Pumpkin Pie Monster Cake Pops

Halloween is a holiday I feel indifferent about. It was fun dressing up as a young child and then in college, but I have never gotten particularly excited about it. I'm not a huge fan of sweets (it's true) and costumes are outrageously expensive. Until Merle gets older and understands the concept of dressing up, we will mostly opt out of the holiday. That being said, I feel guilty not doing anything special for her when the other kids are buzzing about what they will dress up as. So today Merle and I made Halloween inspired cake pops for her and little friend. Merle loves helping out with cooking, especially baking. I measure the ingredients out and she pours them into the bowl and stirs. I highly suggest giving children duties in the kitchen on a regular basis, but keep in mind, things will get messy :)

Pumpkin Pie Cake Pops
Makes 4 dozen 

2 cups granulated sugar
2 3/4 cups plus 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup dry whole milk powder
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
16 Tbsp butter (2 sticks), frozen
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
15oz can pureed pumpkin
2 eggs at room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 bag candy melts
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Food coloring (optional)
Gel icing (optional)

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees (F). In a large bowl, use a fork to thoroughly mix the sugar, flour, cornstarch, milk powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Chop the frozen into small, pea-sized cubes and then add it into the flour mixture along with the vanilla. Use a hand held mixture or food process to combine evenly. Scoop in the pumpkin and mix again. Finally add in the eggs and mix until smooth. Pour the batter into a greased 9"x13" baking pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed from the cake's center cleanly.

Allow the cake to cool completely (this is a great time for a nap). Once cooled, use a fork or hands to pull the cake apart into crumbs. Combine the crumbs with the softened cream cheese until the mixture becomes homogeneous. Place one to two tablespoons of the filling in the center of your palm and flatten it with the opposite hand. Remove the top hand and then make a cupping motion with the hand holding the mixture. Repeat this process until a smooth ball is formed.

Set the completed balls on wax paper. Once all of the balls have been formed, melt the candy melts with the vegetable oil in the microwave. Add in food coloring if desired. Roll each ball into the melted chocolate and return to the wax paper to harden.

For the Halloween inspired accents, I pulled a spoon across the surface of the cake pop while the chocolate was still drying  for an uneven, monster look and used green gel icing for the light filled eyes. The slimed pumpkin was made with a large dollop of the green gel icing with additional streaks added down the sides.


  1. Gosh, she is cute! Those look like such a fun activity! I always loved baking with the kids I babysat.

    1. Thanks Rach :) Merle, like most kids, is a big fan of baking and cooking. I think it's the procedural, yet creative nature of it along with fun actions like stirring, sprinkling, etc. She also gets a kick out of going through the spice cabinet, figuring out what each spice is, and guessing whether or not it goes with what we're cooking.