Cake Pops-Halloween Edition
Fall is my all time favorite season. I love fall clothes, decor, holidays, and food. I was so incredibly excited to share my Halloween cake pops on our local news, WTNH channel 8, here in Connecticut.
For those of you who aren't local or missed the segment, here is a full rundown of how I made each of the fall/Halloween cake pops that were featured on the show! This post is only on how I decorated each of the pops, for the FULL tutorial on how to make cake pops in general, click HERE.
1. Spooky Bats
For the bats, I shaped my cake dough into more of a square shape (you could do round or even use a marshmallow instead of cake). I dipped the pop in dark brown colored candy melts and let it dry. I very carefully separated the Oreo halves and then cut them into quarter moons to give them a wing shape. I dipped one end into the melted candy and then stuck it against the side of the pop. I held it there for a few seconds to allow it to dry. I then used store bought eyeballs put a little of the candy melt on the back, and stuck them on the pop. I used black colored candy melt for the mouth. You could either use a toothpick or a decorating squeeze bottle that you have put some candy melt into.
Isn't he the cutest bat you've ever seen?!
For the mummy, I shaped my cake dough into more of a rounded triangular shape. I then dipped the pop into white candy melt. I allowed it to dry. I then adhered store bought candy eyeballs using some of the melted chocolate. I used a decorating squeeze bottle filled with the melted white candy melts to pipe on the lines for that mummy appearance. I also bought some gauze at the store and tied a little gauze around the stick to add to the mummy look.
- Green Candy Melts
- Black Candy Melts
- Candy eyeballs
- Thin pretzel sticks
- Candy decorating pens
- Decorating Squeeze Bottle
I shaped the cake dough into a square shape. I dipped the entire pop into green candy melt. I allowed it to dry. I then went back and adhered store bought candy eyes using the melt as glue. I broke off small pieces of pretzel sticks and stuck them to the sides of his head using the melted candy. I poured some melted black candy melt into a decorating squeeze bottle and used that to pipe on his hair. I used candy decorating pens (black and red) for his mouth and stitches.
4. Ghost with Treat bag
I shaped the cake dough into the ghost like shape and also molded the little arms. I dipped the entire pop into white candy melt. As the ghosts were drying I used a candy pen to draw a face on an orange M and M so it looked like a pumpkin treat bag. I used white candy melt to adhere the little M and M to his arm. I went back and used a decorating squeeze bottle with black candy melt to pipe on the face and handle of the treat bag.
5. Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin
I shaped the cake dough into a ball. I first broke off small pieces of pretzel sticks that I was going to use for the stem. I had some green candy pieces leftover from a previous project for the leaf (you could also use a green M and M). I dipped the ball into orange candy melt. I did stick the pretzel into the top and add the leaf while the dip was still wet. If it dries too fast on you though you can just add some melted dip to the pretzel and candy and stick them on that way. I allowed the pumpkins to dry then went back with a candy marker and drew on the faces.
I used silver plastic forks (which I purchased from Dollar Tree) instead of sticks. I dipped the fork into some melts then stuck the fork into the round cake ball. I allowed them to set/dry for a few minutes. I then went back and completely dipped the eyeballs into the white candy melt. I put them down on a waxed paper lined baking sheet to they would stand upright. After the had hardened I went back and used some candy melt to stick on the store bought green eyeballs. I used a candy pen to draw on the blood vessels.
- Tan (light brown) Candy Melts
- Dark Brown Candy Melts
- Rolo Candies
- Lifesaver Candies
- Shredded wheat cereal
- Leaf shaped sprinkles
- Round Black Sprinkles (optional, you could just use candy pens and draw the face)
- Orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds (optional, you could draw the face)
- Candy pens
- Decorating squeeze bottle
For the scarecrow I started off with round balls and dipped them into a light brown candy melt (this particular melt that I used is actually peanut butter flavored). While the pop is hardening, you can prep your decorations. First, crumble some shredded wheat cereal which you will use for his hay hair/stuffing. Second, open up some Rolo candies that you will use for his hat. Next, open some lifesavers that you will use for his collar.
After the cake pop has dried, start by attaching the Lifesaver collar with a little bit of candy melt. Then sprinkle some of the shredded wheat around the neck as well. Using a darker brown candy melt attach the Rolo on top of his head. I added some of the dark brown dip in a candy decorating squeeze bottle and piped on the brim of the hat. Using the tan colored melt, add a little more to the sides and sprinkle on the shredded wheat. I also added little leaf sprinkles to the hat. For the face, I used black sprinkles for the eyes, an orange chocolate covered sunflower for his nose, and I drew his mouth an eyebrows with a candy pen.
9. Indian Corn
Start by preparing your "kernals". I purchased chocolate covered sunflower seeds at Trader Joe's ( I have also seen them at Joann Fabric). Spread a bunch of the seeds onto a flat plate. Also, I used green fondant for the corn husk. Simply roll out the fondant and cut into stalky looking pieces.
I shaped the cake dough into a rounded triangular shape. I dipped the pop into yellow candy melt. While the candy melt is still wet, dip put the pop face down into the sunflower seeds. It is okay if some fall off you can always go back and stick some on individually.
The melt dries pretty fast so I went back and adhered the fondant on by putting some of the melt onto the fondant like glue then sticking it onto the corn.
Details on my SUPER easy and affordable display:
The orange tubs I found at Dollar Tree. I also purchased the 2 pack of floral foam at Dollar Tree as well. To give the display some height I just stuck two small upside down plastic food storage containers into the bottoms of the tubs. I filled in the gaps with crumpled up newspaper. I put the two floral craft foams on the top and added the paper shreds, which I purchased at Michael's Crafts. I stuck little chalkboard stickers, which I also purchased at Michael's crafts and wrote using chalk, "Boo" and "Trick or Treat".
For a more fall or harvest display, I purchased the small basket at Michael's crafts. Also added some height to the bottom, a piece of floral foam, and shredded "grass" from Michael's. I scattered some faux leaves that I found at Joann's and some mini pumpkins from a local grocery store (Stew Leonard's).
The little black tray for the eyeballs is plastic and I purchased it at Michael's Crafts.