Chocolate in any form of sweet is symbolic of Valentine’s Day, so it’s only fitting to write a post on just that. I wanted to make something more than just sugar cookies in the shape of a heart or anything sweet in that form. Chocolate came to mind but I don’t know the first thing about tempering chocolate so I kind of cheated. Rather than filling a box full of chocolate truffles, I make the next best thing: cake balls.
Think of them as cake pops without the sticks and they look like those one-bite Pot of Gold chocolates that you spend at least a minute trying to figure out which to choose, only to realize that the card that was in the box tells you the flavour of each one. They’re adorable and delicious and everyone will fall head over heels for them.
To keep things simple, I took a store-bought marble cake mix split the batter to bake a chocolate and a vanilla cake. You can definitely bake a cake from scratch, but knowing that I was going to literally tear the cake to pieces, I opted to go the store-bought route. Once cooled, I macerated the cakes in separate bowls until they became a crumble consistency. Next, a poured about half of the tub of vanilla frosting in each bowl and mix until the cake became a sticky mixture. Add a bit more frosting if you see that the mixture doesn’t stick well. You’ll know the mixture is the right consistency when you try to create a ball and it sticks together. Start with one of the flavours and create little balls and place in an airtight container lined with parchment paper. Freeze the balls for at least an hour.
To cover the cake balls, I bought a bag of white and chocolate Wilton Candy Melts, which gives them a glossy finish. Microwave one of the two until the chocolate is fully melted. I took the chocolate cake balls and covered it in white chocolate and the vanilla cake balls in the other. You can also match the cake to the chocolate cover if you’d like. Just like a box of chocolate, you can mix them up so that you don’t know which flavour you have until you take a bite!
Take one of the balls that has been freshly out of the freezer and dunk it in the chocolate. With a fork, turn the ball around to fully cover it. Lift the ball out with the fork and tap the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You’ll see that the cold cake ball with solidify the chocolate almost immediately. Repeat with each ball. You may need to reheat the candy melt because the cold cake balls with slowly solidify the chocolate in the bowl. Once all the cake balls are covered, take the other coloured candy melt and drizzle atop with a fork to decorate the balls.
Put the cake balls in a paper liner, fill a box, wrap it up and give it to a loved one!
Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!