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As a result of questions asked by readers, this edition of Cupcake Corner will be highlighting gorgeous cake balls. They have been around for a few years and they just seem to be getting more and more popular.
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I know they probably don't belong in a newsletter or website about cupcakes, but they are so cute I just couldn't resist. They are bite-sized and if I stick to using cupcake crumbs they easily become a first-cousin of the well-loved cupcake!
Whether you call them cake balls, cake truffles or cake pops, they are basically the same thing - cute little balls of cake dipped in candy. They are usually made by crumbling cake and combining with frosting or ganache which enables the little cake to hold its shape prior to being coated in chocolate.
These gorgeous little mouthfuls of heaven can then be easily served and eaten without a crumb being dropped ... or wasted! They are the perfect finger-food dessert.
Cake pops are super-sweet and super-moist and last for several days.
The frosting and candy coating prevent the little truffles from drying out which makes them the ideal sweet treat which can be made well ahead of schedule. Planning a bite-sized party dessert has never been easier.
If you are planning a party for children follow the steps for making cake pops but make a cake on a stick instead. These can then be wrapped individually and given as a party favor to your young guests.
They are so easy to make and they look really impressive. Simply bake your favorite cupcake as you always have - feel free to experiment with flavors, fillings, and frostings, or just make a simple cake from a pre-made mix. Then, crumble your cake and combine with with frosting or ganache.
Let the mixture sit in the fridge till it sets and then roll into small balls. These balls are then dipped into melted chocolate and once again put in the refrigerator to set.
Cake balls can be individually wrapped or placed in decorative wrappers or liners. They then become a great wedding or party favor.
An even easier way to make cake balls is to use an electric cake pop maker. The Babycakes CP-12 Cake Pop Maker, Purple, 12 Cake Pops
makes perfectly round little cake balls so you don't have to crumble your cake and mix with frosting and shape into balls. All you have to do is bake the cake balls and coat in candy. How easy is that!!
If you are interested in making cake balls and want some more inspiration there are two fantastic books available that are sure to motivate you. The books are Cake Pops by Angie Dudley and Cake Balls by J Brentzel.
These little treats will be perfect for Easter and both books will give you fantastic ideas about combining cake and frosting flavors as well as decorating tips and techniques.
Since the last edition of Cupcake Corner I have received so many recipes for both cupcakes and frostings. Below are a selection of cupcake recipes.
Lucy from Sydney, New South Wales sent in a recipe for buttermilk cupcakes;
Jennifer from Melbourne, Australia shared her recipe for coconut cupcakes. I tried this recipe the day I received it and they taste great;
Shelby from UAE submitted her lemon cupcake recipe;
Peta from Budapest sent in a gluten-free carrot cake recipe; and
Alison from Ontario shared her chocolate cake recipe.
I also received the following frosting recipes:
royal icing from Myra;
caramel frosting from Jackie;
chocolate frosting from Marci; and
dairy free frosting from Beverley.
Thanks so much for your contributions. .
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