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Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks…

Posted on: September 27, 2011

Aside from my obsession with chocolate, I have an unnatural obsession with red velvet cake.  Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are probably the best comfort food after chocolate brownies and ice cream.  I also like cake pops and cake balls. So I thought why not combine the two!  I found a recipe from Bakerella for red velvet cake balls.  In her recipe she uses a mix, but I decided to make the cake from scratch.  The red velvet cake balls recipe makes about 50 cake balls, which was too much for me, so I cut her portions in half.  She also recommends to use less oil if you’re using the cake recipe for the cake balls because the cake will come out too oily for the cake balls.

The utensils you'll need

For the cake you will need:  1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 egg, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 Tablespoon vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (two drops will be more than enough), 1 oz. red food coloring

You need to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, grease and flower the cake pan.
  

Next I mixed all the dry ingredients in a bowl with a wire whisk.
        

Then stir the egg in a second bowl with a wire whisk.  Then add the rest of the liquid ingredients and mix.
        

Next add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  The recipe says to use a mixer, but I used a whisk and it mixed really well and easy. Then pour into cake pans and put into the oven, for approximately 30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. (it may take longer depending on how strong your oven is)
            

Once the cake is done, take it out and let it cool before you start on the cake balls.  I recommend cutting the cake into quarters to let it cool faster.
    

The next step is to make the cream cheese frosting. You will need: 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature, 1 stick butter (room temperature), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (once again two drops will be more than enough), 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Beat the cream cheese and butter until it is smooth.  I started off using a hand mixer but it didn’t work well so I switched to a food processor.  It worked much better.
        

Once it is smooth add the vanilla and then the sugar.  Then let the cream cheese frosting sit for a little.
      

Once the cake has cooled and the frosting is done you are ready to make the cake balls.  For this you will need:  red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, 1 package chocolate bark (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips), wax paper

After cake is cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.  Then mix it with the cream cheese frosting.  I mixed with a spoon and it was clean and easy, but you can also do this by hand, but it will be messy.
    

Roll the mixture into medium size balls and lay on cookie sheet.  This should make 25 cake balls. You can get  more if you roll smaller balls, or make more cake.  Then let them chill for several hours.  If you put them in the freezer it will take approximately an hour to an hour and a half.
  

Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the package.  I set up a double boiler to melt the chocolate.  Double boilers can be bought, but are just as easy to create.  All you need to do is place a large bowl of water on the stove and bring it to slight boil, then place a second smaller bowl with the chocolate in the first larger bowl.  Mix the chocolate constantly until it is completely melted, and then frequently after that.  Make sure the water doesn’t boil too much, keep it small.
    

Roll the cake balls in the chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm.  This part was the biggest pain in the behind ever!  It was really warm in my kitchen and so the once frozen cake balls started to melt and that made it harder to cover them with chocolate.  So I recomend keeping it cool in the kitchen.
    

While it was a pain to cover the cake balls, in the end I got it done, it just didn’t come out as nice as I liked. But they where delicious!

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to "Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks…"

I loved those little divine covered in chocolate red velvet balls!!! One of those in each of mu hand – is a very balance diet!
I shared some with my co-workers, they requested more 🙂
Thanks!!!!

There’s more in the fridge, you can have the rest 🙂

Those sound delicious and look amazing!! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes.

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