Somethings in life are too cute for their own good and these Bullseye Cake Pops (more like Bullseye Cake Pups) are a classic example. They’re from the creative mind of Bakerella and would delight kids of all ages… literally all ages because I’m beside myself with delightment. And, yes, I did just make that word up. Can’t imagine someone hadn’t thought of it before now.
Instructions: (Click HERE for visual step-by-steps)
1. Bake cake as directed on box for a 9 X 13 cake. Once cooled completely, finely crumble into a large bowl.
2. Mix about 3/4 of a can of frosting into the cake crumbs using a large spoon. You won’t need the rest
3. Roll mixture into 1.25 inch balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.
4. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes so they will firm up. After that, you can transfer them to the refrigerator to remain chilled and avoid freezing.
5. When they are firm, form the cake balls into a rounded cone shape.
6. Melt white candy coating in a heatproof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least three to four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.
7. Dip the cut side of candy corn pieces into the coating and attach to the cone shaped cake ball for Bullseye’s ears.
8. Return shaped cake balls to the refrigerator to remain chilled for dipping.
9. When chilled again, remove a couple of shaped cake balls from the refrigerator at a time to work with.
10. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted white candy coating and insert stick into the bottom of Bullseye’s head. Dip the entire cake pop into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. If your coating is too thick, you can add a little vegetable oil or shortening to help thin it and make it easier to work with.
11. Remove and allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back in the bowl.
12. Attach a black-coated sunflower seed in position for the nose before the coating sets. If desired, insert a miniature pink confetti sprinkle in position for a cute little tongue.
13. Place in a Styrofoam block to dry.
14. When dry, draw a bullseye where the left eye should be using a red edible ink pen. You can also pipe it on with red candy coating if desired.
15. Let dry and place miniature black confetti sprinkles in position for the eyes.
16. Use a toothpick to dot white candy coating on the black sprinkles to add sparkle to the eyes.
17. Draw on smiles with a black edible ink pen.
18. Attach Lifesaver collars using leftover melted candy coating.
19. Let dry completely.
20. Wrap in treat bags tied with a ribbon and store them in an airtight container.
Check out the Cake Pops kit by Bakerella on Target’s Website.
For recipes, Holiday tips, and shopping fun (and I do mean FUN), be sure to check out Target’s A Bullseye’s View. I’m headed back there myself right now for Turkeys, Tabletops, and Thanksgiving. (Say that three times fast!)