Thursday, February 14, 2008

Nothing says Valentine's like White Chocolate and Red Velvet

Thank you Bakerella! I found these delicious little chocolate covered cake balls and immediately screamed..."awwww Valentine's Day," in my typical overly screechy, nerdy voice. These were TASTY, plain and simple. These little nuggets of goodness are red velvet cake with cream cheese icing dipped in white chocolate. What's not to love?!

Confession: I tried to make these look adorable like Bakerella can by placing them on lolly pop sticks. This was a catastrophe!! I quickly had to abort the mission. And, immediately the cuteness factor of these lovely little cake balls plummeted. My dipping skills are zero to done and they ended up looking a little ploppy and werid, but tasted delectable. I brought 40 to my weekly small group, and left with 2, which I made sure I grabbed so I could take a picture.

With that said, I WILL make these again in all sorts of varieties, and I think I know what I goofed up on with the lolly pop sticks. We'll get to that in a bit.

Here's the Recipe: (Courtesy of Bakerella, word for word)

1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting
1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

Here's What I got:

Yummy little bits of love:

Confession 2: Being that honesty is the whole gist of my blog, I wanted to show you pictures of the massive cake balls plummeting to their death after sliding down the lolly pop sticks, the chunks of red velvet cake that ended up in the white chocolate, etc. But, I made these at the boyfriend's house and my camera was dead. Luckily I snagged these two so I could at least get one picture!

What I Learned:
- When a recipe says "chill for several hours," chill it for several hours, not 30 minutes because you waited to long to make them for an event or because you are too impatient. Not that I know this from experience ;)
- Next time I will roll the cake balls much smaller
- I will also put the lolly pop sticks in the smaller cake balls and, again, CHILL FOR SEVERAL HOURS, that way they adhere to the stick.
- I will use a dish with more depth for chocolate coating. The bowl I was using was too large, and too shallow.
- People love these, make them. (And sneak a few for yourself)

Thanks for stopping by!


jessiann16 said...

holy freaking crap! these things were super stinking tasty! maybe you could make the whisky rum frosting and freeze it! HA! seriously i'm going to start putting booze in everything i make! that sounded bad. next week you want to make bacon chedder beer cupcakes for group?

Lara said...

Kara, I don't even have words to describe these little bits of heaven. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Thanks again for your culinary efforts. We're glad to provide quality control!

Jessi--your bacon, cheddar, beer cupcakes sound scary, but I am curious as to what they would taste like. Maybe if it wasn't called a cupcake I wouldn't be frightened.

Laurie said...

I love things with cream cheese icing/frosting.

Kara said...

They look wonderful! If you ever need a baking partner, I LOVE baking/cooking! I'd be more than happy to come out!

Bakerella said...

Kara - I'm so glad you had success. They look like they turned out great.


Hi, Kara!

Those look awesome!

-Kelly (A Fellow St. Louis Food Blogger!)

Kara said...

I made these tonight for my party tomorrow! They didn't turn out as pretty looking as yours, but it's about taste, right? lol