I am sure there are other people out there who have the following problem:
You love to eat moist, fresh cake which is why you bake yourself one. But, if you are like me and cannot finish off an entire cake… then you need to do something with all that is leftover. I was thinking of what to do when I stumbled on Bakerella’s website.
Bakerella makes awesome cake balls/ cake pops and it’s perfect for using up all your cake scraps.
And Oh!!!! They are SUPER- EASY to make!
Here are the steps:
Bring out all of your leftover cake scraps. You can see in the picture that one of mine even has some green fondant on it… Yup! You can use that too.
Place your cake scraps in a deep bowl or a container.
Mash up all the cake with a big spoon.
Put about 2 or 3 tablespoons of your favorite icing. I used buttercream icing. You can use more or less depending on how moist you want your cake balls. (More icing= more moist and less icing =less moist)
Time to get down and dirty! Using your hands, scoop out small portions and shape them into balls.
Place these balls on a cookie tray lined with wax paper. Keep the tray in the refrigerator until the cake balls become firm( usually about about 30 –45 minutes).
They look naked so it’s time to make them BEAUTIFUL! Line a plate with wax paper and place a cooling rack on it and on on top of this rack, place you cake balls. Make sure there is some distance between them.
Slightly heat your icing (I used chocolate icing) in the microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds. Using spoonfuls, pour it on top of the balls until they are covered.
Note: All the icing that poured through the cooling rack onto the wax paper can be scooped up with a spoon and re-used!
Let them cool off and then move the cake balls onto a plate. Decorate them any way you want. The possibilities are endless….
UPDATE: Based on my understanding of cake balls and cake pops, anything on a stick becomes a pop. So, I decided to update this posting and include the instructions for making cake pops too.
You will need to follow these steps:
Prepare your cake balls using the steps above and place them on a tray lined with wax paper.
Melt white chocolate or dark chocolate (whatever you prefer) and dip the tip of your lollipop sticks in it.
Push the the sticks into cake balls.
Allow these pops to chill in the refrigerator until they harden slightly (about 30- 40 minutes depending on how cold you keep your refrigerator).
Take out your cake pops from the refrigerator. Hold the pop in one hand and use your other hand to pour melted chocolate over it OR you can dip your cake pop into a bowl of melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip into the bowl and then push the pop onto a block of styrofoam and allow the chocolate to harden. Decorate any way you want.
If you want to decorate these pops while the chocolate is still wet, then sprinkle nuts or shredded coconut or whatever you want before the chocolate hardens. And then push the pops into the styrofoam to harden.
And that’s it… you are done!