I love making delicious treats for the holidays. One recipe that I started making a few years ago that I think would make for the perfect preschool Easter treats: cake balls. Cake balls are so easy to make. First, bake a cake from any cake mix. Immediately after the cake comes out of the oven, mix the hot cake with a tub of frosting. As soon as the cake and frosting mixture cools enough to touch, form the cake into balls. Place the balls of cake on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Stick the sheet of cake balls in the freezer to cool and firm. While the cake balls are cooling, melt two packages of chocolate in a double boiler. As soon as the chocolate melts, dip the cooled cake balls in the melted chocolate. Place the coated cake balls back on the wax paper and stick back in the freezer. Serve the cake balls frozen.
I think that cake balls would make for perfect Easter snacks for preschoolers for a number of reasons. First, making cake balls is just fun. A preschooler could help stir the baked cake and frosting together as well as help drop the cooled cake balls into the chocolate. (Mom or Dad should, of course, supervise closing while making these or any preschool Easter treats for safety reasons.) I definitely plan to make cake balls as one of many Easter snacks for preschoolers with my future children.
The second reason that cake balls will make for some fun and delicious preschool Easter treats is that the recipe is customizable. For the cake balls that I made tonight to share with my family and friends on Easter, I used dark chocolate cake with cream cheese icing and dipped the cake balls in milk chocolate. However, just about any combination of cake, frosting, and chocolate can be used. I, personally, am curious to try red velvet cake mixed with cream cheese icing and dipped in dark chocolate. Your preschoolers will love mixing and matching ingredients while making these fun preschool Easter treats.
Finally, cake balls make for perfect snacks for preschoolers because of the size and shape of the finished concoction. Although I seen some cooks make rather large cake balls, the batch that I made tonight were bite-sized. Throw in the rounded shape that resembles an Easter egg, and you have some fun, homemade preschool Easter treats that your children can help make to share with your family and friends. I know that I am looking forward to sharing my cake balls on Easter tomorrow as well as to making some Easter cake balls with my future children.
For my full recipe, check out my Cake Balls Recipe.
Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson