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Next up in our Cake Pop Con attendee tutorial series, Lina from Zoe & Pea in New York has a trendy twist on holiday cake pops!

Hi all,

I am Lina, the creative mind behind Zoe & Pea. Today I want to share with you a fun little tutorial, based on this set of cake pops I made for a Plants vs Zombies themed birthday party.

Zombie Santa Cake Pops 1

Kim challenged us Cake Pop Con attendees to use our swag products in a fun way for the holidays. So, allow me to present to you… Santa Zombies! After all, the holidays are for the undead too.

Zombie Santa Cake Pops 2

I wanted to make these as accessible to everyone as possible, so I am using only candy and chocolate.  However, the possibilities for these fellas are endless. Feel free to add fondant decorations, disco dust, sanding sugar, etc. More intricate designs are a bit time consuming, but totally worth the effort.

Today, I am using candy from Miami Candies and paper straws from Aardvark Straws. Thank you Cake Pop. Com sponsors for your generosity.


Zombie Santa Cake Pops 2

  • White, Black and Red Candy melts
  • Lollipop Sticks or Paper Straws
  • Rolled Cake Balls (one full size ball for the head and about half of the ball for the hat)
  • Round white candy in two sizes
  • Black Edible-Ink Marker
  • Toothpicks


Molding the cake balls…

Zombie Santa Cake Pops 4

  1. Starting with full size cake balls, follow your normal preparation of cake dough. For this, I suggest you aim for a playdoh-like consistency. This way, you do not need to chill your cake balls and can work faster. I am using red velvet cake.
  2. Cut one of the cake balls in half.
  3. Shape that half ball to a cone shape. I start with a ball, then pinch one corner to create the tip, and flatten the opposite side.
  4. Take the full ball and create an oval shape. The bottom half of the ball should be thinner, as to resemble a chin. No further molding necessary.
  5. You should end up with an oval shaped ball and a cone shaped ball as in figure 5. Set aside.

Zombie Santa Cake Pops 5

  1. Go ahead and melt your candy melts. You should have four colors: Red, white, grey and black, The grey and the red are your dipping colors, so be more generous in terms of quantity with those. I prepare the grey by adding a few black candy melts to my white candy melts. Set aside

Zombie Santa Cake Pops 6


Zombie Santa Cake Pops 7

  1. Starting with your oval shape, dip the straw or lollipop stick in your grey candy melts and insert in that oval shape until you completely impale the ball and can see a bit of the straw/lollipop stick. In order to preserve that oval cake ball, gently twist the stick as you insert it in the ball.
  1. Dip the cake pop in the grey candy melt.
  1. While the candy is still wet, gently push the larger candy ball in to create an eye socket. I like this technique better because the pressure will add a crease to the chocolate that looks like an eyelid. Proceed with the smaller candy.


  1. Gently twist the cake cone in place, using the excess candy melt already in place as glue.


  1. Using a round candy as mold, create a small crevice for the candy to rest on top of the hat. Allow the chocolate to set or to expedite the process, refrigerate until the candy melts are had to the touch ( about 10 minutes)


  1. Dip the hat on the red candy melts. Shake the excess red chocolate with the cake pop completely upside down to minimize the amount that will fall back to the face of the zombie. While the candy melts are still wet, place the white candy ball on top of the hat. Allow the re candy melt to set, before proceeding to the next step. You could add red sanding sugar to the hat to make it even more festive.


  1. With a toothpick and white candy melts, go around the seam and add the white border. Create a texture by poking the white candy melt with the toothpick.


  1. Add some expression lines and eyebrows by guiding grey candy melt with a toothpick. You could also pipe it.


  1. With black chocolate, add two dots to the eyes and small ovals for the nose. Draw the mouth with the black edible marker.


  1. Add some teeth by piping with white candy melts.


Voilá, you are done!

Before I go, I also want to thank Pick Your Plum, another Cake Pop Con sponsor, for providing us with such amazing and generous disposable tableware. I had so much fun personalizing the chevron green cups and plates for the Plants vs. Zombies event.

Zombie Santa Cake Pops 8


I also used my mini stands from KC Bakes!Zombie Santa Cake Pops 9

I hope you have as much fun creating these little guys as I did. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Holidays to you all,

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