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Green Velvet Irish Cream Cake Balls March 23, 2010

Filed under: Cakes,Cupcakes,Uncategorized — livelovetobake @ 10:56 pm

So Mike and I were invited to a St. Patrick’s Day party this week and I knew that I wanted to make an irish inspired treat to bring along!  I had seen various Irish dessert recipes online but knew that I wanted to try making these yummy looking cake balls from bakerella.com.  Luckily, the recipe was very easy to follow and I decided to enhance it a little myself by adding Bailey’s Irish Cream :0)  I decided to make everything from scratch which included the green velvet cake recipe and the cream cheese frosting.  Before I post the from scratch recipe I used I wanted to post an easier cake ball recipe that can be used and probably tastes just as delicious.  

 

Easy Cake Balls

1-Box of Cake Mix (your choice)

1-Container of Pre-Made Frosting (8oz.)

1-Melting chocolates or Chocolate Bark

1-Wax Paper

1. Follow the directions on the box to make the cake mix and bake in a 9×13 pan.  Bake cake for the time instructed on the cake box and check with toothpick at time listed until the toothpick comes out clean.

2. Let cake cool in pan for about 1o minutes and then take out to cool completely on a wire rack.  *It is important for the next step that the cake has cooled completely!*

3. In a large bowl crumble the cake pieces and then add almost the entire container of ready made frosting.  Stir the cake crumbles and frosting until fully incorporated.  At first it may seem like they are not mixing but trust me and keep stirring.  Just keep stirring, stirring, stirring….  The mixture will be moist and maybe borderline gooey… but all will be well… Trust me!

4. Next take pieces out of your cake/frosting mixture and roll them into bite size balls.  Place these on a tray or plate lined with wax paper.  Continue with all of the cake/frosting mixture.

5. You can either place these in the refrigerator for about two hours or I placed them in the freezer for about 30 minutes until they were firm.

6. When you are about to take out your chilled balls make sure you start to get your chocolate melted.  Use a deep bowl and place the chocolate melting chips in the bowl.  Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 second intervals making sure to stir after each 30 seconds.  When the chocolate is melted take the bowl out of the microwave and get ready to dip.

7. Take one ball at a time and using a spoon drop them in the melted chocolate.  Move them around to make sure that they are covered completely by the chocolate.  Lift them out of the chocolate with the spoon and tap the spoon on the side of bowl to make sure the excess chocolate comes off the ball.  Place the dipped ball back on the waxed paper and repeat with each ball.  *If the color of the cake ball can be seen through the chocolate then when the first layer is set it can be re-dipped.  This happened to me when I was using white chocolate melts.

 8. When all the cake balls are dipped and covered with the chocolate you can either let them set at room temperature or I place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets.

9. After all that hard work taste one of those cake balls and marvel at what a great job you did and how incredible they taste!  That is if you were not sampling along the way….which I am oh so guilty of when I bake!  Then share your yummylicious cake balls!

Enjoy!

From Scratch: Green Velvet Cake Ball Recipe adapted from http://www.bakerella.com/

Green Velvet Cake 

Ingredients

2 1/2 Cups of all purpose flour

2 Cups of granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon cocoa

1 Teaspoon salt

1 Teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 Cup Vegetable Oil (for cake balls only)

3/4 Cup of  Buttermilk

1/4 to 1/2 Cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 ounce of Green Food Coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans.

3. In a medium bowl, lightly mix eggs with a wire whisk.  Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with a wire whisk until blended.  Set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl place all dry ingredients and stir together with a wire whisk.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.

6. Pour batter into the cake pans and then tap the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.

7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. After about 10 minutes, remove the cakes from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

9. *Make sure that the cakes have cooled completely before mixing with the frosting!*

At this point you can either used store bought frosting or while you are at it you can make your own from scratch 🙂

I decided to make mine from scratch and used a Cream Cheese Frosting recipe by http://www.bakerella.com/

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe (Probably makes 16 oz. of frosting)

*If using this icing for cake balls I would half the recipe*

Ingredients

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 Cup butter, room temperature

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

 6 Cups of confectioners’ sugar

1. Beat cream cheese and butter on a high speed until creamy.  Mix in the vanilla extract.

2. Slowly add the sugar in batches and scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

3. Use your frosting to your liking 🙂

Back to the Green Velvet Irish Cream Cake Ball recipe…..

10. I measured out 8 oz. of the above cream cheese frosting but next time I would try to use about 6 oz. and see how that works out since it appeared to oily for me.

11. In a large bowl crumble the cake pieces and then add about 6 to 8 oz of the cream cheese frosting.  Stir the cake crumbles and frosting until fully incorporated.  At first it may seem like they are not mixing but trust me and keep stirring.  Just keep stirring, stirring, stirring….  The mixture will be moist and maybe borderline gooey… but all will be well… Trust me!

4. Next take pieces out of your cake/frosting mixture and roll them into bite size balls.  Place these on a tray or plate lined with wax paper.  Continue with all of the cake/frosting mixture.

5. You can either place these in the refrigerator for about two hours or I placed them in the freezer for about 30 minutes until they were firm.

6. When you are about to take out your chilled balls make sure you start to get your chocolate melted.  Use a deep bowl and place the chocolate melting chips in the bowl.  Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 second intervals making sure to stir after each 30 seconds.  When the chocolate is melted take the bowl out of the microwave and get ready to dip.

7. Take one ball at a time and using a spoon drop them in the melted chocolate.  Move them around to make sure that they are covered completely by the chocolate.  Lift them out of the chocolate with the spoon and tap the spoon on the side of bowl to make sure the excess chocolate comes off the ball.  Place the dipped ball back on the waxed paper and repeat with each ball.  *If the color of the cake ball can be seen through the chocolate then when the first layer is set it can be re-dipped.  This happened to me when I was using white chocolate melts.

 8. When all the cake balls are dipped and covered with the chocolate you can either let them set at room temperature or I place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets.

9. After all that hard work taste one of those cake balls and marvel at what a great job you did and how incredible they taste!  That is if you were not sampling along the way….which I am oh so guilty of when I bake!  Then share your yummylicious cake balls!

Enjoy! 

 

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