In something as routine and universal as food, it can feel like nothing is ever new. But if you follow along closely, you’ll notice that trends pop up all the time. Mostly I’m not one to be tempted by cooking with nitrogen á la Richard Blaze of Top Chef fame, and I have yet to infuse, puree and reduce every ingredient in a recipe. But there is one hot topic in the baking world that I couldn’t help but take note of, cake balls. Inspired by anything on a stick or bite sized, these satisfied all my discerning criteria in a recipe: simple and delicious. You can get as creative as you want with these, and with the Fall holidays quickly approaching, I’d love to see any ideas you have.
The most gorgeous examples of inspiration from Bakerella:
Halloween style from The Pioneer Woman:
Absolutely stunning wedding themed from my friend Hannah of Inspired Living Interiors:
And of course, Cakeballs.com:
I made these little bites for my housewarming party and they worked out really well. Because each bite is covered in chocolate, it has a little protection from the elements, so I baked them ahead of time and kept them refrigerated. They were a delightful surprise for my guests because it was something new, and little did they know, the next big thing to hit the baking world.Ingredients:
For the Cake:
Feel free to use (dare I say!!!) a mix and one carton of ready icing…
or use my recipe for Quick and Delicious Vanilla Cake:
for the cake
1/4 lb. unsalted butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk (or water is fine)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cups sugar
for the icing
1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups confectioner's sugar (icing sugar, powdered sugar...it's all the same)
2 tblsp. milk or water
For chocolate dipping/decoration:
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate
6 oz. white milk chocolate
Bake your cake and allow it to cool. Use a fork to crumble it into a mixing bowl. Add in the container of icing, or the batch you made by hand. Mix together with your hands.
Roll this new “dough” into balls and set on a LINED!!! baking sheet (foil or parchment paper will do). Melt chocolate in the microwave (do the dark and white chocolate separately so that you can have an assortment of cake bites) for 30 seconds, then stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until the chocolate is melted and don’t forget to stir!
Using two forks, dip the balls one at a time into one of the melted chocolate bowls. Allow the extra chocolate to softly fall off before placing back on the LINED baking sheet. While the chocolate is still warm and hasn’t fully set on the balls decorate with sprinkles or drizzled chocolate. I served these on cupcake papers for a nice effect.