Friday, March 26, 2010

Birthday cake or cakes ?

Neither, we did Cake Balls à la Bakerella upon request from the hubby for his birthday cake this year.

Chocolate Covered Cake Balls

They really are quite easy to make and the effect is amazing on young and old. Before I list the recipe no need to get scared they are not as sweet as they look and you can actually modify the level of sweetness by adjusting the frosting.

Chocolate Cake Balls
  • 1 chocolate cake either homemade or mix ( I prefer homemade but your choice)
  • 2 cups of your favorite frosting (This is where you can adjust the sweetness level)
  • 1 package chocolate bark or baking chocolate (just remember baking chocolate requires that this be refrigerated)
  • wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl ( Its easier to use your fingers to do this however make sure they are clean)
2. Add one cup of frosting and mix thoroughly you essentially want it to be able to bind easily to hold its shape, once it gets to this point stop adding frosting.
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50.
4. Chill for several hours, they can actually be kept overnight covered in plastic wrap until you get ready to do the covering. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer, however if you do this they only need a few minutes to firm up.)
5. Melt chocolate in bain marie ( you can use the microwave but I'm rather against this)
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

If you used baking chocolate you will need to refrigerate these so that they harden, if not they will remain "soft". We prefer these little treats refrigerated mainly to have that firm texture. However if you used candy melts or the bark then they can keep for a week in a well sealed container.

Warning, one is more than enough even though you may have second thoughts :)


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