Hershey’s Chocolate Cakeballs
So…. This was my last night’s baking episode. I haven’t made cakeballs in a while, because I have been experimenting with a few variety of other recipes. Anways, my mom recently achieved a new designation at her work, which gave me an opportunity to make these deelish cakeballs for her to bring to her workplace. What better way to express my congratulations than with food haha? So, with my mind already made up, I baked into the wee hours of the morning. Seriously till like 3 am!
When making this, baking the cake and making the balls is probably the easiest part. The time-consuming part is the dipping and decorating, depending on how extensive you want the decor/colors to be. There is a lot of waiting in between because you want to freeze the cakeballs for an hour before you dip them so that they do not fall apart.
Check out a few links from my previous blog posts below:
*Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake recipe
*Recipe for how to make the cakeballs
*Different ideas for decorating cakeballs
Cakeballs: simplicity and flavor all packed in one bite. I first encountered these in high school when someone brought them in a plastic container for a birthday. Asking for directions on how to make these, I basically heard: bake a cake, mash it, mix in icing, form balls, dip in chocolate. Pretty simply, right? Well not really haha. When you actually go through the steps, it’s much more time consuming than you would think. I think it’s all worth it in the end though, for sure. For detailed steps, check out my previous blog post on The Legendary Cake Ball.
So a couple weeks ago, one of my best friends was coming for the summer from school in Ireland. I wasn’t really sure at first what to make as a welcome-home present, so of course I had to make some cakeballs! You can never go wrong with them, everyone loves them. By the way, these were red velvet flavored with cream cheese icing- my absolute favorite flavor of cake ball :)
Me and some friends decided to make cupcakes for a bakesale to raise awareness and funds for the injustice going on in Syria. It started when me and my food-loving friend were looking at pictures of cupcakes and she showed me one that made a picture of a flag from cupcakes put together. Suddenly, we got the idea to do a bakesale. It was hard deciding how many to make and what design (whether the flag is on each one separately, on them as a whole), etc because there is just so much you can do with cupcakes. In the end, we decided to make 2 of the Syrian flags which can be seen below. We also made about a 100 red velvet and devil’s food cake cakeballs and dipped them all in a white base coat. Then, we dipped one side in green candy coating and the other in brown, topping them with a red dot to represent the stars. We only dipped about 50 due to running out of the white candy coating, which was the base for the cakeballs.
For the icing on the cupcakes, the green and red colors were the easiest to color. We had the toughest time with black though. The result you see below is a combination of blue gel coloring and also some black icing from those small pouches used to decorate cookies. I haven’t tried it yet, but it may be easier if you try chocolate frosting as a base, and then add the gel colorings needed. There are also some black gel colorings you can get from Michaels or cake supply stores.
Since the homemade icing was so good at a previous bake sale, we decided to make it again! But, we forgot one important ingredient: the heavy whipping cream :O Hakuna matata. We found another recipe that didn’t use heavy cream and it turned out better than the last. Instead of the heavy cream, we just used milk. Also, instead of the 1 cup shortening, we divided it into 1/2 shortening and 1/2 cup butter. It does make a stiff icing so we just added more milk (3 tablespoons instead of 2) and also half a can of store bought frosting.
Buttercream Icing #2
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla extract
- Blend in all 4 cups of sugar
- Add the milk and beat with an electric mixer until it is light and fluffy
Yum, an assortment of red velvet and devil’s cake cakeballs!
Cupcake decorating set = amazing set of mini cupcakes
A couple days later, I made more because I was still obsessed with making cupcakes, both mini and regular. We had too many for us, so our lucky neighbor got a tray of cupcakes!
This is how our neighbor returned the tray to us, full of delicious chocolate chip brownies. Yummy!
Red Velvet. Pumpkin Spice. Chocolate Espresso. There are soo many cake flavors to choose from when it comes to making a cake ball, one of the simplest yet most unique desserts to make. The funnest part is decorating them however you like with whatever color candy coating you fancy.
These cake balls were so fun to make because they were the first different color candy coating that I used other than the typical white or milk chocolate candy coating. I chose green though because I made them for one of my really close friends who moved to Ireland for med school. To make the letters and designs on the cake balls, I just put some of the melted candy coating in a ziploc bag and cut the corner off.
Ok so here is the recipe for the Legendary Cake Ball
- One cake mix
- 1/2 a can of frosting
- 8oz bag of chocolate candy coating
- Sprinkles, nuts, etc
- Bake the cake mix according to its own directions and wait until it cools completely
- In a large bowl, crumble the cake mix
- Add a 1/2 can of frosting and mix until the frosting is distributed
- Use a small scoop or your hands to form balls from the cake-icing mixture
- Put them on a tray and place in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until firm enough to be dipped
- Melt the candy coating in a double boiler or microwave (be careful that you do not overheat the chocolate because it will turn into a grainy/lumpy texture)
- Dip the frozen cake balls into the chocolate and place on baking sheets
- If some of the cake balls start to fall apart, put them back in the freezer until firm again
- Decorate as you desire