I don’t know why cake balls are so much better than cake, but they just are. Maybe it’s because you get way more icing than you would with a normal slice of cake, or that mini food on a stick is cute and fun to eat. Or maybe it’s just because inside we’re all children, and saying “balls” still makes us chuckle.
Let’s just agree on all of the above.
I think that these cake balls are especially cute and fun to eat, if I may say so myself. Who doesn’t want to eat a snowman made out of cake? Oh and don’t forget that icing! I’m going to make a confession: I really don’t like frosting. While most people will stick their finger right into the frosting on a cake and eat it plain, I always scrape it off of my piece. At the very least I make sure each bite has much more cake than frosting. Not icing, though. I love icing! That thin, perfect layer of smooth and creamy icing on top of a cake or, err, anything sweet really. That I love.
Now to the important part, the lemon. I think lemon is something people either love or hate in desserts. The flavor it pretty strong, and the balance between sweet and sour has to be right. Too sour and the cake will be unappetizing, but too sweet and you get a weird after taste in the back of your mouth. There’s nothing worse than a lemon cake that’s actually painful to eat!
I have found what I think is a great balance between sweet and sour. You get the taste from the lemon, with just enough sweetness to calm the zing. Because zing is how I describe the flavor of lemon.
If you don’t like lemon or have picky little eaters, you can use the same concept with my cocoa-nut cake pop recipe. Use the same icing listed in this recipe, but sub the lemon juice for more nondairy milk or water, and adjust the sweetness to your taste.
So now that you’ve got your lemon cake and icing, you need to know how to assemble the snowmen. You may find a rhythm that works well for you, but I’ll break down exactly what I did to make it simple.
First off, you want to put your icing into a tall, thin cup. Make sure it’s not too thin that you can’t fit the cake balls and a spoon in there.
Next you will want to pair up your cake balls two to a stick. Dip the stick into the icing and stick it through both cake balls. Set each stick (with the two bare cake balls) aside while you repeat that step for each snowman.
Now go back to the first snowman that you assembled. Hold the stick with one hand and a spoon with the other. Place the spoon under the bottom cake ball, and dip both into the icing. The spoon underneath with ensure that the bottom cake ball doesn’t fall off of the stick and into the icing. When both cake balls have been covered in icing, hold it above the cup to let excess icing drip off.
Set the snowman into a mini muffin liner, decorate with chocolate chips and repeat until all of the snowmen are iced.
If you want to make these anytime of year, you can ice them as individual cake balls or bake them as muffins. Bake them in muffin tins at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
- ¾ Cup Coconut Flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- ½ Teaspoon sea salt
- 6 Tablespoons Organic Palm Shortening
- ½ Cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
- 5 Eggs
- ¼ Cup lemon juice
- ¼ Cup coconut milk
- Zest from one large lemon
- 1 Cup coconut butter (melted)
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ Cup lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 6 Tablespoons coconut milk
- Heat a cake ball maker. I haven't made these with a cake ball pan in the oven, but they should work just as well.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a stand mixer, cream the shortening with the honey and sugar. Add in one egg a time. Pour in the lemon juice, coconut milk and lemon zest.
- With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the wet.
- Scoop the batter into your heated cake ball maker and cook according to the instructions of your cake ball machine.
- Set the cooked cake ball in a rack or baking sheet to cool while you make the icing.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. If any of your ingredients are cold, heat the milk for a few seconds in the microwave to prevent the coconut butter from solidifying.
- Follow the instructions in the post to assemble the snowmen.