Sometimes you find the niftiest things in the most unexpected places. I made these merry mini men from a cake pop kit I found at the CVS while I was picking up a prescription.
The kit was remarkably comprehensive with gingerbread cake mix, vanilla frosting mix, cinnamon melting wafers, confetti sprinkles, a gingerbread man cutter, cake pop sticks and a piping bag for the frosting. The only ingredients I needed to add were butter, an egg, some powdered sugar and water.
First, I mixed the cake ingredients. While it was baking, I whipped up the frosting. After the cake had cooled, I crumbled the cake and mixed in half the frosting until the dough could be shaped into balls. Then, I rolled it out between two sheets of freezer paper and chilled it. (Parchment can also be used.) After chilling to firm up the dough, I used the cutter to form tiny gingerbread men before popping them in the freezer again for 20 minutes.
The directions advise rolling the cake mixture to 3/4 of an inch thick. I didn’t do that, so my men were too thin to hold a cake pop stick. No worries; I decided to make cake bites, instead of pops.
Once the cinnamon wafers were melted, I slid each little guy onto a fork and dipped ’em one at a time into the coating, tapping off the excess. I piped frosting on to hold the confetti buttons and then tucked the whole batch back into the freezer for a final chilling.
The kit certainly made this an easy treat to make for the party I brought them to. The directions were spot on, and the flavor was great. They’d be simple enough to make on your own, though. All you’d need is your favorite gingerbread cake recipe, your favorite frosting recipe, a small gingerbread cookie cutter, some cinnamon or chocolate melts and candy accents for decorating.