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Funfetti Cake Cheese Ball

Ever have to restrain yourself from licking the spoon when making cakes? I control myself (usually) since I bake a lot of cakes, but I love anything and everything cake batter! Up until recently, my favorite way to enjoy the flavor was cake batter ice cream. Lately, though, I've been seeing cake batter dips on Pinterest that make me want to reach into the screen and take a bite! After pinning several and never making them, I finally found one I couldn't resist - Funfetti cheese ball.

This dessert cheese ball (found on What's Cooking Love) is made with cream cheese, granulated and powdered sugar, Funfetti cake mix, and sprinkles. This simple, tasty treat will trick your taste buds into thinking you are eating cake, it is that delicious! Not only will it tickle your taste buds, but it is also festive and adorable with the brightly covered sprinkles.

This cheese ball is perfect for a party or get together, which is probably a good idea - it's dangerously addictive! I made it for a recent get together, and it was a huge hit. There were a few skeptics in the crowd at first, but everyone dug in and said it tasted just like eating cake batter! Even someone who claimed they strongly disliked cream cheese, couldn't stop themselves from digging in for more. For our get together, I served it in a chip/dip platter we had with vanilla wafers and graham cracker cookies.

Here's the simple recipe -

Funfetti Cake Cheese Ball ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Funfetti cake mix (dry)
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Vanilla wafers, fruit, graham crackers, cookies, etc

Funfetti Cake Cheese Ball directions:

  • Beat together butter and cream cheese until combined
  • Mix in Funfetti cake mix, sugar, and powdered sugar until fully combined
  • Dump the mixture onto plastic wrap and bring up the edges
  • Wrap up the mixture into a ball and fully cover in plastic wrap
  • Freeze the ball for 1 1/2-2 hours, or until it keeps its shape
  • Pour out the sprinkles onto a plate
  • Unroll the plastic wrap and roll the mixture around the sprinkle plate until fully covered.
  • Rewrap in plastic wrap and freeze for an additional 2+ hours
  • Serve with fruit, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, and more (if left frozen overnight, thaw 20-30 mins before serving)

Elmo Birthday Cake

I've decorated quite a few cakes over the past couple years. Of all the cakes I have made, though, the kids birthday cakes have been my favorite! Between bright colors and whimsical characters, it's hard not to smile when you are working on them. While character cakes can be difficult, it's a fun challenge to have.

It had been a while since I've made a kids cake, but I had one last week for a little girl's 2nd birthday. I had previously made treats for her first birthday including a ladybug smash cake and cupcakes. I also made bottle cap toppers for her dad's birthday. 

The girls birthday party was Elmo themed with pink and orange details. I looked around online for ideas and decided to decorate the cake with Elmo, polka dots, and a Sesame Street-style sign with the birthday girl's name and age. The Elmo took a couple tries to get right, but I think it came out looking like the beloved character.

To create this treat, I covered an 8 inch cake with buttercream and ironing it out with a fondant smoother and a non-pattern paper towel. I covered made small marble sized balls of pink fondant. I then created various sized pink and orange polka dots.

The front of the cake was decorated with a Sesame Street-style sign. The name was created with thin ropes of white fondant formed to create letters.

Of course Elmo was the main feature of the cake. He was made with fondant and edible markers. I used a printout of the character to ensure I got the details just right. You really have to pay special attention to even the minor details (for example, Elmo's fur) to ensure you capture the essence of the character.

I have another cake coming up soon, so make sure and check back! I also have some delicious recipes to share this week.

Star Wars Cake

It's a year of milestone birthdays in my family. My dad just turned 60, my husband is about to be 30, and my nephew will be 5 later this year! All these significant milestones mean special birthday celebrations. I'm still working on the details of my husband's birthday, but I'm thinking about an 80's themed party. I've been pinning lots of ideas on my Pinterest boards, but I'd love to hear your ideas as well!

For my dad's 60th birthday, we threw a Star Wars themed party. There was even Star Wars themed food and cake! I unfortunately don't have pictures of the party decor and food because I shattered my phone screen while prepping for the party. Sigh... I now have a new phone, though, and a sturdy safe case in place of my cute cupcake one. I learned that lesson the hard way!

While I might not have a ton of pics of the decor and food, I do have a few photos of the cake and fondant decor.

I love making cakes for my friends and family. I haven't had a ton of cakes over the summer, so it was great to have a new project. Of all the cakes I've made, the Star Wars decor was one of the more challenging ones I've worked on. Character cakes are more difficult than others because you really have to pay close attention to the small details, otherwise the characters just don't come out right. Trust me...you should have seen my first few attempts at Darth Vader and R2D2.

After experimenting some, I decided to go with R2D2, Yoda, Death Star, a Storm Trooper, and Darth Vader. A Star Wars cake wouldn't be complete without some light sabers as well!

I decided to let the Star Wars characters be the star, so I just did a simple round cake with blue icing. The cake was my go to chocolate recipe with buttercream icing. I topped the cake with the characters, and made some round gray fondant balls for the border of the cake.

Check back next week for an Elmo cake I'm working on!