Seriously. I first discovered these little guys over at Bakerella, who is probably the single most influetial person to my waistline (and not in a good way). She makes my sweet tooth the happiest little sucker in my mouth. With St. Patty's coming up, I wanted to make a green dessert, and since I've had my eye on these for a while, I decided to try it out.
Warning: These take a LOT of time - but they are WORTH it. All said and done, I had about 3 hours of active baking time - not including letting the cake bake, the cake cool, or anything. Not including freezing time, it probably took about 4 hours with baking and cooling included.
First, I baked a cake. Bakerella used a red velvet cake, I chose to use a yellow cake. Any cake would taste delicious, it just changes the final taste combination in the bites. I think a lemon cake would be fantastic at some point... I tinted my cake green for St. Patty's Day too...the possibilities are endless!
Once the cake was cool (I mean completely cool), I tossed it into a big bowl...
The next day, I dipped all of my cake bites in chocolate.
A few chocolate dipping tips:
1. DON'T let the chocolate touch water. It's bad.
2. Make sure the chocolate is really melted and hot. Otherwise, it gets to thick on the bites.
3. Only heat chocolate 30 seconds at a time. Have you ever burnt chocolate? It does not smell nearly as wonderful as the un-charred version.
4. Only melt a few pieces at a time - enough to dip the balls, but not too much. Otherwise, it cools too quickly and you have to reheat.
Though, I wasn't without a few FUBAR cake bites. I ran out of chocolate to dip the balls, so I ended up drizzling chocolate a few. They ended up looking...special...to say the least. I, of course, had to eat these sacrificial cake bites. Damn. It was truly difficult :)