Monday, December 13, 2010

Cake {Balls}

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Chaney's 1st Birthday
Today is Chaney's 7th birthday! I cannot believe how fast seven years have flown by. It seems like just yesterday that I was a nervous, new mom. Chaney has certainly grown but I believe that I have grown even more... being a mom tends to do that to a person and I am grateful for each and every day I have had with her.

I'm not known as a cook or a baker but I am known for the cake balls I send for Chaney's birthday each year and an infamous email sent out last year to all the elementary teachers containing the recipe that may or may not have contained the phrase "your balls will sweat".  Sweaty balls... definitely not my brightest shining moment. ;)

I stayed up late making the cake balls and I thought I'd share the recipe with ya'll.  I make them bigger so they are like small cupcakes and perfect for sharing at school!  This is by no means an original recipe but this is how I make mine.   Here's what you need:
  • 1 box of cake mix
  • ingredients that the cake mix calls for {eggs, butter, oil, etc}
  • 1 jar of frosting
  • Confectioner's chocolate {I use Almond Bark}
  • Sprinkles
  • Truffle papers or mini cupcake papers
  1. Bake your cake according to the instructions
  2. Allow it to cool for a few minutes {it does not have to completely cool
  3. Cut the cake into cubes and place them in a mixing bowl
  4. With a fork, mash the cake cube into crumbs
  5. Mix the entire jar of frosting into the cake and stir well {the consistency will be similar to cookie dough}
  6. Spoon out the mixture, form into balls and place on a cookie sheet
  7. Refrigerate the balls for approx 45 minutes
  8. Melt your package of confectioner's chocolate according to the directions
  9. One ball at a time, put it into the bowl of melted chocolate and cover it well.  With a spoon, return it to the cookie sheet.
  10. While the chocolate is still melted, top with sprinkles if you would like
  11. Once the chocolate has hardened, place the balls in the papers
  12. Allow to cool completely before refrigerating or your balls will sweat...

Makes approximately 30 cake balls
Store in an air-tight container

There are all sorts of variations to try with your icing and cake flavors.  Chaney's favorite is yellow cake mix, vanilla frosting, and chocolate on the outside with pink sugar sprinkles {of course}.  I have had red velvet, strawberry, German chocolate... you can be really creative!

Thanks for letting me share my recipe!  I'll be sharing another recipe tomorrow on another site *hint hint*!


quiltzyx said...

Hmmm, I think I may have to try out the Cake Balls recipe.
I will be sure to let them cool completely before refrigerating - I surely wouldn't want my balls to sweat!


Maria said...

Happy 7th birthday Chaney.
Time sure does fly by too quickly.
As I am not a good cook either I must try your cake balls too. TFS.

Elizabeth D. said...

Great recipe, thanks for sharing! And thanks for the tip about the sweat, good to know. :)

Elizabeth D. said...

Can't wait to see your feature go up, if it's where I think it is...

Linda said...

You're so funny! But, thanks for the recipe.
Chaney looks adorable in that photo!

Madame Samm said...

Happy birthday dear were wise to choose such a great Mummmy, and she knows how to make mini mini cakes for you...less calories but high in sweetness...May your life be as bright as what she will create for you...

randi---i have to say said...

happy birthday to your young lady! wishing her much sweetness on this day!

Carla said...

I love smiling this time of the morning!! Thanks for making that happen!!

Des said...

I've wanted to make those forever. You make it look easy. I might get brave!

Elsa said...

gosh that looks good ... glad I'm a Vegan tho or I'd have to make some! YUM!

felicity said...

HAHAHA - Sweaty Balls is going to make me giggle all day long because I'm 12 years old, obviously.

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl - time sure does fly!

The Tulip Patch said...

Happy birthday Chaney!

Cream of tartar keeps meringues from sweating. I wonder if it would work for balls, too...

We did red velvet cake balls with nuts on top last year. That's right...nutty balls.

Terriaw said...

I have been wanting to try making cake balls, but could never find a recipe. Thanks so much for sharing yours! These look delicious and pretty easy too.

live a colorful life said...

My DIL and granddaughter made these for Valentine's day. The BEST! Yum.

AMKreations said...

Wow, want to make some of those for my son - he turns 7 Wednesday! I can't believe our babies are so close in their bday's!!!! =)

Thanks for the recipe and great laugh. =) My hubby asked what was going on. =) He knows somethings up when I laugh out loud in a room all by myself! =)

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