Recipe from Bakerella
If any of you are food bloggers, or avid bakers, these are probably nothing new to you. Bakerella has created a cake ball/cake pop craze over the past few years, and with good reason. When I first heard of these a few years ago I knew that I needed to try them. I mean come on, cake, frosting, and chocolate? In a small little bite sized package so I won’t feel so bad for eating
one six of them? Yes please.
Let’s travel back in time to Christmas 2008. My annual baking day where I spend hours upon hours in the kitchen. These were on the list. If only I hadn’t gone out for a friends birthday the night before and gotten zero sleep. These may have turned out better. I used almond bark, and this was before I knew that you could add shortening or vegetable oil to thin it out. Also before I knew you should keep the cake balls in the freezer for longer than 10 minutes before rolling them. Let’s just say it was a royal disaster that ended in me eating a handful of plain cake balls with no covering, and dumping the rest in the garbage.
Fast forward a few years and I have finally decided to attempt them again. I mean come on, I have a baking blog now. My skills have grown. Surely I candle these, right?
I was ambitious and used homemade frosting. I even kept them in the freezer overnight so they would be good and ready for dipping. I used candy melts this time.
Ok so not quite. Most people thought they looked fine. Me? I’m a perfectionist, and will always compare myself to Bakerella so of course I thought they looked horrible! How do people dip things and get a smooth coating, because I certainly couldn’t figure it out. At least the taste was fabulous, but I decided I just couldn’t take pictures of them for the world to see.
Fast forward another month, and I decided to give them one more try. I figured it must be much easier to use cake pops so that they stay on the stick while you dip them right? Ok so most of them did, but not all! I still found the process frustrating and was about to give up on cake balls/pops forever.
Until Derek woke up.
He saw how frustrated I was and did his husbandly duty by consoling me. Then he asked to try one, and wouldn’t you know it turned out better than any of the ones I had previously made. On his first try! He figured out that it’s much easier if you roll the cake pop around instead of just dunking it right in. Just continue rolling to let the excess drip off and easy peasy!
He’s pretty proud of himself.
So there you have it, my cake ball saga. Since I made these for Easter I decided to go with a funfetti cake mix and frosting, but any cake and frosting combinations can be used. Since Bakerella is the queen of these things I highly suggest checking out her website if you haven’t already. You’ll find a ton of great stuff there! Enjoy! Bakerella video
Funfetti Cake Pops
1 box Funfetti cake mix
Ingredients listed on box
1 can Funfetti frosting
2 bags of candy melts (any flavor or color)
Make cake according to directions on box. Once cake has cooled crumble it into pieces into a large bowl (you could also use a mixer). Mix with can of funfetti frosting. Roll into small balls and place on a large cookie sheet. You should get about 4 dozen. Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill.
Melt candy melts in microwave according to package directions. You may add a tablespoon of shortening to thin if needed. Remove a few cake balls (I recommend no more than 5) at a time from the freezer. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then stick into a cake ball. Dip entire ball into melted chocolate. Swirl around to remove excess. Place stick into a piece of styrofoam to dry. Repeat process with remaining cake balls.