Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cakes

I know I just did mini desserts, but I can’t help myself. I think two (or three!) bite desserts are totally the way to go this season. I mean 1) mini desserts are way cuter than regular sized desserts 2) you don’t have to put down your drink to eat them and 3) they bake really quickly if you’re on a time crunch. Need I say more?

Chocolate Peppermint cakes, candy cane crunch, chocolate cake, candy canesOh you wanted more? Well then, they also only take a few ingredients and a square baking pan that you can find at most grocery stores. You can get the details on the recipe and how to from my post on Brit+Co. here.

Chocolate Peppermint cakes, candy cane crunch, chocolate cake, candy canesAnother added bonus? You get to whack the heck out of some candy canes. Go on ahead, relieve all that holiday stress!

Chocolate Peppermint cakes, candy cane crunch, chocolate cake, candy canesOoozzy, pretty white chocolate ganache icing comes together with a few ingredients and gives these mini cakes a nice little touch. I am sure Santa will appreciate it!

Chocolate Peppermint cakes, candy cane crunch, chocolate cake, candy canesHope you all enjoy these little mini bites as much as I did!

 

 

Snickers Cake Balls

Happy Birthday to some of my favorite people in the world!! My sister Melodie, and Cameron&Blair Conder!! I hope you are all having a great day!! Melodie, I wish you would have been here this weekend to share in all this great food with us!

My friends, Cameron and Blair, they’re twins for those of you who don’t know, came in town for their birthday this past weekend. To celebrate, I decided to tackle the cake ball. Easy to share and always a hit, they can’t be that hard, riiiight? Wrong! They are kind of labor intensive, there’s lots of steps! Plus, I also had a burned chocolate incident… I’ll tell you more about that later. It was a little bit of an adventure and we lost some good soldiers along the way but in the end the cake balls turned out great! These cake balls are super moist and almost doughy on the inside. I hope you all enjoy! And keep reading to see the awesome feast Mr. and Mrs. Conder made for us!

First, pick an extra moist box cake mix.

Prepare according to the directions on the box. For this one, add water.

And add in the oil…

The eggs.

Mix, mix, mix. I did this by hand until theyre arent too many lumps.

Bake according to the directions on the box. Most likely bake for about 30min at 350 degrees.

Let the cake cool completely. I actually let mine cool overnight.

Slice the cake into large pieces.

Now we are going to break the pieces into a fine, ugh, substance? Can’t find the right word to use here.

Here are the fine pieces we are seeking… make sure there are no large lumps.

Now, you’ll need:

8oz of cream cheese (room temperature)

3 tablespoons of butter (room temperature)

2 cups of powdered sugar

1-2 tablespoons of milk (maybe a little more)

In a large bowl, add in the cream cheese. I broke it up into little knobs.

Add in the butter.

And the powdered sugar…

Add in a tablespoon or two of milk. More as needed to get everything to blend. It takes a little while so be patient and dont add too much milk at first.

Mixy, mixy!

And here is the cake ball dough in all its glory.

Now roll the dough into bite sized balls and place on wax paper.

Man thats a lot of cake balls! Now, place the cake balls into the fridge for a few hours to chill. You can also put them into the freezer for 30-45min or even for a few days until you are ready to use them.

Now, for the icing shell on the cake balls. This is where things started to go south….

Heat in the microwave for one minute and stir. Then repeat at 30 second intervals until completely melted. This looks ok right? Well, it was super thick, so I…

Added a few drops of water to thin it out and re-heated it… This DOES NOT WORK! Never EVER add water to chocolate…

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So I, not ever wanting to accept defeat, decide to proceed with trying to cover the cake balls with lumpy frosting…

Ugly.

And I present to you… The ugliest cake balls ever made!

Well dont worry, they tasted great! But I realized this was NOT working… so onto Plan B. To the grocery store I went and came back with…

Dip Chocolate. Yup. In a pinch, a girls gotta do, what a girls gotta do.

Ahhh creamy goodness… now sink your cold cake balls into the warm chocolate.

SUCCESS!!!

I cut up snickers pieces and put those on top. You have to do this kinda quick before the chocolate hardens, so I enlisted the help of Lara and Kendall on this one. I dipped and they put the candy on top. Thanks gals!

Here is a side splice! These cake balls come out pretty doughy and moist, which seemed to be a big hit at the Birthday Dinner the Conders prepared for us.

For Cameron and Blair’s birthday, their awesome parents invited us all over for steaks… and they werent kidding around with these babies!

They made some awesome gucamole, which this picture really doesnt do it justice because we dove into this bowl upon arrival.

Just thought this was a great pic… beautiful tomatoes!

And these gorgeous flowers, loved them!

Dinner kept getting better when the chicken came out!

And then there were baked potatoes…

And sweet potatoes!

Delicious green beans.

One more delicious steak picture.

And then there were birthday cupcakes. I didnt even get a picture of the ice cream cakes but they had those too, oh my! No one was going hungry Saturday night!

And here are the snickers cake balls on display! Happy Birthday Cameron, Blair and Melodie!

A big thanks to The Conders for grilling that wonderful feast!