The baked cake and the candy melts used for coating. I was originally going to put the balls on lollipop sticks in a cute little Easter basket. But, I got them home and realized I didn't have anything suitable to stick them in while they were drying! Oops! Oh, and I didn't use the yellow ones because my sweetie had already opened the pink bag and I didn't even need the whole packet.
The crumbled cake mixed with cream cheese icing. Mmm, smells so good!
The cake balls just before going into the refrigerator to set up. I left them in there overnight, but you could stick them in the freezer for a bit if you were in a hurry. Oh, and if I only had a brain I would've used my mini cookie scoop (tiny ice cream scoop) to make the balls instead of rolling them by hand! Would've saved me lots of time & I definitely won't forget about it if I ever make these again! I can't tell you how many times I started to lick the icing off my fingers only to remember that these were bound for consumption by nurses. We are, as a breed, highly germophobic (most of us anyway).
Rolling the cake ball in melted candy (tastes kind of like white chocolate). This was where the situation got sticky, pardon the pun. First, it was a challenge to keep the candy melted without it caramelizing in the microwave. Second, even though the cake balls were pretty firm from being in the fridge, they left tiny bits of cake in the candy coating. So, the first 2 or 3 cake balls had smooth coating but the rest of them looked like I'd added rice krispies to the coating 'cause there were so many crumbs in the candy. Arghh! If there is a next time for these little darlin's, I'll go ahead and put them on lollipop sticks. Then I'll just spoon the coating or chocolate on them while I turn the stick. Should make for a smoother coat.
See what I mean about the lumpy coating? Those of you who know my OCD side well (Sis) know that this little defect really bothers me. I hate to put so much effort into making something, only for it to turn out less than picture perfect. But, I just have to tell myself that this was a first-time effort and I've learned some tricks for the next time. And, they did taste pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I mean, how could they not with all that sugar in them?
Hope you're all having a wonderful day!