How cute are these?!?
I took a little inspiration from Bakerella this weekend and decided to give making some cake balls a try for the holiday. What I really love about making cake balls is how creative they allow you to be. Simply bake a cake (possibilities are endless here) mix add some frosting to give yourself some sculpting power and freeze them in any shape you desire!
I decided since this was my first time making cake balls I should stick to a flavor combination that is relatively classic, dark chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing, however, I am really tempted to start experimenting with different flavor combinations in the near future.
The only thing I had a hard time doing was deciding what shape to make with them? Seeing as how these delicious little treats were going to be for a holiday party we were throwing I wanted to make them matched our holiday decorations. That’s when it came to me. What about Christmas ornaments?
Christmas ornament cake balls were a perfect idea! They matched our decorations perfectly!
The only thing I do caution about making Christmas ornament cake balls is to give yourself enough time to let these suckers freeze completely. I pushed the envelope with time as I had a few things to take care of before the party and found that if you only let them sit for 30 to 40 minutes the cake is still a little too sticky when dipped in the candy melts and can create some problems with crumbs being left behind. After rolling a couple I decided that they were too soft and I stuck them back in the freezer to harden a little more. After an hour and a half freezing the cake balls dipped into the candy melts perfectly.
Christmas Ornament Cake Balls
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
- 1 can chocolate buttercream frosting (16 oz.)
- 1 package red candy melts
- wax paper
- After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
- Mix thoroughly with 1 can buttercream 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 like to hand roll them.)
- Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
- Melt candy melts in microwave per directions on package.
- Roll balls in candy melts and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)
- Cut circle fondant toppers shaped like tops of Christmas ornaments. Use a small dab of candy melt to “glue on”