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Cake balls
December 3, 2009
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Have you ever made cake balls.  The recipe and instructions have been floating around the internet forever.  I made them for the last couple of years at Christmas time for gifts and I just finished some for a Get well gift.  The choice of flavors is limited only to your imagination and I didn't get too creative this morning but I made chocolate/german chocolate with a chocolate coating.  They are so good.

December 3, 2009
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Nope.  Have never made such a thing!  Are you talking about a bakerella kind of cake/sculture/whatever?  In any case, you KNOW what will be coming next - we want pics and recipes!

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December 3, 2009
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Best part of the cake!     Devil

The Pioneer Woman provided a handy link.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/10/cake-balls-halloween-style/

Moderator edit:  after following this link, PW actually links back to Bakerella, so only to be fair :)

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December 3, 2009
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We used to make these in high school for bake sales!  Always decorated for the season!  and yes, german chocolate was always my favorite  Hungry

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

December 4, 2009
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Yes I have made these and they are wonderful.  I made a white cake mix with cream chese icing and colored them orange for Halloween and dipped in chocolate.  They make up a lot too.  Any cake mix with any canned icing decorated anyway you want to.  There are a ton on the internet to look at.  Some did santa hats etc.  I think this has been posted on this site before?

December 4, 2009
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I thought it had been posted here before, too, jane, but I couldn't find it anywhere...............so thanks, Ruthie, for bringing it back up!

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December 4, 2009
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I'm sorry…I'm pretty new to the site and didn't bother to search to see if cake balls were mentioned before.

Someone that I know told me that they thought they were "disgusting" mooshy in the center, and I do like mine to be recognizable as cake, so I am careful about the amount of frosting that I add to the cake.  I get it just moist enough to hold the cake together and not gloopy.  If you can roll it into very smooth balls, then as far as I am concerned, you put too much in....Mine definitely looks and tastes like cake.

Seems like every time I share them with someone they always ask for the recipe and it's so nice to be able to say...just google cake balls...

December 4, 2009
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Don't apologize, I can't find it!!  It may have been a general discussion from a long time ago and has been since deleted!

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December 4, 2009
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Nice to have your input and experience in making them, TxLady!  It always helps to hear what someone has discovered in the process of making something.

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December 5, 2009
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Urk!

Thank you whichever Moderatrix corrected my erroneous post.  Sincerely, you did good.

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December 6, 2009
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While exploring the recipe forum I found this...Chocolate Cake Balls or some of you might remember it as "chicken balls".

http://suzannemcminn.com/forum/just-recipes/chocolate-cake-balls/

December 6, 2009
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THERE IT IS!!!!  I knew we had discussed cake balls before!!!!  LaughLaughLaughLaugh

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December 14, 2009
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I made german chocolate cakeballs for my daughters girl scout christmas party and they were a success!

I used one german chocolate cake mix and baked it according to package directions and let cool then shredded with 2 forks and added almost a whole can of german chcolate icing. Rolled into balls and refridgerated overnight due to running out of time to finish them that day.  I melted 2 packagest of chocolate chips to coat them.  It made almost 3 dozen.

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December 17, 2009
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I made Cake Balls this evening for my daughter's school Christmas party.    The good news is that these are teenagers who will eat anything that is not nailed down or red hot.   The bad news is that these things are nasty! 

They're dense, clammy balls of cloyingly sweet goo coated with supersweet crunch.   They were a pain in the butt to make which I would not have minded at all if they'd turned out to taste good.  I followed the directions exactly and they look quite attractive but I'm afraid the beauty is only skin deep.    Still, I'm glad I made them because No Guts, No Glory.  They might have been the most superlative food in the world and I'd have missed out. 

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

December 17, 2009
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Maud, Maud, Maud.

Don't you know that dense, clammy ball of cloyingly sweet goo covered with supersweet crunch was just what my sweet tooth was craving?  I savored every clammy, gooey bite, and then wished for more, knowing one was one more than I should have eaten. The Grinch made me do itShame on youShame on youShame on you

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December 18, 2009
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Had they not gone to school with my daughter, I'd have mailed them to you, Mommafox. 

My mother tried one again this morning (she's a hopeful soul) and says they taste better today than they did last night.  Perhaps this is one of those foods, like stew or lasagna, that tastes better after having had a rest.

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

December 18, 2009
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That suggestion up there somewhere about using the bare minimum of frosting to get the cake bits to stick together made sense as well.  Otherwise, it does sound more like frosting with crumbs, and doesn't sound very appealing here either!

Then again, that's why we have both chocolate and vanila ice cream, isn't it?  So that each of us can have what we want and allow others to have what they want...

It's all good.       Pink Rabbit

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December 18, 2009
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I have made these several times and all were gone in minutes.  I am making chocolate cake with chocolate icing and dipping in white and rolling in red and green sugar.  One person suggested homemade icing

6 oz cream cheese

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

milk enogh to make icing

Mix and then put in cake

some say tear the cake when warm and some say cool the cake.  they are like a rich bonbon candy to me. 

December 18, 2009
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That's what I did, Pete.  A bit less than 3/4 of the tub of frosting to one crumbled up cake. 

Anyway, I posted my results not as a whiny complaint but as my take on the results.   And you're right.  It's all good.  Lots of people don't like my favorite summer dinner of linguine, sauteed squash, and blue cheese crumbles all mixed together in a soup plate.  Diversity makes the world an interesting place.

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

December 18, 2009
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Good news on the Cake Ball front.   My daughter called me at 1:30 today to say that school was letting out early (impending snowstorm) and the Cake Balls were a HUGE hit with the high schoolers.  As her high school is very, very small, she took the leftover Cake Balls to the first and second graders (her particular pets) who snarfed them all up and begged for more.

So, it must be me, not the Cake Balls. 

I shall safeguard this recipe for future use.  After all, just because I don't care for something doesn't mean I can't make it for other people who like it.  Two good examples of that kind of altruism would be the banana bread I make for my mother (I detest bananas!) and the sausage gravy and SOS I make for my daughter and mother (it looks like puke and tastes garbage in white sauce poured over toast).

Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. ~Ambrose Bierce

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