Frankenweenie

Sparky Cake Pops

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Sparky Cake Pops
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You don’t need a laboratory to create your own shockingly tasty version of Victor’s loyal terrier pal. Using cake mix, frosting and a few additional ingredients you’ll have a sweet Frankenweenie-inspired treat in no time. 

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What you'll need

  • 1 box cake mix (Bake as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake. Tint cake batter with green food color if desired.)
  • 1 16 oz can of ready made frosting
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheets
  • White coating
  • Black candy color
  • Crows Licorice Gumdrops
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Black sugar pearls
  • Charcoal black petal dust
  • Brushes, small round or angled
  • Silver jimmies, optional
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Black edible ink pen
Helpful Tip:

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 Sparky cake pop you plan on dipping and decorating.

How to make it

  1. Step 1

    Cut licorice gumdrops in half and shape each half into a pointed and rounded triangle shape for Sparky’s ears. Cut Sixlet candies in half for Sparky’s eyes. You could also make ears using tinted black fondant and for eyes.

  2. Step 2

    After cake is baked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl. With a large spoon, mix thoroughly with about 1/2 to 3/4 of the can of frosting. You won’t need the rest.

  3. Step 3

    Roll mixture into quarter size cake balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.

  4. Step 4

    Shape each ball into elongated teardrop shapes. Press cut Sixlets in position for eyes and press the ears in place as well. Press them in enough to form an indention where the candies will go so that when you dip the cake pops, there is space for them to attach without looking stuck on. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up. You can transfer them to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.

  5. Step 5

    Melt white candy coating in a heat-proof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least three to four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.

  6. Add a few drops of black oil-based candy coloring and stir until you achieve a nice gray shade. Remove a couple of shaped 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 bottom of Sparky’s head. Insert the stick at an angle so that his nose is pointed down. Try to insert into the deepest part of the head for support. Dip and remove the cake pop in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire shaped cake ball is covered. If your coating is too thick, you can add a little 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.

  7. Step 7

    Before the coating sets, gently press two cut white sixlets in position for the eyes and two cut licorice gumdrops in position for ears. Then attach a black sugar pearl at the tip for Sparky’s nose. Repeat with remaining pops.

  8. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

  9. Step 9

    Use a small dry brush and dab a very small amount of black petal dust around each eye.

  10. Step 10

    Wipe off any excess dust on a paper towel and use the brush to gently blend a black border that fades away from the eyes.

  11. Use a black edible ink pen to dot the eyes and draw on eyebrows.

  12. Step 12

    Then draw stitches on Sparky’s nose, forehead and along the side of his face for a long stitched up mouth.

  13. Let dry completely.

  14. And then if you want to take it one step further, dot on a little melted coating on each side of Sparky’s neck and attach silver jimmies in position for bolts.

  15. Step 15

    Enjoy and Happy Halloweenie!

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