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My first attempt at Cake balls

It was probably a year ago that I first heard of Bakerella’s cake pops. They sounded like such an amazing idea, but I’ll be honest: Her perfectly round little pretty balls of cake were just too perfect looking for me to think I could do them.

This weekend we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, and after she made me mashed potato cupcakes for my birthday, I had to come up with something equally fun. What’s more fun than cake on a stick?

I followed Bakerella’s original red velvet recipe. I don’t know that I’d ever made red velvet before and to tell the truth, it totally freaked me out! That shit is RED! My kitchen looked like the scene of a murder by the end of the day.

But I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of the process.

1. Bake a sheet cake. Easy enough. Even easier than cupcakes!

2. Let it cool completely. (Do not skip this step or your balls won’t stay on their sticks!)

3. Once cool, crumble and dump in a can of icing. I made the mistake of attempting this in my kitchenaid mixer bowl. The process really works a lot better if you use your hands and “mush” it so that all the cake gets mixed with all the icing (think of the icing as the egg in a meatball. It has to be there to make it stick). A shallower bowl would probalby help you not end up with bright red crap all the way to your elbows!

4. Form balls. Bakerella suggests “quarter-sized” balls. I second that. My balls were much bigger (yes, that’s what she said) and they were almost too heavy to stay on the ends of their sticks. A smaller ball would also be easier to eat.

5. Stick in sticks and Chill. If you’re attempting to make them the day you want to eat them, this is best done in the freezer. Again, Don’t rush it!! (unless you want your balls sliding down the sticks like I mentioned before.

6. Melt chocolate (I used the easy melty kind from the craft store). I needed just a bit more than one bag to cover all the balls, then a little more for the decoration. Follow the instructions on the bag for melting. I find the microwave method eaisest.

7. Dip cold pops in the melted chocolate. To solve the sliding down the stick problem, I found it best to dip the top first, then focus on the sides. I had a spoon handy to smooth any major bumps.

Another tip…red velvet is destined to make white chocolate “not so white”, so don’t expect perfection if you choose white chocolate.

8. Stick upright in styrofoam. If decorating with sprinkles, hurry and do it before the chocolate sets.For the chocolate decorations I did, I used a squeezy bottle.

9. Arrange. I did this by sticking them in styrofoam in a wine glass. However I did not think of the physics of this before I did it. You’re sticking an entire cake (plus chocolate) on whatever your base is. Choose wisely! The glass worked fine, but it was really top heavy and prone to topple!

10. If you haven’t already included this in one of the steps above, eat! Yum yum!

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  1. Megan
    November 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

    They look awesome!

  2. Jillian
    November 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I am sooo excited that you not only made these, but posted perfect instructions on how to do it!! I will definitely try this.

  3. Lara Allen
    November 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Will I be seeing these yummy treats on Girls Night?

  4. November 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    mmmm…perhaps?

    they’re sort of messy and time consuming to make, but maybe if Anne wants to help me? I’m doubting they’ll be room to make them in mom’s kitchen with all the kids!

  5. November 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    OMG these look so good!!! I want to grab one out of my computer screen and eat it!

  6. eileen o'brien poole
    November 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

    you never cease to amaze me!

  7. kathykins56
    November 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Look’s tasty!!!

  1. October 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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