Well, the cake balls were a success!
I saw this recipe on www.allrecipes.com and have wanted to try it for a very long time. I decided it would be a great treat for my girl's school Valentine's Day parties, but I figured I ought to test it first. Here is the recipe (from www.allrecipes.com) -
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
- 1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting
- 1 (3 ounce) bar chocolate flavored confectioners coating
- Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.
- Melt chocolate coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
- Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the chocolate cake mixture. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set.
1. Cut off the edges of the cake for ease of mixing.
2. Definitely mix frosting in while the cake is still very warm (hot, even.)
3. I froze the cake balls before dipping.
(4. I stuck toothpicks in all of them before dipping, but I found it unneccesary. I ended up just throwing them in a bowl of chocolate and fishing them out with a toothpick. Hence, you only need 1 toothpick instead of one for each cake ball.)
And my own additional tip, make the actual cake balls smaller than you think they should be. Mine were about the size of golf balls, but once they were dipped, they are just TOO big. They are so sweet that you don't want more than a small little bite.
For the ones I made today, I used a carrot cake mix and cream cheese frosting. The only thing I was little disappointed with was the color of the actual cake once mixed with frosting. It turned a really unappetizing shade of gray. I probably wouldn't make a carrot variety again, but I'm betting strawberry cake or red velvet cake would make a darling little cake ball!
And, even as sweet as they were, they passed my non-sweet-eater's taste test.
I honestly thought that she would not eat them. In fact, she ate TWO. I never would have let her have two, but she has an older sister who is happy to indulge her. Spoiled baby!
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