Creative Cake Balls/truffles?

Decorating By SugaredUp Updated 13 Sep 2008 , 2:25am by calivettie

SugaredUp Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:44pm
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Hey guys!

I had to scrap two large cakes that stuck really bad in the pan (I didn't grease well enough). I decided to freeze the cakes and save them to make cake balls for my son's bday (he's turning 3) this Sunday. I want them to be cute though. I would also like them to fit in with his party, which is going to be a fire fighting theme.

How can I decorate them to look cute? Also, do they HAVE to be dipped in chocolate? Any good "binders" I can use besides BC?

Thanks a lot!

Amber

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mellormom Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:54pm
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you could use a cream cheese frosting I would think.
You could cover them in fondant and put a bill around the bottom and make a fire hat.
Don't limit yourself to the ball shape either. I bet you they would form into a rectangle too. Then you have your fire truck. I'm not sure but they might roll and then you could put fondant on to make a hose.
I would think in order to do other shapes you would need to have the cake mixture frozen just a little. (so it is still pliable)
HTH
Jen...

fairycupcakes Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:54pm
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I made some that were really good with a cream cheese icing.
You could make a cake ball tree and airbrush it to look like flames licking up the tree.

spunkybear Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:56pm
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While I realize you said "not dipped in chocolate" just a while back someone had posted some incredibly cute cake balls transformed into really cute cupcakes using a small flower cutter.
I saved that link in a really safe place! icon_cry.gif So safe I now don't know where I put it!! I'll keep looking.
They were kind of like cupcakes on a stick, aka cupcake-cakeball-lolypops! SO cute!

mlharvell Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:57pm
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A good binder is coffee creamer. They come in all different flavors, too, so it's fun to experiment. icon_smile.gif

KHalstead Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:57pm
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love the little firehat theme.........I always use flavored coffee creamers to bind my cake scraps.....if I don't want to add any REAL flavor I just use french vanilla....goes with everything!

spunkybear Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:57pm
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Oh yeah, and I saw someone make their cakeballs into "chickenwings"!!!

SugaredUp Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:58pm
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I didn't think of doing any other shape! Good ideas, guys!!!

Keep 'em coming!! icon_razz.gif

SugaredUp Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:59pm
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Khalstead, how does the coffee creamer taste in there? I imagine you like it or wouldn't use it. I was just unsure of how it would taste.

auntginn Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 4:59pm
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I would prepare the cake ball mixture but then spread it out on a cookie sheet, chill it and then using cookie cutters, I would cut them to a shape that would go along with your theme.

If you don't want to use chocolate you could try fondant, Royal Icing would be too sweet for my taste but can be done.

For binders, I have used any of the ready to use fruit fillings, coffee creamers, carmel syrup, chocolate syrup and so on.

HTH

mlharvell Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:02pm
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I think it would be fun to have flames coming out of them. Like little fire balls. I don't know how you would do it. Fondant maybe? Perhaps, molded candy?

mjballinger Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:02pm
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the cupcake cake balls on a stick are adorable! Check out Bakerella.com she made them on the martha stewart show, I'm not sure which month it was though. You really can mold them into any shape though, as long as you refrigerate to get it firm!

auntginn Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:02pm
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I would prepare the cake ball mixture but then spread it out on a cookie sheet, chill it and then using cookie cutters, I would cut them to a shape that would go along with your theme.

If you don't want to use chocolate you could try fondant, Royal Icing would be too sweet for my taste but can be done.

For binders, I have used any of the ready to use fruit fillings, coffee creamers, carmel syrup, chocolate syrup and so on.

HTH

sorry for the double post.

mommyle Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:13pm
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Oh, auntginn, Thank you SO much!!! I have a whack of custard left over. Now I know what to do with it!!! YAY!!! Never really thought of anything other than the coffee creamer. Thanks!

auntginn Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:16pm
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Your welcome, Glad I could help

Jmtreu98 Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:21pm
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Jmtreu98 Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:23pm
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Here is the link for the cupcake pops!

http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/04/make-your-cupcakes-pop.html




If you did a little molding you could make them look like a fire hydrant icon_confused.gif Maybe??? I'm trying!!!

Parable Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 5:32pm
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I've mixed peanut butter (heated slightly to liquidfy) as a binder and once it cooled off it firmed back up perfectly. Less sweet than BC. Or mix BC with the peanut butter for more sweetness. Yummy! As for shapes the sky is the limit.

I did see where someone has also used the cake truffle mixture as cookie dough and baked it into cookies. They said it does spread some.

