when life hands you deflated, ugly cupcakes, make cake balls!
even though this does take extra time, it's a different, unexpected treat. i'd love to try it with chocolate cake and dip them in melted dark chocolate chips. yum!
Carrot Cake Balls
(makes 34 balls)
3/4 stick of butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
mix butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. add eggs, one at a time. in a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients. slowly add dry ingredients (flour through salt) to wet until completely mixed. add in carrots and pineapple and pour into 8x8 baking pan.
bake for 30-40 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean) then remove from oven and let cool.
once cake has completely cooled, crumble into large bowl.
2 tbs cream cheese, room temperature
4 tbs butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
cream together cream cheese and butter. add powdered sugar a little at a time and then vanilla extract. whip in mixer until light and fluffy
stir icing into crumbled cake and stir well. the mixture should be able to hold together. form into uniform size balls and place in freezer for 15-20 minutes.
meanwhile, melt a bag of white chocolate chips. using tooth picks, dip semi-frozen balls into melted chocolate. place on wax paper until chocolate has set. then, enjoy!
note: you can also make a double batch of cream cheese icing and safe half for piping on top of the carrot cake balls. if you do this, keep balls refrigerated.
happy belated 32nd W!
(you're my favorite brother:)