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Donut Hole Cake Pops Recipe

Donut hole cake pops are the easiest way to make cake pops for your next party. Using store bought donut holes dipped in melted chocolate is the ultimate shortcut to a homemade look in half the time.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake Pops, Donut Hole Cake Pops, Easy Cake Pops
Prep Time 15 minutes
Set time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 277kcal


  • 12 plain donut holes
  • 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers
  • Sprinkles


  • Prepare donut holes for dipping by giving a quick roll between your palms and determining where you will place your stick. I like to make sure the smoothest rounded side is at the top of the cake pop.
  • Melt the wafers according to package directions.
  • Carefully dip each cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and stick into the cake pop. Allow to cool upside down.
  • When the chocolate has cooled, carefully dip each cake pop in the chocolate rotating until fully coated.
  • For plain cake pops, drizzle on extra chocolate once the first layer is set.
  • For drizzled/sprinkled cake pops, drizzle on extra chocolate once the first layer is set and immediately add sprinkles.
  • For sprinkle coated cake pops, allow the coating to set for 10 seconds then dip into sprinkles and rotate until fully coated.



Recipe Tips

  • Melt the chocolate according to package directions. I prefer to use a double boiler for melting chocolate as melting in the microwave can lead to burning the chocolate and then you’ll have to start over again. When using a double broiler, use a small saucepan with a glass bowl over top. 
  • If your chocolate is too thick, you can add about ½ teaspoon of oil (either coconut or vegetable oil) at a time to thin the chocolate if needed. It’s a good idea to add oil regardless of consistency if you use chocolate chips instead of wafers or candy melts. 
  • When adding the second layer of chocolate drizzle, make sure the chocolate is close to room temperature otherwise the chocolate layers could crack or separate. 
  • Giving the donut hole a quick shaping between your palms before placing it on the stick will help to achieve the rounded look of a traditional cake pop.  
  • Reserve any lumpy donut holes for coating in sprinkles - it’s a great way to hide the imperfections. 


  • While I’ve used plain donut holes, you could also use glazed donuts or even chocolate donuts for a more decadent donut hole cake pop version. 
  • White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate can be used to coat your donut hole cake pops. You could also alternate the different chocolate layers with different types of chocolate for visual effect.  
  • Add some food coloring to the melted white chocolate when you want some colorful donut hole cake pops. This is particularly lovely for baby showers or holidays. You could use soft pastels if making these for Easter. 
  • While standard sprinkles are a great addition, consider using some speciality sprinkles for special occasions or birthday parties. 


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg