Or, as the ladies in my office call them, cake balls. Whatever you call them, they are a seriously decadent food (I was going to say "dessert" but decided not to, as I may or may not have eaten these for breakfast before...).
The process is a lengthy one, but most of it is down time, so roll up your sleeves and get cake balliin'!
- Baked cake (The amount depends on how many truffles you want. You can do a whole cake or a few cupcakes; the choice is yours!)
- Candy chocolate
- Vegetable shortening
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Once your baked cake has cooled, it's time to destroy it. Working in small chunks, roll the cake in your hands to turn it into crumbs.
- Add frosting to the cake crumbs, adding only a bit at a time and mixing as you go. You need enough frosting to make the crumbs stick together but not so much that the mixture is completely wet.
- Using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop, divide up the cake mixture and roll into balls. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
- Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This solidifies the cake mixture, making them less likely to break apart as you dip them.
- Immediately before taking the cake out of the freezer, begin melting your chocolate. Place the chocolate and vegetable shortening (roughly 1 tablespoon for every 15-ounces of chocolate) into a microwave safe dish and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. You don't want to microwave the chocolate for too long or it will begin to burn. The optimal temperature is right around 100 degrees F, so use a candy thermometer if you have one!
- Remove the cake from the freezer and place one cake ball into the chocolate.
- Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over the cake ball until coated, then pick it up out of the chocolate.
- Tap the spoon against the side of your dish until a good amount of the chocolate has run off, then tip the spoon over the lined cookie sheet and let the cake truffle slide off.
- If using sprinkles, now is the time to decorate the cake truffle. If you're not using sprinkles, you just completed your first cake truffle!
- Rinse and repeat for the remainder of the cake mixture.
Are these the most amazing looking cake truffles in the world? Nope - some people do amazingly awesome things with these things. However, I think they're just as tasty and take much less time.
A word of advice though: Share these! You'll make yourself sick if you don't.