maybe i just have a simple mind. or i’m easily entertained. but i joyously look forward, every year, to the excuse to make little, time-consuming sugar goodies. recently, the little guy’s 3rd birthday was it. out of the clear blue sky, he was certain he wanted a batman birthday party. so batman it was. 
then my little wheels started spinning…. oooo…. cake pops. batman cake pops.
so silly and labor intensive, i know. but, holy hallelujah, batman, how they made me happy.
the cake pop queen is bakerella. seriously, if you can think of it, she’s made it into a cake pop. my sister thinks she has too much time on her hands. i think she’s brilliant. and am kind of jealous that she gets paid to make these little creations all day. 
other than the risk of a half eaten cake pop falling sadly off it’s stick, they’re such a tidy little party favor to hand out. and they’re yummy too!
i made these with betty crocker’s gluten free yellow cake mix. so other than batman’s ears, they are gluten free. heck, even if you’re placing them in gluten-eating hands, you might as well be able to eat a little corner of the cake while you’re working on them. right?

Batman Cake Pops

1       box cake mix 
1       (16-ounce) container ready-made frosting
1       (1-pound) bag vanilla candy coating morsels
1       (1-pound) bag dark chocolate candy coating morsels
1/2    cup Twizzler bites (these are not gluten free, if you are!)
Candy coating coloring: Yellow, Pink, Black, Blue
Lollipop sticks
1       tube yellow glitter decorating gel
1       black edible ink pen
(Styrofoam block)
1. Bake cake according to package instructions. Allow cake to cool completely.

2. Cut the cake into quarters. Finely crumble each quarter of cake in a large bowl.

3. Add half the container of frosting. Mix into cake crumbles until well combined. Mixture should stick together to form a ball, not too crumbly, not too wet. (Add more frosting, if needed.) Reserve remaining frosting for another use.

4. Cut each Twizzler bite in half width-wise. Then cut each half on the diagonal to achieve a triangular shape with a long flat side.

5. Roll cake mixture into 2-inch oval shaped balls. Press one triangular Twizzler piece into each side the top of the ball, with the long side of the piece on the outer side of the head. These are Batman’s ears. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet, cover and chill in fridge till firm.

6. Carefully melt vanilla candy coating in a deep bowl in microwave according to package directions. Once melted, add a tiny bit of yellow and pink candy coating coloring to make skin-tone. Start with very little. You can always add more.

7. Dip 1/4-inch of a lollipop stick into candy coating mixture; insert the stick straight into the cake ball on the opposite end from the ears. Dip the cake pop in the candy coating, and carefully tap off any excess. Work quickly, but not too forcefully or the cake ball will fall off the stick. Place end of stick in the Styrofoam block until sturdy and allow to dry. Continue with remaining balls.

8. Carefully melt dark chocolate candy coating in a deep bowl in microwave according to package directions. Stir in black candy coating coloring. Probably all of it. If needed, add blue coloring to achieve a black color.

9. Dip top half, then backside of cake pop in black coating mixture. Allow to dry in the Styrofoam block.

10. Carefully squeeze yellow glitter decorating gel to make Batman’s eyes. Use black edible ink pen to make his mouth. Adorable!

Yield: about 36 Batmen.