Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sugar-cake skull treats

A couple weeks ago, I was talking with one of my clients about my plans to make some cupcakes for my boyfriend's upcoming birthday. She then mentioned 'cake balls' to me.

Cake balls? What's that?

She explained it to me and it was just that, balls of cake. Simple. Immediately I knew I wanted to make little sugar skulls.

Sugar Cake Skulls
You will need:
  • Frosting
  • Cake mix or your own recipe
  • 2 Large bowls (make sure one is glass)
  • Cookie sheet and parchment paper
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Pot (to boil your water)
  • Spatula
  • Skull shaped candy bowls (for creating the skull mold)
  • White chocolate chips for dipping
  • Writing icing for decorating the skulls
  • Ice cream scoop or melon ball scoop (depending the size you want)

Bake a cake. However you prefer. Out of a box, homemade, whatever. Once the cake is done, remove from the oven and let it cool a bit.

In a large bowl, start to crumble the cake using two forks (or your hands if you wish). Add your cake frosting and mix well. I made my cake out of a box and used the frosting out of the can, and used a bit less than 3/4 of it. Just make sure the consistency of the mix is just right for molding.

Now, comes the fun part: molding! I used one of the Skull candy bowls as my mold. I happened to find these at Target by chance. They were in the dollar section.

 I figured I could just cut one in half and use the front of it as just that. It worked!

I was initially just going to mold each ball by hand. Using the scooper of your choice, make a ball and then place in mold. Gently shake it out and place on cookie sheet. Repeat until you've used up all of the cake ball mix.

Now that you have made all of your little cake skulls, place them in the fridge to cool for a few hours. Mine cooled for about 3 or 4 hours. Make sure they are not too soft. Insert lollipop sticks in the bottom of them and get ready for dipping them.

In your pot, start to bring a couple inches of water to a simmer. Place the glass bowl over the pot (make sure the bowl is not touching the water). Place your chocolate chips in the bowl and begin to stir with your spatula. Stirring constantly.

Dip your cake skulls in the chocolate and place them somehwere to dry ( I had some styrofoam and used that to hold them while they dried completely) After they are all dry and cooled off you may start to decorate using your writing icing as you wish!

*I couldn't take as long as I wanted to decorate them because my boyfriend ended up coming home earlier than expected. Bummer! But, all in all, they were delicious and he thought it was very cool and creative.

Let me know if you make these and share some pictures! Enjoy!


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