Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kooking With Kids: Cake balls recipe

If you haven't heard of cake balls by now, you must have spent the last several years living under a rock! These sweet little treats are practically everywhere. Even Starbucks carries them. Instead of paying inflated prices so many charge for them, make your own and save some money. Making them also gives you a reason to spend an afternoon in your kitchen with your kids.

    • 1 boxed cake mix and the ingredients needed to make the cake as directed. typically eggs, oil and water
    • 1 tub prepared frosting
    • 2 packages candy coating, also known as almond bark, bark coating or confectionery coating
    Bake cake as directed on the box. Once it is done baking, break it up into crumbs while it is still warm. Mix in half of the frosting and stir well to combine thoroughly. Using a melon baller, or your hands, shape the mixture into balls. Melt the candy coating in your microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each session. When coating is completely melted, drop balls into the coating and swirl around to cover completely. Using a fork, remove the covered balls from the chocolate and tap lightly on the side of the bowl to remove excess coating. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and allow to harden.

    Cook's Notes: This is a very versatile recipe. Use whatever cake mix and frosting you want and don't be afraid to experiment with extracts, add-ins and toppings to create unique treats. With a little imagination, you can create all kinds of flavor combinations. I currently offer close to 100 flavors in my store.

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