Got left over cake? Or had a cake disaster? These cake balls are your answer!
Hello lovely reader,
Before we delve into the world of cake balls, I just wanted to say THANK-YOU for your many emails/messages/comments about our baby bump! It’s so nice to be sharing this amazing journey with you and your kind words and thoughts mean a lot.Truly.
By the way, I bought my first pair of maternity jeans and leggings yesterday. Wow are they comfy or what? I’m starting to consider buying maternity jeans from now on, pregnant or not…If you’ve ever worn a pair before, I’m sure you know what I mean.
Okay as promised I am back with a yummy recipe for you this week – we’re talking all about cake balls!
What are cake balls?
Are you familiar with them? Bakerella is who taught me all about cake balls. She made them into cake pops and became a sensation. I was a little obsessed with them a while back and used to enjoy making them into cake pops. Now I just make cake balls (without the stick) and like to make them for gifts or snacks to satisfy my chocolate cravings (they freeze really well by the way!). They’re basically cute cake truffles and can be dressed up to make the prettiest gift.
Cake balls are made from using cake crumbs and are mixed with frosting and rolled into balls. They are then coated with toppings like melted chocolate, nuts, coconut etc. They look so sweet and pretty for not a lot of effort at all (bonus).
You don’t need to bake a cake especially for cake balls
…although you absolutely can if you like (I have before!). However, what I love most about cake balls is that I can use my cake scraps from left over cake that I’ve leveled the tops from and stored in the freezer.
Or if you’ve had a baking disaster, like your cake sinks in the middle, or it hasn’t quite turned out the way you planned, cake balls are a great way to use up left over cake scraps.
What cake can be used for cake balls?
Any type of cake, cupcake and even muffins can be used for cake balls, however the density of the cake used may determine how much frosting/icing you need. Usually, I use 1 cup of cake to 1/2 cup frosting. You want the texture of the cake to be moist enough to roll into a ball without cracking but not so moist that it’s gloopy mess.
For the frosting, head over here.
You don’t have to go out and buy a whole of fancy sprinkles to decorate your cake balls with. You can use whatever you have in your pantry. Here are a few ideas:
- desiccated coconut
- chopped nuts
- cocoa powder
- icing sugar
- melted chocolate (white or dark)
- 100’s and 1000’s
- cookie crumbs
- crushed candy bars
- crushed sweets like M&M’s
Check out the recipe below to give these easy treats a try yourself!
And I have some more news!! No, I’m not pregnant with twins. 😉
Kevin and I are moving back to New Zealand! It’s been a big decision for us but we feel that it’s time to head home. We’ve spent a wonderful 2 + 1/2 years in Brno, Czech Republic and have loved every second of it. We’ve been lucky to do lots of traveling whilst we’ve been here and have met the most amazing people and made the most incredible friends, whom we’ll miss dearly.
We actually leave really soon – next month in fact! Things are moving fast and it’s hard to believe we’ll be sitting on a 23 hour flight back to our homeland within a few weeks (wish us luck!!). We are so excited to see our friends and family but it will be so hard to say goodbye here first.
So a few changes coming up for us!
If you’ve ever done a similar thing before? I’d love to hear about it.
See you next week.x
- 280g (2 cups) cake of choice (e.g. chocolate, vanilla, banana, red velvet etc.)
- 140g (1 cup) frosting of choice (e.g. buttercream, cream cheese icing etc.)
- Melted chocolate
- Nuts, finely chopped
- Desiccated coconut
- Cocoa powder
- Crushed cookie crumbs
- Crushed sweets
- 1. In a medium size bowl, combine cake and frosting and using your hands or a big spoon, blend together until smooth. Form into balls (the size of a small walnut) and place on a plate.
- 2. Prepare coatings on separate plates and roll cake balls, one at a time to completely coat.
- Cake balls can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months or in the fridge for up to 1 week in an air tight container.
- * If using melted chocolate to coat the cake balls, try chilling the cake balls in the refrigerator first for easier handling.