Yesterday was a real mish-mosh of stuff. Seasonal stuff, mostly. And some cake balls.
I finished my Christmas cards and got them mailed off. Yay!
I watched sleet turn into snow. Big beautiful wet flakes of snow. Then I watched my two youngest play in the very, very wet snow. The wet snow was very packable and the snowballs were great for throwing at the front door (where their father was standing). When they came in – cold and wet, they had cocoa, of course!
I helped my sixteen year old finish up a batch of cake balls that she had been asked to take to one of the 6 or so Christmas parties that she has been invited to this year. Oh well, it gives me a great opportunity to spend time with her in the kitchen. She is definitely the one (so far) who is most likely to found baking!
I know, everyone by now has heard of, eaten or made cake balls. They are something I have been making for several years. I first had them at an event I attended called “Death by Chocolate”. While I love chocolate the standout for me was cake balls. I came home and looked at easily a dozen recipes on the web and decided this was the one for me!
Our most recent batch were made with “confetti” cake and icing. Another thing I did differently this time was adding a stick, making them cake ball pops. It really worked nicely.
I hope you are enjoying your own holiday activities, and that the weather isn’t causing you any problems. If you are stuck inside, definitely make some cake balls. It will get your mind off of the weather!
- 1 package any flavor cake mix
- 1 container prepared frosting (in a flavor that goes well with chosen cake flavor)
- candy coating or almond bark
- Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. Let cake cool for about 30 minutes, then crumble into a large bowl, and stir in enough frosting to be moist, but not gooey. Blend well. Refrigerate mixture for a few hours.
- Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls about golf ball size of the cake mixture (I use my hands for this). Place balls on baking sheet and freeze until set.
- Melt coating or bark in a glass bowl in the microwave, adding up to a Tablespoon of shortening for every 4 squares of bark. This makes it much smoother.
- Dip the balls in coating. Place on waxed paper to set. Make sure the balls are covered completely.