You all know I love cake balls. So of course I am going to make some this season.
But I wanted something a little different than my normal chocolate... red velvet... cake balls.
So I was thinking and thinking and then this happened in my brain..... Hot Cocoa Cake Balls!
Obviously they have hot cocoa sprinkled on top BUT they also have hot cocoa in the cake mix!!!! It's true... read it!!!
Hot Cocoa Cake Balls
Here is what you will need:
Normal cake ball stuff....
box white cake mix... oil and eggs for mix
tub of vanilla cake frosting
white candy coating... almond bark... candy melts... all the same for this recipe
2 envelopes of hot cocoa instant drink mix
These next steps are very similar to the Easy Apple Cider Spice Cake I made last week.
Prepare your box cake mix as directed EXCEPT... add one envelope of hot cocoa to the amount of water needed.
My cake mix called for one cup of water so I added the mix to that... no need to warm it up!
Bake your cake in a sheet pan at the temperature directed but it will take about 10 less minutes.
My cake was done in 23 minutes.
Now these next steps are basic cake ball steps. I have a more in depth tutorial HERE.
I always cut the edges off my cake then break it down into about 6 smaller pieces.
Crumble it up and then add your frosting.
Here is where I am different from a lot of people that make cake balls.... I only use a couple of dollups of frosting.
The cake balls come out cakeier.... if that's a word! And they are easier to dip.
Mix that together.... I use my clean hands!
And form the balls.
I've told you this before but the Chip Clip brand cookie scoop is the absolute best thing for cake balls.
You can get one in the baking gadget section at Bed, Bath & Beyond. This scoop makes perfectly round cake balls.
Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Once firm, remove and prepare to dip!
Melt your candy coating as directed. It's best to use a deep glass bowl and a fork.
Pour your remaining hot cocoa envelope into a small bowl. This will be your topping. I set out a couple of other sprinkles as well.
Just in case I wanted variety... but after I saw the first one I was sold on the hot cocoa!
Always make sure to have everything you need at hand.... since this is a pretty time sensitive step.
Drop the cake ball into the candy melt.... push around till fully coated then lift out with fork and tap off excess.
Again... there are pictures of this in the tutorial.
It's totally cool if you leave a fork mark.... just put a little coating on your fork and smooth it over.
As soon as you dip one sprinkle with hot cocoa!!!! Eeeeeekkkkk.... I'm so excited!
90% of that cocoa will stay on the cake ball the rest will dust off... like powdered sugar on a funnel cake!
So there we are guys.... I was kind of having a "holiday recipe writers block"... so glad this happened!
And it's so easy. And delicious. And adorable.
You know I love a good photo shoot..... so I will leave you with this...
PS.... I love those vintage snow flake dishes and santa cup. Love.
Merry Christmas dear friends... I hope you all are enjoying your friends and family this week.
They are truly the most important things.