A while back, some girlfriends and I took an awesome class on Halloween-themed cake pops. They’re so easy and cute, I thought I’d share some of what I learned. If you’re looking for easy-peasy, do the pumpkins and ghosts. If you’re up for a bit more work, do the black cats and the witches. To display them, we got a plastic cauldron from the Dollar Store and placed some styrofoam in the bottom. Kooky and spooky!
Cake Pops: The Basic Recipe
1 9×13 cake, baked and cooled
1/2 to 2/3 of a 16-ounce container of prepared frosting
You can use any combination of flavors — for this batch we went with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting because, well, who doesn’t like that!
Crumble cake into a mixing bowl and stir in 1/2 of frosting until cake is play-dough consistency. Add additional frosting if needed to get there. Chill for 2 hrs (or stick in the freezer for 15 min. if you’re in a hurry.)
Scoop a level tablespoon (NO BIGGER or cake pops won’t stay on sticks) of batter and roll into a ball with your hands. Repeat until finished. Keep balls chilled until ready to use.
Makes about 48 cake pops.
Basic Cake Pop Coating
Use Wilton Candy melts (available at craft stores) in desired color. Melt in microwave according to package directions (usually 50% power) with 3 tablespoons shortening, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. Keep warm and only melt colors you will be using immediately…they coat so much better when warm.
To coat: Dip the tip of a 5-inch lollipop stick in melted candy coating and insert into center of cake ball. Dip cake ball in warm candy coating, tap and swirl to coat evenly. Place in a slab of styrofoam and decorate as desired.
To make Pumpkins:
1. Immediately after dipping in orange candy coat, insert small pretzel in top of cake pop (this is the pumpkin stem).
2. Let dry completely and use an edible marker (available at all craft stores) to draw pumpkin face.
To make Ghosts:
1. Pinch the centers of cake balls to create an oblong shape.
2. Dip in white candy coat.
3. Let dry completely and use and edible marker to draw ghost face.
To make Black Cats:
1. Before dipping cake balls in candy coat, use a toothpick to glue two chocolate chips to the top of the cake ball. (Use melted candy coat as glue.) Let dry a couple minutes. These will be the cat’s ears.
2. Dip cake ball into melted black candy coat. Immediately press on a pink or red rainbow-colored chip (or red mini-m&m) for the nose. Then press on eyes (yellow confetti sprinkles from grocery or craft store).
3. Insert chocolate “jimmie” sprinkles as whiskers.
4. Let dry completely and use an edible pen to color irises in the eye.
To make Witch:
1. Scrape the white creamy stuff off one-half of an Oreo. (If you can find the smaller, cheaper version of Oreos called Lance Cookies, they look better.) Set aside.
2. Cut black licorice strings in small pieces, cut through the center to flatten each, and fray bottom with a scissors to make hair. Set aside.
3. Dip cake ball in green candy melt. Immediately turn cake pop upside down and press onto scraped oreo. This is the hat brim. Let dry a few minutes in upside down position.
4. While upside down, press on a green sunflower seed (from craft store) for nose. Add two yellow dot confetti sprinkles (grocery store or craft store) for eyes.
5. Turn cake pop right side up and glue (with candy melt) a Hershey’s Kiss to the top of the oreo. This is the hat.
6. Let cake pop dry completely. Draw on irises and eyebrows with an edible pen. Use candy melt to glue on to pieces of frayed licorice as hair.
Mwah hah hah…happy eating!