Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration Cake Balls!

I was fortunate enough to have Martin Luther King Jr Day off from work. I’m also fortunate enough to have a work that is setting up a viewing room for watching the inauguration. I decided to help celebrate, I was going to make cake balls! I’ve never made cake balls, but I’ve made oreo truffles & pumpkin cream cheese truffles. I honestly can’t say I got the idea to make these from one specific source. These things are all over the web. I did use boxed cake & canned frosting, and I can’t believe I did. I’m more of a “from scratch” kinda girl. Next time I make these I think I might try it with Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake, (or the dark version), because that cake was delicious, and pretty simple to whip up.

Also, half of the batch was just the cake & frosting, and the other half had hazelnut liqueur in them (they are the ones with sprinkles). I didn’t have much liqueur, so it’s a subtle flavor. If you haven’t made these yet, they are very easy to make, just a little time consuming. I made the cake the night before, then rolled them into balls & stuck them in the freezer, then a couple hours later I dipped them in chocolate & then decorated them.

In case you haven’t seen the recipe before, here it, the way I did it.

Cake Balls
adapted from MANY sources on the web

1 Devils Food boxed cake
1 can whipped cream cheese frosting
chocolate almond bark
red candy coating (optional)
blue candy coating (optional)
white non-pareils (optional)
1/4-1/3 cup hazelnut liqueur (optional)

Make cake according to instructions. Let cool completely.

Cut cake into cubes, and put half the cake in a bowl. Crumble cake. Add liqueur and mix to combine. Add about 1/3 of the frosting. Mix to combine (I used my hands). Add more frosting if necessary.

Using spoon or cookie scoop, portion and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheet on wax paper and place in freezer.

Wipe out bowl. Add the remainder of cake and crumble completely. Add in about 1/2 of remaining frosting. Mix to combine. Add more frosting if necessary. Portion, roll into balls, and place on cookie sheet in freezer. Let chill at least an hour.

Melt almond bark in double boiler. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to cool. Melt colored candy coating and decorate as desired. If using nonpareils, be sure to sprinkle those on while candy coating is still melted! It dries fast!

The Boy laughed and told me I was crazy when I went and got this magazine for my “photoshoot”. But I told him if he kept on making fun of me he couldn’t eat any more cake balls.

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