Eating My Way Through

Green & Gold Cake Balls February 15, 2011

Filed under: Treats — Nikki Wegner @ 5:15 pm

It has been a little over a week, but I am still basking in the glory of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Victory! I think the whole state of Wisconsin will cherish this one for a really long time. Obviously…my roommate Sarah and I were pretty excited about the game…

Go Pack!

Go Pack!

In honor of the festivities I made Green & Gold Cake balls. Ironically, I go the recipe from my friend Abby who’s a Steelers fan. Luckily we are still friends post-loss…I think.

Cake balls are definitely becoming a new “it” thing. I have seen them everywhere lately! They are really delicious, and definitely worth the multi-step process and extra calories (these don’t fit the blogs healthy eating theme, but I figured it doesn’t really count on Super Bowl Sunday, especially when the Packers are playing!)

Start with a boxed cake mix, whatever flavor you want, and prepare it according to the directions. I made chocolate and vanilla cake balls, using a yellow cake mix and a chocolate one!

Cake Batter

Cake batter

As a side-note, my new mixer=amazing. How did I live without it before? (Haley I will be forever in your debt/hope you don’t read this regularly enough to see this, because I know you won’t let me forget it ;)!)

Cake ready for baking

Cake ready for baking

Baked Cake

Baked cake

Once the cake is ready, let it cool for 10 or so minutes. You can cut about a 1cm border around the edge and remove the crusty outside. If you want it to cool even faster, cut slits in the cake.

Take the baked cake and put it in a large bowl for mixing.Take a can of frosting and add it to the mixing bowl.

Cake + Frosting

Cake + Frosting

Simply mix everything together!

At this point, you need to exhibit some self-control and keep from eating the combo right away. You still have a few more steps.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and stick it in your freezer for about 3 hours. After 3 hours, remove the cake/frosting mixture from the freezer and form into small balls. As you work, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put back in the freezer for about an hour.

Now you are ready for the finishing touch, coating them in chocolate! Melt down bars of confectioners chocolate, I used Godiva’s white chocolate bars, and then added food coloring to the white chocolate to make it green and gold.

Food Colored Chocolate for Coating

Food Colored Chocolate for Coating

Using kabob skewers, I dipped/swirled the tops of the cake balls in the chocolate. Then I replaced them on the baking sheet and repeated the process.

Green & Gold Cake Balls

Green & Gold Cake Balls

Admittedly they did not turn out as pretty as ones Abby has made, but I think for a first try they were pretty good! And once you take a bite, you really stop thinking about what they look like and just focus on how yummy they are anyways!

In the future, I will definitely try different cake and frosting combos, maybe if I am ambitious even baking a cake from scratch or making my own frosting, but there is definitely no shame in taking the shortcut and using mixes/tubes of frosting!

Green and Gold Cake Balls

1 box cake mix (and called for eggs, oil, water, etc.)

1 can frosting (16 oz)

2-3 bars of confectioners white chocolate or lots of confectioners coating disks

Food coloring

Directions:

Make the cake according to the package direction

Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, cutting slits in the cake to cool faster

Cut about 1cm border around the cake, and remove the “crust”

Place the cake in a large mixer and add the can of frosting, mix well

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 3 hours

Remove the mixture from the freezer and roll into balls, placing them on a baking sheet

Freeze the balls for another hour

Melt confectioners bar or coating disks according to directions (I used a glass baking dish and microwaved 1 minute at a time on 50% power, stirring in between until the chocolate was melted because it burns really quickly if you aren’t careful!)

Add food coloring if dying the chocolate

Dip cake balls in chocolate, placing back on the baking sheet

Stick them in the fridge or back in the freezer until ready to serve!

Yields about 36 cake balls per batch

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