So I see these cake bites, or balls as my deranged husband and I call them, and I I just hang my head in defeat. The first part is pretty easy, bake the cake - check, make frosting - check, mix together and form into shapes - check. Then the hard part, coating them with chocolate or candy melt. This is where it goes down hill, fast. So fast that I crash at the bottom of a very steep hill.
My first dipping attempts. Not bad, but I hate the candy
puddle around the bottom. Notice the sugar sprinkles. This
is like concealer for cake bites.
A bunny. Not a 1/4 as good as Bakerella's, but I wasn't buying
more sprinkles and edible pens. I can accept that they
Ring around the cake bite.
So I dipped the rest of the bites the next day. Amanda from Funny Days with Mommy and Maddie told me to add a tablespoon of shortening to each 14 oz bag of candy melts. So, I bought shortening. I was trying to avoid the shortening, it just grosses me out. Anyway, I added the shortening and the candy melts, melted it over a double boiler and pulled it off the heat when there were still chunks of melt. I stirred until smooth. It was perfect. I dipped my bites, a nice thin layer. I planned to melt more candy melts and dip again. Kind of like crumb coating a cake, then icing it. Do I dipped and placed on wax paper. Problem is, I still got candy ring around the base.
So, I melted another batch of candy melts for my second dip. It was looking good, no crumbs for the final dip. I did everything the same way as before. I am thinking I have the process down pat and I can share it with the whole world. Then I put ball in for it second dip and the melt was all globby. Did I over heat it? Who knows. I let it cool a bit and it was better. I figured I would use a cooling rack to get rid of the ring around the bottom. I sprayed the cooling rack with some spray oil so they wouldn't stick. I dipped my balls and let them cool.
I went to try one after dinner. They were STUCK to the cooling rack. ALL OF THEM. I tried to pry them off and all the bottoms broke. Crumbs everywhere. I was defeated. The cake bites just aren't worth it.
OK, maybe next time I will try the balls on a stick, at least there won't be ring around the bites and they won't stick to anything. I don't know. I am making a maple cake with maple frosting for my father-in-laws birthday tonight and also carrot cupcakes with maple-brown sugar - cream cheese frosting. I am crossing m my fingers that these turn out. Fairly straight forward. I hope!