My friend Monica alerted me of the existence of these little balls of delight (mmm, Schweddy Balls…). She promises that they are “super easy, super-duper yummy and kids love them…[not to mention] people will go wild.” You hear that? People will go wild. I don’t know about you, but anything that guarantees me that response is a giddyup! And for the record, Monica is known far and wide for her culinary prowess, so trust me on this one.
Cake Balls (makes 36 balls)
1. Take any flavor of cake mix and bake according to the box directions. Monica suggests baking it in a bundt pan.
2. Once baked, crumble cake into a bowl. Add a can of icing and mix to combined. Using your hands, roll the cake mixture into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 4 hours). You want them to be a little hard. Sticking them in the freezer for an hour might help but you don’t want them to be completely frozen.
3. Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. Monica prefers the kind you get at a party supply store but says that if you buy it at the grocery, make sure it is high quality and not chips of any kind. Dip the balls into the chocolate and dry on wax paper. She uses an easter egg dyer or a candy dipper do this. Or you can use a couple of toothpicks (one to spear the ball and dip it, the other to help gently slide the ball off onto the waxed paper) or even an egg seperator.
5. Place in the refrigerator to set.
* If you want to go the extra mile, roll the balls in nuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc. Or decorate with stripes using a piping bag or a ziplock with a tiny nip of the corner snipped off. Betty Crocker also makes a product called Drizzlers that will achieve the same result.
GO NUTS!! Mix and match cake and icing flavors as well as the chocolate coatings.
• White cake mix and mint chocolate chip icing – Dipped in chocolate • French vanilla cake with white chocolate icing – Dipped in white or dark chocolate • Red velvet with cream cheese icing – Dipped in white or milk chocolate • Chocolate cake with milk chocolate icing – Dipped in dark chocolate • Lemon cake with lemon frosting – Dipped in white chocolate • Spice cake with cream cheese frosting – Dipped in white chocolate • Cherry chip cake and cream cheese frosting – Dipped in white or milk chocolate • Fudge cake and mint chocolate chip frosting – Dipped in dark chocolate • German chocolate cake mix with coconut pecan frosting – Dipped in chocolate • Strawberry with vanilla frosting -Dipped in chocolate • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting – Dipped in white chocolate
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m feeling a bit peckish. ‘Think I’ll go dump a bag of sugar down my throat.