How does one become the host(ess) with the mostess? Offer adorable, kitschy, Hostess CupCakes-inspired bites! These carefully crafted cake ball treats will serve up endless “oohs” and “aahs.” Host a party to unveil your fancy shmancy cake baking skills, and who knows, Little Debbie herself might convert and show up at your door!
Hostess Cupcake-Inspired Cake Balls
Chocolate cake mix, baked and placed in a bowl for crumbling
Chocolate for melting (I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao)
Icing for filling and decoration (can be homemade or store-bought)
Pastry bag or plastic bag
1. Bake your cake mix and let it cool completely. I used a dark chocolate cake mix — just a personal preference — but any chocolate mix will work! Like SugarDerby, I chose to cut out the edges — which I assume made it easier to shape into cake balls.
2. Add half of the container of icing to your bowl of cake. Mix and mash it. When the icing and cake are mixed together, put the bowl in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Once it’s chilled, start forming your cake balls! I used the tablespoon from our Scoops of Flour Measuring Spoons to form a round base and keep them consistent in size. Unless “baking” is your middle name, I’d say there’s no need to invest in a cookie scoop, since a measuring spoon worked perfectly! Lastly, make sure to leave a little extra, because you’ll need it to seal the icing in the ball!
3. Once the cake balls are formed, hollow the center with your finger to leave room for the creamy filling. It will be easier to finish them if you place them back in the freezer for about 20 minutes before adding the icing. This is the perfect time to whip up your own cream filling if you choose to do so! I used the leftover icing from mixing the cake balls to fill the centers. Once filled, use your leftover cake ball mix to seal the icing gap.
4. Time to add the chocolate shell! Melting the chocolate is simple — just put it in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring at intervals. Chocolate can be overcooked, so be watchful. When it all appears to have melted together smoothly, it’ll be good to go! Using a spoon, I dipped the balls into the heated chocolate, rolled them so they were completely covered, and placed them on a sheet of wax paper.
5. Chances are your first rolled ball won’t be pretty. Nor will the second. Just look at mine! Practice makes perfect, though. You can tell by number three (far left) that I was finally getting the shape down pat.
6. Once coated, the rest is history. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. When solidified, use your plastic or pastry bag to create Hostess’ signature swirl on the top!
Do you have an event coming up that requires you to be the host(ess) with the mostess?