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Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops

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  • Serves: 12
  • Complexity: medium
Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (bake as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
  • 1 16 oz can of ready-made frosting
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Peanut butter-flavored candy coating
  • Pink jumbo confetti sprinkles (ears)
  • Junior Mints (hats)
  • Peanut butter morsels (nose)
  • White confetti sprinkles (eyes & teeth)
  • Chocolate coated sunflower seeds in black (mustache)
  • Red colorstick sprinkles (lips)
  • Blue gourmet mints (shoes)
  • Black edible ink pen (eye details)
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper sucker sticks (cut into small pieces and bent for arms)
  • Paper lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block

Directions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    When they are firm, mold the cake balls into a pear shape by hand.

    Return the cake pops to the refrigerator to maintain firmness.

  3. Prepare your candies and arms in small groups before you start dipping so you can stay organized.



  4. Melt peanut butter candy coating in a heat-proof plastic bowl so that the coating is at 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.

  5. 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 bottom of Mr. Potato Head's body. Dip in the bowl of candy coating 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.

  6. Work quickly with one cake pop at a time and before the coating sets, gently insert two sucker stick pieces for arms, two pink jumbo confetti sprinkles for ears, one Junior Mint on top for his hat and one peanut butter morsel in position for his nose.

    Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

  7. When the cake pops are dry, finish attaching the remaining candies. Use a toothpick to dot a tiny amount of leftover coating in position for the eyes and attach one white confetti sprinkle for each eye. You can also dip half of the confetti sprinkle in coating to make an eyelid. (Let dry on wax paper before trying to attach.)

  8. Use the same technique to attach two black chocolate coated sunflower seeds for the mustache.

    Apply a little bit more coating on the bottom of each Potato Head and attach two blue gourmet mints for feet. Hold in place until set.

  9. For the mouths, you can use white confetti sprinkles and red and white colorstick sprinkles to attach with more leftover candy coating for teeth and lips.

    When dry, use a black edible ink pen to dot the eyes and draw eyebrows

    Let dry completely and enjoy!

  10. If you'd like, print out Toy Story 3 movie poster tags and cut a slit in the top and bottom of each big enough to slide the cake pop stick through. (You can print the tags in black-and-white if you don't want to use too much of your ink.)




  11. Tips:

    • Gourmet Mints can be found online and also in stores with candy by the pound, but feel free to exchange with other similar-shaped blue candies.
    • The sucker sticks for the arms are slightly thinner than the lollipop sticks and easier to bend.
    • Don't be surprised if Mr. Potato Head gets a thin hairline crack down one side of his body. It's hard to avoid due to inserting sticks in three places as well as multiple candies. Here's how you can correct it: If a crack appears, use a toothpick to dip in any leftover peanut butter coating and draw a line over the crack. Then use your finger to gently rub over the crack to fill in the gap. Easy.

    *Note: 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 about an ounce of candy coating for each Mr. Potato Head cake pop.

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