Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween Dessert Ideas: Eyeball Cake Balls

This cake balls recipe makes gross halloween food: edible eyeballs.
Hooray for creepy Halloween dessert ideas!
As far as Halloween desserts go, eyeball cake balls hold a special place in my. . . skull. They're gross looking PLUS these edible eyeballs are super tasty. A double win for the Halloween table. While you won't have to explain what they're supposed to be, you might have to explain what's in them, before anyone will venture a bite.

The idea for edible eyeballs came from a friend who forwarded me the recipe for forkable's rice crispy peanut butter eyes. But after a little brainstorming, it occurred to me that a much grosser version of the eyeball cake would have a moist red interior: red velvet cake! Gross and nasty! Wonderful!

Fact: I was so proud of this idea. I was so excited! I called my mom so that she would tell me how awesome I was.

Fact: A single search of the internet told me that a few other people have had this idea, too. Oh well. Great minds think alike? Besides, let's focus on craftsmanship. I think I bring a special level of finesse to edible Halloween eyeballs.
eyeball cake balls are a gross halloween food recipe.
Gruesome red-velvet cake ball Halloween desserts ever!
Okay, so you want to know what's in these things? Let's talk details, kids. Time for an anatomy lesson.

Anatomy of Eyeball Cake Balls:
The outside: White chocolate coating
The inside: Red velvet cake ball using cream cheese frosting to hold it together
The pupil: M&M
The blood vessels: Red food coloring painted on using the broken half of a toothpick
These eyeball cakes are a gross halloween dessert idea
Halloween dessert ideas: cake balls recipe turns into edible eyeballs.
What do people think when you serve a plate of Halloween eyeballs? Some people become ecstatic and hold them in front of their eyes. Some people are so sickened by this gross Halloween food that they can't bring themselves to try a single tiny eye cake.

Those people are missing out. These are delicious! They're sweet and moist, and the combination of red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, and white chocolate goes down great with a glass of witches' brew.

The main eyeball cake ball recipe drawback is that the eyes take a while to make. Forget about making the family cake recipe from scratch...bust out the cake mix and ready-made frosting for this project. Don't have red velvet cake mix on hand? No worries. I made one batch with vanilla cake mix, added 2 oz of red food coloring to each, and called it good. They turned out as well as the red velvet eyes did.
This gross halloween cake ball recipe yields a bunch of edible eyeballs.
The "blood clot" in the middle eye happened when some of the frosting-y cake melted after I dipped it in the hot white chocolate coating. Yay for gross Halloween food ideas!
Imagine all the fun things you could do with a plate full of these!

Drumroll please.....

Gross Halloween Cake: Eyeball Cake Balls Recipe

Cake Balls Recipe
One  18.25 oz box red velvet cake and ingredients called for on the box
3/4 of a 16 oz container of ready-made cream cheese frosting
Food-safe plastic gloves
  1. Bake the cake according to directions and let cool completely.
  2. Once cooled, crumble it into a large bowl or large tupperware, making sure no large bits remain. One method to quickly crumble cake is to rub two chunks of it together.
  3. Scoop 3/4 of the container of frosting into the cake and mix thoroughly using a spoon. The rest of the frosting isn't going to get used. Enjoy it.
  4. Put plastic gloves on now, because you'll end up with red hands if you don't.
  5. Next step: "Roll your eyes," hardy-har-har. Roll the cake into eyeball-sized balls, place on a wax paper or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for several hours or freeze for 15 minutes.
  6. While they are chilling, prepare the chocolate coating.

White Chocolate Coating Recipe
1/2 bar (~2 oz) edible paraffin wax 
2 12-oz bags white chocolate chips
toothpicks and a spoon
  1. Melt the paraffin wax in the microwave.
  2. Pour the hot wax over the chocolate chips and melt the whole ensemble until smooth using a method of your choice: Either place it in a pan over low heat, use a double boiler, or microwave it. In any case, be sure to stir frequently and heat carefully, as the mixture can burn easily.
  3. Once the chocolate mixture is melted and smooth, take a few eyeballs out of the fridge or freezer.
  4. My preferred method for dunking these treats was to drop them in the coating, fish them out with a spoon, stick a toothpick into them, and transfer via toothpick to a wax paper-coated cookie sheet.
  5. Only dunk one eye at a time, and have the M&Ms at the ready, because the coating hardens quickly.

Pupils & Blood Vessels
1 medium or large bag of M&Ms
Red food coloring
  1. Press an M&M into the middle of the eyeball to make the pupil.
  2. Once you're done with all the eyes, draw the blood vessels: Break a toothpick in half to provide a  wider "brush" surface to paint with, dip it in a dish or cup that contains several drops of red food coloring, and paint away!
These edible halloween eyeballs were so popular, I'm tempted to make them again, even before next Halloween hits.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, you know...