Full disclosure. What you are actually seeing here is a cake fail. HUGE. CAKE. FAIL.
When you are the one who says to all your coworkers, “LET’S HAVE A POTLUCK,” you should probably put some actual effort into your offering. Like make something with your own two hands. No cheater pit-stops at the market, even if it is Whole Foods and the cupcakes everyone loves are on sale.
You can imagine my dismay when I flipped my scrumptious Chocolate Chip Rum Cake over to remove it from the bundt pan and it stuck. And not a cute little piece it back together sticking. A keep half the cake in the pan and laugh in your face sticking.
I am not a cooking quitter. It was time to turn to my Remarkably Well Stocked Pantry and look to see what I had to help me out of this predicament. What I uncovered there amazed even me. I found some powdered sugar, green candy melts, and red sugar. SCORE!!!
Festive Rum Cake Balls
One box cake mix prepared with rum instead of water
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
1 bag candy melts
- Prepare the cake mix using rum instead of water. Stir in the chocolate chips. I used Yellow cake. You can use whatever you like. Chocolate would be okay, too. Double the chocolaty goodness!
- Bake the cake according to the instructions on the box.
- Allow to cool for ten minutes, then crumble into a bowl.
- Stir in powdered sugar until sticky.
- Form into one inch balls and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Melt candy melts according to instructions on bag in something big enough to roll the frozen balls in.
- One at a time, roll the balls in the melted candy. Place on wax paper and sprinkle with the sugar.
I have to say, I am really proud of myself. Not only are these cake balls festive (as the name tells you), they are very darn delicious. And they were super easy to make.
If you didn’t figure it out, the recipe for the rum cake simply involves swapping out rum for the water in the recipe and baking in a bundt pan. Please make sure you allow the cake to cool for a few minutes before you try to get it out of the pan. Please. Learn from my mistake.
I have had horrible luck in the past making cake balls. I’m not sure why these actually worked. But who cares! I can walk into work with my head held high, holding my plate of Festive Rum Cake Balls up for all to see, instead of a grocery bag!
Five more days! Hope all the work of the season is winding down and you are close to sitting back and relaxing with your loved ones for a few days.