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These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!Skinny Cake Pops

Some extra fun holiday cake pop ideas are my Rainbow St Patrick’s Day Cake Pops, Skinny Mummy Halloween Cake Balls and Skinny Easter Egg Cake Balls.

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

Today is my daughter Madison’s 3rd birthday!

She is having a little birthday party in school and I was asked to bring something that wasn’t too messy. I thought cake pops would be perfect, but then I remembered lollipop sticks and 3 yr olds aren’t such a great idea. So, after thumbing though the Bakerella Cake Pops book for ideas we decided on cake balls that look like little cupcakes.

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

Cake pops are all the rave thanks to the very talented Bakerella. But using the traditional method of crumbling the cake with frosting adds a lot of calories to each pop. The only way to make them lighter is by using a cake pop pan, rather than the original method. It’s quicker this way and easier too! I tested out my lighter cake box recipe to see how they would turn out, and it worked like a charm!

I played around with a few cake pop pans and machines out there and realized they are not all created equal. After testing out a bunch of them, I had huge success with the Nordicware cake pop pan. (Which is only about $16 at Target.)

So today, in honor of my daughter’s birthday I am giving away the Nordicware Cake Pop Pan, and Bakerella’s Cake Pop Book on Skinny Bits (courtesy of Target). Giveaway ends Wednesday evening, so hurry!

Now be warned, these are FAR lighter than traditional cake pops, but they’re dipped in chocolate which will add up if you eat a lot. You’ll still need some self control! Dark chocolate, of course is the healthiest option, but for color purposes today I went with white chocolate. Candy melts (available at Michael’s) were used for my daughter’s cake balls.

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!

Skinny Cake Pops

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These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These Skinny Cake pops are made lighter by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required!
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 1 hour 18 minutes
Yield: 48 servings
Serving Size: 1 cake pop


  • 16.5 oz package yellow cake mix
  • 6 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt, Chobani
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 48 oz Baker's white chocolate, 20 oz calculated in n.i*
  • sprinkles, optional
  • 48-50 lollipop sticks
  • styrofoam block


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly spray a the cake pop pan with baking spray.
  • Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until combined.
  • Place the batter into a pastry bag or large ziplock bag with the tip cut off.
  • Pipe the batter into the prepared cake pop pan and bake about 18 minutes (I rotated the pan after 10 minutes to be sure they baked evenly).
  • Let it rest 5 minutes before opening the pan.
  • Place cake balls on a wire rack and repeat with remaining batter.
  • Using a scissor, cut the seam off the balls.
  • Refrigerate the cake balls for about 45 minutes, this helps the chocolate stick to the cake.
  • Melt some of the chocolate in the microwave according to package directions, careful not to burn the chocolate.
  • Insert the tip of the stick into the melted chocolate, then into the cake ball (this helps hold the stick in place).
  • In batches, melt remaining chocolate.
  • Dip the cake pops into the chocolate, let the excess drip off then place stick on a styrofoam block about a minute, then add sprinkles on top if using.

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Makes 48-50 balls.
*I weighed the chocolate on each ball to calculate the nutritional info. Although the recipe calls for 48 oz of chocolate, not all of it will be used, but you will still need to buy extra so you have enough to coat the cake balls. I calculated 0.4 oz of chocolate on each cake ball.


Serving: 1 cake pop, Calories: 102.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 1.4 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 68 mg, Sugar: 7 g


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227 comments on “Skinny Cake Pops”

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    Victoria Francisco

    My cake was too crumbly and it wouldn’t hold on to the stick. Do you think it will help if I chose a pound cake mix instead, since it’s more dense? I used a butter cake mix.

  2. Hi Gina,

    I just bought the Nordicware Cake Pop Pan and tried out your recipe last night. Two batches later, they all came out flat! (even though I turned the pan after 10 minutes per your instructions)

    Was I supposed to add some sort of baking powder? Or just stick to the ingredients you listed?

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    Sandra Barker

    These cake pops look like a flavored lollypop but I bet the taste is sweeter than that of a lollypop.

  4. I realize this is quite an old post, but I'm wondering if I could get some help: just made these and the cake is so light and fluffy, the weight of the melted candy is causing them to break right off the stick! 🙁 How can I prevent this? Is there some way to make the melted candy thinner and not so "heavy"? At this moment, I have the cake balls in the freezer, to try to harden them up enough. Thanks anyone!!

