What do you do when you break a cake into a million pieces because the cake got stuck in the pan because you were too lazy to parchment paper the bottom? Make Cake Balls! If you’re like me first you will freak out for about a minute and a half, but then eat a piece of the broken cake, and move onto cake balls. Equally as delicious and a hundred times easier.
I recently destroyed a cake layer while making my good friend Anjali’s birthday cake. After suffering through the initial disappointment of flipping over my cake pan and nothing coming out, I decided I had two paths to take from here. Freak out and have a mental break down over my destroyed cake because it was after midnight, I was tired, and had to work the next morning; OR I could make cake balls and eat a few pieces of the cake too. Just because it breaks in a million ugly pieces doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good!
I adapted a recipe from Bakerella who makes tons of little cake pops, brownie pops, cupcake bites, you name it. I’ve seen them on tons of blogs as I’m sure most of you have and have been waiting for the opportunity to make them. I chose to mix in my favorite frosting, Betty Crocker’s Rainbow Chip, which I described in detail in this post. It’s the best frosting ever. Really. Nothing I make could be as good and no other store bought frosting compares. What can I say about these…the cake balls were awesome. Why wouldn’t they be? It’s cake, mixed with frosting, then covered in chocolate…I don’t know how that could get messed up. They taste like cake batter ice cream except solid so you don’t feel guilty for eating a million of them because it kinda feels like you’re eating real food. If you make like Sandra Lee and do it semi-homemade these are impossibly easy. These are quick and adorable oh-so-cute.
**UPDATE: I fully intended on taking more pictures of these because I was going to cover some in white chocolate and decorate them really pretty and etc. oops! The cake ball monster (aka me) ate the rest of them sans chocolate covering leaving nothing to take more pretty pictures of. Sorry!
Adapted from Bakerella
1 box white cake mix, prepared as box instructs
1 can Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip frosting (don’t buy Funfetti, it cannot compare)
1 package chocolate chips (I also did some with white chocolate too)
After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl. Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I hand rolled them.)
Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)