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Snowmen Cake Balls!

I don’t know about where everyone else is, but here in good ole Mid Mo it’s cold and dreary, and many days snowy. We recently got stuck in the middle of the “polar vortex” and spent 3 days in negative temps. It was rough.

But in the midst of it all we had one day warm enough for the kids to make a snowman. Which of course brought me back to the snowmen I made out of cake balls right before Christmas.

So today I bring you the how to on snowmen cake balls!

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How adorable are these? And they are super easy to make!

All you are going to need are some cake balls dipped in white chocolate. Some orange candy melts, some black candy melts, some black food coloring, and some miniature marshmallows.

That’s it. And here’s how to make them:

First start with your mini marshmallows. You want to dip them into some black candy melts. I found the best way to do this was to poke them with the tip of a skewer, dip them into the chocolate, and then ” spin” the marshmallow over some parchment, so that the marshmallow falls off of the skewer and lands on its flat end on the parchment. If the marshmallow doesn’t fall off you can gently use a spoon to ease it off of the skewer.

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Let the marshmallows dry. While they are drying put some faces on your snowmen heads. Start with the orange in a squeeze bottle, and give them each a nose. You want your chocolate to slightly cool before you start or your noses will fall before they set up.

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Then using a small paintbrush or a toothpick dipped into the black food coloring, make dots onto your snowmen faces making the eyes and a mouth. The dots make the snowmen look like they have coal making up their facial features.

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Let your faces dry, and now it’s time to make the brims of your hats, and attach them to the marshmallows.

Using a squeeze bottle with some black candy melts in it make some large dots, bigger than the base of the marshmallows and press your marshmallows into them, making it look like hats.

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Let those dry then using some chocolate attach the hats to your snowmen heads. Once they are all dry you will have these adorable snowmen cake balls!

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How cute!

So when winter gets you down, take the winter blues into your own hands and make some indoor snowmen.

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Cake ball variations

 

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Pumpkin Bread Balls?

Got too much pumpkin bread? Why not turn it into a “cake ball”? Pair it with a delicious cream cheese frosting and you’d be set.

This idea first came to me from my awesome sister, have you been over to Banana Bluebird yet? You should she’s pretty talented.

Anyways she suggested to me that I should try turning pumpkin bread into pumpkin balls. So here today I bring to you Pumpkin Bread Balls!

To make these you will need some pumpkin bread. And some cream cheese frosting. Since I made the bread in this post, I’m going to leave that step out and show you how to make the frosting instead.

For the frosting you need:

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1 package of cream cheese, softened

1 stick of unsalted butter, softened

2 c sifted powdered sugar

2-3 tsp milk

pinch of salt, if frosting is too sweet

To make these awesome bite sized bread chunks, start with the frosting.

Cream together the cream cheese and the butter

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Sift in the powdered sugar. No sifter, try a sieve:

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Stir well.

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Add the milk to make your frosting smooth and creamy

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Now set your frosting aside, for use in just a minute.

Remove the crust from your bread. You don’t want the chunks it will leave when you are done.

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Then cut your bread into pieces and place in a large bowl:

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Now using your mixer blend these with approx. 2/3 c of your frosting. The amount will vary based on the amount of bread, the consistency of your frosting, and how moist your bread is to begin with. The drier the bread, the more frosting you will need.

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You will know you have enough when you scoop one out and it holds its shape nicely

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Now scoop out and roll into balls

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Then dip into melted white chocolate coating, let dry and you are done!
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I would at this point trim off the excess coating, it gives a nicer presentation when you are done.

So if you are tired of plain old pumpkin bread, why not turn some into bite sized bread balls? They are delicious and make a great addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table.

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

 

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Turkey Cake Balls! Part 2

Yesterday I teased you all a little with a preview on how to make these adorable turkey cake balls.

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So here is part 2 of the process on making them.

You will need:

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Milk and white chocolate coating, red and orange candy melts, black frosting color, and a paint brush.

Begin by making your cake balls as usual, except only use milk chocolate coating. Need the recipe for cake balls? Find it here.

Once you have coated all your cake balls, instead of saving, or discarding your remaining coating, add a couple chunks of white chocolate coating to it as well.

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Then melt that all together to make a light brown

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Go ahead and put this in a squeeze bottle and set aside.

