Late into the winter each year, our church has a Spaghetti Lunch and Dessert Auction to raise funds for summer youth programs. It’s loads of fun to see all the clever creations all the amazing bakers come up with. I also enjoy trying to find something new and exciting to make each year. We’ve made a really fun Angry Birds cake, a Mustache cake, and Snapchat cupcakes.
I had a lot of success with my Festive Rum Cake Balls. Not only did they taste great, they got me over my fear of dipping! I feel like a dipping pro now! So I decided to invest in some small cookie cutters for the express purpose of making cake bites to sell at the Dessert Auction.
Springtime Cake Bites
1 box yellow cake mix, prepared according to the instructions on the box. A rectangle is fine.
3 cups powdered sugar
2- 6 oz bags of Wilton Candy Melts
- Bake your cake and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. It should still be warm.
- Crumble the cake into a large bowl. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. The resulting mixture should be quite sticky.
- Press onto baking sheet. It should be about 3/4 inch thick.
- Chill for 30 minutes.
- Using your cookie cutters, cut a bunch of cake bites. Just like you do with cookie dough, press it back together and if needed, chill again. Continue cutting cake bites until you are out of batter.
- Chill your bites for another 30 minutes.
- Melt the candy melts according the instructions on the package.
- Carefully did, one at a time. I find the easiest way to cover the bites is to plop into the bowl and use a fork to flip so all sides get coated.
- Gently remove onto a sheet of waxed paper.
- Chill until set.
My test run went very well. My Faithful Assistant was very pleased with the final product. We was very happy to be the taste tester. He did pay close attention to the dipping process so he will be able to help next time and cut the prep time in half.
If you’re interested in something for a more adult audience, use rum or whiskey in place of half the water (or milk) in your recipe. Our cake bites were made with about 3 oz of whiskey. They have a nice flavor but they aren’t too boozy.
I’m excited for our Auction next week. Our congregation is not only generous but so creative. And I love how involved the youth are in an event that benefits them. It’s a great way to get them interested in helping others as they help themselves.