Friday, November 17, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Cakeballs

It has been years since I made cake balls.  They used to be a staple for me!  Before I had kids, Loyal and I were living in Dallas and I would make cake balls for him all the time.  He was obsessed with them and that was back when I had all the time in the world to do things like this.  Now I have 3 kids and this batch here took me a day and a half.  (Hilarious and sad all at the same time, ha!)  How much we take time for granted back before kids!
For these, I went with my tried and true cake box method.  I couldn't find Pumpkin Spice cake mix so I bought a box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake and a can of pumpkin puree and decided to wing it.  I adjusted the ingredients that the cake called for to accommodate the puree.  I used the entire can of pumpkin and here is how I altered the rest:

1 box of Spice Cake
1 15oz can Pumpkin Puree
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water

I had to bake the cake slightly longer than suggested on the back of the box.  I can't remember the exact time it was in for but I used the toothpick trick to test it.  It's ok to cook the cake a little longer when you are making cake balls only because adding the icing makes them very moist.  So don't worry if the cake comes out on the dry side!
Adding the pumpkin puree made this cake so moist and the flavor was unreal!  It was just the right amount of pumpkin and spice, complimenting each other so well.   I gradually added small amounts of icing so that the cake balls didn't come out too gooey since the cake itself turned out so moist.

I divided the batter into 3 parts to make different versions of pumpkin spice.  I kept one batch original, added chopped walnuts to another, and because my husband is obsessed with chocolate, mini chocolate chips went into the last batch.  I coordinated the toppings for each and used gold sprinkles on the original.
These turned out so perfectly moist without losing the cake texture. I love making cake balls around the holidays because they are such a versatile treat.  Wrap them in cellophane treat bags, tie a ribbon around the top, and gift them to a teacher or friend.  Take them to a potluck Friendsgiving or have them out for people to grab while entertaining at home!   These flavorful treats are so easy to make and with simple, yet elegant toppings, you are sure to wow everyone you make them for!

For a more in depth look at how to make cake balls, use my Cake Ball Tutorial for a step by step explanation. 
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