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Cake Balls!

June 27, 2013

This is another post that got lost in the big Drafts file. You can tell by all the references to Easter…
But I am on a mission to get ahead with the blog so I can have a screen-free week away with the family (more on this to come!) so I’m not going to look a gift horse pre-written blog post in the mouth.

BigSmall’s pre-school had an Easter Egg Hunt. And instead of an Easter bonnet competition, there was an Easter Cake decorating competition. The idea was that you and your Small made a cake together, and then they were left to decorate all on their own. It was made very clear that the competition was going to be judged in the child’s efforts, so we were not to try and ‘help’.

BigSmall and I sat down to discuss it, and he was quite adamant he wanted a three layer cake…

So I made one.

It was huge.

It was then decorated to look (vaguely) like a nest, with chocolate coated shredded wheat around the side, and mini-eggs and grotesquely deformed cute little marzipan chicks on top.

We didn’t win 🙁

And then we were ‘invited’ to buy our own cakes back again (I can’t act like I am really too outraged at this-I am Chair of the Pre-School committee, and it is all good fund-raising), so this ended up being one expensive cake.

We duly coughed up the cash and bought said cake home, and had a slice for pudding after tea.

Then Easter happened, and there was inevitably chocolate. A lot of chocolate. And we made the obligatory chocolate cornflake nests. And there was more chocolate.

And the cake started to get a bit dry (I am on the hunt for a really moist squidgy chocolate cake recipe-if you know one, please can I have it?!)

Not wanting to let such an expensive cake go to waste, I decided to take action, and made…

Cake Balls!

Basically, I took the left over cake (minus the marzipan chicks) and the by now slightly stale cornflake cakes,

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and whizzed them all up together in the mixer

My 'helper'

My ‘helper’

Then I melted a couple of Easter Eggs in the microwave, and stirred the melted chocolate into the cake crumb mix (If I do this again, I will add grated orange zest to give them a bit of a lift)

Next, I squidged the mix into balls, and placed them in the fridge (you don’t actually need to do this, it makes them a bit too hard)

And they were pretty yummy. Although I will admit they do look a little like something a small pony might leave behind…

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If you have nothing better to do with your time you can amuse yourself by attempting to re-enact the Ferrero Rocher advert...

If you have nothing better to do with your time you can amuse yourself by attempting to re-enact the Ferrero Rocher advert…

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  • Reply Antonia June 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Rachel Allen does a good choc cake. Will get the recipe for you. X p.s. Your (I mean big small’s) cake was ace!

    • Reply Jen June 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Antonia!

  • Reply Carrie June 28, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Best American Chocolate Cake
    (You may have to translate this to British English, but it will be worth it!)

    2 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 cup cocoa (I use Dutch processed.)
    2 cups sugar (I use evaporated cane juice.)
    2 tsp baking soda
    Pinch of salt
    3/4 c melted butter
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 cups milk
    2 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice

    Put the vinegar in a container with the milk to sour.
    Mix all dry ingredients.
    Add in all wet ingredients and blend well.
    Bake in greased 9 x 13″ pan (or two round pans) at 350 F until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    • Reply Jen June 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Brilliant-thankyou Carrie!
      I am going to have lots of fun trying (and taste-testing..!) all these recipes 🙂

  • Reply Sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring June 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Anything involving cake and chocolate is the best kind of food waste solution!

    • Reply Jen June 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Isn’t is just..?!

  • Reply Debbie Hurry June 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Nigella Lawson’s How to be a domestic goddess has the best chocolate cake recipe which has coke (other cola products are available!). Weird ingredient but makes the nicest gooiest cake ever.

    • Reply Jen June 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Awesome! Thankyou Debbie-will try it out. I heart Nigella a lot 🙂

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