Halloween Cakeball Eyeballs

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These ghoulish but delicious Halloween Cakeball Eyeballs makes an effective treat at Halloween. They are just mushed up red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting, shaped into round balls. Coat them with white chocolate, stick an M&M in the middle and they’re done!

This ghoulish but delicious Halloween Eyeball Cakeball recipe makes an effective treat at Halloween. They’re just mushed up red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting shaped into round balls. Coat them with white chocolate, stick an M&M in the middle and they’re done! I added a “bloodshot” effect by hand painting the blood vessels on with red cake decorating gel and a toothpick.

HALLOWEEN CAKEBALL EYEBALLS

Makes: around 36 cake eyeballs.

Difficulty: medium, fiddly to assemble and decorate

EQUIPMENT:

23cm Round cake tin
Electric mixer/stand mixer
Large baking tray
Toothpicks or very fine paintbrush
Hairdryer or heat gun
Edible cake decorating marker in black (optional)

INGREDIENTS:

Cake

60g Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
150g Caster Sugar
1 large Egg, lightly beaten
10g Cocoa Powder
20ml red or pink liquid Food Colouring
½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
120ml Buttermilk
150g Plain Flour
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
1 ½ teaspoon White Wine Vinegar

Cream Cheese Filling

300g Icing Sugar, sifted
50g Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
125g Cream Cheese, cubed

Decoration

1 sharing-size bag of M&Ms, separate the green, blue and brown
Red gel food colouring
360g White Chocolate, roughly chopped; OR white candy melts.

METHOD:

Cake component

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 degrees fan-forced; 340 F). Line the bottom of the cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray. Set kitchen timer for 20 minutes.

Add butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed with the whisk attachment until the mixture is light and fluffy. Slowly add the egg and beat until everything is combined.

In a small bowl add the sifted cocoa powder, vanilla extract and food colouring. Stir together until it forms a smooth paste. Add the coloured paste into the bowl of the mixer. Use the paddle attachment to beat until the colour is evenly mixed through the batter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

On low speed slowly pour in half of the buttermilk with half of the flour. Beat until just combined. Add the remaining buttermilk and flour, and beat until the batter is smooth.

Add the salt, bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Increase speed to medium and beat the mixture for another 2 minutes.

Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Pour the cake batter into the tin and place it on the middle rack of the oven. The cake is ready when the top bounces back when lightly touched and the sides come away from the tin. If not, add another 5 minutes to the timer and check again until the cake is done.

Remove from the oven. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the cream cheese filling. Add the icing sugar mixture and soft butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat them together on medium speed with the flat paddle attachment until all combined. The texture will look dry and sandy for now.

With the beaters still running add the cream cheese one cube at a time. As more cream cheese is added the dry texture will transform to a soft creamy frosting. On medium-high speed continue beating the frosting until it’s fluffy.

Shaping the cake balls

When the cake is cool crumble it into a large bowl. Scoop in all the cream cheese filling. Stir the cake and filling together until it’s mixed throughout. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Lightly roll heaped teaspoons of dough in your hand into a ball. Place each on the baking tray lined with baking paper. Place the tray in the fridge and allow to set for at least 1 hour.

Remove the cake balls from the fridge. Roll them once again in your hands to make smoother, rounder balls.

Assembling the cake balls

If you know how to temper white chocolate, then do this for the best results. Otherwise gently melt small batches of white chocolate in the microwave. OR melt your white candy melts down according to the instructions.

Quickly dip one cake ball at a time into the chocolate or candy melts for an even coating. Return it to the baking tray. While the coating is still setting press one M&M into the middle to form the iris. Repeat for all the cake balls. If the chocolate is setting too quickly, heat it again the microwave or give it a blast with a hairdryer. Allow the coating to set.

Mix a few drops of water with some red food gel. Dip a toothpick into the colour and paint bloodshot veins onto the eyeballs.

Draw on the pupil in the middle of each iris with an edible decorating marker (optional).

