Without using those expensive molds I mentioned, these can be made simply by starting off like you would to make regular cake pops. In case you haven't made cake pops before, they are super simple and pretty fun to make.
Basically you bake a cake and then get to crumble it into pieces. My little boy likes helping with that part. Once you have tons of crumbs, you mix frosting into them to get a thick and sticky doughlike mixture. This will form the cake pops.
Once the cake and frosting are well mixed, form a ball with the dough on top of a cake pop stick. You can also use a cute, decorative ice pop stick or straw instead of a cake pop stick — whatever you have around.
Squeeze this "dough" with your hands to get it to hold well to the stick. This is where you would be finished with a regular cake pop, but since we are making skeletons, you'll start to form that dough (while it's on the stick) into the shape of a skeleton. Form a circular head and then a square jaw to get the general shape of a skull.
Now it's time to melt some white chocolate and dip the skulls into it. White chocolate can be a bit touchy and tends to harden a lot more quickly than dark or milk chocolate. However, if you use a high-quality white chocolate and are patient, it can make some beautiful skeleton cake pops.
I separated the white chocolate into 2 batches, melting 1 cup at a time. I used vegetable oil to thin out the chocolate, but you can also use shortening. I have had the most success in melting white chocolate in the microwave. That said, it can burn and get ruined very easily. If you are patient and stir it frequently, you can avoid it burning. I like to microwave it for 30 seconds and then stir for at least 30 seconds. A lot of melting will happen outside of the microwave; it just requires patience for that melting to happen.
If it starts to harden while you are dipping, then just microwave it for another 5 to 10 seconds, and add a little bit more vegetable oil if needed.
Dip the cake pop into the white chocolate, and coat it until the whole thing is covered. Then tap the cake pop against the edge of the bowl to remove any excess white chocolate.
Place the cake pop onto a sheet of parchment paper to dry before decorating it.
Once the white chocolate has completely dried on all the cake pops, it's time to decorate these with tons of colors and fun decorations.
Grab your edible food markers, and draw dots or circles or lines all over the skulls. Get creative, and decorate them however you please.
If you don't have edible food markers, then you can pipe on extra melted chocolate (that has been dyed) using a frosting bag and a #2 frosting tip. This will require a lot more effort and time, but it is definitely an option for decorating these skull pops. I did all the light blue chocolate this way to showcase this alternative method.
These bright and fun sugar skull cake pops require no special molds and are simple to make. Grab some edible food markers, and have fun decorating for a great addition to any Dia de los Muertos party.
Prep time: 45 minutes | Bake time: 25 minutes I Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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