BB-8 Cake Balls

BB-8 Cake Balls
(c) 2016 Elizabeth LaBau
Prep: 90 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 110 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
367 Calories
14g Fat
59g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 367
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 148mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Good news: these BB-8 Cake Balls ARE the droids you're looking for, assuming you're looking for delicious cake balls decorated like cute Star Wars characters. These two-layer candies are made with moist cake inside and decorated to look like BB-8 from The Force Awakens. They're the perfect thing to serve at a Star Wars party!

Don't miss our other Star Wars-themed candies: Chocolate-Dipped Wookiee Cookies, Pretzel Rod Light Sabers, and Princess Leia Doughnut Holes!

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.5-ounce) box cake mix (and ingredients to make the cake)

  • 1 (16-ounce) container instant frosting

  • 20 ounces white candy coating

  • 4 ounces orange candy coating

  • 3 ounces black candy coating

  • 1 ounce red candy coating

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Prepare and bake the cake mix according to the directions of the package for a 9x13 cake. Once baked, allow the cake to cool completely.

  3. Crumble the cake into a large bowl and work it with your hands until it is in small pieces.

  4. Spoon three-quarters of the frosting into the bowl and stir with a rubber spatula (or your clean hands!) until the mixture is well-combined. It should be very moist and hold together if you squeeze a ball of cake between your fingers, but not too wet or greasy. If the cake mixture is still a bit dry, add more frosting to get it to the desired consistency—the exact amount you need will depend on the texture of the cake you started with.

  5. Lay out 20 discs of candy coating onto the baking sheet. Use a teaspoon to scoop a small ball of cake onto the top of each one and press it down so it forms a half-sphere. This will be the head of the robot. (Using the candy disc as a base is optional, but it makes it easier to dip these half-spheres later.)

  6. Scoop the remaining cake into 20 larger balls, about 1 1/2-inches wide. Roll them between your palms until they're round and refrigerate them until they're firm, at least one to two hours.

  7. When the cake balls are firm enough to dip, place the white candy coating in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave it until melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating.

  8. Using dipping tools or a fork, take one of the heads and submerge it into the melted candy coating. Remove it from the coating and drag the bottom across the lip of the bowl to remove excess coating. Replace the dipped candy on the baking sheet and repeat until all of the heads have been dipped. Refrigerate the tray until the coating on the heads is set, for about 15 minutes.

  9. Re-warm the coating if necessary and dip one of the larger cake truffles (the body). Place it back on the baking sheet and, while the coating is still wet, put one of the heads on top. Repeat until all of the bodies are dipped and have heads affixed. Refrigerate the tray again to set the coating.

  10. Now all that's left to do is decorate! Melt the orange, black, and red candy coatings separately. In a separate bowl, mix some of the black with some leftover white coating to make gray. Transfer the black, gray, orange, and red coatings to paper cones or plastic bags with holes snipped in the corner. (The plastic bag method will work, but you'll get much more precision—and have an easier time—if you use a cone or a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.)

  11. Pipe the decorations on the BB-8s: black circles on the head, a red accent, and orange and gray designs. Use reference photos to help you come up with a decoration scheme. If the coating starts to harden in the paper cones before you're done, re-warm it in 10-second intervals in the microwave just until it's workable.

  12. Once decorated, refrigerate the tray to set the cake truffles completely. BB-8 Cake Balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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