Halloween Cake Pops

Fun, colorful, and full of spooky spirit. These festive Halloween Cake Pops can be made with any cake mix and are the cutest dessert for any creepy crawly gathering!

Halloween cake pops sitting on a wooden platter.

Spooky season is upon us, and what could be more fun than decorating some exciting and eerie Halloween Cake Pops? I love how easy these are to put together and they’re the perfect size for a dessert! So, grab your friends and your kids and get ready to make this fun Halloween treat.

However, there is a secret to making these beautiful cake pops, so before we dive into the recipe, I will let you in on my little secret.

The Secret to Perfect Cake Pops

I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to make cake pops and failed miserably. They were either too big and fell off the lollipop sticks, or the coating on the cake ball was too thick or too runny which is why, until now, you have not seen cake pops on my site.

I have found the foolproof way to make beautiful cake pops every time! And that is using the Benty Cakes Cake Puck Mold Set. The founder, Beth, created two different molds, one for creating the cake pop center and the other for the coating. I cannot recommend it enough!

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for Halloween cake pops.

Cake Mix – You can use ANY traditional cake mix. I used a box cake mix because it is simple and the fun with this recipe is decorating.

Decorations – I used decorating gel and candy eyeballs to make my spine-chilling creatures come to life!

For exact ingredients and amounts see the recipe card below.

How to Make Halloween Cake Pops

Step 1: Bake the cake mix according to the box directions.

Step 2: After the cake has baked, place the warm cake (you don’t have to wait for it to cool) in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer and crumble it up using a paddle attachment.

Step 3: Once you have a crumbed cake, add your frosting into the mixture. You can add an additional 1-2 Tablespoons of frosting based on your cake pop texture preference.

Cake crumbled and frosting being added into it.

Step 4: Then using your cake pop dough, fill each of the smaller cake pop molds scraping off any excess on top and freeze for 30 minutes.

Cake added into the cake pop mold.

Step 5: While the cake is freezing in the mold, melt your candy melts in the microwave and add about 1 teaspoon of shortening to each color to allow the consistency to be a little thinner and easier to work with.

Step 6: Then, remove the cakes from the freezer and pop them out of their mold. Then using the larger cake pop mold pour in the melted candy melts about halfway up the mold, add in the cake center and press down as far as you can so that the melts go up around the sides and top and then scrape or smooth the top over so that you can make an even pop in the mold.

Coating and cake pop added into the larger mold.

Step 7: Place the mold in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to set.

Step 8: Once the pops are set, pop them out of the mold and you’re ready to decorate!

Cake pops after they have set before decorating.

Step 9: Finally, design your best spooky creepy-crawly cake pops and enjoy them for yourself or serve them at your next Halloween Party!

Mummy cake pop cut in half.

FAQs

Should I use candy melts or chocolate for these Halloween Cake Pops?

When it comes to cake pops candy melts are always the way to go. They set quickly and easily and there is no fuss where chocolate can be temperamental especially based on the temperature. When I want to coat my cake pops with chocolate I use chocolate melts (Ghirardelli is my favorite) and they set beautifully.

How do I store these Halloween Cake Pops?

You can store these cake pops in an airtight container on your counter for 1-2 days, or in your fridge for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze Halloween Cake Pops?

Yes. You can freeze these cake pops in an airtight container in your freezer for up to 2 weeks. If you are going to freeze them I would recommend waiting to decorate until you are ready to serve.

What other decorations can I use for these Halloween cake pops?

There are endless possibilities on what you can decorate your cake pops with! I have also used marshmallows, sprinkles, oreos, gel food coloring, even graham cracker crumbs. Use any toppings you want to make your spooky creatures!

Halloween Cake Pop Designs

Jack-O-Lantern

Is there anything more iconic at Halloween than a Jack-o-Lantern? These scary or silly pumpkins are so cute and taste even better! You can use piping gel, candy melts, or even an edible marker to add on your face to these pops.

Pumpkin cake pops on a wooden tray.

Frankenstein

The classic bogeyman himself, this Frankenstein cake pop is sure to spook any of your ghostly friends! Use some piping gel for the hair and mouth and add some eyeballs and you’re all set!

Frankenstein cake pops on a wooden tray.

Monster

This purple 3 eyed monster is fun and frightening! You can really make these your own by adding lots of eyes, or just one, it could be smiling or have a scary face. The possibilities are endless!

Monster cake pops on a charcuterie board.

Mummy

These mummy cake pops are the easiest ones to make and look so good! You can use white candy melts or white chocolate melts for the exterior. Then I put the extra coating in a Ziplock bag and cut the corner to make a small piping hole. All you have to do is make zig zags over the top of the pop and add on some candy eyeballs and you have yourself a haunted mummy at your fingertips.

Mummy cake pops on a tray.

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Fun, colorful, and full of spooky spirit. These festive Halloween Cake Pops can be made with any cake mix and are the cutest dessert for any creepy crawly gathering!

Halloween Cake Pops Recipe

Fun, colorful, and full of spooky spirit. These festive Halloween Cake Pops can be made with any cake mix and are the cutest dessert for any creepy crawly gathering!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Freezing Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 22 cake pops
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Andrea
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Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix - or any cake of your choosing
  • 2-4 Tbsp frosting
  • 8 oz white candy melts
  • 8 oz dark green candy melts
  • 8 oz orange candy melts
  • 8 oz purple candy melts
  • 4 tsp shortening
  • small candy eyeballs
  • medium candy eyeballs
  • black decorating gel

Instructions

  • Bake the cake mix according to the box directions.
  • After the cake has baked, place the warm cake (you don't have to wait for it to cool) in a stand mixer and crumble it up using a paddle attachment.
  • Once the cake is crumbled, add in your frosting. You can add an additional 1-2 Tablespoons of frosting based on your cake pop texture preference.
  • Then using your cake pop dough, fill each of the smaller cake pop molds scraping off any excess on top and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • While the cake is freezing in the mold, melt your candy melts and add about 1 teaspoon of shortening to each color to allow the consistency to be a little thinner and easier to work with.
  • Then, remove the cakes from the freezer and pop them out of their mold. Then using the larger cake pop mold pour in the melted candy melts about halfway up the mold, add in the cake center and press down as far as you can so that the melts go up around the sides and top and then scrape or smooth the top over so that you can make an even pop in the mold.
  • Place the mold in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to set.
  • Once the pops are set, pop them out of the mold and you’re ready to decorate!
  • Finally, design your best spooky creepy-crawly cake pops and enjoy!

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NOTES

If you are using multiple candy melt colors, it is easiest to do one color at a time and then move on to the next color.
The melts set really quick, so I found it best to do one pop at a time. In addition, the bottom doesn’t have to be perfect because this will end up being the bottoms of the cake pops.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cake pop | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 22g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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