Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cake Balls! and Red Lentil Stew


What?!?! Yes sir, I made cake balls! I've seen these things before at the post punk kitchen forum and I knew that they were going to be made one day. When I made Marc's birthday cake a few weekends ago, I had messed up the first cake. It came out overdone on the outside and fell apart when I plopped it out of the cake tin. It was still perfectly good though so I kept the pieces in the freezer for cake balls later.


I felt like a candy maker rolling smooshy cake mixture into little balls and then dipping them in chocolate. I added colorful sprinkles to entice you even more.


These little guys are dense and very rich. I had one so far and I was totally satisfied! I will be sharing them with my co-workers tomorrow. If you want to make these, follow this recipe as a guideline. It says to use a whole can of cake frosting but that was a little scary for me. I used almost half a can which worked just fine.


This was my lunch today. I've been wanting middle eastern food and was flipping through a food memoir I read a while back called "Memories of a Lost Egypt" by Colette Rossant. There is a recipe for Soeur Leila's Red Lentil Stew which sounded real good. Pureed red lentils and vegetables simmered with vermicelli noodles and sauteed onions. I added spinach for some color. I served it with olive oil-fried pieces of pita bread. The stew was thick and velvety and was so good with the fried bread and a squeeze of lemon. This one's a keeper! Recipe here. (Replace the chicken broth for veggie broth or water. Also instead of a can of tomatoes, just use 1 tomato, quartered.)

14 comments:

kittee said...

you said balls! mmMMMMmmm balls.

xo
kittee

Becca said...

Your pictures of the cake balls are perfect. I absolutely love the addition of the candy colored balls. Their color looks great against the dark chocolate background.

Anonymous said...

Did you use cake mix and what kind of canned frosting did you use.
Thanks ! They look so yummy :)

kmouse said...

Anon,
I didn't use cake mix. I made an easy vegan recipe which you can find here:
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6686.0
The frosting was Pillsbury white frostingI think which I believe is vegan. It has hydrogenated oils in it though which makes it very unhealthy. If you want to make your own frosting, that is probably better.

pharaohscat said...

Oh wow! Those cake balls look amazing!! I have never thought of eating cake as a ball before but I have got to try it!!!!

vegan.in.brighton said...

Oh my! Those cake balls look perfect.

Cindy said...

cake balls are beautiful! wow!

HayMarket8 said...

cake balls?!?!?! that is brilliant!

Jeni Treehugger said...

HAHA BALLS!
They do look super duper cute.

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

That cake stuffs looks so delicious.

Lindy said...

I just made the cake balls last night, and yours are gorgeous compared to mine. I tweaked the recipe to make it vegan too. I was wondering - how did you dip them in the chocolate and have them look so nice? Also, I just melted semisweet chocolate chips to dip the cake balls in - what did you use?

Thanks!
~Lindy

kmouse said...

Hi Lindy,
I used a bar of super dark chocolate and I just heated up the chocolate in a double boiler and when it was melted dipped each ball in with a spoon and used another spoon to roll it around a bit then took them out and let them rest on waxed paper.

Lindy said...

That's exactly what I did when I made them again last weekend and they turned out great! Thanks! :)

vegghead said...

What kind of camera do you have, I'm a vegan, but getting a new camera for Christmas, and want to be able to take beautiful photos like the ones on your site!