Concept inspired by Bakerella. Recipes adapted the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

Halloween Cakeball Eyeballs
Halloween Cakeball Eyeballs
This ghoulish Halloween Eyeball Cakeballs have mushed up red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting inside. Coat them with white chocolate, stick an M&M in the middle and they’re done!
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
36cakeballs 2hrs 20mins 1hr
Servings Prep Time
36cakeballs 2hrs
Cook Time Passive Time
20mins 1hr
Ingredients
  • Red Velvet Cakeball
  • 60 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten
  • 10 g Cocoa Powder
  • 20 ml liquid red food colouring
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 120 ml Buttermilk
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon White Wine Vinegar
  • Cream Cheese Filling
  • 300 g Icing Sugar sifted
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 125 g Cream Cheese cubed
  • Decoration
  • 1 bag of M&Ms keep the green, blue and brown
  • Red gel food colouring for the blood vessels
  • 360 g White Chocolate roughly chopped, OR
  • 360 g White Candy Melts
Servings: cakeballs
Units:
Ingredients
  • Red Velvet Cakeball
  • 60 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten
  • 10 g Cocoa Powder
  • 20 ml liquid red food colouring
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 120 ml Buttermilk
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon White Wine Vinegar
  • Cream Cheese Filling
  • 300 g Icing Sugar sifted
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 125 g Cream Cheese cubed
  • Decoration
  • 1 bag of M&Ms keep the green, blue and brown
  • Red gel food colouring for the blood vessels
  • 360 g White Chocolate roughly chopped, OR
  • 360 g White Candy Melts
Servings: cakeballs
Units:
Instructions
    Red Velvet Cakeball
    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius (150 degrees fan-forced; 340 F). Line the bottom of a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
    2. Add butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed with the whisk attachment until the mixture is light and fluffy. Slowly add the egg and beat until everything is combined.
    3. In a small bowl add the sifted cocoa powder, vanilla extract and food colouring. Stir together until it forms a smooth paste. Add the coloured paste into the bowl of the mixer. Use the paddle attachment to beat until the colour is evenly mixed through the batter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
    4. On low speed slowly pour in half of the buttermilk with half of the flour. Beat until just combined. Add the remaining buttermilk and flour, and beat until the batter is smooth.
    5. Add the salt, bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Increase speed to medium and beat the mixture for another 2 minutes.
    6. Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Pour the cake batter into the tin and place it on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes. The cake is ready when the top bounces back when lightly touched and the sides come away from the tin.
    7. Remove from the oven. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    Cream Cheese Filling
    1. Make the cream cheese filling. Add the icing sugar mixture and soft butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat them together on medium speed with the flat paddle attachment until all combined. The texture will look dry and sandy for now.
    2. With the beaters still running add the cream cheese one cube at a time. As more cream cheese is added the dry texture will transform to a soft creamy frosting. On medium-high speed continue beating the frosting until it’s fluffy.
    Shaping the cakeballs
    1. When the cake is cool crumble it into a large bowl. Scoop in all the cream cheese filling. Stir the cake and filling together until it’s mixed throughout. The dough will be thick and sticky.
    2. Lightly roll heaped teaspoons of dough in your hand into a ball. Place each on the baking tray lined with baking paper. Place the tray in the fridge and allow to set for at least 1 hour.
    3. Remove the cake balls from the fridge. Roll them once again in your hands to make smoother, rounder balls.
    Decorating
    1. If you know how to temper white chocolate, then do this for the best results. Otherwise gently melt small batches of white chocolate in the microwave OR melt your white candy melts down according to the instructions.
    2. Quickly dip one cake ball at a time into the chocolate or candy melts for an even coating. Return it to the baking tray. While the coating is still setting press one M&M into the middle to form the iris. Repeat for all the cake balls. If the chocolate is setting too quickly, heat it again the microwave or give it a blast with a hairdryer. Allow the coating to set.
    3. Mix a few drops of water with some red food gel. Dip a toothpick into the colour and paint bloodshot veins onto the eyeballs.
    4. Draw on the pupil in the middle of each iris with an edible decorating marker (optional).
    Nutrition Facts
    Halloween Cakeball Eyeballs
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 217 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 10g 15%
    Saturated Fat 7g 35%
    Trans Fat 0.001g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 18mg 6%
    Sodium 84mg 4%
    Potassium 40mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
    Sugars 26g
    Protein 2g 4%
    Vitamin A 3%
    Vitamin C 0.1%
    Calcium 3%
    Iron 2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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