Monday, October 6, 2008

Trick or Treats

Spooky Sweets

Hope you scream over these Halloween Cake Pops. (Frankensteins, spiders and werewolves, oh my!) These spooky sweets are sure to get you in the spirit.

All of the cake pops were hand-shaped and use the following sweet supplies:

Edible ink pens
Lollipop sticks
Chocolate candy melts (werewolves)
White candy melts (mummies, ghosts, skulls)
White candy melts tinted black with candy color
Orange candy melts (pumpkins)
Green candy melts (Witches, Frankensteins)
Purple candy melts (Witches, Frankensteins, Monsters, Bats)
Black licorice wheels (spider legs and witch hair)
Chocolate morsels (kitty ears)
Oreos (witch hats)
Hershey Kisses (witch hats)
Mini m&m’s (Frankenstein noses)
Tic tacs (Witch nose and pumpkin stem)various sprinkles
Paramount crystals (used to thin some of the candy melts)
Various shaped sprinkles for face details.
Squeeze bottles (for candy coating)
Candy writers
toothpicks (helpful in applying small amounts of coating to act as the glue)
plastic bowls

Half of them were red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting inside and the other half were pumpkin cake and cream cheese frosting. The pumpkin was okay, but I liked the red velvet taste better. Something about the pumpkin and candy coating together didn’t float my boat. Maybe I should just do a book for you guys… then I could have all my how-tos in one place. Now, without further ado, here are my Halloween Cupcake Pops:

Pumpkin Pops
Jolly jack o’ lanterns

Mummy Cake Pops
Mouthless mummies

Werewolf Cake pops
Werewolves you can sink your teeth into. (These might just be my faves!)

Frankenstein Cake Pops
Frankensteins that I forgot to add the bolts onto.

Skull Cake Pops
Scary Skulls

Black Cat Cake Pops
Black Cats. Eat them if they cross your path this Halloween!

Bat Cake Pops
Bats don’t have to be black, but I do think these need some fangs.

Witch Cake Pops
Which witch? Smiling or angry?

Ghost Cake Pops

Purple Monster Cake Pops
One-eyed purple people eaters! (and some two-eyed ones too.)

Spider Cake Pops
Black licorice leg spiders

And finally, a couple of horror movie cake pops.

Horror Movie Pops

Scream!!!! It’s Jason!

Hope you guys all have a frightfully fun Halloween!

Oh yeah, here are some Halloween cupcakes that I did last year if you’re interested.

Spooky Sweets

Heather said...

I’m totally bummed about this project. I used Wilton candy melts and the candy got all goopy. Then I tried to use Wilton foodwriter pens to draw faces on, but the markers are water based and the candy coating is oil based so it won’t go on at all. :(

October 29, 2008 05:55 PM
Bakerella said...

Heather – Sorry that you had trouble. I haven’t used any of the Wilton Brand for the candy or writers. Try Merckens or candymaker’s Make n mold for the candy and Americolor Brand for the writers. Those work for me.

October 30, 2008 03:49 AM
Stephanie said...

I make cake balls every year for Christmas goodies. I would love to see how you do them for that holiday. These are just too cute!

October 30, 2008 05:28 PM
Michelle Schissler said...

Oh MY GOODNESS. I have been on your site many times, but I have to comment to say..YOU are amazing. So super talented. Wish I had one ounce of your artistic ability. Love them all but LOVE LOVE LOVE the horror movie ones. I also loved your garfield cupcakes from long ago..sheer genius!!!

Thanks for sharing your talent!!

October 30, 2008 08:24 PM
Heather said...

I discovered the Wilton Foodwriter pen/candy coating incompatibility too late to start over. I ended up using gel frosting for the faces. The pops turned out ok after all. Thanks for your suggestions. I’ll be better prepared for next time!

October 31, 2008 11:10 AM
Desert Survivor said...

These are incredibly adorable! You are so talented.

October 31, 2008 09:02 PM
Diana said...

I made some mummies of my own! They look nowhere as awesome as yours… I also linked to you in my blog

November 1, 2008 11:17 PM
Bakerella said...

