What do you get when you put me, my best friend Lizz, her daughter Skylar together with a fun new project and the promise of a great blog post? Some cuteness with some excellent photos is what, and countless "balls" jokes...which you'll understand in a minute!
I discovered Bakerella's cupcake bites about a year ago, and they've been lurking in my brain since. I love the idea of them, and you all know me and my cute food obsession! Since our oven is busted, I enlisted LIzz's oven and the help of her and Skylar to create this adorable project as part of my sister's birthday present.
Step 1: Bake a cake. We used Funfetti mix (since Skylar said we had to do rainbow colored cake.)
Allow Dad to lick the bowl, and kids to lick the beaters!
Step 2: Instruct 5-year-old to crumble the cake with her hands
Step 3: Mix 1 can frosting in with the crumbled cake
Step 4: With wet hands, roll the cake mixture into small balls, about 3/4" in diameter.
Step 5: Melt chocolate and colored candy melts to a liquid consistency. We used the "double boiler" method.
Step 5: Squeeze melted chocolate into the bottom of a cup-shaped candy mold.
Step 6: Give 5-year-old your iPhone to play games on while Mommy and Mara do the "grown up" part of the project.
Step 7: Press chilled cake balls into the chocolate-filled molds and allow to cool. Remove from mold and repeat.
Step 8: Dip top halves of mini cupcakes into colored candy melts, and decorate with sprinkles and upside-down M&Ms.
Step 9: Commence taking ridiculous number of pictures of adorable mini cupcakes!
Step 10: Package in boxes
Step 11: Devour the leftovers!
Step 12: Join family for Leigh's birthday celebration full of family recipes, including roasted chicken and fillets, and an apple cake you'll be seeing again!
Step 13: Announce winner of the BBQ Package contest from ICBINB
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