RECIPE: Cake Balls!

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Cake balls are a relatively simple confection in concept: Bake a boxed cake, mix in a tub of canned frosting, shape into balls, and then dip in melted chocolate. Sounds easy enough, but trying to roll perfect balls and coat them in an even layer of chocolate without them dripping all over is a skill I just don’t have. Instead, I make a sort of cake ball truffle, using a cookie scoop to portion out the mix so that the bottom is flat. The result may not be the prettiest, but it still tastes the same!

You can use any combination of cake, frosting and chocolate coating/almond bark you like: chocolate cake and frosting dipped in chocolate, white chocolate cake and frosting dipped in white chocolate, or go crazy with flavors such as lemon, cherry, strawberry, or even carrot cake. You really can’t go wrong!

For Valentine’s Day, I like to make strawberry cake balls dipped in white chocolate bark. Today I added some red food coloring into the remaining white chocolate and piped it over the truffles to give it a more festive look…and to cover up their rough appearance and the fact that the pink cake was visible through the white coating! 😉

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  • Boxed cake mix
  • Canned frosting
  • Almost bark or candy coating

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  1. Bake cake according to package directions and allow to cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooled cake and canned frosting until completely blended and smooth. Using a stand mixer makes this process much easier!
  3. Put the cake/frosting mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, form the cake ball truffles and line up on the cookie sheet.
  6. Put the cookie sheet of cake balls into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  7. Melt the almond bark or chocolate.
  8. Take the cookie sheet out of the freezer and dip each cake ball into the chocolate, replacing it back on the cookie sheet. Once all of the balls are coated in chocolate, you can top with candies or decorative sprinkles.
  9. Return the cookie sheet to the freezer for 15 minutes.
  10. If you didn’t add on toppings beforehand, you can add on a chocolate or frosting drizzle.

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2 thoughts on “RECIPE: Cake Balls!

  1. Ann,
    I learned about cake balls for the first time right before Christmas and ended up doing exactly what you suggest! AND, I used the cookie scooper I got from Amazon upon your recommendation a year or so ago–love that thing! :-).

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