Stephanie – Keep your eyes open.

Michelle Schissler – Thanks for your really sweet comment. I had so much fun doing the Jason and Scream ones, so I’m glad you like them.

Heather – Sometimes you just have to make it work out. Next time will go smoother.

Desert Survivor – Thanks!

Diana – Thanks for the link!

November 3, 2008 03:16 AM
Andrea said...

I am a total fan of everything you do, and these (and your Halloween cupcakes) are amazing!

I just started a Halloween blog and would love to feature your adorable Halloween treats! Would it be okay for me to feature a few of your images and link to your blog?

August 18, 2009 08:23 PM
Bakerella said...

A couple is fine with credit. Go ahead.

August 20, 2009 12:05 AM
Morgan said...

I LOVE these! I just did a little post on your amazing Halloween cake pops here:

Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

September 22, 2009 05:16 PM
Julie said...

As my teens would say…OMG!!!! A customer told me to check this out & I really have to thank her. You are amazing. Write a book, pleeeze!!!!!

September 25, 2009 01:33 AM
anonomous said...

how do you make the cakes so small and round

September 26, 2009 05:46 AM
Penny said...

I made a batch with spice cake and cream cheese frosting. I dipped 1/2 in orange tinted almond bark and dipped a pretzel stick in green tinted almond bark for the stem (I broke them in half). I took them to work and they were a huge hit. I dipped the other half in white almond bark and made a run to my local craft store for an edible ink pen. I was so excited to find the pack of 5 on sale. I think I know why! They don’t work too well. Any secrets, bakerella, for making my drawing look anywhere near as good as yours? I did manage to make a few bloodshot “eyeballs” and my daughter’s friends and teacher’s loved them.

October 6, 2009 10:13 PM
kim said...

I love these…they would make absolutly beautiful centerpieces. I am trying to figure out how long they “keep” out of the fridge though. I am throwing an 80′s 40th bday for my sister and Im really thinking of turning your ghosts into pac man ghosts and the smilies on the other page into pac mans..wish me luck !
I love everything that you pretty.

October 7, 2009 01:24 PM
bakerella said...

Penny – try the americolor brand. They work better. And paint on the pops with the pen as if you were using a brush – lightly.

October 7, 2009 10:10 PM
bakerella said...

Kim- you don’t have to refrigerate at all unless you use homemade cream cheese frosting.

They’ll last for a few days.

October 7, 2009 10:11 PM
Mandarrr said...

Dear (Cup)Cake Pop Goddess, ^.^

i need some help/advice with these. i tried making a few of these for some of my friends this Halloween. however, the only candy melts i could get my hands on were the Wilton brand (grrr…). so i used the veggie oil to thin the melts, but it made the exterior too glossy to use my makeshift food color paint on.

also, how on earth do you get your cake pops so smooth?! mine are so incredibly lumpy. it’s actually kind of ugly. haha.

last question– i promise! after dipping, when you rotate and tap the excess coating off the pop, how is the pop oriented? is it tilted to the side? upside-down? right-side up?

thank you sooooo much! you are such a talented baker and you have just the cutest ideas! (:

October 8, 2009 02:36 AM
Heather said...

You TOTALLY should write a book! Seriously, I LOVE the cake pops…I can’t wait to make these for the neighbor kids :) Too fun!

October 8, 2009 07:40 AM
Christie said...

Seriously a book with a lot of instructions and tips. I am trying to make these and am having a huge problem. First 4 round ones I did turned out great. The other shaped ones are not coming out well and now my chocolate is getting gloppy. I just put the pops in the freezer. Hopefully that will help with the oddly shaped ones. Will try double broiler to melt chocolate and keep it a constant temperature.

October 11, 2009 12:56 PM
Morgan said...

Too cute! I wish I could buy them from you…I would suck at this! I love the witches, but the bats and the skulls are amazing! You should have your own book.

daughter of a blogger,
and a reader :-)

October 12, 2009 09:59 AM
chels said...

