On Friday night, JO and I babysat for Zachary, the son of my co-teachers, Mark and Carrie, while they celebrated Carrie’s birthday. Armed with cheese pizza, How to Train your Dragon, and cream cheese and powdered sugar, I had a stellar night ahead. I decided that Zachary and I would make his mom a carrot cake (her favorite) using Ina Garten’s so-sinful-you-gain-at least-five-pounds-just-looking-at-it cream cheese frosting.
Here are a few snap shots of us making the cake:
A jolly time was had by all! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a snapshot of the finished product: a zebra striped with orange sides double-layer cake. Unfortunately, I overestimated the amount we’d need and was left with a boatload of cream cheese frosting:
Fortunately, I had been eyeing Jenna’s cake balls for a few months now. Fortunately, I had in my cupboard a King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Cake Mix .
Fortunately, I happened to pick up a bottle of sprinkles while on my walk on Saturday afternoon.
Needless to say, fortunes aligned, and I baked some birthday cake balls.
A boxed cake of your choosing (if you’re going semi-homemade with it – I used King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake mix… or if you’re being all gourmet and wonderful, you can make a flourless chocolate cake)
A batch of Ina Garten’s sinful cream cheese frosting – ¾ pound of cream cheese; ½ pound of unsalted butter; 2 tsp. of vanilla;
1 pound of powdered sugar ¾ pound of powdered sugar
24 oz. of white chocolate chips
- Pour yourself a glass of your boyfriend’s delicious homemade Kombucha in a (futile) attempt to squelch your desire to sample the baked goods.
- Mix the cake mix, and bake for indicated time.
- While the cake is baking, make frosting.
- Let the cake cool completely.
- After the cake has cooled, crumble into large bowl.
- With an electric mixer, fold in cream cheese frosting. ***The cake will almost seem like batter again.
- When the cake and frosting are mixed, use your hands to roll the mix into donut-hole-sized balls. Place on cookie sheets lined with tin foil or parchment paper.
- Place cake balls in freezer for about an hour.
- While the cake is in the freezer, use a double boiler to melt 24 oz. of white chocolate chips. **If you don’t have a double-boiler, improvise!
- Give into temptation and eat a few white chocolate chips, despite the fact that they contain processed sugar. Look at the light: the chips look like manna from heaven. How can you blame me for eating them?
- After cake balls have been in the freezer for about an hour, dip them in melted white chocolate. ***I found it helpful to use a spoon here.
- Decorate cake balls with sprinkles.
- Have your neighbors sample cake balls to confirm their edibility. Be accused of “inducing diabetes”.
- Since neighbors are WOWED, sneak over to boys’ dorm to surprise your boyfriend with cake balls. Accept his calling you “goddess”.
Unfortunately, these cake balls will ruin your dinner. Fortunately, I have neighbors and co-workers who will gladly accept my baked goods so that I don’t have to gobble them up myself.