09/30/2013 12:00 AM | posted by Karyn Granrud
Cauldron Halloween Cake Pops Recipe
Well, it's almost that time of year again...Halloween!
I LOVE Halloween. I love seeing the kids dressed up and guessing what they are. I love passing out candy on my front porch (while I enjoy some “mommy brew”). I love seeing the excitement grow on my daughter’s face as the 31st gets closer and closer.
I also love it because it’s my birthday. I was one of those annoying teenagers who still dressed up and went trick-or-treating. I don’t know if it was as big of deal 25 years ago…but today the thought of it is kinda weird. Oh well. I had a blast and enjoyed my birthdays.
I enjoy making them into different shapes and designs. The batter is like Play-Doh, so you can mold them into anything from typical balls to more creative shapes. I’ve come to think of them as edible art. Every time I see my daughter’s face light up from a new cake pop design, it just makes my heart sing.
These particular cake pops were hand-rolled using cake and frosting. If you prefer baked pops, they would work for this project as well. Either way, these Cauldron Cake Pops are sure to cast a spell on your Halloween dessert table—no eye of newt needed!
Cauldron Cake Pops
Difficulty: Sorta Simple
Prep Time: 3 hours, divided
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serving Size: 12 pops
- 1 box Betty Crocker® Devil’s Food Cake
- 2 tablespoons Betty Crocker® Chocolate Frosting
- 1 tube Cake Mate Red Decorating Gel
- Melting chocolates in black, orange and light green
- Bulk Candy (Bonz and mini jawbreakers)
- Lollipop sticks
What you do:
1. Bake the cake. Then cut it into quarters. Place 1/4 of it into mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the frosting and mix with a paddle attachment until smooth. There should be no cake lumps and there should be no sign of the frosting. The batter should be of a Play-Doh consistency.
Tip! Add more cake if there is visible frosting. Or, add more frosting if the batter appears dry.
2. Measure 1 tablespoon of the cake pop batter and roll it between clean, dry hands until smooth. Do not compress the batter. Place cake ball on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and repeat with remaining batter. You should get 10 to 12 cake balls from 1/4 of a cake.
3. Place the rolled cake balls in the fridge for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how soft your cake balls were. Do not place them in the freezer to speed things along. Getting them too cold will lead to a crack in your cauldron!
4. Meanwhile, put all of the black candy melt wafers in a deep glass bowl or ceramic mug. Put about a quarter each of the green and orange candy melt wafers into their own bowls. Place each bowl of melts in the microwave at full power for 1 minute. Stir and place back in the microwave for 30-second intervals at 70 percent power. Do not overheat the candy coating. It will get thicker and thicker as it gets hotter. Stir your melts until smooth.
Complete the cake balls with following steps:
1. Remove cake balls from the fridge and lay out one unmelted green candy wafer per cake ball.
2. Dip 1/4 inch of the stick into the melted black candy and insert the dipped end halfway into the cake ball.
3. Completely dip the cake pop into the melted black candy and tap off the excess.
4. Place the cake pop down onto the green candy disk. Repeat on all cake pops.
5. Using a toothpick, paint the melted orange candy on the bottom of the cake ball, around the lollipop stick. It's OK to be messy. This is the fire at the base of the cauldron. Repeat on all pops.
6. Add some Red Cake Mate Decorating Gel around the orange to give it a fiery effect.
7. Carefully dip the green disk part of the cake pop into the melted green candy. Add the Bonz and mini jawbreakers. The jawbreakers works as your “eyeballs.” I like to put a red dot in the center to make them even creepier! Stand up in a cup or Styrofoam to dry.
I hope you enjoy making these cake pops! Have a wonderful Halloween!
I’m Karyn Granrud of Pint-Sized Baker, where I share dessert ideas that my daughter and I make for our family. You’ll find a mix of quick, semi-homemade desserts, and a few that are a bit more involved. I’m sure you’ll see something you can make with what you have in your pantry. Enjoy creating and have some fun playing with your food! You can find Karyn Granrud on Google+.