Sunday, April 13, 2008

Cake Balls!

I stumbled upon this recipe on the Bakerella blog and was immediately super excited! Balls! Of Cake! Covered in chocolate! Was there anything better? So I snagged the recipe and tried them out.

My first round didn't work so well. The consistency was not liking me. Too much frosting to not enough cake. The balls were disgustingly sticky and just not appetizing whatsoever. (I think my problem was that I used a little of the cake batter to make a few cupcakes for our dessert, and my proportions were off.)

My second round was MUCH better. I used more cake, and also less frosting. I only used about 3/4 of the standard can of frosting, and it worked well. I ended up chilling them overnight because by the time I got the balls rolled out, it was 9pm. When I went to do the chocolate the next day, the balls were nice and firm.





The chocolate was my next issue. Unbeknownst to me, there is such thing as OVERHEATING chocolate. If it's in the microwave too long, it starts to crystallize and clump together. So anyway, it took me a couple tries to get the chocolate the right consistency. But once I did, it was fairly easy. I put the balls in the fridge for a few minutes to cool them quicker. At first, they were really very sweet, but when we had them the next time, they seemed more balanced. (I used Candiquik candy chocolate that I found at the Albertson's.)


I still wonder if I could have gotten away with less frosting. Also, I think that using the cream cheese frosting is a better plan. It's less sweet, and more sticky?


This was definitely an all day project. The steps themselves aren't that difficult, but there is a lot of time involved, and LOTS of mess. But I brought them to my friend's birthday last night, and they were a big hit, so I'll more than likely make them again!

10 comments:

Bakerella said...

I think you did a great job. It does get easier. And thanks for introducing me to a new brand of chocolate.

Nanette said...

Very nice! I, too, followed Bakerella's fabulous recipe. She's right - it totally gets easier with practice. :)

adriana said...

Thanks!! I brought these to work today and people devoured them, so I guess they turned out better than I'd originally thought!

Tabytha said...

They sound good :)

Didn't Chef from South Park have chocolate balls?

rachel/the sheriff said...

I love all things balls. ;)

They look really good and I'd love to give them a try, just not sure I have the patience.

I have a great EASY (like super duper easy) recipe for peanut butter balls if you like peanut butter and are interested. Our babysitter used to make them when we were growing up.

Anonymous said...

The recipe sounds great! I'm with Log House Foods (maker of Candiquik). To melt Candiquik, it only takes 90 seconds in most microwaves. Please contact me at lphillips@loghousefoods.com for more recipe ideas and tips. Thanks!!

Grapefruit said...

How about melting the candy in a double boiler next time?
Your pops look great btw :)

Candiquik said...

Hi there! These are a bit time consuming and can sometimes get "gooey" when dipping them - I've found if I put them back in fridge/freezer can be a bit easier to dip and stay somewhat less messy. They look good though!

fizzleout said...

ahhh I should have done a bit of research and read your blog before my first attempt at cake pops - my cake to frosting ration was also way off - and the cake mixture i bought was disgusting so I am planning to try again making everything from scratch (and using a LOT less frosting!) Thanks for the advice!

Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik said...

Looking back on this post, wow! What an honor to have Bakerella comment on your blog :)