>Christmas Sweets – Cake Balls

>For as long as I can remember, we always had lots of sweets at Christmas. My mom used to put out “hard candy” and “orange slices” in her milk glass candy dishes and always, I mean ALWAYS baked a fresh coconut cake at Christmas. She made the best cake. I haven’t had a really good piece of coconut cake since she passed away and every time I see one, I think of her.

In our house, we always make some type of candy. Divinity (humidity permitting), peppermint & bark, and most recently cake balls. A dear friend from the office shared the recipe with me. It is so simple, its hard for someone like me to mess up. Here goes:

Cake Balls

1 box cake mix – any flavor
1 tub icing – any flavor
1 brick of almond bark – white or dark

Bake the cake per the boxes instructions and let cool completely

Crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl

Fold in the tub of icing
Mix well – Mixture will be thick, the consistency of cookie dough.
Using an small ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture onto a tray covered with wax paper. Repeat until the tray is full.

Place in the freezer for a minimum of 3 hours. (my friend freezes overnight)
They need to be frozen hard to be able to dip them.

Melt dipping chocolate per package instructions

Remove frozen balls from freezer. (I do only 5-10 at a time, as they thaw quickly)
Using tooth picks or other dipping device, dip the balls into the dipping chocolate.
Shake off the excess. (This took some practice for me)
Place on a tray and allow to harden.

Incredibly rich, they are great with coffee and best shared with friends!
Merry Christmas!

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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7 Responses to >Christmas Sweets – Cake Balls

  1. Katydid says:

    >I have made these (as cake pops) in many different flavors. They are all good! YUM!


  2. Kate says:

    >Oh, my goodness these sound absolutely sinful in the best possible way! I will definitely give these a try. Thanks for the recipe and have a very Merry Christmas!


  3. >Hear my tummy growling. LOL! They do look so yummy.It is a wonderful and simple recipe thanks for sharing.Wishing you a Wonderful and Blessed Christmas!


  4. debsgarden says:

    >Oh, boy, my mom use to make the best coconut cake, ever! Haven't had one quite the same. either, since she passed away. I think someone gave us cake balls at work the other day. I didn't know what they were at the time. Delicious! Now I can make some for my family. Thanks!I have enjoyed reading about your roses this year, and I look forward to your posts in the coming year. May you have a blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!


  5. >Oooooo-weee these look great, I can't wait to make these gems!


  6. >Hey! What a great idea! Cake in a cookie format, ie, easy to serve and eat! Right up my alley. Sandra


  7. Oh my…! These sound Heavenly! Happy #gardenchat #cookieparty Monday!


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