  5. Do you have any tips for the chocolate coating step? The cake came out delicious but i was trying to conserve on chocolate and didn't buy enough, the trick to covering them completely really about just having too much? Also, when you made them for the cups, did you still dip on sticks? Can't wait to share these with my family tonight.

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    Coach Elliott

    I've had Starbucks cake pops and they have the hard coating. My coating on this never got hard, did I do something wrong? Is there a secret to a hard coating? I am not a very good baker. I got my styrofoam blocks at Dollar Tree!

  7. Question – I have not seen this asked from the posts I have seen –

    If I put a dollop of sugar free raspberry jam in them, will this change the cook time or success of the recipe? I want to dip in dark chocolate w/ a raspberry center.

  8. I started by making these for my Daughter to bring to school for her Birtday! I have made them several times now, and they are such a hit. They taste great, the kids and adults all love them. They come out perfectly every time. The pan is a huge success! Thanks again for an awesome recipe!

  9. Amazing work, Gina! I'm not sure I could trust myself with a tray of them though 🙂 I highlighted the recipe on my blog: Skinny Cake Pops!; hopefully it'll push some calorie-conscious cake poppers your way. 🙂


  10. HI Gina,

    Just wondering about the white chocolate. Did u use Bakers, or the candy melts from Michaels? Could you also dip in milk chocolate?
    thanks so much, so excited to try these

  11. Thank you for the recipe. Can I use a chocolate cake mix instead? We are chocolate/chocolate fans here.
    Thank you.

  12. I have the same cake pop pan as you do, and at my first attempt, the cake pops were falling off the stick when I twirled them in the candy melts, even though I refrigerated them first and dipped the stick in meltes first.Do you have any suggestions, or is there a way to possibly thin down the candy melts so they are not quite as thick? Thank you!

  13. I love this! Can you use this standard recipe with any cake mix? I have a gingerbread cake that I would like to use also.

  14. I am also having a problem with getting them round. How far do you feel the mold? I baked two batches and the bottom part bakes nice and round but not the bottom. Anyone have any idea of What am I doing wrong?

    1. Fill the bottom round of pan completely . The cake mix should rise to fill the top half. I have this exact same cake pop pan from Target and they are perfect balls every time. Good luck!

  15. Gina thank you so much for posting this. I made these for my daughter's birthday at preschool and they were a big hit! The teachers asked for the recipe so I sent them the link.

  16. Is there a way you could make a skinny cake pop recipe with the crumbly cake/icing method, so there is not a need for a special pan?

  17. These are SO delicious and light. I used a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and crushed peppermints on the icing and they are heaven! Thanks for the great recipe.

  18. I love this giveaway! if i won it would come in perfect time for my son's 6th birthday party!

    Love your blog, love all your recipes!!

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    This looks really nice and I have always been searching for a free butter cake. But can I change the white chocolate with dark one instead or not?

  20. Okay, so I've searched through all the comments, and apparently I am the only one having this issue. I am not a baker… AT ALL, but this seemed like something even I can handle. The problem I'm having is with the chocolate. I used 11oz bags of Ghirardelli white chocolate morsels. I melted one bag at a time. The chocolate did not melt down thin enough for me to coat the pops. They would get stuck in the chocolate. What am I doing wrong??

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      Gina @ Skinnytaste

      White morsels aren't always real chocolate, so they may not melt. I suggest using Baker's or candy melts by Wilton.

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      Jenny Reardon

      I had the same problem! The only thing I can do to make these work is to slowly add vegetable oil/canola oil to the chocolate melt in small amount and stir. Keep adding until it is melty enough. Instead of dipping the pop in and pulling it out, I put it at the edge of my melting bowl and turned the bowl so that the chocolate fell onto the pop. Unfortunately the oil adds loads of calories, but I could not find any other solution!

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    Botswana Holiday

    Yummy cake balls. I’m sure my kids going to love this. Keep posting simple and easy recipes like this.

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    Courtney McDonough

    I found that this made far fewer than 48-50. Perhaps you are an excellent bowl scraper, but I made about 40 from the recipe. I'm also finding that I will definitely use less chocolate than listed, as well. So I'm thinking the points will just about even out. Great job Gina! Without you I would either have more jiggly parts round my middle or be miserable eating real diet food!

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      Courtney McDonough

      Also for people who are worried that the trimming of the seam takes a lot of time, it is super quick and definitely worth the extra step!

