Wednesday, March 16, 2011

cupcake bites

Today my cupcake cake bites from HERE are featured on the birthday blog. They have a lot of great fun ideas for kid parties on their blog. These cake bites were easy but just took some time.

So, if you’re a first-time cake "baller" you may want to start with a cake mix and ready-made frosting. (These proportions work right for me every time.) Then, you can try with your favorite cake and frosting recipe once you see how the proportions and texture should come out. Here’s what you do:
Easy Cupcake Bites
1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 package chocolate bark (or candy melts for cupcake bottom)

sprinkles for decoration
Colored Candy Melts (for cupcake top)
Candy Cup Mold

After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl. (The texture should be fine/fluffy)
  1. Using the back of a large spoon, mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
  2. Roll mixture into quarter size balls (make sure they are smaller in diameter than that of your candy mold) and lay on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
  3. Chill in the freezer for a few minutes, until they are slightly firm, not frozen.
  4. Melt chocolate bark and candy melts in microwave per directions on package.
  5. Using a spoon or squeeze bottle, fill each mold cavity with a small amount of chocolate. Sorry, I didn’t think to measure how much. But as soon as you fill the cavity, go ahead and place one of your rolled balls into it. Carefully push it down until the force causes the chocolate to push up and fill in around the sides of the ball. You may have to experiment with a couple to get the right amount. Stop pushing once the chocolate reaches the top edge.
  6. Place the mold tray filled with cupcakes in the freezer for just a few minutes to let the chocolate set. Remove and then gently pull up on the cake ball top to release from candy mold.
  7. Now, holding the bottom of the cupcake, dip the top in another color of melted chocolate.
  8. Decorate.
  9. And, probably impress your friends and family
AND when you bite into them they look like this:
(images from google)


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