SugaredUp Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 11:45pm
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You guys are so creative and helpful!!

sweetcravings Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 11:55pm
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Originally Posted by spunkybear

While I realize you said "not dipped in chocolate" just a while back someone had posted some incredibly cute cake balls transformed into really cute cupcakes using a small flower cutter.
I saved that link in a really safe place! icon_cry.gif So safe I now don't know where I put it!! I'll keep looking.
They were kind of like cupcakes on a stick, aka cupcake-cakeball-lolypops! SO cute!




I think you are referring to the cake pops inspired by bakerella. If you look on line for bakerella you'll find'em.

Oooops didn't see the above posts...guess they got you the link too. icon_redface.gif

SharonK1973 Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 12:27am
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If I am not mistaken, Bakerella also made some cake balls in the shape of footballs. She coated them in chocolate and then piped on the white lacing-looking part. They were very cute and something a boy would probably love!

Michelle104 Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 1:32am
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I made the cupcakes on a stick and some cake balls that were in and on a little bitty icecream cone last week. Did the cupcake ones first and since it was the first time I did cake balls I think that I put to much frosting in. They were really sticky. Even after the freezer. They looked alright though. Then when I did the icecream cone ones, I just put a little bit of frosting and used my hands ( clean of course icon_razz.gif ) to mix so I could feel the texture. I think I only used maybe a cup of frosting for a 9x13 cake. Those were so much easier to work with. I think you could easily do the fire hydrant. That would be so cute!! If you didn't want to do chocolate though...cover in fondant maybe? Maybe poured fondant, although I've never used this....Post pics! Whatever you choose!! Sorry so long!

sweetcravings Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 1:37am
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Originally Posted by Michelle104

I made the cupcakes on a stick and some cake balls that were in and on a little bitty icecream cone last week. Did the cupcake ones first and since it was the first time I did cake balls I think that I put to much frosting in. They were really sticky. Even after the freezer. They looked alright though. Then when I did the icecream cone ones, I just put a little bit of frosting and used my hands ( clean of course icon_razz.gif ) to mix so I could feel the texture. I think I only used maybe a cup of frosting for a 9x13 cake. Those were so much easier to work with. I think you could easily do the fire hydrant. That would be so cute!! If you didn't want to do chocolate though...cover in fondant maybe? Maybe poured fondant, although I've never used this....Post pics! Whatever you choose!! Sorry so long!




The ice cream cone ones sound sooo cute..do you have pics?

Deb_ Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 1:44am
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Wow.....what are cake balls???????????? icon_confused.gif

jjandhope Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 1:51am
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diddo the above.

I'm a newbie and this all sounds fantastic to me too. So what are they? How do you make a "basic" cake ball? Sounds neat!

foxymomma521 Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 1:53am
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Originally Posted by sweetcravings

Quote:
Originally Posted by Michelle104

I made the cupcakes on a stick and some cake balls that were in and on a little bitty icecream cone last week. Did the cupcake ones first and since it was the first time I did cake balls I think that I put to much frosting in. They were really sticky. Even after the freezer. They looked alright though. Then when I did the icecream cone ones, I just put a little bit of frosting and used my hands ( clean of course icon_razz.gif ) to mix so I could feel the texture. I think I only used maybe a cup of frosting for a 9x13 cake. Those were so much easier to work with. I think you could easily do the fire hydrant. That would be so cute!! If you didn't want to do chocolate though...cover in fondant maybe? Maybe poured fondant, although I've never used this....Post pics! Whatever you choose!! Sorry so long!



The ice cream cone ones sound sooo cute..do you have pics?




http://forum.cakecentral.com/new-idea-for-cake-truffles-ftopicp-6065417.html#6065417

Michelle104 Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 2:09am
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Hey Foxy! I was just goin to find this link! Great minds you know!! icon_lol.gif I have pics in my photos! They are really fun!! icon_lol.gif

BakingJeannie Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 2:13am
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This may not be suitable for a 3-year old's party, but I have used coffee liqueur with the buttercream and roll in nuts. Well the kid may like this one, I bind with buttercream, but roll the cake balls in Oreo cookies which I processed in a food processer until it's like breadcrumbs. I have done the chocolate and vanilla Oreo cookies.

Cheers!

sweetcravings Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 2:41am
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Thanks for the link Foxy...those are sooooo cute!!!!This is such a brillant twist on a cake ball. Something the kids will absolutely love. I can't wait to try it one of these days.
I just love CC..so many wonderfully talented and creative people here. I just hope one day it will all rub off on me and i can come up with something just as brillant. ;0)

foxymomma521 Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 10:40am
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Thank you! Make sure you look at Michelle's pics, hers are super cute!

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