Sunday, July 5, 2009

Almond Joy Cakeballs




Have you gotten sick of the cakeballs yet, because I sure haven't! I am so in love with these little treats that they've almost become the only dessert I want to make. I am constantly thinking of new combinations and ways to make them, and they are just so delicious!

These have been my favorite so far. I love the Almond Joy candy bar, I could eat one after every single meal and be happy. It turned out to be the perfect thing to copy in a cakeball, and it was just as delicious.

This was actually the first time that I preferred dark bittersweet chocolate to milk chocolate when dipping these. The coconut cake filling is so sweet and rich that the dark chocolate is a beautiful contrast.

And after making cakeballs as many times as I have, I would recommend making these the day before you actually plan to serve them. They seem to taste so much better the next day and especially right out of the fridge!

Almond Joy Cakeballs

Ingredients

1 coconut cake mix, prepared according to directions on the box
1 tub cream cheese frosting
1-2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted (to toast almonds, place in dry saute pan, stir constantly on medium heat until browned)
2-3 cups preferred chocolate for dipping
1-2 tablespoons of Crisco, optional

Directions

Crumble cake mix into a large bowl, cutting off the sides of the cake if you don't want the brown spots of the sides. Stir coconut extract into tub of frosting until you reach a desirable strength. Stir into cake mix until evenly combined. Stir in coconuts and almonds until evenly combined. Freeze for an hour until hardened.

The Crisco helps to thin chocolate out, which makes it easier to dip, and hardens the chocolate shell, but is not necessary. Combine chocolate and Crisco and melt either in the microwave or over a double boiler. Dip each cake ball with two spoons, using the spoon to tap off any excess chocolate. Lay on wax paper to cool and harden. Store covered in the fridge.

28 comments:

jscardon said...

You are such a fun cook!! I could seriously spend hours looking at and trying all of your fun recipes and creations (the potato wraps/quesadillas look delish). These cakeballs also look amazing--and just imagining what you could do with candybar versions of cakeballs opens up a whole new dimension for me....Twix? Reeses? Milkway? Hello!!

Trish said...

you are nuts...in a nice way of course...but I can so relate....once one finds a particular recipe that 'fits'....well....why stop at using it just once...twice, thrice...grin! This does look interesting...but you may laugh..I have never seen a coconut cake mix ever!

Trent said...

Yes, they do taste better the day after. We found that out as well.

MaryBeth said...

I would love these... that is one of my favorite candy bars to eat. Wonderful !!!

Jenn said...

Love cake balls. I never thought of putting chocolate bars in cakes. Neat idea.

Heidi said...

I love cakeballs and these are such a great idea! I will try these because I LOVE almond joys :)

the twins said...

wow, those look so good! thanks for the recipe!

Reeni♥ said...

I love these! Their like truffles! How scrumptious.

Karine said...

Wowow coconut, cream cheese, chocolate.... it looks wonderful!

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy

Leslie said...

I could pop 10 or 12 of these suckers in my mouth!

Melissa said...

Almond joys! My favorite candy bar in bite size...I will definitely be making these, they look very addicting. :)

the ungourmet said...

I am not sick of these at all! I bet this flavor was dangerous! I could eat the whole plate of them myself! It's a good thing I wasn't there when you made them! :0)

burpandslurp said...

no way!! Keep them coming! I love these fun, petite little balls of joy!

Emaline said...

Okay Your cake balls win! My thighs seriously just grew 3 inches looking at your pics . . . but it was worth it! (Hey I have an award for you on my blog!)

Katy ~ said...

Teresa, I'm with you. Almond Joys are my one of my favorite candy bars of all time. And boy does this look as if it could satisfy! Oh my!

Rachel said...

I seriously need to try these cakeballs once and for all!!! They look yummy!

Melody said...

I still have not made cake balls, but now I am feeling motivated. I love coconut and chocolate. These look amazingly good!

Ingrid said...

Mmmm, those sound good. I like Almond Joys, too, though maybe not after every meal! :)
~ingrid

girlichef said...

These are my favorite of your cake balls so far! I love Almond Joys...

Debbie said...

What a great idea. Almond Joy bars are my favorite candy bar and my husband's too. I recently bought homemade almond joys at a little candy stand at a local fair. One of these days I am going to make them....Thanks for your recipe!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh teresa.. these sound absolutely fantastic. I love them, so creative!! You so rock!

Delectable Dining said...

Holy yum! These look so good!

finsmom said...

Heaven in ball form :) Yum!

Lara said...

At Halloween my kids always hand over all their Almond Joys to me. As divine as these cake balls look I'm afraid I'd be the only one who ever ate them! Maybe the next party I go to...

Sara said...

Ok, you've convinced me. I'm going to look for a cake mix in the pantry! :)

michelle said...

Love this! I bought a little candy dipping tool to aid in my chocolate dipping!

Cristine said...

Cakeballs are awesome! I made the butterfinger ones for Father's day... hope to post them soon!