If you haven’t heard of the magical invention of Bakerella called ‘cake pops,’ then you have NOT LIVED!
…Seriously…the woman’s a genius…
One adorable variation of Bakerella’s cake pops are what she calls ‘cupcake bites.’ In this post I’ll show you how my FunFetti cupcake balls turned out!
Directions: Bake the cake as directed on the box (any flavor of your choosing). I recommend doing this the night before you want to make the finished product. Using a fork or your hands, crumble the cooled cake. Mix half of the prepared frosting until the mixture has an even consistency.
Roll even sized portions of the cake-frosting mixture into small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Put the balls in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to help harden the balls. This makes dipping in the chocolate later much easier.
BUT! Do not leave them in the freezer much longer! I’ve had micro-disasters with the chocolate coating involving temperatures. When the cake cools, the volume shrinks slightly. If you coat the balls while they are still very cold, they will start to expand, resulting in the chocolate coating cracking and the cake oozing out. Not attractive.
Set up the mini cupcake mold with mini cupcake paper. (So CUTE!) And melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or a microwave. If you haven’t melted chocolate before, I suggest reading up on the subject.
Pour a bit of the chocolate into the papers, then dip one of the cake balls in the chocolate. Continue with the rest of the cupcake mold. Let the chocolate cool and harden, and then remove from the mold. Continue until you have all of the cake balls complete with the coated with the dark chocolate. Assist the cooling by putting the balls back in the fridge.
Using the paper gives the unique paper-crinkle shape of a cupcake. Adorable! And don’t worry about making them all perfect. Their imperfections make eating each one a unique experience!
Next you’ll want to melt the chocolate coating color of your choice. You can find colored white chocolate (or Guittard) at high-end grocery stores and specialty bake shops. I had yellow, red, and green on hand.
Once the chocolate is melted, you can dip the tops of the cupcakes. Before they have a chance to cool, make sure that you top them with multi-color sprinkles!
The great thing about using FunFetti is that your friends get a nice surprise when they bite into the cupcake!
Hey look, Joe, I’m a hand model! Better put my hand in a hyperbaric chamber.
Now quit sitting there and make your own!