Cake Balls

Friday, April 8, 2011

Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious!
For the first time ever I made cake balls. My husband's birthday is today, but we celebrated it yesterday since that was his day off. I've seen cake ball posts everywhere, and they are so cute, but I was never interested in making them. Then I ran across this post and was inspired!

How to make Cake Balls

Get a boxed cake mix 
I bought a spice cake mix, and I also made a chocolate cake, 
but from scratch.. since I had everything on hand for that anyway.

Mix & bake your cakes as normal
Bake in 9x13 pans. 
Let your cakes cool for a few hours. 
Then when cooled completely... 

Crumble the cakes up 
First, while the cake is still in the baking pan, start cutting the cake sides/edges away because we don't want any hard cake pieces. I ended up having to also cut away the top layer of my chocolate cake because it was a little hard.  

I cut them up in squares and put them in a bowl, and got another big bowl to crumble them up into. 
Just break them apart and make lots of little cake crumbles! Kinda fun ;) 

After your cake is crumbled...
Add 1/2 a container of cream cheese frosting
If you're making two cakes one is all you need! Perfect!

now roll up your sleeves, it's time to get messy!

Mix & mush it all together well
Yes, with your hands! It's great fun. 

Once all mixed... 

Scoop and roll into balls
You could use little ice cream scoops, but I just used my Table spoon measuring spoon. I scoop out a full scoop, then added some more. So maybe a table spoon and a half of another. But whatever you like!

Place cake balls onto a cookie sheet
You can use wax paper to place them.. I didn't have any. 
Put your cake balls in the freezer for a few minutes. What I did, was put about 6 or 7 cake balls on a sheet, place it in the freezer, and worked on another sheet of 6 or 7. 


Cover cake balls in melted chocolate 
I used white chocolate and milk chocolate melting wafers/moulding chocolates... 

.. and melted them by using my candle warmer! 
Much easier, I'm sure then using a double boiler on the stove top.
It's perfect.

Plop your firm-from-the-freezer cake ball into the melted chocolate and get it all covered. 
I found it easiest to use two forks (holding them as you would when tossing a salad) for lifting them out and holding them up to drain the excess chocolate off.

 Then place onto baking sheets. It would be best to use wax paper for this, because they do stick to the pan and when you try to lift them off the bottom tears off. So I put down some tin foil. At least they didn't stick and get ruined. *little tip: I was noticing that my cake balls were cracking after the chocolate was set on them. I think they were way too cold coming right from the freezer into the hot chocolate. So I started waiting several minutes after getting them from the freezer, and putting them into the chocolate.*

Add sprinkles or other candies
This part should be done when you plop your chocolate coated cake ball back onto the cookie sheet, when the chocolate is still wet. I used sprinkles for some of mine.

After finishing that baking sheet of 6 or 7 cake balls, I was putting them into the fridge. But then I checked online and I read that they don't need to stay in the fridge. An air tight container would be best, sitting out on your counter in a cool area. So that's what I did. 

Admire your work!

The chocolate ones were AMAZING! 
They both were amazing, but the chocolate was my favorite.

Aren't they just so adorable?!
These are SO perfect for parties, baby showers, you name it! 
I can see myself making these many more times for special occasions.

Y . U . M
It's so much fun to beautify foods!


Cart Ridges said...

What a neat post! Looking forward for more post from you. Thank you for sharing!

Mary said...

YUM!! Are those like those pop things Wilton is now advertising? Cake balls on sticks? Those look wonderful! I might just have to try those! I've done that with oreos and cream cheese but never cake mix.

Jenna said...

Love this idea!

Anonymous said...

These look so yummy. I have an OREO ball version but these look so much better.

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Mandy [Mandipidy] said...

Good question Jessica! I had a hard time wording that step... it's the same stitch that we made in step 10. I will go back and reword it as such. Thanks for helping me out! :)
You can find the crochet thread at Michaels, JoAnn, Walmart, and sometimes Hobby Lobby. I like to use the brand Royale. :)
Btw, these cake balls look amazing! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, i am starving right now, and so far every blog i've stopped by had some type of food related post. Ahh it's torture!! I love cake bites though, yours look profesh. Send me some my way when you've had enough ok?! ;) Have a great weekend!!!