Decorated Cake Balls


I baked all weekend for cooking/recipe contests. All were hits with the neighbors! I try to share my creations. Mainly, because “Mr. Special” and I can’t eat it all!! And some of the creations don’t freeze well.

I’ve always wanted to create cake balls and when I was thinking of an entry for the Sara Lee Share the Sweetness Recipe Contest and I couldn’t resist the temptation. The images of luscious creations using Sara Lee Pound Cake was simply too yummy to pass up!cakeball1aI created a recipe, Decorated White Chocolate-Covered Cake Balls (below).  I used red food coloring, that unfortunately created a pink decoration, but still looked cute. I would have used green if I had known the food coloring would only turn pink. So I wrote the recipe to include either color of food coloring. The best thing is that it is up to the creator of these to decorate what ever they would like!!

These are great for the kids to help decorate if you don’t mind some silly decorations. If these are for a more formal affair, you may want to handle the decorating yourself and give the kids only a few of their own to try.

Here are photos with instructions. The entire recipe follows. Enjoy!

Using a food processor, crumble pound cake;cakeball2a add to a large bowl. cakeball3aMix with frosting.cakeball4a

Pat a ½ teaspoon or more of flour between hands over sink so excess falls off. Roll pound cake mixture into quarter size balls cakeball5acakeball6aand lay on a cookie sheet. cakeball7aWork in batches and patting hands with flour several times while rolling balls. Chill in refrigerator at least for 2 hours.

Working in batches, melt chocolate in microwave per instructions on package until liquid consistency; about 2 minutes per batch. cakeball8a

cakeball14a cakeball15aRemove cake balls from refrigerator and roll cake balls in chocolatecakeball11a and lay on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. cakeball12a(Tip: a fork works well when rolling balls and placing on to cookie sheets.) Return to refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Mix vanilla frosting with food coloring in a small bowl. cakeball9acakeball10aFill a pastry decorating bag with frosting mixture. (This recipe used a #2 tip and created a bow decoration on each pastry.) Remove chocolate covered balls from refrigeratorcakeball13a and decorate using decorating tips on end of pastry bag. cakeball16aReturn balls to refrigerator for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes. Serve.

Decorated White Chocolate-Covered Cake Ballsdecoratedcakeball1

Yields: 50 – 55 cake balls

Prep time: 5 hours 30 minutes (includes 5 hours of refrigeration time)

Cook time: 6 minutes

Total time: 5 hours and 36 minutes

Ingredients:

16 ounce family size container Sara Lee® pound cake, defrosted

16 ounce can cream cheese frosting

1/3 cup, or more flour for rolling dough

3-6 ounce packages white chocolate squares

16 ounce can vanilla frosting

60 to 65 drops red or green food coloring

Instructions:

Using a food processor, crumble pound cake; add to a large bowl. Mix with frosting.

Pat a ½ teaspoon or more of flour between hands over sink so excess falls off. Roll pound cake mixture into quarter size balls and lay on a cookie sheet. Work in batches and patting hands with flour several times while rolling balls. Chill in refrigerator at least for 2 hours.

Working in batches, melt chocolate in microwave per instructions on package until liquid consistency; about 2 minutes per batch. Remove cake balls from refrigerator and roll cake balls in chocolate and lay on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. (Tip: a fork works well when rolling balls and placing on to cookie sheets.) Return to refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Mix vanilla frosting with food coloring in a small bowl. Fill a pastry decorating bag with frosting mixture. (This recipe used a #2 tip and created a bow decoration on each pastry.) Remove chocolate covered balls from refrigerator and decorate using decorating tips on end of pastry bag. Return balls to refrigerator for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes. Serve.

NOTE: This is a nice party favor to make ahead a day or two prior to serving; refrigerate until serving time.

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About amrecipes

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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