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By MARY ALICE HOLT
A long time ago, Yvonne DePoyster of Three Springs Farm told me about a really interesting recipe for something called “Cake Balls.”
Recently, she remembered that she never had given me the recipe, and with the help of Tura Pierce, who also works at Three Springs, they remembered the ingredients of this really strange but wondrous recipe.
Yvonne says the recipe originally came from one of her girls, Carla Winn of Lexington, who first tasted it at a “Girls Night Out.” She brought the recipe back to share with Yvonne, who shared it with Tura, who shared it with me. Trust me, this is really a recipe you want to “share.”
I couldn’t imagine what this was going to taste like, but it was a huge hit in the newsroom. What I really liked (aside from the great taste) was that these are lovely to look at. Tura says she makes up lots of these before the holidays and freezes them. Then, when she’s going to an event, she just pulls some out of the freezer to take as a treat for the hostess.
I made these fairly large, mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing. I got about 12 cake balls out of the recipe. But Tura says she makes these much smaller, and I think I will do that next time too. The large ones are really too big. I think you would want to try to get about 20 out of a recipe. I tried some of the cake balls dipped in dark chocolate and some in white chocolate bark. I think I really prefer the white chocolate, but it’s all a matter of taste.
Three Springs Farm Cake Balls 1 box cake mix, any kind
1 can frosting, any kind
Dipping chocolate (chocolate bark) Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using a rectangular pan. When you remove the cake from the oven, lift out pieces in chunks and put them in a large bowl. Empty a can of frosting on top of the cake pieces and stir thoroughly. This looks really strange, and at this point, you’re sure you’ve done something wrong. But persevere … it all will work out. When the mixture is cool enough, form the stuff into balls (any size). When I made the cake balls, I then put them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so before I tried to dip them.
Melt chocolate (chocolate bark, chocolate chips, whatever) in microwave according to package directions. Dip cake balls in the melted chocolate and place them on waxed paper to harden. You can freeze these if you like. You can use any combination of white or dark chocolate for dipping. I would dip it in one color then drizzle the other color of chocolate over the cake balls as decoration. Mary Alice Holt can be reached at (270) 505-1751. WE WANT YOUR RECIPES Send your recipe to: Best Recipe, The News-Enterprise, 408 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701; or e-mail it to email@example.com; or fax it to Mary Alice Holt at 769-6965. Include your name, address and phone number and tell something about the history of the recipe. If possible, include a photo of yourself.