Spooky Eyeball Red Velvet Cake Balls

How fun are these Spooky Eyeball Red Velvet Cake Balls for this Halloween? Great for dessert, bake sales, and class parties.They not only look impressive–they taste great too!

Love red velvet? Be sure to try my favorite, from scratch, red velvet cupcake recipe. Or, try your hand at this impressive Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake for dessert.

Red velvet cake balls with spooky eyes for halloween.

Halloween Party Fun

So creating holiday themed food is not really my thing. I mean sure, I occasionally pop out a cute Thanksgiving day treat like these turkey krispie treats, or a cute mummy cupcake.

I wanted to stretch my wings a little bit more and try some new themed desserts for Halloween. Last year I made these Red Velvet Cake Balls and I immediately knew some eyeballs would be a fun twist for “spooky season.”

  • Kids love the gross-out factor of these red velvet cake “eyeballs”!
  • Me? I love them because of the taste. Rich red velvet cake with frosting and white chocolate . . . yes, please!

Give our red velvet crinkle cookies a try next. Or whip up some red velvet cheesecake brownies!

Ingredient Notes

The ingredients for these cake balls are simple.

  • Red velvet cake mix – You can make these with your favorite homemade red velvet cake if you prefer, but a mix is my choice for convenience.
  • Cream cheese frosting – Again, I went with the canned stuff for convenience!
  • White chocolate melting wafers- Ghriradelli Wafers are best and will create smooth, soft coating that’s so much better than melted chocolate chips!
  • Gel frosting – Tubed, sparkly red food gel creates the eye ball veins!
  • Candy eyes – Find these online or at a craft store. The blood shot versions add spookiness!
Red velvet cake ball with one bite removed.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Make the cake

Bake the red velvet cake following the directions on the box. Let it cool for a few minutes, then dump it into a bowl and crumble it with your hands.

STEP 2. Form into balls

Add the cream cheese frosting to the bowl and combine it with the crumbled cake.

Use a cookie dough scoop to form the mix into balls. Place balls on a pan lined with parchment paper and freeze about 1 hour at least or until solid.

STEP 3. Dip

Melt the candy wafers in a bowl. Use a toothpick to dip each frozen cake ball into the melted chocolate. Tap off the excess and put the coated cake balls back on the baking sheet.

STEP 4. Decorate

Drizzle the cake balls with the food gel, then press a candy eye ball onto the top of each one. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Making cake balls can be tedious! Plan ahead and break it up into chunks. I like to bake the cake one day and form the cake balls. Then I freeze the cake balls (overnight or more) until ready to dunk them in melted chocolate.
  • Dip the cake balls in the white chocolate while they’re still fresh from the freezer. The cold helps the chocolate firm up quickly! I keep half of the cake balls in the freezer while working with the other half of the batch. If they start to fall off the toothpick or get difficult to dunk, pop them back in the freezer and work on the other half of the batch.

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Recipe FAQs

How do you store cake balls?

Keep these in a container in the fridge. They taste best if eaten within 3 days.

Where do you buy blood shot candy eyes?

Most large grocery stores carry them during the holiday season, or you can usually find them at Walmart and Target as well.

Can I use white chocolate chips instead of melting wafers?

You can but the cake balls will not be as smooth or even. I also find the chocolate gets harder when it sets. The melting wafers taste great and the chocolate sets up soft enough to bite into.

Red velvet cake balls decorated with red gel and candy eyes.

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Yield: 48 cake balls

Spooky Eyeball Red Velvet Cake Balls

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

How fun are these Spooky Eyeball Red Velvet Cake Balls for this Halloween? Great for dessert, bake sales, and class parties!


  • 1 box (16.5 oz) Red Velvet Cake mix, with ingredients to bake 13x9 cake
  • 1 cup canned cream cheese frosting
  • 2- 10 oz packages Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers
  • 2 tubes of sparkly red gel
  • 48 blood shot candy eyes


  1. Prepare cake according to package directions for a 13x9 baking dish. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Dump cake into a bowl, and crumble with your hands. Mix in the 1 cup of canned frosting.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop, form about 48 cake balls.
  4. Freeze cake ball for one hour (or more)!
  5. When ready to dip, melt white chocolate according to package directions. Using a toothpick, press into cake ball and dunk in white chocolate. Tap on side of bowl to remove excess. Slide off of toothpick (using a second toothpick) and drop onto parchment paper.  Repeat for remaining cake balls.
  6. Drizzle red gel on top of cake ball and press candy eye ball on top.
  7. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat, up to 3 days for best flavor!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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These Halloween themed cake balls are sure to steal the show at all your spooky celebrations!

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on October 19, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Wow! Love the idea. Not the pricing for a child’s treat. eyeballs (wilton via walmart) 7.00 for 12 count, need 3 packages ($20.97); Ghiridella Chocolate melting wafers $19.84; Wilton sparkle gel $5.76. $46.00 without the cake and frosting! Yikes!

  2. So perfect for halloween! I made this the other day as a practice and it came out beautiful and delicious. My kids finished the first batch I made right away. This recipe will be saved as one of our favorites.

  3. These spooky eyes are one of my boys all time favorite treats!  Love the red velvet center in yours!

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