Welp, today I jumped onto the cake pops bandwagon. I figure they will be a nice no-mess treat for our Halloween party – not to mention that they are super cute!
To make around 40 pumpkin cake pops, you will need:
- One 13×9 cake – make it from scratch, or make it from a box. I used a white cake mix from Betty Crocker and substituted pumpkin puree for some of the oil.
- 1/2 cup cake frosting : from scratch, or not
- Orange candy melts, or white candy melts colored with oil-based food coloring
- Green Tic Tacs (for the stems)
- Lollipop Sticks
- Wax paper
- (optional) Edible Pen or Marker to make jack-o-lantern faces
- styrofoam block
Start by making the cake and letting it cool completely. I mean it – completely! You’re gonna be working with it by hand, so try to avoid 3rd degree burns!
This probably isn’t a necessary step, but I cut the corner crusts off to help the cake mixture keep a nice consistency.
Spoon the cake into a large bowl and crumble it up with a pastry cutter.
Add in the frosting. Combine with the pastry cutter.
Form the cake/frosting mixture into quarter-ish-sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. (Yes, I know some of mine are not spheres – I made them into Wolf Men.)
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on a double boiler, according to package instructions. Be careful not to overheat. Note that I should have used orange-colored chocolate here instead of the dark chocolate, but I already had the dark melted. Tsk tsk.
Dip a lollipop stick about 1/4″ into the chocolate and then halfway into the cake ball.
Repeat the process on all of the cake balls. Now, somehow finagle your freezer so that you can pop the whole baking sheet in to chill for about 10 minutes.
Get your candy coating ready. Dip each cake pop in and roll it a bit, using a knife or spoon to help get it coated. Use a toothpick to skim off any excess coating.
Push the green Tic Tac into the top as a stem immediately, because the candy coating sets up fast.
Now, this is where the Styrofoam block comes in handy. It’s the perfect way to store the pops while they set up.
Once dry, feel free to draw on faces with an edible pen! I actually bought an edible pen just for this project, but it stopped working after making just two faces. Oh well. They are cute without.
UPDATE: I got un-lazy and added jack-o-lantern faces using melted chocolate, and sprinkled black sugar crystals on top. I also took pics of the wolf man and eyeball blob monster pops. Enjoy!
Happy kitty cake pop!
The Joker cake pop
Wolf man! Raaaaaawr!
And finally, eyeball blob monsters. I had the eyeball sprinkles and just had to find a way to use them.