I am a festive person. It’s just part of who I am. So with Halloween right around the corner you best believe that I am getting ready the only way I know how – in the kitchen. I love baking always, but especially when I’m making something fun like these adorable Halloween-themed cake pops. These would be great for giving out to friends, or for a kids party, or just to eat by yourself at night when you’re watching The Bachelorette Canada … just me? Okay.
I have a very love-hate relationship with cake pops. I hate them when I’m making them. I really truly do and I’m not afraid to admit it. But afterwards, when I see how they’ve turned out and how much people always devour them, that’s when I love them. And it’s just enough to make me forget how much I hated them and convince me to make them again. It’s not a super complicated process, but it is time consuming so make sure you set aside a good chunk of time to get these done.
So how do you make these things?
What You’ll Need:
- cake (no need to get fancy, I use box mix and it works just fine)
- cake pop sticks (I get them at Michael’s)
- chocolate or candy melts for decorating
- sprinkles or other decorations
- foam blocks for setting the cake pops (again, from Michael’s)
- Bake your cake according to box instructions. Allow to cool completely. Remove any hard corners or edges.
- Either by hand (with a fork) or using a food processor, break up the cake so that it becomes crumbly and very fine. You don’t want any big chunks! Then add the icing. Start with just a little bit; you can always add more (and you most likely will have to) but it’s hard to fix if you put too much. You want a really sticky and not dry mixture. If it’s too dry it’ll just crumble and not stay on the stick.
- Once you’re cake mixture is a good texture and consistency, roll out little balls about the size of ping pong balls. Drop them on to a parchment lined baking sheet and stick them in the freezer for at least an hour. This step is very important! I know you may be tempted to skip it or reduce the time but if you do they will slide right off the stick. Having them be really cold (even frozen) is key.
- Melt the chocolate or the candy melts. Add food colouring if you need to. Take a ball, insert the stick, and dip it in the to chocolate. Make sure you coat it properly but don’t leave a ton of excess because it’ll make the pop too heavy and cause it to fall. Stick it in the foam block and allow it to set. Do the rest
- Once they’re all dipped, go ahead and decorate! The Franken-pops were made using melted chocolate and chocolate sprinkles. I dipped the top in chocolate and then in the sprinkles to make the ‘hair’. Then I used on sprinkle across the top to make his brow, and chocolate for eyes and mouth. The ghosts were dipped in white chocolate and then I dyed some of that chocolate red to make the eyes. The goblins were similar (dipped in green chocolate and red for the eyes and mouth) and then I took two of the bat sprinkles and stuck them in the sides to make little pointy ears. So really, get creative. Use what you have in your pantry and see what you can make!