Combine your love of Disney with the spirit of Halloween with these super cute Minnie Mouse Frankenstein Cakesicles! They are ideal for a Halloween dessert table, or wrap them in cellophane for the perfect Halloween party favor!
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Minnie Mouse Frankenstein Cakesicles
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
Move aside cake pops! Cakesickles are the new treat in town!
This Halloween, why not try making some fun and festive Minnie Mouse Frankenstein Cakesicles?
They are actually pretty easy to make, and these ones aren’t on sticks, making them even easier!
Melted candy melts go into a cakesicle mold, which is then followed by a vanilla cake “dough”, and more melted candy to seal the cake completely.
The front of the Minnie Mouse cakesicle is then decorated with melted candy to resemble Frankenstein, and then finished off with candy “ears” and a purple bow!
(Minnie’s bows are made using fondant, which might look tricky, but it’s not as difficult as you might think – I’ve got all the tips to teach you how to make them.)
The Halloween and Disney-inspired cakesicles are perfect for party favors, or just a fun treat to enjoy with your friends and family on October 31!
So read on to learn how to make this spooktacularly delicious dessert ready for your next Halloween gathering.
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed to make these cupcakes have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. Standard ingredients such as flour or sugar are not listed, as you are likely to have those in your kitchen. The full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.
Cupcakes & Frosting Ingredients
- Box of French Vanilla Cake Mix – the usual additional ingredients are changed to butter, milk, and eggs to enrich the cake mix.
- Vanilla Frosting – ready-made frosting is used in this recipe, but you could make your own frosting if you prefer.
- Green Candy Melts
- Black Candy Melts
- Wilton Purple Fondant
- Cornstarch – also known as Cornflour.
- Wilton Fondant Bow Mold – this one from Wilton is the one used to make the bow you see in the photos in this post. However, for some reason, it’s not available on Amazon, which is super annoying as I use Amazon for everything! Ultimately, use whichever bow mold you can to make a 2″/5cm bow.
- Silicone Cake Popsicle Mold – to help form the cakesicles!
- Cookie Sheet with a Wire Rack
- Disposable Piping Bag – or you could use a plastic food bag with the corner snipped off.
Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, liters, etc.,).
Minnie Mouse Frankenstein Cakesicle Recipe Tips
The bows to decorate the cakesicles are made with fondant (also known as sugarpaste).
Fondant needs time to dry before using as cake decorations, so allow up to 24 hours to get the pieces made before making and decorating your treats.
If you have never worked with fondant before, don’t panic – it is really easy to use, follow my tips and you’ll be just fine!
- Line a cookie sheet(s) or tray(s)with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat to place the fondant pieces on to dry.
- Dust your work surface with powdered sugar (icing sugar/confectioner’s sugar) or cornstarch (cornflour) so that the fondant doesn’t stick. Think of it like the way you use flour when rolling dough.
- Rub a little powdered sugar/cornstarch into your hands and knead a handful of the fondant to make it more pliable before rolling, rather than using straight from the package.
- Using a Silicone Mold: Dust with powdered sugar/cornstarch before pressing some fondant into the cavity and leveling off, before gently popping out and leaving to dry.
- If there is excess powdered sugar/cornstarch on the pieces, you can gently brush away with a pastry brush, or an unused, clean paintbrush.
- Alternatively, you can use a vodka spray. Pour some vodka into a mini spray bottle and gently mist the fondant wings. Vodka dries quicker than water which is why it is usually used when handling fondant.
- Always make extra pieces – that way if some break or you have another mishap, you have got backups that you can use.
- Leave the fondant pieces to harden in a cool, dry place – do not place them in the fridge.
- The fondant pieces should be solid enough to handle and use after 3 – 6 hours. I personally like to leave fondant pieces to dry for around 24 hours. How long this takes, however, is based on the size and thickness of the fondant, and how humid your house is, so you will need to judge if they will hold up as they need to on the cakesicles.
- When making treats that use fondant decorations I like to make them a few days ahead of time which allows for drying without stress. Fondant that isn’t dry enough can mean disappointing end results.
- After using fondant the surface will be super sticky (it always is in my experience!) so you will probably have to wipe away the sugar first, then give it a soapy hot wash over, and then another clean over! You can always buy a fondant rolling mat for easier cleanup.
- Always keep fondant covered when making decorations to prevent it from drying out. And when you’ve finished, wrap up any remaining fondant very well – I double wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. This keeps it fresh and you are able to use it for future cake making.
Melting Tips for Candy Melts
You can melt candy melts/candy wafers in the microwave or a double boiler, or if you plan on making lots of candy-covered treats in the future, I recommend investing in a Wilton candy melting pot as treat-making life is then so much easier!
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
More Halloween Recipes
Looking for more sweet Halloween treats to make? Check these recipes out next:
- Spiderweb Mickey Mouse Brownies – A Yummy Disney Halloween Snack!
- Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats – A Disney Halloween Treat!
- Oogie Boogie Cupcakes
How Do I Make Minnie Mouse Frankenstein Cakesicles?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
For the Bows
- 1 (4.4-oz/125g) package of Wilton Purple Fondant
- 1 cup cornstarch (cornflour)
For the Cakesicles
- 1 box of French vanilla cake mix*
- 1 cup of whole milk
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 1 (16-oz/454g) container of vanilla frosting
- 2 (12-oz/340g) bag of vibrant green candy melts
- 1 (12-oz/340g) bag of black candy melts
- To make the bows, use a silicone bow mold and dust the mold with cornstarch each time you make a fondant bow. The bows should be about 2"/5cm wide. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Pinch off a small piece of purple fondant and press into the bow mold cavity. Carefully remove from mold and set on the parchment-lined cookie sheet to air dry overnight or for 24 hours if possible. Repeat to make 12 bows total.TIP! Always make extra fondant decorations as backup!
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a cupcake pan with 24 liners.
- Using an electric handheld or stand mixer, place the cake mix, milk, butter, and eggs into a large bowl and mix until combined and smooth.
- Use an ice cream scoop to divide the cupcake batter between the liners - about ¾ full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cupcakes have cooled, remove them from their cupcake liners and crumble them into a sand-like texture in a large mixing bowl. Use the remaining cupcake in another recipe.
- To make the cakesicle dough, add ¼ - ½ cup - a little at a time. You can always add more but not take it away. Use your hands or rubber spatula to bring the mixture together to form a dough.
- Wipe your popsicle mold clean with paper towels to make sure they are dust-free. TIP: Wash with hot water then dry just before using as this keeps the mold warm while spreading the melted candy and can help to prevent cracking.
- Place the vibrant green candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring each time until the candy is completely melted and smooth. Alternatively, follow the directions on the package.
- Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the melted candy into one of the mold cavities and move around to ensure that the bottom and all four sides are coated. Use a scraper to remove any excess candy that has dripped on the top of the mold.
- Place the mold into the fridge for about 10 minutes until set and hardened. Check to make sure that there are no areas around the base and sides that have been missed, and if there are, you can add another layer of melted candy as before and place it back in the fridge to set.
- Take 1-2 tablespoons of the cake mixture and carefully press it into the mold, being careful not to break the candy coating.
- Remelt the green candy melts if required, spoon 1-2 tablespoons on top of each cakesicle and spread to completely cover each one. Use a scraper again to remove any excess melted candy to leave nice clean edges.
- Place mold back into the fridge for another 30 minutes.
- Carefully remove the candy-coated cakesicles from the mold and place them onto a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet.
- Repeat steps 12-16 as needed to make 12 cakesicles.
- Remove 24 round black candy melts from the bag and set
them aside. These will be used to make Minnie's ears. Place the remaining black candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring each time until the candy is completely melted and smooth. Alternatively, follow the directions on the package.
- Transfer the melted candy into a squeeze bottle or piping bag or plastic food bag and cut off the tip/corner.
- To decorate the cakesicles, use the melted black candy to pipe Frankenstein's hair and stitched scar as shown.
- Gently place a fondant bow into the top center of the "hair".
- Carefully cut the bottom third off of the black candy melts that were set aside earlier.
- Pipe a small line of melted black candy melt onto the bottom of the candy melt and carefully place the ear on one side of the cakesicle behind the bow. Repeat on the other side.
- Leave cakesicle decorations to dry completely before serving. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
Special Equipment Needed:
- Wilton Fondant Bow Mold
- Silicone Cake Popsicle Mold
- Cookie Sheet with a Wire Rack
- Cookie Sheet lined with wax/parchment paper or nonstick baking mat
- Squeeze Bottle or Disposable Piping Bag – or you could use a plastic food bag with the corner snipped off.
*Alternatively use 12 ready-made vanilla cupcakes. You could use other flavors of cupcakes if you wish.
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- Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles, 2-Piece
- Purple Fondant, 4.4 Ounces
- Bows & Buttons Wilton® Fondant and Gum Paste Mold
- Fondant Bow Silicone Mold
- Popsicle Molds
- Vanilla Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting
- Vibrant Green Candy Melts
- Black Candy Melts
- PME Electric Chocolate Melting Pots
- Wilton Candy Melting Pot
- Baking Sheet Pans with Wire Rack
- Disposable Piping Bags -100 Pack
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal for a dinner party or special occasion:
- Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers Recipe For A Crowd
- Soup: Chilled Creamy Yellow Tomato and Pepper Soup
- Salad: Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- Main Dish: Beef Enchiladas Recipe with Homemade Enchilada Sauce
- Side Dish: Easy to Make Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe
- Beverage: Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail
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The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!