Cake Pops featuring the Dig Dug star Pooka!
Cake pops were invented by the brilliant Bakerella and come in all sorts of cute shapes and sizes. The game Dig Dug comes from the early 1980s. The premise is to eliminate the underground-dwelling monsters by inflating them with an air pump gun until they explode or by dropping rocks on them. Needless to say it was quite the hit at the arcades. The cute goggle wearing round red monsters known as “Pookas” are shown here in cake pop form.
Cake, homebake or mix. Mine came out of a box
Tub of white frosting
Red melting chocolate
Yellow jelly beans
Allow your baked cake – homemade or otherwise – to cool.
Crumble up the cake with a fork in a large bowl until it’s in tiny bits.
For a full box of cake mix, 3/4th container of frosting will work perfectly. I was using a half box of cake mix, so I added frosting a tablespoon at a time until the dough was just sticking together. You don’t want to add too much or else the cake balls will be a little too moist. Pooka’s goggles will require white frosting, so you’ll have to save a little for that part.
Pop into the freezer for an hour or so until the cake balls have hardened.
Once you’re ready to coat the cake balls, pour roughly two cups of red melting chocolate chips into a bowl and pop into the microwave. Zap for 20 seconds, stir, and repeat. It took a couple of minutes for everything to fully melt.
Take a lollipop stick and dip into the melting chocolate. Gently push the stick into the cake ball.
Swoosh the cake ball around the bowl of melted chocolate. If the cake ball begins to pull from the lollipop stick, you can spoon the chocolate over the cake ball as well.
Once fully covered, you’ll have to wait a minute for the chocolate to harden. If you don’t want to hang around holding the treat, you can stick it in a block of Styrofoam or anything else that’ll hold the weight of the cake ball. I discovered sticking the cake pops into an apple worked just peachy. Once I was done with the apple holder, I chopped it up and feed it to the guinea piggies (they really liked that part.)
Draw the goggles on with the frosting. You can use melted white chocolate as well, but you’ll have to be quickquickquick; this small amount of melted chocolate will firm up quickly!
Slice small pieces of licorice from a licorice wheel and add the eyes.
Add a dap of melting chocolate to the bottom of the cake ball and add the yellow jelly bean booties.
A full box of cake mix will make for about two dozen cake ball pookas.