Pumpkin Cake Balls

Did you ever play “Momma had a baby and her head popped off“? You know, that totally weird and random game where you decapitate dandelions and sing a little song about it?

I invented that. Except I originally called it “Barbie had a baby and her head popped off”.

Seriously! Google it. You won’t find my name (or anyone else’s), but that’s because this is the first time I’m coming forward as “anonymous inventor of Momma had a baby and her head popped off”.

I invented it when I was playing Barbies with my bestie one day and my {faulty} Barbie was in labor and her head fell off. Clever, eh?

Mike (and my mom, and pretty much anyone I tell this story to) thinks I *might* be remembering this event a bit incorrectly and it’s *possible* that I heard “Momma had a baby and her head popped off” from someone else and simply incorporated it into my play.  But to them I say, pooh pooh!

Similar to my innovative dandelion decapitation song, I’m also 99.99% sure I am the first person to invent pumpkin cake balls and they will soon overtake the world. I haven’t bothered to Google-check this fact as I feel that discovering someone else had the idea of combining pumpkin and cake balls first would be a pretty serious blow to my ego.

Regardless of origin, these are the nummiest cake balls I’ve ever encountered. The only thing better than mixing cake and frosting is mixing cake and PUMPKIN and frosting. SoooooooooooO good.

You can even make these if you are on a diet because pumpkin replaces half the usual amount of frosting in the recipe, so technically these are a health food.

Pumpkin Cake Balls (yield: ~30 cake balls)


  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons + 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup canned vanilla frosting
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • candy corn


  1. Mix cake according to directions on box (with eggs, water, and oil), but replace one egg with 3 tablespoons of pumpkin and a teaspoon of baking powder. Stir in pumpkin pie spice. Bake as directed.
  2. Allow the cake to cool completely, then crumble until there are no large pieces of cake left. Stir in 3/4 cup frosting and 1/2 cup pumpkin until incorporated.
  3. Form the mix into small balls, then dip in white chocolate candy melts.
  4. Decorate with candy corn. Store in refrigerator.

3 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cake Balls

  1. Lynn

    Awesome! These are the only pumpkin cake pops I’ve ever seen so I give you props as the Inventor extraordinaire of Pumpkin cake pops!!!

  2. Emily

    Found this on Pinterest. I made these for a potluck and they are so delicious. I’m calling them Pumpkin Pie Balls b/c the texture of mine ended up being a lot like Pumpkin Pie. Thanks for inventing these treats and sharing. 🙂


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