Happy Valentines Day – Sweets for the Sweet

 Chocolate and strawberries just go with Valentines Day. I make the very popular chocolate cake balls  ( cake pops without the stick) for some of our square dances and I always get requests for how they are made. They even have books in the cake decorating section at Walmart for decorating into all kinds of cute characters and turning them into cake pops. These are so popular all over the internet and are great make ahead treats and you can’t beat the ease of chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentines Day.

Chocolate Cake Balls and Dipped Strawberries-yrcg

Chocolate Cake Balls

Prepare a Chocolate Devils Food Cake per the box instructions for a 9 X 13 pan. Once the cake is baked and completely cooled. Dump the cake into a large bowl. Crumble the cake with  clean hands until it resembles coarse crumbs. Dump 1 full canister of cream cheese frosting into the cake and then mix the frosting and cake until completely combined. It will be messy at first but does finally come together into a dough like mixture. Using a  small spoon scoop out small portions of the cake mixture and roll into balls about 1-inch in size. Place on a large tray as you roll the cake balls. Once the tray is full, cover well with plastic and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until ready to use. I had mine in the freezer for 3 days and they were perfect for dipping.

I used Wilsons Dark Cocoa Chocolate Melts, they also have white chocolate, light cocoa and usually during various holidays even colored chocolate melts  that you find in the cake decorating department of Walmart or the hobby stores. You could also use chocolate chips or temper your own chocolate for dipping. I already had the chocolate melts in the pantry so that is what I used. I have found that if you only melt about a 1/3 of the bag at a time you can drop the frozen cake balls into the melted chocolate, roll and then remove with a spoon and drop into a small paper liner and they will finish setting up in the paper liner. Once the cake balls are all dipped arrange onto your serving trays, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve or take to the party.

Warning: These go real fast, once folks realize they are cake balls.

Yield: 1 cake box makes about 50 cakes balls.

 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Get an extra bag of those chocolate melts and some nice fresh strawberries and indulge in these lovely treats.

Wash the strawberries. You can keep the leaves on or remove them. I left them on for color and something to hold onto while I dipped the berries. Dry the strawberries really well on some paper towels. You don’t want any water to get into your melted chocolate. Once the berries are dried. Dip the berries, roll to coat and let any excess chocolate drain back into the bowl. Place the berries onto a sheet of waxed paper to finish setting up. Once set, place berries into individual paper liners.

Tip: If you don’t have wax paper by the rolls and your family eats lots of cold cereals. Save those empty cereal bags for some real good heavy-duty wax paper for FREE! That’s what I do and just store them in a drawer until you need some wax paper.

 

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