Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cake Balls

These are my new favorite dessert for entertaining because:

  1. They are bite-sized. 
  2. They are easy to make.
  3. They are easy to make in obscenely large quantities. 
  4. They are super cute. 
  5. You can mix and match about a million flavor/color combinations. 
  6. They last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 
  7. They freeze well.
  8. You can make ball jokes the entire time you are handling and eating them. Heh heh...
What else could you possibly ask for?

Oh... you're asking for St. Patrick's Day themed cake balls?


But also make these for every holiday or get together that you ever have. Ever. I promise that they'll be a total hit!

Cake Balls (makes 40-50 balls)
  • Box of cake mix + ingredients for baking (I used white cake with green food coloring)
  • 1 – 1 ½ cans of frosting (I used vanilla)
  • 1 ½ bags of candy melts (I used white)
  • About 3 Tbsp Crisco
1.       Bake the cake in a 9 x 13 pan according to the directions on the box.
2.       Allow the cake to cool completely (it can be a tiny bit warm to help the frosting melt). Crumble into a bowl.
3.       Mix in the frosting until you have an even mixture.
4.       Form the mixture into small balls (about 1 ½ tablespoons) and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Put in the freezer for about a half hour or until firm.
5.       While the balls are in the freezer, melt the candy melts in a double boiler or fondue pot. Add Crisco in order to thin the mixture.
6.       Take the cake balls out of the freezer.  Poke each ball with a toothpick and dip into the candy melts.  You may need to use a small spatula to cover the top. Place the candy-coated ball back onto the wax paper. Apply sprinkles (if desired) immediately so they stick. Continue this process with the rest of the balls.
7.       Let the candy coating cool completely. Package in an airtight container. These will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks!

rolling some balls

dipping some balls

look at these perfect balls!

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