Now using a sharp knife trim all of the excess coating off of your soon to be turkeys

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Once you have done this to every one, you are ready to start making their faces. Begin with the light brown that you just made, and turning the cake ball so that while leaving the bottom on the bottom, you have the flattest side facing away from you. Now draw an oval with your light brown. This will be your turkey’s face:

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See face on rounded side.

Do this step with all of your balls first. It is easier to do each step with every ball vs having to keep re melting your chocolate….

 

Next grab your orange, melt it and you are ready to make their beaks. All you have to do is find a spot on the center of their faces, and slowly pulling outward while very slightly squeezing your bottle add the orange to their faces. Doing it this way will give you a nice beak shape.

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Repeat for all of your turkeys

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Now grab your red, melt it and you are ready to make their wattles- the little red thing that’s on their chins.

Add the wattles below the beak, in an upside down hear type of pattern:

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And you guessed it, repeat for all:

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Your turkey army is starting to come together.

For the eyes, it’s super simple. Using your paint brush- the finer the tip, the better, dip it in the frosting color and add a dot above their beaks, one on each side:

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And once again repeat for all:

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Finally you are ready to add some tails to your turkeys. Don’t have the tails made? Then check out turkey cake balls, part 1.

Ok now that you have all of your tails made, you are ready to attach them to your turkeys. Using that same light brown, you can us it as glue in one of two ways. Either add it to the back of the turkey:

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Or add it right to the bottom of the feathers:

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You want your feathers to be bumpy side facing forward. It makes them look more like real feathers that way.

To get the feathers to stick, if your turkey is really flat on his back, you can lay him on his feathers till he dries:

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Or you can stand him straight up, with his feathers pressed up against something flat, like the wall.

Once you are done, don’t throw those leftover feathers away! They can me used to add to your turkey display.

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And that’s it. Turkey cake balls!

 

Note: The best way to travel with these is to put them in a square or rectangular metal cake pan like this:

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By staggering them like this they are less likely to break while in transport.

 

And that’s it! A super cute Thanksgiving treat that is fun for all ages. These are sure to be a huge hit. While they are really time consuming they are a great addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table.

Do you have a favorite turkey themed dessert that you make? Share below. It’d be great to see what turkey inspired ideas you all have!

 

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

 

 

 

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Turkey Cake Balls! Part 1

It’s turkey time! Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and as such it is my “bakecation” week.

What this means for you all is that I have TONS of new desserts going on in my kitchen this week, and that means there are many new posts and how tos for you. I thought I’d start with the most time consuming one,

Cake Ball Turkeys!

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How adorable are those? They are a fan favorite, but of all the cake ball variations I know and/ or have done, they certainly take the longest. Because they are more time consuming than the other variations, I’m breaking them down into two different posts. So today it is all about making their tails.

To make these you will need:

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Candy melts in yellow, orange, and red. Also some milk chocolate.

Don’t have the candy melt colors available? No worries, you can also use white chocolate and dye it the right colors with these awesome candy colors. These are found at any craft store with a candy decorating aisle, such as Hobby Lobby

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You will also need some squeeze bottles like so:

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And a turkey feather tail pattern. Your pattern will vary in size based upon how big of a cookie scoop you are using. The bigger the scoop the bigger the feather you will need.

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Each tail takes 5 feathers to make. So if you know already how many cake balls your scoop makes- mine make 90! go ahead and do the math to figure the number of feathers you will need. Then add AT LEAST 10 of each color to account for accidental breakage. It happens. I made 136 of each color- so 544 feathers! Don’t fret you might not need them all.

To begin this place your pattern under some parchment paper. Put your chocolate into your squeeze bottles, melt and you are ready to begin.

These are really easy to make they are just time consuming.

Just follow the outline of your pattern with the tip of your bottle:

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And fill in. It’s like coloring a picture:

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No squeeze bottle? No problem. Just add your candy melts to a ziplock bag:

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And melt:

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Then just snip off a TINY part of the corner and use it like a piping bag:

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Once you have filled your parchment with tail feathers

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Put them someplace cool to set up. I prefer my fridge, but if your area is like Missouri right now- I.e. cold and chilly, you can put them on a table next to a window. Just don’t leave your feathers anywhere warm to set up, they will break.

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After 5 – 10 minutes they will be ready to remove from the baking sheet. You can tell if they are ready by lifting up on one side of the sheet. If they easily slide off they are done.

