About 5 years ago, a little bakery in my hometown of Mount Vernon, Indiana started selling cake balls. My mom bought me a few for a treat. They were delicious. Apparently everyone else in Mount Vernon thought so too because they suddenly became in big demand. Unfortunately, they began to demand a big price too.
My mom wanted to have some for an event she was helping with, but it would have cost a small fortune for the number she needed. So we took a stab at making them ourselves. Five years later, we’ve become cake ball making experts.
If you’ve never made them before, give it a try. They are incredibly easy and folks are always super impressed.
First bake a sheet cake and let it cool completely.
Then crumble it in a bowl and mix in (using a handheld mixer) roughly 1/2 to 2/3 a can of frosting. You kind of need to go by feel for this step. If you are simply going to dip them and place them on a tray, you can use more frosting. If you are going to turn them into pops, use less. If they are too soft in the center, they will break and fall off the stick.
Next use a melon baller to scoop out uniform sized balls. Be sure to run the melon baller along the side of the bowl to make sure the filling is packed in.
Place them in the freezer for at least an hour. If you don’t, the soft cake filling will fall apart in the warm melted chocolate.
You can go to the trouble of tempering chocolate or you can just use candy melts. Melt them in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted. Sometimes the chocolate can be a bit thick. If so, stir in 2-3 tablespoons of melted Crisco shortening.
Then take 2 forks and dip away. (Please give a little leeway to my photography. My assistant is 7…..)
Follow with a decorative drizzle by thinning the chocolate out even more, placing it in a Ziploc bag, cutting the corner off, and drizzling away. You can also sprinkle the tops with cocoa or cinnamon and even garnish with some nuts or candy.
We’ve had tons of fun making these over the years. We use the holidays as an excuse to experiment and be creative.
On a handful of occasions, folks have asked me to make them for large events. Like the 300 cake balls that looked like fish bobbers for a wedding reception in lew of a grooms cake. That nearly killed me. But it didn’t stop me. I’m looking forward to many more cake ball making adventures — especially with my mom.