Cake balls are bite-size treats made of crumbled cake and frosting that are covered in candy coating. They make great party treats and can also be decorated to look like many different things. They’re a popular and delicious treat that can be used for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, backyard bbqs, etc.
They’re also fun to make as a gift or party favor and are easy to decorate and package up in gift bags, boxes or cellophane wrappers. You can use a variety of flavors and toppings to create a unique treat for any occasion.
1. Bake the Cake Mix per Box Directions and Cool It Well
When you prepare your cake mix, follow the instructions on the package for baking it in a 9-by-13-inch pan and then letting it cool completely. Once it’s cooled, crumble it up in a large mixing bowl and then add the entire container of store-bought frosting and mix together thoroughly.
2. Roll The Cake Balls Out by Hand
Next, you’ll need to form the cake balls into a golf ball-sized or so shape and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Once all the balls are formed, place them in the freezer to firm up (at least 4 hours but as much as overnight).
3. Dip The Cake Balls In Coating
To coat the cake balls, melt the candy coating in a microwave safe bowl. You can also heat it in the oven, but this method can take some time to fully melt the coating. You can also add a few teaspoons of shortening to help it melt more quickly.
4. Lift The Cake Balls Out of the Coating with a Fork
To make this step easier, you can break off the center tines on a plastic fork and then use it to scoop up the cake ball and lift it out of the candy coating. Then you can gently place it onto a piece of wax paper-lined baking sheet to dry and harden the coating.
5. Tap The Fork Several Times On the Edge of The Bowl To Remove Excess Coating
Another easy way to remove excess coating from the cake balls is to hold the spoon over the bowl and then tap the handle of the spoon several times on the edge of the bowl until all the excess coating has fallen off and back into the bowl. This technique will give you a smooth surface on the outside of the cake balls and make them easier to slide off your spoon when it comes to dipping them into the coating.
6. Dip The Cake Balls in the Chocolate and Drizzle It Over Them
Once you’ve dipped all of your cake balls, it’s time to drizzle them with some melted white chocolate. You’ll need to be careful when drizzling because it’s easy to get a little bit too much on the outside of the cake ball.
This process can be tricky so be sure to follow the instructions carefully and make sure you have enough candy melts on hand to complete your project. If the coating becomes too thick, you can always stir it in a few teaspoons of shortening until you have the right consistency.