Halloween cake pops recipe: eyeball cake pops
Nothing like biting into an eyeball with a bloody-looking center to get you and your friends into the Halloween spirit. This Halloween cake pops recipe is the perfect Halloween party food. This illustrated step-by-step guide will show you how to make these eyeball cake pops for your next party.
To make it easy, we’re going with a boxed cake mix for this recipe. Standing there in the supermarket trying to decide on the perfect flavor, red velvet just seemed to jump off the shelf and cry, “pick me, pick me!” Perfect.
Feeling evil yet? Mwuh-ha-ha-ha-ha.
How to Make Halloween Eyeball Cake Pops
Take the red velvet cake mix home and assemble the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Blend the liquid ingredients— water, oil and eggs, in a bowl first. Once incorporated, dump in the cake mix and blend for 2 minutes.
Put it into a greased pan and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you insert a knife and it comes out clean. If the knife comes out looking like you just stabbed someone, it’s not cooked yet. Put it back.
Allow it to cool thoroughly. Trim off the top or corners if they are a little firm.
After the cake cools, break it up into a big bowl and crumble it into fine crumbs. Add about ½ container of your favorite frosting and work it into the cake crumbs until you look like you’ve just finished a messy autopsy.
Roll the cake into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls on a plate and chill them for a couple of hours in the fridge.
Melt some white chocolate, perfect for this Halloween cake pops recipe in its natural color for eyeballs. You can use a double-boiler or an electric candy melter but one of the easiest ways is a microwave. Use a glass measuring cup— the perfect size for dipping.
Microwave 1 minute on high; stir. If it’s not fully melted, microwave 15 more seconds; stir; repeat if necessary until the chocolate is smooth. If the chocolate is too thick, just add a couple of spoonfuls of Criso or paramount crystals (same thing—paramount crystals are just vegetable shortening in beaded form). Mix well until it’s smooth and ready for dipping.
Dip the tip of a lollypop stick into the chocolate and insert it into the cake ball. Do this for all of your cake balls, then chill them for about 10 minutes just to set it up.
Remove the cake balls from the fridge and dip them into the white chocolate. When you dip cake pops:
- Never twist the stick
- Never let it touch the sides
- Never let it touch the bottom
Tap off excess chocolate gently then insert the pop into a block of Styrofoam. Chill the cake pops for 2 hours.
Now it’s time to decorate your eyeball. The first thing you can do to make it really realistic looking is to dip a toothpick into some red or blue food coloring and trace random lines all over the eyeball. This will resemble veins.
Next, your eyeball needs a pupil. For that, melt some dark chocolate in a small microwavable container. Place a small dab of chocolate in the shape of a circle, right on the front of the eyeball. Allow it to set.
Next, your eye needs an iris— that colored part of your eye. Use writing gel to surround the pupil with color for this Halloween cake pops recipe. Blue and green are the most realistic looking gel colors; brown gel works too, but it’s not always as readily available.
Allow the Halloween cake pops to chill about 15 more minutes, or until the party begins. Maybe you’ll want to surprise trick-or-treaters by offering them an eyeball. They look even better after the first bite!
Another great way to serve these eyeball cake pops is off the stick. If you want to do this, after you take the undecorated balls out of the freezer, plop them into the white chocolate one at a time, and fish them out with a fork. You can place them in truffle wrappers to hold them and let them chill. Decorate them the same way— with food coloring veins, dark chocolate pupils and gel irises. Put them in a candy box for Halloween and leave it out on the coffee table, or put it on a platter. When your friends come over for Halloween, offer them a treat.
Watch what happens when they bite in to this Halloween cake pops recipe!
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