Ok — I said earlier that I would, and here it is!
We’re gonna keep it simple, and jump right in with the pictures (and a few quick tips). And you’ll let me know if you have any questions. If you need help on how to start making the cake pops, check out some of the tutorials by Bakerella (I’ve never made these with a mix, but you can). Don’t be afraid to get creative with the flavors — different flavor cake, frosting, mix-ins, even try adding flavored extracts to your chocolate or candy melt coating — delicious. Ok, here we go!
2. Scoop out your cake pops so that all of your pops are uniform in size. My dough was chilled before this step, so that I didn’t have to work too fast, since I knew it would take me some time to get each step photographed (you don’t want your dough to get too soft, or it’s hard to form your shapes in the next steps).
5. Take your candy melts and cut into quarters. These will be used for the fox ears.
8. Attach your ears with the melted chocolate. Especially if your pops are still somewhat cool, the ears will adhere to the body almost instantly. Even if not, they will solidify quickly and stay attached as you placed them.
10. Stick your fox in the freezer for just a few minutes, to get solid again. I have mine sitting on parchment paper — you don’t want the fox to stick to your freezer. You also don’t want these to freeze at this step — don’t forget about them! Just a few minutes is enough time.
Now — important — I missed a step taking my photos! You want to follow the normal cake pop directions at this point: take your cake pop stick, dip the tip into your melted chocolate candies, and stick it into the base of your fox. Do this before your pop gets too solid, then place back in the freezer for a few minutes longer.
11. When your cake pop is solid again, dip the entire front side of your fox into the white melted chocolate candies. You want to make sure you’ve gotten the belly and lower face covered. You don’t need to be too careful at this stage — anything more you cover will get recovered when we dip the orange (next step).
13. Ok — we’re moving quickly in our photos now, hope you’re still following along! This might be your scariest step, but don’t worry. Take your melted orange chocolate candies (we mixed parts yellow, red, and white candies until we got the color orange we liked). Dip your fox, back first, into the orange. You want to dip far enough to reach past your white chocolate. Think of it as if you are giving your fox a bath, as if you were baptizing him (but not in a blasphemous way).
14. Here’s the back view. You might get chocolate dripped down the stick a bit — that’s ok, you can clean that up later once the chocolate has dried, with a sharp knife. If you don’t get the tip of the tail covered in orange that’s also ok — just try your best to get all of the cake covered in this part. Any little spots you miss, go back and cover — I used a toothpick, dipped in the chocolate, to paint the melted candy back on to cover any bare spots. If you don’t get it covered completely, you can run into some stability problems later, so give it a good double check.
17. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat until you have a tiny fox cake pop army. I have mine drying in floral green foam — works the best, and can be found at any craft store (I found this large one at Hobby Lobby). If you’ve never made cake pops before, make sure to poke your holes in advance — otherwise the pressure of trying to press your still-wet foxes into the foam can be too disruptive and you can actually damage the pop.
18. We’re almost done! Now for the details. Dip just the fox tails into your white melted chocolate candies again. I dipped all of mine once, then went back again to dip again twice. By the time I was done with the first round, they were dry enough to dip a second time. This gets the best, brightest white for your tails (since you are dipping white over the orange color).
20. And your last step — take a tiny food-safe paint brush, and some pink food gel, and paint on little pink cheeks onto the foxes. I thought it gave them such a cute final touch — loved the final look!
And you’re done! Fox cake pops!