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Wednesday - almost the weekend!

Every time I read this, I transpose key letters to make "hadron" ...not that. As a supporter of the abandoned Super Collider back here in Texas, the Swizz collider makes me very excited for the scientific possibilities. If they create black holes, my little nerd heart might explode. [ETA] a2zmom linked me to the particle accelerator rap, and it is a thing of nerdcore BEAUTY. THERE COULD BE ALTERNATE DIMENSIONS. I-

Folks, we are living in a glorious age. Now if only they could make a jumbo shrimp large enough to ride on, then you can eat it afterwards, then this will be the Golden Age of Mankind.

So I spent far more time than I should have today and yesterday afternoon using a 9 iron to rid my garden of grasshoppers. It makes a very satisfying "thowck!" noise, plus I get to work on my swing. PLUS, and more importantly, it keeps me a loooong way away from their horrid bodies. I KNOW they want to jump on my face, crawl inside me and lay babies in my brain. I know it. And so: FORE! *thwock!*

The paper today had the most delicious dessert I've ever heard of. Well, today. CAKE BALLS. Think: donut hole (and if you don't like donut holes... I don't think I have anything else to say to you. THEY'RE DONUT HOLES!) but actual cake with frosting (Unlike cake donut holes, which I am not a fan of. I don't prefer cake donuts. Oh, I'll eat one in a pinch, but give me a hot Shipley's any day.)


"Wow. My mouth is really watering just thinking about those balls."
"You have some beautiful balls."
"They're bigger than I expected."
"I can't wait to get my mouth around these balls."
"I like the way your balls smell!"
"Well, there's no beating my balls."

Okay, I love Alec Baldwin. Best host on SNL, or best host ever?

Basic Cake Balls

1 (18.25-ounce) boxed cake mix plus ingredients called for on box
1 (16-ounce) can prepared frosting
Almond Bark Coating or Confectionery Wafer Coating (both recipes follow)

Bake the cake according to package instructions. While warm, crumble the cake into a bowl with a hand mixer to a fine texture. Mix in frosting to make a paste, using 3/4 to a full can of frosting, according to taste. Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.

Using a melon baller or your hands, form the mixture into 1 ½ -inch balls. Place the balls on wax paper; freeze at least 6 hours.

Working in small batches, remove the balls from the freezer and dip the balls into warm, melted Almond Bark Coating or Confectionery Wafer Coating, using toothpicks or forks to manipulate the balls. Remove the balls. Place the balls on wax paper to harden.

Makes about 30 cake balls.


Almond Bark Coating

In a double boiler, melt one (20-ounce) package vanilla- or chocolate-flavored almond bark, stirring constantly. Or, in a tall, narrow container, microwave almond bark for 45 seconds on High (100 percent power). Continue to heat in 15-second intervals, stirring between intervals, until melted; be careful not to scorch.

When almond bark is melted, stir in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. If desired, stir in oil-based coloring drop by drop until you achieve the desired color.

Confectionery Wafer Coating

Melt 48 ounces confectionery wafers in double boiler or microwave oven per instructions for Almond Bark Coating. Omit oil. If desired, stir in oil-based coloring drop by drop until you achieve the desired color.




Chocolate-Carrot Cake Balls

2 C flour
2 C sugar
1/3 C baking cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs
1 1/2 C vegetable oil
4 medium carrots, coarsely shredded
Cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)
Dark-Chocolate Confectionery Coating (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 F; grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a medium bowl.

With an electric mixer, beat the eggs and oil together at low speed until well-combined. Add the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in the carrots. Pour into prepared cake pans. Bake on the middle oven rack for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly; while still warm, crumble the cake into a large bowl. With a fork, mash in Cream- Cheese Frosting. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours.

With your hands, form the mixture into 1 ½ -inch balls; place balls on wax paper, and freeze at least 6 hours.

Using toothpicks or a fork, dip each ball into warm melted Dark- Chocolate Confectionery Coating, working in small batches. Set on wax paper to cool.

Makes 4 dozen.

cream cheese frosting
Cream 8 ounces softened cream cheese and 4 tablespoons softened butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy and smooth. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 1 cup powdered sugar; beat at high speed until creamy.

dark-chocolate confectionery coating
Heat and stir 48 ounces (3 pounds) dark-chocolate flavor confectionery coating wafers, using a double boiler or microwave oven, just until melted, stirring until smooth, using care not to scorch.



Here's a website with some cute ideas. I'm not normally a twee type person, but who wouldn't want to bite into a Charlie Brown happy face? ...or is that just my way of thinking? (Because I'm imagining a Jack Skellington one for Halloween.)



Cake Ball Tips
1. Chill the cake-and-frosting mixture well (at least 2 hours) before you shape the balls. Freeze the balls at least 6 hours before dipping. Before dipping, make sure the cake balls aren't frozen solid because after being dipped, the coating has a tendency to crack when drying. Pre-dipped cake balls can be kept frozen for weeks.

2. To form the balls, use a melon scoop for uniform size. Small balls are easier to eat.

3. Work in small batches when dipping, keeping the rest in the freezer.

4. Use toothpicks, a fork or a skewer to manipulate the balls when dipping. Perfectionists may want to buy a candy-dipping fork because it ensures even coating of each cake ball to make it look like a truffle.

5. Use oil-based candy dye to color frosting. Start with a few drops, and add a little at a time.

6. Lay the dipped balls on wax paper to harden, placing the spot where you pierced the ball down to cover the hole, or cover the hole with decoration.

7. For decoration, fill a narrow-tip plastic squeeze bottle with a contrasting color of melted coating and paint stripes over the balls, or sprinkle on rainbow jimmies, colored sparkling sugar or finely chopped nuts. (If you are using oil-based candy color to tint coating made from white- chocolate disks, decorate with sprinkles quickly as the oil candy color causes the coating to set rapidly. <

8. Dipped balls will keep at room temperature for days; if you refrigerate them, the coating will sweat. And who wants Schweatty balls? (I couldn't help myself.)





Clearly I need to get in the kitchen and whip up a little somethin' somethin'. Is it too early in the year for fudge?

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sdwolfpup
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Man, I am totally twelve. I laughed all through that balls recipe.

Is it too early in the year for fudge?

What kind of a question is that? It's never too early for fudge!
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
HEEEEEEEEEE. "You're balls are really misshapen..."

I just added a link that has lots of ideas and pictures. Um, I really want a treat right now.

(And hahaha - I LIKE YOUR STANCE ON FUDGE. *Votes for you*)
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bu_doodlebug
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
A friend and I are going to road trip to Switzerland for clocks and chocolate and the end of the world. Wanna go? Heehee.
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
YEEEESSSSSSSSS. and those "Riiiiiiiiiiiiiicolaaaaaaaaaaa!" horn things, don't forget one of them! :D
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turnonmyheels
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
nothing like a running ball gag.

ba-dump-ching
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
BWAH!

Hey everybody have you seen my balls, they're big and salty and brown? If you ever need a quick pick-me-up just put my balls in your mouth. Ooooh, suck on my chocolate salty balls. Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em!

:D
dwivian
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I made bacon fudge a few weeks ago. Nummy! Never too early for fudge!
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
That sounds really good to me right now, I have to say.

The state fair this year promises deep fried bacon. I'll try it, but I'm not sure about that one. (But then again... isn't everything better when it's deep fried? We'll find out!)
tidbit2008
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
You people cannot possibly have Shipley's up there! lol. I thought that was just a Southern chain. Oh, wait. Texan.. yeah the brain finally caught up, lol.

And you have successfully succeeded in making me hungry, just fyi :P
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
There aren't any Shipley's immediately by me, but yeah - Texas. :D I'll take one of those over a Krispy Kreme ANY DAY. (Ooooh, or Southern Maid donuts. Those are pretty awesome, too.)

