Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cake Balls

A friend of mine had a milestone birthday last week, the big 3-0. We had a great big shindig with tons of food, drinks, a party bus, and a visit to the casino. It was a wonderful night. The week leading up to the party began preparations. A couple of the girls and I made the most wonderful substitute for the classic birthday cake. Cake Balls! We had no idea what we were in for when we started this process. Here is how it is done:
Start with a fully baked cooled cake (flavor of your choice).  Break it into a bowl, and either with a fork or your hands crumble it into teeny-tiny pieces.
 Once the cake is completely crumbled up, mix the cake with 2/3-a whole can of frosting. (There are also other options of mix-ins. We also used a couple different kinds of coffee creamer for a few different flavors.) We did yellow cake with chocolate frosting (birthday girl's favorite combo, strawberry cake with vanilla coffee creamer, and chocolate cake with hazelnut coffee creamer. The mixture needs to be sticky enough so that you can roll it into balls.
 The next step is rolling the mixture into balls. Make sure not to make them so large, they should be bite size. Put them onto a cookie sheet and into the freezer for about an hour so they stiffen up enough to dip without falling apart.
 Dipping is the next part of the process. We used almond bark and chocolate chips (with added shortening) for the coating. We found the best method to be rolling the ball in the coating, and then scooping it out with a fork and tapping the excess off.
 Not all of them turned out perfect, but they tasted amazing! Make sure you have plenty of time for the entire process, and have fun!
 Here's the birthday girl holding her "cake". She looked fabulous!
 All my favorite girlfriends together for one great night!

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