Wednesday, 26 October 2011


With Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching, not to mention the festive season I thought it'd be good to post something that's great for parties and especially kids. Cakeballs are basically spongecake bound with butter icing and usually coated in chocolate. What's really good about them is you can mould, decorate and flavour how you want. Also, although this recipe uses butter icing you can bind them with whatever you like (Lemon curd is really good!). 

Prep time: 20 Mins
Baking time: 45 Mins
200g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
200g Caster Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1Tsp Vanilla Extract
200g Self Raising Flour

For the Butter Icing and Topping
100g Butter (Softened)
150g Icing Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
1Tbsp Milk
100g White Chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and grease/line base of a 20cm tin. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar then add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract, sift in the flour then mix it all together until you get a smooth batter. Spoon into the tin and bake for 40-45 mins, until a skewer comes out clean from the middle. Leave to cool, then remove from the tin.

In a bowl sift in the icing/cocoa then beat in the butter, followed by the milk until smooth and creamy. Crumble the cake into a separate bowl then add the chocolate icing and bind it together. Roll into balls, or shape how you like (You might find this easier if you dust your hands with a little icing sugar), then place on a tray and leave to set.

Once they've set melt the white chocolate over a bain-marie (Or use the microwave if you are REALLY sure how long to do it for!), then drizzle over the set cakeballs. You can also decorate with anything else you like at this stage (E.g. Sprinkles, icing flowers, etc)! Let them set one last time and you're done!

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