It was the birthday of one of my favorite peeps, Vicky! She asked me to make her something chocolate and nutty. Of course, I had to try something new, or else my blog would get neglected.
When I was making the red velvet cake pops, I ran out of sticks so I just dipped the left over cake balls in the chocolate and they were just as cute! And I think its always easier for everyone to delve into a cake ball rather than a cake slice and forgoing the plate, fork and napkin altogether.
When making the red velvet cake pops, I used a box cake mix and you have to add frosting to the the crumbled cake mixture to be able to form it into balls. I remembered the very first cake I ever made from scratch was soooooo moist that I wouldnt need to add the frosting. So I found that recipe again on allrecipes.com and just went from there.
Here is that recipe:
In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Mix on low just until combined. Stir in water until blended. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
After the cake cooled, I crumbled it up and then just formed them into balls. For the almond ones, I added an almond in the middle and for the peanut butter ones, I just mixed some peanut butter in with the cake ball.
Then I just dipped them into chocolate. I use the kind that comes in a little microwavable container, I like to make it as easy as possible!
For the almond ones, I just sprinkled crushed almonds as soon as it came out of the chocolate bath. For the peanut butter, I just made sort of a peanut butter glaze by mixing some confectioners sugar, water and peanut butter until smooth, then piping that over the cute little balls!
And thats it! Another creation thats easy as "pie" but looks gourmet... just how I like it!
Happy Birthday Vicky!