Basketball Cake Balls

Basketball Cake Balls - perfect for March Madness or any basketball event! @candiquik

Why do I do this to myself? I eat completely weird combinations of food that should not be seen together!!!

I promise – I know how to cook, but I’m notoriously known for eating strange off-the-wall dinners. I’m busy. I’m not married. I do not have kids. I’m hungry. Therefore, it happens.

Example 1: Monday’s dinner consisted of buffalo chicken and a chocolate banana protein shake. I know, I don’t know…

Example 2: Wednesday I had a snack that consisted of a vanilla latte and jalapeno cheddar chex mix. It seemed like a good idea when I saw the chex mix, then I saw the latte, and ended up with both. Let’s just say these things do not belong together and should not be consumed within the same hour of each other.

There’s just something about spicy foods when combined with a sweet, milky drink that DOES NOT go together.

I know, you’re glad I told you this. What would you have done without me?!

On another note – cake, frosting, and chocolate and/or vanilla Candiquik DO go together. March and basketball DO go together. I’m on a roll.

Basketball Cake Balls - perfect for March Madness or any basketball event! @candiquik

March Madness Basket(cake)balls
Cute basketball cake balls perfect for basketball lovers, any basketball party, or March Madness!
Serves: 40
  • 1 box cake mix (your choice of flavor + required ingredients)
  • ½ cup cake frosting
  • 1 (16 oz) package Vanilla CandiQuik
  • 4 oz Chocolate CandiQuik (for piping)
  • Orange food coloring (oil or powder based only)
  1. Bake cake according to directions on the package. Let cool. Trim off the edges of the cake.
  2. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix thoroughly with hands.
  3. Roll into ~1" balls. Chill cake balls in the fridge.
  4. Melt CandiQuik according to the package directions. Add orange (oil or powder based) food coloring and stir until desired color is established.
  5. Dip cake balls in orange-colored CandiQuik and place on wax paper to set.
  6. Once set, pipe on basketball stripes using the Chocolate CandiQuik.
TIP: I began by piping on a cross, then added the 2 arced/curved lines for the basketballs. You can do this without picking up the cake ball - just make sure there is wax paper underneath.


Basketball Cake Balls - @candiquik

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  1. Jer says

    There are gorgeous! Can you tell how much food coloring you used to get that color? I’m using Americolor and can’t seem to get my orange color that rich.

    • says

      Hi Jer,
      I used about a teaspoon of food coloring per package of CandiQuik. If you have to add more with the Americolor brand to acheive a deep orange color, you might want to add a little Crisco to thin it out – I haven’t had much luck with Americolor, it seems to “thicken” things up quite a bit.
      (I was using the Colorcon brand, but I believe it is only available for bulk/corporate purchases)
      Good luck! Finding the right food coloring can be a little challenging, but I have heard CK Country Kitchen’s colorings work well…

  2. Jer says


    Thanks for the quick reply. I’ve used much more than coloring than a teaspoon…I’m going to try and find the CK brand or just use orange colored candy melts. Thanks for the quick reply. Yours look amazing really!


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