Easy Pumpkin-Shaped Cake Balls

Prep Time
20 min.
Cook Time
30 min.
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These cake balls are beginner-friendly and easy to make! They look like cute little pumpkins, but they're made with an orange cake that everyone loves. They pop with color and flavor!

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1 3-oz. package orange gelatin

2/3 cup hot water

2/3 cup canola oil

3 Large Eggland’s Best eggs

1 box yellow cake mix


3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup of orange juice

Candy Coating

24 oz candy melts (you won't use it all, but it's nice to have extra for dipping the cake balls in)

oil-based food coloring (or, use orange candy melts)

green sprinkles

15 pretzel sticks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prep a 9”x13” pan. Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water. Add the oil, eggs, and cake mix. Beat 3 minutes.
  2. Pour into 9x13 cake pan and make for 30 minutes (keep an eye on it, you don’t want it overdone).
  3. While the cake is cooking, prepare the glaze. Mix the powdered sugar and the orange juice to a consistency that can be poured.
  4. While the cake is still hot, poke holes in it using a knife or fork. Make holes every 2 or 3 inches. Pour the glaze over the hot cake and be sure it runs down into the holes you made.
  5. Let the cake cool completely, and then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to crumble it all up, and then form into balls (about 1 tablespoon each in size). You should get between 25-30 cake balls.
  6. Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  7. Prepare candy coating per instructions on package. You can buy orange candy melts, or use an oil-based food coloring to make it orange.
  8. Once prepared, set the cake balls on a fork and dip in the candy coating one at a time. Let the coating drip off the cake ball.
  9. Transfer to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Immediately add sprinkles and half a pretzel stick for the stem.
  10. Chill cake balls for a few minutes before eating. Store in fridge. Enjoy!


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Information per Serving
Serving Size 1 cake ball
Calories 204
Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 18mg
Sodium 130mg
Carbohydrates 32g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Protein 1g