Metroid Cake Balls

Metroid Cake BallsCake covered with white chocolate, adorned with M&Ms and nuts.

A couple of weeks ago, my gaming co-worker brought in some baked goods which he dubbed “cake balls.” They were half-inch balls of cake dipped in chocolate. The chocolate coating gave the bite-sized treat a light, crunchy shell. Delicious! I had those in mind when putting these Metroid goodies together.

One box of cake mix, your preference
One package of white chocolate
1/2-3/4 cup cream cheese frosting
Green food coloring
Red M&Ms
Cashews (unsalted)

First thing to do is bake a cake. I halved the recipe, which gave me 10 Metroids. I could’ve had a full dozen – maybe even a baker’s dozen – if I hadn’t sampled the cake more than once. Then again, I did have to make sure the cake came out okay! There was a little bit of white chocolate leftover after coating all the cake balls, so if you’re good about not sampling the cake too much, you can create a full dozen of these little guys.
Once your cake is done baking, allow it to cool.
Crumble up the cake in a bowl.

Metroid Cake Balls

Take a 1/2 cup of cream cheese frosting and mix it right in. If the mix is still crumbly and not sticking together, add a spoonful of frosting at a time.

Metroid Cake Balls

Once the dough is sticky enough, form into a large ball. You’ll want to have enough room for three M&Ms to fit on the cookie without crowding the edges. If you’re needing exact measurements, 1.5″ diameter will be fine. I mushed one side of the cake ball a bit to lend the cake mixture a more Metroidish shape.

Metroid Cake Balls

Metroid Cake Balls

Mooshed into a Metroid shape.

Pop the cake balls into the freezer until cold, about 10 minutes.

Metroid Cake Balls

When you’re ready to decorate, setup a double boiler and melt the white chocolate.

Metroid Cake Balls

Ice Cream Scooper Pig keeps an eye on the melting chocolate.
Metroid Cake Balls

The toppings ready to go!

After the chocolate has completely melted, add a bit of green coloring. (I actually forgot to do this until I had completed two Metroid cake balls. Oop!)
Take a cake ball and add a healthy dollop on top. Smooth the chocolate around the cake ball with a spoon until the ball is completely covered.

Metroid Cake Balls

Add three red M&Ms near the middle of the cake ball.
Gently push in the cashews.

Metroid Cake Balls

Repeat for all Metroids. The white chocolate will cool quite quickly once it’s on the cold cake, so you don’t want to tootle off for too long when putting these together.

Metroid Cake Balls

Allow the Metroids to set for about 30 minutes.
Makes about a dozen Metroids.

16 thoughts on “Metroid Cake Balls

  1. I wonder if M & M minis would enable even more resemblance to a metroid? Of course, I’d have to buy a whole tube-thing of those, and then eat whatever I didn’t use… oh well!
    I bet you could decorate a few to look like Samus’ powerball maybe. I can think of a few critters/enemies from various games you could cake-ball too!
    This is a great idea. I love decorating with icing but I don’t always like to eat it. The white chocolate sounds perfect for me.

  2. You know, I was trying to find those M&M minis! You’re right – those would’ve been more Metroidish, and all the non-red ones would’ve had to been eaten. Win-win! 🙂

  3. I got together with a friend and we tried this recipe. But I’m allergic to nuts, so instead of Metroids we decided to make Jigglypuffs. Long story short, we ended up with these monstrosities (I tried using your moogle-ear starburst idea):
    In the end we had a great laugh and they were really tasty! You always make decorative baking look so easy. Trying it myself makes me truly realize how difficult and innovative the things you make are. Keep up the good work!

  4. I tried these out and they turned out amazing! I brought them into school and people are asking me to make more.
    Thank you so much for sharing, you are amazing!!
    I plan on trying out more recipes. =D

  5. My boyfriend just loves Metroid games, they’re his favorites. I’m going to surprise him with these this weekend! Thanks for this!

  6. I was wondering if the cashews were salted or unsalted…I would imagine unsalted but I wanted to make sure. I’m so glad to have found your site! My boyfriend will love these for his bday! Thanks!!

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  8. I absolutely love the Metroid game series! I’m planning on making these for my upcoming video game themed baby shower. But I was wondering how far in advance I can make and store the cake balls after they’ve been fully decorated. Will the nuts and m&m’s keep in the fridge or should I just make them the night before? Any tips would be appreciated, thanks.

    • How fun! 🙂 If you store the cake balls in an airtight container, they’ll keep about a week. I’ve heard of cake balls being stored for two weeks, but I’ve also heard tales of cake balls turning moldy after that time. There’s also the option to freeze and they’ll keep for months (again in an air tight container.) The nuts and m&m’s will keep just fine as well. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  9. Very cool idea! I dipped the cashews in the white chocolate before adding the green dye and used slivered almonds in the same way for the little teeth. I Also used French Burnt Peanuts in the place of the red M&Ms. They really worked well and look the part!

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