Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Melt in your mouth cake balls recipe

Ever heard of cake balls? Don't they look mouth watering? They really are! So easy to pop one, two or four in your mouth! A few months ago my 20 year old brother-in-law came for a visit with cake balls! I never knew that he cooked anything besides microwave popcorn.  So I jotted down the recipe and knew that I had to make these.
I've included tips that I learned from the first batch to make the second batch less stressful! These are not difficult to make but do take some time.  From start to finish they take at least 6 hours.  I suggest you bake one day and put the chocolate on the second day.

Cake Balls

1 boxed cake mix (I've used golden butter yellow and chocolate)
1 can of cream cheese frosting 
Other ingredients on box mix.
1 bar almond bark (chocolate or vanilla)
toothpicks
wax paper
baggie

1) Mix and bake cake in 11 X 13 cake pan according to box directions.

2) After about 10 minutes of cooling dump the cake in a large bowl. Use your hands or a knife to break up the cake into chunks so that it can begin cooling. 

3) After 1/2 hr dump in 1 of can of frosting. Mix around with hands or a spoon until the frosting is all mixed in.  Put mixture in the fridge, covered, until next day (or at least  2-3 hours). 

4) Roll mixture into quarter-sized balls and put on cookie sheet. Chill for several hours.  

5) When ready to dip, melt 1/4 of the chocolate in oven proof bowl, according to package instructions. 

6) Lay wax paper on a cookie sheet or on the counter where you are working.  Stick a toothpick in a cake ball and dip in the chocolate, quickly.  Use a spoon to help get the chocolate all over the cake ball.  Put on wax paper and keep on going! (You'll need to melt more chocolate as the chocolate cools and it gets low)

7) When chocolate dries, pull out toothpicks (you can leave them in for easy pickup for serving).

8) Put some of the chocolate in a baggie, snip tip and drizzle it on the balls. Use the chocolate to cover the toothpick hole and any spots that didn't get covered when you dipped them in the chocolate!

These will not last long. The teens and their friends have requested these several times! 

*variations- I've made 1) chocolate cake mix, cream cheese frosting with chocolate bark 2) golden butter yellow cake mix, cream cheese frosting with chocolate bark
* It has been suggested to try German Chocolate cake mix, pecan frosting and chocolate bark or Red Velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting and white bark.  I think the confetti cake mix would be yummy, too!
*I haven't done it yet, but it would be really pretty to also decorate with white bark or use sprinkles while the chocolate is wet. 
*These would be really pretty in mini muffin liners, too!

Here are pictures of the different steps.  Feel free to ask me any questions that you might have. I hope you try these! They are so tasty!

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