Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm a little behind the times apparently. Cake balls, cake truffles, cake pops or whatever you want to call them have gained quite a bit of popularity over the last few years. Somehow I missed the boat on this DELICIOUS treat. Actually I had enjoyed something similar to a cake truffle or a brownie truffle from a cupcake bakery a couple of years ago and it was fabulous. I made an attempt to find a recipe online back then, but didn't have much luck. I probably didn't try too hard. Well right under my nose bakers across the land have been making these awesome little bites of heaven...including the famed Bakerella.
Better late then never right? I made my first batch of cake truffles (that's the name I'll be going with) this past weekend with my sister, neice and nephew. And they turned out pretty stinkin fabulous. The texture is moist and creamy like a truffle with a chocolate candy coating.
For the 2 or 3 remaining people on the planet that don't know what a cake truffle is I am going to share the very secret recipe.
1 box of any flavor cake mix baked according to the box instructions.
1 container of store bought frosting...such as cream cheese or chocolate.
Candy melts (you can buy these at Michael's)
Decorative toppings (optional)
Bake. Cool. Crumble into fine crumbs. Mix in 3/4 of frosting container until thoroughly combined. Form into 1 - 1 1/2 inch balls. Freeze for an hour. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Dip frozen balls in melted chocolate. Decorate. Done.
We used devil's food cake box mix and cream cheese frosting from a can and coated our truffles in dark chocolate candy melts. We made an attempt to also use red candy melts, but the red seized up so it went into the trash. But I'm happy to say that the dark chocolate melts worked perfectly.
The dipping process was not as easy as I anticipated. But I have some ideas on how to make things go a little more smoothly next time. We decorated our truffles with sprinkles, jimmies, crushed oreos, coffee grounds and left over halloween candy.
The kids had a blast.
"One bite, one bite!"
These will be made again. And again. And again. There's so many cake and frosting flavors to experiment with....
P.S. Cake truffles taste just as good on third day as they do on the 1st day. I would like to say I could tell you at what point they lose their lustre. But, I ate them all! Oh yeah!