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May 23, 2014

Cocoa Powder Coated Cake Balls

Cake balls are often coated with either dark, milk or white chocolate and garnished with colorful sprinkles. Together they make them a little too cloying. The idea to coat the cake balls in cocoa powder struck me. Why not? Cocoa powder tastes sharp and bitter and it will balance out the sweetness. So I did. I was immediately smitten when I took my first bite. Although it was a bit annoying having cocoa powder sticking to the roof of my mouth, the taste made up for it. The combination of the bitter taste of cocoa powder and the sweetness of cake balls was perfect.  Not cloyingly sweet.

I'm not a fan of cake balls. One small bite is enough for me but with this, I ate the whole thing. It was just divine. I was even surprised to hear the locals who rarely pay attention to baked goodies and desserts say that it was delicious. I got the advantage of doing it the easy way too. I saved myself from getting chocolate stains on my uniform. I also was able to finish more task in a day. I would be sticking to this version in the months to come for sure. Farewell chocolate for now.

Everything starts from crumbling the cake until it becomes fine crumbs ( not  gummy). Then adding the frosting gradually. When the mixture is moist and they stick together you are good to go. Just remember not to add more icing than what is necessary so you don't end up having a wet and greasy cake balls. If you think it's on the dry side, add a little more of the icing until you get to the right consistency. Roll the cake mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in a tray lined with nonstick baking paper. Chill to harden. You can leave it in the fridge for several hours or even overnight. Sift cocoa powder into a bowl. Coat each cake ball with cocoa powder.

Enjoy! I did!

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