I love these and really want to try them. What type of candy melts do you use and where do you get them? I’m new to this baking thing and really want to try anything so any help would be great!

October 14, 2009 04:06 PM
bakerella said...

Mandarr – make n mold and merckens are some other brands you can try. The smoothness comes from tapping. It’s tilted right-side up at a diagonal.

Christie – See above. You can get them at cake supply stores, craft stores and even online.

October 18, 2009 05:28 PM
MARY said...

How do you get the round shape on a stick? Mine are flat on one side from drying the choocolate… Do to put the stick in and then dip? I want mine to look like yours!!! HELP

October 18, 2009 09:43 PM
christi said...

about how long should you keep them in the freezer before coating with chocolate?

October 23, 2009 04:22 PM
Garnet said...

Oh my gosh!! I am totally going to try making these for my coworkers!!The would love it!!

October 23, 2009 10:17 PM
andee said...

Just wondering how you formed the ghosts? By hand or with a mold? They are adorable, although I’m a little nervous to try them since some people seem to have problems with the chocolate and I can only find the Wilton’s…..

October 24, 2009 02:57 PM
bakerella said...

Mary – the stick goes in before you dip.

Christi – about 15 minutes so they aren’t frozen.

andee – by hand. Hobby Lobby carries make n mold. So does amazon.

October 25, 2009 10:29 PM
isis said...

cupcakes de paletas de halloween bellas

October 27, 2009 06:33 AM
Charlotte Hancey said...

Hi! I made the mummies this morning and they turned out great! I know you won’t be able to reply by the time I make them but what did you use for the werewolf teeth? I’m about to make them and I’m just going to pipe on some white coating. I hope it works! Oh, and I have had the hardest time finding edible pens! I would have ordered online if I thought it would be so hard. The specialty shop is out of them and Walmart, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby don’t carry them. Now I can’t do the pumpkins or ghosts and i’m so sad!

October 27, 2009 06:22 PM
bakerella said...

Charlotte – They are called colorstick sprinkles. And you can order the americolor pens from

October 27, 2009 09:15 PM
Bonnie said...

You should definitely put a book together. I’ll buy it for sure!!! Keep up the great work!

October 28, 2009 01:19 PM
Karen said...

Your stuff is fantastic thanks for sharing with so many

October 28, 2009 03:17 PM
Nikki Stoyko said...

Hee hee… the spider pops remind me of Predator. Which is definitely scary and Halloween-ish!

October 30, 2009 12:10 AM
Stacey said...

Heeeeelp!!! I just made some ghost and pumpkin cake pops for my sons first Halloween party at school. They came out ok but I could not get the edible marker to write on the cake balls….at all. I tried two different markers, I tried blotting the cake ball thinking the oil in the chocolate was messing it up. I tried everything! Eventually I gave up and made black chocolate and dabbed it on for the eyes and mouth. It worked but nowhere near as cool or detailed. Any ideas of what went wrong or how to fix it???

October 30, 2009 01:49 AM
JULIE said...

When I found this site I was ecstatic. Everything is just so cute!
It should be against the law to be that talented. jk

I finally got up the nerve to make the jack o lanterns (which I have been so…excited about.) I, too, just could not get the coating to go on smooth so I just make them pumpkins.

They are still really cute! You have such awesome ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

October 30, 2009 08:54 PM
Nicole said...

Bakerella, I think cake balls are impossible!!! How in the world do you dip them without having them fall apart? Where did I go wrong??

November 1, 2009 01:19 PM
Kathleen Bowman said...

I made a version of these for Halloween this year (2009) and made them look like eye balls! After dipping the red velvet cake balls into white chocolate we half dipped them in red chocolate discs then used blue icing to create the iris and mini chocolate chips for the pupils! They turned out great and were gone in no time! Just wish I knew how to post a pix of them.

November 3, 2009 02:45 PM
bakerella said...

Stacey – I use the Americolor Brand Writers and they work great for me.

Nicole – I left a tip on your blog.

November 4, 2009 09:07 PM
Krasnodar said...

