Cake balls are a combination of crumbled cake and frosting rolled into generous bite-size balls and then dipped in a coating, usually dark, milk, or white chocolate. Cake Balls begins with nine basic cake recipes and ten basic frostings, ganaches, and glazes, which Wilson spins, with some design tricks and extra ingredients, into 63 distinctive creations, each handsomely photographed in full color. This new trend is showing up across the country, in upscale restaurants, corner bakeries, and at weddings and children’s parties.
The recipes include kid-friendly ideas, such as Jam-Filled Cake Balls, S’mores Cake Balls, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls, sophisticated creations like Cocoa-Dusted Truffle Cake Balls and Cranberry-Toffee-Walnut Cake Balls, and whimsical creations like Teddy Bears, Cake Ball Pumpkins, and the Cake Ball Tower, made of filled cream puffs stuck together with caramelized sugar. For baking pros, Wilson serves up inspiring ideas for creating their own cake-ball inventions, and for rookies, there’s advice on how to make cake balls starting from a mix.