I normally resent the use of box cake mixes but because Bakerella suggests it for making cake balls, I always use boxed cake and frosting for making them. I mean, after all, she did invent the delicious treats so I'm thinking she knows what's up. If you want a more detailed list of how to make cake balls, click on the link above. Actually just click on the link anyways, she is a genius and you must check it out. But, basically cake balls (or cake pops) are made by crumbling up a baked cake and stirring in frosting to get a soft, moist, gooey affect. Then they are coated in candy melts. There really is nothing quite like it. So, for starters I made and chocolate and yellow cake ball batter mix.
I wasn't really sure how to go about balling up the ice cream and making it workable. It didn't help that my mini-fridge freezer is the same temperature as the fridge itself, so when I pulled the ice cream out this morning it was completely melted. So, what I ended up doing (after I refroze the ice cream) was plopping little dollops of ice cream on to a lined cook sheet. The ice cream wasn't quite frozen all the way yet and I did this so that it would freeze faster. But, for those of you who don't live in a cramped dorm with a tiny fridge and have normal freezer status, I recommend wearing rubbing gloves, scooping out the ice cream with a spoon or cookie dough baller and then rolling it in your hands into a ball as quickly as you can. This is what I ended up doing and it worked way better.
Let the ice cream cake balls freeze until firm, about another 30 minutes.
Once the balls are firm enough to work with, you can begin to coat. Again, work as quickly as possible and coat the balls with candy coating. I coated mine with yellow melts, added a dollop of chocolate, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry on top. It wasn't until today that I have every used cherries as a garnish, probably because I'm not huge on the taste. But, I am obsessed with the cute, old fashioned look that they add. I love it!
Me and my lovely friend Marina...who also doubled as my assistant for part of the day.
ICE CREAM CAKE BALLS!! ENJOY! and someone PLEASE comment! :) Thanks! Have a lovely week!