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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's cooking? Wednesday - Cake Balls

Today is What's Cooking? Wednesday and I'm up to my eyeballs in balls...cake balls, that is.  For my daughter's wedding Open House she wanted cake balls and who am I to deny her such a simple request?  Hah!  I started about a week ago, and I should be finished tonight!  Only 140 more to go and I'll have 960 cake balls!  I am now sick of cake balls.  I am now sick of food of any sort.

Seven different flavors!
But!  I figured out something really useful!   I worried about how I was going to store and transport all those cake balls and I came up with a great boxes!  They're perfect!  I went to the local restaurant supply store and bought a bunch of 12 inch  boxes for 30 cents each!  They each hold 64 balls and stack neatly in the freezer.  I was really proud of myself!

 For those of you who asked for the recipe for cake balls, here it is...

1 package cake mix, baked as directed on package (any flavor)
1 can frosting, any flavor to compliment the flavor of cake

Let cake cool.  Break cake into small pieces in large bowl.  Open top of frosting and cook in microwave oven for 1 minute.  Pour frosting over cake chunks.  Mix together well with spoon or hands.  Chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour.  Shape into 1" balls.  Freeze until ready to coat with chocolate.

Chocolate coating for cake balls

1 package Candy Melts wafers (can be bought in bulk or at stores like JoAnn Fabric or Michael's)

 Melt wafers in microwave or in double boiler.  I like using a double boiler because the wafers stay melted longer while dipping the balls.  Using a fork, dip each ball into coating, tapping side of bowl to let excess drip back into the bowl.  Place on waxed paper.  Sprinkle with candy sprinkles, nuts, coconut, colored sugar, whatever you want.  When the cake balls have hardened, they can be kept in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use.


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