Eyeballs probably sound like an odd choice for Thanksgiving cake pops. You certainly saw them everywhere for Halloween this year. My personal favorites were:
1. Ghoulishly Green Eyeball Cake Pops by Goodies by Anna
2. One-Eyed Monster Cake Pops by Very Culinary
3. Eyeball Cake Balls by Miss CandiQuik
I know what you’re thinking… “Halloween is over and so are eyeball cake pops.” Well, if you’re like me, you may have suffered from temporary insanity when you walked into Home Goods and saw all their Halloween goodies this season. You may have picked up a baking kit or two (or three) too many. And you may not have gotten all the baking done on your Halloween to-do list.
Well, instead of getting rid of my cake pop kit, I decided to make eyeballs work not only for Halloween, but as Thanksgiving cake pops too!
Eyeball Cake Pop Supplies
To make eyeball Thanksgiving cake pops you need:
Cake pops on sticks
A styrofoam block or cake pop stand
- Decorating gel in blue (green will work too)
- Gel food coloring in red (optional, for eyeball veins)
- Brown M&M candies
- 2 small paint brushes (clean and used for food projects only)
- Peanut butter candy melts (for the optional addition of eye lids)
- Black food coloring marker (for the optional addition of eye lashes)
- Background character clip art printouts (optional)
Make Your Cake Pops
Start by making your cake pops and chilling them in the fridge until you are ready to start dipping.
If you would like more details on how to make cake pops, Karyn of Pint Sized Baker has video tutorials on everything from baking to dipping to decorating. She is a real pro when it comes to making cake pops. If you’re a bit of a cake pop fanatic like me, then you would really enjoying browsing Karyn’s many creative cake pop creations.
Dip and Decorate Your Thanksgiving Cake Pops
Remove your cake pops from the fridge, melt your dipping chocolate or candy melts according to package directions, and dip your cake pops, gently tapping them to remove excess chocolate. Stand the cake pops upright in your styrofoam block or cake pop stand to dry.
Once the chocolate has hardened, add a drop of melted chocolate to the front of each cake pop and set an M&M in it for the pupil of your eyeballs. Again, stand the cake pops upright in your styrofoam block or cake pop stand to dry.
After the chocolate has dried, the M&Ms will be secured to the front of your cake pops. Next, squirt some blue (or green) decorating gel in a circle around each M&M. Use a small, clean paint brush to spread the gel out in a neat circle to create the iris of each eyeball cake pop. Then, use another clean paint brush and red gel food coloring to paint on the veins of each eyeball (optional). One last time, stand the cake pops upright in your styrofoam block or cake pop stand to dry. I let mine dry overnight before packing them. The decorating gel never dries hard but the M&M will help keep any plastic wrap from smudging it.
If you want to add a fun presentation element to your eyeball cake pops, display character heads behind them. I searched for clip art on the Internet, printed it out the size I needed, cut out the head shapes, and taped each head to a cake pop stick. This is how you can make your eyeball cake pops fit in with any themed party or holiday. For Halloween, I chose different spooky monsters and for Thanksgiving I used pilgrim heads.
To turn your eyeballs into Thanksgiving cake pops that are more cute than creepy, I suggest leaving off the red veins, adding an eyelid by dipping each one in peanut butter candy melts, drawing on eyelashes with food coloring markers (for girly pilgrims), and changing the colors of the eyes.
What other characters do you think would make fun eyeball cake pops?