Thursday, February 18

Cake Balls

A few years ago I discovered Bakerella, a blog with the cutest dessert ideas ever! The first thing I tried were her Red Velvet cake balls. Mini red velvet cakes rolled into cute little balls and dipped in chocolate! How can you go wrong with that? Then I tried the Oreo Truffles, wow! I tested them out at work and they were such a hit that I get begged to make them on a regular basis. There is an ongoing debate on which balls are better, my household is divided too. Cake balls are now my staple Holiday baking gift and are great desserts for showers too. Lots of time and love go into these little balls, but it is worth it!

Red Velvet Cake Balls
1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
wax paper
1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It is easier to use your hands to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.) You can add oil to the melted chocolate if it is too thick or not coating well.
Makes 45-50 cake balls
Oreo Truffle Cake Balls
1 package oreo cookies
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
white chocolate bark
1. Finely crush one package of Oreo cookies including the creamy middles. (Food processor is quick and easy).
2. Stir in softened cream cheese. You can use a hand blender or the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
3. Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (I freeze for 1o minutes or so for easy dipping)
4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. (If they aren't coating well, add some oil to the melted bark to thin it out).Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!
Makes about 36 truffles. For a twist, use Mint Oreos- so good!

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