Issue #1 – Recipe: Cake balls & Pops

Cake balls are a trendy, decadent dessert that is easy to make. There is some waiting time, so plan ahead, and make at least a day or two in advance. In part 1 Anna shows you how to make a cake in the microwave and in part 2 she teaches you how to make the cake balls.

This recipe makes 40-50 balls/pops.

Ingredients you will need:

1 box cake mix (we’re using red velvet)

1 tub cream cheese frosting

3 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1/2 cups water

1 package chocolate chips (we’re using white chocolate)

2 tablespoons shortening

Drizzle icing or gel

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Equipment you will need:

2 large mixing bowls (one microwave safe)

13 x 9 cake pan

Crock Pot

Wire whisk, or mixing spoon

Rubber scraper

Measuring cups

Wax paper or silicone baking sheet

Lollipop sticks (optional)

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Part 1 — Make a cake using the microwave Step 1:

Always wash your hands before handling any food. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 C. oil, 1/2 C. water, and 3 eggs. Stir with wire whisk until smooth.

 

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Step 2:

Pour cake mix into a large microwave safe bowl cake pops 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

Cook in the microwave for 8 minutes. If your microwave doesn’t have a turning table you’ll need to give the cake a quarter of a turn every 2 to 3 minutes. After 8 minutes, the cake should be shiny, not watery. If it is watery, return it to the microwave for another 1-2 minutes.cake pops 3 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4:

Set cake aside to cool completely.cake pops 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 — Make the cake balls

Step 5:

Dump cake into baking pan. Clean around the sides of the mixing bowl with a rubber scraper. Crumble the cake using your hands.cake pops 5 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 6:

Mix in the cream cheese frosting. This can be done with a spoon, spatula, or your hands.cake pops 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7:

Roll the cake into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Place the balls onto wax paper and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.cake pops 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 8:

In a crock pot on low heat, melt the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of shortening, stir frequently. If doing cake pops, dip the end of the stick into the melted chocolate and place into the cake ball before dipping.cake pops 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9:

For balls (not pops) place cake balls onto wax paper or a silicone baking sheet. Drizzle chocolate over the balls to coat the top. For pops, dip the cake end of the pop into the chocolate and spoon over the ball to cover completely. Place the dipped pops upside down on wax paper or a silicone baking sheet. Place chocolate covered balls into refrigerator or freezer until ready to decorate or serve.cake pops 9 (1)

 

 

 

 

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Decorating Options:

You can decorate the cake balls and pops many different ways. Use cookie drizzle or gel (found at craft stores in the cake decorating area) to dot or spiral (as shown). You can also dip into candy sprinkles, coconut shavings, or chocolate shavings before chocolate hardens.