People like to ooh and ah over cake balls – theyre so good and so cute and oh so versatile.
But heres the thing about cake balls: They are a pain in the you-know-what to make. Its a drawn-out process that takes planning, an entire afternoon, an empty freezer, more chocolate than you would ever think you need and the patience of a saint.
And, nine times out of 10, I dont have those things – just in case you were wondering why cake balls arent part of the permanent menu at Queen Pin.
The one time out of 10 when I do have those things is usually because Im baking for someone special or Ive had too much caffeine. Or, as was the case at J.K. ODonnells, I had a little liquid inspiration. Each sip of Guinness had me thinking of chocolate – just a bite or two of rich chocolate cake. You might laugh but theres a reason theres chocolate stouts.
Back to cake balls as I wanted just a bite of cake and the cake balls are just so, well, bite-size, I couldnt help but want to make a Guinness Cake Truffle – and I say truffle because it sounds so fancy. I figured all you really had to do was replace the water in a cake mix with stout, making it a little less of a pain. And to make it really mine, I could throw in some orange zest. Fancy em up to match their name.
I havent had a chance to try them out but Ill let you know when I do. Hopefully, they turn out better than my efforts to bake with Summer Daze!