Cakeballs, Cakeballs, Cakeballs!!

Cakeballs!  Cakeballs! Cakeballs!

They seem to be everywhere! ( At least at The Olive Branch.)  They are our new craze.  I was skeptical when the idea was first presented to me.  They didn’t sound very appetizing.  Leftover cake stirred together with frosting and dipped in chocolate?  OK – really – what’s not to love?!  I am having so much fun thinking of new flavors, stir-ins and combinations.  Cakeballs allow you to do things that cake can’t.  Things that, before, only chocolate truffles dared to do.  It’s a very simple process.  Here is a basic recipe:

  1. Bake one box of cake mix.  Whatever flavor you want to play with.  
  2. Once the cake has cooled, crumble it into a large bowl.  
  3. Add a third to a half of a can of frosting, again, whatever flavor compliments your creation.  
  4. Stir it all together with a spoon (or your hands) until the mixture is smooth and creamy, but not overly sticky.
  5. Shape spoonfuls of the mixture into balls and lay them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.  
  6. Place them in the freezer until they chill.
  7. Once the balls are chilled, melt almond bark (white or chocolate) in the microwave until smooth.
  8. Dip the chilled balls into the chocolate and place them back on the wax paper lined cookie sheet.  

**NOTE- If you are going to top the cakeballs with nuts, sprinkles, or decorations, do so immediately before the almond bark sets.

That’s it!  That’s how easy this process is.  You can use anything for inspiration; your favorite cocktails, ice cream flavors, a yummy pie.  Let me share some of my favorite flavor combinations:

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter (chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, creamy peanut butter, dipped in chocolate bark that I mix with more creamy peanut butter)
  • Banana Split (pineapple and strawberry cakes mixed with banana schnaaps and vanilla frosting, dipped in chocolate sprinkled with salted, chopped peanuts)
  • Chocolate covered strawberry (strawberry cake with mini chocolate chips and chocolate frosting, dipped in chocolate)
  • Red Velvet (red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, dipped in white bark)
  • Pumpkin Pie (spice cake with canned pumpkin and vanilla frosting, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice)
  • Pina Colada (pineapple and coconut cake with coconut rum and vanilla frosting, dipped in white chocolate and topped with toasted coconut)

Have fun experimenting.  And remember you can always come to The Olive Branch to grab cakeballs if you run out of time!  At only $2.00 each, they make great gifts.  We can package an assortment for you and tie them up with a bow!   Or order them by the dozen for your next party or shower.  They can even be decorated for your theme.  I just made a batch shaped like footballs for a Monday night watch party!  I hope you have a chance to make some of your own soon!


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