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    Lady Courtney

    Awww…I am so definitely going to try this!!! Hope I win the cake pan and cookbook… 🙂 donna

  24. Those look amazing! I'd love to win the cake pop pan and try out different flavors of recipes, including this one! Happy birthday to your daughter <3

  25. Do you happen to know what the points would be baking this recipe as a regular size cupcake (without the chocolate)? I don't have the cake pop pan but the recipe sounds wonderful.

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    semolina sugar

    This is so pretty … really skinny! One of the sexiest lollipops I've ever seen! Looks very sweet for me!

  27. I'm planning on giving away cake pops at my upcoming wedding (but I'm buying them from a bakery near me)! I would love to try to make my own at home some time!


  28. I have only tried cake pops the "old fashioned" way of crumbling and adding frosting. Didn't even like then that way! Too sweet. So this would be a great win!

  29. What a great idea! I don't own a cake pop maker but this looks like a winner. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway. Love your site!

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    Elizabeth Eross

    Oh I love the idea of adding greek yogurt for some zing! I found this crushed chocolate peppermint bark at trader joes over the weekend. A little goes a lot way with that so I wonder if you put a tiny bit in the batter and half dipped in dark chocolate how that would work out.

    Would love to win this set! Such a great holiday gift idea!!

  31. I have wanted one of these for awhile and this really convinces me that I should get one. So cute!

    Mary L

  32. Love , love this supper great idea , thanks for sharing ,
    And AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADISON , YOUR SO PRETTY !!! Have lots of fun !!

  33. I've seen this cake pops around but have never made any. After seeing yours now I have to. Love your site.

  34. This is absolutely perfect! I love cake pops but the thought of how much frosting is usually added… *shudders* and I experienced major failure the one time I tried to make them haha.
    I'd love to have one of those pans!

  35. These look amazing! Thanks for the pan suggestion, I kind of figured there were probably some not-great ones out there, so I'm glad that you did the research! This one looks fantastic!

  36. Everyone loves cake pops! It's such a cute and delicious party snack! Thanks for testing it out for us!

  37. Ohh, I need this pan in my life! I have made cake pops the regular way, but this looks so much easier!! And I must try your recipe too!

  38. I read the whole post and somehow missed the giveaway! I'd love to win. I am currently in the process of losing my post-3rd baby weight. 12 pounds down, lots to go! Thanks 🙂

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    These look great! My sister started working for a bakery and their cakepops are divine, but loaded with calories (and frosting!) on the inside. These are a great alternative, especially for my daughter's 3rd birthday, coming up on the 23rd!

  40. I love all of your recipes! I wish I had a nickel for every one I have pinned! This one's another winner and I would love to win that cake pan so I can make some for the upcoming holidays!

    Have a wonderfully creative day!

    Mary Jane

  41. Hope Madison had a happy birthday, she is adorable!

    This post came at a great time – my mother in law wanted a cake pop pan for Christmas, so now I know what kind to get her! Secondly, this recipe comes at a great time so I have a better alternative than the oh so tempting ones at Starbucks!

    Hope you have a great holiday Gina!

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    Paige Dolecki

    Your pops are adorable -almost as cute as your daughter! Thanks for the review on the cake pan. Isaw it at Target and was wondering how good it was for pops.

  43. Cake pops are too cute (and with a lite version, too)! I've been wanting to make them. Your pan would help tremendously.

  44. Such great ideas! I make the regular ones all the time, but they're so rich (and fattening!). This sounds like a great alternative! Well done!

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      Jeanette Kenyon

      I'm trying to figure out that and the calorie count without dipping too. We are counting calories at this house (and I'm about ready to shoot my husband over it…)

  45. I've been looking for a cake pop pan but overwhelmed by the choices out there. Thanks for helping me decide. I would love to win the pan too! Thanks!

  46. You make this look so easy to do. I may try this for a Christmas party this weekend and make some for my DS 1st birthday in February. Wonder if they would freeze well if I make them ahead of time? BTW Happy Birthday to your DD!

  47. First…your daughter is just precious, and Happy Birthday to her. I have so been wanting to make these and don't have a pan, and mostly didn't know which one to purchase. Thanks for all your tips! I would love to win this pan and book!!!

