04 February 2011

Cake Balls


Welcome and thank you for joining me for my first official blog post! I’m so excited to meet & chat with you! 

I decided that my first post should be about something I love…SWEETS!

Over this past weekend, I wanted to bake a special treat for the kiddos (okay, I’ll admit, it was for myself as well).  After browsing the net, I found a recipe for Cake Balls (aka: Cake Pops).  The directions seemed easy, so I decided to give it a whirl. 


Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 box of cake mix 
  • 1 container of frosting (16 ounce)
  • 1-2 bags of melting chocolate

(Note: Recipe makes 48 Cake Balls)

Directions:

1. Prepare the cake mix according to directions.

2. Once the cake is cool, crumble finely into a large bowl.

3. Stir in frosting until well blended (only use ¾ of the container; if you use the whole container, the cake balls will be super moist and have more of a cookie dough texture).

4. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls (I personally just hand-rolled them).

5. Place balls on a wax paper-covered baking sheet.

6. Cover with plastic wrap & chill in the refrigerator for several hours (note: you can also put them in the freezer for 15 minutes).  You want the balls to be firm, not frozen.  At this point, if you find you have too many, store extra in the freezer for later use.

7. Once firm you’ll need to start melting the chocolate coating. 
Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts.
Purchased at WalMart, price $3.50 (12 ounce bag).
Wonderful Taste! 
8. Microwave the melting chocolate in a deep, microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring occasionally until smooth (note:  the defrost setting works perfect).

9. Dip the balls into chocolate, using a toothpick or fork.  Place them on waxed paper to set (if you want to add sprinkles, add before chocolate hardens).  

10. And, Voila! You have Cake Balls!  Store in an airtight container or refrigerator.  Balls will stay fresh for several days.  

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This yummy treat is super easy.  The only down side is, it’s a little time consuming, but well worth the wait.  What I like best is the variations are endless!  In my case, I chose white cake and buttercream frosting to please my picky eaters.  

How many of you have tried this recipe?  I would love to know which ingredients you chose!  Especially, if it has the words Mint or Red Velvet in it (smiles)!


Thank you for stopping by,
Jodie



Linking up with: DebbieDoo's Newbie Party!

26 comments:

  1. I have made chocolate and red velvet. Both of them I used cream cheese frosting and they were both delish. I want to make some for my sisters baby shower and use strawberry cake.

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  2. Hi Cheryl, thank you for stopping by! Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting sounds awesome! I'll definitely have to try it! You'll have to stop back and let me know how you like the strawberry cake balls. What flavor of frosting are you thinking?

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  3. Pretty pictures! I have made them using spice cake and buttercream, yummy!

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  4. I love cake balls and your look fabulous.

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  5. Elizabeth & Val, thank you!

    Elizabeth, Spice cake does sound yummy!

    Val, they are so good & highly addicting. I need to make sure it's a once and awhile thing or I'll be rolling around like a ball (smiles)!

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  6. These are amazing! My daughter-in-law brought them over Christmas and what a treat!! Delicious.

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  7. I have never had a cake ball, or made one, but I know now it is inevitable!! These look scrumptious. I have seen quite a few recipes around the blogosphere. You did great on your first post. I am now following you.
    Cheers!
    Jen
    www.cariboobutterfly.com

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  8. Hi Jen, you'll definitely have to try the recipe! There are so many cute ideas out there, especially for cake pops. Kids love them! My son wants me to try making robot pops, we'll have to see on that one. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for the follow!

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  9. What a great first post! Lovely pictures...they almost make me want to make a batch. I have made them using a bunch of different cake and frosting combinations and they are all delish. I am a cake decorator and always have a lot of cake scraps around. I just bag 'em up and store in the freezer til I have enough to make a batch or get invited somewhere. These are great hostess gifts, great for teacher gifts, easily adapt to the season or decorating, and are always a hit. My dh has actually asked me not to let him know when they are around, he eats too many! Looking forward to following your blog.

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  10. Thank you so much Rocketmom! I will be adding a new post tomorrow, you'll have to check it out and let me know your thoughts. I look forward to keeping in touch.

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  11. Yum! I think this is what I'll make for v-day!

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  12. These look yummy, thanks for sharing

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  13. Hi Cheryl, I am also a newby to blogging...AND one of my first posts was delicious Red Velvet Cake Balls. Yours look so delicious...mine were not so pretty. :) Things are always better the second time around...right?

    Congrats on your new blog...I am now a follower. Come check out our site.
    Michelle
    http://notrefinishedyet.blogspot.com/

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  14. Ok sorry...I meant Hi Jodie...geez! :)

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  15. Your sweet comments make my day, thank you to all! I also want to thank everyone for the follows, it means so much to me!

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  16. Oh so yummy looking. Mmmm...:)

    Welcome to blogging!

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  17. Great tutorial! I've seen these all before, but I've never seen a post on how to make them. So glad I found you in blogland!

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  18. I have yet to make cake balls, but I do want to! So pretty, besides being yummy!

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  19. These look soooo yummy...thanks for sharing with all of us.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. Delish...I love to make these yummies. Thank you so much for joining my newbie party. Please add my link or button to the post. thanks.

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  21. You people are killing me, they look soooo yummy! My daughter bought a recipe book that has those decorated for every holiday you can imagine. . .You made them look pretty easy!
    Congrats on you 1st ever blog post!
    Bravo well done.
    Sue

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  22. hiya , what are you tring to do to me ??? now you know i will have to try these and do the taste test on them ???? lol yummy and thanks for sharing x
    xmaggiex

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  23. So easy! I'm so making these and maybe even tonight! Has anyone tried adding something inside - like an m&m or nut or cherry or something? I think that could be a fun addition.

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  24. Hi Jodie, I'm your neighbor over at Layla's link party. I've seen cake balls before, but never the step by step process. You made it look super easy. I might have to try making these soon. Thanks for showing us the process in pictures!

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  25. Fantastic idea! A baking project that I could actually do! Thank you, and great photos showing step by step instructions!

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