Halloween Cake Pops – A Beautiful Mess


When it comes to Halloween, there are lots of treats to choose from but Halloween cake pops are a great way to serve fun bits of cake on sticks decorated for the occasion. We’ll show you three ideas for how to make an easy eyeball cake pop, a bat cake pop, and a mummy cake pop just by adding few fun touches for your next Halloween party.

And whether it’s food, costumes, or decoration ideas you need, we’ve got tons of ideas to make this Halloween special!

Looking for more Halloween treats? Check out:

halloween cake pops

Want an easy no-bake “cake pop” idea? Try using large marshmallows on a stick and get to the decorating right away!

Tips for Making Cake Pops:

  • Add your icing to your cake crumble in small quantities so you just get the point of having enough for it to stick together.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to scoop cake mixture so you get even portions for each cake pop.
  • Make sure your cake balls are well-chilled before coating.
  • Have your decorations nearby and prepped to go so you can attach them while the chocolate is still melted.
  • You can use a tall glass to pour your melted chocolate in so you have a little dunk tank to fully submerge your cake pop into.
supplies for halloween cake pops

What You Need to Make Cake Pops:

Cake mix: You can use any flavor cake mix: chocolatevanillared velvetyellow, etc. Be sure to check your cake mix to ensure you have whatever other cake ingredients the mix recommends for baking (eggs, oil, etc.).

Can of frosting: You will also need one container of store-bought frosting. I like to use anything with a simple texture like vanillachocolate, or strawberry.

Cake pop sticks: While it’s most common to use sticks like this, you can also use forks or edible items like pretzel rods!

Candy melts: These discs of chocolate are the easiest way to get that chocolate coating as they melt easily and come in lots of color options.

Microwave or Double Boiler: You can melt candy melts in the microwave, but you can also use a double boiler to do it on the stove top or a chocolate melter like this one.

Edible decorations: For these Halloween cake pops you’ll want candy eyeballs for the mummy and bat, Oreo-type cookies for the bat wings, chocolate chips for the bat ears, green candy melts or a large candy eye for the eyeball and an edible marker to draw on the red veins.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use chocolate chips instead of candy melts for cake pops?

While candy melts work best for cake pops, you can also use chocolate chips instead. The mixture will be a little thicker and slightly harder to work with (but still OK). And the shell around the cake pops will be thicker once the chocolate sets.

How to Make Halloween Cake Pops:

1. Bake the cake: Bake your cake according to the package instructions and allow to fully cool.

2. Add the frosting and mix: Spoon the baked cake into a large mixing bowl. Add 2/3 of the container of frosting. Using the full container makes the cake pops a bit too soft and harder to work with once we dip them in chocolate. But, this is how you get cake pops to stick together—with frosting. Use clean hands to mix together the frosting and cake. The cake pop batter is going to be pretty soft, but moldable.

3. Roll cake balls: Form your cake pop batter into small balls (about 3-4 tablespoons each). You don’t want them to be too big, just so they easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Once you have formed all your pops (a standard size cake will make around 35-40 cake pops), put them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or the freezer for 30 minutes.

4. Melt your candy melts: Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30-second increments on half power. You could also use a double boiler to do it on the stove top or a chocolate melter like this one. If you need to thin your candy melts, you can stir in a teaspoon of canola or vegetable oil once melted and can reheat the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time to remelt if it starts to set up at any point.

5. Attach the cake pop stick: First put your stick into the melted chocolate and push the stick 2/3 through a cold cake pop.

6. Dip the cake pop: Dip the attached cake pop into the melted chocolate and allow any excess chocolate to drip off the pop. Gently tap the cake pop stick on the side of your bowl to also shake off extra chocolate. Then, add any extra decorations and store the cake pop upright while it sets (unless you don’t mind a flat bottomed cake pop).

You can keep them upright in a number of ways like sticking them into a container that is filled with granulated white sugar or rice or you can stick them into a block of styrofoam.

How to make a mummy Halloween cake pop:

  • Follow directions above to make a general cake pop and dip the cake pop into white chocolate.
  • Add two candy eyes and let the chocolate set.
  • Using more melted white chocolate, either use a piping bag (or a ziplock baggie with a bit of the corner tip cut off) or a spoon to drizzle lines of chocolate over the mummy face to make the wrapping effect.
  • Allow the drizzled chocolate to set and your mummies are ready!
mummy halloween cake pop

How to make a bat Halloween cake pop:

bat halloween cake pop
  • Follow directions above to make a general cake pop and dip the cake pop into black or brown chocolate.
  • Add two candy eyes, half an Oreo or chocolate cookie into each side for the wings, two chocolate chips on top for ears, and let the chocolate set.

