Friday, December 10, 2010

Birthday Cake Balls

I made these cute cake balls for my good friend's birthday! I love how they look like little scoops of ice cream!


1 box chocolate cake mix, or you can make homemade chocolate cake with my recipe here.
1 16 oz. can vanilla or cream cheese frosting
2-4 cups white chocolate melting wafers
Colourful sprinkles

Prepare the cake as directed on the package for a 13" x 9" cake, or follow my chocolate cake recipe. After the cake is cooked and cooled completely, tear and crumble into a large bowl. Mix the torn up cake with the can of frosting using either your hands or a wooden spoon.

Roll the cake and frosting mixture into quarter size balls and place on a baking sheet. You can make the balls bigger or smaller depending on your preference. Chill the balls in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. You can speed up the chilling process by putting them in the freezer for an hour or so.

Once the balls are done chilling, melt the chocolate in the microwave per directions on the package, or if you’re using melting wafers put half of them in the microwave for about 30 seconds at a time until melted. Be careful not to burn your chocolate! Only melt a little bit of chocolate at a time because it starts to cool and thicken pretty quickly. It’s easier to work with when it’s hot - so if it starts getting too thick then just microwave it for 10 seconds at a time until it’s a more liquid consistency.

Cover 2-3 baking sheets with wax paper. Roll the balls in the melted chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. It helps to use a spoon to dip and roll the balls in chocolate and then tap off extra. It may take a  little practice to get the right technique for coating the balls in chocolate, but it doesn't have to be perfect! You can always touch it up in spots by spreading more chocolate onto the balls once they are on the wax paper.

You want to decorate the cake balls quickly, before the chocolate hardens, so you will have to decorate each individual cake ball immediately after coating it in chocolate. I just sprinkled some colourful sprinkles on top of my cake balls and gently pressed them down into the chocolate so that they would stick on.

Once all of the balls have been coated in chocolate and decorated, chill in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate has hardened. For transporting the cake balls, package them snugly in wax paper-lined tupperware containers, with a layer of wax paper in between each layer of cake balls. Store in sealed containers in the refrigerator so they do melt at all.

*Cake balls recipe from Bakerella

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