The title just sounds delicious right? I volunteered to make some of my new obsession for Denise’s shower – cake balls. It really wasn’t a hardship as I want the cake ball practice! I toyed with the idea of somehow trying decorate the cake balls with the animals from the fabric I used to make all her gifts, but I felt like that was just too over the top. Even for me. Luckily as I was digging through my collection of cake supplies, I ran across these Wilton Noah’s Arc mini cookie cutters – perfect! I had to use them.
I started off by baking a standard, right out of the box, red velvet cake a day in advance. I left it out to dry out overnight (no problem in our current state of super low humidity) and then crumbled the cake. The cake was really dry! I ended up adding almost a cup of cream cheese icing before I could get the proper clumping factor on the cake balls. Once I was satisfied with the cake/icing mixture, I set it in the refrigerator to chill out for a couple of hours.
In the mean time, I went to work creating my cake ball decorations. I heated some dark chocolate Wilton Candy Melts and spread a thin layer on a sheet pan covered with a Siltpat mat and a piece of waxed paper. Why the waxed paper? I don’t know, ’cause I didn’t really need it.
(As an aside, if you don’t own a Silpat mat, please go out and get one today. They are awesome. That is all.) Once the chocolate had set, I went to work using the cookie cutters to make individual chocolate animals.
I pealed off the excess chocolate and threw it into a tub to reserve for my next chocolate making adventure.
Time passed. I went to the gym. I had a brief thought of doing the dishes instead, but decided they could wait.
When I got back, the cake/icing mixture was nicely chilled. I pulled out my trusty cake ball spoon and set to work making cake balls. The batch made approximately three dozen cake balls – and since it was cream cheese icing, they were super rich! The only casualty I had was Red Velvet Hand
I know, I know that’s a glass bowl and plastic bowls are better for melting the Candy Melts, but all the plastic bowls were dirty….see note about dishes above.
More cake balls coming your way soon!