At the beginning of the week I shared a recipe for my go-to red velvet cupcakes with vanilla ermine frosting. Because I had leftover cupcakes, I recycled them and made these super cute, super easy Halloween cakesicles. These cakesicles are perfect for a Halloween party or just for making them with the kiddos.
Repurposing Cakes and Cupcakes
Cakesicles are perfect for using any left over cake or cupcakes you have on hand. If you have leftovers and you don’t want to make cakesicles right away, scrape off the frosting and pop them in a ziptop freezer bag and leave them in the freezer until ready to use.
Frosting should be stored separately because once the cupcakes start to defrost, the cupcakes can get soggy. Keep in mind that very little frosting or buttercream is used in making cakesicles. You only need enough to bind the cake mixture, not turn it into a paste.
The best chocolate to use both for ease and coloring, is coating chocolate or candy melts. While the taste of a high quality white chocolate would be ideal, it’s also a big pain. Tempering, blooming issues, temperature control, etc is just a couple things that need to be looked out for when using white chocolate. So, find a good quality coating chocolate. I like to use Ghirardelli brand because it’s easy for me to find, but also because I think their white melting wafers taste better than ones you can typically find at craft stores. You can use either candy color (oil based) or you can use powdered food color. I used powdered color by The Sugar Art to color both the black and orange chocolate.
How to make Halloween Cakesicles
Cakesicle moulds can be purchased at many craft stores, or online. I recommend getting 2-3 moulds especially if you plan on making more cakesicles in the future. Melt the chocolate in the microwave just until melted in 30 second increments. Stir in candy color or powder color while the chocolate is still warm.
Using a clean paintbrush (one specifically for food, or a pastry brush) paint a layer of chocolate into the moulds. Pop in the freezer for two minutes to harden. Paint another layer of chocolate and freeze for another two minutes. If using light colors, like white, I usually paint a third layer, and I did with these so the red velvet wouldn’t peek through.
I made 8 cakesicles total , and used 3-4 cupcakes. I added just enough frosting so that the cake mixture *just* held together, no more than a couple tablespoons. Add a little frosting at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. No need to rely on the frosting to keep the cakesicles moist, they will stay moist under the chocolate coating. Place a heaping tablespoon of cake mixture into the mould, or more depending on the size of your moulds. Mine are fairly small. You want to leave 1/8′-1/4″ space for the rest of the chocolate. Insert the cakesicle stick into the cake mixture and top with more chocolate. Use an offset spatula to scrape off any excess chocolate.
Freeze for 3-5 minutes before unmoulding the cakesicles. Peel the mould away from the cakesicle to not break the chocolate or loosen the stick. Drizzle each with chocolate and top with sprinkles. I used the Monster Mashup sprinkle mix from Sprinkle Pop.
If you make these Halloween cakesicles, let me know! Drop a comment or tag me on Instagram. I love seeing your bakes and creations.
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