Cake balls (also known as pops) have taken over the pinterest/blog world recently. If you have a pinterest account or have just gone to any parties lately, I'm sure you've seen them. They are literally balls of cake covered in chocolate. Who really needs more convincing than “balls of cake covered in chocolate”? And it gets better, the cake is mixed with frosting THEN formed into balls. If you're not convinced yet, they are the most heavenly, easy dessert ever created. We recently made about 400 (yes, 400!) of these cake balls for an upcoming bridal show and wanted to share our method (or madness?).
1 baked cake (from box)
1 can frosting
white chocolate chips or melts
vegetable oil or shortening (for thinning chocolate)
cookie scoop & food coloring
Bake cake as directed on box and set aside to cool. When cooled, spoon baked cake into large bowl and crumble into fine pieces. I like to use my hand mixer to crumble the cake quickly and evenly.
*It's important that your cake is cooled completely when mixing with frosting so that the balls will keep their shape when forming.
Next, add the frosting to the cake and mix together. (I just use my hands for this step.) You'll want the mixture to be moist enough to have a good taste, but not too moist to where the cake balls are goopy and not keeping shape. I use about ¾ container of frosting to 1 cake mix, but this can vary depending on the type of cake you are using.
Now it's time to form the cake balls! Cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper and set this next to your bowl of cake-frosting goodness. I used a pampered chef cookie scoop to keep the balls the same size (and we made what felt like a gazillion) so it helped greatly- but your hands will do just fine. Scoop out roughly two tablespoons of cake mixture & roll into a ball and lay on cookie sheet. Continue until all of the cake is gone.
Your next step is to 'glue' your lollipop sticks into the cake balls so that they don't fall apart when dipping in the chocolate. Melt a small amount of white chocolate in microwave (add a little oil or shortening if chocolate is too thick.) Dip each stick in the chocolate and place in the cake balls.
Once all of the cake balls have sticks, place your cookie sheet in the freezer until the cake is firm but not solid. You can also freeze over night and then move to the refrigerator for a couple of hours before dipping.
When you're ready to dip the cake balls, melt your chocolate according to the directions on the bag. We use Nestle White Chocolate Morsels because they taste the best and you can make them any color. We microwave for 25 seconds to start, add shortening, then pop the bowl back in the microwave for 15 second increments until it reaches the desired consistency. The ideal consistency of the chocolate is when it can be drizzled evenly off the spoon after stirring.
Tips for dipping
*Make sure your chocolate is NOT too hot or it can clump and/or crack once covering the cake balls. Also, if your cake balls are too cold, the chocolate will crack.
*Ideal technique for dipping is straight into the chocolate & straight out. No twirling or touching sides of bowl.
*Melt as much chocolate as possible at a time to coat the cake balls evenly- think deep skinny container.
*Be careful when adding food coloring- it tends to clump up chocolate quickly. Try adding oil at the same time as dye.
*If your cake balls are not looking smooth, double dip them after the first coat has dried. This will cover any cracking or clumps from the first try.
*Pull only a few at a time out of the refrigerator to avoid the cake getting too warm and falling apart in the chocolate.
Now dip your cake balls! This may take a few or more tries to get them looking good- don't worry. Place chocolate covered cake balls on lined cookie sheet. You can add sprinkles, drizzles, or any decoration.
Excess chocolate at the bottom can be trimmed off with small knife.
Cake balls can be stored in the freezer until used.
If you're feeling adventurous, pour a few drops of food coloring into your white chocolate, lightly stir into a swirl of color (not mixing completely) and you'll end up with this.
Remember- even if your cake balls look crazy, they will still taste ridiculously delicious.
Stop by our booth at the San Antonio Wedding Mall Bridal Expo this Sunday to try our cake balls! We hope to see you!