Happy Tuesday everyone! Today’s September Short Project is a yummy delight – Cake Balls! If you’re an Aussie like me, you may never have encountered these delicious treats, but Americans are probably familiar with them. I had cake balls for the first time when we went to stay with our lovely friends Bob and Linda in Texas – Linda had ordered a whole range of flavours and we LOVED them. I had a real craving last week, so I thought I would try them out myself.
There’s a bunch of recipes on the internet, but I ended up improvising more or less. My first step was to head to the shop for supplies – I got two boxes of cake mix, two tubs of frosting, orange flavour, rose flavour, an icing tube for drawing and two packets of melting chocolate – it all came to just over $30, and in fact I only used one cake mix in the end.
I baked the cake, and once it had cooled, broke it up. Some recipes suggest putting less oil than the recipe asks for into the cake mix – I would agree with that suggestion. I think the drier the cake, the easier it is to crumble. So all you chronic cake overcookers, this is the recipe for you!
Next, combine the cake crumbs with a small amount of frosting. Some recipes called for using the whole tub or 3/4 of a tub of icing, but I used about 4 tbs total – you really don’t need to overdo it. You have to stir pretty well, to make sure that all the chunks of cake are broken up and mixed in.
I made a couple of different flavours – strawberry, chocolate, turkish delight and orange. The possibilities are endless. Once I finished adding the frosting and flavours, I formed the mix into little spheres by hand, and put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
While the balls were cooling, I melted chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals. Once the balls were sufficiently chilled, I dipped them in the chocolate using a spoon.
Once the chocolate hardened, they were ready to decorate and eat! Delish! Have you tried making cake balls yourself? What were your experiences?
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