Last weekend my Houston friends, Lindsay, John and their daughter Caroline, visited me in San Anotnio. We had a nice, relaxing weekend. We thought about going to Sea World but my famous friend Leslie, who does the Shamu Show, was in Germany so we decided to wait until she’s working.
We went to the Riverwalk for a boat ride and dinner. We also shopped at a posh boutique (not on the Riverwalk). I purchase my first pair of Hanky Panky panties. I’ve heard so much about Hanky Panky and how comfortable they are. I was a little worried about the “one size fits all.” How is it possible for everyone’s butt to be comfortable in the same size panties? I don’t know how it works but I love them; I’m hooked.
Lindsay brought me this cute, vintage curtain holder. I love it! They also brought candied pecans~ very good and very dangerous.
If you’re not familiar with Cake Balls, here are the steps. As I was researching how to make Cake Balls, I found several variations in the steps.
Bake a Cake- Use any cake mix and bake according to package instructions. You can bake in round pans or a 9x13 pan, whatever you want.
Crumble the Cake- Some recipes say to crumble the cake while it’s warm and others said to crumble it after it has cooled. I waited for the cake to cool and crumbled it with two forks. As I was crumbling the cake with the forks, my arms started to hurt. I realized I should be working out and not baking.
Icing- Add a container of store bought icing. I know, store bought icing, gross… but it’s not bad in this recipe. Some online recipes said to add only ¾ of the icing, some said to add the entire container, some sites said to add the icing at room temperature, and others said to zap it in the microwave for 25 seconds. I added the entire container and zapped it in the microwave. Since my arms were sore from crumbling the cake, I thought if the icing were a little warm it might help with the blending process. Stir the icing into the cake mix until it is completely blended and you can no longer see the icing. I used a fork. As I was blending, I would mash the icing into the crumbled cake.
Roll- Roll the mixture into balls. Put the Cake Balls on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. I read it was helpful to use a tablespoon or cookie scoop when scooping and rolling the balls. I tried using a tablespoon and it was messy. I ended up using my hands; I thought it was easier and faster. I had to rinse my hands a few times during the process because they were too sticky.
Freeze- Freeze the Cake Balls for at least 30 minutes.
Dip- Using a double boiler or the microwave, melt “dipping” chocolate or candy. I bought the German Chocolate Bar on the baking aisle. Using a fork, gently dip the Cake Ball into the chocolate and set aside on wax paper.
Decorate and Package- You can decorate with sprinkles, white chocolate, icing, anything you want. I added a stick but you can also put each ball into a mini cupcake liner. The fun part is being creative. I packaged a few Cake Balls in clear bags and tied the bags with ribbon for my Pawpaw's birthday. If you make cake balls, let me know. I want to see your creations.