One cake makes about 48 cake pops. If you don't need that many, then cut the cake in quarters and freeze any cake sections for another day. You'll need at least one ounce of candy coating for each generic Mickey Mouse cake pop you plan on dipping and more for any extra decorating.
You can use dark chocolate candy coating instead of tinting white coating black. Then, you can use the same gluing technique to attach the ears right on the surface. You can also attach other items like Junior Mints or separated miniature Oreo Cookies to the surface of the cake pop right after dipping and before the coating sets.
After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.
With a large spoon, mix thoroughly with about 3/4 of the can of frosting. You won't need the rest.
Roll mixture into quarter size cake balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.
Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up. Then transfer to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.
Prepare the ears. Use round chocolate candy melts and with a round cutter, cut off a small portion of each candy melt. Set the ears aside.
Melt white candy coating in a heat-proof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.
Add several drops of black candy color (this does not contain water) into the white candy coating and stir until combined. Add color until you achieve the desired shade.
Remove a couple of cake balls from the refrigerator at a time to work with.
Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted coating and insert into the cake ball. Then, grab two candy melt ears and dip the cut side into the melted candy coating. Attach the ears to the top/side of the cake pop and the coating will set like glue.
Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
When dry, carefully dip the entire cake pop with ears attached into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. Using a deep bowl is helpful here. If your coating is too thick, you can add a few drops of vegetable oil or shortening to help thin it and make it easier to work with.
Remove and allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back into the bowl.
Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
For Mickey's face, melt white candy coating and pour into a small squeeze bottle. (You can make the color slightly tan by adding a few peanut butter candy melts when heating and stir together until completely combined.) You can also use a peanut butter morsel to attach to the front of the pop to help achieve a three dimensional profile. Dip the flat side of the morsel in some of the melted candy coating and place on the front of the pop.
Then, using the squeeze bottle to pipe melted candy coating on top of the morsel and around the front of the pop in the shape shown in the photo. Let dry.
Reheat any leftover coating in the bowl and use to apply the remaining details.
Dip the toothpick in coating and apply it in position for the nose and attach one sunflower seed.
Use the same technique to apply white confetti sprinkles and then overlap black confetti sprinkles for the eyes.
Draw the mouths with a black edible ink pen and then attach one pink confetti sprinkle (broken in half) on top for the tongue.
Let dry completely.
When dry, wrap in small treat bags and tie with a decorative ribbon.
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