How didn’t I know that this website existed?!?!?!?!
I’ve kind of re-invented the wheel it may seem. About a year ago I stumbled upon this picture online:
Photo courtesy of Canadian Family
It was a glimpse into something I had never seen, delicious little balls of brownie-like cake all jazzed up with bright colored chocolate and fancy jimmies. They were described as Cake Balls in a Canadian Parenting magazine. Oh man, I just HAD to veganize this. But how? Well, actually…I never quite figured that out. I knew how to veganize the cake/frosting mixture but not that pretty chocolate coating. And because I can be a bad meatasaurus-enabling vegan, I just resorted to making non-vegan versions for my family and friends.
I despise wasting pretty much anything (As Great Grandmother liked to say, “Waste Not, Want Not”) and I found that rolling my cakeballs in the candy melts was messy and not the best way to conserve the chocolate. I put some thought into this issue and discovered that using candy molds solved my waste crisis. Still though…I end up using too much chocolate and the shell is rich and thick. That’s why I’m so thrilled to see Bakerella’s method of plopping a cakeball into the candy melt filled mold and dipping the top seperately.
Now it doesn’t end there. A friend of mine is having a baby shower this weekend. She also manages a pretty persisent gluten allergy and after living with me she adopted a semi-vegan lifestyle. Still, I was determined to make her cakeballs. Gluten-Free and Vegan Cake Balls. She stayed on the line with me while I was at the grocery store this afternoon and I meticulously read her the ingredients for approval.
I purchased Betty Crocker’s Yellow Gluten-Free cake mix (I will replace the eggs with EnerG Egg Replacer), Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Vanilla Frosting Mix (peanut free, dairy free, egg free, nut free), CakeMate’s Rainbow Decorating Decors (ya know, sprinkles) and Price Chopper’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (suprisingly vegan.) I plan to make Confetti CakeBalls and dip them in the melted morsels. I can’t wait to report on how they turn out!