  48. We can always count on you Bravo. I have had the regular ones and found them very sweet and not a good thing for WW lol. I thank you for all the wonderful recipes here. You are the best and your little girl is gorgeous. Hugs

  49. My grandaughter will be 3 in about 6 months. This is a fantastic idea that I will be using, whether I win or not 🙂

  50. I always wanted to make cake pops, but the huge amount of calories always stopped me. Your version sounds so much better and I like the balls sitting in the little paper cases. So I would love to win the pan.
    Thanks for offering one pan to your faithful readers.
    Love, Nessie

  51. Oh my birthday was 12-10, so this would be a wonderful ending to mt birthday if I win this! Thanks for a chance to win too!

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    Me and My Pink Mixer

    Love that you've made these "skinny"! My daughter's name is Madison too and her birthday is also in December! She turned 19 though, much older than your adorable Madison. Happy Birthday to your cutie!

  53. Hi, I am such a fan of your blog, this recipe is another one of your great ideas! I hope I win the giveaway; my son in the Army and he just got back from Afghanistan, he'll be home for Christmas, yay! It would be so fun to make these for him.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  54. As usual, the French are leap years away from Cake Pops….so tracking down a pan is no point out here…however have just ordered one from the UK….How desperate am I !!?!! ;-))))

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    Renee @ Fit For Motherhood

    Oh my goodness, these look delicious and I love that they are made with Greek yogurt. I used Greek yogurt in waffles but never thought to use it in cake mixes. So excited to try these for my girls. Thank you.

  56. It is my granddaughter's birthday – these look like a winner! She will love them.
    PS – I love all of your recipes, they help keep me on track! Showing restraint on this one will be hard!

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    Ellie Augustin

    Wow she's 3 already?!? Time sure flies when your having fun huh. My little girl is turning 6 next mth and this looks like the perfect thing to do for her little birthday class party too. Although I bet I'd need lots of trails before I got the hang of it. Your look amazing LOVE it so pretty & yummy. Happy Birthday again to your little cutie and thanks for the chance.

  58. Happy Birthday to Madison! Your cake balls look very fun and festive. I know they were enjoyed by all her friends. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am going to try to find the pan and give this idea a try for our holiday get together!

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    Bobbie Bentneedle

    These look soooo do-able with the pan. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the concept – never heard of the pan!

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    Debs -

    Love the improvements on this recipe. I love cake balls but after eating two, I feel like I might be sick from all the sugar from the frosting. I bet I could eat four of these! LOL

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    Diana @ Eating Made Easy

    OK, you've inspired me to make cake pops, these look so tasty and fun! If we only had them when we were kids…

  62. Those cake pops look great. I didn't realize their was a pan to make them. Thanks for the low fat recipe.

  63. I really want one of these 🙂 More so for making doughnut holes, than cake pops. Cake pops are fun to make too. I made caramel apple ones with my daughter over her Thanksgiving break. We did it the old fashioned way though. Crumbling the cake & adding the frosting.

  64. Cakepops without the frstoing…sounds like a plan to me. I've made a ton of cakepops but would be excited to use a pan!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine

    Your daughter looks just like you! What a doll. And those cake pops… YUM! What a great way to put a healthy twist on such a tasty treat 🙂

  66. Wow – those look amazing! I'm so glad you posted this, I've been looking for skinny holiday recipes!

  67. i've made lollipop cakes several times…this pan looks awesome
    surely would love to win…
    i love using greek yogurt in cooking

  68. I'm a sucker for cake pops so hearing the word "Skinny" with them has me sold! They look delicious!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  69. I love the idea of using Greek yogurt. Thank you for the cute inspiration. My twins are turning 4 next week, this would be perfect to celebrate!

  70. Wow! I never would have thought of this!!! But with a toddler and lots of toddler friends, we're always being invited to something that involves cake and ice cream. I wonder if I could offer to bring some of these lighter calorie ones to the party for those of us wanting to eat healthier 😉 The cake pop pan idea is genius!!!!

  71. What a great idea! I love that you help us find ways to continue to eat the things we love, but in a healthier way! I would love to win the cake pop pan!

  72. Oh, that's good to know about the pan. I tried cake pops once, and they were too heavy and moist for my taste. That could make these a much better treat for my family!

    Cute little girl you have there!

  73. I've been loving Starbucks peppermint chocolate cake pops for the holidays. I'm guessing you could revise this and use chocolate cake with a drop of peppermint oil or some extract and then also dip in white chocolate?

