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!
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
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 own1 (1 lb.) package vanilla candy melts, any color
About 2 T. shortening
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.