I went to a friend’s party the other day, and she had made cake balls. They looked interesting, so I tried them. Boy, were they delicious!
I was very pleased, and, when we had leftover cake, I decided to make cake balls.
Beware, though, this takes a while, especially if you make around 80 of them, as I did. It’s best to make the cake mixture before hand, or use leftover cake.
Also, buy chocolate bark, not morsels. It takes a lot longer to melt the morsels.
Another tip: if you have yellow or white cake and use chocolate icing, you will get chocolate cake balls. Again, if you have chocolate cake and use vanilla icing, you will get chocolate cake balls. So, if you want vanilla cake balls, you have to use vanilla icing and vanilla cake. Just a tip! 🙂
Lastly, melt the chocolate in a narrow bowl because then the chocolate is deeper in which you can dip it in.
This makes a great Christmas treat to give to your neighbors and friends or to bring a party. Enjoy!
Cake Balls Recipe:
Makes 20-40 cake balls, depending on how big you make them
Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hrs
1 box cooked cake mix, unfrosted
1 (16 oz) can chocolate or vanilla frosting
Dark and/or white chocolate bark
Candy canes (not the sweet kind, only the real peppermint kind)
Other toppings such as sprinkles, etc.
- Crumble cake into as small pieces as possible.
- Mix in frosting by hand heaping tablespoon by heaping tablespoon. The cake should be not too crumbly, and holds together easily, a bit dryer than cookie dough.
- Form cake into balls, as big or as small as you want it and place on cookie sheets lined with wax paper or parchment paper. My cake balls were around a teaspoon to a tablespoon big.
- Chill balls in fridge for about 30 mins or until firm.
- After balls have been in the fridge around 25-30 mins, melt bark in the microwave or on stove top. If you’re using both barks melt them both separately. Try to use a narrow tall bowl so that the bark that you melt is deeper, which will make dipping the balls easier. You should melt around 3-4 barks in the microwave in a rice bowl for 20 secs at a time. If you melt it on the stove top, just put 6-7 barks in a bowl inside a pot of water on simmer.
- While you’re waiting for the chocolate to melt and the balls to firm up, crush up the candy canes until big chunks and set out the sprinkles.
- When the chocolate has melted and the balls are firm, take the balls out of the fridge.
- Take a ball, and using your hands, a toothpick, or the tines of a fork, dip the ball in the melted chocolate then place back on the cookie sheet. Quickly top it by either drizzling other chocolate (like if you’re using dark to coat it, then drizzle with white) on top, or sprinkle with candy canes, or sprinkles, or even leave it as it is.
- Experiment with how you dip your balls in the chocolate. Sometimes it can be a bit frustrating to get it off the fork or toothpick.
- Do the rest of your balls and let sit until chocolate is hardened. Then enjoy the delicious treat!