Belated Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Strawberry Cake Balls

Mother’s day and Father’s day have always been special holidays for me. After all, I’m celebrating the two people who (with God) brought me into this world.  And I have amazing parents.

So, in honor of (belated) Mother’s day, here’s to my mom! An amazing woman who cares so much for her girls and grand-girls, her parents, sisters, and everyone else in her life. Who worries a lot about us because she wants for everything to be right in our lives. Who is truly one of my best friends and someone I can go to with anything and everything. The person I call for advice in life, financial tips because I have NO idea what all of the technical financial terms mean, to share happy moments, and to calm me down when I feel like my world is falling apart.  Yes, I have my fiancee to do many of these things as well, but there’s just nothing like a mom’s advice.  After all, she’s seen me grow up, helped me pick up the pieces after my mistakes, and griped at me to clean my room more times than I can count. (I thank her for this now because my apartment is typically very tidy.)

Another great thing about my mom is she’s always there to help in any way she can.  She’s saved me from many cake disasters and helped with a bunch of deliveries.  Fixed the cage of my UFC cake when the sun melted it. And drove 2 hours after work on a Friday to help me finish 300 cake balls for a friends’ wedding favors.  All because she knew that, despite my claims, I couldn’t handle it alone.

So here’s to you, mom. A truly amazing woman and even better mom!

 

Also for Mother’s day, a friend ordered these cake balls from Little Bit Sweet for her mom.  I’m rather pleased with them! Strawberry cake balls with white chocolate coating. Yummy!

Strawberry Cake Balls

New traditions


Most weddings are filled with tradition.  White dress, vows, toasts, etc.  My favorite? Cakes!  (did you really expect any other answer?)  But no one says we can’t make the cake tradition modern and fun.  This time, modern meant a cake ball wedding cake.

About 350 carrot cake balls, all set and ready for a beautiful reception.  No need to cut the cake, just pull off each ball! You don’t even need plates.

Unfortunately, the lighting in the room made all close-up shots turn out very yellow-orange, but here is a slightly closer look anyway:

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Little Bites


In the cake decorating world, there’s always a craze.  About a year or two ago, it was cupcakes.  Now, it’s cake balls and cake pops.

Tuxedo coconut cake balls and “Bridal” carrot cake balls

Personally, I don’t like the name “cake ball.”  I prefer “cake bites” but I’m thinking that’s not going to catch on now that the other term has gone viral.  Anywho, ever wondered what a cake ball is and how to make them?  Wonder no more!

These lovely little treats are kind of like a mix between a slice of cake and a truffle.

What is a cake ball?  It is a small serving of cake mixed with frosting and/or other ingredients that is rolled and covered in a candy coating.

Are they hard to make?  Nope! The most difficult part is dipping the balls and getting a smooth finish.

Here’s how it’s done:
For the first time you make them, I recommend using a boxed cake mix and a can of frosting. This ensures the correct ratio of cake to frosting.  After you get the feel for the correct consistency of the mixture, you can branch out and use home-made cakes and frostings.

  1. Make a cake per the instructions on the cake mix box.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  2. Allow cake(s) to cool on a cooling rack until approximately room temperature.
  3. Once cooled, crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.  That’s right, destroy the pretty cake you just baked.  This is the most fun part!!
  4. After all of the cake is in small crumbles, add a can of frosting to the bowl and mix until well combined.
  5. Place mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour.  Mixture should be chilled enough to hold its shape and not be too sticky to roll.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, measure out small amounts of cake mixture.
  7. Roll each serving in your hands to make a ball. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Place balls in the fridge again to set. You can also put them in the freezer to speed up the process.
  9. Melt candy melts or dipping chocolate in a small microwavable bowl.  Candy melts can be found at local craft stores.
  10. Dip balls into coating and place back on cookie sheet. You can either dip one half of the ball at a time, or use a toothpick inserted into the ball to dip, then pull the toothpick out once they’re on the cookie sheet.
  11. Decorate as desired.  Or, you know, just eat them.  They taste the same whether they’re pretty or not. 🙂

Tips/Tricks

  • If your mixture seems too mushy, add some powdered sugar to make it a little more dry.  
  • If your mixture is too dry, add more frosting!
  • After they’re dipped, do NOT put them back in the freezer.  I learned this the hard way.  The coating will weep once they’re at room temp and the cake ball will be sticky.
  • You can store them at room temp for a while if you use candy coating.  If longer than a day, pop them in the fridge.  

So there you have it!  It looks like a lot of steps but fear not, it’s very easy. These can make a great addition to parties, favors for a wedding (like the ones in the pictures), or even just a bright spot in your Saturday afternoon.  Plus, they’re just so darn cute!