“Scary Skulls” :) they are so sweet :)

February 24, 2010 01:15 PM
Maggie said...

Those look awesome! I could never do that like you do it. And btw I like the smiling witch.

April 5, 2010 02:27 PM
Michele Sutherland said...

Just wanted to say that by far you are VERY talented!! I just heard about your site a few days ago, and i am hooked. I have a small business from home, and the other day I got an order for cake apple pops. OMG! What? Well, I admit I tried them at first and was go frustrated. I had red chocolate everywhere but the pop, and it was a mess. After days of practicing, I began to get the hang of it. I used Wiltons brand since I can get it locally. I finally used a mix of shortening in the melted chocolate and finally made some small oranges. What a pain! But they come out super cute in the end. You top the list for me though. Any suggestions on getting that nice smooth roundness to the pop? Mine came out pretty good, but you are a pro at this! Great website and great pops!!
Btw, Wiltons markers are terrible! I just used edible paint and brushed it on the face. Those things will not write on anything.

June 8, 2010 03:58 PM
PYRO-beast! said...

ok these r the cutest looking halloween treats ever!

June 23, 2010 01:06 AM
AisyahN said...

You’re killing me.

July 23, 2010 05:08 AM
Samantha said...

Do these need to be refrigerated. like when u use the red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting?

September 2, 2010 03:45 PM
Trendy Tree - Jeannie Pence said...

I love these! We have a big backyard Halloween party every year and I have to try some of these this year…..can’t wait until my book comes in!

September 15, 2010 07:08 AM
Julie said...

Love the cake pops!! Took them to the Farmers Market today and had lots of compliments on them! My chocolate cake balls kept falling apart and now know the coating was too thick…loved eating “one” of the rejects though;-) Can’t wait to get your book. I used americolor pens and couldn’t get them to write on the chocolate sharply. May be the type of chocolate. Will try diluted food color? Thanks for a fun idea!

September 25, 2010 04:13 PM
Shaynie said...

I have a question. What kind of candy melts are used for cake pops? i tried making them but the candy melt was thick. What can i use to thin the candy melts. Oh yeah and after i made them they cracked and melted. any suggestions?

September 28, 2010 08:12 PM
Kristy said...

Those are the CUTEST things ever!!! They are so cute, I have to give them a shot, I don’t know if they will turn out, but if they are supposed to be monsters anyway, maybe I can’t go wrong….? (famous last words, I’m sure!)

October 4, 2010 10:56 PM
Peggy said...

Hi Bakerella,

It was GREAT meeting you in Seattle. You have inspired me to get my own little business going, my website will hopefully be up and running within a week. Everyone is loving the cake pops! Could you tell me where I can find the colorstick sprinkles? I’m having a hard time finding them :(


October 17, 2010 12:18 AM
Nessa said...

Loved these. I did the pumpkins today, hahaha should say this whole weekend. Not as easy as I thought but I was able to successfully do the pumpkins. Love your cake pops!! So creative!!

October 17, 2010 10:26 PM
Carrie said...

Genius. I love all of them. Especially the bats. How did you make the bat wings???

October 18, 2010 07:25 PM
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes said...

I love these! How much more adorable do they get!

October 19, 2010 11:05 PM
Christine said...

Those are too cute to eat. Just ordered your book online @ Barnes and Noble. Can’t wait to make these (try to make these) for my son’s pre-school Halloween party.

October 20, 2010 12:35 PM
Sharon said...

HELP! I tried to make these but they kept sliding down the stick. What am I doing wrong.

Can anyone share their answers, Please??

October 25, 2010 12:53 PM
April said...

Just tried the pumpkin pops and love them!

I had to use black icing for the features as my edible pen wasn’t cooperating!

October 28, 2010 08:31 AM
Seema said...

Hi Bakerella, I’d firstly like to say I LOVE YOUR IDEAS and creations!

I tried making some jacko-lanter pops yesterday but I could not get the ink to write on the pops, any tips? I added some vegetable shortening to my melted chocolate was that possibly a reason why the ink didnt adhere, please help :)

October 28, 2010 10:13 PM
Sarah said...

