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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CAKE BALLLLLS

Yes. I'm obsessed with the cake ball craze and have officially hopped on the cake ball train. For those of you who don't know cake balls 1) you clearly haven't hung out with me in the past two months and 2) you're DEPRIVED. Cake balls are little balls of cake and frosting combined, then coated with a hard chocolate candy shell. They're adorable and perfectly portioned as bite sized, but you'll find yourself probably eating a whole cake's worth of them anyways, ya they're that good. Cake balls can be made in any flavors but recently I've stuck to basic, chocolate coated chocolate, and vanilla coated vanilla. Dress em up with some sprinkles or some food coloring and they are the perfect end to any meal or just perfect snack/start/anything. While they are extremely time consuming, they are totally easy. SO, enjoy the recipe pix below and try them out yourself and prepare to get mEssAY. Look for a vid tutorial coming soon! Shout-outs go to my sous-chefs Courtney and Ali, such hard working girls. Also, if you want confirmation on these actually being to die for, ask Lauren Rothberg or Jenna Berger. They've tried a few and are probably the heads of my fan base.

What you need:
1 boxed cake mix of your choice
ingredients listed on back of box
vegetable oil
chocolate chips or candy melts
a massive appetite

I was making vanilla and chocolate at the time so don't be confused by the switch between the two.

1. Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the box
 2. Bake as directed and cool COMPLETELY. Seriously, completely. Put in the fridge/freezer to quicken process.
3. Once completely cooled, yes seriously stressing the completely, crumble the cake into crumbs with your hands. Then, add one can of frosting to the crumbs.

 4. Mix the frosting into the crumbs until all the crumbs are completely coated and the mixture is gooey and totally mud-like.

Me and sous-chef Courtney modeling our work.

6. Next, using your hands, yes messy I know, form the mixture into 2 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet or pan. Return to fridge to let firm for about an hour.

7. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips/candy melts. For a 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips, add about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. The oil smooths the chocolate and gives it a glossy sheen.

8. Take the firm cooled balls out of the fridge. One at a time, coat each ball in the melted chocolate using a fork to cradle it and a spoon to help smother in chocolate. 

9. Return balls to greased pan and then put back in the fridge to firm up over night, or for atlas 3 hours, until the chocolate is nice and firm.

10. NOW you can enjoy the hard smooth outside of chocolate with a rich moist inside of cake and frosting all in ONE bite.

WE <3 CAKE BALLS.

 Seriously, they were on this plate for about 10 minutes before being totally demolished.

CAKE BALLS 4 ALL.
xoxo
hungreegirl. 



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