Recipe by Allison
"This recipe is very versatile and heavily addictive. You can mix and match cake and icing flavors as well as the chocolate coatings. If you want to go the extra mile, cake balls can be rolled in nuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc. or double dipped in white and dark chocolates. Chocolate confectioners' coating is also called Almond Bark in some stores."
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1 (18.25 ounce) package
chocolate cake mix
1 (16 ounce) container
prepared chocolate frosting
1 (3 ounce) bar
chocolate flavored confectioners coating
#1) Bake cake as directed.
#2) Let the cake COOL for at least a half hour! Don't mix in the frosting while HOT! You will get a gooey, albeit yummy, mess!
#3) I used a handmixer to mix the cake and frosting. I used a dark chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting.
#4) Put this mixture in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 3 hours but I did it overnight and it was perfect.
#5) Using your hands, roll the balls bite size. I used a foil covered cookie sheet because I was out of wax paper. Wax paper is preferred.
#6) Stick the balls in the freezer for an hour.
#7) Melt up whatever chocolate you prefer (i buy my chocolate at a mennonite bulk foods store as I can't stand that melting bark stuff they sell at the grocery, yuck!!)
8) Using a toothpick, pick up the balls and dip in the chocolate. Using a second toothpick in the other hand help the ball slid off the toothpick. NOTE:If your balls fall off the toothpick into the chocolate they are not frozen enough.
9) Place in refrigerator to set.
10) Enjoy, these are SUPERB!!!!!!!!
I made mine look like mini cupcakes (melted chocolate in the bottom of the mold, the ball on top, then dip in chocolate after it sets). They looked really cute but were time consuming, and as others have stated, the texture of the cake is just such a turnoff. It feels like it's been pre-chewed or something. If someone can come up with a better cake recipe for the inside, I'd love to try it again. I did not have any trouble making them into little balls - I used a mini ice cream scoop and rolled them to uniform sizes. **UPDATE** - I made these again for the 4th of July and only used about 2/3 of a can of the frosting. Wow, what a difference. The cake still held together and was moist and dense but not gummy. It was not messy to work with and some people even thought it was fudge on the inside. I would say with this simple alteration, it's now a 4 star recipe!
These are great!!! And so easy!!! I see some members say they take hours to make (like one says 7....NOT!!! ) If you follow the instructions they are not that hard!!! Here's some of the variations I have used:
• White cake mix and mint chocolate chip icing - Dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.
• French vanilla cake with white chocolate almond icing. – Dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.
• Red velvet with cream cheese icing and vanilla confectioners coating.
• Red velvet with cream cheese icing dipped into milk chocolate coating.
• Chocolate cake, milk chocolate icing, dipped into chocolate bark.
• Lemon cake with lemon frosting and dip them in whit chocolate.
• Lemon cake mixed in white chocolate chips and lemon frosting, dipped in white chocolate.
• Spice cake with cream cheese frosting and coated them with white chocolate coating.
• Cherry chip cake mix and cream cheese frosting dipped in white chocolate.
• Fudge cake, mixed in peppermint chips and fudge frosting. Dip in dark chocolate.
• Chocolate fudge cake mix and coconut pecan frosting dipped into chocolate.
• Chocolate cake, butter cream icing, and dark chocolate coating.
• Chocolate cake/chocolate icing and dipped into raspberry/chocolate chips are melted with a bit of oil.
• German chocolate cake mix with coconut pecan frosting & dipped in melted semi sweet chocolate chips.
• Strawberry with vanilla frosting, dipped in chocolate.
• Carrot cake with cream cheese frost
I have been making this item for about 1.5 years and am doing them for Christmas this year. I find it easier to dip if the prepared balls are refrigerated for about an hour, and dip them using an old Easter egg dye dipper instead of toothpicks (it wastes less chocolate and there is no fighting to get it off the toothpick).
I am making smaller balls (half of the mellon baller) and made 26 dozen from 3 cakes. One batch is with a white cake mix and mint chocolate chip icing and the other with a french vanilla cake with white chocolate almond icing; both dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.
My all time favorite though is red velvet with cream cheese icing and vanilla confectioners coating.
These are so delicious! I used German chocolate cake mix and pecan coconut frosting and dipped them in chocolate almond bark. I crumbled the cake right after it came out of the oven, so it was still quite hot, but I believe that is one of the things that make it really stick together. Also make sure you crumble it into tiny crumbs. Whenever I ran into a big chunk the ball refused to form and would only crumble. I then froze the balls solid before dipping. I melted the bark in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup, dropped one ball in at a time, lifted it out on a fork, and scraped it back onto the cold cookie sheet with another fork. They came out beautiful and by placing back on the cold cookie sheet, the chocolate hardened in about 15 seconds. I can't wait to share this recipe with all my family!
These things looked freaking awesome!!!! Mine also took an entire package of chocolate bark. I used milk chocolate cake, milk chocolate icing and the chocolate bark. It was divine. I had no problem with them holding together and I used my Pampered Chef scoop to make my balls uniform in size. I also used my egg seperator to dip them, it worked like a charm and the excess chocolate dripped right through. Betty Crocker makes a product called drizzlers, they are in a microwaveable pouch and come with a tip attached. I bought one of these in the white icing and after the chocolate dip dried, I drizzled the white all over and they were beautiful! I had little foil papers to put them in when they dried and they looked like they could have been made professionally! Well worth the time and effort!
This recipe just couldn't be easier. I read all the reviews and followed others' advice.
1) Trim off the edges of the cake to make it easier to crumble.
2) Mix in the frosting when the cake is still warm. You may only need half a container of frosting.
3) Use a cookie scoop to round your balls.
4) Freeze the balls for at least 2 hrs so they're firm enough to handle (plus it makes the chocolate dipping that much easier).
5) Use a skewer for dipping and since the balls are frozen, the chocolate hardens pretty quickly.
I've made german chocolate and chocolate mint versions (just add peppermint extract to the frosting).
It was a hit with all my coworkers. Definitely a keeper!
I made my cake last night. When i got home from church i cut the cake into about 2in pieces and put them all in my kitchen aid. I put the icing in the micorwave for 25 seconds, (just long enough to soften it and not make it runny) to make it easier to stir in. The cake was just the right for making balls. My five year old DD even helped me make balls. We got 54 balls out of our batch. I put them in the freezer for about an hour before diping them in the chocolate. When I melted I the choclate I only melted 3 squares of the almond bark at a time and i put about a tsp of shortening in it (very important). I put a tooth pick in the cake ball dipped it in chocolate and then I left the tooth pick in util it dried and then i went back and filled the whole with choclate. This recipe is definitly a keeper and I WILL be making it again. Next time I'm going to try it with strawbery cake and iceing.. YUM!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 47
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