Yesterday, my 5 year old daughter graduated from Kindergarten. It was such an emotional, inspiring, and all around lovely day. I cannot even express how proud I am of her because at one point in her tiny life I didn’t think this would be possible.
When my daughter was a preemie, one doctor said she would never live a normal life and would be in the doctor’s weekly. He said “you better get used to this face (his) because you will see it often” It was one of the rudest things anyone could have ever told me, but it only fueled my fire to help my daughter blossom, and be a healthy and strong child.
Now, 5 years later and my little peanut is doing amazing! She is not only healthy, but she is spunky, rambunctious, and even won an award for being “whimsical”. Today, was her last full day of school so to celebrate I decided we’d make some Chocolate Dipped Almond Cake Balls.
The idea to make cake balls came from the fact that I received a Fun Cake Bite Maker from Holstein Housewares. This treat maker is super easy to work and even comes with its’s own recipe book with many delicious and easy to make cake balls recipes inside. I decided to slightly modify the Vanilla Cake Bites recipe to make these yummy Chocolate Dipped Almond Cake Balls.
Using this cake maker was easy because I literally spent around 25 minutes making 36 cake bites. At just 7 minutes each baking session, my kids and I were done in no time.
Chocolate Dipped Almond Cake Balls:
Here is the recipe we slightly adapted to make 36
- 3/4 cup of Sugar
- 1 + 1/2 cup of Flour
- 3/4 tablespoon of Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of milk
Mix all the dry ingredients and add it the wet ones, and combine. Batter will be thick and sticky.
Heat Holstein Fun Cake Bite Maker and then spray it with non-stick right before filling cake bite wells. I filled each well using a small spoon, and baked each batch for exactly 7 minutes. I laid them flat on a baking sheet to cool and form their hard crusts.
Chocolate Almond Coating Instructions:
For the chocolate coating, I used 1+ 1/2 cups of premium melting chocolate and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. I microwaved it for 3 25 second intervals stirring in between each until creamy. I then dipped each cake ball and placed it on a parchment lined baking sheet, and then coated each with freshly chopped raw almonds.
Overall, this was a fun way to celebrate my 5 year old’s success in Kindergarten, and my 8 year old’s passing to 3rd grade. I hope they can blessed success next year! I love that Holstein made it possible for them to feel like they were a part of making some yummy Chocolate Dipped Almond Cake Balls. Their novelty treat makers make summer baking a breeze! I love not having to heat up my oven which in turn heats the home. Plus, I can save on electricity by using any of my Holstein Treat Makers. You can even purchase this Fun Cake Bite Maker on the Holstein e-commerce site-retails for $39.99 and comes in teal or purple.