I love baking during the holiday season. My favorite goodies to bake for Christmas include yummy treats like cookies. Last weekend I decided to whip up a batch of cake balls. Cake balls are a delectable little treat made from boxed cake mix, icing, and chocolate chips. To give my cake balls a little more kick, I also added some spiced rum. Because I am currently pregnant with my precious little Poppy, my husband acted as the taste-tester for the rum cake balls. In either case, the cake balls turned out absolutely delicious!
Making cake balls is super easy. To begin, I used a boxed cake mix and followed the directions on the box to bake the cake. For this batch of cake balls, I used red velvet cake, but any other flavor will work. While the cake was baking, I emptied a tub of icing into a large mixing bowl. To compliment the red velvet cake, I used cream cheese icing. Other yummy combinations include chocolate cake with cream cheese icing, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, and chocolate cake with vanilla icing. Vanilla cake with vanilla icing would also be tasty for those vanilla lovers out there.
Immediately after taking the baked cake out of the oven, I emptied the cake pan into the large mixing bowl. I then smashed together the baked cake and icing until thoroughly mixed. I then divided the cake-icing mixture in half. To add a little extra kick to some of the cake balls, I added enough spiced rum to half of the mixture. If you do add some rum to yours, make sure you add enough for taste but not so much that you make the cake too moist.
After lining a baking sheet with wax paper, I then rolled the cake-icing mixture into bite-sized balls. I then popped the cake balls into the freezer for a couple of hours to allow the cake to harden a bit. I then used a double-boiler to melt the chocolate chips. I used semi-sweet chips, but, again, any flavor that complimented the cake and icing flavors could be used. I finally dipped the frozen cake balls in the melted chocolate, put the chocolate-dipped cake balls back on the wax paper, and popped the entire tray back in the freezer. Now when I want something sweet and chocolaty, I just have to open up my freezer and pull out a delectable cake ball. Yummy!
- 1 box of cake mix (any flavor)
- 1 tub of icing (any flavor)
- 2 12-ounce bags of chocolate chips (any flavor)
- Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the box.
- Pour the tub of icing into a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the cooked cake into the mixing bowl.
- Thoroughly mix together the cooked cake and icing.
- Form the cake-icing mixture into bite-sized balls.
- Place the cake balls onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Freeze the cake balls until cold.
- Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips.
- Dip the frozen cake balls into the melted chocolate.
- Place the chocolate-dipped cake balls back on the wax paper.
- Freeze the covered cake balls.
- Serve the cake balls frozen.
- Store any uneaten cake balls in the freezer.
Cake Balls Recipe © 2011 Heather Johnson
Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson
Ingredients for Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson
Mixing the Cake Batter © 2011 Heather Johnson
Baking the Cake © 2011 Heather Johnson
Icing © 2011 Heather Johnson
Mixing the Baked Cake and Icing © 2011 Heather Johnson
Cake-Icing Mixture © 2011 Heather Johnson
Forming the Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson
Adding Rum to Some of the Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson
Freezing the Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson
Melting the Chocolate Chips © 2011 Heather Johnson
Finished Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson
Rum Cake Balls © 2011 Heather Johnson