Happy heart week! I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is Wednesday. I made cake balls for all my BFFS this Vday. They turned out SOO cute & were super easy to make. I found this sprinkle company who has the all time cutest sprinkles ever!! Check them out here.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Clear baggies
- Sticks (I used red!)
- Tags (optional)
- Devil’s Food chocolate cake mix
- Chocolate ready-made icing
- White chocolate bark
- Wax paper
- You begin by baking the cake in a 9 x 13 pan according to directions. Let it cool for several hours or overnight. Then you crumble the cake in a large bowl. Then you dump in the tub of icing (a little less than the full tub, actually) and stir the mixture together. Slowly but surely, the icing will totally incorporate into the cake and the mixture will be totally uniform in color.
- Grab pinches of the mixture and roll them into balls. Then: IMPORTANT! You place the cake balls into the fridge for a couple of hours OR into the freezer for a little while. You want them to be nice and firm. Not frozen solid, but not mushy.
- Now, just before you pull them out of the fridge/freezer, you need to melt your chocolate. Chocolate or Almond Bark from the baking aisle at the supermarket works well.
- Just pop some wafers or bark into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each 30-second increment. You can also melt the chocolate on a double boiler. The key when you’re melting the chocolate is to begin using it just after it fully melts and not to continue heating it. Under constant heat, it can dry out.
- Once it’s thoroughly melted, just plop the cake ball right into the chocolate. Since it’s cold and firm, it should hold its shape and not crumble. Notice that you’ll want the melted chocolate to be deep enough in the bowl to allow the cake ball to be almost submerged. So tall, deep bowls are better then wide, shallow bowls.
- Don’t stir the cake ball around in the warm chocolate; just drizzle chocolate over the top with a spoon.
- Retrieve the cake ball from the chocolate with a spoon, and—this is Bakerella’s trade secret—tap the spoon on the side of the bowl.
- Carefully transfer the cake balls to a sheet of waxed paper and allow the chocolate to set, which usually doesn’t take much time at all.
- Add the sticks & place in refrigerator until served.