Make these little Christmas Snowman Cake Pops for your holiday season– they will make your table look so bright and festive. Kids will love them, they’re great for school parties or holiday gatherings, or make a little bouquet of them to give as a Christmas gift to casual friends.
Start with a vanilla cake mix. Your snowmen will come out much whiter with a yellow or white cake mix underneath.
If your cake is golden brown on the outside, they might be a little too tough for cake pops. Strip off the outer layer with a knife– and have them for a snack.
Crumble the cake into your container. You want to make it nice, fine crumbs.
Add your favorite frosting. I’m using a simple home-made butter cream here. Start with about 4 oz of frosting; increase as needed, but you don’t want to add too much frosting. The more frosting, the heavier the cake balls will be and the harder they’ll be to keep on the stick. You want it thoroughly moistened with frosting, which acts like glue, but not saturated.
The mixture should just hold together– like clay– when you squeeze it. Roll the mixture into two sized little cake balls. One should be a normal sized cake ball, about 3/4 inches. The other should be smaller, about 1/2 inch diameter.
Make an equal amount of bigger and smaller balls.
Put the cake balls in the refrigerator to chill and let them set for 2 hours. The frosting will be absorbed thoroughly by the cake crumbs and they’ll hold their shape better. When you’re ready, melt some white chocolate. I like to do it in a measuring cup in the microwave.
If your chocolate is very thick, add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable shortening to thin it out a bit. Stir until smooth.
Dip the lollypop stick a little over an inch into the chocolate– a little deeper than you normally would.
Push one of the larger balls, centered, onto the stick.
This time, however, you’re going to push it until the stick emerges through the other side. We normally avoid this with cake pops, but not this time.
Wipe off any excess chocolate that’s built up around the bottom.
Stand them up in your styrofoam, cup, colander or whatever you are using to hold them up. Place them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill them and let that chocolate “glue” holding the ball on the stick to really harden.
Take them out and dip the tip of the stick into the chocolate again.
This time, put on one of the smaller balls. This will be the head of the snowman.
Put your little snowman community back into the fridge for 15 minutes to set the chocolate. Before you get started again, you may need to give your melted chocolate another 20 minutes in the microwave and stir to keep it smooth and loose.
Dip the entire snowman body into the chocolate. Just hold it and go straight down.
Be very careful not to let the top of the snowman’s head hit the bottom of the bowl. Don’t let it hit the sides of the bowl, either. Do not twist or swirl the snowman as you could dislodge it from the stick. Just in and out.
Gently tap the snowman until excess chocolate drips off into your container. Put them in the stand.
Put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours to let that chocolate fully set. You can use more melted chocolate to decorate them. Switch to dark chocolate if you want.
Dip a stick into it and then just gently dab it onto the snowman to create a face.
Or you can add some color.
Make a dab of any kind of chocolate once again to act as the “glue” for the sugar sprinkles.
Then dip that little dab into a little pile of crystals on a plate.
If you get excess sprinkles on the rest of the snowman, just wipe them away carefully with your finger. Anywhere the chocolate was dry the sugar will wipe right off.
You can apply any type of cake decorating things to your snowman using this method. I used chocolate as the “glue” and stuck on some of these cake dot decorations.
You can be very creative. If you want, you can also use royal icing in a piping bag with a fine tip applicator to decorate your snowmen.
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