No Bake Pumpkin Cake Pops

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A fun pumpkin-inspired dessert for kids, these No Bake Pumpkin Cake Pops are a cute addition to your Halloween Party menu – or just a special fall lunch box treat!

No Bake Pumpkin Cake Pops Recipe

Cake pops are one of my favorite desserts to serve at parties, but if you’ve ever made them you know they can be time-consuming.

Plus, if you get the frosting-to-cake ratio off when forming the cake balls, your cake pops can fall apart or become misshapen.

One of my favorite hacks to avoid the frustration of traditional cake pops is to use store-bought donut holes instead.

For this recipe, I used frozen chocolate donut holes (the same kind we used for our Breakfast Donut Kebabs) and I recommend using a donut hole that has no glaze or frosting on it for best results. You can use chocolate donut holes like we did, or if your grocery store has a pumpkin spice donut hole available that would be a fun way to bring the pumpkin theme full-circle.

These no bake pumpkin treats are a fun and easy recipe for the kids to help make. To make dipping the donut holes easier for little kids, I would use a cake pop dipping tool rather than a fork. (Grown ups may find them easier to use, too!)

How long are these pumpkin cake pops good for? I recommend storing these in a container at room temperature for 2 days max for optimum freshness. You can store in the fridge to keep them fresher a bit longer, but the candy coating will “sweat” a bit when it the treats are brought back to room temperature.

What are the best candy melts for cake pops? We used melted pumpkin spice chocolate chips for this recipe, but Mercken’s makes my favorite candy melts for dipping cake pops. I find the Wilton ones can be a bit stiffer and need some coconut oil or shortening stirred in in order to get a smooth dipping experience.

No Bake Pumpkin Cake Pop Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: you can use orange candy melts instead of pumpkin spice chocolate chips to coat the donut holes.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Cake Pop Dipping Tools
  • Small microwave-safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cookie Sheet

How to Make Pumpkin Cake Pops

If your donut holes require baking or thawing, prepare them according to package directions before proceeding with the recipe.

Place the pumpkin spice chips or orange candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat in 25 second increments. Stir in between each reheating until completely melted.

If the candy coating is still stiff when completely melted, stir in a Tablespoon of shortening or coconut oil.

Use a fork or candy dipping tool to dip each donut hole in the melted candy coating. Tap the tool on the edge of the bowl to force any excess candy coating to drip off.

Place the coated donut hole on a clean cookie sheet and repeat with all donut holes.

Cut your pretzel sticks and green candy lace to your desired lengths and insert in the top of the cake pop while the candy coating is still wet.

Allow the candy coating to set at room temperature before storing or serving, about 2 hours.

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Yield: 24 cake pops

No Bake Pumpkin Cake Pops

No Bake Pumpkin Cake Pops

A super quick and easy pumpkin inspired dessert for no bake pumpkin cake pops. Perfect for a Halloween party or lunch box treat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chips
  • 24 Chocolate Donut Holes
  • 12 Pretzel Sticks
  • Green Candy Lace, as needed

Instructions

  1. If your cake pops require baking or thawing, prepare them according to package directions before proceeding with the recipe.
  2. Place the pumpkin spice chips or orange candy melts in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat in 25 second increments. Stir in between each reheating until completely melted.
  3. If the candy coating is still stiff when completely melted, stir in a Tablespoon of shortening or coconut oil.
  4. Use a fork or candy dipping tool to dip each donut hole in the melted candy coating. Tap the tool on the edge of the bowl to force any excess candy coating to drip off.
  5. Place the coated donut hole on a clean cookie sheet and repeat with all donut holes.
  6. Cut your pretzel sticks and green candy lace to your desired lengths and insert in the top of the cake pop while the candy coating is still wet.
  7. Allow the candy coating to set at room temperature before storing or serving, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 413Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves these super simple pumpkin cake pops – my daughter goes crazy for them every time we make them!

For more delicious fall treats kids can help make, check out our Super Simple Apple Pie recipe or our Pumpkin Magic Cake recipe (with video).

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