The Cake Balls With the Mostess

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
From SugarDerby

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?

About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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  1. Katie 04/20/2011 at 3:20 pm #

    This is so cute! I’m totally making these for my upcoming housewarming party : )

  2. Caitlin 04/20/2011 at 3:29 pm #

    These are awesome! They are so adorable!

  3. Richard (ModCloth) 04/20/2011 at 7:36 pm #

    I want more, Julie!

  4. Nicki 04/20/2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Such a cute idea =).

  5. issa 04/21/2011 at 1:46 am #

    these look delicious!!

  6. Alexa 04/21/2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I’ve made cake-truffles before, and they are SOOO good. They also make an awesome gift.

    Though, I would say using a 2 prong fork is MUCH easier than using a spoon. Using a spoon to dip is REALLY messy. The best thing you can do is get a plastic spoon and break the middle prongs off – it’s the best dipping tool.

    Here are mine:

    • Alexandra 04/23/2011 at 10:22 am #

      Those look de-lish! YUM!

    • nk 06/02/2011 at 2:30 am #

      did you double dip those?? or was the chocolate just that thick? they look amazing.

  7. Jen 04/21/2011 at 9:28 pm #

    OMG these look delicious! I can’t wait to make these!

  8. Natalie 04/21/2011 at 11:20 pm #

    I made them this evening, totally worth the work! They’re absolutely delicious.

  9. Roxanne the Dainty Librarian 04/22/2011 at 3:02 pm #

    These look so yummy!

  10. Alexandra 04/23/2011 at 10:21 am #

    Looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them out!!! <3

  11. Donna 04/24/2011 at 7:03 pm #

    These were so delicious, and cute! Also very easy to make. 🙂

  12. Lauren 04/26/2011 at 7:43 pm #

    These are so super cute! ♥ it!

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