Well, we officially survived our first Midwestern Blizzard. The Super Bowl of Winter Weather/Snowpocalypse/snOMG/Snowtorious BIG Blizzard of 2011 rolled in on Tuesday and left us with over a foot of the fluffy white stuff and sub zero temperatures! Unlike my hometown of Charlotte, the snow is not gone 24 hours later. In fact, there are piles of snow the size of the Great Pyramids all over our town. My Hunter Wellies are my best friends these days and at the rate this Winter is going, I will be wearing them until May. The countdown to Spring is officially on and more importantly, the countdown to us living in a warmer climate in the near future. I miss the South!
I cannot say that the kitchen endeavor that I am about to post was by any means the most enjoyable one. I had high hopes for these little treats and while I was happy with the final result, the road getting there was a tiny test of patience! Nonetheless, Cake Balls just might be the trendiest treats on the block these days. Foodies are always looking for creative ways to enjoy their food and these bite sized beauties did not disappoint at my Friday night girls night last week. I have seen these little gems all over food and baking blogs and honestly had no idea what a painstaking process they would be. Luckily, I devoted an entire afternoon to creating them and despite the mess in my kitchen and all over the apron I almost didn't wear, they created quite the "wow" for all who enjoyed them. Who doesn't love a bite sized treat with seasonal sprinkles on top? Cake Balls would be a great dessert to share at your next cocktail party, bridal shower or pajama party! The best part is, use any flavor of cake and get creative with your toppings. If you have time and a few deep breaths, you'll be the sweets superhero of your next girly get together!
NOTE: If possible, I would take two days to construct the cake balls. Day 1, bake the cake and roll and form the the cake balls. Refrigerate overnight, then dip and decorate the next day. This would be good for your sanity. These would also look adorable on a stick and wrapped up. I think that is the method I will try next time around.
Red Velvet Cake Balls
recipe courtesy of Bakerella
1 box red velvet cake mix, prepared as directed on box in a 9x13" pan
1 16 oz. can cream cheese frosting
Semi- Sweet chocolate chips
White Chocolate Chips
Sprinkles for decorating
Once cake is cooked and completely cooled. Crumble with your hands into a large bowl. Fold in cream cheese frosting and mix together. (with a large spoon or with clean hands) To form the cake balls, use a tablespoon scoop and plop into hands. Form into a firm ball and transfer onto a lined baking sheet. Cool in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
For dipping in chocolate, melt chocolate in a double boiler. Once chocolate is melted, dip half of the ball in the chocolate. I started dipping the entire ball in chocolate but found that only "frosting" the top was much cleaner and dainty looking. Place back on cookie sheet to let chocolate set. If you wish to add some pizazz, make sure you add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. You can also get creative and drizzle chocolate of the opposite color for a simpler decoration. Chill before serving.