Monday, January 5, 2009

Homemaker Monday: Amazing Cake Balls!

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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Kendra over at My Insanity. She's been featured here before, but I couldn't resist giving her this spot again so I could show you the amazing Christmas cookies she put together! Here, check out THIS particular cookie...


I was astounded when I saw these photos, as were my kids when I showed them. I would love to try this next year. Maybe life will be simpler. Okay, who am I kidding. I'll have two almost-year-olds, but I can think wishfully, can't I?

If you haven't already been to Kendra's blog, you're going to absolutely LOVE it, so click HERE to see all of her amazing Christmas cookies and to peruse her other insane ideas! Thank you, again, Kendra! You're the best!

MINE: I am going to talk about cake balls again. I mentioned them in a previous Sabbath-Prep Saturday post and said that I was dying to make them, so I did. And they turned out better than I could have ever imagined. They're fun and easy, too. Here's how you do it...

INGREDIENTS:
One box of white or chocolate cake mix
Eggs
Oil
One can of frosting
One bag of chocolate chips

1. Make and bake the cake, following the manufacturers instructions, in any size pan...

(It helps if you wear a glittered pink Santa hat.)


(Make sure to lick the spatula and mixers.)


2. Dump out the cake into a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat up the frosting in the microwave for about 45 seconds, or until it can be poured into the crumbled cake.
4. Pour the frosting into the crumbled cake and stir until well blended. It should resemble some kind of paste.
5. Cover cookie sheets with wax paper and let the mix cool for about an hour, or until it can be easily rolled into balls.
6. Roll into cookie-sized balls and place on wax paper.
7. Freeze for two hours.
8. When cake balls are ready, in a double boiler or on very low heat, stirring constantly, melt the package of chocolate chips.
9. Roll the cake balls in the chocolate and place back on the wax paper...


(Your fingernails will look like this, even after you wash your hands...)


10. Serve when cool in a little parfait dish...


...or on a cake platter...


I have to tell you that this was a HUGE hit at our Sunday dinner. Many people were moaning and rubbing their stomachs because they had gourged themselves on these cake balls. While this is not necessarily a good thing, it does prove that they are extremely delectable. We also used these variations to the recipe:

Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting dipped in melted chocolate chips
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting dipped in melted peppermint bark
Spice cake with vanilla-cinnamon frosting dipped cream cheese frosting


For more variations and the original source for this recipe, go to allrecipes.com by clicking HERE.

One last note. Try to refrain from actually saying the words "cake balls" around teenage boys. Trust me.

OURS: Okay, let's see what you've got for us today. It's a new year, so any New Year's homemaking resolutions? Feel free to link your post in Mr. Linky today. Thanks again for your patience as I wasn't able to post my blog until just now. Here's the previously posted disclaimer in case you were wondering why:

(Sometimes stuff happens... like you put one twin to bed, then he wakes up, so you give him to your loving husband to care for while you put the other one to bed, then the other one wakes up, you switch with the husband again, then the other one wakes up, so you switch again, and the toddler is running amuck amongst this insanity and the teenaged girl is giving everyone, including the toddler, faux-hawks and so on and so forth. I think I just confused myself. All I know is, it's almost midnight and I have only begun to blog Homemaker Monday. So..... here is Mr. Linky for all of you who have prepared something for today, or for those of you who would like to search your archives for anything homemaking!)

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22 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi there,I found your blog somehow and am happy to participate in this wonderful meme.Thanks and hope that everything is done ,No throwing me in the snow...

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

They look amazing - can't wait! Hope your week goes great!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Cake balls look sinful, yet tempting. Here's another idea--how about white chocolate with leftover crushed candy canes?

The Southern Housewife said...

THe link is correct, just scroll to the bottom. I combined two monday carvivals! :) THanks!

Stephanie said...

I love cake balls! I've only done them once, with red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting dipped in chocolate almond bark. So yummy! Your other variations sound great.

Homemakers Cottage said...
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Homemakers Cottage said...

These look absolutely amazingly delicious!! Love your blog.

RhondaLue said...

Those look great Jen! I'll have to try them. It looks like something my teens could even make and would have fun doing!

And your comment about saying "cake balls" in front of the teenagers? HA HA We can't say cheese ball or any other form of ball without them (and maybe me, I'm not sayin')errupting into roars of laughter...even the little boys!! ;)~

Melinda said...

Looks yummy! I love Claires pink santa hat. It seems like it has been forever. Glad you are back on!! I really enjoy homemaker Monays.

RhondaLue said...

Oh and Jen...I'm curious which type of wheat you are using for your pancakes, bread, rolls, etc. Let me know please! (and share any other wheat tips you have as I'm new this but plan to use a lot of it!)

Kim said...

Glittery pink Santa hats help EVERYTHING.

Kendra said...

Thank you for the feature, and for the nice words! Your cake balls look fantastic (similar to Bakerella's cupcake pops recipe, which are very yummy!). I've been wanting to try something like that with lemon cake this week, and it just hasn't happened, yet. Maybe you will get me motivated!

Bethany Cox said...

you are a fabulous photographer and it's a good thing i was not there for those because i wouldn't be able to help myself. i also like the little cups you put them in.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

These look delicious!

BarbaraLee said...

What a fun baking day w/the grandkids. They always seem to want to join me in the kitchen.

Lisa said...

Cake balls would hit the spot right now...mmmm.

Lynn said...

These look exceedingly decadent and exceedingly yummy. Thanks for sharing :)

Elisabeth said...

Hmmm. I've never heard of these. They look really good though. I'll have to give them a try.

Thanks,
Elisabeth

Sandra said...

These look so good, thanks for sharing :)

Sandra said...

I made cake balls for a party in January and one of the variations I made that was particularly popular was german chocolate cake, mixed with the canned german chocolate frosting (contains coconut and nuts), and then the balls dipped in milk chocolate dipping chocolate. The other kind I made were cherry chip cake dipped in white chocolate.

Give LDS Gifts said...

The cake balls look great! I'll be linking!

Bethany Cox said...

those remind me of deep fried twinkies