    Happy Birthday to your daughter – she's gorgeous!

  74. Happy Birthday Madison! Love the recipe & can't wait to try it. I love bakerella but needed a lower calorie version? Thanks!


  75. I've made a lot of cake pops but I've never used a cake pop pan. I'd love to try it someday and to be able to make healthier versions of cake pops with less difficulty. I'll have to try and pick up a pan the next time that I go to target.

  76. Everything about this post is adorable! And the cake pop pan looks amazing, I've always wanted to try getting the perfect-looking cake pops that Bakerella makes although I don't think I'm nearly as creative!

  77. Happy birthday to your little one. My daughters third birthday is on the 27th and I was trying to figure out what I was going to bring to her class. Thanks so much for the idea!

  78. I would love to try my hand at cake pops! Of course, I wouldn't eat any of the results, saving all kinds of calories…NOT! Happy Birthday to your daughter and thanks for the chance to win.

  79. I have been wanting to make cake pops for so long and have been trying to talk myself into purchasing a cake pop pan. Thanks for the suggestion!

  80. I did this a couple years ago as an experiment and i liked them more than the full fat ones. I didn't use a cake ball pan (because they didn't exist) so I used either liquor or preserves as the binder for the cake to make them into balls. The lemon cake/raspberry preserve ones were tasty, but looked like meatballs when they were undipped. The dark choc cake/peppermint schnapps ones were amazing.

  81. Happy birthday to your adorable daughter! Enjoy them as they grow up way to fast…tears…sniff sniff. I will be giving these a try for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  82. I make cake balls by making a cake, crumbling and then mixing with frosting, then shaping into balls. Those are cake balls. There is a difference between cake balls and cake pops. These are just cake on a stick basically. Not the same (although I'm sure they taste great).

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      Gina @ Skinnytaste

      Cake in the shape of balls… cake balls! Yes, the original method is with frosting as I mentioned above, but they certainly aren't skinny.

  83. Oh goodness. Those look delish. What a lucky 3 year old 😉 They sure would make my 8 and 6 yr olds happy …. And maybe this 40 yr old too 😉

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    Lisa Nickerson

    This looks way healthier than mixing a prepared cake with frosting and then shaping into balls and then dipping in chocolate on top of that!

  85. I too have found that the inexpensive NordicWare cake pop pan from Target works best. I haven't needed to "cut off" any seams though. Maybe I'm just lucky. Thank you, I've been wanting a "skinny" cake pop recipe.

  86. Hmm…I was with you up until the cutting off the seam part 😛 Seems like a lot of work – esp for 48! No matter…I'll keep it in the back of my mind. I've made some the original way, but that was before I was a WW – don't want to think about how many calories they were! 🙂

  87. Thanks for this, I know what is going on my Christmas list. I do not like the mess and calories of the other method.

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    Such a cool recipe. whenever I bake cakes or cupcakes (which really only happens a couple of times a year) I do like to use the Greek yogurt substitution. Why didn't I think to do the same with cake pops?

  89. I wonder if this would work in a mini muffin pan??? Since I have one of those and not a cake pop pan.

  90. What a coincidence! Today is my birthday too – your daughter must be quite special 🙂 Can't wait to test out this recipe this weekend when I celebrate my birthday.

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    Shannon @ Skinny Sometimes

    These look great Gina! I've had a lot of success using the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. I bought mine on sale at Kohls with an extra 30% off. It works great!

    Here is a link to the product on their site:

  92. I have never tried making cake pops, mostly for fear of crumbling cake! I would love to win the pan and book. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  93. OH MY! I'd like the cake pops with or without the frosting! I never thought of using greek yogurt in a cake mix. Great idea! And a cake pop pan would be a great way to portion control!

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    Walking on Sunshine

    What a great idea. I always wondered about the molds. My sister-in-law has started up a business selling cake pops and she's doing really great so far.

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    claire @ live and love to eat

    These are beautiful! Way to lighten up such a sweet dessert. The pan seems much easier than forming and freezing the balls.

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    I really want to get one of those cake pops pans because cake pops are just so fun to eat and I imagine also so fun to make! Happy 3rd birthday to your beautiful little girl!

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      Brittany Dennis

      @kesmodel family, if you scroll through the recipe there is a link for SkinnyBits. That is where you can sign up for it. Hope that helps! 🙂