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post #1 of 51
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I read the recipe for cake balls. But, if you are starting from stratch, as in with a boxed cake, how do you make them? Do you first make a small cake then crumble it, then add the other stuff? What if you just want them plain without the almonds and amaretto (I do even know what that is). They look very pretty, but I'm confused? Thank you all for being so patient and willing to share. icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 51
This is a way to use up the trimmings from your cakes (when you level, etc). I am starting to keep my trimmings in the freezer and when I have enough, cake balls!!! I don't see why you could not start with a whole cake, and then just pull it apart.

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post #3 of 51
Edit - Amaretto is a liquor
post #4 of 51
I am making almost as many cake balls as I am cake now!! I bake cakes just to make cake balls out of! I like to make them small-two bites. I can get 40-45 out of one cake mix.
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post #5 of 51
Cake balls are very easy to make and taste delicious.

Here is a condensed version of the steps I follow:
1. Bake a sheet cake following directions on the box.
2. Crumble cake into a large bowl.
3. Stir in a can of frosting that compliments your cake flavor.
4. Roll by hand or use a cookie scoop to form balls.
5. Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with waxpaper.
6. Put cake balls into the freezer for 15-30 min. (helps them stay together when dipped in choc.)
7. Dip into melted chocolate or white chocolate one at a time and put on waxpaper to dry. (I use chocolate from DollarGeneralStore called Almond Bark - it's fairly inexpensive and melts nicely in the microwave. Name is misleading, it does not contain nuts)
8. These stay fresh sealed in tupperware for up to two weeks. Finished cake balls can also be stored in a sealed container in the freezer for a few months.

Flavor ideas:
Strawberry cake, strawberry frosting, dipped in white choc.
Choc. cake, choc. frosting, dipped in choc.
Carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, dipped in white choc.
Red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, dipped in white choc.
Almond cake, white choc. almond frosting, dipped in white choc.
Yellow cake, french vanilla frosting, dipped in choc.
Cherry cake, vanilla frosting, dipped in choc.

Combinations are really endless. My faves so far are carrot cake and almond cake (like wedding cake).

Hope these instructions are clear. It really is a simple process with room for trial and error. The dipping part takes some practice so don't get discouraged on the first batch. The finished product is really worth the effort. I get about 80 cake balls per cake mix using a small cookie scoop.

I am making some this weekend for my daughter's birthday party. Will post a pic when they are done. I also made some for my brother's rehearsal dinner a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit.

Christie
post #6 of 51
Forget the Bon-Bons I can see us all now sitting on CC site eating our CakeBalls!.. icon_lol.gif

They sound good.. I really like the strawberry with white chocolate... YUMM!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #7 of 51
I agree. Cake balls are even great right out of the freezer (they don't freeze solid). Could be dangerous to have them available all the time though!!! LOL
post #8 of 51
These sound very good and very simple. The kind I make are made out of cream cheese and oreo cookies ground up very fine and then I dip mine in chocolate too. These are very good.
post #9 of 51
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thank all of you for your replies. I appreciate your sharing. I'm still fairly new to baking (can't cook meals yet though) but I will try a cake!! Thank you, I'll post a pic after I try to make the cake-balls....I'm excited!
post #10 of 51
Ok I had to go and make some.... Made with Yellow cake, chocolate fudge frosting mixed in covered in hershey kisses and almond bark mix... ... They are yummy and so easy to make.. I coulda been neater about making them but I was playing... MESSY GIRL MESSY!!! Here's a pic of them...
LOL! My DH says put a warning on this pic... Cause it reminds him of something that would go on our much talked about poop cakes.... HAHAHAHA!!!! Maybe I should give me SIL some of these..

Paris?? HEHEHE!! These are real easy to whip up so why wait till Dear ole SIL's birthday gf! Instead of balls make em kinda oblong.. ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then give them to her and WATCH HER FACE!!!!! OMG FUNNNY!!!!!!!!!!

ok here they are.. they really are yummy... Thanks for bringing them up in the forum!!!
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post #11 of 51
You know, you guys always seem to read my mind!

My MIL's 75th birthday is tomorrow, and we are driving 10 hours to go to her party...(of course, my DH volunteered me to make the cake) I just finished trimming down two cakes to make a big huge sheet cake and I have TWO large zip lock bags full of wonderful, fresh French Vanilla cake!

My question is, if I make cake balls, will they keep out of the fridge? I was thinking of making up a batch and bringing them with me. (I am nervous enough about the cake surviving the trip in the car! I am bringing an emergency kit with me incase the flowers melt or something! haha)
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post #12 of 51
I am in the minority on this one. I have never found anyone who actually liked the cake balls. They tolerate them - but no 'wow' factor.

I've tried numerous variations but my testers' think they are little more than 'doughy' balls dipped in chocolate or nuts.

I'm not going to make them again. Instead, I save the scraps and layer them in parfait glasses with various puddings, fillings, and whipped toppings. They'll eat that.
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post #13 of 51
I make mine so many different ways but the best way I found was from a recipe someone posted on this site awhile back.

I was red velvet cake scraps, cocoa powder, a little powdered sugar and sugar free french vanilla coffee creamer ( the liquid stuff) for an alcohol free delicious cake ball!! I use nuts in these but you can omit them. I don't follow the measurements as you will find you'll need to add more of each. I just add enough liquid to my cake crumbs to make moist enough to roll into a ball. My DH LOVES these!
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post #14 of 51
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Originally Posted by loriemoms

My question is, if I make cake balls, will they keep out of the fridge?



I've had no problem leaving them out of the fridge. It all depends on what you use to bind them. If you use a coffee creamer that required refrigeration, then I would refrigerate the cake balls too. But, I have made lots with other binders that went over really well. Most often, I add extracts to bc (made with crisco) and use that as the binder.

selecia - Several times I have baked a cake simply to make cake balls. Just bake as normal, let cool, and crumble. What has worked best for me is to freeze the cake balls before dipping them, it makes it a little easier to work with when dipping in melted chocolate.
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post #15 of 51
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Originally Posted by FunnyCakes

I am in the minority on this one. I have never found anyone who actually liked the cake balls. They tolerate them - but no 'wow' factor.

I've tried numerous variations but my testers' think they are little more than 'doughy' balls dipped in chocolate or nuts.

I'm not going to make them again. Instead, I save the scraps and layer them in parfait glasses with various puddings, fillings, and whipped toppings. They'll eat that.



Neither did we. I threw them out. They were not good. I'd rather spend the time making a real truffle.
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