Yes, today is World Wide Knit In Public Day!!! So, how many of you were out there knitting in public? I went downtown for a bit and knit in front of the Crazy Girl Yarn Shop with Leslie, the owner. It was a little chilly, actually, hence the lap blanket and felted hat on Leslie!! It also happened to be sidewalk sale day in town, so there were lots of people walking by making comments about the 'crazy knitters'! Success!!
Made another quick trip to MPLS this past week for another graduation open house. This time R & M came with and were actually put to work slicing the buns for the yummy sandwiches.
Enjoyed beautiful weather sitting out by my friends pool. The time went far too quickly and we had to pack it up and head back home. I am thankful though that it is a doable day trip. For years we lived so far away that it would have been impossible to have made it to events like these.
The cake balls that we made for this open house (A and I dipped over 350 cake balls the day before we left!!) were a big hit. We brought a few home, but they are already history. I thought I would share the recipe here, even though you can google cake balls and find the recipe right on line.
1 cake mix
½ - 1 can prepared frosting
1. Prepare cake mix according to directions in a 9 X 13 pan. Let cool.
2. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add ½ to 1 can of prepared frosting.
(The more frosting you add, the creamier the texture; if you add less, the
cakier the texture)
3. Refrigerate mixture for 2-3 hours.
4. Using a small cookie scoop, form balls with the mixture and place on
wax paper on a cookie sheet. I like to ﬁrmly pack the mixture into the
scoop with my hand.
5. Place in freezer for several hours or overnight. (Or until needed)
6. Melt chocolate. Take out 15-20 cake balls at a time (The colder the cake ball the better!) and dip each ball in the chocolate and let drain and place on wax paper. (I use two forks to lift ball out of chocolate and let drain)
7. Drizzle with opposite type chocolate if desired
8. Trim excess chocolate around base and place in mini paper cupcake holder.
Examples of combinations you could try:
White cake mix and mint chocolate chip icing - Dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.• French vanilla cake with white chocolate almond icing. – Dipped in chocolate confectioners coating.• Red velvet with cream cheese icing and vanilla confectioners coating. • Red velvet with cream cheese icing dipped into milk chocolate coating.• Chocolate cake, milk chocolate icing, dipped into chocolate bark. • Lemon cake with lemon frosting and dip them in whit chocolate. • Lemon cake mixed in white chocolate chips and lemon frosting, dipped in white chocolate. • Spice cake with cream cheese frosting and coated them with white chocolate coating. • Cherry chip cake mix and cream cheese frosting dipped in white chocolate.• Fudge cake, mixed in peppermint chips and fudge frosting. Dip in dark chocolate. • Chocolate fudge cake mix and coconut pecan frosting dipped into chocolate.• Chocolate cake, butter cream icing, and dark chocolate coating.• Chocolate cake/chocolate icing and dipped into raspberry/chocolate chips are melted with a bit of oil.• German chocolate cake mix with coconut pecan frosting & dipped in melted semi sweet chocolate chips. • Strawberry with vanilla frosting, dipped in chocolate. • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
*I like Ghiradelli’s dipping and candy making chocolate, but it is seasonal. Wiltons makes a good dipping chocolate – which can be found in cake decorating aisles at Walmart; Michaels etc… (With the Wiltons I mix the light and dark chocolate wafers 50/50 when melting)
Nothing says I love you more than a nice big tray of cake balls. Well, that may be exaggerating, but I guarantee you will be popular if you show up some place with a tray of these!!
Until Next Time....