My boys are totally into anything gross and spooky these days so I made them these cake pops. Aren’t they cute? Cute and a bit time consuming to make. But, totally worth it for the perfectly creepy final product. They’re made with bright red velvet cake and have a fruit gusher candy nestled into the center to make them extra gross. I couldn’t wait to pack these disturbingly delicious treats into my sons’ lunch boxes for a surprise treat which would evoke shrieks from their tables of little friends at school.
Except, my dog; my darling, elderly dog; ate the cake pops, which I’d falsely believed were safe in the very center of the dining room table, surrounded by a barricade of heavy chairs. He ate every hand-crafted cake pop. Leaving a trail of chewed lollipop sticks scattered throughout the house as evidence of his misdeed.
Want to know the kicker?
He ate the cake pops while I was dragging the three kids out in the rain to pick up the dog food we needed for his dinner.
I wonder if he shrieked as he bit into the gushy center…
Learn from my mistake, dear friends. Make these cake pops, but be sure to store them in a place where your fuzzy friends are unable to help themselves.
Spooky Eyeball Cake Pops
1 13×9 inch red velvet cake
1 16-ounce container of cream cheese frosting (you won’t use it all)
Approximately 48 Gushers candies (available near the fruit roll-ups and fruit snacks)
About 4 dozen lollipop sticks
Approximately 4 cups white candy melts
Approximately 1/2 cup red candy melts
Approximately 48 gummi Lifesavers candies
Approximately 48 mini M&M candies
Prepare the cake pops according to the step by step directions found HERE. Insert a Gusher candy into the center of each ball as you roll.
Dip each frozen cake pop into melted white candy melts. Adhere a gummi Lifesaver to the pop while the white candy is still soft. Stand the pops upright in a piece of styrofoam until the candy has hardened. Place a small amount of the melted white candy into a small baggie. Cut off the tip of one of the corners of the baggie. Use the baggie to squeeze a bit of candy “glue” into the center of each gummi lifesaver. Place a mini M&M into the candy glue. Allow to dry. Melt the red candy melts according to package directions. Use a toothpick or fine-tip paint brush to give the eyeballs a bloodshot appearance. Store at room temperature for a few days.
Gusher center and candy decorations inspired by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
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