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See they will just fall into a nice little pile.

Do this will all 4 of your colors.

Once you are done with all of your colors go ahead and get an area ready for assembly.

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That’s a lot of feathers….

Pick 5 and lay out on an empty sheet of parchment. Have a squeeze bottle of brown ready to use as “glue”

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On whatever feather you pick to be the middle on, add a line of chocolate about 1/2 way up both sides:

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Then attach two feathers, one to each side. Just line up the edges, and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect. These are meant to be unique to each turkey.

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Then on the outside edge of the two new feathers, add another line of chocolate about 1/2 way up.

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Attach your two outside feathers:

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And that’s it. One complete turkey tail. Repeat the above assembly steps until you have more than enough tail feathers for your turkeys.

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It doesn’t hurt to have extra tails. Nor does it hurt to have extra feathers. If you have extras left you can always use them as part of your display in the end. Kids love eating the leftover feathers.

When you are all done you should have an army of tails ready for attachment to their turkeys:

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Be on the lookout tomorrow for the rest of the steps for making those adorable turkeys.

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Cake ball variations

 

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Jack-O-Lantern Cake Balls!

It’s Halloween week! That means that it’s time for some Halloween inspired treats. I was recently asked if I could turn some cake balls into pumpkins for my mom’s work. But why stop at pumpkins when you can turn them into some super cute jack-o-lanterns?

To do these cake balls you will need the following:

1- recipe cake balls

Some parchment paper

And these following items as well:

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2 bags of orange, 1 bag of green, and 1 bag of black Candy Melts

1 brick of vanilla Almond Bark

Here’s how to make them:

First you are going to start by preparing your cake balls up to the point of dipping them in your coating. If you need the whole cake ball recipe then pop on over to my original cake ball post here and follow those easy steps. Then you want to prep your coating. I found the best way to do this is to mix your vanilla coating with your orange like so:

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Then just stir, stir, stir. You want to add enough orange to make it still look orange, but not so much that you loose the thin consistency of the vanilla. The final results will look like this:

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Then use this orange to dip your cake balls like you normally would. Set aside and let dry. You don’t want them to be soft.

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Using your black candy melts, melt them down and put them either in a squeeze bottles, or using a decorating bag, make some jack-o-lantern faces onto your cake balls. (I found it easier to put the candy in first, then melt.)

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Cute right?

But what are jack-o-lanterns without their stems? So if you want the stems all you have to do is using the same method as the black, melt down the green and put in a bottle or bag, then add some stems to the top of your pumpkins. If you hold the top of the bottle/ bag to the very tip of the stem for a second before you pull it away, you can get the stem to stand however you would like it to look.

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Really. How cute are these? Super easy. Super cute. Sure to be a huge hit with any crowd.

I’d love to see your versions of these adorable cake balls, so post me a link below and I will be sure to stop by and check them out.

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Cake ball variations

 

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Cake Balls!

So for the first recipe of the week, I decided to write on a dessert that I am constantly being asked to make: Cake Balls! This week though I also played with a technique to make the cake itself a different color.

So to start you need to bake your cake. In this instance we have a basic white cake, that has been dyed with some green gel food coloring.

Next just bake in a 9×13 pan and let cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Then mix your frosting, in this case we are using a vanilla buttercream that has been dyed green as well.

In a large mixing bowl crumble up your cake, and mix until it is just little crumbs. Leave out the crusts so your cake balls aren’t hard in the middle.

Then stir in 1 1/2 cups of frosting and stir till well blended. Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate for 3o minutes to 1 hour. You don’t want your frosting to be too soft when you start rolling.

Using a cookie scoop to make uniform sizes, scoop out your cake/ frosting mixture onto waxed paper, and then roll into little balls.

In a microwave safe bowl melt your chocolate, in whatever color/ or flavor you would like.

Then just dip your cake balls into chocolate, and transfer over to a sheet of waxed paper.

Let harden, and then you can remove them from the paper and transfer to a closed container or plastic bag.

Here’s what they look like once they are dipped and have cooled again. These are so versatile you can use just about any combination of cake and frosting that you’d like.

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So the next time you are craving something sweet, try something that the whole family will love. Try some cake balls.

Until next time,

Happy baking!

Printable recipe version: Cake Balls

 
 

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