Cake balls are the ultimate feel good treat! Who doesn't like cake and frosting? Roll it together into a ball, dip in chocolate and voila, a cake ball!

I first came across the idea while perusing many of my favourite bloggers sites. Bakerella has made these famous! But lately it seems like they are everywhere - Betty Crocker is making them, Martha, even Rachel Ray! They are so easy, if you can bake a cake from a cake mix, then you can make cake balls.

For my cake balls, I used a vanilla Betty Crocker cake mix and Betty Crocker vanilla frosting. You bake the cake as per directions on the box, let cool on a rack and then crumble it into many little pieces. The cake was quite moist and I could have created the balls without any frosting at all, but to give that extra sweetness kick, add a few spoonfuls of the frosting to the cake crumbs. Mix well, it's best if you use your hands to get the frosting evenly distributed and mixed throughout. You can add as much frosting as you like. The more you add, the harder it will be to roll the mixture into balls, so judge accordingly. 

Once you roll the mix into balls place them into freezer or fridge to cool. While they are cooling, melt a cup or two of chocolate chips in the microwave stirring after 20 second intervals until melted thoroughly. If the chocolate does not melt easily, add a little bit of butter or shortening and stir into the hot chocolate. Another way, that takes a little longer, is to melt your chocolate in a bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water on the stove. Just make sure to stir frequently to prevent the chocolate from burning. 

Dip every ball into chocolate and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet to cool. You can adorn with additional decorations at this point - sprinkles, nuts, coconut, etc. Placing in the fridge allows them to set quicker. I like to keep mine in the fridge as the chocolate has that crunch when you bite into them and the cake is not too soft. Yum! Enjoy!

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