The English countryside looks beautiful after it has snowed. For obvious safety reasons, we don’t usually drive along little country roads in this weather, but as it was necessary this weekend (and I wasn’t the one behind the wheel) I took the opportunity to snap some pictures of our journey.
In the spirit of pretty things I wanted to share with you some cake balls. I think these are going to be something I come back to annually, try to make them, hate the process and avoid until I forget how much they’ve annoyed me!
I do not possess the patience to coat things in chocolate, and though you can cover a multitude of sins in sprinkles, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with the results.
Despite my lack of love for how they look, these cake balls are delicious. So much so that I had to send them out of the house to my lovely boyfriends office where they were promptly demolished.
Chocolate Cake Balls
makes 30 cake pops
115g self raising flour
20g cocoa powder
125g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180C, butter and line a cake tin.
Mix all the ingredients until they form a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into the tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is light brown and inserted skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool.
70g dark chocolate melted and cooled
5tbsp icing sugar
1tbsp sour cream
1tbsp double cream
Mix the chocolate and 2tbsp of icing sugar together.
Add the cream and sour cream and mix thoroughly, this should create a quite liquidy paste.
Add the rest of the icing sugar in tbsp increments until the icing is smooth and holds its shape – I just lifted my beaters out and when it held the whisk marks I stopped adding icing sugar.
1 x sponge
1 x icing
200g dark chocolate
Crumble the sponge until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix in the icing until thoroughly blended.
Roll the mixture into balls and place on a lined baking tray.
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set.
Melt chocolate in a bowl over boiling water.
Roll each ball in chocolate and cover in sprinkles.
Leave to set.