It´s a cake…it´s a cake ball…it´s a cake ball cake!
Yes, you read that right, a cake ball cake.
It was my friend´s birthday and I was trying to think of a cake she would really like. All I could think about were the red velvet cake balls we made for a superbowl party last year. Once I had cake balls on my mind, I couldn´t get them out. I had to make them. But I didn’t want to take the time to roll out and cover each individual cake ball with with chocolate. Not that my friend isn’t totally worth the effort, but I have an 8 month old. While I like to think I´m still a little Martha Stewart in the kitchen, creating beautiful creations from scratch, I´m not.
So, in order to save a little time, I decided to make a part-cake, part-cake ball creation. This cake starts with a layer of red velvet cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Then, a layer of red velvet cake ball with cream cheese frosting is added. Lastly, the entire cake is covered in chocolate. Yum, right? Don worry, it´s easier than it sounds.
In case you have never heard of a cake ball, it is basically cake crumbles mixed together with frosting, formed into a ball and covered in chocolate. The cake and frosting combination yields a moist, sweet dough, and the chocolate on top brings everything together. You may have seen these cake pop makers in stores before, but be warned, they are imitators of the real thing, and should be avoided at all cost.
To make the real deal, start by baking a cake according to the directions on the box. I chose to make round cakes so I could easily mix up the layers.
Next, take your mixer and crumble one of your cake layers. Yes, take your beautiful cake and smash it into pieces.
Then, add some frosting. Since I made half the cake into cake balls, I used about half a can of frosting. For a whole cake, you will want about a cans worth of frosting, maybe a little less if your cake is really moist. Combine the frosting with the cake crumbles. I have found it works best to use your hands for this step. Using the same baking pan you baked the cake in, spread your cake ball mixture, cover, and freeze for at least half an hour.
Once frozen, you can assemble your cake. You can really do this however you want. I started with plain cake on the bottom and the cake ball layer on the top, because I wanted the cake ball layer to be the closet to the chocolate outside.
Finally, grab some chocolate and melt it. I like Wilton Candy Melts. They melt smooth and quickly and are easy to work with. You can melt them on the stove, but I have found the microwave to work nicely. Simply place the bag of chocolate in a corning ware dish and microwave for a minute, give it a little stir, and microwave for another minute.
Cover the cake with chocolate, let it harden, and store in the refrigerator!