My First Cake Ball Attempt

I’m attending my first Christmas cookie exchange!! I wanted to make something unique but I couldn’t decide on an item so I planned to prepare a few different desserts and let my son and husband decide. Well, the cookie exchange was postponed a couple of weeks but I decided to go ahead and give the cake balls a try. After all, I rarely get it perfect the first time I try something new.

My original plan was to make cake pops but I forgot to get a Styrofoam block to use as a stand for the cake pops so I reverted to cake balls which seem to be a little easier anyway.

I used a box cake mix because I always have them on hand. In fact, my husband teases that we don’t have food in the pantry but we always have cake mix.  The reason being I clip coupons and if you pair a coupon when the store is having a buy one get one free sale then you can get cake mixes and frostings free! I have a tough time passing up free!

Ingredients I used:

  • Betty Crocker Chocolate cake mix
  • Betty Crocker Chocolate frosting
  • White Candy Melts (I used a bag and a half)
  • Sprinkles (thank you dear husband for running out to get these for me!)
  • Wax or parchment paper

It ended up being pretty easy!!

  1. Prepare the cake per the directions of the recipe you are using.
  2. Let the cake cool and then crumble it into a bowl.
  3. Mix in the frosting (all of it)
  4. Roll mixture into balls. I used a teaspoon measuring scoop to help me try to keep the size consistent. (My cake balls were a little over an inch wide and it yielded approximately 50 balls.)
  5. Refrigerate. It can be a little time consuming so I refrigerated the balls overnight.
  6. Melt the chocolate you will be using to coat the balls. I only melted a couple of handfuls of melts at a time because it hardens when it cools. You may be able to avoid this by heating the chocolates on the stove and keeping it on a warm setting.
  7. Roll the balls in the melted chocolate until they are fully coated, spoon it out and place it on parchment paper. You don’t have to do the sprinkles after each ball but you will want to add them before the candy coating fully hardens.

My taste testers approved the outcome. I even caught my husband who is not a sweets eater sneaking one the next day. Now I just need to work more on the perfecting the coating application.

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