This twist on the classic cake pop/cake bite/cake ball is a fun alternative and a real crown pleaser. They look adorable and make a great presentation and they are just as fun to eat!
The inside is really made out of crumbled up red velvet cake! Mix it with some frosting to form a sort of dough, sculpt, dip and decorate!
Red velvet cake crumbs.
Yield: About 15
You will need
- 1 recipe Red Velvet Cake, baked and cooled (boxed mix will yield double)
- Cream cheese frosting (canned or homemade)
- Wax paper covered baking sheet
- Cotton Balls
- Green food coloring
- Red candy melts (available at most arts and crafts stores)
- Dark, Milk or White chocolate chips or candy melts
- Green candy for leaves (laffy taffy, air heads, gum drops, etc.)
- Toppings: chopped nuts, chocolate drizzle, sprinkles (optional)
Crumble up baked and cooled cake into fine crumbs (you can even try strawberry flavored cake) and mix it with about 1/2 cup of frosting at a time, until it is almost a play dough consistency. (You can use a fork or electric mixer, but I like to just use my hands. Kids LOVE this part and squishing it between their fingers to fully incorporate.)
Roll mixture into balls and mold into a cone shape, with the point of the strawberry facing up and the part where the stem will go against your work surface (Making a little volcano). Then you can flip it over on its side and round out the edges on top a little, to make your strawberry shape. Mine were about the size of an average strawberry. Place on wax paper covered plate or cookie sheet, and chill in the fridge or freezer until stiff, but not frozen solid.
Dye regular toothpicks green by rubbing a cotton ball dipped in green food coloring, all over the toothpick. Let dry completely.
Once cakeberries are firm remove from fridge/freezer. Holding the pointed tip of the cakeberry, dip top half (about 1/3 of the cakeberry) into melted red candy melts and stick green toothpick in the top for the "stem" while red candy is still wet. Lay on wax paper to dry.
Once red candy has dried, use the green toothpick "stem" as a handle to dip the bottom half of the strawberry into melted dark or white chocolate chips or candy melts. Lay on wax paper to dry.
With a flower shaped cookie cutter (daisy cutter) or scissors, cut out leaves from green candy (laffy taffy, air heads, gum drops, etc.) Push leaves through "stem", attaching to top of strawberry with a dot of melted chocolate. Drizzle with chocolate once dry, or roll in chopped nuts or sprinkles while chocolate is still wet. You can use any color combination or toppings you desire.
They looked so real, I fooled almost everyone with this platter of Cakeberries!
They package up nicely too, for individual treats. You can really see the green leaves on top in this picture.
Note: Make sure to remove the toothpick before feeding to young children.
If you like my "cakeberries" technique feel free to spread the word on your blog/site/facebook/etc., but please make sure you give credit with a link back to this post for the complete tutorial. Thanks so much! Can't wait to see all of your creations!