Alright, you know how yesterday I mentioned that I was going crazy thinking about the pumpkin cake balls I made last year? But I couldn’t make them because they are so crazy delicious that I’d probably just shovel the entire batch into my pie cake ball hole and then crawl off and die the happiest/most painful sugar-fueled death ever?
Well, I did it anyway (made the cake balls, not die). Hiya, there, cake balls.
I just couldn’t resist any longer. Plus, I figure, I can always pawn the majority of them off to my husband’s co-workers. Nothing makes working folk happier than a big, heaping plate of bite-sized sugar bombs.
If you’re thinking that cake balls are probably a little bit out of the ballpark of the usual repertoire of this here blog, you’d be partially correct. Yes, I’m a total organic, local, whole foodie snob—so no, the boxed cake mix and artificially flavored candy coating doesn’t really make that part of my personality jump up and down with enthusiasm. But, on the other hand, part of my food philosophy is that being terribly restrictive with your diet is just bonkers boring. I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t eat cake balls.
Of course, if I was really on top of my game, I could have made the whole recipe from scratch. But man, who has time for that? I am not a baker, and I bake cakes so infrequently that I totally rock the cake mix aisle of the grocery store when I need to. I’m not ashamed to admit that I love cake mixes. I can doctor up a cake mix with the best of them. For the 3-4 cakes I bake a year? When I really don’t like baking to begin with? Cake mixes are my savior. In this particular recipe, spice cake mix is where it’s at.
If you’ve only ever hit up the cake mix aisle to grab chocolate or white cake for birthday cakes, you might not know that these little boxes of fall-flavored deliciousness are there. You might have to look closely. It might be on the bottom shelf, but I promise, there will be a spice cake mix. Grab it. Buy it. Learn to love it.
If you’ve never made cake balls before (or cake pops, if you put a stick in them), let me tell you, they are so fun to make. Basically, you bake a cake (see aforementioned cake mix), let it cool, then smash the crap out of it with your hands (fun!) and then mix in some frosting (we’re using cream cheese frosting here) until it is goopy, dense and totally delicious.
Then, you form that mixture into little balls, roll those balls in a candy or chocolate coating, decorate them and prepare yourself for the rapid-fire praises of all those who partake in cake balldom. Seriously. You’ll never hear more compliments than when you bring cake balls to a party.
I really like the way these cake balls look with a little dark chocolate drizzled on top and some fall-colored sprinkles, but, take it from me, don’t be tempted to swap out the candy coating for chocolate. I’ve done them with chocolate before, and they’re still delicious, but the chocolate way overpowers the pumpkin spice cake and cream cheese frosting. Stick with the vanilla or white chocolate coating.
Enjoy! I’m gonna go eat a raw kale salad or something.
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Amazing. Can’t wait to try these! As an October baby myself, I LOVE SPICE CAKE! :)
Mmm… those look amazeballs! (*giggle*) I envy your boxed cake mix because I’d have to bake these and give them all away and, well, where is the fun in that! LOL Hmm… I may need to look for an easy-from-scratch alternative…
My favorite fall dessert is anything apple! Apple pie, apple cobbler, caramel apples, you name it! I have an easy recipe for an apple cake that will likely get made this weekend. :)
These are adorable & sound so sweet & delicious! Probably a great Halloween party food!
Good for you! We all need to cave a little and just enjoy life. I told my doctor today that if cupcakes were making me overweight then so be it. Who wants to be super skinny and deprive themselves of cupcakes? Not this girl!
These look SOOOO good, I think I will bring them in for my office next week.
So making these tonight. :D Thanks, Cass!
um, yum!! these look amazing.
Exactly how much is 1/2 a stick of butter? Are you talking 1/2 a pound? They don’t sell sticks of butter in my neck of the woods.
1/2 a stick of butter is 1/4 cup or 1/8 of a pound.
Thanks! I can’t wait to make these for thanksgiving in a few weeks.
they look amazing! I on the other hand love my cake pop maker but try to use the recipes and change them to be able to make this way too. Have you ever done this? If so how do you change the box recipe to fit? Anyone?
Nope, never used one! :)
Can I freeze or refrigerate them after making?
In your comments you say my to use chocolate because it’s overpowering, is that for all chocolate? I was thinking of maybe trying white chocolate (though milk chocolate is my love affair) but wanted to get an opinion from someone who’s made and tried these first.
Absolutely wonderful recipe. Tasted great, directions were easy and clear. My batch made about 4 dozen, I wanted small enough to put in mini muffin cups, to give out as gift. Down side is their too good, my kids were grabbing them as soon as they hit the wax paper….
Made these this weekend for my hubby to take to his office! Deeeeeelish! As a new-ish mom myself to a little one just a few months younger than yours, I’m always appreciative when a recipe calls for box mix but doesn’t look or taste like it came from a box. Total winner! Thanks again!
Has anyone made these to some point days in advance and frozen them? I’d like to make it ahead of time if possible
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