Cake Balls!

Huh huh….I just said balls….huh huh.  Sorry, sometimes I can’t control my 7th grade sense of humor…..or my urges to talk like Beavis and Butthead.  Ooh! That reminds me!  Did you guys know that show is coming back to TV?  I’m kind of excited.

Anyway.  We have more important things to discuss.  Like Cake Balls.  Or Balls of Cake.  Or Spheres of Joy.  Or Baked Orbs of Awesomeness.  Whatever you want to call them, if you haven’t had one of these little delights, then I’m very sorry.  You need one.  Make it a priority.  All you need is this:

As you can see from the box cake mix, store bought frosting, and CandiQuik, this is a super easy recipe.  The cool part is that you can totally fancy it up and no one will ever know it came from a box.  Neat! Okay, so grab a box of cake mix (any flavor), frosting (any flavor), melting chocolate, and some coconut oil (or shortening, whatever ya got).  Make the cake according to the package directions, then let it completely cool.

Hi there, Gorgeous.  I’m about to do things to you that you may not like.  Sorry.

Cut the cake into a few large chunks, and put them in a big bowl.

Using two knives, criss cross them all over the cake until it’s crumbly.  If anyone can think of a better way to word that, let me know.  And if you can find a turd to help you, go for it:

Basically, you need to end up with very fine crumbs, like this:

Now grab your frosting and spoon about half the can right into the crumbs.  The first time I made this, I used a whole can, and the texture was just all wrong….for me.  My suggestion would be to start with half, taste test, then add more if you want a creamier texture.  Plus, this gives you an excuse to taste test.  Not that you really one.

Mix it well with a spoon until the frosting is evenly distributed.  Now would also be a good time to reward any helpful turds.

All right, friends, let’s get our hands dirty.  Pinch off about golf ball-sized amount (or a little smaller) of the cake/frosting mix, then roll it into a ball.  It will roll easily, thanks to all that yummy frosting.  Thank God for frosting.  Can you imagine a world without it?  I shudder to think.

Un.

Deux.

Trois. 

Now just pop that baby onto a large cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or foil, and complete that process with the rest of the mixture.

Mmmm….do you have any idea how hard it was to not eat one of those right then?  No?  Then let me fill you in….it was not easy.  I had to keep reminding myself that they were only going to get better, and I should wait until they were all finished.  Also, it looked so pretty and symmetrical having them all lined up, and there are rare moments when having things neat and organized is important to me.  This was one of those moments.

Once you’ve got the cake/frosting mix all balled up and placed on the cookie sheet, stick in the freezer for at least an hour, longer if you can stand it.  We want them to be nice and firm for the next part of the process, which involves this:

Okay, you’re going to need at least 2 of these.  A little bit does not go a long way here.  Put the chocolate in a large, microwaveable bowl and add a dab of the coconut oil or shortening.  This will thin it out a little and make it easier to dip in.  Double check the microwave time on the package, but I think about a minute or so will do the trick.

Perfect.  Now get your cake balls out of the freezer and use a toothpick to skewer them and dip them in the chocolate.

Holy mother of chocolate.  I want you.  I want you now. 

Dip all the cake balls, putting them right back where you found them.  When you’re done, stick them in the freezer again for a few minutes, just to make sure the chocolate is completely hard.  We’re almost done, guys, then you can eat one, I promise. 

Remove the toothpicks, being careful not to crack the chocolate.  Using your fingers, dip the tops of each cake ball into the chocolate, just to cover the toothpick hole and cover any spots you missed.

One more time in the freezer to set the chocolate, and these babies are done.  Now you can dress them up if you want by drizzling some melted white chocolate across the tops, or dabbing some of the chocolate on the tops and sprinkling on chopped nuts or sticking on an almond sliver.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any time for that since I had guacamole waiting to be made, cheesecakes waiting to be dipped in that same chocolate, and 5 people milling around the kitchen asking for samples.  So, my balls were plain, but boy, were they good.  And that just sounded all wrong, huh?

Cake Balls
1 box cake mix, any flavor
1 can frosting, any flavor
Melting chocolate (2 packages)
2 tbsp. coconut oil or shortening

Make the cake according to package directions; cool completely.  Remove cake from pan and crumble in a large bowl.  Mix in half the can of frosting, stirring until evenly distributed.  Form mixture into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet.  Freeze for a minimum of 1 hour.  Melt 1 package of the chocolate with 1 tbsp. of coconut oil or shortening.  Remove cake balls from freezer, and use a toothpick to skewer and dip the balls into the melted chocolate.  Repeat until all cake balls are coated, then freeze again for 10 minutes.  Remove from freezer and take out the toothpicks.  Dip the tops of the cake balls into the chocolate so they are fully coated.  Freeze again for 5-10 minutes.  Now stuff your face.

Note: It’s fun to mix and match your cake and frosting….try chocolate cake and frosting with white dipping chocolate.  Or try red velvet cake, vanilla frosting, and white dipping chocolate.  Or swap out the red velvet mix and go for lemon.  The possibilities are endless (not really, but you get me) here, so have fun with it!

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3 comments so far

  1. princesayasmine on

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been seeing these cake balls all over the web and have wondered how to make them but no one seems to be telling. That’s one mystery solved.

  2. Rachel on

    A ritz cracker is definitely my go-to for chocolate dipping. And pretzels on forks. Apparently, someone just like me must have designed the package.

  3. al on

    I like my chocolate balls salty…just put ’em in your mouth and suck them.


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