To make these pops you'll need the following ingredients (make 30 pops):
- 1 box of cake mix (along with the ingredients to make the cake)
- 1 bag of black candy melts - my favorite are make'n mold, found here
- 1 bag of red candy melts
- White sprinkles
- Crisco or oil
- Mini oreos
- 30 lollipop sticks
While your cake balls are chilling, you'll want to prepare your mini oreos, which will become the adorable little ears on Mickey!
Just separate out the two sides of the cookie, and scrape out the creme with a knife. Set them aside in a bowl.
After the cake balls have sufficiently chilled in the fridge (at least 4 hours), you'll want to get your candy melts melted. Normally we use a melter, but this time I opted to use small glass cups, and melt in the microwave. I liked this method because it allowed me to have a deep enough dipping area without having to use too many melts. To heat your candy melts, just microwave in 15 second increments until they are fully melted, stirring in between each time in the microwave.
One thing I cannot stress enough is to make sure not even one drop of water touches your candy melts - water is like kryptonite to candy melts and will cause them to seize up and clump together!
Once they are fully melted, you wanted to make sure the consistency is really fluid and thin. This usually does not happen without the help of a little oil or Crisco, especially with the colored candy melts. I used Crisco, and just added a teaspoon or two and mixed until I had a nice thin consistency to my melted chocolate. And not to worry, this doesn't alter the taste at all.
You'll want to do this for both your red and black melts, and then set them aside. Another great thing about the candy melts is that they really won't harden back up for quite some time, so you don't have to worry about reheating them at all.
Next, we'll be inserting the oreo ears:
- Take your cake balls out of the fridge (we recommend doing this in batches of 6 or so to keep the chill on them), and make two slits on the top of the cake ball with your knife.
- Then, dip each oreo in a little of the black chocolate, and then slide into cake ball, where you have sliced with the knife.
- Don't worry about inserting too far, just enough for it to set.
- Once both ears have been added, place back in the fridge for about 15 minutes to set.
Once all of your cake balls have ears, we're going to add the red bottom layer:
- Take your balls out the fridge (again, we recommend working in batches) and dip the bottom half of the ball into the red melts.
- You'll want to do this in one fluid motion, and then once dipped, tap off the excess candy melts from the ball by tapping your wrist.
- Then, insert your lollipop stick and set aside to dry.
- Usually we use some leftover Styrofoam blocks to dry, but we just learned of an even better method - using a colander!
- Just place the colander upside down, and place your stick in one of the side holes - it holds it perfectly!
Once dried, dip the top half of the pop into your black candy melts, in the same manner that you did with the red.
Once dried, take your sprinkles and stick two of them onto the red area, right below the black, to create Mickey's buttons. You can use your leftover red candy melts as the "glue" to help stick the sprinkles.
Allow to dry for 10 minutes or so, and that's it! I know this seems pretty involved, and I'm not going to lie, it was definitely my most challenging batch of cake pops to date, but once I got into a groove with them, it really wasn't hard, just time consuming! But I couldn't be happier with how they turned out and they were a huge hit at the birthday party!
To finish them off, I wrapped in a small treat bag, then tied with some bakers twine, and of course I couldn't resist adding a custom, glitzy printable!
So what do you think with my first attempt at a character cake pop? Any other Mickey Mouse fans out there who want to try their hand at these?!
And hungry for more cake pop creations - see all of our tutorials here!