St. Patty’s Day Cake Balls

Today is St. Patrick's Day.  Normally that doesn't mean anything to me, but today is different.  Did you see Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake Recipe?  Oh my.  As soon as I saw how she made green velvet cake balls, I knew I had to try.  I have been dying to try this since I saw the cake balls on her blog last week.  Seriously, if you like all things sugar, you have to check out the amazing treats she makes. 

So, I charged into the kitchen after work and dug my hands right in.  Word of caution: this is a messy process and it is a bit time consuming, especially if you double the recipe and make 120 cake balls like I did.  Hindsight, I could have made do with only one batch.  Oh well, I just need to accept it.  My grandmother was a caterer and my mom cooks for anyone she can find, so I'm pretty much fated to always cook in ginormous portions. 

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Doesn't it look green and gooey?!  I made a double batch and only used about 2 1/2 ounces of green food coloring.  Thats a lot less than it takes to make red velvet cake.

DSCN7141 The cakes are ready to go in the oven.  I'm just going to go ahead and confess that my favorite part of this recipe is not having to make sure your cakes come out in one piece.  My cakes always get stuck to the pan.  Always.  I'm forever "gluing" them together with icing and making a sticky mess. But not with this cake.  Once they were cool enough to work with, I just took them out of the pans in pieces and laid them on a cookie sheet to cool completely.  Its freeing to just pull the cake out in pieces.  Very freeing. 

Shoot, I forgot to take a picture breaking up the cake and mixing it with icing.  Thankfully, it was an easy step and you can just imagine the picture: green cake pieces in a bowl, cream cheese icing, and my hands deep in it all.  Very messy.

DSCN7146 This is what the cake balls look like when you roll them.  The colder the mixture is, the easier it is to roll them. 

Unfortunately, I also don't have a picture of the dipping process.  Matt was a trooper dipper.  120 cake balls is a lot of cake balls to dip.  It isn't a hard process, you just have to get the right rhythm going.

DSCN7153 And here they are ready for delivery!  Don't you just love those shamrock sprinkles? 

4 thoughts on “St. Patty’s Day Cake Balls

  1. I read this post and started drooling at the thought of it, and I was looking for something to make for Chris’ birthday dessert tonight anyway (and he loves Red Velvet Cake), so I totally copied you. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right?
    Two things:
    1. I only used about a half ounce of food coloring (for a single batch) and it was incredibly “muddy” looking, like more of a brownish/olive color. I didn’t want to use any more for fear that it would just turn black. Not exactly sure what I did wrong there…
    2. Although the recipe says to make it (the cake recipe) in two 8in round pans, I used one 8×10 like it looks like you used in yours, and it totally refused to cook all the way through. It burned the heck out of the outside and bottom, and the inside was still all gooey. I don’t get it, normal box mixes of cake let you chose between two rounds or one rectangle, so I don’t know why it didn’t work here.
    Basically, they are chilling now and I don’t have high hopes. Thanks for getting my hopes up and making my mouth water…only to have my heart broken when I totally botched it. I haven’t screwed up a recipe this bad in years! Fail!

  2. Oh no! Sorry they didn’t turn out for you. Did you end up finishing them?
    I’m not sure why the coloring didn’t work out for you, because I’m the world’s worst dying expert. I tried to make valentine cookies and instead of them coming out pink and purple, they were clemson colors. I like to blame it on the food coloring.
    I baked each making in 1 9×13 pan. I had to cook it around 38 minutes to get done, and it was a little brown around the edges, but I just mixed that in with the rest of the cake, and it was fine.

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