Easy Halloween Baking: With Halloween fast approaching I thought it would be fun to try out a new recipe courtesy of Lyle’s Golden Syrup. I have fond memories of the syrup from when I use to bake with my mum as little girl, especially around this time of year. Im not alone, Lyle’s Golden Syrup is the nations favourite kitchen cupboard staple, guaranteed to make your kitchen sticky but your food taste great. They are also a proud sponsor of The Great British Bake Off.

Monkey was very excited about the prospect of making some eye balls! He loves baking and cooking and will spend hours in the kitchen given half the chance.

Makes: 32
Preparation time: 1 hour

1 x 490g Madeira cake, crusts cut off
6 tbsp Lyle’s Strawberry Squeezy Syrup
600g white ready-to-roll icing
A little icing sugar
Green, blue and red food colouring
Lyle’s Strawberry Squeezy Syrup, for drizzling

How to make this recipe:

Step One: Break the Madeira cake into chunks and put them into a food processor to process into crumbs. Add 6 tablespoons of Lyle’s Strawberry Squeezy Syrup and process for a few more seconds.

Step Two: Tip the mixture into a bowl and work it with your hands until it sticks together. Form into 32 neat balls, rolling them in the palms of your hands. Set aside.

Step Three: Roll out 500g of the ready-to-roll icing very thinly on a surface dusted with icing sugar. Use an 8.5cm plain cutter to cut out circles, re-rolling the icing as needed. Cover the cake balls with the icing, snipping off the excess to form neat balls.


Step Four: Colour half the remaining icing blue with 2-3 drops of blue food colouring, and the rest with 2-3 drops of green food colouring. Roll out thinly and cut out 32 small circles to form the irises. Mix the blue and green trimmings together with 1-2 drops of red food colouring. Roll out thinly and cut out tiny circles for the pupils of the eyes. Position the irises and pupils on the white cake balls, fixing them in place by brushing them with a little water.

Step Five: Paint undiluted red food colouring onto the ‘eyeballs’ with a fine brush to represent the ‘veins’.

Step Six: Put the finished eyeballs into mini muffin cases, pinching the opposite sides of the paper cases, so that they look like the eye sockets. Just before serving, drizzle a little Lyle’s Strawberry Squeezy Syrup into the corners of the eyes.

Cook’s tip: Keep in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 3 weeks.

Monkey loves his bloodshot eye balls! As you can see he was very proud of the finished article. You can find this recipe and others involving Lyle’s Golden Syrup on their website. They have some great inspiration for the Spooky Season!

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  1. Tracy K Nixon Reply

    These are fab! I love Halloween – shame it is only for just one night – but we do decorate our home and celebrate for a whole fortnight before! I will try this recipe out with my kids! Thanks!

  2. Ooh these look amazing!! How clever are you?!! I’m useless at baking but even more useless at something like this. They are the perfect Halloween party treat! Enjoy!

  3. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    Great fun
    Encouraging skills in the kitchen
    Will try these too

  4. Kerry Kilmister Reply

    How clever! I love this idea, and they seem quite simple to make too

  5. I think you’ve done a great job there Clare, they look so cool. My kids love Golden syrup so I’m sure they’d really enjoy these. Mich x

  6. These look amazing! I am not so sure they would look so good if I made them!

  7. Lorna Ledger Reply

    I like these, they are on the right side of gruesome if you know what I mean! A good kids treat for Halloween!

  8. How brilliant! We haven’t tried making eyes for Halloween but must do so next year. Well done to your Monkey.

  9. Hannah Rowley Reply

    Oooh these look fab! Looks like you have a great time making them!

  10. This is so cool am so definitely going to try this with the kids.

  11. Lindsey Stuart Reply

    Aww fantastic! I wish we had thought to make these bloodshot eyeballs for Halloween, oh well next year for sure 😉 thank you for sharing with us.

  12. Anthea Holloway Reply

    Wow! That is so original and scary too. I love it. I shall do this with my grandchildren.

  13. alice lightning Reply

    how great and easy to make are these scrumptious eyeballs don’t even have to have them at Halloween fancy dress parties are good too for a gory scary time marvellous looking indeed

  14. paula cheadle Reply

    these look awesome, looks like you had some fun making them

  15. Those are SO cool! I wish I’d seen these before. I’ll bookmark them for next year!

  16. Great simple recipe for the children to make but it looks effective!

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