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There are so many great Halloween books out there for kids, but one of our all-time favorites is Spookley the Square Pumpkin. One of the great things about this book is that it’s not just about Halloween, it’s about a little square pumpkin who gets teased and made fun of because he’s different than the other (round) pumpkins. It’s a fantastic book to get your kids talking about bullying. There are several different versions of the Spookley book, but the one we show here is a super fun “Storytime Stickers: It’s Halloween with Spookley the Square Pumpkin.” (STICKERS! I.KNOW.)
For our Halloween book pairing, we made Halloween Cake Pops. I didn’t think about it until after, but it would be just as easy to make the cake pops into squares (like Spookley) instead of balls. Next time we’ll do a mixture so there can be some Spookleys in there!
Halloween Pumpkin Cake Pops Recipe
- 1 box of cake mix (flavor, brand of choice) + ingredients to make cake
- 16 ounce container (tub) of icing, flavor of choice
- 2 packages (24 ounces) [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0061TXUJC/ref=asliqfspasin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0061TXUJC&linkCode=as2&tag=lcrb-20″ target=”_blank”]Wilton’s Orange Melts[/url]
- [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W5CGR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000W5CGR8&linkCode=as2&tag=lcrb-20&linkId=XIQAD7CHOMML7CXL” target=”_blank”]Lollipop sticks[/url]
- Green gum drops
- Black [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CRJDJTG/ref=asliqfspasin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00CRJDJTG&linkCode=as2&tag=lcrb-20″ target=”_blank”]food decorating pen[/url]
- Styrofoam block
- Bake cake as directed in a 9 x 13 pan and let cool completely.
- Crumble cake up into a large bowl.
- Remove lid and seal from frosting and place tub in microwave for 10 seconds to soften.
- Add half of the frosting to the crumbled cake and mash with a fork until the cake and the frosting is mixed. Use more.
- Pick up a small amount of the cake/frosting mixture and shape into a ball (or square) It should hold together without breaking apart. If mixture is too dry, add more frosting.
- Continue making cake balls (or squares) and place on a wax paper lined baking cookie sheet.
- Make sure balls are tightly packed and look smooth with no cracks. If they appear cracked, add more frosting.
- Transfer cookie sheet with cake balls to freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Place 12 ounces of the candy melts in a small, deep microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring each time until completely melted. The melted coating should coat a spoon but still be able to slowly drip off.
- Remove cake balls from freezer. Dip the lollipop sticks into candy coating and then insert the sticks into center of your cake balls, taking care not to go all the way through. Let them set for 1-2 minutes, sticks in the air.
- Pick up cake pop by the stick and dip into candy coating. Rotate the cake pop to help get rid of excess coating.
- Reheat and/or melt more candy coating as needed.
- Poke sticks of the cake pops into the styrofoam block to stand up straight and dry completely, about 5 minutes.
- TO DECORATE: Draw face onto the cake pop and let dry. Cut green gum drops in half. Use warn candy coating to stick half of the gum drop to the top for the stem.
- Stick back into the styrofoam block to dry completely before placing in bags or container.
Fun with this Recipe for Spookley the Square Pumpkin
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