Hahahaha, MY WORK HERE IS DONE, muwah ah ah!
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stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
how yummy do those cake bites look? (I'm assuming you clicked on the link. YUMMERS.)

Anne, I haaaaaate grasshoppers. Hate them. And you know, I'm pretty chill about bugs in my garden. But these are those huge, brown, voracious-appetite grasshoppers and they freak me out. BLECH.

Isn't the world of physics so exciting right now?! I can't wait for it to get all souped up and then BLAMMO! New worlds!
moosesal
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
That's a brilliant idea. I'm going to have to try that the next time I make carrot cake. I'll just use my own recipes but crumbling then mixing in the frosting? Genius! Thanks for sharing.

Now I've got "Chocolate Salty Balls" from South Park in my head. Thanks.
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
I read it and was all, "YES, HAVE SOME." I want them in my mouth right now.

And you're welcome for the ear worm. ;)
zyrya
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Your icon is so perfect!

I never thought I would learn so much about cake balls.

Australia's national cake-like object is the Lamington, which would make you weep inconsolably. Here's the "recipe" so you can mourn my country's cakely ineptitude.

1. Cut a big square/rectangular pan of plain sponge cake into biggish cubes of plain sponge cake. Use the most commercial, longest-keeping, tasteless sponge cake you can find. Then let it lie around a bit to dry out.

2. Frost it with a vaguely cocoa-tasting spread. Make sure it's gritty and dry.

3. Roll the cubes in old, dry, tasteless coconut.

4. Serve at every fête, fundraiser and festival. Rave about it to everyone. Invent "gourmet" versions for food magazines. Laud it as Australia's great culinary tradition.
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
You know, if the cake wasn't dried out and flavorless, and the filling not gritty, that sounds really flippin' good. however I am sad that you rarely (if ever) get fed a good version of it.

But hahahaha to the "gormet" versions for food magazines. That's how coconut cake is here, too. REAL coconut cake is as hard to find as hen's teeth. The versions usually available are dry, dusty, and flavorless.
a2zmom
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I guess you don't want to live in the world without shrimp.

Cake balls. I'm sure there's a moist and delicious joke in there somewhere.

And particle accelerator rap. Because scientists like to dance.
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Never in a world sans camarones! Yo soy love shrimps. :D

HAHAhAHAHAHA - thank you so much for that link!! That's awesome and hilarious.
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abusing_sarcasm
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
using toothpicks or forks to manipulate the balls

I'm doing the Beavis and Butthead "huh huh" laugh riiiiiight now.
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
hahahahahahahaha.

I'm right there with you. And BWAH HA HA to your icon!!
oatmellow
Sep. 10th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
no recipe for Chocolate Salty Balls?

I haz disappointment
stoney321
Sep. 10th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm still needing it! and chef died

In his honor:
Hey everybody have you seen mmy balls?
They're big and salty and brown.
if you ever need a quick pick-me-up just still my balls in your mouth.
Ooooh, suck on my chocolate salty balls.
Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em!
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kseenaa
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
YUM!
stoney321
Sep. 11th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
I mean.... it's cake! Who doesn't like cake? on a STICK!
brunettepet
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I love the idea of Jack Skellington cake pops! You can get black pipe cleaners for arms. Oh, all the round headed possibilities.
stoney321
Sep. 11th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
I plan on going nuts for Halloween. How freaking cute would Jack Skellington be? Chocolate inside (ooooh, or red velvet for the blooooooood)
elfgirl
Sep. 11th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Only for you, Stoney. Only for you.
stoney321
Sep. 11th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Oh my god, that's hilarious. <3
bitchygrrl
Sep. 11th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm stealing your balls.
stoney321
Sep. 11th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
They're sewed on, yo! *grabs and grunts*
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