August 17, 2011

Funfetti Cake Balls - recovery of an 'oops!'


I have a question.  What do you do when you commit to making a dessert for a friend for her family's beach trip, decide to test out a new vanilla cupcake recipe, bake the cupcakes, and they're absolutely terrible???  I mean horrible.  Dry.  Not a lot of flavor.  A huge 'oops.'  And ... you don't have a lot of time to come up with something else?

Well, one option is to crumble up all the cupcakes, stir in a bunch of vanilla buttercream and a whole lot of rainbow sprinkles, and make funfetti cake balls.  And that's how these funfetti cake balls were born!
Fortunately, I had some yellow candy melts in the pantry leftover from a previous cake pop adventure.  And I always have an assortment of sprinkles on hand ... you just never know when you're going to need them, right?  So I went to work turning the disappointingly failed cupcakes into fun and pretty little cake bites.

Not too bad a recovery of a huge 'oops,' right?!?  Hope they go over well with my friend's family!

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Funfetti Cake Balls
Source: Concept & process adapted from Bakerella
(Printable recipe)

Note:  This is just a 'general' method, not really a recipe ... as I was wingin' it the whole way!!
Click here to view a detailed post about making cake pops and cake balls.

1 baked 9x13" cake (or, in my case, a botched up batch of cupcakes!)
1 to 1 1/2 c. vanilla frosting, canned or make your own
1 (1 lb.) package vanilla candy melts, any color
About 2 T. shortening
Rainbow sprinkles
Larger confetti/disc sprinkles for decorating

1.  Crumble cake (or cupcakes) into a large bowl, working it into small crumbs. Add frosting and mix until well combined. Mix in rainbow sprinkles - I'm not sure how much I used; I just kept pouring them in and stirring until the mixture looked "confetti'ish."

2.  Shape into approximately 1" balls, using about 1 T. of the cake mixture per ball; set aside on wax paper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or place in freezer for about 15 minutes.

3.  In a small deep bowl, melt candy melts and shortening together in the microwave per candy melt package directions (typically in 30 second intervals, stirring in between).

4.  Use a fork to dip each cake ball in the candy coating, letting excess coating drip off back into the bowl. Place on wax paper. Immediately sprinkle with a few large disc/confetti sprinkles (or additional rainbow sprinkles).

5.  Let stand for coating to set up.


  1. Love these. So pretty



  2. These are cute and would look great at Easter. I just have trouble with the chocolate consistency.

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  3. That is a great recovery! Very impressive. They are so perfect looking.

  4. look yummy! newest follower from cast party wednesday!

  5. Such a great idea for recovery. And they are so darn cute! I love the yellow outside and the sprinkles. Your pictures are so pretty.

  6. These look so festive, Tracey! Great save!

  7. I say your lemon-to-lemonade dessert is so much better and more fun than what you had originally planned. I am bookmarking this and making it for a Labor Day picnic! These are so adorable!
    YOur story is a great lesson about having a well stocked pantry! Sprinkles are the fairy dust of the cooking world! They make almost everything better!

  8. Hi! I'm visiting from Foodie Friday and I have to say this is a fun idea! Your funfetti cake balls looks so cute and I bet everyone was gone before you knew it!

  9. Great recovery =)

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  10. They look great! From an oops to awesome!

  11. Great save! They look great. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  12. What a nice and cute 'opps"! :) These are gorgeous and what a clever way to save the recipe.

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  13. Thank you for joining me for tea this week. I LOVE what you are sharing this week. This is fantastic!! Funfetti had me at funfetti!!!!!! HA! Have a SUPER week.

  14. They are so cute and fun looking,perfect for a birthday party :)

  15. These look fabulous - thank you so much for sharing your clever recovery!

  16. These look yummy! And so fun! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week!

  17. Fun is definitely the key word here. You made the Sweets for a Saturday Top 5 with this one!!!

  18. These are so cute I have been wanted to try to make some. I guess I need to get over that they look so complicated and just try it. Great blog!

  19. Just stopping by to let you know that your little "oops" was #1 on Sweet Indulgences Sunday on A Well-Seasoned Life. Hope you'll stop by this weekend and share another "mistake".

  20. So adorable! Love how colorful they are.

  21. These are so cute! I cannot believe they started as an oops! I wish I had a funfetti cake ball right now! :) Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will link up again!

  22. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

  23. Again, these are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  24. Great idea! I love when new fun things come from 'mishaps'.... Thanks for sharing!

  25. These look great! How many did this recipe make?

  26. Tracey @ The Kitchen is My PlaygroundSeptember 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Autumn - Thank you!! This recipe made about 40 good-sized cake balls.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  27. I'm just finding this, but it appears as though we're soulmates of the brain.
    I had a cupcake botch of my own - tried to make walnut chocolate pumpkin cupcakes while moving cars around and working on the electrical in my house. Bad news bears. Cupcakes ended up more like cupcake jerky. So they're crumbled up in Gladware in my fridge with some leftover cupcakes from another batch, and I'm so ready to cake ball the heck out of them!
    Thanks for the tip about coating them with chocolate using the "tongs" method. I was going to try and find lollipop sticks, and now I don't have to.

  28. These look so good - - and your pictures are so great!!! Did you take a class to learn how to stage your pics so well?
    Anyways.... these look like they would be a fun and easy alternative to cupcakes next time I need them. Thanks!
    Carla :)

  29. Nice save! Well done you! (I've pinterested this!) xx


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