If you do a little bit of window shopping at the candy kitchens across Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, you will find a darling selection of Pixar-themed cake pops and other adorable treats on display. One of the most popular is the Pixar Ball Cake Pops. With Pixar Fest in full swing (don’t miss it before it ends on September 3rd!) and the grand opening of Pixar Pier this summer at Disney California Adventure Park, the Pixar Ball is getting a lot of play time. It even opens the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland!
I thought it would be fun to remake the Pixar Ball Cake Pops at home! Sweet treats are made even sweeter when Disney is involved. Cake pops are a fun treat to make as a family. So, make sure to let your little ones help in the process. Are you ready to get rolling?
Make Your Own Pixar Ball Cake Pops
Pixar Ball Cake Pops Ingredients:
- Vanilla Cake Mix
- Vanilla Frosting
- Yellow Melting Chips
- Blue Food Coloring
- Blue Sugar Sprinkles
- Red Fondant
- Cake Pop Sticks
- Styrofoam Platform or cake pop stand
- Small Star Cookie Cutter
Pixar Ball Cake Pops Instructions:
Bake a vanilla cake just like the instructions on the box indicate.
Then, use a sharp knife to peel the outside layer off of the cake. The brown "crust" makes the cake pops a little bit dry. Once, the top of the cake has been removed, dump the cake out of the pan and cut the sides and bottom off. Feel free to eat the scraps!
I cut my cake into a few big sections to make it easy to remove it from the pan.
Place the cake into a bowl. Crumble the cake with your fingers. This is a great step for the kids! And the cake smells amazing.
Add about 2-3 tablespoons of frosting to the cake crumbs. Mix it in with your fingers.
Roll the cake into round balls. There are "official cake pop forming tools" that you can buy. They make perfect round balls. But, I found that my hands did the trick just fine. Just make sure to pack the cake tight. If it is loose, the balls break when you place the sticks inside.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
Melt about 1/4 of a cup of the yellow melting chips in the microwave. It only takes about 20 seconds to get them warm. Don't overcook the chocolate.
Dip the end of a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate.
Slide the stick gently into the center of the cake pop. Place it on the cookie sheet. Continue dipping and sticking until all the Pixar cake pops are set.
Place the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes.
While you wait for the cake pops to freeze, roll out a section of red fondant. I just purchased pre-made fondant at the store for this recipe. You need such a small amount, it is not worth the work of making it from scratch! Cut out tiny stars with a little star cookie cutter. You can find the tiny cookie cutters on Amazon or at specialty baking stores. Mine was 3-D printed for this post. Pretty fun!
When the cake pops are ready, remove them from the freezer. Prepare the yellow dipping chocolate by placing it in a narrow jar and melting it in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Heat and stir. Then, heat and stir. You want it melty, but not too hot.
Dip each cake pop in the chocolate. Cover the cake and then pull it out of the chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip and drizzle back into the glass.
Then, place the cake pop stick in a piece of Styrofoam to keep it upright.
The chocolate sets up pretty fast. So, you don't have to wait very long to decorate. Mix blue food coloring into about 1/2 cup of frosting. Place it in a frosting bag with a medium round tip.
Trace a line of frosting around the center of the Pixar cake pop. Sprinkle it with blue sugar sprinkles. Then, brush off the excess sprinkles. They wipe off the chocolate very easily.
Attach the little red star to the front and the back of the ball. Just put a little tiny dot of water on the back of the start and then press it to the ball. It is so cute!
The best thing about Pixar Ball Cake Pops is sharing them with friends. After all, that is what Pixar is all about...friendship! So, grab a cake pop and one for your best pal and enjoy the treat together.
You have until September 3, 2018 to celebrate Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort! If you can’t make it, don’t feel Sadness. Feel Joy because you still have the chance to see the brand-new Pixar Pier and enjoy Paint the Night Parade and Pixar Play Parade since they’ve been extended indefinitely. Although you won’t get to taste some of the delicious treats like these Pixar Ball Cake Pops or see the Together Forever fireworks spectacular – so if those are important to you, make sure to visit before September 3rd.
The best part is there’s still time to book, whether you’re visiting this month, the next or even into 2019. You can view all of our Disneyland packages online or give our travel experts a call at 855-GET-AWAY. We can’t wait to help you celebrate friendship, family and beyond!