If you like making fun and creative treats, you’ll have to check out the new book Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion (softcover). I’m excited to tell you that I have a copy of this book to give away, too! I’ll let you know how you can enter the drawing to win the book at the end of this post. But first, I’ll tell you a little more about Sugarlicious and share a cute recipe from it called Little Lamb Cake Balls.
Author and professional cookie decorator Meaghan Mountford (she also has a blog called The Decorated Cookie) includes 50 easy-to-follow recipes for any party or occasion in her book, which is also filled with colorful photos and illustrated step-by-step directions (all photos shown in this post are from Sugarlicious). Some of the fun treats you can make include Milkshake Cake Pops, Pink Princess Cupcakes, Sprinkle Marshmallow Pops, and these cute Barnyard Animal Snack Cakes…
There are some fun Easter treats I found in Sugarlicious, too–Bunny Cookie Pops and Easter Egg Painted Cookies…
And I thought these Little Lamb Cake Balls were perfect for Easter, too…
Here’s the recipe if you want to try them out!
LITTLE LAMB CAKE BALLS (from Sugarlicious)
Makes 48 to 60 cake balls
- Cake Balls*
- black edible writer
- Jordan almonds
- shredded coconut
- white candy melts**
- mini pretzel sticks
- wax paper
- Follow the recipe for cake balls (see below) to bake your cake, prepare your cake balls and chill.
- Make 2 black dots for eyes with the edible writer on the Jordan almonds and set aside.
- Pour coconut on a plate and set aside. Melt candy melts according to the instructions. For each lamb, break 2 pretzel sticks in half so each pretzel piece is about 1 3/4 inches long. Dip the ends of the 4 pretzel pieces in the melted candy melts; then insert them into the base of a chilled cake ball. For best results, return the cake ball to the freezer for 5 minutes to help set. Holding 2 of the pretzel legs, dip the cake ball in the melts and immediately roll in coconut. Stand the cake ball on the pretzel legs on a piece of wax paper.
- Use a dab of melted candy melts to adhere the Jordan almond head to the lamb. Let dry.
*To make cake balls, bake a 9×13″ sheet cake using the recipe from Sugarlicious on page 25, your favorite recipe, or a box of store-bought cake mix. Let the cake cool completely and crumble into a large bowl. Stir in 1 1/3 cups of buttercream frosting or use 3/4 of a container of store-bought frosting and mix well, pressing the cake and frosting together with the back of a spoon or, preferably, mixing them with your hands until you have a texture that is wet, smooth and able to be formed.
Between the palms of your hands, roll the mixture into balls 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place them on a baking tray lined with wax paper. Freeze for fifteen minutes, no longer. Move the tray of cake balls to the refrigerator to keep them firm but not frozen. Work with a few cake balls at a time, while keeping the remainder in the fridge.
**For helpful tips and instructions on melting chocolate and candy melts, see the Techniques section in Sugarlicious on page 34).
NOTE: Store-bought cake mix will make about 48 cake pops; the recipe in Sugarlicious makes about 60; amounts for other recipes may vary.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED–Winner is Ann W, comment #13!
Here’s how you can enter to win a copy of Sugarlicious:
First entry: Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Easter treat.
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Be sure to leave all your comment entries on this post–the random drawing winner will be chosen only from the comments on this post!
The giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. and Canada. The giveaway will end on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at midnight (CST). Winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced the following evening.
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