A fun Halloween cake pop recipe, these Eyeball Cake Pops are super simple to make and a spooky addition to your Halloween party!
Halloween Cake Pop Recipe
Cake pops are one of my all-time favorite desserts, but I don’t share them here nearly enough!
They are the perfect two-bite sweet treat, with a creamy candy shell, soft cake inside, and they’re often pretty cute to boot!
While there are some pretty epic cake pop designs out there, I prefer to go with easy concepts that Ella can help make. (And let’s be honest, who has time to spend like 15 minutes per cake pop when it takes people less than 30 seconds to each them?!)
These cake pops were a huge hit at our Halloween party, and this recipe makes a ton of them if you are keeping your eyeballs, well, eyeball sized. You can alternatively make a bunch of giant eyeballs!
The kids all thought these cake pops were hilarious and all notions of “not playing with your food” were thrown out the window.
If you are looking for something more sophisticated to offer the parents (although I personally think cake pops are the best), check out our Magical Pumpkin Cake or our Cute Ghost Cake with Ghost Meringues. (Not to mention our Halloween cocktails…)
Ingredients for Eyeball Cake Pops
- 1 box cake mix
- PLUS ingredients called for on the box
- 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered icing sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups white candy melts
- 2 Tablespoons shortening or coconut oil
- Candy eyes
- Red gel frosting or 1/2 cup red candy melts
Tip: you can use leftover cupcakes or cake trimmings for this recipe, just adjust the amount of frosting required as needed.
Tip #2: if you want to add lollipop sticks, you will need 48.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cake pans
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Piping bag
- Cookie sheet
How to Make Eyeball Cake Pops
Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and let cool.
Prepare the frosting by combining the butter, powdered icing sugar, cream and vanilla. Adjust the taste and texture by increasing the amount of cream or icing sugar, as desired.
Crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl then add the frosting. You want the “batter” to be able to stick together when pressed but you don’t want it to be wet or too soft that it can’t hold a firm shape.
Roll the cake mixture into 1-2 Tablespoon cake balls and then place on a cookie sheet or in a freezer-safe container in an even, flat layer.
Freeze for one hour to firm up the cake balls.
Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe dish for 25 seconds, stir, then reheat as needed. Add the coconut oil or shortening to make it even smoother.
Set up a lined cookie sheet for the coated cake pops. (Line with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.)
If you want to add lollipop sticks to the cake balls, add them now by inserting the end of the stick into the candy melts and inserting about 1/2″ to 1″ into the cake ball. Let dry completely before progressing with the other steps of the recipe.
Using a fork (or a cake pop dipper if you have one), dip each cake pop one by one into the the candy melt mixture, coating evenly and tapping the fork holding the cake pop on the edge of the dish to knock off any excess candy.
Place the coated cake ball on the lined baking sheet and immediately add a candy eye to the top.
Repeat with all cake balls – you may need to refreeze occasionally.
When all of the cake pops are dry, use the red gel frosting to add the red eye lines. Alternatively, you can melt some red candy melts (or white candy melts with red candy dye) and add to a piping bag to add these details.
Grab your free printable for our spooky Halloween cake pop recipe:
These tasty eyeball cake pops are a spooky and fun addition to your Halloween party for kids!