Cake Balls: Amazingly Delicious Bite-Size Treats


Authors Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon started The Cake Ball Company in 2006, and it has quickly become the leader in the cake ball market. Perfect for both new and experienced bakers and all those who are sick of boring plain cakes and the cupcake trend, cake balls are bite-sized bits of moist cake blended with rich icing and surrounded in a beautiful chocolate shell. Cake balls are super-fun to make and the end product is cute yet elegant—not to mention delicious—making them the ideal dessert for parties, ...

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Authors Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon started The Cake Ball Company in 2006, and it has quickly become the leader in the cake ball market. Perfect for both new and experienced bakers and all those who are sick of boring plain cakes and the cupcake trend, cake balls are bite-sized bits of moist cake blended with rich icing and surrounded in a beautiful chocolate shell. Cake balls are super-fun to make and the end product is cute yet elegant—not to mention delicious—making them the ideal dessert for parties, brunches, showers, weddings, and more.

Included within this tasty little cookbook you will find three cake and three icing recipes, for which all of the 51 cake ball recipes in the book are based on, troubleshooting tips, decorating and packaging ideas, and 45+ full-color photos throughout. Some of the tasty recipes include Southern Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate
Chip, Gingerbread, Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Strawberries and Cream, and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Wall Street Journal
“Where conventional slices often fall short, the so-wrong-they're-right spheres of decadence offer cake and frosting in every bite.”

“The decadent, dough-like consistency of these yummy treats are so surprising (and satisfying!) that they disappeared within minutes of arriving at the Cosmo office when we decided to do a taste test. Good luck not devouring them before you give 'em to the lucky recipient!”

Food Network Magazine
“Never mind cupcakes. The new bakery trend: cake balls.”

“Move over macarons: These treats are small, Southern, filled with sugar—and may be the next hot dessert trend.”

Market Block Books blog
“OMG!!! This is a sweet and awesome little book. It has lots of great ideas and you don’t need those annoying sticks that end up getting thrown away. So, delicious and economical! Stop drooling and start baking!”

Dallas Morning News
“Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon, founders of Dallas’ Cake Ball Co., have produced a slender, practical volume of recipes that includes detailed instructions with photographs showing how to produce the perfect cake ball every time.”

Stir It Up! Blog on The Christian Science Monitor
“Reading the recipe titles alone made my mouth water and reach for a mixing bowl. … Beyond showing you how to make cake balls, "Cake Balls" provides a fantastic list of flavor combinations and ideas of how to use and decorate with cake balls.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762445769
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 685,595
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Ankeny was a wine consultant for a number of years before she became the founder of The Cake Ball Company in 2006.
Charlotte Lyon is co-owner and marketing director of The Cake Ball Company. She has a business and marketing background, used to have her own freelance design business, and did advertising for numerous food accounts. Visit them at

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Cake Balls

Amazingly Delicious Bite-Size Treats
By Robin Ankeny

Running Press

Copyright © 2012 Robin Ankeny
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780762445769

If you are new to the wonderful world of cake balls, then you might be asking yourself, "What the heck is a cake ball?” Well, let us tell you . . . they’re just what you’ve been waiting for! They are crumbled bits of moist cake blended with rich icing, rolled into a ball, and then dipped in a deliciously wonderful chocolate coating. Cake balls are an exciting twist on the everyday cupcake and a sophisticated yet fun alternative to traditional dessert. It’s no wonder why they’ve become such a sweet sensation!
Plain and simple, cake balls are pure greatness. There are a gazillion different variations of cake and icing, with every different flavor combination offering a unique, mouth-watering experience. And every bite delivers that thrilling combination we all love—cake and icing! Who hasn’t been disappointed to realize that she has finished all the icing, leaving a sad slice of cake just begging for sticky sweet frosting? A cake ball promises to never leave your cake stranded.
The greatness doesn’t just stop with the tastiness either. Cake balls are just the right size. At The Cake Ball Company, we call them portion-controlled. When you are feeling the need for something small and sweet, you can indulge without having to down a big slice of cake. Their ideal size also makes them perfect for parties and entertaining. You can set out your cake balls on a serving tray with napkins, and be done with it. There’s no slicing, no plates, no forks, and no mess. Your guests can have one cake ball, if they just want a little something sweet. Or, in the case of a recent party we hosted, a guest can stuff his face with ten! We won’t name any names here, but you know who you are.
Maybe you are wondering how cake balls came to be. Maybe you aren’t. But, we’ll tell you anyway. Robin grew up in a small southeast Texas town where her mother often served her one-of-a-kind cake balls at family events and celebrations. After Robin graduated from college, she moved to Dallas and brought her mother’s cake ball recipe with her. She began making these cake balls for friends in the big city where people had never heard of her tasty little treats before, and she started giving her unique cake balls as gifts. Gifts turned into favors, favors turned into requests, and, low and behold, requests turned into orders. All the while, she experimented with new flavors.
Before she knew it, Robin had to go pro to keep up with the demand. Once out-of-town orders started coming in, Charlotte joined the operation. In 2006, the business officially became The Cake Ball Company, and we have worked every day since to make cake balls a part of the American everyday vocabulary. The Cake Ball Company now has a production facility and retail shop in Dallas. We hope that next time you find yourself in the Big D, you’ll stop by the shop and say "howdy!” We have shipped cake balls to all fifty states, and we are constantly coming up with and testing new flavor combinations. In this tasty little cookbook, we’ve offered the most exciting and delicious recipes just for you.
We do work hard at The Cake Ball Company, but if there is one thing we know how to do best, it’s have fun. The main philosophy of our business is "always have a ball.” Laughing is the only way for us to remain sane when we are up to our elbows in hundreds of orders—and chocolate. Cake balls are not meant to be serious business. (How could it be when one is up to her elbows in chocolate?) So, we hope that you’ll have a ball making the recipes in this cookbook. Experiment with the cake and icing combinations. Play with decorating ideas. Don’t worry if they don’t come out looking fabulous. By following our tips and tricks and with some practice, your balls can look just like the ones in this book. Don’t forget that you can also order your cake balls from us at any time at We’ll be happy to ship you a box of perfectly portion-controlled cake balls.

