!

Considering that this 3 ingredient cake pops recipe uses premade donut holes, I don’t see the benefit of freezing, but you’re more than welcome to.

Display Idea

You don’t need a special stand to showcase your cake pops. Just poke the stick of the cake pops for Halloween through a paper mini cupcake liner — it’ll catch the falling sprinkles, too! Or, after the chocolate is dry, just arrange them on a platter.

donut hole cake pop coated in sprinkles

Halloween Cake Pops Recipe FAQ

When should I make cake pops for an event?

2 days beforehand is your best bet, but they’re truly at their best right after preparation.

Some homemade cake pops benefit from chilling for a day or so, letting the frosting sort of seep into the cake to make them more moist.

But since our Halloween cake balls are actually made with donut holes, they’re tastiest served right away.

So, any longer than a day or two in advance is a no-go! They’ll be mushy, messy, and not at all the cute Halloween treat we’re going for. 

What is the best way to decorate cake pops?

There are a couple of ways to make decorating cake pops easier. One way is to fill a tall glass with the icing or melted chocolate and dip the cake right in.

Personally, I don’t like this method. You end up wasting quite a bit of your icing! Instead, I pour a bit into a small spoon and roll the cake pop that way. You save icing, time, and dishes!

Should cake pops be cold before dipping?

Yes! If you’re preparing a homemade cake, then it absolutely needs to chill before attempting to roll in frosting or chocolate sauce.

Or, it at least needs to be room temperature — otherwise, the coating will melt right off!

This isn’t a concern with this easy 3 ingredient cake pops recipe. We’re using premade donut holes! They’re already solid and ready to go.

overhead: cake pops coated in different halloween sprinkles


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closeup: halloween cake pops made with donut holes

donut hole cake pops closeup.

Halloween Cake Pops

Donna Elick
Halloween Cake Pops taste great, look great, and are simple to make! Try 3 ingredient cake pops with donuts, chocolate, and sprinkles. Yum!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method No Bake
Servings 12 pops


  • 12 donut holes, any unglazed flavor
  • 5 ounces chocolate melts
  • 5 ounces white chocolate melts


  • Place one donut hole on its own cake pop stick, being careful not to poke the stick completely through the donut hole. Set aside.
  • Add sprinkles to small bowls that are large enough to roll the cake pops in. Set aside.
  • In two other small bowls, melt the milk chocolate and white chocolate melting wafers, per the package instructions.
  • Working quickly to avoid the melts from hardening, dip each donut hole in melted chocolate of choice. Immediately roll in sprinkles, covering the chocolate completely. *See Notes. Place the cake pop in a slot on the cake pop stand. Allow chocolate to harden for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, repeat steps with remaining donut holes.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Donna’s Notes

When rolling the donut hole in chocolate and the sprinkles you may need a small spoon to help rotate the donut until completely covered.
If you do not have a cake pop stand, after the chocolate has hardened, the pops can be stored in mini cupcake paper liners for serving or lay flat on a platter.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 52cal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 11mg | Sugar: 6g

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published September 2022, updated and republished September 2023

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Did these as a test for my Halloween Party and they came out so cute! I may even make some to take to my work. They taste amazing too!

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