Eerie eyeball pops

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus chilling


Makes 10
These spooky chocolate cake balls will be a hit with kids at Halloween - they can help decorate them too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per pop

  • kcal242
  • fat13g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 100g/4oz Madeira cake
  • 100g Oreo cookie
  • 100g bar milk chocolate, melted
  • 200g bar white chocolate, melted
  • few Smarties and icing pens, to decorate

You will also need

  • 10 wooden skewer
  • ½ small pumpkin or butternut squash, deseeded, to stand pops in



    Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…


  1. Break the Madeira cake and cookies into the bowl of a food processor, pour in the melted milk chocolate and whizz to combine.

  2. Tip the mixture into a bowl, then use your hands to roll into about 10 walnut-sized balls. Chill for 2 hrs until really firm.

  3. Push a skewer into each ball, then carefully spoon the white chocolate over the cake balls to completely cover. Stand the cake pops in the pumpkin, then press a Smartie onto the surface while wet. Chill again until the chocolate has set. Before serving, using the icing pens, add a pupil to each Smartie and wiggly red veins to the eyeballs.

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Comments (33)

ginauk84's picture

A nightmare from beginning to end. The mixture was too crumbly and wouldn't stick together so I added more chocolate. The mixture still wouldn't roll as it just crumbled so I had to squash it together which didn't make for very round eyes. After they had been in the fridge I couldn’t get the sticks in as they were too hard and if you forced them in too much they just broke and crumbled. Rubbish recipe I expected more of th BBC

brogueady's picture

Just made these. They look quite good but I do not like the texture of the filling. One was enough.

sheman87's picture

I found these incredibly difficult from beginning to end. I quadrupled the amount which probably made it more frustrating. The mix would not roll together and took quite a bit of man power to squeeze into a ball shape.
The cake pop sticks I bought (tala) were too light and could not hold the mass of the ball.
Finally, I could not get on with the melted chocolate at all....after trying 8 cake pops with varying levels of melted white chocolate, I just gave up in the end and stuck the smartie on the remainder with a blob of white chocolate. I don't think I will be making this recipe again, or at least not 40 of the pops! The mixture is however very nice and may work nice as "truffle balls" instead. This could work well at Christmas to make mini Christmas pudding cake balls.

beatris7's picture

I tried this recipe last year and the pops were delicious. They didn't look as good as on the picture but with more practise this year I will manage to master the decoration :)
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sweet tooth's picture

The first time I tried them out I made them according to the recipe up till step 2 but I rolled mine in coconuts instead and didn't bother to cover them in chocolate. The second time, my 11 year old daughter made them using chocolate flavor cream filled sandwich biscuits (Bourbon) instead. They turned out lovely. We would like to try them out with different kinds of biscuits and even white chocolate too.

jesscalou's picture

These are brilliant for Halloween - they look so spooky! They are a little fiddly though - I'd recommend having a plan for where you're going to put them whilst the chocolate is hardening before you start covering them.... Also, make sure they've been out of the fridge for a while before you serve them, as they are quite hard when they first come out.

mmebutterfly's picture

I made these with a mixture of my own choc cake and buttercream. I found it took much longer to make than stated on the recipe. Also the melted white chocolate (i used nestle) was not runny and 200g were nowhere near enough to dip the balls in it. The end result was not as nice as i expected. I recommend you make these well in advance and freeze as they freeze very well. Also I used bamboo skewers and some of the "eyeballs" were looking as if they could fall off any minute, perhaps i'll use a thicker skewer,like a dowel, next time.

bluewolf27's picture

Despite previous comments, I found this recipe very easy. I am 12 and was making these for a halloween bake sale. They were very rich and sold out fast! They do take time, but I made them over a couple of days which worked fine. I found I needed to add a little milk to the madeira cake/oreo mixture to make them form together better. I put the sticks in before chilling. The white chocolate was not a problem because I poured it into a tall glass then dipped the cake pops in. I sat them on baking parchment and scraped off the excess. The cooled white chocolate had some wierd growths, but the back of the chocolate packet said this was normal - in fact it added to the effect!

anitax's picture

a bit fiddley. were quite hard. used them as part of a chocolate dipping dessert along with marshmellows and strawbwerrys.

cakepopwinkel's picture

I like this recipe very much, though i use also fondant to make it look funny. reallly nice those Cake Pops

kralph's picture

A bit fiddly but worth the effort...the kids loved them! I put two layers of chocolate on letting one layer dry first. They still didn't look like the picture but they were good enough to make an impression!

likeomgtisme's picture

followed the recipe exactly, but just didnt work out like the photo at all! haha the mix was obviously set in the fridge and when i went to put the skewer in and dip it in the chocolate, the whole mix just collapsed, so only managed to make 4 in the end :( but they tasted delicious, so not a total let down :)

anitax's picture

tasted good but after chilling were very hard. Melted white chocolate was hard to use as not runny, think you need double amount so you can dip whole ball in to cover. Was a long activity. Unfortunately we didnt finish and ended up using the oreo balls to dip into chocolate fondue with strawberrys grapes and marshmellows!!!

joguthrie's picture

Oh, and I also froze the cake pops before dipping which also helped to set the chocolate quickly.

joguthrie's picture

I made these to hand out to the kids on Halloween and they were a huge success. I left the white chocolate to cool for about 5 minutes before dipping and it worked very well. I laid them on greaseproof paper and then just used a knife to trim off the excess that gathered at the back.

laurajefferies's picture

Looked brilliant when done but I agree with the above that they are fiddly to make and do take a long time. If you've got the patience to sit a twizzle the pops for 10 minutes each whilst the white chocolate sets so that they're covered evenly they do look really great though and are so effective for gruesome treats for kids on haloween! I'd make them again but leave myself a lot more time to prepare!

dalvinder's picture

Yes they are a bit fiddly and they look a bit different but they're still good fun and the kids LOVED them. Will def make them again. I used left over sponge cake I had in the freezer and since i don't have a food processer, I would suggest you bash the biscuits with a rolling pin and then mix them into the chocolate with the crumbled cake; it works just as well.

chrissypriest's picture

I made these and had lots of compliments on the look of them. I skewered them before chilling and didn't have any problems!

pinktedlaa's picture

These were great fun to make although a little time consuming. I bought proper lolly sticks to make these and put them into the balls before chilling. I also dipped the pops twice in the white chocolate to get a nice even coverage. They were messy to dip and dip drip everywhere but end result was great and tasty too. The children loved them.

leoniedre's picture

I found the cake balls quite hard so pre made a hole using a metal skewer and dipped cake pop stick into chocolate to act as glue.. Then used normal white chocolate, I put cake pops into some polystyrene while drip drying (I put them outside which seemed to wok well I.e less drips) and then dipped again. Obviously need double the amount of chocolate stated... Worked brilliantly!! Am V pleased with results :-)


Questions (2)

Dinah Pez's picture

could you use white icing to cover instead of white chocolate as i hate white chocolate and it's a creamy colour rather than white

goodfoodteam's picture
Hi there thanks for your question, yes white icing would also work well.

Tips (1)

bethos's picture

The skewers need to go in the balls BEFORE putting them in the fridge to set, or you will just break them in 2