Ok, I just had to get on the bandwagon and make cake balls for holiday gifts. I got rave reviews, so I thought I would share my recipe! This made about three dozen balls.
Two boxes of Dr. Oetker Organic Lemon Cake mix
One box of Dr. Oetker Organic Vanilla frosting mix
Organic raspberry preserves
Organic chocolate chips, any flavor you want plus some fun drizzle type candy.
Mini muffin cups
Now, here is the fun part! Follow the cake directions and bake two cakes in sheet pans, let them cool completely. Crumble one cake in large bow. Set aside other crumbled cake for now.
Follow the directions for the frosting mix and add some orange extract. Or pick another flavor! Add the frosting to your crumbled cake. Seriously, using your hands is the easiest way to mix these two ingredients.
Once you have added all the frosting and your mix is too wet, now it is time to add more cake. Just add a little at a time. I added a small bit of preserves just because I love the berry flavor in my cakes. You can skip this if you want. Gradually add more cake until your mixture is moist enough to form balls, but not so moist that it no longer even looks like cake.
I searched my kitchen for the perfect tool to form the balls since using my hands was just not working well for me. Don’t laugh, but I ended up using my two tablespoon coffee scoop from Starbuck’s. It was the perfect size! I arranged the balls on wax paper and place in my freezer overnight. The next day, I melted my chocolate in my makeshift double boiler. I used a bamboo skewer, skewed a ball one at a time and dipped in to the chocolate. I put them in the mini muffin cups and sprinkled with the decorative candy. You have got to sprinkle them when the chocolate is still warm.
I refrigerated my cake balls until I was ready to package them and hand out as gifts. Needless to say, these were the gifts that never left an office door!