Have you made Cake Balls before? They’re really easy and you can do so many things with them if you have the proper ingredients. I decided to make some on a whim for my hubby to take to work on Friday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day last week. I was going to add more to them but by the time I was finished, it was 3AM and I was just beat. They didn’t have to take that long but I was trying to clean, trying to do this and that and it just made for a very late night.
One of the great things about cake balls is they are cheap. Cake mixes (Betty Crocker and Pillsbury) often go on sale along with the frosting so pair that up with a coupon if one is out and you can snag two main ingredients for really cheap. And what about the candy melts? I purchase mine at Michael’s using their 40% off coupon.
What you need:
1 Cake Mix
1 Container of Frosting
2 bags of Wilton (or other brand) Candy Melts
Bake the cake as directed on the back of the box. Let it cool and then crumble in a large bowl. Scoop out frosting and add to the crumbled cake. Mix well. Roll into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Freeze for about 30 minutes or until firm. In the mean time, melt the candy melts in a double boiler or if you have a little fondue crock pot, those work well.
Once the balls are firm and the candy melts are all melted, dip the balls into the candy melt. I use a fork and gently tap the bowl to remove some of the candy melt so it’s not too thick. Place on wax paper or foil will work and let harden. You’re either ready to go or ready to decorate more.
- If you want to add something like coconut, add it right away after balls have been dipped. They harden very quickly and you won’t be able to add anything extra unless it’s frosting/melted candy to them.
- If the balls start to soften and you’re only half way through, stick them back in the freezer. If they soften too much, you’ll start taking on the fork impressions.
- Do not add coloring to the melts. It makes the candy melts thicken. If you’re like me and you forget (lol), add a bit of shortening (I have also used coconut oil) until it thins out again. It will still be thicker and makes it hard to use so I don’t recommend adding color. 🙂
- Sometimes the candy melts will crack once it hardens on the cake balls. It’s because of the expansion of the cake as it gets warmer. It’s normal and happens. It won’t happen to all your cake balls and I haven’t found a way yet to make it not happen at all. Just think of the cracked ones as samples. 😉
Here is another picture of the cake balls I made for the Christmas goody baskets that we do every year for family and friends. I used coconut, Heath Bar chunks, crushed candy canes, mini chocolate chips and white chocolate for toppings.
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