Monday, April 27, 2009

Cupcake Bites

My mom came to visit this weekend and we had a grand ol' time! She went to all the kids baseball and softball games and we did some serious baking. I finally got my hands on some great chocolate and candy melts and was itching to make cupcake pops. These are inspired by one of my favorite baking blogs, Bakerella. I decided to use the peanut butter cup candy mold method, you will understand in a minute. First...making the cake balls!

Take one box cake mix and bake it according to directions. I used a 9x13 rectangle pan. Bake, let it cool. Try not to go crazy from the smell of baking cake all over the house! Then crumble up the cake into small pieces into a big bowl. Don't forget to enlist some help.





Add about half a can of storebought frosting. Any kind will do.



Add more frosting until the cake/frosting mix is good and sticky and will hold together as a ball. Then roll, roll, roll the cake into balls! Place them on a cookie sheet that will be able to fit in your freezer.





Then go wash your hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Put the balls into the freezer until they are nice and cold and hard. That is key in the dipping process, otherwise the balls will just fall apart when you dip them. Now assemble your dipping/decorating supplies. The glass of wine is a key ingredient!



Take the cake balls out of the freezer. Squeeze melted chocolate into the candy molds, about 2/3 of the way full. Push the cake ball into the chocolate/mold and let the chocolate push its way up the side of the cakeball. This will create a cupcake like look to the bottom of the cakeball.






Pop the tray back into the fridge for the chocolate to harden. Then pop them out of the mold. Hold by the bottom chocolate part and dip into any color candy melt. Make sure you hold them in far enough so the melts cover all of the cakeball. We made that mistake with some of them, didn't get full coverage.



Now decorate with whatever you want!! We used all sorts of sprinkles and M&M's.



Let the cupcake bites dry. They will harden up in a few minutes. How stinkin' CUTE are these?????





I think i'm in love with these little cuties. They are delicious and fun to make, the kids and my mom and I had the best time making them!! How fun would it be to coordinate them to whatever event you are going to, make them in your college colors for football season, make black and pink ones for a girls night out...the possibilities are endless. So...go make some cakeballs today!!

Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Diane said...

Since you rip up the cake after it is baked all of the calories fall out, right? These look so cute and yummy!!!

Kristii said...

What fun!!! I am going to have to come over for dessert one day!!! Those cupcake bites are way to pretty to eat!!

BethieJ said...

Mara those are sooo CUTE!! We LOVE our cakeballs.. we do the same way.. so so FUN!!
Glad you had great visit with your mom!!!
have a GREAT day!

Val said...

Those are so much fun and they look cute too! Love them.

Lee said...

Oh yummy! Need to try this with my children. They would love it.

whoistracy said...

I keep seeing these in blogland but haven't made them. They look delicious!!!

Deanna said...

Sooooo cute! I totally want to do these next, but I've gotta get a little plastic thingy to put the chocolate in! You're turned out precious! And I'm sure they tasted so yummy!!! :D :D :D

Lisa T. Howard said...

Stinking cute is right! I've always wanted to make these but can't ever remember the how-to's when it comes time to do them. Thanks for the extra tips!

Sarah said...

OMG I love Diane's comment!! I am totally using that excuse next time I make these!!

VanessaB said...

fun! love the messy hand photo! :)

Joni (kix) said...

I noticed that the glass of wine is empty, LOL! Those cake balls are so cute! I like them better than the ones that are on a stick... so much easier to transport... Thanks for the FUN idea and the GREAT step by step directions!

Shirley said...

OMGoodness these are just the cutest little things! How fun that your mom was there and you got to have a great time together! Love your essential wine glass!!

Aimee (aka carolinagirl) said...

These look so yummy!! My kids are going to love these whenever I can get around to making some!

Melissa said...

Your cakeballs are so cute! I love Bakerella too...we made heart shaped cakepops for V day. Looks like a fun time!