One of my favorite desserts ever are cherry cordials so I decided to make them even better and made these Cordial Cherry Cake Balls. The cherry flavor bursts as the cake melts and your mouth will overload with all this deliciousness!
For Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few of my most popular holiday recipes starting with my Sweet Chocolate Cherry Bombs, which are chocolate cake balls wrapped around a maraschino cherry then dipped in dark chocolate.
I knew when I made them for the first time, three years ago, brought them to a party, and they were gone in minutes, that I had hit on something pretty good. I’ve been so pleased to see that you like them too.
My original cherry bombs, are very chocolaty, and I’ve had several readers suggest using white cake instead to give my bombs the look of a cordial cherry. I thought that was a fun idea and just had to make them once I tasted Wilton’s new Cherry Cordial Candy Melts.
I recently received a box full of goodies from Wilton, and there were a few bags of their limited edition Candy Melts inside. I didn’t even finish unloading the box, before the bag of Cherry Cordial Candy Melts was opened. I was stunned. These little wafers really taste like a cordial cherry. I couldn’t believe that a piece of candy coating could have so much flavor and immediately I knew what I had to do.
I set the box aside, and started baking a white cake.
Using the same idea as before, I made cake balls with maraschino cherries inside, but this time instead of dipping them in semi-sweet chocolate, I gave them a bath in the Cherry Cordial Candy Melts.
Now, not only do they look like Cordial Cherries, but they taste like them too.You may be saying to yourself, “why not just make cordial cherries?” Well I’ve done that before and did you know that you have to wait several days to eat them? The fondant centers take a while to liquefy. These you can eat as soon as you are done making them. Plus they have cake inside, are larger, and more of a dessert. What’s not to love?
I brought them to my mom’s game night and, just as before, they were gobbled up quickly. Every person in the room raved about them.
So, my first recipe remake was a success. I have more to share in the coming weeks, leading up to Valentine’s Day, so be sure to stop back by.
Oh, and before you go, Wilton is giving you the chance to win some of their wonderful Cherry Cordial Candy Melts, as well as, 18 more products so you can make fantastic cake pops, cookies, cupcakes and more for Valentine’s Day.
Cordial Cherry Cake Balls (makes 20)*
1 baked white cake*
1/3-2/3 cup white frosting
20 maraschino cherries with stems
2 bags Wilton Cherry Cordial Candy Melts
*I used a cake mix, reduced the amount of oil by half, and baked it in a 9×13 pan. You can bake the cakes in two 8 or 9 inch round pans as well. One cake with all of the browned edges cut off yields about 20 cake balls.
Cut off all of the browned edges, top and bottom of the cake.
Crumble the white part of the cake and mix in some of the frosting. Add more frosting until your cake balls hold together nicely.
I use my KitchenAid to mix the cake and frosting. You can mix it by hand or use a food processor, as well. Add enough frosting so the cake sticks together. The number of cake balls you get out of this recipe will depend on how you mix them. When I made them by hand I got more per batch.
I wanted my cake balls to be very white, so I only used the white part of the cake and white frosting. If you use the browned edges, top and bottom, you’ll end up with an off-white cake ball instead. I didn’t want to waste all of those crumbs, so I made some cake ball mixture out of it which I just dipped in some chocolate. You can see that there was a lot of this in the bowl.
Drain and blot dry your maraschino cherries using a paper towel. Scoop out tablespoonfuls of the cake ball mixture and wrap it around the cherries. Roll into balls.
Before you begin, if you don’t have much experience melting or working with candy melts, read my Chocolate Making Tips page.Melt the Cherry Cordial Candy Melts and pour into a short glass. Dip the cake balls by holding onto the cherry stem. Lift the cake ball out of the glass and allow the excess candy coating to drip off. Set cake balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
After dipping about 5 of your cordial cherry cake balls, pop them into the freezer for about 5 minutes. If you leave them out at room temperature for too long, they will begin to set and may develop white spots. So, move quickly and just dip a handful before freezing them. If you freeze them for too long, they can crack, so set your timer if need be.
NOTE: I do not find it necessary to freeze my cake balls before dipping. Whenever you are dipping anything in chocolate or Candy Melts you want it to be close to room temperature. When it’s cold the chocolate will harden too quickly, causing it to crack.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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