In honor of the year’s most indulgent holiday, I present to you my latest creation, the Mardi Gras cake bonbon. Okay, fine, they’re cake balls, and they’re not exactly ground breaking, but they definitely fit Fat Tuesday’s “let’s throw the diet out the window for a day” requirement.
Inspired by a post for Mardi Gras cupcakes by fellow blogger Sweet Pea’s Kitchen, I went about making the most bombtastic cake ball using the three colors that have become synonymous with the holiday: bold yellows, greens and purples. Up until yesterday I had no idea that the colors actually represented power (yellow/gold), justice (purple) and faith (green). I just thought it was a gaudy combination of whatever colors look appealing to drunk people partying in the street.
Anyhoo, now for the fun part: how to make these bad boys. I used Bakerella’s recipe for Red Velvet Cake Balls as a template, with my own twists.
Laissez les Bonbons Rouler Cake Balls
1 box white cake mix (these usually call for eggs, oil and water, so have these on hand as well)
1 can store-bought white frosting
1 small bottle green food coloring/gel
1 small bottle yellow food coloring/gel
1 small bottle purple food coloring/gel (you can also combine red and blue dye and adjust to your liking)
1 12-oz bag green Wilton Candy Melts
1 12-oz bag purple Wilton Candy Melts
1 12-oz bag yellow Wilton Candy Melts
1) Prepare the white cake mix as directed on the box using a 13 inch by 9 inch baking pan. Cool to room temperature.
2) Once the cake is cooled, break off big chunks of it and crumble it between your hands into a big mixing bowl. Continue until the entire cake is crumbled, making sure there are no big chunks remaining.
3) Scoop 3/4 of the icing and mix it into the cake crumbles. Don’t use the entire can of frosting, as it will make it too sticky. Stir the frosting and cake until it gets a nice, light Play-Doh-like texture.
4) Divide the batter into three sections, placing two sections in two separate bowls and leaving the third section in the original large mixing bowl.
5) Add five drops of green dye to one bowl, and mix it in vigorously until thoroughly combined. Keep adding dye to achieve the shade of green you like.
6) Repeat step 5 with the other two bowls, using yellow and purple dyes respectively.
You should end up with this:
Now, time to make the balls.
7) Pinch off equal pieces of each color, stick them together, then roll the combined batter into a ball. Place ball on a cookie sheet. Repeat until all the batter is gone.
8) When finished, stick the cookie sheet in the fridge for at least an hour so the balls solidify a bit. In the meantime, prep a couple of extra cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for the candying process.
9) After the balls have chilled, put the green candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and melt according to package directions. Once they’ve melted, place a cake ball in the candy, and spoon the candy over it until it’s completely covered. Lift the ball out of the bowl, and tap the spoon on the edge of the bowl to shake off excess candy coating.
10) Gently roll the ball onto the prepared cookie sheet. Don’t worry if candy pools around the ball, you can take a toothpick and draw a line to separate the excess candy coating from the rest of the ball.
11) Working quickly, repeat step 10 until half of the balls are coated with green.
12) Repeat steps 9-11 using the purple candy melts. Don’t worry if the balls aren’t perfectly smooth–mine weren’t but they turned out ok for a first-time attempt.
13) Once the balls have dried, melt half of the yellow candy melts and, using a fork, drizzle it slowly over the green and purple cake balls. Mine turned out kind of Jackson Pollack-y, but I kind of liked how they turned out.
14) Let them dry, then dig in!
Of course, this recipe can be customized in all sorts of ways. For instance, I wanted to bake in some bourbon, but, alas, had none on hand. You could use any combination of cake flavors, really. Go ahead, get creative. I know you want to.
The best part about this cake ball though is the fun surprise you get when you bite into it!
Do you guys have any fun Mardi Gras recipes to share? What’s your favorite Fat Tuesday food to eat?
Happy Shrove Tuesday, everyone! Let the bonbons roll!