Red Velvet Cake Balls

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Posted on 02/19/2008 by gigglette

I made these for my mom's surprise birthday party last weekend and these were the four left after the party was over. I was inspired by Bakerella, but I did it my way.

Any part of this can either be made from a box or from scratch. You'll need melting chocolate, red velvet cake, and 1.25 cups of frosting. I've posted my red velvet recipe before. Bakerella says to use cream cheese frosting, but I went another way:

Basic White Frosting
1 Cup shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla
4.5 cups sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk

Beat shortening and vanilla in an electric mixer. Slowly beat in half the powdered sugar. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in the rest of the powdered sugar and milk until the frosting is spreading consistency. (In the future I would make the frosting red as well to prevent any discoloration.)

Red Velvet Cake Balls
1. Bake a red velvet cake. I made it in two 9" rounds.
3. Allow the cake to cool, then crumble into a large bowl. Make the pieces as small as possible.
3. Mix in the frosting until the mixture is pliable. This is easy to do with your hands, but you will have red food coloring residue in any nook or cranny. Have a good hand scrub nearby!
4. Form bite sized balls and place them on a cookie sheet. I made about 5 dozen.
5. Chill for several hours. Either the fridge or the freezer will work. Make sure to pull them out before they get dry if you don't have them fully covered.
6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Only melt a small amount at a time to keep the right viscosity, but try to keep the chocolate about 1/4" deep at all times so the balls will roll smoothly. The water underneath should only be simmering; you should be able to put your hand in the water without hurting yourself.
7. Dip and roll the balls in the chocolate one at a time. Set on wax paper to firm.
pop_opera 20th-Feb-2008 08:56 am (UTC)
These look DELICIOUS! I definately am going to have to try something like this for some occasion, because they not only look yummy, but they really are beautiful.
gigglette 21st-Feb-2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! These were prefect for around Valentine's day. I think next winter I'm going to see about making snowmen out of vanilla cake balls using white chocolate. There have got to be so many variations on this that will look so nice!
emobopeep 20th-Feb-2008 09:53 am (UTC)
They look great! I think I'll make these on the weekend.
sayhitoyourmum 20th-Feb-2008 11:51 am (UTC)
These look so lovely!! Great job!
jadorelefromage 20th-Feb-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
omg those look awesome!! i am totally going to make some. thanks for sharing!!
aishy 20th-Feb-2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
mmmm i love cake balls. the last time (the first time... the only time) i made them was in october for my sons birthday party, unfortunatly i was newly pregnant and sweets, even the smell of cake, were making me sick. so i didn't get to enjoy them. the kids and i will have to make some soon.
ohhowcliche 20th-Feb-2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
oh, these look so good. i'm going to try them real soon.
liuna 20th-Feb-2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
I so want to make these but I'm afraid I my free will may dissolve and I'll wake up hours later on the kitchen floor with chocolate smears and cake crumbs all over me and no intact cake balls in sight, with no memory of what happened. They look seriously dangerous!
gigglette 21st-Feb-2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh they are that dangerous!
evilbeard 24th-Feb-2008 11:04 am (UTC)
I just made these myself and I have to ask how did you get such a thin layer of chocolate on them?
gigglette 26th-Feb-2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I had never made these before so I'm just guessing, but how you heat the chocolate probably has a lot to do with it. How did you heat your chocolate? Did you do it in the microwave or a lot at once?

I kept the level of chocolate in the double boiler low so it barely coated the ball and did this step fairly quickly. I had been planning to roll them again so they would be thicker, but ended up liking it this way because the thin layer clung to the cake really well and didn't flake off like I thought it might.
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