Cake Balls: More Than 60 Delectable and Whimsical Sweet Spheres of Goodness

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Just as delightful to eat as they are portable and fun to make, cake balls have been making appearances across the country in bakeries, upscale restaurants, children’s parties, and weddings. Innovating mom and prolific home baker, blogger, and author, Dede Wilson ushers in this popular trend in baking with over 60 delicious and decadent recipes.

Cake balls are a combination of crumbled cake and frosting rolled into generous bite-size rounds and then dipped in a coating, usually ...

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Just as delightful to eat as they are portable and fun to make, cake balls have been making appearances across the country in bakeries, upscale restaurants, children’s parties, and weddings. Innovating mom and prolific home baker, blogger, and author, Dede Wilson ushers in this popular trend in baking with over 60 delicious and decadent recipes.

Cake balls are a combination of crumbled cake and frosting rolled into generous bite-size rounds and then dipped in a coating, usually dark, milk, or white chocolate. There is a cake ball for every party, holiday, bake sale, and any other occasion, and these sweet treats are sure to be a standout in an array of ordinary baked goods.

Cake Balls begins with nine basic cake recipes and ten basic frostings, ganaches, and glazes, which Wilson spins, with some design tricks and extra ingredients, into 63 distinctive creations, each handsomely photographed in full color.

The recipes include kid-friendly ideas, such as Jam-Filled Cake Balls, S’mores, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls; sophisticated treats like Cocoa-Dusted Truffle Cake Balls and Cranberry-Toffee-Walnut Cake Balls; and whimsical creations like Teddy Bears, Cake Ball Pumpkins, and the statement-making Cake Ball Tower, made of cream puffs. Wilson offers inspiration for baking pros with tips for original cake ball inventions, and guidance for rookies and bakers-on-the-go with tips on making cake balls from a mix.

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"Dede has raised the bar on cake balls, and thrown them right over the top! She's done it again, delicious recipes coupled with delicious style!"—Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors of Hello, Cupcake!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558327627
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 584,241
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dede Wilson has written over a dozen books, including Unforgettable Desserts, Truffles, The Birthday Cake Book, Wedding Cakes You Can Make, and the popular A Baker's Field Guide series. She is a contributing editor at Bon Appetit, and is considered to be a cake and pie baking expert. She lives with her family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Cake Balls

More Than 60 Delectable and Whimsical Sweet Spheres of Goodness
By Dede Wilson

Harvard Common Press

Copyright © 2012 Dede Wilson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781558327627


What is a cake ball?

Maybe cake balls have already come into your life, just as cookies and cupcakes have. If not, get ready for fun and deliciousness! It is a rare occurrence for a "new" baked good to appear, and that is just one reason cake balls are so exciting. They are also easy and fun to make and eat and yet unique unto themselves.

Cake balls are, simply put, a combination of cake, a binder (like frosting), and a coating (usually chocolate). Perhaps you have seen versions on the Internet and elsewhere calling for boxed cake mixes and canned frosting (see page 32 for my take on this method). My approach to cake balls is taste-based, and in this book I guide you with from-scratch cake and frosting recipes, stressing high-quality ingredients. My cake balls look like a cross between a gussied-up doughnut hole and a large candy truffle. Their preparation can be as simple as using yellow buttermilk cake, vanilla frosting, and a coating of pure white chocolate, or they can be something quite elegant with deep, dark chocolate cake, fresh raspberries, dark chocolate ganache binder, and a coating of bittersweet chocolate embellished with more berries. You will find both of those recipes in this book, as well as fun renditions like Confetti Cake Balls, Cappuccino Cake Balls, Zesty Lemon Cake Balls, and many others—more than 50 in all!

As with all of my books, my aim is to be your helper in the kitchen. I want you to have the most enjoyable and mouthwatering experience possible. I love hearing from readers; if you have any questions or want to share stories and pictures, please do not hesitate to contact me at

How to use this book

This book is set up to be as user-friendly as possible. Whether you want to make cake balls from scratch, try a cake mix, or create a cake ball with flavors of your own choosing, I have provided guidelines to ensure great results.

Chapter 1: baking and creating fabulous cake balls provides you with the basics to begin making these tiny, tasty treats. Here you will find information on creating your own flavor combinations; a brief section on ingredients, equipment, and techniques; descriptions of purchased decorations that will greatly enhance your cake balls; and storage tips.

