Serves: 10
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 35 mins

Cake Balls

Lovely, moist bitesize portions of cake. Just as fun to make as they are to eat!

Ingredients

  • 90g self-raising flour
  • 60g unsalted butter, softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Ella Valentine eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp milk, at room temperature

For the frosting:

  • 60g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For the cake balls:

  • 200g pink candy melts (buy on-line at Amazon)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Sprinkles or sugar decorations

Equipment

  • 20cm round or square cake tin

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (350F), Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease and flour a 20cm round cake tin or a 20cm square cake tin.

  1. 1. Sift the flour and set aside.
  2. 2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract. Add the egg, mixing well.
  3. 3. Add half the flour and then half the milk and mix until fully combined. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
  4. 4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35–40 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. 5. Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.
  6. 6. Cream the butter until smooth and gradually add the icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  7. 7. Finally, mix in the vanilla.

To make the cake balls:

  1. 1. Once cooled, crumble the cake thoroughly using your hands and add the frosting a spoonful at a time. You will most likely not need all of the frosting, so just add enough to bind the crumbs together and form a pliable mixture. Cover with clingfilm and chill for one hour or until firm.
  2. 2. Remove from the refrigerator and roll 20 equally sized balls from the mixture using your hands.
  3. 3. Place each ball on a tray lined with baking paper, cover with clingfilm and chill for 20 minutes or until firm.
  4. 4. Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and melt for 1 minute. Stir and melt for another 30 seconds, repeat once more. Add the vegetable oil and stir until blended and smooth.
  5. 5. Using a fork, dip each cake ball one at a time into the candy. Use a spoon to pour candy over the top of the ball. Gently shake it out over the bowl to remove the excess.
  6. 6. Roll each cake ball onto a tray lined with baking paper and decorate. Leave to dry (about one minute).