Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Make Cake Balls

 

How to Make Cake Balls

Instead of doing Christmas cookies this year, Mike and I decided to make cake balls. I had some at a work Christmas lunch and fell in love. I looked them up online and showed them to Mike and he was easily won over. We had some ideas in our head for the flavors we wanted to make but couldn't find them online so we came up with our own. We decided on three different flavors- coconut almond, chocolate mint and red velvet raspberry.

They were all delicious but the coconut almond was my favorite. We brought some to work and shared them at Christmas and they were a big hit! They were easy to make but it was time consuming, especially since we made three batches. We spread it our over three days. Day 1- we cooked the cakes. Day 2- we mixed in the frosting, rolled the balls and chilled them. Day 3- we dipped the balls in chocolate. It would probably be easier to do it all in one day if there was only one batch but it worked out really well to spread it out.

Here's the basic ingredients to make your own:

For the coconut almond flavor:
white cake mix
frosting (store bought or homemade)
1/2 tsp Coconut extract
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2 cup toasted coconut
2 bags white chocolate candy melts

For the chocolate mint flavor:
chocolate cake mix
frosting (store bought or homemade)
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
2 bags chocolate mint candy melts

For the red velvet raspberry flavor:
red velvet cake mix
frosting (store bought or homemade)
1/2 tsp raspberry extract
red sprinkles
2 bags chocolate candy melts


You can find the candy melts are your local craft store. I got mine at Joanns. There are tons of different flavors and colors to choose from.

Directions:

Bake the cake according to the directions on the box. Allow the cake to cool completely before continuing.

How to Make Cake Balls

Once the cake has cooled completely remove it from the pan in pieces and crumble it with your hands.

How to Make Cake Balls



How to Make Cake Balls


Make your frosting  and add the corresponding extract. Or if you are using store bought, mix the extract in to 2/3 of the frosting. Reserve the rest of the frosting for another use.

Thoroughly mix the frosting into the crumbled cake mix.

How to Make Cake Balls

Pinch off a small amount of the cake/frosting mix or use a small cookie scoop. (Ours were about the size of a small meatball. I might try them a little smaller next time. It's your preference on how big to make them)

How to Make Cake Balls

Roll the cake/frosting mix into a ball. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. If you want to make cake pops at this point you can insert a lollipop stick. We wanted them to be easier to store so we didn't use one.

How to Make Cake Balls

After all the mix is rolled place into the fridge to chill for about 3 hours or into the freezer for 15 minutes (don't allow them to freeze)

Melt the candy melts into a deep microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir really well. Repeat until all the chocolate is melted. Be very careful melting because the chocolate can burn very easily (we learned this the hard way.) It's important to stir really well because it will help to melt the chocolate. If you have a double boiler you can use this as an alternative to the microwave.

Using a spoon, drop the cake ball into the chocolate and drizzle chocolate over the top with a spoon. Tap to remove excess chocolate and carefully place on the wax paper covered cookie sheet. This part is really tricky and took a long time to master. If are using a lollipop stick you will hold that to dip in the chocolate.

How to Make Cake Balls

Sprinkle with coconut, crushed candies or sprinkles depending on the kind you are making. You need to do this rather quickly because the chocolate hardens fast.

Repeat dipping until all the balls are covered in chocolate and let cool.

To store we placed the finished cake balls in the freezer so they would last longer. When we removed them for the freezer on top of our fridge they did not freeze all the way through. When we had them in our stand alone freezer they did freeze, leading us to believe it is set much colder. I read an online recommendations not to put them in the fridge because the chocolate would weep but I did not try that myself. I think they would also be ok leaving them at room temperature.

Here is the yummy finished product.

How to Make Cake Balls
 
Coconut Almond Cake Balls
Coconut Almond
 
chocolate mint cake balls
Chocolate Mint
 
Raspberry Red Velvet Cake Balls
Raspberry Red Velvet

There are some great resources on the web to instruct you on making the cake balls. I referred to this website.

I also referred to this book Cake Pops by Bakerrella. I bought it for my friend for Christmas but Mike and I used it as a reference as well. There are great instructions and examples of different ways to decorate you cake balls. This is where I found my frosting recipe.


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