- 1 prepared 9x13 cake
- 1/2 - 1 cup prepared frosting
- White candy melts
- Lollipop sticks
- Foam block
- Mini citrus slices
- Red M&M'S
- Colorful mini M&M's
- Ultra-mini chocolate chips, or chocolate sprinkles
- Cone shaped corn snacks
- Multicolored gummi sticks, or gummy worms
These may seem to have a lot of instructions, but these are fairly simple to make. I am including very detailed descriptions for people who are new to cake pop making. Read through them fully before you begin. For another filling option, see Hamantashen Cake Pops.
To make the cake pops:
Crumble cake and mix with frosting. Start with 1/2 cup, and add more, 1/4 cup at a time, until a smooth dough is formed.
Form dough into circles and place on tray.
Melt candy melts in a microwave or over a double boiler. You only need a small amount now, the rest will be needed later. Dip the lollipop sticks into the melted candy, covering about 1/2 an inch of the bottom of the stick. Push the stick into the prepared cake balls.
Place the prepared pops in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours, or overnight.
Once pops are fully cooled, remove from fridge and prepare to dip. Melt the white candy melts in a microwave or double boiler, then place in a tall, narrow glass or container.
Dip the pop straight down into the melted candy, submerging completely. Remove from candy and hold over the container to allow excess to drip off.
Tap gently on your wrist to really make sure there isn't any excess candy coating. Push the pop into the foam block to harden.
Once the candy coating has hardened, it's time to decorate. Here's where you can really have fun, be creative, and let your kids lend a hand. Line up your decorating ingredients in small bowls.
Start with a plain, white coated cake pop. To attach decorations, use more of the melted white candy coating as glue.
Cut the mini citrus slice in half down the middle, to make two semicircles that are thin enough to attach to the cake pop. Depending on the size of your cake pop, you may also need to cut a bit off the top of the semicircle, so the mouth doesn't take up too much space. Attach it the the bottom of the circle.
Next, attach the big red clown nose.
Now it's time to give him some eyes. First, dab two dots of candy melts on top of the nose, centered. Press a mini M&M onto each dab of "glue." I find that they look cutest when placed at a slight angle (facing each other).
You can start to see the face taking shape here, right? Let's make the eyes look a little more detailed. I used tiny little chocolate chips, but if you can't find them, use chocolate sprinkles. Dab some candy coating on the bottom of the center of the mini M&M, and place a chocolate chip on top of it.
Every clown has a big pointy hat, right? Dip the corn cone snack into the melted candy and place right on the top of the cake pop. Use plenty of "glue" for this, as it's a bit heavy and you don't want it falling off.
Lastly, lets give our little clown some colorful hair. I found these gummy candies that are multicolored and totally perfect. If you can find them, cut them in half and attach each half to the side of the clown's head, just under his hat. (If you can't find these candies, use gummy worms, cut into approximately half inch pieces.
Now make the clown some friends.
And some more friends.
Many corn snacks are irregular shapes, and may not work as clown hats.ale sure to factor this in when purchasing them. I'm sure your kids will be happy to eat the rejects when decorating!
These freeze nicely, but the "hat" might get a little stale. To make these in advance, prepare the cake pop fully, leaving off the hat. Attach the hat at the last minute.
If you can't find mini citrus slices, red licorice string works beautifully as a mouth.
Don't be tempted to press to hard to adhere the candy to the cake pop- I did and have a cracked cake pop to show for it!