This Best Easy Vegan Cake Pops Recipe is so easy to make and a perfect party food too. Cake balls are all the rage right now and I didn’t want vegans to be left behind, so without further ado please welcome Vegan Cake Balls! Chocolate Cake Balls are easy to make and fun to eat!
From what I can tell Cake Balls made their debut on the Bakeralla site. And what a buzz they have created since then. I’ve seen them on a variety of sites, different versions of the sweet original theme. With a cake mix, a container of icing, and chocolate coating, these little lovelies don’t hold back on sweetness.
How to Make Cake Balls
If you’re wondering how to make vegan cake pops, well, you’ve arrived at the right place! In fact, it’s so easy to make this cake ball recipe, let’s get straight to it!
Step One: Prepare the Simple Cake
The first step in dairy free cake pops is to make this very simple cake. First, combine a dairy-free yellow cake mix with a can of pumpkin puree. Stir these together — it will make a thick batter!
Note: If you need gluten free cake pops, be sure to use a gluten-free vegan cake mix here.
Use a spatula and spread the batter into a pan with a light coating of vegetable spray. Bake the cake for 35 minutes in an oven heated to 350F. Use a tester in the center to make sure the cake is done.
Remove the cake from the oven and set aside to cool, about 15 – 20 minutes.
Step Two: Make Cake Balls
Once the cake is cool enough to handle, cut it into chunks and transfer it to a large bowl. Use a spatula or your hands to break the baked cake into crumbs.
Now, in this recipe we’re going to be adding some vegan vanilla frosting. You can either make homemade or you can buy store-bought. It works either way and there are some great accidentally vegan frostings you can buy these days.
Stir in the frosting with the cake crumbs and mix it all together. As you can imagine, this step can get a little messy so I recommend using a spatula.
Use a cookie dough scoop to create 1″ cake balls and then roll them between your hands to get them nice and tight. Place cake pops on a tray and then place the tray in the fridge to set.
Step Three: Dip Vegan Cake Pops in Chocolate
Once the vegan cake balls have chilled for about an hour, it’s time to make the vegan cake pop coating. Use dairy free chocolate chips for this step!
Pour them into a microwave-safe bowl along with the coconut oil and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute. Set it aside for about a minute for the chocolate to melt. Then stir until nice and smooth.
Dip cake balls in chocolate and transfer to a tray covered with waxed paper to dry. If you’re going to add sprinkles, be sure to do it while the chocolate coating is still wet.
Add popsicle sticks to make these into Vegan Cake Pops! However, these can be served with or without the sticks.
Once all the cake balls have been coated in chocolate, place the tray in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set. If you allow the chocolate to set at room temperature, it can take up to an hour, whereas in the fridge it takes about 20 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, you can plop them in the freezer and the chocolate will set very quickly, within 5 – 7 minutes.
I took a box of yellow cake mix, stirred in a can of pumpkin, baked that in the oven and used only 3/4 of a container of icing. My family will admit that these are still very sweet, but these bite-size morsels are easy to eat in moderation. Pop one in your mouth after lunch and enjoy the moment.
This recipe for cake balls falls nicely into my category of “You can be vegan and still enjoy yummy foods!”
Love Vegan Cakes?
If you absolutely love vegan cake recipes, there’s a lot for you to enjoy here. Take a look at these:
- This Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake is amazing!
- Make this show-stopper Vegan Carrot Cake recipe today!
- If you need something quick, easy, and ultra tasty, this Chocolate Pudding Cake is for you!
- Go for the blue with this Blue Velvet Cake recipe!
The weekend is coming. So kick back, make some Vegan Cake balls, and wait for the looks of delight from your family when they bite into these sweet balls of fun!
That’s it for these tasty Vegan Cake Pops!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Cake Balls
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9 X 13 cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl mix together the cake mix and the can of pumpkin, stirring until well combined. Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
- Once the cake is cooled, cut sections it into sections and transfer sections to a large bowl. Use a spatula or your hands to break the cake into crumbs.
- Add frosting to the bowl and stir until well combined.
- Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Create 1" cake balls with the cake crumble mixture. Place balls on a tray and refrigerate for about one hour.
- Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted. Dip chilled cake balls in the melted chocolate and place back on waxed paper lined baking sheet. If adding sprinkles, be sure to do so before the chocolate sets. Once all the cake balls have been dipped in chocolate, place the baking sheet in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set, about 20 minutes.
- Add sticks to make cake pops.
- Store cake balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.