Friday, August 17, 2012

Lavender Cake Balls

A couple of weeks ago I found some really cute pastel purple sprinkles on clearance at TJ Maxx.  For only $1, I had to have them.  What I was going to do with them, I was on a mission to figure out.

I wanted to take the pastel purple to another level so I decided to make the inside purple also.

Tutorial:
I bought regular white vanilla cake that comes in a box and white vanilla icing.  I went to hobby lobby and bought a small bottle of violet food coloring and also a small bottle of bright pink.

First: prepare the cake mix as directed on the box.  I started with about 3 or 4 drops of purple. 
The purple came out a little on the grey side so I added 1 drop of the bright pink to brighten it up.  You may need to add more or less of the purple and pink to get the color you are wanting.
Bake the cake according to time on the box.
The top came out brown but the inside was perfect purple!
I scrapped off the top layer with a tooth pic because I didn't want the brown to mess up my color, it was a little crunchy anyway.  After that, I cut the cake into small squares to let it cool faster.  After a little while I transferred it to a large bowl, crumbled it into tiny pieces and let it cool completely.

Next step: icing
Add the food coloring the same way you did with the cake batter until you get the color you want.
If your cake mix came out a little dull then brighten up the icing so that they balance each other out after mixing.
Tip: I emptied the icing into a tupperware for easier mixing.

Add about half of the icing to the crumbled cake mix and mix together.  You might need to use your hands with this part and don't forget to remove your rings!
Roll your cake into small to medium sized balls.  Put them into the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes before coating.  This helps them stay together better but don't let them freeze or they will crack!

Dip them into candy coating or melted white chocolate and decorate!
As you can see, the inside is purple too :)
Why not throw in some lavender nail polish to really get you in the mood...
OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

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I wish I could say that I made these for an awesome baby shower, bridal shower or some sort of party but unfortunately I didn't have one of those coming up.  Instead, me and the hubbs ate these by ourselves.  Hope you like these as much as I enjoyed sharing them and thanks for stopping by!

Update: here is another cake pop post that I did.  Cake pop baby shower favors.



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31 comments

  1. You made these? These are your photos?! This looks AMAZING! Pinning away!

    xoxo Jessica
    www.mystylevita.com

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    1. I did! I made them yesterday. I took the pics too and edited them in photoshop. Coming right along! Thanks for the pins :)

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    2. hey can you freeze them if i make a big batch or because of the chocolate wraping them they will crack?

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  2. Well I need to get my shit together with photoshop, i'm over my photos!

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  3. These are awesome, I have made some homemade lavender exctract that might need a road test on these!!

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    1. Beautifully done, and so original! I like the idea of adding lavender extract, too. Can't wait to try these.

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  4. Great idea! Beautiful and classy!!

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  5. What size and kind of frosting did you use? I heard not to use the whipped kind?

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    1. I think I just used Betty Crocker regular vanilla, the standar size. I added half the container and then ended up adding a little more. I had some icon leftover when I was finished, which I drizzled over the top of the cake balls. I definitely didn't use the whipped kind.

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  6. I know they're lavender colored, but do you put any lavender flavoring in them?

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    1. I didn't buy I'm sure it would have been delicious!

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  7. the sugar (of the decoration) is purplish, did you make it purplish (real or photoshop) or did you bought it? if you made it yourself real life, how?

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    1. They were sugar sprinkles and I bought them like that. I didn't alter the color of the sprinkles at all.

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  8. Hi, I have a few questions, I hope it isnt too much trouble to answer them. How would you insert the lolipop sticks into the pops? And if you didnt use them, how did you dip them? Also, after coating, should I let it dry before drizzling some icing and sugar? Or do I put it on all together? Great recipe, thank you!

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    1. I didn't use the lollipop sticks with these but I have used them before (Baby Shower post). I dipped the end of the stick into the candy coating before I inserted the stick into the cake pop. I let it dry and then dipped the cake pop into the candy coating. You will want to let them dry standing up. I used a cardboard cake pop stand from Walmart. If you are using sprinkles, you will want to sprinkle them on shortly after the candy coating so that it sticks. As long as it's on before the coating dries. I let mine dry completely before I added the icing. Hope this helps!

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  9. It would have been helpful if you had listed a list of ingredients/instructions/exact amount of every ingredient.

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  10. I did these for a young lady brithday since she into purple an yes i added to the cake mix before bakeing lavander oil for eating and also put them on pop sticks as well everyone loved them also try them with didffernt flavors like lemon an cherry its a great way to do things an get kids involved too

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  11. Bee-u-ti-ful. .loved making these for a birthday party.
    Thanks again!!
    A++

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  12. Terry Sluder January 27 2016January 27, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    These are so pretty, I have a Tea party coming up in April I am going to make these cake balls for one of my treats. Thank you for sharing. Terry.

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    1. These would be lovely for a tea party! Great idea! Hope they turn out well!!!

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  13. Omg knowing that it's just you and hubby makes me feel SO much better! I tend to hold back a lot because it's just us.

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    1. Ha! We seem to always go through them faster than 2 people should :)

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  14. Lovely! I plan on trying these with some Lavender Essential Oil!

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    1. That's a great idea! Let me know how they turn out :)

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  15. Beautiful! I would probably add BlackBerry or Blueberry extract or FDA Food grade oil ( LorAnn brand my favorite) in place of lavender. Thank you for posting these beautiful photod

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  16. I love these!! I want to try and make them for a baby shower I'm hosting. But had a couple of questions. What kind of icing did you use? What brand of food coloring did you use? and did you roll the cake balls into the icing with your hands or did you use some cake pop tools?

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    1. Hi! Thank you! I'm trying to think back because this post is from a couple years ago. I'm pretty sure I used just basic cake mix and icing from the grocery store. Probably Betty Crocker brand. I usually get white vanilla icing, not the one that is cream colored but pure white. The food coloring I think I got from michales craft store in the baking selection. They have a bunch of colors in small white bottles. And yes, I used my hands to roll them. Hope that helps!

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