Strawberry Donut Cake pops on drying rack next to bowl of sprinkles.

Strawberry Donut Cake Pops

Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll on the inside and donut decorations on the outside, these cake pops are the sweetest summer treat around. Simple, sweet, and whimsical, these cake pops are the glazed, sprinkle-topped treats of your dreams.

Donuts are good, strawberry cake is good, and mini treats you can eat on the go are good. When you put all of these things together, you end up with something great…like these Strawberry Donut Cake Pops! Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll on the inside and donut decorations on the outside, these cake pops are the sweetest summer treat around. Just form, dip, and decorate, and you’ll be transforming your cake roll into adorable donut-shaped cake pops in no time.

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What You’ll Need

  • hand mixer and large mixing bowl to combine the cake and cream cheese filling. This will form the base of your Strawberry Donut Cake Pops, so you want to make sure everything is well combined and there aren’t any large chunks. Alternatively, you can mix the cake and cream cheese filling together by hand.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to help form your cake pops.
  • Grab some lollipop sticks to insert into your cake pops to make them easier and more fun to serve. We recommend using 6” or 8” sticks.
  • To keep your cake pops upright as the candy coating hardens, use a cake pop holder or Styrofoam block.
  • A parchment-lined cookies sheet or two will help keep your counters clean as you decorate.
  • A piping bag will be needed to help you with the final decorations.

Storage Information

Once your cake pops are complete, store them in an airtight container with a paper towel lining the bottom. Place the cake pops on top of the paper towel in a single layer. Store in the refrigerator for five to seven days. Take them out about an hour or two before serving, so they can reach room temperature.

Tips for Making Strawberry Donut Cake Pops

  • Before inserting the lollipop sticks, coat one end in melted chocolate. Then, insert in the cake pops. Put them in the refrigerator after doing this to set the chocolate. This makes the stick, candy, and cake set together. Now, you won’t lose your cake pop when you go to dip it in the candy melts.
  • If your candy melts start to solidify while you’re making your cake pops, re-heat the melts in the microwave. Consider melting the candy in small batches to avoid having to constantly stop to reheat. This will help the dipping process go more smoothly.
  • You also don’t want to overheat your candy melts. We recommend starting out by heating them for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir well. Continue to heat at 15 second intervals. If they look mostly melted, stir until smooth. If it still seems too thick, you can add a little melted Crisco until the mixture becomes thin enough.

Learn to Decorate Your Own Strawberry Donut Cake Pops

Strawberry Donut Cake pops on drying rack next to bowl of sprinkles.

  1. Take the Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll out of the packaging and let it sit on the counter to thaw for 30 minutes.
  2. Once thawed, break off or cut up pieces of the Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll and place them into a large mixing bowl. Then, using a mixer on medium speed, beat until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop to make uniformed balls. Our scoop is roughly 1 ½ tbsp. Roll the balls between your hands to finish rounding them out. Then, press the balls down lightly with the palm of your hand onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
  4. Take your knuckle and lightly press into the center of each ball and rotate until you get a nice, round indent. Be careful not to go all the way through the cake ball.
  5. Prepare a small amount of one of your candy melts by following the instructions on the packaging.
  6. Take the lollipop sticks and dip the tips into the candy melts. Dip each stick in about 1/3 inch. Then, insert each stick halfway into the cake balls. Place them in the refrigerator to firm up for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Melt a mixture of white and milk chocolate candy melts according to the package directions. Use mostly the white candy melts with a few of the milk chocolate ones mixed in to get the color of a donut. Mix well.
  8. Remove cake pops from the refrigerator. Dip each cake pop into the coating, making sure you fully submerge them all the way to the stick. When removing the cake pop, gently swirl to remove any excess coating. You can also tap the end of the stick with a butter knife while the cake pop is over the bowl/glass.
    • Tip: If there are small bubbles or too much chocolate in the “hole” part, take a toothpick and use it to pop the bubbles and remove the excess chocolate.
  9. Stick the cake pops in a cake pop holder or a Styrofoam block until the coating completely hardens.
  10. Once the coating has hardened, lay the cake pops down flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You want the side with the “hole” to be facing upwards.
  11. Melt more of the white chocolate melts and put them into a piping bag. Cut the tip off the piping bag.
  12. Pipe the white chocolate candy around the donut hole in a simple circle. Then, make a wavy circle around the outside of the first circle to give the appearance of icing on a donut.
  13. Pick up the cake pops and lightly shake them up and down to get some of the “icing” to drip down the sides.
  14. Lay them back down and top with your favorite sprinkles. Press them lightly into the cake pops before letting the chocolate candy harden completely.

Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, neighborhood barbeque, or just need an activity to do with the kids this summer, Strawberry Donut Cake Pops are a great choice. They’re all the sweet, berry flavor of a Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Roll wrapped up in a bite-sized, donut-shaped treat. Simple, sweet, and whimsical, these cake pops are the glazed, sprinkle-topped treats of your dreams.

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