Eerie eyeball pops

Eerie eyeball pops

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(28 ratings)

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
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…

  • 200g bar white chocolate, melted
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • few Smarties and icing pens, to decorate

You will also need

  • 10 wooden skewers
  • 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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16th Oct, 2016
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
1st Nov, 2014
Just made these. They look quite good but I do not like the texture of the filling. One was enough.
30th Oct, 2014
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.
1st Oct, 2014
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 :) Allow me also to share with you a collection of creepy and scary Halloween recipes that I compiled.
18th Nov, 2013
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.
22nd Oct, 2013
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.
16th Oct, 2013
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.
5th Mar, 2013
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!
5th Jan, 2013
a bit fiddley. were quite hard. used them as part of a chocolate dipping dessert along with marshmellows and strawbwerrys.
19th Dec, 2012
I like this recipe very much, though i use also fondant to make it look funny. reallly nice those Cake Pops


Dinah Pez
20th Oct, 2014
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
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7th Nov, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question, yes white icing would also work well.
30th Oct, 2015
The skewers need to go in the balls BEFORE putting them in the fridge to set, or you will just break them in 2
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