How to Store Cake Pops

Cake pops are the most adorable baked treat, and everyone loves them. They’re cute, convenient, and work for any occasion. The good thing about cake pops is they are easy to store, too. So whether you need short or long-term solutions, you can do it easily with cake pops.

Hi! I’m Michelle, and I am a big fan of cake pops. Whether it’s a birthday, a school event, bake sales, or a holiday, you can’t go wrong with charming cake pops. Sometimes I find myself needing to store them, so I’ve figured out the best ways to do so.

Need to store cake pops? Then keep reading. Below, you will find everything you need to know about storing cake pops. There are a few different methods, so you will certainly be able to find a storage solution that’s right for you.

What are we waiting for? Let’s store some cake pops!

How to Store Cake Pops

Like I said before, there are a couple of ways to store cake pops. Each method is ideal for certain situations, so you’re sure to find a method that’s right for you. Let’s dive in.

Method 1: Storing “Naked” Cake Pops

If you have molded, baked, and frosted your cake pops, but have not dipped them in melted chocolate yet, then you have two options:

  • Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, or
  • Store in the freezer for up to a month.

Make sure that the naked cake pops are stored in an airtight container to lock in freshness. Then, when you’re ready to dip your cake pops, simply remove them from the refrigerator and start dipping.

If you stored your naked cake pops in the freezer, you would want to let them thaw in the refrigerator before dipping. You want the cake pops to be cold for the best results, but not frozen entirely. Otherwise, you can end up with unsightly cracks and undesirable moisture leaks. Yuck!

Method 2: Storing Dipped & Decorated Cake Pops

If you have already dipped and decorated your cake pops to perfection, then you will need to store them a little differently. You have three great options:

  • Store them at room temperature for one to two weeks.
  • Store in the refrigerator for two to four weeks.
  • Store in the freezer for a month+.

Method 3: Storing at Room Temperature

The best option is to store them at room temperature because they will keep the ideal texture and flavor and the cake pops are good for a week or so. However, this is only a feasible solution if you’re planning to eat the cake pops within the next one to two weeks. 

When storing at room temperature, the ideal storage is in an airtight container with a paper towel underneath and on top of the cake pops. If you can, try to store the cake pops in a single layer, too, so they can retain their appearance.

Keep the container of cake pops away from any sources of heat and light. This could melt the chocolate coating, which will make your cake pops unattractive and less tasty. 

Remember that if you use any kind of perishable fillings, such as fruit, custard, or cream, they should not be stored at room temperature, or they will go bad. Perishable cake pops must go into the fridge.

Storing in the Fridge/Freezer

When storing in the fridge or freezer, you extend the longevity of your cake pops. The important thing to remember is that storage is key to success when using this method.

Cake pops are fragile little things that should be taken care of. The best place for cake pops is in an airtight container with a paper towel underneath and on top. If you don’t have that, then a freezable plastic bag will work. Just wrap the cake pops for a little extra padding and security.

When you’re ready to consume, let the cake pops thaw on the counter. Cake pops are their best at room temperature. Out of the fridge, it will take around an hour to thaw. However, cake pops coming out of the freezer need several hours, so take that into consideration.


As you can see, storing cake pops is easy whether they have been fully decorated or not. If you still have some questions, then look below at some of the most commonly asked questions about cake pop storage.

How long do cake pops last at room temperature?

At room temperature, cake pops can easily last up to a week. However, to extend the longevity to two weeks, it is imperative for the cake pops to be stored in an airtight container, away from heat and light sources, with a paper towel on top and underneath.

Do you Refrigerate cake pops after dipping?

No, you do not need to refrigerate cake pops after dipping unless there are perishable fillings. Cake pops will have the best flavor and texture when left on the countertop.

How do you keep cake pops from sweating?

The best way to avoid cake pop sweat is to wrap each cake pop individually. Don’t dip the cake pop while it is frozen, either. The cake pop should be slightly chilled but never frozen.

Why do cake pops fall off the stick?

If your cake pop is falling off the stick, it is likely too heavy. Instead, try dipping the stick in melted chocolate before sticking the cake ball on top. The melted candy will act as glue for the stick and the cake. 

How far ahead can you make cake pops?

You can easily make cake pops as long as six weeks before the event, as long as they are frozen. Before dipping, let them thaw in the fridge. Before serving, they should be thawed on the counter. 

Final Thoughts

Cake pops are as adorable as they are delicious and can be stored easily. Store them at room temperature for up to two weeks or in the fridge for up to three. The freezer is a good long-term option that can extend beyond one month if sealed and stored properly.

How do you store your cake pops? Do you store before or after decorating? Share with us below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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  • Tina

    Thanks for all that info. I guess where I am still confused is how to store them in the fridge or freezer after being coated. I have to make a LOT for a huge baby shower and I was hoping that once I have the coating chilled a little and hard enough to possibly be able to stack them and store them in a container. Is that possible or it should be single layer only to store in fridge and freezer? I cant just dip same day or day before because I am also hosting the shower ha. Trying to figure out best possible solution for over 100 cake pops

    • Michelle

      Hi Tina,
      For this situation, I would stack them, but use a parchment paper in between each layer.
      I hope this helps!

  • Kalese

    Is frosting used in cake pops consider it as perishable?

    • Michelle

      Hi Kalese,
      It depends on what type of frosting you’re using. Frosting that contains eggs/egg whites will need to be refrigerated as it is perishable.
      Happy baking,

      • Kassie

        I’m making cake pops for my son’s wedding. I want to have them in a packet taped and tied with ribbon. I want to do this a week in advance. How do I store this.

        • Michelle

          Hi Kassie,
          If it’s just a week, they should be fine at room temperature. If you’re worried, stick them in the fridge.

        • tahira

          can I make and store my decorated cake pops in a corrugated paper box,two days ahead..

  • Melanie

    i love make treats for family and friends and my dad GF loves that kind of stuff and i just made some and i just need to see it that was ok and happy that i can make some for her so she can eat them and love them and i just made 100 because i have to take it to a party and is a lot of work and it is just me myself and i but i sometimes need help so i ask m family and friends and thy help me with that stuff and i still love make cakepops.

    • Michelle

      Hi Melanie,
      Thanks for sharing! I love making (and eating) cake pops, too.
      Happy baking,

  • Saniyah wright

    How to make cake pops.

  • Sheila Bradford

    Hello, I’m trying to get a few treats done ahead of time. I came across a Cookies n Cream cake ball recipe. With it having CREAM CHEESE in it,can this be made ahead and frozen?
    I’m thinking it can as long as I’ve not dipped in chocolate. Am I right on my thinking?
    Thank you, Sheila

    • Michelle

      Hi Shiela,
      Yes, they can certainly be made ahead and frozen.
      Happy baking,