I think Valentine’s Day is a joke. With that being said, there is no better reason than Valentine’s Day to decorate everything in pink. This may just be the one time of the year I can get away with decorating these cake balls just so. If I did this in, say, July, well people might look at me funny and I really hate drawing any kind of attention my way.
This was my first attempt at cake balls (just to warn you, you’re going to see the word “balls” in here a lot) and, boy, did I ever destroy my teeny tiny kitchen in the process. But, holy hell, it was so worth it. I mean, it’s cake, people. COVERED IN CHOCOLATE. How can you possibly go wrong?
I used these to decorate and I realize I went a little overboard taking pictures of sprinkles, but something comes over me when I’m around chocolate and cake and I really can’t explain my actions. And I love pink. And I’m sorry.
There are plenty of people who can explain cake balls better than me (like her and her), but, in case you get the urge to make these yourself and you’ve never done so before, please let me give you a tip or two.
an idiot overambitious. Like me. I made two cakes, one vanilla and one chocolate, and ended up with over a hundred freaking cake balls. I didn’t even decorate them all. It was too much! About thirty are still sitting in my freezer. It was just… too much.
Use a food processor. Trust me on this one. I used a fork to crumble one cake and the food processor for the second. I wish I could go back in time and use the processor for both. It was magical.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. I am a total retard and will jump ahead several steps just to go back and finish something I had started an hour ago. Not only did it cause me frustration, but it made the whole event take a lot longer than it should have and my kitchen was turned into a national disaster area in the process.
If (when) I make these again, I will follow these very simple and uniform guidelines:
1. Make (one) cake and let it cool.
2. Crumble cake, mix with frosting, and form balls.
4. If you’re using lollipop sticks (and you should, it makes things so much easier) insert one into each cake ball before you start dipping.
5. Dip all the balls. (Do not start decorating until every last ball has been dipped in chocolate.)
6. Set aside until firm. (I used foam blocks to hold my “lollipops” upright while they hardened.)Use this time to clean up. (This would have been very helpful had I thought about then.)
7. Now decorate.
I’d recommend a double boiler for dipping your cake balls, but microwaveable bowls for decorating (that is, if you want to use more chocolate to decorate, which I suppose you don’t have to, but it’s awesome). (Or I suppose you could go buy some of those little tubes of frosting instead of going through any other trouble like melting more chocolate and piping it on, but I don’t know anything about making things easier, just more difficult. Just ask my husband.)
These were really fun and delicious (again, chocolate covered cake, people!) and super cute. I sent the best looking ones off to work with The Husband, ’cause, you know, cool wife and all that.
Gosh, they’re so stinkin’ cute. Even if I do say so myself.