Just in time for Halloween!!
Make these easy
Jack Skellington Cake Pops
for your trick-or-treaters.
Jack Skellington Cake Pops
*makes 4 dozen
1 cake mix (+ water, oil & eggs as indicated on package)
1 tub prepared frosting (select a flavor that coordinates with cake - i.e. white with vanilla, choc w/choc)
6 -inch lollipop sticks (can be found at craft stores in cake/candy decorating aisle)
Vanilla Almond Bark (grocery baking aisle) -OR- Wilton White Candy Melts (craft store) - OR- white chocolate morsels
vegetable shortenining (1 tablespoon for every 2 cups of candy melts/morsels or 6 bricks of almond bark
1 tube of black gel icing or cookie icing (found in baking aisle, near sprinkles)
Bake cake according to package directions. Let cool completely at least 4-5 hours or overnight. Cut chunks of the cooled cake and dump them into a large bowl. Break up the cake with a spoon or spatula until it looks like a coarse-textured meal. Add 2/3 of the tub of frosting and mix well. It will look similar to a cookie dough now. Set in freezer for 15 minutes.
Remove from freezer and using a 1-inch scoop or tablespoon, scoop the dough into your hands and roll into a 1-inch ball. Set on a wax paper-lined baking pan. Place sheet of cake balls in freezer again for 10-15 minutes until firm.
Melt 2 cups of chocolate or 6 bricks of Almond Bark in a Wilton melting pot or in a saucepan (medium-low heat) on the stovetop, making sure not to burn it. Add in 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening to thin the consistency.
When the cake balls are firm, take a lollipop stick and dip 1/2 inch into the melted chocolate then insert it into the center of the ball (watch the video below to see how this step is done). Do this for remaining cake balls.
Now dip the entire cake ball into the melted chocolate (or spoon it over) to coat it. Shake off any excess. Stick the cake pop into something secure to hold it like a mug filled with sugar or rice. You can also use a brick of stryrofoam. Let the cake pops set for at least 15 minutes before attempting to draw on the face.
Squirt some of the black gel icing onto a plate. Dip a toothpick into the icing and drag a line the face, forming Jack's mouth. Add small lines for stitches. Now draw two ovals/teardrop shapes for eyes. Don't forget his nostrils! (Watch the video below for this step.) Let the black icing set. Now eat and enjoy!!
Buy festive lollipop treat bags and give these out for Halloween.
Attach black and white curled ribbon and offer them as favors at your next party.
Make a bouquet of these to give a friend for their "Over the Hill" birthday. He he he
Cut out little bat shapes and slide them onto the stick to look like Jack's collar.
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