These Wacky Jack-o’-Lantern Cake Pops Are Too Fun to Resist!

Classic jack-o’-lanterns with a toothy grin and triangle eyes get all the hype around Halloween, but what about their more entertaining cousins — the silly and goofy jacks? This tutorial for jack-o’-lantern cake pops will will give the classic kind a run for it’s money! Presenting…drum roll, please…the wacky jacks!

Jack o lantern cake pops

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Wacky jack-o’-lantern cake pops tutorial

You’ll need:

  • Cake pop dough ready for shaping
  • Orange candy wafers
  • Dark brown or black candy wafers
  • Sixlets candies in orange
  • Small pretzel sticks
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Small ziplock bag for piping
  • Toothpicks
  • Cake pop stand


Step 1:

First thing’s first; line your work surface with wax paper. Follow our tutorial on how to shape cake pops to create the perfect textured dough. Use a cookie scoop to portion cake pop dough.

Two balls of shaped cake pop dough

Step 2:

Roll portions into balls or ovals. We’re making wacky pumpkins so any shape would do, really!

Shaping jack-o'-lantern cake pops Cake pop dough shaped like a pumpkin

Step 3:

Use a lollipop stick to create about six indents all the way around the cake ball. Make them somewhat deep; the stick should be pressed in, close to flush with the dough. Most of this space will get filled in with candy coating so we want to make sure the detail doesn’t get lost in the flood!

Create divot in cake pop dough

Step 4:

Create a divot in the pumpkins you’ve deemed to be eating a baby pumpkin using a sixlet. This will make a place for the sixlet later on after dipping. Refrigerate all pieces.


Step 1:

Gather and prep materials.

orange Sixlets

I like to buy a multicolor bag of Sixlets candy and sort out the orange. The other colors can be used for another baking project later on!

Snap pretzel pieces

Next, snap the pretzel sticks into little pieces. This will be used for the stems. I like to use only the ends (I snack on the middles), but not necessary.

Sesame seedsGrab your sesame seeds and have them ready.

Step 2:

Remove cake pieces from the fridge and let sit in room temperature for a few minutes as you do the next step.

Step 3:

Use our tutorial for dipping cake pops as a guide to melt and thin the orange candy wafers in a microwave-safe bowl.

Step 4:

Dip a lollipop stick, about 1/3″ into the melted coating, then carefully push it in until it’s about halfway into the pumpkin.

Step 5:

Dip each piece into the orange candy coating. Carefully shake off excess and use a toothpick to pierce air bubbles.

Pumpkin cake popsAttach a pretzel piece to the top while still wet.

Making Jack-o'-Lantern Cake Pops

Attach an orange Sixlet to those specific jack-o’-lanterns that have the divot and use a toothpick to create lines on the Sixlet.

Place on a cake pop stand and let dry completely.

Step 6:

Melt the dark brown or black candy coating in a ziplock bag. Once melted, knead the bag with your fingers to make sure all lumps are gone. Snip the very tip with scissors. We will use this to pipe the detail.

Step 7:

The fun part — pipe the wacky face details!

Wacky jack-o'-lantern cake pops

Add sesame seeds to the mouth to make it seem like the jack-o’-lantern is spewing his seeds! “Glue” them using the remaining orange candy coating and a toothpick. Place the coating at the bottom of the mouth and on the area under the mouth.

Add details to mini jack Mini jack in a big jack's mouth

Add a  face onto the little Sixlet jack o lantern. Then add a crazy jagged mouth around the little guy.

Jack o lantern cake pops

Drumroll please: wacky jack-o’-lantern cake pops!

Happy Halloween! Have a wacky time making your kooky jack o lantern cake pops!

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