Friday, August 7, 2009

Cake Balls

Posted by Lori:
My father-in-law preaches at a small country church, where each month they have a terrific potluck dinner. About a year ago, we visited the congregation and it happened to be potluck day - lucky us!!

That day I tasted something new to me, but OH SO GOOD! In fact, my daughter and I came home and made some that very same day to take to another church event later on that evening.

1 package strawberry cake mix
1 (16 ounce) container prepared vanilla frosting
1 package chocolate almond bark (you can use melted chocolate chips - semi-sweet or milk chocolate...just add a small amount of shortening with the chocolate when you melt it.)

Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, baking in a 9 x 13 pan. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.

Melt chocolate coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. (Be careful not to overcook the chocolate!)

Using a small scoop or your hands form balls - about the size of a walnut - of the cake mixture. (Note: At this point, I froze the cake balls for about 30 minutes or until firm, then dipped them in chocolate. It made them easier to dip.)Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set.

Cake Balls taste great, but they are also pretty and very easy to make. They can be personalized to whatever flavors or colors you might want and used for weddings, showers, and parties. The strawberry/chocolate combination is what I first tasted and it's still my favorite. I've also made red velvet/white almond bark and have tasted spice cake/white almond bark. You could easily color the white almond bark with food coloring and make it go with the colors of your event even more. We've drizzled chocolate on top of the white and vice versa, just to give it a fancier look. My husband got into the decorating last time we made them and made swirly designs all over them - I think it was really an accident, but it looked pretty!

Cake Balls can be served cold or at room temperature. Pretty serving suggestions: On a stick, each ball nesting in a mini candy/muffin wrapper, on tiered serving platters.

Have you ever eaten Cake Balls? If so, what's your favorite flavor combination?
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