Married to the Empire

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cake Balls

I wanted to try making cake balls, which I found on this website. I initially bought a red velvet cake mix, per the original instructions. But before making the cake, I read the ingredients. Cocoa. That gives me migraines. Dang. So I went out and bought a strawberry cake mix. I don't even want to think about what's in that! The ingredient list is scary! This is why I never buy boxed cake mix.

I made the cake, let it cool, then crumbled it in with a mixture of cream cheese and powdered sugar. (Made more sense to me to make the icing than to buy it. Probably should have done the same with the cake, but I was being lazy.) I had to bite back my gag reflex because crumbled cake mixed with icing looks nasty. Once mixed, I rolled a bunch of little balls, then stuck them in the fridge overnight.

Because I can't eat chocolate, I bought a bag of Wilson's candy melts for a sort of white chocolate covering. I used the double boiler method because I prefer that to microwaving.

I don't think the candy melts were the right choice because it was a little too thick. There was no drizzling with this stuff. It didn't coat the balls very nicely, so my cake balls are quite unattractive.

They do taste good, though. Crazy sweet. One ball is more than enough. I found myself running for a salty something after eating one just to cut the sweet. I had to put half the balls into the freezer because one bag of those candy melts wasn't enough for all of them. When I get around to coating the rest of them, I'll try something else, like actual white chocolate chips. I do have almond bark, which would work, but I don't like the flavor.

I'd originally thought that these could make nice truffle-like small gifts or favors, but they turned out so ugly that there is no way! Maybe with a different coating...


Vader's Mom said...

Sounds yummy!!! I may have to try those.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps simply using a butter cream frosting with extra milk to make it a bit runny might work.

ann said...

Hey, I'd eat them! They sound really really good.

Oh! This morning on Kids Cookie Break on our Christian Radio Station they played a song called "Jedi Fighter" by Brent Weber. It was really cute. I found his website but youtube doesn't have it so you can hear it.

Ewokgirl said...

Mama, I don't think a buttercream frosting would work simply because it wouldn't set up to a hard covering that doesn't get all over your fingers when you pick it up. It's supposed to have a candy-like coating for easy pick up.

beth said...

I never heard of those, they sound interesting. I bet my boys would like them. Maybe vanilla cake with chocolate coating... Sorry yours didn't come out as pretty as you hoped. At least my kids will eat them even if they are messy. (I'd bet Steven will too, lol)