Friday, October 21, 2011

Bite Sized Balls of Bliss

Finger food is so easy to eat.  It doesn't require utensils, and often it doesn't even require a plate.  The best finger foods are, obviously, desserts.  Cookies, fudge, candy, chocolate covered name it, it's delicious.  Recently, I had heard about a fancy new-fangled finger food dessert: cake balls.

The concept is easy: form balls of cake, dip in chocolate, and eat.  Last weekend I attempted to make some of these decadent delights and I must say that they turned out pretty well, even if they were more time consuming than I anticipated.

To make cake balls, you will need the following ingredients:
- Cake mix and required water/oil/eggs/etc. (or ingredients for a from scratch cake recipe)
- Jar of frosting (or from scratch frosting)
- 1 lb. chocolate candy coating
- Any desired decorations/toppings

Use any combination of flavors that you think would be good.  I used devil's food cake, fudge frosting, and milk chocolate coating and they turned out very chocolaty and rich.

Follow the directions to make your cake mix or cake recipe.

Pour your batter into a 9x13 pan.  It doesn't really matter what kind of pan you use but I think that a 9x13 pan is the easiest to clean.  It also has the least amount of edges (which didn't seem to crumble well later in the process).

And then bake your cake according to the directions.

Mmmmmmmmm.  Take the pan out of the oven and let the cake cool.  Once the cake has been cooled, get a bowl out.  With your hands take chunks out of the cake.  This part is fun.

Then crumble up the cake into the bowl.  You should get a nice fine crumble.  The edges don't always crumble as nicely so you might want to leave those out.

Next get out your jar of frosting (or make your frosting).  Add it to the cake crumbles a little bit at a time, mixing in between with a mixer or a spoon.  Stir in enough frosting just until the mixture starts holding together.  I only used half of my 16 oz jar of frosting so if you're making your own frosting I would recommend only making a half recipe.

Next you'll want to roll the mixture into little bite sized balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

The balls should be about 1 inch across.  If you have a melon baller or cookie dough scooper those would come in pretty handy during this step.  I got 54 balls out of this recipe.  The last couple were really sticky and didn't turn out very smoothly because they had some frosting that hadn't gotten mixed in well.

Place this cookie sheet into the refrigerator for a little while until the balls firm up.  Maybe about 30 minutes or so.

When you're ready to dip the balls in the chocolate coating, pour about half the wafers into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on a low power for about 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between.  I microwaved at 30% power for a total of about 1.5 or 2 minutes.  Stir in between each 30 seconds and stop microwaving when it's mostly melted.  Stir until the last couple pieces melts all the way.

Then get your cookie sheet out of the fridge and dip the balls into the chocolate.

You can use a spoon, toothpicks, or whatever else you like to stir the balls around and coat them.  Once coated, remove from the bowl and place back on the cookie sheet.

Once all the balls are coated you can put the cookie sheet back in the fridge until the chocolate sets.  If you desire you can sprinkle things on top of the cake balls or roll them in things to make them fancier.  Sprinkles, nuts, coconut, and crushed candies would all be delicious.  If you have another color of chocolate coating you can drizzle some of that on top in a pretty pattern to make them fancier.  Use your creativity!

Once the chocolate is set you can remove them from the cookie sheet and store them in containers in a cool place or in the fridge.  After taste testing, of course.

These are very versatile and can be made in many flavors combinations and can be decorated to look very fancy.  They would be perfect for all sorts of occasions from picnics to baby/wedding showers to birthday parties.



  1. A circular pan would have the least amount of edges. :P

  2. but you would need two circular pans so...
    2(8*3.14) = 50.24 in
    2(9) + 2(13) = 44 in
    44 < 50.24
    this proves I'm a math nerd :P