I first discovered cake balls several years ago at a booth at our Saturday market. What a deliciously decadent concept, I thought. So moist, rich, creamy and packed with flavor. All of the wonder of cake, in bite sized ball form. A big bag of carrots was staring me down from inside my fridge this morning, so I decided what better time to try and make my own carrot cake balls. I started with a boxed spice cake mix (how semi homemade I felt), to which I added the eggs, water and oil as directed on the box, in addition to about a cup of shredded carrots, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and some grated fresh ginger, and baked according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While it baked I mixed eight ounces of softened cream cheese, one stick of butter, a splash of vanilla, and enough powdered sugar to make a thick icing (though store bought cream cheese frosting would work equally well also). I crumbled the cooled, cooked cake into a big bowl and added some of the frosting to it along with a teaspoon or so of freshly grated orange zest, and more grated fresh ginger, and gave it a stir until it was thoroughly combined (it should be moist enough to form a ball without being too moist to hold together). I rolled balls of the cake mixture, and put them in the freezer for about forty five minutes, to make them easier to work with. Meanwhile, I melted white chocolate chips over a double boiler, and dunked each of the cold balls (using a tooth pick stuck into the top of each to dip, then carefully removed, patching the hole with a little dab of the melted chocolate), and topped each with a few orange and white sprinkles. What a charmingly easy little treat. And you can do it with any flavor of cake you can think of. It’s genius! Enjoy!
25 responses to “Carrot Cake Balls”
Yum! Carrot cake makes these so much fancier I think. And the orange sprinkles are the perfect touch!
These sound amazing and they are so cute. If they had cheeks I would totally pinch them. 🙂
These look like so much fun. Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. My fear is that if I make these, I’m going to eat the whole batch
These are so cute! I never thought to make carrot cake into cake balls, great pics too!
gorgeous! one of these days I want to make cake balls too. they are so much fun. I love your photos as well!
We are big fans of carrot cakes in my home and these balls look so much fun to make (and eat:))
These look delicious. What a great idea. We can’t wait to give them a try!
Those are gorgeous!!! Biting into one must be fabulous.
Oh my goodness look at those little adorable cakes! These are simply gorgeous and they look yummy too!
i love the stacked photo! lovely!
I make these carrot cake balls as well but yours look so much prettier:)
These are about the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while. I just love them. The photos are wonderful too.
thanks everyone! I thought they turned out well, for the first time making them. Whoever invented cake balls deserves some sort of humanitarian award. They are SO good. =)
These are so cute and I bet it tastes heavenly…
What a great idea. These look dangerous–I would keep popping them until I lost track! People would go crazy for these at parties. And I love those adorable little cups that they are in.
Aren’t those cups just the cutest? Our local cake store just got in a whole line of different colored gingham cups in a variety of sizes. I was excited to finally find some use for them!
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Really awesome- Love your dishes!
Wow, these are so beautiful!! These would be great to giveaway in a nice tin box or something, great idea!!
I love cake balls. I’ve had such fun playing around with them.
Have you seen the lengths that Bakerella goes to with them?
Your presentation on these is spot on!
Thanks Jennifer, I HAVE seen Bakerella’s vast array of fabulous cake balls. They are amazing! I mean dang. Everything she does is great. She is far more talented than I am. =)
Dang, I love carrot cake and these look delicious and dangerously easy to eat – one after another after another… Beautiful as always!
These turned out so beautifully, I can’t believe this was your first time making cake balls! Were they really as simple as you’ve made them seem?
Yes, it really was really very easy. Somehow I, too, imagined that the process was much more complicated.
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Ok so i look like a stalker right now. But this has to be the cutest little cake ball ever. I have made them with red velvet but stopped at that. Carrot cake is so much better. I love the little sprinkles. It takes it to another level.
Gaw-duh. Stop stalking me, jeez. lol Welcome! I am glad you stumbled upon my site. Thanks for all of your many kind words. These cake balls were my first atempt at cake balling, and I found them to be extremely charming. So I will definately be delving more deeply into cake-ball-dom in the future.
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