You are sooooooo talented!!! I was inspired by you on the cake pops and made them for my sister in law’s wedding reception. They were an absolute hit! I love visiting this site to get ideas. You go girl!

October 29, 2010 01:58 PM
Melissa said...

How do you get the chocolate coating to come out so smooth? I tried making these for a party last night and my pops were so lumpy :( Also, my edible marker ran out after decorating only the first pumpkin face! Could it be the type of chocolate melts I used or the brand of marker?

October 31, 2010 05:18 PM
Peggy said...

I recommend Americolor edible markers. I bought my first set at Walmart and same thing happened to me too. Americolor rocks! I ordered them on Amazon. I also recommend vegetable oil or what I really like are the paramount crystals to thin the melted chocolate. You can get them online or any baking supply store. ALL this info is in the cake pop book by Bakerella. It’s AMAZING all the info she has in it. Definitely worth spending the $11 on Amazon! Have fun everyone!!

IF ANYONE KNOWS where I can find the “colorstick” sprinkles please pass on the info. I can’t find them ANYWHERE!!

November 26, 2010 06:59 PM
penelopi said...

bakerella your ideas are unique!!!!

April 4, 2011 04:48 AM
penelopi said...

bakerella is the black edible ink foodable or is just for decoration only ?

April 4, 2011 04:52 AM
Michelle said...

OMG ,, I FELL IN LOVE , Those are so Cute !!!!

How do u draw the face and eyes …. not with candy do u use a pen or creme ?

May 13, 2011 09:04 AM
Marti Poenitzsch said...

I’ve tried edible markers and I just can’t get them to write on the cake pops. Can you please tell me what brand you use that will work? Thanks so much and I just LOVE your work!! :o)

September 24, 2011 08:15 PM
mayte said...

hola me gustaria saber si el chocolate se le echa algo mas para que este mas liquido, porque a mi se me queda muy espeso y se rompe la bola


September 26, 2011 01:49 PM
mayte said...


Me gustaria to know if to the chocolate some kind of mas begins because I have tried to do it and the chocolate is very thick and the ball ends up by breaking

Thank you

September 26, 2011 01:51 PM
Lily said...

You’re crazy for having handshaped these! You’re amazing! These are just perfect for parties. How can you possibly make dozens. the kids would love these, truly!

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September 27, 2011 05:36 AM
Elisabet Morales said...

Dear Bakerella:
Wonderful cake pops! I’m having trouble drawing the faces on my pumpkin and skull cake pops. I purchased the Wilton Food Writer and the tip doesn’t work, but the sides of it do. I’ve cleaned the tip with a clean paper towel as instructed on the package to no avail. Any ideas or could it just be defective? Thanks for your time.

September 28, 2011 02:19 PM
Elisabet Morales said...

After reading a few posts, I found out that the Wilton edible markers are water based therefore will not write on the oil based candy coating on the cake pops. Thanks!

September 28, 2011 02:26 PM
Deann S. said...

So I tried making these amazing goodies..The only problem I had is my edible ink pens would NOT write on the did for about 4 of them, then just would not do would write on my hand (and I tried cleaning it off) But no luck…So my ghosts and mummys were faceless….Any tips??

October 1, 2011 11:07 PM
Barbie said...

These are awesome! I tried yesterday to make the pumpkin ones, but my edible markers from Wilton didnt paint too much.. i had to use the sides of it and i got an unpretty smile :(

October 4, 2011 12:02 PM
Abellabakes said...

Those pumpkin cake pops are so cute! They look really easy too… I am sure some of those will be around my house soon (=

October 5, 2011 11:44 AM
Adelya said...

Hi! I was wondering what technique you use to get the skull shapes and also where do you buy your color stick sprinkles??? The only place I found online is Thanks!

October 8, 2011 01:46 AM
Adelya said...

Ye I havent found a good writer either. I used americolor and had the same issue as Elizabet– the tip would work for a few seconds then stop. this happened with the colors and not so much with the black.

