Continuing with the theme of DIY-ing everything possible, I'd like to share a really simple recipe that is easy to throw together but takes a bit of time to artfully assemble. Cake pops and cake balls have been a popular confection in the last while & aren't just a perfect bite-sized treat but also keep quite well! I've baked these for the past few showers and parties that I've gone to & they've been a huge hit because of their adorable ornate beauty and yummy, moist texture. Here's how to put a batch together:
What you'll need:
- A pack of cake mix (plus eggs, milk and oil, as per directions)
- a tub of "matching" frosting
- a few handfuls of coloured molding chips
First bake a pack of cake mix in any flavour you choose! These are basically foolproof and come in a great variety of flavours like chocolate, vanilla, lemon, cherry chip etc. If you want to go fruity you can grab a white cake pack and combine a pack of jello powder in for colour and flavour! After baking according to the box instructions, let the cakes cool and then break them up and crumble them with a mixer!
Then grab your matching frosting and stir in about half a tub per box of cake mix. Blend together with your mixer and you'll have a bit of a doughy cake mixture.
Grab small spoonfuls (about bite-sized amounts) of your cake mix and form round balls. One batch has made about 70 to 85 balls for me in the past. Take this stack & refrigerate for a couple of hours so that they're ready for dipping.
Take a handful of molding chips and put them into a bowl. You can microwave them for about 20 seconds at a time, taking them out and stirring to make sure the heat is evenly distributed. Once you have the chocolate melted, just dip your cake balls into it. Use a fork to lift it up & drip off the excess and then place them onto some wax paper to set. I don't have any photos of that process because it was very messy, and once you get into the flow of it... you forget to take pictures ;)
The chocolate should set at room temperature in about 30 seconds and then you can melt some chips in a ziploc bag and cut off a corner to pipe on simple designs. The easiest designs are just to drizzle them but I went into more details with dotting and swirls :)
The chocolate exterior cracks open into a rich cake-y filling for a super-indulgent treat! Cake balls can be great at a dessert bar or if you decide to stick lollipop sticks in to make cake pops, they can be wrapped up & given out as favours! Will you try out this recipe for your own wedding parties? Or maybe just as an impressive treat at your next potluck?
All photos by Sylvia and Samantha