i've had several people ask for this recipe, so i thought i would share. don't you hate it when people won't share great recipes? oh, it just drives me nuts. and let me just tell you - if you are one of those people, one day you will probably be making your secret recipe and then find yourself eating it all by your lonesomes. OR, on the other hand, maybe you will take your secret recipe to the bank and make millions off it. either way, you won't have any friends. no one likes secret recipes.
now, let me warn you: this recipe is delicious. so, if you eat like 20 cakeballs you can't blame me.
remember this recipe? it is amazing and is also travis' favorite cake, so i based this recipe off of that one. i had no idea how it would turn out and thank my lucky stars it worked out so in the very least i would have something to blog about. ha.
start with the above recipe. (i made two cakes, which made about 70 balls.) just make the cakes according to directions and let cool. do not make the topping.
after completely cooled, crumble the cake as much as possible in a large bowl. i bought chocolate frosting, but if you have a chocolate frosting recipe that you like, use it. I used one and a half containers for the two cakes. scoop out your frosting into the bowl and mix well with the cake crumbs. mixture should be really wet and have the consistency of really thick frosting.
once completely mixed, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and stick in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. once chilled, it will be thick enough to roll into balls. using a tablespoon, scoop out cake mix and roll into a ball. it is really messy, but i always say hands on is the best method!
after rolling each ball, place in a container (and you can stack on top of each other if you need to) and cover really well with plastic wrap and stick in the freezer. i didn't have time to make these from beginning to end, so i had to have them rest in the freezer overnight. i would imagine that if you wrap them well enough in the plastic wrap you could leave them in there for awhile. but don't quote me on that one.
and we're ready to dip! get some good melting chocolate: i like godiva melting chocolate best, but sometimes you just have to use the cheap stuff and it works great, too. get 2 regular chocolate almond bark and 1 white almond bark.
set an oven-safe or glass bowl over a pot of boiling water and set your chocolate in. remember not to get any moisture in the almond bark because it will get all funky on you. you can press down on the almond bark while it is melting and it will start to melt a little quicker and then just start stirring it around until it is a big bowl of chocolate heaven. and seriously, if it doesn't make you just want to take a bath in it - you've got problems. ;)
once it is melted, throw one ball in at a time. using a spoon (and professional people probably have a better method here, but whateves. we're lucky this even worked out, remember?!) gently push it around in the chocolate and spoon chocolate over it until it is well covered. then, scoop the ball up on the spoon and with a fork, ever so slight, push it onto wax paper - that you should already have laying on your counter. oops...i probably should have already told you that step.
do this as many times as it takes to get all the balls dipped. once they are all dipped, the very first ones should be starting to get hard. i lifted each one up by hand and just dipped the tops in the chocolate once more. i mean, technically at that point you can say they are hand double dipped - which makes you sound all fancy and like you know what you are doing.
after all the balls are dipped a second time, put a few blocks of the white almond bark into a gallon size ziploc and microwave for 45 seconds. it won't be completely melted yet, just take it out and mix it around in the bag with your hand, on the outside of the bag - don't be stupid, and then pop it back in for another 30 seconds. when it is ready, mix it up completely and then snip just the tiniest little corner off the bag with scissors and pour little stripes of white chocolate over each ball. really, i only do this part to camouflage my misshapen and deformed balls - and it really works. people don't even notice how weird they look. or maybe they do, but no one will tell you otherwise.
and we're done! you can let your cakeballs set out on the counter until serving time, or place them in a container and refrigerate or freeze. i like mine cold, so i always put them in the fridge.
and for those who were wondering:
i did get my haircut! if i ever try to grow it out long again, someone stop me. but wait! are my glasses always crooked?