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Monday, December 7

M&M's® Hot Chocolate Holiday Cake Balls

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These Hot Chocolate Cake Balls are the perfect treat for the holidays!  They make an excellent party treat or gift.

I was checking out at Walmart with a basket full of ingredients to make this recipe.  The cashier said knowingly "You must be doing some holiday baking too!  The last woman had a bunch of baking stuff as well."

When the holidays arrive, many of us have fond memories of baking plates of goodies for friends, neighbors, and family.  Our family tradition was making and decorating sugar cookies.

I love to keep that tradition of holiday baking alive for my own family, so every year we make a variety of goodies, from truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, cookies, and more.

One of the easiest and fun things to make is cake balls. Keep reading for my recipe for M&M's® Hot Chocolate Holiday Cake Balls.  

Now, I know you want to know how to make these delicious cake balls.  Even if you've made them before, my recipe is a tad different.

Walmart has all the ingredients you need:

Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix

Great Value Milk
Unsalted Butter
Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting
M&M's® Hot Chocolate
M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Empty your Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix into a large mixing bowl.  Follow directions on the cake box, or for a richer cake, substitute the water with Great Value Milk, and replace the oil with the same amount of melted butter.  Mix on medium for 2 minutes, until cake is light and fluffy.

Meanwhile, chop your  M&M's® Hot Chocolate.  I don't have a food processor, so I used the "chop" setting on my blender.  It wasn't the best, but it works.  

Mix in half a cup of chopped  M&M's® Hot Chocolate to your cake batter and fold in gently.

Lightly grease a 13x9 cake pan, and pour batter into pan.  Bake in oven for 34-37 minutes.  Cake will be done when a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Let your cake cool completely, then crumble it up with a fork.

Mix in Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting or your favorite frosting.  You want your cake and frosting to be well combine, but not overly gooey.  You want just enough so the cake holds together well and can be shaped, like dough.

The green frosting makes my hot chocolate cake mix look a little unappetizing, but I promise it tastes delicious!

Form balls by taking a tablespoon or two of cake dough and rolling it around into your hand until smooth.  Fill a whole tray or cookie sheet of cake balls, then refrigerate for a few hours or freeze for 30 minutes.

Melt Vanilla Almond Bark following directions on package.  Add  chopped M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate to a bowl for easy access.

To dip cake balls, pop them, one at a time into your melted bark.  Since it is cold, it shouldn't crumble.  Use a spoon to cover the ball with the melted bark- don't move the ball itself.  

Pull the cake ball out with a spoon, and then tap the spoon on the side of the bowl so the melted bark runs smoothly over the cake ball.

Drop your cake ball onto a sheet of waxed paper and let the chocolate set.  A tip I learned from Bakerella is when the extra chocolate pools on the waxed paper, to take a toothpick and score a line around the base of the cake ball.  When the chocolate dries, it will separate easily and leave the excess chocolate behind.

 Only do a few at a time so you can sprinkle chopped M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate on top for a perfectly festive look.

These are cute served on a tray in mini-cupcake wrappers,

or given as a gift in wrappers and a nice gift box.

Click here for a printable recipe to make these!

These Hot Chocolate Cake Balls are the perfect treat for the holidays!  They make an excellent party treat or gift.

Cake Balls are a holiday tradition for gift-giving.  What treats do you always include in yours?  Find more great delicious recipes here.

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