Candy 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.
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.
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.
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.
Press an M&M against the cake ball for a second so the M&M will stay in place.
The next layer of M&Ms will be a small M&M held in place with another dab of candy melt.
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.