Chapter 2: the basic recipes is where the fun begins; it is divided into two sections. The first part provides you with basic cake recipes, while the second has frostings, ganache, pastry cream, and other moist "binders" to combine with the cake "bases." All of these basic recipes are used in Chapter 3 in complete cake ball presentations, but you can also mix and match them as you please when devising your own flavor combos. Chapter 2 also contains a section on making cake balls using cake mixes and prepared frostings. When time is short, this is an option to consider, and I make suggestions for how to customize this approach to make the finished cake balls uniquely yours.

Chapter 3: the cake balls is the heart of the book, where you will find more than 50 complete recipes for cake balls, including seasonal Red, White, and Blue Cake Balls; classics like Red Velvet; and soon-to-be favorites like Mocha Toffee Crunch, Boston Cream, and Confetti. Thinking outside the box, I also bring you Crème Brûlée Cake Balls and The Crunchie-Munchie, featuring potato chips, pretzels, and caramel popcorn.

Chapter 4: cake ball creations brings you 10 recipes that show you how to use cake balls to make show-stopping desserts on a grand scale. How about a cone-shaped tower made of cake balls or a cake ball sundae party? These ideas and more are found in this chapter.

Last but not least, there is a resources section, which details purveyors that offer the ingredients and equipment you need for these recipes.


Excerpted from Cake Balls by Dede Wilson Copyright © 2012 by Dede Wilson. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is a Cake Ball?

How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: Baking and Creating Fabulous Cake Balls

Choosing Your Cake Ball Flavors

Cake Ball Basics

Cake Balls Without a Recipe

Label Your Cake Ball

Ingredients, Equipment, and Techniques

Making Parchment Cones

Working Successfully with Chocolate and Applying Chocolate Coatings

Applying Dry Coatings

Cake Ball Decorations

Storing Cake Balls

Chapter 2: The Basic Recipes

Straight from the Box

Basic Cake Recipes

Yellow Buttermilk Cake

Super-Easy Yellow Cake

Super-Easy Chocolate Cake

Red Velvet Cake

White Cake

Carrot Cake

Banana Cake

Fudgy Brownies

Milk Chocolate Brownies

Basic Frosting and Filling Recipes

Confectioners’ Sugar Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Fudgy Chocolate Frosting

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Milk Chocolate Ganache

White Chocolate Ganache

Caramel Frosting

Lemon Curd

Pastry Cream

Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze

Chapter 3: The Cake Balls

After-Dinner Chocolate-Mint Cake Balls

Apple Pie Cake Balls

Banana-Caramel-Nut Cake Balls

Black Forest Cake Balls

Blackout Cake Balls

Boozy Cake Balls

Boston Cream Cake Balls

Cappuccino Cake Balls

Carrot Cake ’n’ Cream Cheese Frosting Cake Balls

Cassata Cake Balls

Cheesecake Balls

Chocolate-Cherry Cake Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls

Chocolate-Orange Grand Marnier Cake Balls

Chocolate-Raspberry Cake Balls

Cocoa-Dusted Truffle Cake Balls

Coconut-Chocolate Cake Balls

Coffee Cake Balls

Confetti Cake Balls

Cranberry-Toffee-Walnut Cake Balls

Cranberry–White Chocolate Cake Balls

Crème Brûlée Cake Balls

Disco Cake Balls

Dulce de Leche Cake Balls

Espresso Brownie Balls

Five Chocolates Cake Balls

Fudgy Brownie Nut Cake Balls

German Chocolate Cake Balls

Gingerbread Cake Balls

Jam-Filled Cake Balls

Key Lime Cake Balls

Marbleized Black and White Brownie Balls

Milk Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Cake Balls

Mocha Toffee Crunch Cake Balls

Mudslide Cake Balls

Nutella Cake Balls with Caramelized Hazelnuts

Oreo Cake Balls

Peanut Butter–Milk Chocolate Cake Balls

Peppermint–White Chocolate Cake Balls

Piña Colada Cake Balls

Pink Raspberry Cake Balls

Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls

Red, White, and Blue Cake Balls

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Rocky Road Cake Balls

Rum Cake Balls

S’mores Cake Balls

The Crunchie-Munchie

Toffee–Brown Butter–Pecan Cake Balls

Valentine’s Day Cake Balls

Vanilla Bean Cake Balls

Vegan Chocolate Cake Balls

Zesty Lemon Cake Balls

Chapter 4: Cake Ball Creations

The Cake Ball Tower

Cake Ball Sundae Bar

Cake Ball Pops

Teddy Bears

Fairy Princess Ballerinas

Easter Egg Cake Balls

Cake Ball Pumpkins

Dreaming of a Cake Ball Christmas

The Ice Cream Cake Ball Cake

Raspberry Hearts


Measurement Equivalents


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