Tuesday, November 29, 2011

263: cake balls



So it was my bff's engagement party this past weekend. She told us a bit last minute that we could bring baked goods for the desert table because it's a greek tradition... so I whipped up my first ever batch of cake balls (just like cake pops, minus the sticks) & it was actually really easy! The recipe is insanely simple, it's mainly the chocolate coating and decorating that take a bit more dexterity and patience! Check out the process:



Start with baking some cakes. I made a pack of Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake, which is pretty much foolproof! Bake 'em & let them cool too!


Throw all of the cake into a big bowl & mix them until they're crumbly


Grab a matching frosting!


Spoon in about half the tub of frosting and keep mixing


The cake & frosting mix should be a bit pasty & moldable now!


Scoop up some teaspoon-fulls into the palm of your hand and form some balls.


Do that about 85 times. ahahha
& refrigerate for a couple of hours so that they're dippable


Now grab a handful of molding chips & put them into a bowl. You can microwave them for about 20 seconds at a time, taking them out and stirring to make sure the heat is evenly distributed.


Once you have the chocolate melted, just dip your cake balls into it & drip off the excess and place them onto some wax paper to set. I don't have any photos of that process because it was sorta time-consuming and labour intensive & I just forgot :(

Then you can take any extra chocolate & melt it in a ziploc bag, cut off the tip & decorate!





They're so delicious & really rich too! Make sure to make each ball pretty small so that you don't OD on sugar after eating just one. They were a hit with my girlfriends too! Congrats to the happy couple on their engagement! Love you J&J!

xoxo

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12 comments:

  1. Wow, they look amazing. I can't believe it's the first time you do that!

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  2. amazing tutorial, gals! im definitely using this one over the holidays!

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  3. Adorable!


    Starbucks has some new cake pops that are coated in crushed peppermint candy and coarse sugar. I'm not a fan of peppermint with chocolate, however, the candy coating was amazing. So, I think I'm going to make my own white/yellow cake pops (or balls) with peppermint and sugar coating. Should be super festive for Christmas.

    P.S. I've coated things in melted chocolate, so, I know how much work that was, and can certainly see why you didn't get any photos! You have to work quickly too.

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  4. Um, those look INCREDIBLE!! I love how festively decorated they are, too. I'm DROOLING all over my keyboard just looking at these pics. 

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  5. thank you! yeah, the dipping and piping was the most labour intensive part (took upwards of 4 hours? hahaha) but the actual recipe is dead easy.

    that peppermint & sugar coating sounds SO good! I bet if you made some white cake mix and dropped in a couple drops of mint extract, it would be sooo yum!

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  6. hahaha, i was going for engagement-y and christmas-y :)
    come visit & i'll make you 85. promise.

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  7. hahaha! i'm so easily bribed by food... i might just show up at your door with a bib, ready to start gorging on cake balls. :P

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  8. I agree it is super easy to make I love cake balls soo good but bad for you :P they look so good syl hehe

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  9. They're almost too pretty to eat!

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  10. they look amazing and delicious!
    great job :)

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  11. I did this! I used the whole tub of frosting though. A total mess to roll but SO worth it, they tasted really good. Also, instead of those candy melts, I used melting chocolate in a bar and then put different colors of sprinkles on top while they were drying. Great idea; they turned out wonderfully!

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