Octopus Cake Pops
- Crumble cooled, baked cake into a large bowl, discarding any hard edge pieces. Add 2 tablespoons frosting. Stir together until well mixed, adding additional frosting if necessary to make a smooth, doughlike consistency. (To get the mixture smooth, use your hands.)
- Divide cake crumb-frosting mixture into 10 equal portions. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, roll each portion into a ball. Place cake balls on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Cover and chill in the refrigerator while melting the candy coating disks.
- Place candy coating disks in a deep microwave-safe bowl. Microwave according to package directions until melted; stir until smooth.
- Remove cake balls from refrigerator. Dip 1/4 inch of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating; insert stick halfway into a cake ball. Place coated cake pop on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining nine lollipop sticks and cake balls. Chill in the refrigerator about 10 minutes or until candy coating on sticks hardens.
- Dip one of the cake pops into remaining melted candy coating, dipping straight down until the cake is submerged in the melted coating. Place coated cake pop back on the waxed paper-lined cookie sheet, positioning it with the stick pointing straight up. For eyes, quickly position two of the candy-coated milk chocolate pieces on the coated cake pop, pressing gently to secure. Repeat with the remaining nine cake pops.
- For legs, spoon about 1/3 cup of the melted candy coating into a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag. Pipe a candy-coating dot onto a sheet of waxed paper; pipe four squiggly lines on the left side of the dot and four squiggly lines on the right side of the dot. Stand a cake pop in the center of the legs, being sure to hold the cake pop in place until the coating starts to harden (you don't want the cake pop to slowly fall over). Repeat with the remaining nine cake pops. Let stand until coating hardens.
- Using a black food writing pen, draw an iris on each eye and a mouth on each octopus. If desired, draw on other details, such as eyelashes, hair bows, and bow ties. Have fun with the designs.
From the Test Kitchen
1- to 1-1/2-tablespoon cookie scoop (optional) Small resealable plastic bags