I’m usually pretty good at resisting dessert temptation. Usually. Turns out these cake balls have a power over me that I can’t resist. I don’t know whether it was sheer joy that they actually were tasty, the spider cake balls I made for Halloween were a tad on the nasty side, or if it was their small size. I’d pop one in my mouth and then feel as though a few hundred more wouldn’t hurt me. When I reheated the morning’s leftover coffee after preparing the milk chocolate dip – I knew I was in trouble. It wasn’t long before I was walking around the house holding my stomach wondering just how many sparkly bites of joy had crossed my lips. And there’s still another pan of cake balls in my refrigerator. One cake makes a bazillion cake pops/balls.


Sparkly Bites of Joy – Pot of Gold Cake Balls

Serves 36
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 3 hours
Total time 3 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Website Bakerella


Pot for pot of gold

  • 2 Sugar cookie package

cake balls

  • 2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2fl oz Green food coloring


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and find two eight inch cake pans. Grease and flour the cake pans. Grease two cupcake tins for the cookie dough.
Step 2
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and blend in all the liquid ingredients. (Including the food coloring.)
Step 3
In a separate mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.
Step 4
Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix on medium speed for several minutes until it is all combined.
Step 5
Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes.
Step 6
Cookie dough pots: Place both cookie dough packages in a bowl and add a half cup of cocoa. Stir together until the dough is black.
Step 7
Break the dough into 18 separate balls. Each should be about the same size.
Step 8
Put each ball into a cupcake compartment in the cupcake tin. Press the dough to the bottom and up the sides.
Step 9
Place the cupcake tin in the oven for ten minutes. Take out and gently push down the center of each cookie pot. Place it back in the oven for 5 more minutes and repeat. 4 more minutes - push down and if the cookie dough still looks wet return it to the oven for another minute or two. Once the dough looks dry in the center it's done. Let cool for five minutes in the pan and then pop the pot out using a knife along the edge. If the bowl/pot doesn't pop right out the cookie is not done. Put it back in the oven. The total cooking time is around 20-22 minutes.
Step 10
How to make cake balls: When the cake is done and completely cooled, crumble the cakes into a large bowl. Add half the can of cream cheese frosting and mix well. Form the dough into little balls. Place the balls in the freezer for an hour or the refrigerator for a few hours.
Step 11
Melt the chocolate in a microwave. Heat for 20 seconds - stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted.
Step 12
Dip the cake balls into the chocolate and set on parchment paper to dry.
Step 13
Place the balls in the cookie pot and you have a sparkly bites of joy pot of gold!

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