I used leftover cupcakes from my recent Life Meter Cupcakes as the base of this recipe. The mixture of red and white cake lead to some pinkish coloring. I would stick with white cake mix if you can; I had to double dip some of the cake pops to help cover up the pink cake.
White cake mix (plus the ingredients the mix calls for)
White candy melts
Black edible marker
I used 3 cups of cake, a 1/4 cup of frosting, and 3/4 of a bag of candy melts for the eight cake pop characters I created.
Prepare the cake and allow to cool.
Break up the cake and add the frosting. Start with 1/4 cup of frosting, adding tablespoons of frosting until cake binds together.
Shape the cake pops into the characters’ head shapes.
Place the cake pop shapes into the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Pour one cup of the white candy melts into a tall mug and microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Mix, and repeat until the candy melts are fully melted. Add another cup of candy melts and repeat. You’ll want a lot of candy melt in the cup so you can get Manny’s head fully dunked.
When the candy melts are fully melted, take a cake ball out the freezer — keep the rest of them in there so they stay cold — drip the lollipop stick into the candy melt and insert into the cake ball.
I was initially worried that Manny’s long head wouldn’t hold onto the stick due to its elongated shape, but it was fine.
Dip the cake ball into the candy mixture until fully coated. Gently shake to remove excess candy melt.
Place the cake pop into the Styrofoam to dry.
Repeat for all cake pops.
Once the cake pops have dried — they dry quickly — take a cake pop and using an black edible marker, draw on the face of the cake pop.
Characters (left to right): Nick Virago, Olivia Ofrenda, Manny Calavera, Don Copal, and Domino Hurley.
Give the marker a few minutes to set and you’re done!
“‘Manny, you couldn’t find a sale at a yacht club!”