Monday, July 11, 2011

Great Balls of Cake!

We had a couple different gatherings to attend over the Fourth of July weekend and I wanted to make a festive treat to take with us. After a bit of pondering, I decided to attempt cake pops, which seem to be the new trend is desserts. Unfortunately, several factors were working against me (not to exclude my occasional incompetence in the kitchen) and I ended up with cake balls instead of pops. But the lollipop stick adds to the appearance, not the taste, and these bad boys of sugar, sugar and more sugar were still a delight on the tongue. Here's what I did:

1. Bake a cake. I'm sure any cake works fine, but I used my go-to homemade cake recipe, Hershey's Chocolate Cake.

2. Crumble the cake into fairly fine crumbs. Then mix some frosting in. I went the easy route and used canned frosting. I used half a can of frosting for each half of my 9x13 cake. I actually think it was a bit too much frosting, but go by your own taste instincts. The purpose of the frosting is to hold the cake crumbs together when you roll it into balls.

3. Roll the cake/frosting mixture into balls. Mine were about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches wide. That was too wide for making cake pops because the balls were too heavy. But that size was great for cake balls!

4. Melt some candy coating or some chocolate chips mixed with a dab of shortening. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate and immediately apply the decoration of your choosing. Place on wax paper, let set and enjoy!

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