Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Can you have your cake and eat it, too?

Only if you remember to hide it!
These chocolate-covered chocolate and strawberry cake bites debuted and disappeared at the YW New Beginnings activity last night. I got to eat one of the less pretty ones at home that didn't make the final cut so I don't feel too robbed. But I think another round of rolling and dipping might be in order. Really, I'm very relieved they turned out at all. Usually I don't like to try new recipes when they will be given to people outside my trusting family (it's like inviting disaster right into your day)- but these were too yummy to pass up!
If you are curious and read through to the end of the post to see the recipe, you might notice these innocent looking numbers take a little bit of work. I think somewhere around rolling the fortieth cake ball, I began asking myself what had possessed me to undertake such a project in the first place (that and the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). My first thought was "I wonder if I could make those?" I could have easily answered "of course" without having to give my kitchen a crumb coat. My next thought, more difficult to dismiss was, "I wonder what they taste like." That did it. Chocolate cravings easily overrode any rational thought and three days later -voila - cake bites!
So are they worth the effort? You'll have to decide that for yourself. My verdict? Absolutely. Creating any art takes work, making the completion of it all the more satisfying- the upside to edible art? You get to eat it -well, if you're fast.
Cake Bites
Recipe by Kathy Oaks
Makes 40-50
1 devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup butter
6 ounces cream cheese
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Milk, enough to make a good frosting
Dipping chocolate
Directions: Make cake according to directions on box and bake as directed. While baking, mix together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to make a frosting. When cake is done dump immediately into a large bowl with the cream cheese frosting (or store bought frosting) and mix it all together while still hot (it will be a little mushy). Refrigerate overnight. Roll into balls and dip in melted dipping chocolate. If balls are sticky I put them in freezer bags and flash freeze them until I'm ready to dip. They will freeze beautifully for months before they are dipped, just let them thaw for about 5 minutes before dipping to prevent cracking. Once cake bites are dipped do not refrigerate or freeze, just eat them! *You can also use cream cheese frosting that you buy at the store. **German chocolate cake mix mixed with German chocolate frosting and dipped in milk chocolate is also very tasty.


Melody said...

Why Tamara, you've been holding out on me-- I didn't know you had a blog! I'm so glad to know now, and will be a regular visitor, I am sure. These cake bites were heavenly; as I told you last night, it's a darn good thing I had gotten a taste last week, or else we might have had a tantrum from a pregnant woman craving chocolate on our hands. :)

Amy said...

Yummm!! I'll have to "drop by" next time you make these! :)

Peggy said...

The German Chocolate one might have just put me over the edge... :-)

Monique said...

I knew I shouldn't have clicked that link! You need to post a diaclaimer or something. I just joined Weight Watchers. I bet those are gonna cost me some points:-)

Joan Sowards said...

This looks so good. At our house, desert has to be chocolate. I'll try it!

Tina Scott, the writing artist said...

Tamara, these do sound delicious. They look like the perfect dessert for Easter--or even birthdays. YUM!

Valerie Ipson said...

Hope you didn't also serve these at the chapter meeting that I had to miss. The heartbreak will be too great!

Tamara said...

Hey Valerie,
I didn't have any left to serve at the chapter meeting. In a scramble, I picked up some mini muffins from paradise bakery, some were chocolate chip - but not nearly as chocolatey as the cake bite -so don't feel too bad - but we did miss you! ~ Tamara

hcrjfrandall said...

I didn't know you had a blog Tam! These look yummy!


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