Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Red, White and Blue Cake Balls!

How festive are these?!  I worked on these throughout the day yesterday and am very pleased with the way they turned out.  I haven't made cake balls in a while and figured it would be a nice little Independence Day treat!

Here's a quick tutorial on how I did them:

I used a regular white vanilla cake box and mixed it according to the directions on the back.  Once mixed, I separated it into 3 equal parts and added food coloring for the red and blue.  I didn't add anything for the white portion since the cake is "white."
From there, I put them into a cupcake pan to bake.  Normally I use a regular cake pan but given the color separation, I figured cupcakes were the best and easiest way to keep them separated.
Bake according to the box.  Set aside to cool once they are done.
Once cooled completely, crumble them up into pieces keeping the colors separate.  Remove any pieces that may have browned in the oven.  Some of my edges and bottoms of the cupcakes were a little brown, especially on the blue and white ones.
For the icing, I used regular white vanilla.  I actually used the one that comes with the sprinkles on the top of the lid.  It's always best to start with a little icing at a time because you can always add more if needed.  Mix food coloring into icing and add to crumbled cake mix and stir until evenly blended.
Same for the red.  The red required a lot more icing to get away from looking pink.
For the white, just put the icing straight into the cake mix.
And now for the very tedious part...
What I found to work best was to make little bricks of each color.  Take 3 bricks, one of each, and put them together like so.
Then, in your hand, start molding them into a ball shape.  This part is a little tricky and honestly, it takes a couple to really figure out a system.  (Here's a secret: I took my first 2 attempts out of the pictures because they were a little on the rocky side!)  Set the balls in a dish and put them in the freezer for just a couple of minutes.
Once they are slightly firmed, roll them around just once more to even out the shape.  Drop them into your candy coating and cover them completely.  Once covered, set them aside to harden and add sprinkles!

Some tips:
- When making the bricks, do one color at a time and rinse hands in between.
- When molding into balls, have a wet paper towels on hand to wipe yours hands after each ball.
- Don't worry too much if some color spreads on the outside of the balls while you are shaping them.  The edges will be covered with the candy coating.
- Don't add sprinkles right away or they will slide right off.  Let them harden for a minute before adding.  I usually roll another ball around in the coating before adding sprinkles to the previous one that I set aside.
- When all else fails, just do solid colors and have a variety!  (That's what I ended up doing half way through mine!)
- And last, but not least, set aside some TIME.  These are pretty time consuming and very tedious.  When the babe goes down for a nap, I like to put some music on and zone out in the kitchen. :)  Sometimes you just need a little "me" time.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please feel free to comment or email me with any questions.

Here is another (and slightly more detailed) cake ball tutorial:

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!    
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