With Halloween approaching rapidly, I decided to make ghoulish cyclops cake pops. This was my first attempt at cake pops and I was surprised at how incredibly easy they were to make. AND, I had the best excuse to make them – they were for a kids party. Over the weekend, Mark and I went to my little cousin’s 8th birthday party and I wanted to surprise her and all of her friends with these little ghoulish treats.
Let’s just say they were a big hit with the young folk. Gone in minutes, maybe less.
If you’re throwing a kid’s party this month, whether it be a birthday party or a Halloween party, these little treats are such a great idea and kids love them. I bet bringing these to the office wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. I mean, we’re all kids at heart anyway, right? ;)
Cake Pop How-to:
To make cyclops cake pops you will need: a box of cake mix, flavor of your choice, (homemade cake, even better), a jar of store bought frosting (homemade, even better), green colored melting chips (I really like Wilton candy melts for this), candy eyeballs (these were also Wilton brand I found at Michael’s), lollipop sticks, and a small Styrofoam block for holding the cake pops.
Prepare and bake the box of cake mix according to the box.
Once baked, let the cake cool. Cut cake up and place it into a large mixing bowl.
Pour in store bought, or homemade frosting (this helps bind the cake balls together).
With clean hands, start working cake and frosting together until fully incorporated. Put mixture into the refrigerator for 15 minutes. After refrigerated, use a cookie-size ice cream scooper to uniformly scoop out balls of cake mixture. Roll each scooped ball with hands to help make the balls completely round.
Place balls into the freezer for 15 minutes.
Right before taking the cake balls out, begin to melt the candy melting chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and according to package directions.
Once chips are completely melted, remove the cake balls from the freezer.
Stab each ball with a lollipop stick and individually dip and swirl each pop into the melting chocolate until entire ball is covered with melting candy. Then gently push a candy eyeball into the center before the candy shell dries.
Puncture the end of the finished cake pop stick into a Styrofoam block to let each pop cool completely.