Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cake Ball Tutorial

Hi everyone! Have you ever attempted to make cake balls, but they haven't turned out like you wanted? Have you struggled with how to make them look smooth? These little bites of heaven can be like little bits of terror to work with at times! Have you wanted to pull your hair out due to pure frustration from making cake balls? Well, look no further because I am going to share all of my secrets of how to make your cake balls smooth and the bottoms to look pretty and perfect every time! 

To make these cake balls, you will need:
Any type of cake (already prepared)
Any type of frosting (already prepared)
Ice cream scooper
Candy dipping tool (purchase from Michael's)
Candy coating
Canola Oil
Food coloring if desired 
Decorations (candy, sprinkles, sanding sugar, etc.)

The first step is to allow your cake to cool completely before crumbling it. 

After your cake has cooled, now you are ready to crumble the cakes. I usually cut sections of my cakes and place them into the blender, but you can also crumble the cakes with your hands. 

After you blend your cake or crumble it, it should have a consistency like bread crumbs.

The next step is to add in your frosting. I am using buttercream here, but you can add in any frosting that you like.

After stirring in the frosting, it should come together and look like this.

Next, I use an ice cream scooper to scoop the cake balls out onto a cookie sheet. I use an ice cream scooper to ensure that each cake ball is uniform in size, but you can use a spoon or even a tablespoon to scoop them out. 


After scooping each cake ball onto your cookie sheet, cover the cake balls with plastic wrap and put them into the freezer to allow them to firm up. I only take a few out of the freezer at a time to coat with candy coating because once the warmer they get, the harder they are to work with.

While your cake balls are still in the freezer, microwave your candy coating. I only use a small amount at a time because I don't like to waste it and also it seems to work better that way. After microwaving, add in some canola oil or vegetable oil. I am not sure how much to tell you to add because it depends on how much candy coating you use. 

After adding the canola oil in, the candy coating should drip off of the spoon. The candy coating should be thin, but not too thin because you want it to be thick enough to evenly coat the cake balls.

Now it is time to use the candy dipping tool, but I just refer to it as my candy fork (you can purchase it at Michael's). This tool is amazing and has really helped me be able to make the cake balls smooth at the bottom! It looks like a temperature fork on the end, but this little baby works wonders! 

Using your candy fork, place a cake ball on the edge and with a large spoon drizzle the candy coating over the top in a back and forth motion. 

Coat the cake ball completely and tap the excess off gently on the side of the bowl and then gently scrape any excess off the bottom on the side of the bowl, but be careful not to scrape the bottom of the cake ball. 

If you want to decorate with sprinkles, sanding sugar or other candies that you are going to sprinkle over the cake balls, then you need to do this immediately after coating them with candy coating because they dry really fast, especially if you live down in the south with this humidity! 

Decorate the cake balls however you like and enjoy! Thank you for tuning in and I hope this helps someone out there! Take care everyone ;)