Hey party people!
This is coming out a little later in the day that I wanted to post it. (Three days later than I actually wanted to post it, to be honest.) Have you ever had one of those days that sort of got away from you? One second it’s 8am and then Bam it’s bedtime. Where did the day go? You are pretty sure you did stuff but you just can’t remember it all right now. Ya, that was today.
Today is our first recipe in our Disney Eats Holiday Baking Challenge. We are trying to make everything on a Disneyland Holiday Treats checklist. Ok, this is not an official challenge. The list is real but the challenge part isn’t. I just thought it would be fun to do. I found the list on their official Instagram.
Firstly, I was super surprised how hard it was to find pictures and details about all of the items. Usually, Disney things, especially food, are covered to death and super easy to find. Not these things. Plus if I did find them, there was very little detail about what is in them. I had to ask people for their first-hand experience and, while people did their best, some could only vaguely remember. The most helpful was the Queen of Disney foods website The Disney Food Blog. I encourage you to go over there and check out all the delicious things they post every day. I don’t think I have to tell you where to find them but in case you are new to the Disney Community, it is at www.disneyfoodblog.com. What she and her team do over there with food coverage is what I hope to do with Disney recipes one day. Ok enough fangirling.
So before we get into this recipe, you will notice the picture is missing something; a Santa hat. I spent hours going to different stores looking for a mold for this thing and nowhere had one. I tried people, I really tried. So we are going to have to pretend Mickey had a little too much spiked eggnog and lost his hat along the way. Again, I tried every one.
You might actually think this guy looks similar to the Mickey Cake Pop they have during the year and that’s because it is. It’s like Clark Kent and Superman. When Superman takes off his glasses, he is transformed. With Mickey’s buttons change from yellow to green and BAM he is ready for the Christmas party. It’s like magic everyone.
What you will need;
- A chocolate cake mix box and its ingredients
- Vanilla frosting
- Brown candy melts or dark chocolate
- Red candy melts
- Red Sprinkles
- Green mini M&Ms
- Santa hat if you can find it.
Let’s make some Holiday Mickey’s!
- Make your chocolate cake as per usual. I just make it in a sheet pan. Honestly, it could be in a Pink Panther cake pan if you want. It doesn’t matter because you are just going to crumble it up later. Once baked, let the cake cool completely.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, crumble the cake. Make sure to get every chunk of cake.
Mix in 3/4 of a container of icing. You guys know I don’t normally use canned icing but Disney recommended it for other cake pops so I thought I would use it for these. Mix really well. I used a full can but it was way too much.
- Create a tablespoon size of cake and place on the prepared baking sheet. Once all the balls are made, place in freezer until hard. I can not stress how important this step is. They will just fall apart if you don’t. Trust me, at first, I didn’t and they did.
- In a small bowl or mug, melt the brown candy melts or dark chocolate. Make sure to melt in 30-second increments or they will clump up. I like to do this in a mug because it’s easier for dipping later.
- Remove cake balls from the freezer. Stick one end of the lollipop stick in the melted candy and then stick that end in the frozen cake ball. Dunk half two nonmelted candy melts in the melted candy and then stick one in each side of the lollipop stick. These will be the ears. Place back in the freezer for ten minutes.
- Remove from freezer, and one by one, dunk in the melted candy melts. Add a little oil to the melted candy melts if you find it too think. Drain off the excess and place back on the baking sheet. Place back in the freezer.
- In a small bowl, melt the red candy melts. You can also melt white and mix in red food coloring.
- In a small bowl place the red sprinkles. Make sure they are grainy ones that look like large sand grains.
- Dunk the cake pop up the bottom of the ears in the melted red candy melt and let the excess drip off. Spoon the red sprinkles over the red part of the Mickey. Don’t worry about it hitting the chocolate part. It’s dry so the sprinkles will fall right off. Don’t dip the cake pop in the sprinkles because it will deform the Mickey Pop.
- Push two green candy into the shorts for his pants for the buttons. Place on a baking sheet to set. Please back in the freezer.
- Voila, you are done!
Tomorrow we are going to make the Snowman Shortbread cookies. Super easy and pretty quick!