How to make scary-cute Halloween cake pops

Writer Gabriela Lanza’s cake pops turned out a little spooky, but they were a fun Halloween activity. GABRIELA LANZA / FOGHORN 

Gabriela Lanza

Contributing Writer


Start to finish: 90 minutes

Servings: 30 pops

1 box butter pecan cake mix

1 ⅓ cups water

2 tablespoon/teaspoon vegetable oil

3 medium/large eggs

3 cups orange candy melts

3 cups black candy melts

3 tablespoons shortening

30 paper lollipop sticks

Halloween candy sprinkles

  1. In a 13-by-9-inch-sized pan, bake cake mix as directed on the box. Then chill the cake.
  2. On a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper, crumble the cooled cake by hand. 
  3. After crumbling, add frosting to the crumbled cake and mix well using your hands.
  4. Shape the crumbled cake mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls, place shaped balls back onto lined cookie sheets.
  5. Move the lined cookie sheet with shaped cake balls to the freezer, freeze until firm, about 1 hour. 
  6. In a microwavable bowl, heat orange candy melts and 1 1/2 tablespoons of shortening, uncovered, in a microwave on medium heat for one minute. Continue to heat the mixture in 15-second intervals, until thoroughly melted, about 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Repeat the process with the black candy melts and remaining shortening.
  7. Dip the tip of one lollipop stick about a 1/2-inch into either color melted candy mixture. Then insert the dipped end of the stick into one cake ball no more than halfway. Return the cake balls back to the cookie sheet after inserting the stick. Repeat with the remaining sticks and cake balls. 
  8. Moved the lined cookie sheet with cake balls to the refrigerator. Refrigerate for five minutes, then remove from the refrigerator 5 cake pops at a time. 
  9. Dip half of the cake balls in orange melted candy mixture,tap off excess. Then sprinkle on Halloween with candy sprinkles. Repeat for the remaining cake balls, using the black melted candy mixture. Reheat the melted candy mixtures if necessary.
  10. After decorating, poke the opposite end of the stick into a foam block. Let stand until set.
  11. Individually drizzle the orange colored cake pops with the black melted candy mixture.
  12. Individually drizzle the black colored cake pops with the orange melted candy mixture.

I’m not a huge Halloween person, but I didn’t want to be a Halloween Grinch, so I came in with an open mind and the supplies to attempt Halloween cake pops. In the end, the cake pops came out accurately representing how my life has been going during this pandemic — the cake came out well, but the sticks didn’t stay in and the chocolate got cold, which created a scary disaster. I didn’t succeed at the cute aspect, but if there was an award for scariest dessert, my pops would definitely take the cake. Looking at them would probably give me nightmares, so if you’re not a baker like me, don’t fear, there are other activities that you can definitely do! And if you follow the recipe above, your cake pops will turn out far better than mine. 

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