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Cakeball Recipe

Cakeballs are such wonderful creations.  They are bite sized pieces of delicious cake and frosting.  Just enough to put a smile on your face and satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.

Cakeball Ingredients

1  13" x 9" sheet cake already baked and cooled to room temperature
  1 can frosting flavor of your choice
  candy melts (can be found at Michaels or another craft store with specialty baking supplies)

Cake Ball Recipe Directions

For my initial cake ball experiment, I chose a cake mix because I didn't want to spend time making a cake from scratch only to have the cakeball recipe fail for me.

After baking the 13" x 9" sheet cake, cool cake completely.

Crumble cake into a large mixing bowl and add frosting to cake crumbles until it is a workable consistency.  In my experience, 1 can of frosting for each 13" x 9" sheet cake works nicely.  If you are making your own frosting, approximately 2 cups should be enough. 

Be careful not to add too much frosting or else the cake balls will be frosting balls.  The first time I ate a cakeball, the baker (I bought one at a bake sale so I don't know who actually made them) had added too much frosting.  At the time, I thought the cake balls were undercooked globs of batter, but now I know better!! 

I began to research what was involved in making cake balls and thought about what the baker of my first ever cake ball could have done differently. For starters, when adding the frosting, only start with half of the frosting.  All of it may not be needed to obtain the right consistency.  You want just enough frosting to have the cake stick together when making the balls and leave the cake soft and cake-like.

Once you have the cake and frosting combined, begin forming 1 inch cakeballs.  Place the cakeballs onto cookie sheets lined with wax paper.  Once completed, the cake balls should be placed in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for approximately 40 minutes.  This will allow the cakeballs to harden into their shape and make it easier to cover with a candy coating.

cakeball plain

After the cooling time, prepare the candy coating.  Melt the candy melts according to the package directions.  Be careful not to overheat the candy coating.  If you find that the candy melts are too thick for dipping the cake balls then you can add a small amount of shortening or vegetable oil until the right consistency is reached.

Using a fork, dip each cake ball into the candy coating and place on wax paper to harden.  If you want to add add sprinkles, do it before the candy coating hardens.  Wait until fully hardened to add drizzles of chocolate or another color candy melt. 

cake ball bite

Take pictures and enjoy!  Cake balls are great gifts for teachers, new neighbors, or even your kids.  I sometimes even eat a few myself.