Good Gravy! Wow Thanksgiving is but a day in the past!
So quickly it came and was fabulous, and then so quickly it was over.
A full week flashed before my eyes and I did not even notice it!
So now I am
posting crafting my way to Christmas!
(While chewing gum of course!)
So today we are making cake balls. Yes cake balls.
I know I got a bit crazy gum balls and cake balls in the same week!
I have always been super afraid of these after one EPIC fail at trying to make them,
which left me frustrated, and swearing them off for eternity.
(making them of course, not eating them ~smiles).
So I have a fabulous friend who has been making these suckers since she was knee high to a grasshopper, ok, well maybe not that long, but I just felt the need to say "knee high to a grasshopper" you get the point.
Here is what we used and a peek at her "secret recipe"
(sorry girl, don't tell "Duke" the dog, or me anything, we might just spill the beans)
- a box of cake mix made into the cake of your choice (devils food)
- Icing (chocolate, we used whipped icing) said friend took it out back and roughed it up. ~Smiles ok, I know, CHEEZY! but I just had to.
- Nuts and chocolate chips
- meltable dipping chocolate
(yes, I put foil on the cake pans for the sake of quick clean up, and it worked!)
the secret recipe calls for devils food cake,
but I not liking to follow directions very well am using German Chocolate.
Now smush it all up with your hands.
Now to add about 3/4 tub of store bought Icing
and desired nuts and chocolate chips (optional, but part of the "secret recipe")
- Chocolate Chips
Then there is lots of mixing and smooooshing again with your CLEAN HANDS.
Now roll them into small balls and place them on a foil, or waxed paper lined cookie sheet.
These will go in the freezer or fridge to firm up so they can take a dip into the chocolate pool.
How round and perfect!
- Meltable Chocolate
Now it the time to melt the chocolate.
We used the microwave in 30 second intervals being very careful not to burn it.
**Note** I do have to say you should buy chocolate, not use what you bought 6 months ago for baking and never used it. We tried that, I was going to attempt making these about 3 months ago and that chocolate was a little less than perfect. it did taste good, it was just really thick, and hard to dip into in a thin pretty coat.
Now for a dip in the chocolate pool!
lift up with the fork and scrape the bottom
of the fork on the bowl to take excess chocolate off.
Place on the foil/ wax paper cookie sheet and let sit until coating hardens.
I do have to admit these are what I ment by not pretty dipping.
Even my friend (who is an expert) had trouble with this chocolate and making it look good.
So here is my final product...
- Necco wafers, added before the chocolate hardened (ok, I admit,I added this, it is not part of the secret recipe, but like I said i have trouble with directions, and they make such CUTE ears!) I also added a fruit roll up bow for Minnie.
How FABULOUS are these cute little guys?
I am in love!
And thanks to a WONDERFUL friend,
I am no longer afraid of the simple cake ball or truffle as she likes to call it.
and chocolate lovers around my house are so happy they may see these again very soon!
I would love to hear if you have made these in the past,
or if you plan to make them in the future.