Carrot Cake Balls

I first discovered cake balls several years ago at a booth at our Saturday market. What a deliciously decadent concept, I thought. So moist, rich, creamy and packed with flavor. All of the wonder of cake, in bite sized ball form. A big bag of carrots was staring me down from inside my fridge this morning, so I decided what better time to try and make my own carrot cake balls. I started with a boxed spice cake mix (how semi homemade I felt), to which I added the eggs, water and oil as directed on the box, in addition to about a cup of shredded carrots, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and some grated fresh ginger, and baked according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While it baked I mixed eight ounces of softened cream cheese, one stick of butter, a splash of vanilla, and enough powdered sugar to make a thick icing (though store bought cream cheese frosting would work equally well also). I crumbled the cooled, cooked cake into a big bowl and added some of the frosting to it along with a teaspoon or so of freshly grated orange zest, and more grated fresh ginger, and gave it a stir until it was thoroughly combined (it should be moist enough to form a ball without being too moist to hold together). I rolled balls of the cake mixture, and put them in the freezer for about forty five minutes, to make them easier to work with. Meanwhile, I melted white chocolate chips over a double boiler, and dunked each of the cold balls (using a tooth pick stuck into the top of each to dip, then carefully removed, patching the hole with a little dab of the melted chocolate), and topped each with a few orange and white sprinkles. What a charmingly easy little treat. And you can do it with any flavor of cake you can think of. It’s genius!  Enjoy!

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25 responses to “Carrot Cake Balls

  1. Yum! Carrot cake makes these so much fancier I think. And the orange sprinkles are the perfect touch!

  2. These sound amazing and they are so cute. If they had cheeks I would totally pinch them. :)

  3. These look like so much fun. Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. My fear is that if I make these, I’m going to eat the whole batch :-/

  4. These are so cute! I never thought to make carrot cake into cake balls, great pics too!

  5. gorgeous! one of these days I want to make cake balls too. they are so much fun. I love your photos as well!

  6. We are big fans of carrot cakes in my home and these balls look so much fun to make (and eat:))

  7. These look delicious. What a great idea. We can’t wait to give them a try!

  8. Those are gorgeous!!! Biting into one must be fabulous.

  9. Oh my goodness look at those little adorable cakes! These are simply gorgeous and they look yummy too!

  10. i love the stacked photo! lovely!

  11. I make these carrot cake balls as well but yours look so much prettier:)

  12. These are about the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while. I just love them. The photos are wonderful too.

  13. jacobskitchen

    thanks everyone! I thought they turned out well, for the first time making them. Whoever invented cake balls deserves some sort of humanitarian award. They are SO good. =)

  14. These are so cute and I bet it tastes heavenly…

  15. What a great idea. These look dangerous–I would keep popping them until I lost track! People would go crazy for these at parties. And I love those adorable little cups that they are in.

    • jacobskitchen

      Aren’t those cups just the cutest? Our local cake store just got in a whole line of different colored gingham cups in a variety of sizes. I was excited to finally find some use for them!

      Thanks for visiting! =)

  16. Really awesome- Love your dishes!

  17. Wow, these are so beautiful!! These would be great to giveaway in a nice tin box or something, great idea!!

  18. hennifer

    I love cake balls. I’ve had such fun playing around with them.

    Have you seen the lengths that Bakerella goes to with them?

    Your presentation on these is spot on!

    • jacobskitchen

      Thanks Jennifer, I HAVE seen Bakerella’s vast array of fabulous cake balls. They are amazing! I mean dang. Everything she does is great. She is far more talented than I am. =)

  19. Dang, I love carrot cake and these look delicious and dangerously easy to eat – one after another after another… Beautiful as always!

  20. These turned out so beautifully, I can’t believe this was your first time making cake balls! Were they really as simple as you’ve made them seem?

    • jacobskitchen

      Hello Anne!

      Yes, it really was really very easy. Somehow I, too, imagined that the process was much more complicated.

      Thanks for stopping by! =)

  21. Ok so i look like a stalker right now. But this has to be the cutest little cake ball ever. I have made them with red velvet but stopped at that. Carrot cake is so much better. I love the little sprinkles. It takes it to another level.

    • Hi Joudie!

      Gaw-duh. Stop stalking me, jeez. lol Welcome! I am glad you stumbled upon my site. Thanks for all of your many kind words. These cake balls were my first atempt at cake balling, and I found them to be extremely charming. So I will definately be delving more deeply into cake-ball-dom in the future.

      Feel free to stop by any ole time =)

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