Christmas Cake Balls
*makes about 50 (1-inch) cake balls
Cake - 1 boxed cake mix, eggs, oil, water (prepare according to package directions and let cool)
1 tub store-bought cake frosting
green food coloring
1 bag of red Wilton Candy Melts (found in candy-making/cake decorating aisle of craft store)
1 brick of Vanilla Almond Bark Coating (found near chocolate chips in grocery store baking aisle)
vegetable oil or shortening
holiday sprinkles or colored sugar crystals
Mix in several drops of food coloring (I used green) to your cake batter then bake cake according to package directions and let cool completely (I like to bake my cake the day prior). Cut off any browned edges with a sharp knife then crumble cake into a large bowl.
Add in 2/3 of the tub of store-bought frosting and blend well with a large spoon or spatula. It will now look like raw cookie dough. I used a holiday green frosting that I found at my local Aldi store. If you can't find colored frosting simply mix in some food coloring to your frosting and stir well until it reaches the desired color. It should match the color of the cake.
*Tip: I only use store-bought frosting when I make cake balls because when I tried using my homemade buttercream icing, the cake balls weeped and cracked. I'm not sure if it was because of the butter or vanilla or what but there was too much moisture in them so I switched to the pre-made frosting and have not had any problems since.
Now, begin taking the dough into your hands and roll into 1-inch balls. If it is too sticky, you can place it into the fridge for a bit to chill. Place the balls on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Set the sheet of cake balls in your fridge for about 10 - 15 minutes to firm up while you melt the candy coating.
Place your candy in a microwave-safe bowl (or double boiler) with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or shortening and heat at 50% power in 30 second increments until melted, stirring occasionally. I used red and white candy coating since my cake color was green.
Wilton Red Candy Melts
Vanilla Almond Bark Coating
While waiting for your candy coating to melt, take your cake balls out of the fridge and let them sit at least 5 -10 minutes before you begin coating. We don't want to place a cold cake ball into the hot candy because it will cause cracking. Using a fork, dip each cake ball into the melted candy to coat. You can use a spoon to help roll it around. Gently shake the fork holding the cake ball to remove any excess. Set the covered cake ball back on the wax paper. Do this for all the cake balls then let set to harden.
After the cake balls have hardened, use the opposite candy coating color to either drizzle with a fork or pipe shapes using a candy squeeze bottle. Immediately top with holiday sprinkles or colored sugar crystals then let harden.
Serve on festive platters or set each cake ball into a mini-cupcake liner. You can also give an assortment of them in a tissue paper-lined box as a gift.
BUT be sure and keep some for yourself!! YUM!!!!