Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My Football Cake Balls

Here in New Zealand, there is not a whole lot of TV coverage of US sports. Go figure. Luckily, I watch Ellen everyday, and she tells me what events are happening in the US, and she told me when the SuperBowl was. Good thing too, so I could make these cute little cake balls.

One of our American friends just moved into a new house with her husband here in Auckland, and when she heard that the game fell on a holiday here (we are in the future over here, so it was a Monday), she knew it was a perfect chance to have a party. Of course, she wanted all American food, and she asked me to make something, but didn't give specifications. I'm glad too, because I had a lot of fun coming up with these and making them. Now I have to say, I am not the first person to make footballs out of cake, and I am certainly not the most creative person in the world. That being said, I can honestly say I came up with this idea all on my own, and we all know how rare that is for me.

I decided to look up what teams were playing (don't judge me), and what their colors were (seriously, don't judge). When I saw that both teams were red and blue, my mind was made up! I was going to make mini footballs out of cake and when you bit into the little ball, it would be half red and half blue! How fun is that?!?! Again, I must stress that I am not the first to combine different colors of cake in the cake ball, but I was the first to come up with it in my apartment, and I was really excited to try it out.

To make these edible footballs, I started out with this Red Velvet Cake recipe. The only changes I made to this recipe is when it called for 1 1/2 cups of oil, I only used 1 cup, and I made half the cake red velvet and the other half blue velvet. That, of course, is how you get the two-toned affect when you bite in.

Oh, Red Velvet Cake. Who doesn't love this cake? Bake the two cakes, and let them cool completely. Put them in two separate bowls, and crumble them.

Then make the Cream Cheese Frosting that goes along with the Red Velvet Cake.When I made the frosting, I didn't measure out the entire amount of powdered sugar, but I definitely didn't use the entire 6 cups. I used around 4 cups, and I still had a lot of frosting left over. But it is completely up to you on how much you use. The more you use, the longer you will have to run on the treadmill to feel better about yourself, but what the heck, we are already eating cake for goodness sakes, lets do it right!

 Once the frosting is made and the cakes are beautifully crumbled as so...

 Take a heaping spoon (or three or four) of the frosting and mix it into the cake. You want to mix it in thoroughly enough and you want enough frosting that it is easy for you to form the cake into balls without it falling apart in your hand. After making these, I learned that I would use even less of the oil than I did this time for when I make them again. The oil for some reason makes it very hard for the cake to hold together.

 Once the mixture is together and moist enough, you take a small amount of the blue cake, and a small amount of the red cake, and you schmush them (yes that is a technical term) together really hard, and roll it into a round ball. Once it is formed into a round ball, you can then shape it into the football form as so.

Put them into the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight as I did, or you can freeze them for about a half hour to really harden up. Once chilled, they are ready to be dipped. I used Nestle dark chocolate melts for the brown color and writing icing for the lines.

 Dipped and hardening...

 Once they are dipped, you are going to want to chill them again, so the chocolate doesn't melt in your hand as you decorate. Here is what the finished product looked like.

 I have to admit, I would not have gotten these done without the help of my amazing husband. He was an incredible sous chef for the day and helped me form them into footballs, and helped draw the stitching on them as well. He has the makings of a great football maker one day!

 58 of them later, and we were able to cut one in half to see the beauty of the inside.

Go Giants and Patriots! At least I think that's who it was. Who won that one again? Just kidding, I saw the Patriots leave open the line to let the Giants player run the winning touchdown. Good job guys. I'll make you a couple cake balls to make you feel better. You're welcome. :)

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  1. These look amazing! You just keep getting better and better!

  2. Wow Carla! These are so gorgeous! All that effort really paid off, they look super cute! Thank so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words! Your blog is wonderful too! I love the pink :)

  3. Hello! These are AMAZING! I am featuring these on my blog today. :) http://www.babymoonbtq.com


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