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Katamari Cake Balls
December 15, 2009

Katamari Cake BallsCandy coated cake balls with M&M nubs.

Intensely hued mini Katamari! The candy melt colors are so vibrant that there's no need to mess around with food coloring.

Ingredients:

Box of cake mix and its required ingredients
3/4 cup cream cheese frosting
Bag of M&Ms, all colors welcome
Bag of small M&Ms
Candy Melts, any color (I used red, orange, and green)

First thing to do is to get the cake balls going!

Follow the instructions on the back of the cake box. It doesn't matter if you use two cake pans or a rectangular pan as the cake will be crumbled in the end.

Bake the cake and allow to cool.

Crush the cake into a large bowl with your mighty hands. Add the cream cheese frosting and mix.

Form into balls about the size of a walnut. Place the balls on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper and pop into the freezer for about 10 minutes, or until they are cold.

Microwave 1/2 cup of candy melts 30 seconds at a time until fully melted, stirring between each interval.

Katamari Cake Balls
Before microwave...
Katamari Cake Balls
...and after!

Save a little bit of candy melt by scooping it into a sealable plastic bag.

Take a cold cake ball from the freezer and drop into the bowl of melted candy. Roll the ball around with a spoon until it's fully coated. You don't want the cake ball swimming around in the melted candy for too long, else the cake will soften too much and then you'll have cake and candy soup. And then you'll have to eat it.

Katamari Cake Balls
Cake ball in the mix.

Lift out the coated cake ball with a spoon and knock the spoon against the side of the bowl to get rid of access candy. Place on a sheet covered with waxed paper.

Repeat to coat all cake balls.

Once all the balls have been candy coated, it's time to apply the M&Ms! Take a ziplock bag that has the bit of candy melt in it and snip a tiny corner off. Squeeze a dab of candy melt onto a cake ball.

Katamari Cake Balls
Dab of candy melt for the first M&M.

Press an M&M against the cake ball for a second so the M&M will stay in place.

Katamari Cake Balls


The next layer of M&Ms will be a small M&M held in place with another dab of candy melt.

Katamari Cake Balls
Creating the nubs.

Once the M&Ms have been applied, allow the cake balls to sit for 15 minutes to fully set.

Makes a dozen Katamari Cake Balls.


Katamari Cake Balls

Katamari Cake Balls

Katamari Cake Balls


Mimiako:

Oh! I was scared you left for good! These look delicious, I'll have to try them.

These are so cute!

Ukiby:

THESE ARE PERFECT!

I totally have to try and do these.

But I should ask: is there any type of ingredient I can use to replace the cream cheese frosting? It's only because I don't think we have this around here (I'm not from the US XD)

Shivani:

I agree with Mimiako! I was worried you had abandoned us (as evidenced by this delayed comment, I haven't checked back in a while). This is a great recipe to come back with, awesome small-detail.

@Ukiby, I would say you can try to make your own frosting our of confectioner's sugar and cream cheese (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cheese-Frosting-II-2/Detail.aspx), or just regular buttercream frosting of any flavor.

Wendy Bennett:

I'm glad to see that candy melts work! Question: do you put these in the fridge or leave out when done? Thanks!

Onyx:

what are candy melts and where can I get them?

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