For this edition of Christmas baking, I had to make these adorable snowman cake balls! I’ve made cake balls every Christmas for I want to say three years, ever since I first tried making them myself. They are really quite simple in terms of ingredients but they just take a bit of time and effort. All you need is a cake mix, a can of frosting, and some chocolate melts.
For these cake balls, I used a Pillsbury dark chocolate cake mix. I baked it in two round pans, but you can also bake it in a 9×11. It doesn’t really matter since you will be mashing it into crumbs later. Bake the cake according to the instructions on the box then wait until it completely cools. Then, place the cake in a bowl and crumble! I usual do this step with my hands, but this time I thought I’d use the food processor. GAME CHANGER. Saves you so much time and messy fingers! Once the cake is shredded into tiny crumbs, combine with about 3/4 of the can of frosting. You can add the whole can (I have in the past) but I think 3/4 of a can gives the cake balls a good consistency. Then, roll into balls as big or small as you want. Usually this recipe yields me close to 70 cake balls but this time I only got about 50. I think if you use the full can of frosting, it really stretches the recipe to 70.
Once the balls are made, you can pop in the freezer for however long you like! I had mine in the freezer for about 5 days before I covered them in chocolate. Make sure you allow them to stand out at room temperature for a bit before you coat them in chocolate. Going from the freezer to hot melted chocolate can be quite a shock! Also, the cake balls start to expand as they thaw and reach room temperature so immediately immersing them in melted chocolate will cause the chocolate to crack as it hardens, which you don’t want!
I used Wilton white chocolate candy melts. They are a thicker consistency which I wanted since I needed these snowmen to sit in a melty puddle! I melted the chocolate in a bowl at 30 seconds in the microwave, then stirred and popped them back in for another 15 seconds. Then I threw in each cake ball one by one to give them a good coating. I placed a mini oreo on each ball while the chocolate was still melty, so it would stay in place. I waited for this coating to harden before I went in to make the snow man face! I set aside the left over melting chocolate so I could dye it orange later for the “carrot” noses.
I melted a bit of semi-sweet chocolate chips for the snow man face. I dipped the end of a paint brush (but tooth picks would be fine too!) into the semi-sweet chocolate chips and dotted the snow man face. I dyed the left over white chocolate orange and tried my best to draw out a nose.
They came together quite nicely, especially the ones with a lot of leftover chocolate on the bottom. It gave the illusion of big puddle of melty snowman! Honestly, this design was a lot of work and the leftover cake balls covered in sprinkles tasted just as good! The snowmen are so cute I don’t know if I can eat them! 😉
Lately, I have been listening to *NSYNC Holiday radio on Pandora, even though it makes me sad. When I was eight years old, my Mom came home with the new *NSYNC Christmas CD for my sister and me thinking we would be so stoked. *Spoiler* We were not. We were strictly Backstreet Boys fans, and it was blasphemous to have anything *NSYNC in the house, so we never listened to it! Ok, maybe a couple times, but I refused to enjoy it. Every year when we would bring out the Christmas decorations, the CD would show up. I think my Mom eventually threw it out. And in recent years I’ve started to really appreciate “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” more than appreciate, I absolutely love it, and most songs from their Christmas CD, AKA the CD where they actually let Chris Kirkpatrick sing, am I right?? Anyway, whenever I listen to it I feel so terrible about how shitty a kid I was! Maybe I was just sour that Backstreet Boys never made a Christmas album.
If you like pop singers from the 90s and early 2000s, I guarantee you will find them singing a cover of your favorite Christmas song on this station (Still waiting on Hilary Duff’s “Santa Claus Lane” to play). Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, 98° (“This Gift” is my soulful jam!), Jesse McCartney, you name ’em! Even Justin Bieber snuck his way in there. Kid is a turd but boy can he sing that “Mistletoe” song. But also you get holiday pop hits from today, like from Kelly Clarkson’s recent Christmas album and Michael Bublé. My new favorite Christmas song is this one by Straight No Chaser (a lot of their other Christmas songs play, but I’m a sucker for a capella) featuring Kristen Bell called “Text Me Merry Christmas.” It is so clever and catchy and fit for a modern day Christmas! I think it will fit right in with more recent classics…I’m looking at you *NSYNC.