There's only one thing better than a cake pop...
a Mickey Mouse Cake Pop!!!
Mickey Mouse 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)
Almond Bark (grocery baking aisle) -OR- Wilton Candy Melts (craft store) - OR- chocolate morsels
vegetable shortenining (1 tablespoon for every 2 cups of candy melts/morsels or 6 bricks of almond bark
a variety of colored sugar crystals (found near cake sprinkles on baking aisle)
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 a mini-muffin tin. Pat the dough flat to create disc-shaped circles. When the tin has been filled, place in freezer again for 10-15 minutes to firm the discs.
While waiting, begin cutting your Mickey Mouse ears. Take a marshmallow and cut it in half creating 2 circles. Cut 1/3 off of each circle to create a Mickey ear (watch the video below to see how this is done).
You will need 2 ears for each cake pop. Set aside.
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 discs have firmed up, take a lollipop stick and dip 1/2 inch into the melted chocolate then insert it into the disc. Now take a Mickey ear and dip the flat edge into the chocolate and attach it to the disc. Hold it for a few seconds until it adheres. Do this for the other ear.
Dip the entire Mickey head into the melted chocolate (or spoon it over) to coat it. Shake off any excess. Now set it into a plate of the colored sugar crystals. Flip it over to coat the opposite side and use a spoon to coat the edges. Now 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 an hour before eating.
Buy festive lollipop treat bags and give these out for Halloween.
Attach curled ribbon and offer them as favors at your next party.
Make a bouquet of these to give a friend for their birthday.
Instead of sugar crystals, drizzle the opposite color chocolate over them to appear gourmet.
Roll them in crushed Oreos instead of sprinkles.
Attach a note to them letting your kids know they are going to Walt Disney World!!!
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