Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine Sweets


I have been wanting to make these cute little cake balls that I've seen over at Bakerella's website, and last weekend I finally did it. I thought they'd be a sweet Valentine treat! There are a few steps to making these little guys, but they are fairly easy to do.

You just bake your cake according to directions on the box (or in the recipe) and let it cool completely. I found a cherry chip cake mix at my grocery store and thought that would be the perfect filler! Then you crumble it into a large bowl and mix in one can of ready-made frosting. I used creamy vanilla.

After I rolled the mixture into balls, it seemed too soft to dip in the melted candy coating, so I placed the cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours. Plus, the candy coating sticks and hardens quicker if the cake balls are cold before dipping. (I suppose you could freeze them for weeks in advance if you wanted to make these ahead of time, and dip them closer to the time you are giving them as gifts.)



This is not a project for those who don't like to get messy! This part was a sticky mess!


These cute little cupcake cups were my inspiration for making these as cake balls, rather than cake pops like Bakerella does.
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I used toothpicks to dip the cake balls in the melted chocolate, then placed them directly into the paper cups to dry and harden.

Hubby called me at work yesterday (NEVER calls during the day because he knows I can't chat) to ask if it was ok for him to have a cake ball (or two). He thought they might be gifts that weren't for our personal consumption. I have him trained well. :o)


Check out Bakerella's website when you get a chance. She has so many ideas for cute ways to decorate cake pops! The possibilities are endless!

12 comments:

humel said...

Oh, I *love* these! They look amazing - beautifully photographed, too x And I'm suitably impressed at how well-trained your husband is!! Though to be fair to mine, he does usually check first :-)

traci said...

those look amazing. i would be the size of a house if i lived by you. you would be making all these wonderful treats and i would be stopping by to chat and eat them all. yum! i don't bake because i can't stop myself from eating everything.

MarleneMAZ said...

These look divine ! Thanks for the instructions and the link. If I make them I will end up eating them all !

Ruth said...

They look very scrummy! I'm not sure that my DH would have asked first ...

Rhona said...

That top photo is great and the little cakeballs look yummy! Love the way they turned out, well done!

Margaret said...

Why worry about pretty cupcakes when you can meake these?

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! When I first saw them, my thought was the same as Margaret's! Forget the cupcakes! You may have inherited the ugly cupcake gene from me--even when I try to frost them, they still look bad--but who cares-- they are always eaten! xo

Mom said...

Ooops! Anonymous was me--finger slipped before I typed my name!!

Kristi said...

These look fantastic!! Very wonderful treat. What did your Hubby say about them???...I bet they were/are delicious!

Your cool friend, Cheryl said...

Those are SO STINKIN' ADORABLE!! I love the way they turned out...and I'm totally copying. :)

I'm sure you'd make Bakerella herself proud!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Definitely try her red velvet one with the cream cheese frosting! SOOO good!

Liberty :) said...

hi deb. can i ask what this ready made frosting is? i dont think we have it in the uk but i would love to make some of these. i am a big bakerella fan!! etsy shop is really cute too, i convo'd you over there..hope you dont mind :)

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