Today in our household we are celebrating a national holiday…
After today, March 28th will forevermore be known as “No More Meyerson Children Day”!
That’s right, poor Jeff is having a little procedure this morning. So if you know Jeff and I personally, you know that we love to laugh. We love to belly laugh, love slapstick movies, and love witty people.
So I had to go buy frozen peas and boxer briefs for Jeff as that was suggested on the pre-procedure form. But I was determined to make Jeff something fun for after the procedure and for something to take to his urologist. We want to make sure that Jeff butters up his urologist since he is working on some prime equipment.
So what better gift for Jeff and Mr. Urologist than some balls of course. Cake balls to be precise. So I let the kids make these and thus they look a little bit more like cake blobs than cake balls, but we laughed a lot and they taste great!
It’s been on my life list to make cake balls and to teach the kids how to make them. Know that when you let the kids make them, expect a bigger mess, imperfection, and lots of smack talking like “My balls look better than yours!”
I have made some mistakes along the way. Here’s some tips that I’ve learned through trial and error:
- –Read Bakerella’s Book from cover to cover before you begin.
- –Don’t make your balls too big. This is one of those rare times in life that small size matters! If you make your balls too big and you decide to put them on sticks with cake pops they are likely to fall or crack. Don’t give in to big ball pressure. Don’t do it!
- –I prefer to make several cakes at a time and store them in the freezer so that the process is made easier on cake ball day.
- –Keep a dish towel next to you when rolling the balls and another later when dipping the balls in the candy coating.
- –After you make your cake balls, you will increase the number of friends you have exponentially. They have that much power.
- –Try different flavors other than vanilla and chocolate. Try spice cake balls rolled in cinnamon sugar and pumpkin cake balls with a cream cheese frosting.
- –If you find your candy coating is too thick, then try using some wax crystals from your local cake decorating store. I ran out this time, and found these looked more blob like due to my coating being too thick.
- –Candy coatings come in many colors. Experiment and have fun. And just when you think you have them mastered and your head becomes too big, check out Bakerella’s blog and come back down to Earth like the rest of us.
Well I gotta go as I have a lot of balls in the air. Lots of balls to juggle as usual. I’m sure the ball humor is just getting warmed up for the day’s festivities. Someone please stop me.
By the way, Jeff already announced this holiday on his facebook page last week, so I totally had permission to post this. And no, the kids had no idea what they were making these cake balls for. I would have indeed traumatized my 13 year old.
Blessings sweet friends – JennyTweet