Friday, June 24, 2011

Brownie Cake Balls

At school we celebrate "0" birthdays with cake (30, 40, 50, 60, etc). It seemed like a really good idea at the beginning of the year in order to boost morale and have some fun. Now that I have gained a bunch of weight, it doesn't seem like such a good idea! I do think we had an overabundance of 0 birthdays this year, so I hope next year is lighter on big birthdays!

The point? Since I had made cupcake cake pops for another co-workers birthday and a Salted Caramel Chocolate cake for Erin's 30 and half birthday (she was on maternity leave on her 30th) when it was my good friend Bridget's 30th I figured I should do something special.

She is a huge Chicago White Sox fan so I decided to go with the black and white theme. I thought I would try Brownie Cake Balls dipped in black and white candy melts. Inspired by Inside BruCrew Life, I figured if she can make cookie/brownie balls, I could totally make brownie/cake balls! I thought the brownie/white cake combination would fit in perfectly with the black and white theme!

Things I learned:

-Don't make the brownies the night before. They cool too much and don't smush well.
-Don't try to dip dark brownies in white chocolate. You have to do it several times to cover up the brownie.
-Don't try to use the Wilton frosting food coloring to color Wilton Candy Melts. They have a different kind of food coloring for a reason (not just to sell you something else like I thought). It makes the candy melts hard and not good for dipping. As you can see they are a bit chunky.
-They are delicious!

How did I do it?

-I used my regular cake pops recipe and also made up a brownie mix.
-I made the cake balls smaller than usual and then put them in the freezer.
-Then I tried to smush the brownies around the cake balls. It wasn't working so well so I put them in the oven a bit to try to make them mushier. That did help a little.
-Then I put the big brownie/cake balls in the freezer again.
-After that I dipped half of them in black chocolate and the other half in white.
-Lastly, I write "SOX" on some, the SOX logo on others, and colored some "socks" on others.

They turned out super yummy. They just weren't my prettiest baking project ever!