Peppermint Chocolate Cake Balls

I have a confession. Because it’s Christmas. And at Christmas time you tell the truth. (Hello, Love Actually) Not all of my baking experiments are successful. In fact, a lot of my genius baking ideas turn out to be mishaps. Like my idea for a red velvet version of my Sugar Cake Cookies… which turned out hard as a rock & completely flavorless. Bummer. But sometimes, I’m able to turn those mishaps around and create something even better. Maybe it’s luck. Or maybe I owe it to the fact that I read a TON of food blogs.. and am able to learn from other people’s kitchen mishaps. For example, last week I had grand plans to make peppermint chocolate mini bundt cakes with white chocolate creme anglaise.  The only problem? The mini bundt pan I used has never actually turned out perfectly formed cakes. No matter how much I greased that pan, the cake would stick and fall apart. And that is what happened yet again. But I wasn’t ready to give up on my mangled chunks of delicious chocolate peppermint cake. And that is when the idea for cakeballs came in. The idea is pretty simple, but results in the richest, truffle like confection. All you have to do is break up the chunks of your fallen cake and mix with a tub of frosting. Form the mixture into balls & dip it in chocolate and you have yourself a sweet Christmas baked good. And the best part is, the longer you can keep these little sweets around, the richer the chocolate flavor becomes. And in my book, more chocolate is always a good thing.

Ingredients:Makes 40 cakeballs

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tub frosting
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl sift together dry ingredients(granulated sugar through salt), stir chocolate chips in
  2. Add egg, milk, canola oil & peppermint extract into dry ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until mixed well
  3. Stir in boiling water (batter will be very runny)
  4. Pour batter into a liquid measuring cup and pour into 2 cake pans
  5. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes
  6. Let cake cool completely.
  7. In a large bowl, break apart cake peices into crumbs
  8. Stir in 1 tub of frosting
  9. Form balls out of cake mixture
  10. Place balls on a cookie tray or platter and freeze for at least 2 hours
  11. Melt chocolate chips in a small bowl (microwave for 30 seconds, stir & repeat)
  12. Dip frozen cake balls into melted chocolate and finish with festive sprinkles, if desired

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