Fried Chicken Cake Pops

No deep-frying required for this chicken: It's a pile of cake pops! To make the faux drumsticks, we shaped crumbled chocolate cake into ovals and added candy-coated pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows for the bones. To get that just-fried look, we dipped the cake pops in melted butterscotch chips mixed with crushed cornflakes.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 16 cake pops
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Ingredients

Cooking spray

1 15- to 16-ounce box chocolate cake mix (plus required ingredients)

1 cup cream cheese frosting

16 mini marshmallows

16 pretzel sticks

2 cups white candy melts

1 12-ounce package butterscotch chips

2 to 4 tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup crushed cornflakes

Flaky sea salt, for topping

Directions

  1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix as directed and spread in the pan. Bake and cool as the label directs.
  2. Crumble the cake in a large bowl. Add the frosting and mix with your hands until fully combined.
  3. Using damp hands, form the mixture into 16 compact egg shapes (2 to 21/2 inches long), pinching each slightly in the center. Arrange on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
  4. Stick a mini marshmallow on one end of each pretzel, then insert into the cake balls, reshaping as needed. Return the ?drumsticks? to the baking sheets. Freeze until slightly firm, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave. Dip the marshmallow-topped pretzels in the candy melts; return to the baking sheets and refrigerate until set. Redip to form a thicker coating; refrigerate.
  6. Microwave the butterscotch chips with 2 tablespoons coconut oil, stirring, until melted (add more coconut oil as needed until pourable). Stir in the cereal. Spoon the mixture over the cake part to coat; sprinkle with salt. Refrigerate until set.