A Cinco de Mayo Guest Post: Chili Pepper Cake Balls from Terri’s Party Treasures

This is very hard for me to admit, but I have to come clean with all of you.  My crafty skills do not extend into the kitchen.  I know.  You would think that someone as crafty as I am could certainly hold my own in the kitchen.  Sadly, my husband and children will tell you that is not the case.  However, I think these cake balls are so stinkin’ cute…I may have to break out my apron and give the whole baking thing another try!
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These Cinco de Mayo chili pepper cake balls come from my sweet friend, Terri, from Terri’s Party Treasures.  Terri’s name may sound familiar to you.  She’s one of the super talented ladies I met in New York City at Martha Stewart’s Dreamers Into Doers event.  Terri’s pretty famous for her adorable cake balls, but if you take a peek at her blog, you’ll see that’s really just the start of how talented she is.  She’s the whole package when it come to planning a party!  Terri was generous enough to give a step-by-step how-to for these cake balls, complete with pictures to help you along the way.  But, if you really want to see some eye candy, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a Terri’s Party Treasures “highlight reel.”  You will be amazed at what this girl can do with a ball of cake and icing!
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Enjoy,
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Nikki, In Stitches
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Hi, I’m Terri from Terri’s Party Treasures and I am very excited to not only be doing my very first guest blog post, but also my very first cake ball tutorial.
Yes, I said cake balls.  What?  Haven’t you ever heard of a cake ball before?  Well, basically a cake ball is made out of a baked cake that has cooled and been crumbled into a million pieces.  You then add in some frosting (aka: icing) of your choice, roll them into little balls, and dip them into chocolate.  That is the simple explanation, but you can also check out my idol, Bakerella.  She is the creator of the original cake pop.  I will be showing you how to do my own “Chili Pepper” cake ball today!
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To begin you are going to need a few supplies:
-Premade cake balls in the flavor of your choice
-Lollipop sticks
-Red and Green melting chocolate (sold at most craft, candy or cake decorating stores)
-1 tall and 1 small glass
-A foam board or something to hold your cake ball upright to dry
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How to form your cake ball:
When I make my cake balls, I always use a melon baller to get them the same size.  Today we are going to make Chili Pepper cake balls, so you will need 1 1/2 melon ball sized cake balls.

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Combine them together to make one large ball.
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Roll it between your palms back and forth to make a cylinder shape.

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Continue rolling in your palms, pushing harder on your pinkie sides of your palm, to form a point.

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Hold in your hand and slightly bend the bottom to give it more of a curved chili pepper look.

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Now, here is a little trick.  Everyone asks how I get that perfect stem on the top of my chili peppers…it’s the top of the stick!
Melt your red chocolate, you can use a double boiler or a microwave.
Stick the tip of a lollipop stick into the red chocolate about 1/2″ and insert into the formed chili pepper so that the stick goes in the side and out of the top.

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You will want your cake balls to be slightly chilled, not frozen, place them in your refrigerator for about 15 minutes and remove.
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Dipping the cake ball:
You want to use a tall glass and make sure that you use enough chocolate to completely submerge the cake ball in the chocolate.

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Once you pull it out of the chocolate you will want to tap off the excess chocolate, hold the stick with your left hand with the cake ball over the glass of chocolate and slightly tap your left wrist with your right hand until it is not dripping anymore.
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Then place your cake ball into your foam to dry upright.

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You are now going to melt your green chocolate.  (You will not need much.)  You can put it in a shallow glass.  (I recommend using clear glasses, so that you can see what you are doing.)
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Once the red chocolate is completely dry dip the very top of the chili pepper into the green chocolate.

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Place them into your foam and using a clean lollipop stick you can push the chocolate down in places to look more like the green stem.

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Once this step is complete you are finished.  Let them dry and enjoy!
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Pssst! It’s Nikki again!
And now for the eye candy….Aren’t these adorable?

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11 Responses to A Cinco de Mayo Guest Post: Chili Pepper Cake Balls from Terri’s Party Treasures

  1. Ohhhh, I LOVE this!!! FANTASTIC tutorial, Terri! And Nikki, what a great write-up! You girls make a great team! Off to share this with my FB peeps! xoxo

  2. Heather says:

    Cinco de Mayo is a family favorite! Everyone loves the to make their food. My personal favorite … the angry birds. The kids just love that game! Great job ladies!

  3. StarSpry says:

    I’m not a baker either, but those are so cute! What a great tutorial :)

  4. haniela says:

    Beautiful TUTORIAL. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to put it together!

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  6. Rachel says:

    You did a great job! Still need to try to make cake balls. OMG angry birds cake balls = LOVE ;)

  7. jojo says:

    coucou nikkie j adore ce que tu fais gros bisous jojo

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  9. Those are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. Natalie says:

    I love these! I still need to give making cake balls a try. These just make me happy