04 January 2011

115: Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Balls


My first attempt at cake balls....and the verdict is they are super YUM!!...but...it is a lot of work....the recipe does look straightforward and easy... but sure takes time.....or probably it was because I was making nearly 50 cake balls (taking them for a celebration at work)....I got so tired by the end of it.......

So let me share the recipe quick....before I doze off...

For the red velvet cake,

2 ¾ cup cake flour, sifted
1 ½ cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. natural cocoa powder, not dutch-processed
1 ½  cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tbsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. white distilled vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cake balls,

1 can chocolate fudge frosting
1 pkg. (24 oz) of dark chocolate coating bars

Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour (pre-measured and sifted), sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, gently whisk the oil, buttermilk, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring until blended. Add in the dry ingredients slowly and whisk until smooth. Pour into a lined and greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 F for approximately 30 mins, turning once half way through. Cool in pan for no more than 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely for 30 mins. Crumble the cake into a large bowl using a hand mixer. Add the frosting from the can frosting and mix until well combined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.  

Line a baking tray with wax paper. Form balls with the cake mixture. Place on wax paper. Once you have used all of the cake mixture, place the baking tray in the freezer for 1 hour. Melt the dark chocolate coating bars in a glass bowl of the microwave, stirring every 5-10 seconds until completely molten and smooth.

Remove the balls from the freezer. Using one toothpick, pick up the balls one at a time and dip in the chocolate. Use a second toothpick to slide the ball off the first toothpick onto the wax paper lined baking tray.

Hope y'all are having a great start to the new year! I have had a super hectic day today....and after 10 days of lazing around....reality sure struck me hard.... :) back to grind now!

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