Jack-O-Lantern and Mummy Cake Pops

by Mindy on October 13, 2011

What’s not to love?!  These pops are the cutest things ever.  I’ve made them a few times now, and they are a serious hit.  The first batch I made, I had a bunch leftover after my family enjoyed them.  So my 2 year old and I took some to his friend’s family… but I still had more!  So I went for a walk in the neighborhood.  Only two kids in sight.  So I gave them each one.  Then it was the craziest thing.  Kids started materializing out of nowhere!  They were running toward me from up and down the street.  I think kid’s have a sixth sense when it comes to treats.  Luckily I had exactly the right number of cake pops to go around.  The kids LOVED them.  Later, Brittany and I made them for a short Halloween class we taught.  They were a hit again.  So I think it is safe to say, if you make these babies… they are going to be a HIT!  (PS The directions are long, but these really are not hard. I just wanted to be very explicit with the directions to make sure your cake pops are a success!)

Jack-O-Lantern and Mummy Cake Pops
Submitted by Mindy ~ The Sisters Cafe

1 cake (homemade or from cake mix, baked in 9 x 13 pan)
Frosting (homemade or one jar of store bought)
‘Chocolate’ Candy Melts – white and orange (If you live in Utah, I usually get my melts at Orson Gygi.)
Edible Ink Pen
Lollipop sticks
Green Tic Tacs
mini chocolate chips

1.  After the cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl or your Bosch/Kitchen Aid.
2. Start with approximately 1/2 cup of frosting and add it to the cake.  Continue adding frosting until the cake forms a “dough” that can easily be rolled into balls.  I would say I usually use 1/2- 3/4 cup of frosting.  Your probably will not need the whole jar if you are using store bought frosting.
3.  Roll mixture between your palms into quarter to half dollar sized balls and place on cookie sheet.  Wax paper or silpat lined is easier so the balls won’t stick.  Should make between 45-50 balls.
4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.  For the microwave, heat the chocolate at 50% power for 2 minutes.  Stir until the the bowl no longer feels warm, then heat in 30 second intervals at 50% power stirring in between until the chocolate is melted.
5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted chocolate and insert into the cake balls.  Insert about halfway.
6. Chill in the refridgerater uncovered for a couple of hours to firm up.  (I am told you can also place them in the freezer for a little while, but I haven’t tried it.)
7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered.  Once covered, remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off if needed.  Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too!
8. Immediately insert the green Tic Tac for the jack-o-lantern stem OR insert the mini chocolate chips for the mummies’ eyes.
9.  Place in a styrofoam block to dry.  Sugar filled glasses works great, too!
10.  After you have dipped all the cake balls in white chocolate, go back and pipe white chocolate onto the cake pops to look like mummy wrappings.  (I think it is easier to use these bottles instead of a piping bag)
11. Once dry, draw jack-o-lantern faces with an edible ink pen and allow ink to dry.

Tips:
1.  Don’t cover the cake balls when they are chilling.  The moisture that gathers on the outside of the pops can make the chocolate crack after you dip the moist pop.  Keeping the balls uncovered while chilling allows the outside of the ball to dry off to prevent cracking (don’t worry, the inside will stay moist).
2.  Use the candy melts!  I tried chocolate chips (white and chocolate), and the chocolate ended up being too thick and it was hard to get the balls looking smooth.  The thick chocolate also made some of the cake balls fall apart while I was trying to rotate them to cover.  I also tried almond bark, which was too thin.  The cake balls wouldn’t stop dripping.  Even after I waited and tapped them off, the chocolate still ended up running down the stick.
3.  If you are up for it, the thick melted chocolate from white chocolate chips was perfect to do the mummy wrappings.  So still use the white chocolate melts for dipping the cake pop, but then use the thicker white chocolate chips for mummy wrappings if you feel like melting yet more chocolate!
4.  If you forget to insert the chocolate chip eyes or the tic tac stem while the chocolate is still soft, don’t worry.  Just dab the end of the tic tac or the back of the chocolate chips in melted chocolate and stick them on.  Not as clean looking, but I doubt anyone will notice.
5. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect, they’ll be a hit even if your pumpkins are nobby and your mummies faces are not quite round.

Recipe Source: Basic cake pop recipe adapted from Bakerella.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melanie October 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

Oh my goodness–my boys would go crazy for these!! I can see how the kids were running if you were giving these out:) So darling!! Amd thanks Mind for all the directions–it will make it much easier to make them!

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2 Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes October 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

How adorable! Love these pops for the holidays. Such cute ideas and they look delicious!

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3 Jody October 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

So cute! What were the faces on the pumpkins made out of?

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4 Mindy October 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

Jody,

Sorry for the late reply! Somehow I missed your comment before. The faces on the pumpkins are made with an edible ink pen (I use Americolor and linked on the post to the ones I bought on amazon so others could easily find it, but I’ve seen Wilton edible ink pens at Walmart in the cake decorating section, too). Hope that helps~

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