[samples from Classics chapter]
The Cake Ball Company opened its doors in 2006 with six decadent flavors. Today, those first six flavors are fondly referred to as our classics. These include Birthday Cake, which is our most popular, Brownie, Chocolate Toffee, German Chocolate, Red Velvet, and Wedding Cake. Although we have had a blast trying and testing new flavors, these six remain the best sellers in our shop and on our website. The Cake Ball Company has been steadily rolling up hill since our modest beginnings with these tried-and-true flavors.

Birthday Cake
This is the recipe for the first cake ball ever sold and remains our most popular flavor to date. It is the most basic of all recipes, but makes a great blank canvas to add flavors to, flex your creative muscles, or experiment with some fun decorating ideas.
For the cake and icing:
1 (18.25-ounce) box vanilla cake mix or basic vanilla cake (page XX)
1/2 to 3/4 cup store-bought cream cheese icing or basic cream cheese icing (page XX)
For coating and decorating:
24 ounces white chocolate, for coating
Approximately 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles, for decoration
1. Follow the instructions for baking a vanilla cake (page XX).
2. While the cake is cooling, prepare the cream cheese icing (page XX) or open your store-bought icing.
3. After the cake has cooled, follow the cake ball method instructions (page XX).
4. After the cake balls are dipped in white chocolate, drizzle them with fine lines. Do one at a time and sprinkle them with rainbow sprinkles to give each a festive feel.

This is our second bestselling cake ball. It is pretty simple, but a big hit every time. It tastes like yummy fudgy brownies. If you aren’t a fan of pecans (we love ’em), you can try another nut or omit the nuts altogether.
For the cake and icing:
1 (18.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix or basic chocolate cake (page XX)
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup store-bought chocolate icing or basic chocolate icing (page XX)
For coating and decorating:
24 ounces milk chocolate, for coating
1. Mix together the ingredients for making a chocolate cake (page XX).After the ingredients are fully combined, stir in the pecans.
2. Follow the instructions for baking the cake (page XX).
3. While the cake is cooling, prepare the chocolate icing (page XX) or open your store-bought icing.
4. After the cake has cooled, follow the cake ball method instructions (page XX).
5. After the cake balls are dipped in milk chocolate, drizzle them with fine lines. Or, you can let your imagination run wild! This flavor makes a great blank canvas to try out some fun decorating ideas.


Excerpted from Cake Balls by Robin Ankeny Copyright © 2012 by Robin Ankeny. 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


Getting Started
Making Cake Balls

Dipping and Drizzling
Tips and Troubleshooting
Parties, Displays, and Gift-Giving
Cake and Icing
Basic Chocolate Cake
Basic Vanilla Cake
Basic Yellow Cake
Basic Chocolate Icing
Basic Vanilla Icing
Basic Cream Cheese Icing
Cake Balls

Birthday Cake
Chocolate Toffee
German Chocolate
Southern Red Velvet
Wedding Cake
Chocolate Lovers
Candy Bar Overload
Chocolate Butterscotch
Chocolate Buzz
Chocolate Covered Cherry
Chocolate Salty Pretzel
Chocolate Macadamia
Chocolate Pistachio
Chocolate Coffee Hazelnut
Triple Chocolate Chip
Fresh and Fruity
Apple Cinnamon
Banana Walnut
Blackberry Cobbler
Blueberry Muffin
Chocolate Apricot
Coconut Cream
Orange Poppy Seed
Strawberries and Cream
Peanut Butter Banana
Jingle Balls
Carrot Cake
Dark Chocolate Peppermint
Cinnamon Streusel
Creamy Eggnog
Pumpkin Spice
A Little Bit Tipsy
Almond Amaretto
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Raspberry Champagne
Irish Cream
Key West Rum Cake
Margarita Lime
Piña Colada
Fun with Cake Balls
Chocolate Malted Milk
Honey Granola
Chai Latte
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough
Cookies and Cream
Salted Peanut Butter
Salted Caramel
Tres Leches

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