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!
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Halloween Party Fun
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!
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!
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.
Keep these in a container in the fridge. They taste best if eaten within 3 days.
Most large grocery stores carry them during the holiday season, or you can usually find them at Walmart and Target as well.
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.
More Halloween Recipes
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies – with cute Halloween designs!
- Spider Rice Krispie Treats
- Spooky Brookies
- Halloween Fudge
- Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats
- 7 Layer Dip -all decked out for Halloween!
Spooky Eyeball Red Velvet Cake Balls
- 1 box Red Velvet Cake mix, with ingredients to bake 13×9 cake 16.5 oz
- 1 cup canned cream cheese frosting
- 2- 10 oz packages Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers
- 2 tubes sparkly red gel
- 48 blood shot candy eyes
- Prepare cake according to package directions for a 13×9 baking dish. Allow to cool slightly.
- Dump cake into a bowl, and crumble with your hands. Mix in the 1 cup of canned frosting.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop, form about 48 cake balls.
- Freeze cake ball for one hour (or more)!
- 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.
- Drizzle red gel on top of cake ball and press candy eye ball on top.
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat, up to 3 days for best flavor!
- Keep these in a container in the fridge. They taste best if eaten within 3 days.
- You can use white chocolate chips instead of melting chocolate, 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.
These Halloween themed cake balls are sure to steal the show at all your spooky celebrations!