Things I learned this week that I should’ve already known after my twenty-something years of life:
Do not go running with someone that plays soccer, on a team. Or better yet, anyone that plays soccer regularly.
They can run, I…well, jog. Or you might even call it walking-incredibly-fast-where-you-kinda-have-to-jog, so you don’t trip.
Lastly, do not go running with someone who averages like 25 MPH (when you
run jog 5.1 m.p.h.)…
Thinking back on it -
I’m fairly certain it was these guys fault –>
Carrot Cake Balls
Yield: 40 cake balls
2 packages (16 oz.) Vanilla CANDIQUIK
1 box Carrot Cake Mix (or your choice of flavor, plus ingredients required for cake)
1 (16 oz.) container cream cheese frosting
Black AmeriColor Gourmet Writer
Prepare cake mix as directed on box.
Crumble cake into a large bowl.
Mix thoroughly with ½ of a container (8 oz.) of cream cheese frosting (it may be easier to use fingers to mix together).
Chill mixture for approximately 2 hours in the refrigerator (you can speed this up by placing in the freezer).
On a wax lined baking sheet, roll mixture into 1 inch balls. I use a stainless steel coffee scoop (of all things), love it – perfect sized cake balls, everytime. A cookie dough ball scooper would also do the trick!
Melt 1 package of Vanilla CANDIQUIK® at a time, according to the directions on the package.
Then, with a spoon, quickly dip each cake ball into the CANDIQUIK and coat completely. Allow excess coating to drip off by tapping your spoon on the side of the bowl; slide off the spoon onto your wax lined baking sheet. (I usally keep about ten cake balls out at a time and store the other ones in the fridge until I’m ready to use them.)
NOW for the soccer ball design - edible marker + a “cheat sheet” to draw on the pattern of a soccer ball.
*Totally thought I knew what a soccer ball looked like until I messed up my first cake ball*
Print this picture out if it’ll help you!
I used this life-saver of an edible “gourmet” writing pen. AmeriColor has other food markers, but make sure you use the “gourmet” writer. I think gourmet means “writes on just bout’ everything”.
I have experimented with other edible wrting pens (I think they were the Wilton brand) and I’m not sure what they write on – but they sure didn’t write on cake balls.
Here are the deets: AmeriColor Gourmet Writer. I got a 2 pack of these (online) for about eight bucks (shipping included). You can get them here. Or if you have a cool cake decorating store near you, try that.
Option! Decorate half of your cake mixture as classy cake balls, the other half sporty.
Drizzle/sprinkle/decorate as desired!
Just remember, if using sprinkles – use ‘em before your coating dries. Common sense stuff…
The more I think about it, maybe you should eat these before you go running. Instant sugar boost – maybe it’ll work for you!? Happy Baking.