This morning, Jessica Jafari Mottley of Well Community's community relations team surprised us with these homemade carrot cake balls. Delicious and so cute.
The recipe and tips are her personal spin on the original cake ball recipe ideas at Bakerella.com/trick-or-treat.
1 box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Carrot Cake mix (this requires 3 eggs, 2/3 c. vegetable oil, 1 c. water)
1/2 tub Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Cream Cheese frosting
1 11 oz. bag Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips
1 package chocolate sandwich cremes
1 package Hersey Kisses
1 tube decorating gel, black
1 tube decorating icing, red
For the icing, you can use the ready in a can kind or I’ve found that the decorating tubes are easier to control. The only downside is that you have to purchase the tips separately.
A note from Jessica: I have picked up a lot of tips along the way on my cake ball journey, so I included several in the Method section below. But to start, you can buy everything here from Target, except for the colored candy melts which you have to go to a party store for. Also, I always get lazy about halfway through and switch to simple milk or dark chocolate-covered balls, decorating with sprinkles. Makes the tray still look full and they are just as cute.
1) Follow the directions for your standard cake ball recipe.
It’s recommended to use the whole tub of frosting, but I prefer only half as it makes the dough easier to work with.
2) Melt your chocolate in the microwave in 15-30-second intervals.
Be especially careful not to overcook the white chocolate because it will scorch easily.
3) Add oil-based coloring to turn the white chocolate green.
Note that water-based food coloring can work, but it makes the chocolate thicker and harder to work with. Also, you could use green candy melts but I prefer the Ghirardelli chocolate.
4) Use a spoon or small spatula to roll your cake balls one at a time in the chocolate, covering them completely. After you lift the ball from the chocolate with your spoon, lightly tap the spoon handle on the side of the chocolate bowl to shake off any excess chocolate. This will also help to smooth the chocolate on the cake ball.
I’ve also noticed that instead of using a spoon, a plastic fork with the middle two tines removed works well.
5) Place the cake ball on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and push a sandwich creme on the top of the cake ball. Repeat this process for each cake ball.
6) Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Note: Do not put in the freezer, as the chocolate will crack.
7) Use decorating gel to make the faces.
8) Use decorating icing to make the hair. Then put a dime size circle of icing on top of the sandwich creme and place the Hersey Kiss on top.
9) Put completed Witch Cake Balls in the fridge for a couple hours to harden the decorations.