October 8, 2011 01:48 AM
shaila said...

i absolutely LOVE the jason and scream ones i hope i make them for my family this halloweeenand my friend whos bday IS on halloween!!!!1 i dnt know what to n=bake her?? any ideas anybody?

October 8, 2011 03:24 PM
Kim-Marie Desmarais said...

book is FANTASTIC! you ARE amazing…my cake pops look like cake “plops” since they are nowhere as round as yours…my Wilton edible marker did not work either, have a gel writer but not as nice detail…I used too much Crisco to thin my Wilton candy wafers but double dipped to get a good coating…learned my lesson though- use a SPOON to judge consistency, not a silicone spatula…will be making more because no matter how “ugly” they come out, they are delicious!

October 13, 2011 06:24 PM
Tai said...

these are really amazing… how do you make the bat wings and Frankensteins hair???

October 13, 2011 10:34 PM
Carmel McHale said...

How do you transport these…stick them in a slab of hard styrofoam?

October 17, 2011 08:41 AM
Ashlee said...

Does anyone know what to use for the werewolves teeth and nose? Thanks!

October 18, 2011 12:11 AM
mystery said...

I luv cake pops but every time that I try nd make one it doesn’t roll into a ball and it usually ends up being crumbles. What should I do

October 18, 2011 12:50 AM
Melissa said...

I am having fits of trouble getting the melts to the right consistency for dipping/spooning over my pops.
How do you manage to get the smooth finish on the pops? My pops turned out very lumpy last night and I’m not sure how they will look this evening when I go to draw on the faces.
Any suggestions?

October 19, 2011 04:03 PM
Claire Chesley said...

I love these Bakerella!!!!! You are so AWESOME and CREATIVE!!!

October 22, 2011 08:20 AM
shana worsham said...

i love your cake pops i think im gonna ry to make some. shana

October 22, 2011 11:35 PM
lana said...

HI Bakerella, I’ve tried a couple brands of pens to draw the features, and they always look so faint on the candy, compared to the rich black on yours…do you Photoshop it, or do you do something else to get it to be dark like in the photos?

October 25, 2011 11:38 PM
Naomi said...

See what Molly did with your cute ideas!

October 26, 2011 10:39 AM
Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

I featured these on my list of 10 Tricky Treats to make this Halloween!

October 27, 2011 01:05 PM
Roxy said...

I love the skull & pumkin one the most!

October 27, 2011 06:44 PM
Lola said...

I tried & tried. I’m so in love with these but after hours of frustration & creating the ugliest globs on sticks, I will be buying them for the next party.

October 29, 2011 08:30 AM
Cheryl said...

Adorable! You never fail to amaze me. I made some Saturday and found that when it came to dipping them in the chocolate, the thinner the chocolate the better. I love chocolate but it overpowered the cake because it was so thick. I then tried adding 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil to my chocolate and they turned out perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

October 30, 2011 11:13 AM
Heather Osting said...

Do you have instructions for the Wolfman & the Scream/Jason cake pops? Also, I am very new at this and wondering when you know to use the edible pens vs. the candy writers? Thanks!

November 11, 2011 10:22 PM
Lynn said...

I cannot find the colorstick sprinkles anywhere…..what website can I find them on the internet…Please Help…I want to make the clowns and need these for their eyebrows….Thanks Bakerella……you are so inspiring !

March 13, 2012 09:13 PM
Doolice said...

Amazing sweet treats for Halloween! such a great idea and it’s really so weel done! Congrats for that work!

September 5, 2012 03:26 AM
Anonymous said...

How’d y’all tint the almond bark???mine turned into a Clumpy mess when I added food coloring (regular & gel)

October 13, 2012 02:54 AM
The Cake Lovers (@thecakelovers75) said...

Very Cute

October 3, 2013 03:08 PM
cake pop lover said...

I just love these cake pops! there so cute! I find the Jason one very realistic!!! :0)

October 8, 2013 09:58 PM
Anonymous said...

I saw your pumpkin cake pops here …
I wonder if they asked for permission for the photo?

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