Saturday, April 2, 2011

Round 1 of the Hopping Good Easter Goodies

So many goodies, so little time!

Ok so our first easter treats are these Chocolate and Strawberry Hot Cross Cake Balls!

These are so easy to make and so worth it!!! Just try not to eat all the mixture before you have made your balls!

All you need is
1 pkt of chocolate cake mix (I just use the home brand one)
200g of strawberry fondant (you can buy it in jars at craft stores like Spotlight)
250g of chocolate melts
plus 50g of chocolate melts in the opposite colour for your crosses (so if you coat the balls in milk chocolate, use white or dark chocolate for your crosses)

Make your cake as per the packet directions. Once cooked, let it cool for 10-15 mins and then tip it into a bowl and take out all your frustrations on it. Punch it, squish it, do whatever you like to it, just break it up!

Add the fondant and get your hands in there to combine it all. Squish it all together until you have a big ball of strawberry chocolatey goodness. You might need to add a bit more fondant if it's not holding together or you feel it needs more strawberry flavour. Once you have a nice big round ball, leave it in the bowl and place in the fridge for an hour or so to cool down and firm up. You can even leave overnight if you prefer.

Remove from the fridge and roll the mixture into smaller balls. Place on a lined baking tray - you should get around 20-24 (depending on how much mix you ate!). Place the tray in the fridge for another hour or so to firm up.

Melt your 250g of chocolate in the microwave - it's best to do this in batches of say 60g at a time so the chocolate doesn't harden while your working.

Roll the balls in the melted chocolate and place back on the lined tray. Make sure you clean your bowl well between chocolate batches so it doesn't seize whilst melting the next lot.

Put the tray back in the fridge and an hour later you should be ready to pipe your crosses. Melt the 50g of chocolate in the microwave and spoon into a zip lock bag. Cut a small corner out of the bottom and pipe your crosses over. As the chocolate is cold, these will harden fairly quickly.

And there you have some delicious Chocolate and Strawberry Hot Cross Cake Balls! I know the recipe sounds long but it's really easy, make your cake, mush it up, add your flavouring and let it set then roll into small balls and coat with chocolate! Plus the flavour combinations are endless, I have several batches setting in the fridge at the moment including vanilla cake and caramel fondant, coconut cake with chocolate fondant and chocolate cake with cream cheese banana frosting (Dead easy - one tub of cream cheese mixed with about 1/4 cup of banana quick)!! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm yummo!!!

And here are some of our easter chocolates from our new moulds

Aren't they adorable!!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!

Em x

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