Red {Velvet} Eyeballs

Brody and I woke up this morning and started baking right after breakfast. I have been anxious to make cake pops for the first time. I know I am late jumping on the bandwagon, but I've been scared to try them because they look extremely difficult and time consuming to make. To my surprise they were super easy and fun, BUT they were time consuming.

I thought it would be fun to make something festive for the season and share them with Jonathan's co-workers. I had so much fun making the Dunkin' Pumpkins a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I would make something similar with a little more "scare" to it. My inspiration came from the Disney Family Fun Magazine but I tweaked it a bit, making cake pops instead of covered donuts {the Dunkin' Pumpkins were a bit too sweet for my taste}.
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Here is what we used to make them:
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix and the ingredients listed on the box
  • 1(16oz) Can of Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Plastic Forks
  • 2 Bags of Wilton Candy Melts
  • Canola Oil
  • Wax Paper
  • Red and Black Cookie Decorating Icing
  • 2 Floral Foam Blocks
  • Scrapbook paper or Wrapping paper
Here's how we made them:
(we got the basic cake pop tips from this video)
  • We made the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Brody did all the pouring and mixing.
  • After the cake was done baking, we let it cool for 15 minutes before scooping it back into the mixer bowl.  Then, Brody began crumbling the cake with his hands {yes, we washed them thoroughly}.
But this step got a little too messy for the little guy's liking. Her prefers to have clean hands.  He gets it honest because I wasn't about to crumble it with my hands either.  We settled on letting the mixer do this step.
  • Once the cake was crumbled we began adding the frosting in the mixer with the cake to get a nice cake dough. {We used about 3/4 the can of frosting}
  • Then we began rolling the cake dough into balls, scooping up even amounts with a small scoop.
  • Then we melted a small amount of the Wilton candy melts in the microwave (30 sec intervals), dipped the tips of the plastic forks into the melted candy, and stabbed the cake balls.  Once they were all "forked," we let them harden in the fridge.
Brody did his best to be patient, but his sweet tooth got the best of him; so he placed himself in his highchair and began repeatedly asking if the cake pops were done yet.  To prevent a blow-up {from both of us}, I turned on "Cars" and let him watch the movie for awhile.  Worked like a charm!...
...for a little while at least.  By the time Lightning McQueen was on his way to California, Brody's tummy couldn't wait much longer.  So I gave him a cake ball dipped in some candy melt.  I'm pretty sure he loved it.
He was satisfied for the time being, but I had to get back to making some eyeballs.
  • Once the cake balls were hardened, I melted the rest of the candy melts and dipped the cake balls in the candy melts {until completely covered}. 
  • ***Hint: I learned {the hard way} that the best way to melt the candy is in a mini crock pot on the lowest setting. It takes about 15-20 min to completely melt. Be sure to stir often.  Once melted, add small amounts of canola oil until you have reached a desired consistency.  (The Wilton candy melts without oil will be too thick to dip your cake balls in.)  Be sure to only add a little oil at a time as a small amount goes a long way.
  • Let your candy coated cake balls harden by sticking the fork into a floral foam block.
  • Once the candy has completely hardened, you can decorate your cake pop to look like a blood-shot eyeball. Stick them in the fridge or freezer for a minute or two to help them harden faster and to keep the icing from running.
  • To display your eyeballs, wrap a floral foam block in paper (just like a present).  Stick the fork into the foam. ***Hint: It helps to use a knife to get the hole started.

Next time I think I will use silver forks as it would look more realistic. Since I had so many forks left over from Brody's birthday party I thought it was best for me to use what I already had this time.

I thought they turned out pretty cute {in a scary way}. Not perfect, but pretty good for my first time making cake pops.  I know my mom won't like them much since they are scary looking {sorry, Mom}. Normally, I don't care much for the scary Halloween stuff myself, but this time I couldn't resist.
This picture weirds me out.
I just happened to catch him saying "cheese" at the wrong moment.
Since it took all day to make the cake pops we are going to have to wait until tomorrow to take them to Jonathan's work.  I hope they like them!

Do you?

Thank you to the following blogs for featuring my Red Velvet Eyeballs!



  1. Very cool....and ghoul-ish. Very creative, Pum'kin. Brody looked like he was really into it....great learning activity for him. I liked his creepy picture and the others as well. Love you.


  2. These are super cute! I have tried cake balls twice now and they are fun to do. I love the eyeball design and you have a good helper!

  3. Ha! creepy, yet so wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment...I'll have to go through my recent batch of photos and I'll try to link up with your new challenge :)

  4. These look so good. I accidentally made something like this last Christmas. I made cake pops and wanted to drizzle some red chocolate on them. When they were done they looked like eyeballs which is not a good look at Christmas. :-) I am pinning this! I am visiting from Pin Inspirational Thursdays. Vicky from

  5. I love these! They would have worked perfect for my vampire party I had the other day. Such cute photos too :)


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