If you have never experienced cake balls, you must...right now! They are so delicious and so easy to make. All you need is a box of cake mix, half a jar of icing, and some candy melts.
So first you bake the cake according to the directions in a 9 by 13 pan. While it is still hot, crumble it into a bowl and mix in half of the jar of icing. Then form into balls and coat with the candy melts. Ta-da! Cake balls!
But if you are looking for something more fun (and I actually think these are easier than regular cake balls or cake pops) you've got to try out these cake ball cones. These were inspired by the the cake pop queen herself, Bakerella. You've got to check out all the extraordinary things she does with these things.
So to make these, you start off the same way as normal: bake, crumble, stir. Then to form the balls, we used an old gatorade scoop. This made the perfect amount of cake to make a nice looking ball for the tops of our cones. We were able to get 12 cake ball cones from one box of mix. So we formed the balls and set them aside.
Then we had the rig our dipping and drying station. We used the boxes that the sugar cones came in to make a drying station for the cones. We simply just poked holes in the box. But as a word of caution, don't make the holes too close together (or else you'll have cones touching each other) or make the holes too shallow (and thusly unable to hold up the weight of the ball).
I would suggest testing the cake balls on top of the cones before you dip them just to make sure.
Then we melted our candy melts. We added food coloring (oil-based) so that the birthday girl could get her purple ice cream. And we added a little bit of vegetable oil so that the candy would be liquid enough to make a smooth coat.
Then we dipped the balls halfway in the candy melt and then placed them on the cone. We allowed this to dry before we moved on to the next step. Once they are dry and fulled adhered to the sugar cone, then you can just pick up the cone and use it as a dipping apparatus. Fully coat the cake ball in the melted candy melts. If you want a drip to mimic runny ice cream, then after you dip it, you need to make the motion like you are going to smash the cone into the table cone first but stop short before actually doing this. This force should push the candy down in some nice looking drips.
|Ahhh, the drips gonna get me!|
Then garnish with some sprinkles and wait for it to dry.
We then had them packaged up, but you can obviously enjoy it right away.
So there you have it: a melt-less ice cream cone that tasty and fun. I mean, with what other cone would you trust a three year old to walk around unassisted?
Have you experienced the joy of the cake ball?