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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bakerella's Cake Balls

Years ago, my cousin Kate who doesn't cook, or at least she didn't used to cook, raved about a blog called Bakerella. I have been reading the blog regularly, getting all sorts of great ideas, but wndering when I, a young wife who doesn't regularly have large groups of people over, would be able to make some of these awesome creations. Well, I did it.

I will admit, I started with the basic cake balls, but it was a start. This past weekend we were having friends over with three young children who I knew would get a kick out of the bite size treats. I intended on using green and white chocolate, but my dear husband who picked up the ingredients for me, only found milk chocolate. Bless his heart, I didn't complain! So they went from St. Patrick's Day themed to basic with some decorations.

I already had cake mix and batter in the pantry, as well as some sprinkles and powdered sugar, so I only bought two bags of melting chocolates which was less than $5. I baked the cake according to the standard directions on the back of the box. Once it was cool, I broke up the cake and transfered it to a glass mixing bowl and started turning it into crumbs (my cat appreciated the bits that fell on the floor).

I gradually added vanilla frosting while mixing because I've read mixed reviews about using 1/2 can of frosting versus a whole can, etc. When all was said and done, I used a little more than half. Once it seemed pretty well mixed, I dug in with clean hands to "smush" it all a little more.

Then you start rolling. If you like making meatballs, you'll be good at this. Oh and it is nice that you are playing with cake, not raw meat. I probably could have made my cake balls a little smaller so they were more bite-size for children, but I learned for next time! I just lined two cookie sheets with wax paper to make clean up a breeze and started rolling.

I got three dozen cake balls out of my one cake. I put the trays in the refrigerator overnight, since pregnant ladies get so tired ;), so they would stick together.

The next day I melted the chocolate wafers and placed 3-4 balls in the bowl at a time to coat with the chocolate.

Once coated, I transferred to wire cooling racks and added sprinkles or powdered sugar while the chocolate was still wet. I did keep some plain, but I knew the kids would like the decorated version.

I put about half of them in the freezer so I have an easy way to satisfy my sweet tooth. My husband really liked them so I will be making them again...hopefully I will take on a more creative version that doesn't look like an elementary school student made them :). I can just see myself hosting birthday parties, playgroups, etc and serving up all sorts of fun treats!

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Mama Tully said...

I've followed your blog for a couple weeks now. I can't remember how I found it, but I'm due with my second baby around the same time as you. Anyway, I LOVE this's simple and sounds yummy! And I like how it can altered for different St. Paddy's day theme or pastel chocolate dip for Easter. I'm definitely going to steal this one!

Meggs said...

Shannon if you enjoyed the cake balls so much I think you would love this similar recipe--Oreo "Bon Bons"! Take one package of regular oreos (the double stuff do not work well) and put them through a food processor so that the cookies become completely crushed, like oreo dust! Then add one 8 oz. package of cream cheese and blend together to make a dough. Chill the dough for an hour or so and then roll into 1" balls. Then use either melting chocolate or almond bark and dip the balls to cover them and let them cool. They are FANTASTIC! Make sure to keep them refridgerated. I always get rave reviews when I show up to an event with these!

Jennifer said...

I fell in love with Bakerella's cake pops just before Christmas. I've been seeing these cake balls and cake pops all over the place. I have yet to try them myself. I think I might need to do it now. Looks like a fun treat!
Stopping by from It's a Keeper.

Jensamom23 said...

Good for you! I imagine the kids enjoyed them as well!

Amanda said...

Visiting from the weekend wrap up party...these sound so divine! Kinda like delicious cake donut holes, but better!

Kim @ KimsKandyKreations said...

I absolutely LOVE cake balls. They are bite sized pieces of perfection. We look for any reason we can to make them...some times for no reason at all.

"Oh look the trash man came...let's celebrate by having Cake balls!" YUMMY!

So glad that you got a chance to try them and to share them with our linky party!