TIP: When adding the bat wings, have your cake pop standing up in a stand or jar of rice/sugar to hold it upright and insert the wings on both sides at the same time. Just go in far enough to stick but not so far that you split your cake pop in half.

  • Once the chocolate is set, your bats are ready to eat!
bat halloween cake pop

How to make an eyeball Halloween cake pop:

  • Follow directions above to make a general cake pop and dip the cake pop into white chocolate.
  • Add a green candy melts or a large candy eye to the eyeball and let the chocolate set. If you do the candy melt, you can add some melted black chocolate to a ziplock bag, cut the corner, and add a drop of black for the pupil or you can draw it on with a black food marker.
  • Allow the cake pop to dry and then draw on red veins with a food marker and you’re ready to serve!
halloween eyeball cake pop

Looking for more cake pop tips? Check out our How To Make Cake Pops for more!

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mummy halloween cake pops

How cute are those?! We love a good Halloween treat that is a little spooky but mostly fun. You can also use a little food dye in vanilla cake to make the inside cake pop batter a fun Halloween color for an extra surprise when you bite inside. Happy baking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make no-bake cake pops with a premade cake?

Yes! You can use an angel food cake that’s already made from the store, just add the icing little by little until the cake sticks together to make your balls.

How do I store my cake pops?

If making these ahead of time, you can store your completed cake pops at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. You can store them for up to four weeks in the refrigerator, but the cold can create some condensation on your decorations and cause them to bleed or warp a bit.


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Create fun Halloween cake pops that look like a bat, eyeball, or a mummy!

Cost $15

Yield 35 cake balls

Prep 30 minutes

2 hours

Instructions

  • 1. Bake the cake: Bake your cake according to the package instructions and allow to fully cool.

  • 2. Add the frosting and mix: Spoon the baked cake into a large mixing bowl. Add 2/3 of the container of frosting. Using the full container makes the cake pops a bit too soft and harder to work with once we dip them in chocolate. But, this is how you get cake pops to stick together—with frosting. Use clean hands to mix together the frosting and cake. The cake pop batter is going to be pretty soft, but moldable. Should feel like play dough consistency.

  • 3. Roll cake balls: Form your cake pop batter into small balls (about 3-4 tablespoons each). You don’t want them to be too big, just so they easily fit in the palm of your hand. Once you have formed all your pops (a standard size cake will make around 35-40 cake pops), put them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or the freezer for 30 minutes.

  • 4. Melt your candy melts: Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30-second increments on half power. You could also use a double boiler to do it on the stove top or a chocolate melter like this one. If you need to thin your candy melts, you can stir in a teaspoon of canola or vegetable oil once melted and you can reheat the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time to remelt if it starts to set up at any point.
  • 5. Attach the cake pop stick: First put your stick into the melted chocolate and push the stick 2/3 through a cold cake pop.

  • 6. Dip the cake pop: Dip the attached cake pop into the melted chocolate and allow any excess chocolate to drip off the pop. Gently tap the cake pop stick on the side of your bowl to also shake off extra chocolate. Then, add any extra decorations and store the cake pop upright while it sets (unless you don’t mind a flat bottomed cake pop).

Notes

*You can keep them upright in a number of ways while they set like sticking them into a container that is filled with granulated white sugar or rice or you can stick them into a block of styrofoam.
 
Mummy decoration:

  • Follow directions above to make a general cake pop and dip the cake pop into white chocolate.
  • Add two candy eyes and let the chocolate set.
  • Using more melted white chocolate, either use a piping bag (or a ziplock baggie with a bit of the corner tip cut off) or a spoon to drizzle lines of chocolate over the mummy face to make the wrapping effect.
  • Allow the drizzled chocolate to set and your mummies are ready!

Bat decoration:

  • Follow directions above to make a general cake pop and dip the cake pop into black or brown chocolate.
  • Add two candy eyes, half an Oreo or chocolate cookie into each side for the wings, two chocolate chips on top for ears, and let the chocolate set.

TIP: When adding the bat wings, have your cake pop standing up in a stand or jar of rice/sugar to hold it upright and insert both wings in at the same time. Just go in far enough to stick but not so far that you split your cake pop in half.

  • Once the chocolate is set, your bats are ready to eat!

Eyeball decoration:

  • Follow directions above to make a general cake pop and dip the cake pop into white chocolate.
  • Add a green candy melts or a large candy eye to the eyeball and let the chocolate set. If you do the candy melt, you can add some melted black chocolate to a ziplock bag, cut the corner, and add a drop of black for the pupil or you can draw it on with a black food marker.
  • Allow the cake pop to dry and then draw on red veins with a food marker and you’re ready to serve!

 
 
 



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