Last night I stated the two day long process of making cake balls for the Dallas Swap (This Saturday!~ Please see Monday’s post if you are interested, we would love to have you). Cake Balls are kind of like a truffle, but the inside is a mix of cake and frosting.
Let’s begin with proper baking attire…
The vintage Spice Girls tee is not required, but recommended if available. We ordered this back in 1999, in our first year of marriage, from a catalog. It was $24.99, which was an outrageous amount for us to pay for a tee shirt back then, because we were living off my work study money, but even then I was very devoted to my pop groups. I remember thinking that this was a “fitted” tee. Isn’t that crazy?
The vintage apron was my grandmothers. I love aprons.
I gathered my materials…
Basically, I went with a sort of hybrid of two recipes. But they all start with just a cake. Any cake. I went with boxed cake mixes. I used one strawberry and one carrot cake. My pictures are all of the strawberry cake.
I don’t have a mixer. Well, I will now. My hand mixer, which is an endless source of amusement for my friends has always been fine. But last night it sort of gave up on me during the carrot cake. Which means I need to replace it and I think I will go with a hand held electric this time. I so do not need a big ol mixer like most people have, since I almost never bake. But here it is, one last time for all you kids, my hand mixer…
So you make the cake the same as always. And then you let it cool. I let the cakes cool for about an hour. This way they were still a bit warm, which comes in handy in a bit. After you let them cool, you crumble them up into cake crumbs.
To the cake crumbs, you add one jar of frosting. It helped for them to be warm, which made the frosting stir in easier, I think. I used strawberry for the strawberry cake and cream cheese for the carrot cake, which is not terribly creative, I know, but like I said, I don’t bake.
Just stir it all up.
Now that mixture goes into the fridge. We (Nathan and I) let it sit about an hour and a half.
Then we ran our finger along the frosting jar to make sure we didn’t miss any, and we licked that sucker clean.
P. Bitty helped.
Once the mixture is firm and cold, scoop out melon baller sized pieces and ball them up, just like a meatball. In fact, the mixture itself looks like meat. So did the carrot cake mixture.
Once we had balled up all the mix, we put it back in the fridge. We let it sit overnight and at noon today Nathan will move it to the freezer so it will be nice and cold for the next step, which is when we coat them with melted chocolate for the hard outer shells. Stay tuned!