July 10, 2012

Baking with Dimples: Cake Balls

Dimples and I made cake balls!  We've watched several YouTube "how-to" videos in preparation and we used this website for the basic instructions.  The cake mix and icing were store bought Betty Crocker and the chocolate was Baker's Premium White Chocolate.  We found everything we needed at Publix.  So step one was to make the cake according to the directions on the box. 

Step Two:  We put half of the cake in the food processor. 

Step Three:  We added 1/2 cup of the icing.

Step Four:  Mix well!

It looks like this when you are done.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 

Step Five:  We used a cookie scoop to make the balls the same size.

 Step Six:  Roll the balls until they are smooth.  Then put them in the freezer for an hour.

When the hour is up, you melt the chocolate.  This takes no time at all on the stove.  We set a saucepan with an inch of water to boil.  Then we put a glass bowl over the boiling water (reduce the heat to just keep a simmer) and add the chocolate.  I used two boxes of the Baker's and we had some left over. 

You want the chocolate to pour off of the spoon.  Also use a slotted spoon to get as much excess chocolate off the cake ball in the next step.  Line another cookie sheet with wax paper. 

Step Seven:  One at a time, place a cake ball into the chocolate and roll it around until it's covered.  Tap the side of the bowl to let the excess drip off.  Then let them slide off the spoon onto the wax paper.  It's best to work in small batches here.  Only pull out a few cake balls from the freezer and go get more when those are done. 

 Step Eight:  Decorate them with sprinkles!  The sooner you do this, the more that will stick.  The chocolate hardens pretty quickly.  Not completely hard, but hard enough that sprinkles don't stick anymore.  
When you are finished with the whole batch, put them back in the freezer for 15 minutes or so.  They should be nice and solid now and ready to eat!

Then we did the second half of the cake.  It was best to make them in two batches because we have limited freezer space.  We used the same steps except that my food processor broke so I crumbled the cake with a fork.  It wasn't quite as smooth after the icing was mixed in, but it didn't seem to matter with the final product. All in all, I think we made 40 from the entire cake and it took three boxes of the chocolate.

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