Yesterday’s Cake, Today’s Cake Ball

We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday at our house on Saturday, a few days before his “real” day.  I made a big chocolate cake thanks to the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa box.  It’s my favorite chocolate cake recipe, if you’re ever looking for a yummy chocolate cake.  I highly recommend!  Frosting recipe on there and all!  (Thanks mom, for introducing me to it!)

I doubled this cake recipe when I made it.  Although everyone loved it, we had a lot left over! The next day was Easter, and I made ANOTHER new cake to bring to my parent’s house, so I didn’t want to make a THIRD cake for my husband’s birthday on Monday.

I pondered what to do.  He loved the chocolate cake so much, and there it sat on our kitchen counter, a massive mound, covered in aluminum foil. That’s when an idea hit me.  I picked up a package of cream cheese from the store in the afternoon, came home, crumbled the leftover chocolate cake, frosting and all, mixed it all together, and rolled them into balls.  Success. Yesterday’s birthday cake was now a tasty little cake ball!  Yum!  Here’s a more detailed break-down if you’d like to try this at home.

Ingredients:

1 leftover cake (any flavor will do, but I used chocolate)
1 package cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat, you can also use regular)
white chocolate chips (or any flavor chocolate to compliment your leftover cake)

Directions:

1. Begin by dumping leftover cake (frosting and all) into large mixing bowl.
2. Using a knife or fork, break down cake into smaller pieces inside the bowl.
3. Add room-temperature cream cheese to cake (begin with half the package, depending on amount of leftover cake) and mix contents on low using an electric mixture.  Increase speed if needed.
4. Test moisture level by attempting to roll mixture into small ball using your hands to see if it comes together easily.  Add more cream cheese if too dry.
5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange balls on pan.
6. Melt desired flavor of chocolate in microwave-safe bowl for 30 second intervals.  Stirring in between sessions until chocolate is smooth and completely melted.  (This will take a few times.)
7. Drizzle chocolate on top of cake balls, or fully submerge, if desired.
8. Place cake balls back in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to finish setting up before serving.

*Optional: Add festive sprinkles and/or cake pop sticks.

I hope you’re able to use this easy idea at some point when you are left with a big ‘ol hunk of cake after a celebration!  I hate to throw away delicious food (especially when I prepared it myself) so this was an awesome way to re-invent an original.

-CCCara

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