I was in charge of bringing a dessert for my friend Michele’s Christmas pajama house party last weekend. First of all, it’s amazing that the party was pajama themed. We got to look like we rolled out of bed on purpose, and it was actually not only acceptable but welcome that we look that way! Plus, it was extremely comfortable! I think Christmas pajama parties should be the next big thing now that ugly sweater parties have more than run their course.
Anyway, back to my dessert. I decided I wanted to do something holiday-themed, but since it was a holiday pajama party I didn’t want to do anything too traditional and thought it would be much more fun to do something that fit the bill, quirky! Thus, I settled on melting snowman cake balls. As some of you readers may already know, cake balls can be extremely easy to make. You can choose to make them the same way I made them for my snowmen, or you can do them with homemade cake and frosting recipes. Either way, they’re pretty darn easy, not to mention they look impressive and like you really put a lot of effort into your party contribution when you make them your dessert of choice.
For your cake pops, all you need is:
- 1 box cake mix (I used red velvet for added festivity, but you can do the cake mix of your choice)
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 c. oil
- 1 tub frosting (cream cheese frosting paired perfectly with my red velvet cake choice, but again this is your flavor of choice)
- 1 container white candy coating
- writing icing (blue and orange, or if orange isn’t readily available, you can mix red and yellow like I did to make your orange)
- mini cupcake lining cups
Bake your cake mix as directed on the box. Take it out of the oven and allow it to completely cool. Combine the entire cake and whole tub of frosting in a mixer until moist and combined. Roll your cake mixture into 1 1/2 inch wide balls. For this particular project, it’s even better if your cake balls aren’t perfectly round, because they look a little slouchier and meltier that way! Place your cake balls onto a sheet of wax paper on top of a plate, and freeze all your cake balls for at least 20 minutes. This way, they will hold better when you roll them in your candy coating later.
Melt your candy coating as directed on the packaging. Be careful not to overheat your candy coating, as this will make it dry and unusable. The best thing to do is warm it in small time increments, continually stirring between heatings until your candy coating is just completely melted but not overdone. Drop your cake balls into the melted candy coating one at a time, turning each with a spoon so that it is completely covered in candy coating before you remove it. Drop it into a cupcake liner. There should be a bit of extra candy coating around it, allowing it to appear melty and adorable!
Your cake balls will take about 15 minutes to set. At this time, you can use a toothpick to frost dots for your snowman’s eyes and mouth, and a line of orange for his carrot nose. It’s best not to try to squirt it right out of the frosting tubes, but to squirt some into small prep bowls or ramekins and use a toothpick to apply your colors to the snowmen.