Friday, November 12, 2010
Andes Mint Cake Balls - Week 7 of 12 Weeks of Cookies!
Oh.my.goodness! I am in love with this chocolate and mint delight! I'm surprised there were any left to take a photo of after I sampled the first few. OK, the first six! Lucky for you guys this recipe makes a lot, so there's enough for you to eat and for you to share with friends (if you want, I won't tell if you don't). I love making cake balls. They remind me of little petit fours without all the work. Don't get me wrong, you will have to do a little work but not much! It's a delicious little cake covered in chocolate, how could that go wrong? It can't! So let's get to the recipe!
Andes Mint Cake Balls
Chocolate and Mint Combo - came to me at 3:00 in the morning, I'm sure!
1 package Chocolate Cake Mix (your favorite)
1 tub of chocolate frosting
2 packages of Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips
Cook cake according to package directions in a 13x9 pan. Let cool completely (don't try to skip ahead, you'll regret the mess). Crumble cake into a large bowl. Stir in one tub of frosting...yes the whole thing. Some people only use 1/2 a tub, but the secret to moist cake balls is the amount of frosting! Make sure the mixture is thoroughly combined, don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out cake balls onto a parchment paper lined tray that will fit in your freezer. You will probably need 2 or 3. Once complete, place the cake balls in your freezer for at least an hour, longer if you have the time. Remove a tray from the freezer and working in small batches (think 1/3 cup) melt the Andes chips in a microwave safe bowl for 20-30 seconds. Stir to create a nice smooth chocolate, then begin by dipping one cake ball at a time into the chocolate. Cover completely, then remove with a spoon. Place on parchment paper to cool. Keep working in small batches until you have 5 to 6 dozen tasty treats! I like to store these in the refrigerator, there's something about a cake ball being cold! It just seems right!
That's it! Easy as...well cake balls of course! It will seem a little time consuming having to wait between each step, but it will be well worth the wait. There's just enough mint in each of these to balance out the delicious chocolate goodness! One bite and you will be hooked. And remember it's just a method so you can choose whatever cake flavor and frosting flavor you like! The cake ball world is at your fingertips my friends! I'm off to polish off the other 5 dozen now, I might need professional help!
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Don't forget to hop on over to the other baker's blogs this week! It's hard to believe that we are 7 weeks into this project. That means Christmas is just around the corner.
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