Today is St. Patrick's Day. Normally that doesn't mean anything to me, but today is different. Did you see Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake Recipe? Oh my. As soon as I saw how she made green velvet cake balls, I knew I had to try. I have been dying to try this since I saw the cake balls on her blog last week. Seriously, if you like all things sugar, you have to check out the amazing treats she makes.
So, I charged into the kitchen after work and dug my hands right in. Word of caution: this is a messy process and it is a bit time consuming, especially if you double the recipe and make 120 cake balls like I did. Hindsight, I could have made do with only one batch. Oh well, I just need to accept it. My grandmother was a caterer and my mom cooks for anyone she can find, so I'm pretty much fated to always cook in ginormous portions.
Doesn't it look green and gooey?! I made a double batch and only used about 2 1/2 ounces of green food coloring. Thats a lot less than it takes to make red velvet cake.
The cakes are ready to go in the oven. I'm just going to go ahead and confess that my favorite part of this recipe is not having to make sure your cakes come out in one piece. My cakes always get stuck to the pan. Always. I'm forever "gluing" them together with icing and making a sticky mess. But not with this cake. Once they were cool enough to work with, I just took them out of the pans in pieces and laid them on a cookie sheet to cool completely. Its freeing to just pull the cake out in pieces. Very freeing.
Shoot, I forgot to take a picture breaking up the cake and mixing it with icing. Thankfully, it was an easy step and you can just imagine the picture: green cake pieces in a bowl, cream cheese icing, and my hands deep in it all. Very messy.
Unfortunately, I also don't have a picture of the dipping process. Matt was a trooper dipper. 120 cake balls is a lot of cake balls to dip. It isn't a hard process, you just have to get the right rhythm going.