Friday, March 15, 2013

Irish Cream cake balls recipe

Irish cream liqueur is a beautiful thing. It can be enjoyed on its own as an after dinner "dessert" drink or it can be mixed with coffee or hot chocolate to warm your soul on a dreary afternoon. It can be mixed with other alcoholic beverages to make tasty cocktails or it can be paired with desserts and baked goods for a delightful treat.In this recipe, it is combined with cake, frosting and chocolate to create a tempting edible cocktail.

  • 1 boxed white or chocolate cake mix and the ingredients needed to bake the cake as directed on the package (water, eggs, oil)
  • 1 tub prepared vanilla frosting
  • 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 packages white chocolate bark or candy coating
  • sprinkles or sanding sugar for garnish, if desired
Bake cake as directed. Once the cake has baked and can be handled comfortably, break into pieces and crumble while still in pan. Add a little less than one half of the frosting and the liqueur to the crumbs and mix until well combined. If mixture appears too dry, add a little more frosting or liqueur until it holds it shape when rolled into a ball. Roll all of the mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place in the refrigerator for about a half hour to allow balls to firm up. When ready to dip, pour candy coating in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy. After each 30 seconds, stir well before returning to microwave. To coat, drop 3-4 balls into the melted coating, rolling to coat completely. Use a fork to gently remove, making sure to tap against the side of the bowl to remove excess coating. Place on waxed paper and sprinkle with your topping of choice, if desired. Allow coating to harden completely before serving or packaging.
Cook's Notes-to make this recipe kid friendly, replace 2 ounces of the water needed to bake your cake with the liqueur. The alcohol will bake out of the cake while it is in the oven. You can also swap the liqueur out for Irish cream flavored coffee creamer.

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