For those of you who follow me on Twitter ... I said I was making something very exciting last Thursday night ... and here it is!! Mickey Mouse Cake Pops!! I was SO excited when these came together ... they are awesome!!
I found the recipe on DisneyFamily.com, but (as usual!) I had to change it slightly because some of the ingredients aren't readily available in the uk!
The used a box of Betty Crocker Devils Food cake mix (mmm!) and instead of baking it as a whole cake, I put it into muffin cases so that it would cook faster. Once they were done, I crumbled them up and set them aside.
and mixed the cake crumbs in bit by bit.
Once all the cake crumbs were mixed in, I had a smooshy bowl of what looked like mud!
Then I rolled small amounts of the mixture in my hands to make ball shapes and placed them all on a tray covered in greaseproof paper. It's a good idea to look at the size of the buttons you have for the ears and judge the size of the balls based on that :) Then I popped these in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then moved them to the fridge after that to keep them firm. I had enough to make around 50 cake balls :)
For the Mickey ears I used Asda brand chocolate buttons. The Disney recipe says to use a small round cutter, but I don't have one, so I used the edge of a drinking glass to cut a small piece from each button - this makes it easier to stick it to the cake balls.
Lots of Mickey ears!
This bit is tricky! The Disney Recipe says to use white 'Candy Coating' dyed black ... but this isn't readily available in the uk, so I just used cooking chocolate instead! I melted the chocolate in a jug, so that I would have a deep area for dipping the cake pops. So first, I dipped a skewer (they do the same job as lollipop sticks except they are cheaper!) blunt side down into the melted chocolate, then I popped it into a cake ball. Then I dipped two of the pre-cut chocolate buttons into the melted chocolate and stuck them to either side of the cake ball to make ears! Then I put the skewer pointy side down into some foam packaging I had in the house to hold the cake pop up while the ears dried! I did these a few at a time :)
Once the ears were dry, I dipped the whole cake pop into the melted chocolate. The chocolate was still quite warm, so when I dipped my first one in, the ears melted into nothing! (It was so funny!) So I had to let it cool before doing the next one. I found that you have to cover the cake pop quite quickly in one dip, so that the cake pop is evenly covered and doesn't get too heavy. I also found that the chocolate was getting thicker as it dried, so rather than heating it up again and having to wait on it cooling, I mixed in some sunflower oil to thin it down a bit (you can use veg oil too). Once covered, I held it at an angle over the jug to let the excess drip off. Then I popped it back into my foam base to dry.
And that's it! Yummy awesome Mickey Mouse Cake Pops! Nom!
But wait! I also made Minnie Mouse ones! :D This idea is also on DisneyFamily.com.
For these I made Minnie's Bow using heart shaped cake sprinkles - these were part of a "Little Princess Treasures" sprinkles pack from Asda. I used pink tube icing to make a dot for the middle of the bow, and while it was still wet, I added two heart shaped sprinkles! If you can find red hearts, it would probably look better, but I think pink does the same job! :)
So I got carried away and made loads!! I couldn't wait to show them off!
I used a jug full of rice to hold them in place :) lol
And I popped them in the fridge so that they wouldn't melt! I also created some other fun designs with the other types of sprinkles from the Little Princess Treasures Sprinkles pack!
Hope you found this fun to read! And if you can, definitely try this recipe! It's so much fun to make and they look awesome! Also, they are only bite-size treats so you can have a couple at a time! Right!? ;)