Friday, June 17, 2011

Cake Balls

These are a rather easy dessert, and they look so fancy!  I made these cake balls for James' grandmother's birthday party.  We went to Louisiana on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate. Here's what you need to make them: 
  • 1 cake mix, any flavor
  • 1 jar of icing, any flavor
  • melting chocolates or almond bark.  The melting chocolates are available at Michael's in a lot of different colors and flavors.
  • whatever the directions on the box of cake mix call for. 
Prepare the cake according to the package directions.  Bake it in a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish. Let it cool for at least one hour after it is baked.
After the cake has cooled, crumble it up in a bowl.  Mix the can of icing in.

Place some wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Using a small scoop, make little balls out of the cake/icing mixture.  Place the balls on the cookie sheet.
I was able to get about 40 balls out of one cake mix.  Place the cake balls in the freezer for an hour or two so they can harden a little.  You don't want them to be warm and crumbly for the next step, or else your chocolate will end up with tiny pieces of cake in it.
Use a double boiler to melt your almond bark or chocolates.  I just used a glass bowl on top of a pot of simmering water.
I didn't take a photo of dipping the cake balls into the almond bark, but it's done the same way.  I used a spoon to lower the ball into the chocolate. 
Then turned the cake ball over and placed it on a fork. Next, I spooned chocolate over the top of the ball.  Place the dipped cake ball onto a sheet of wax paper to harden.
After they have hardened, you can drizzle a contrasting color on top of them.  I just used a fork, but you can use a piping bag if you want them to look a little cleaner.

The finished product!  These are so yummy!  I had some melted chocolate left over, so I dipped some Vanilla Wafers in it.

1 comment:

  1. Bridget and I are going to make some of these tomorrow. They look delicious!