Cake Balls

I'm sure by now you've seen the craze, eaten the craze, maybe even made the craze... but in case you're like me and you get to the craze ball late... here is some information about cake balls!

First bake a cake, any cake... white cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, pick a cake. Bake as directed. Let the cake cool. Remove the cake from the pan and smush it into smithereens. I will admit, this is kinda a hard thing to do - take a perfectly good cake and obliterate it... but you can do it. I promise. And, you can eat some along the one and no one will be the wiser! Plus, if you need to let out some frustration... this is as good a way as any!

Now, the recipe I use calls for golden Oreo cookies. You could use regular Oreo cookies too. Or you don't have to use any cookies. You could use chocolate chips, peppermint, caramel...

I also put buttercream in my cake balls - you can use regular buttercream, flavor it with coffee creamer, use cream cheese icing...

Basically - the possibilities are endless. You can search to find great combinations and recipes.

I use the food processor to crumble 20 Golden Oreos then mix those in with the entire cake and 1 cup of buttercream icing. Mix, mix, mix... when you're done mixing, form into 1" balls. Place on a cookie sheet. A 9"x11" cake should make about 60 balls. Place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 20-30 minutes.

I coat mine with white Almond bark. I melt 1/2 the brick at a time according to package directions but I add 1 Tbsp Crisco to help keep it smooth and slick. Once it has melted, start dipping your cake balls into the bark.

The first time I made these, I tried to use toothpicks to dip the balls. They would fall off the toothpicks, and if they stayed on, they would have SO much excess bark on them... they weren't pretty! This time, I read somewhere to drop the ball into the bowl, then use two spoons to gently move the balls back and forth until the excess bark has come off. This leaves the ball with a nice smooth coating but helping eliminate extra bark.

Use sprinkles, jimmies or nonpareils to decorate immediately. The bark dries very quickly.

This isn't a recipe so much as a "this is how I did this..." kinda thing. Hope it inspires you to make some, they are delish!! I actually made this batch at the request of my brother-in-law - they are his fave!!

And if you needed more motivation to make these, here you go...!