Cake Balls!!

Cake balls are the newest craze for shower and party food. They aren’t all that complicated; although the process can be time consuming. I use a box cake mix and ready-made frosting. They store well and are fairly easy to transport. I made these for Sammi’s bridal shower, using white cake mix and frosting.

I tinted one batch yellow; I added 1 tablespoon of yellow food dye and 1 tablespoon lemon extract. (It would have been easier to just use a lemon cake mix!)

Ingredients:

1 box of your favorite cake mix, prepared to instructions on the box and prepared in a 9.5 x 13.5 glass baking dish.

1 tub of prepared frosting of your choice

1 lb. block of vanilla baking bark (melting candy coating)

gel food color (if you want to make colors)

Putting it together:

Turn out the baked cake on a piece of parchment paper and let cool.

When cool enough to handle, use a sharp serrated edge knife and trim all the browned edges, leaving the white middle.

In a large mixing bowl, crumble the cake into fine crumbs (I just crumble it up with my hands). Mix in about half the tub of prepared frosting; add frosting as needed until the mixture holds together when formed into a ball. I usually use about 2/3 to 3/4 of the tub.

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. This should make 25-30 balls, depending on the size you roll them.

Place in freezer until hardened; at least a couple of hours, or overnight.

In the meantime, melt the vanilla bark over a double-boiler, stirring constantly until smooth. Add gel food color if you want colors. Again, mix until smooth. Using 2 forks, roll the frozen balls in the bark until coated (you may have to periodically reheat the bark because the frozen cake will cause it to cool and not coat very well). Carefully replace on the baking sheet, and pop back into the freezer for about an hour to firm them up.

When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and let sit until room temperature.

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