Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cake Balls

Everyone needs to know how to make cake balls.  Everyone.  Cake balls are not only incredibly delicious (sometimes I feel like they're a drug calling me back to the fridge to eat more again and again) but they're super simple and most of all, can get you out of a baking jam in no time.  The genius of the cake ball is that you can make them on purpose (like these) or you can use a cake you messed up on and turn that cake into a cake ball (instead of just trashing the cake).  This is a method.  You know how I love my methods.  I used Funfetti Cake Mix and Frosting but you can use whatever kind you like...just go to the grocery store, gaze at the baking aisle and the combinations are endless.  Welcome to cake ball world!

Shopping List
1 box cake mix plus the ingredients to make a cake per box directions
1 can store bought frosting
8 oz candy coating (chocolate or vanilla...whichever you choose)
Sprinkles, nuts, coconut...whatever you want to be on the outside of the cake ball

Bake your cake per box directions in a 9x13 inch pan.  Once the cake has been baked and cooled, crumble your baked cake in a large mixing bowl.  Add entire container of store bought frosting to crumbled cake.  Combine cake crumbles and frosting together.  Using your hands, form cake mix into round balls (golf ball size or so).  Place each ball on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Once all of your balls are formed, place baking sheet in the freezer to firm (at least 4 hours but as much as over-night).

Once you're ready to start decorating your cake balls, leave them in the freezer and get everything else ready.  You want your cake balls really cold to help with the decorating.  In a microwavable bowl, melt your chocolate (stir every 30 seconds until all melted).  Once chocolate is melted, place a toothpick inside your first cake ball and dip it in the chocolate.  Once covered, remove back to wax paper and immediately decorate with sprinkles.  Then, dip your second ball in chocolate and repeat.

Once your cake balls have been dipped and sprinkled, place in the fridge until ready to serve.

That's it!  So easy and so versatile.  The colder the cake balls are, the easier they are to decorate.  I use a toothpick to dip them in the chocolate and that works great but some people use two forks instead...whatever works for you.  Whether you're trying to salvage a cake or if you're just in the mood for cake balls, this method never disappoints.

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Amanda said...

These would be great and easy to bring to a party. I may have to do that this summer!

Chelsea said...

A friend of a friend made these for a Christening and I've been dying to know how she made them!!!! Yay!!!! She's done lots of different flavors - do you know how to do different kinds? I wonder if you just change the cake mix flavor? Maybe adding those new nifty frosting flavor packets to the frosting would help make unique creations? So excited...thank you!!! Gonna try before a baby shower next month!

Home of a Magnolia said...

I have been wanting to try a recipe for cake balls. My children and nieces would love to help.

Tiffany said...

I love cake balls but I have never tried making them... I think I will have to give it a go sometime soon. Thanks for the idea!

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