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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cream Cheese Cake Bites

Today, I went to my friend's little girl's 3rd birthday party. Wow!!! Parties sure have come a long way since I was a child! Bounce Houses, Swing sets and Crafts oh my! I want to share the cutest idea with all of you. The party theme was "bugs and springtime". My girlfriend's mother in-law (Mrs. Fuentes) made these adorable ladybug cake balls for everyone!

I first heard about cake balls last Easter at an Easter Celebration with some of our Marine friends. However, I have never seen one as cute and creative as this one! The best thing about these Cake balls ( besides their fabulous taste) is that you can decorate them however you choose,and they are fun for the whole family!
Thank you Mrs. Fuentes for allowing me to share your ladybug creation!

I did not have the nerve to ask Mrs. Fuentes for her recipe. There are many variations to making Cake Balls. I prefer to add cream cheese to my recipe. I believe it adds a rich creamy texture. So, I will share my own. Here is the cake ball recipe I came up with last year. I call them Cream Cheese Cake Bites:

Cream Cheese Cake Bites:

Prep Time: 40 Min
Cook Time: 30 Min
Serves: 3 Dozen ( 36 people)

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix ( Or any cake mix of your choice).
1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting ( Or any frosting of your choice).
1 (8 ounce ) package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 (3 ounce) chocolate bar or chocolate chips for Coating
1.Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. When cake is baked and done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the whole frosting container, and cream cheese until well blended.

2.Melt chocolate chips or bar in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.

3.Use a melon baller or small scoop to form the cake mix into bite sized balls.

4. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. ( at this point you may decorate the cake balls with sprinkles if you wish).

5. Place the bite sized balls on waxed paper and put them in the freezer to harden the chocolate for 15 minutes.
(Let them sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 min before serving).


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Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I simply love this idea. I will be bookmarking this for spring when we have little friends over for our first outdoors tea party of the year. Thank you for sharing. Your blog (and the music) is lovely. Congratulations on having a son...I have 2 grown sons and they are simply wonderful. I plan to follow along...I so remember the days that I was a young Mom and military wife, at home, serving my family and my Lord. It is a high calling. Bless you!


smiley_netta said...

How awesome!!! I will most definitely be taking that recipe for future use! Very creative, indeed!

Lisa said...

Those little bites are adorable. It must be so fun to eat them, not to mention delicious. I have a linky party going on at my blog right now called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link this up.

Rich and Sarah Christensen said...

Hi Gail!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your kind words! We are very excited about the new addition. I come from a family of mostly girls so, I would love any advice you might have on raising boys. :) I can't wait to start following your blog! Come back soon. :)

Rich and Sarah Christensen said...
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Rich and Sarah Christensen said...

Hi Smiley Netta!
So glad you stopped by! I will be joining your blog today!! Hope you com back soon!

Rich and Sarah Christensen said...

Hi Lisa!
Thank you! So gald you stopped by! Thank you for sharing about your Linky party. I just submitted two posts! I am so excited about following your blog! Hope you stop by soon!

Darlene Schacht said...

That is so cute!! I could never bake like that. Ever. Wish I could photoshop my cakes. LOL!