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Recipes are originals by Miriam Latour, unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cake Balls

Cake balls are a trendy way of using up leftover cake and icing. Or, if you are me and up all night craving them... you can make them from scratch. They are simply crumbled up cake and icing, formed into balls and then dipped in chocolate. Some people call them cake truffles. Any flavor of cake or icing can be used, and many people make them with box cakes or pre-made frosting. If you know me, you know that I cannot stand cake from a box or icing from a can. I'd rather eat things made from more natural ingredients if possible. So here is what I did for the photo above:

Butter Cake:

Whisk together in a small bowl:
3 eggs
3 T milk
2 tsp vanilla

In a larger bowl combine:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 dashes salt
3/4 cups sugar

Blend into dry ingredients:
1 cup of softened butter

Add egg mixture to dry ingredients 1/3 at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Scoop batter into a greased 9 x 5 x 3" loaf pan, and bake at 350ºF for 50 - 55 minute or until done. Allow to cool while making icing.

Brown Sugar Icing

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a small sauce pan, bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil. Boil one minute. Do not over-boil! Pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool. Beat in confectioners' sugar until it is a good icing consistency. More or less confectioners' sugar may be needed.

Crumble the entire Butter Cake and about 2/3 of the Brown Sugar Icing together. Form into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze for several hours or over night. Dip in melted candy chocolate (or I used good chocolate chips). Cool on wax paper. Serve! Store uncovered in refrigerator.

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