Monday, January 25, 2010

Cake Truffles

It has been such a busy winter! Between the holidays and the weather, there's been a lot of work keeping the family going. If you're like me, you run, run, run and then crash at the end of several weeks of running. Lots of fun but exhausting!

I did do something this winter that not only felt good to "help out" with, but also I added a new product to my lineup. At the beginning of December, the Massey Cancer Center ( ) sponsored a fundraiser as part of the Bizarre Bazaar ( ), a Richmond institution. I donated 200 cake truffles to their gala for the contributors. Lately I've been reading a lot about cake truffles (also called "cake balls") but had never made them. They were a big success and got me thinking about offering these to my brides as favors for their weddings.

These cake truffles were pretty fun to make but very messy. They start out with my tasty scratch-made cake (chocolate is shown here) with some additional ingredients added to make them the right consistency.
Then I roll them into balls and put them into the freezer to harden up for the next step.
Once I've gotten them all formed, I begin to melt the chocolate. I use high end gourmet chocolate and used white, milk and dark chocolate for this project. This part of the project is extremely messy.

Fortunately, I have lots of room to spread out and make sure that the mess doesn't take over too much. Each of the cake balls must be dipped into the hot chocolate and then placed on a cookie sheet to set. Easier said than done and messier than you think!

But I got them all done and the Massey Cancer Center ended up with a donation of 200 cake truffles for their party.

Of course, I saved some to sample and to give to my stepson, who especially appreciated them!

These would make great favors for weddings, showers, or really any kind of party or get together. Dressed up in cellophane or small boxes in your wedding colors, they make a beautiful and tasty favor. Cake Truffles can also be customized to a particular theme.