Friday, June 15, 2012

Key Lime Cake Truffles...and Do-overs

Do you ever wish you could have a do-over?
Take a few of mine for example.  Let's see, I would like a do-over of:

  • ...my bangs from the 80s.  The bangs my friend (a male friend, mind you) referred to as the "mall claw."
  • ...the time when I was about 19 and rear-ended the car in front of me at a stoplight because a boy driving a car in the next lane was smiling at me.
  • ...in 3rd grade, when a plant sitting on a windowsill got stuck in my hair as I walked by and, yes, dumped *soil first* onto my head.

Oh, I have more.

When Frigidaire and Foodbuzz asked a few of us if there was something we'd like to do-over, you can see, I had plenty to choose from.  Frigidaire is asking you to share your do-over story on their Facebook pageFor each story shared, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children and one person will win the "ultimate do-over."  
{I wonder if they could transport me back to the 80s for those updated bangs?}
 

I decided that I'd really like a do-over of  making cake balls, or truffles.  I've made them many times, but they're never round, smooth, or perfect enough for me.

Well, in December I was in the presence of Angie...you know, Bakerella?  Although time didn't permit her to do a full demonstration, I actually witnessed her ROLL a cake ball.  I figured...I was in the presence of greatness, some was bound to rub off on me.

So, I made Key Lime Cake Truffles.

Yes, they are smoother than my first.  Yes, they are yummy.

No, they are not perfect.
Do-over!!!


PS...don't mail order candy melts to be shipped to Texas in June.  Just don't.
{Another do-over.}



Key Lime Cake for Truffles


1 (18.25 oz) lemon cake mix
1 (3 oz) package lemon pudding mix
4 eggs
1 & 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 TBSP Key Lime extract

Preheat oven to 325 (350 for glass pan); grease a 13 x 9" pan and set aside.

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on low until combined.

Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 33-38 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool completely before crumbling the cake, rolling and coating.

To make the cake truffles, crumble the cake in a large bowl.  Stir 1/2 teaspoon Key Lime extract into a container of cream cheese icing.  Stir 3/4 of the icing into the crumbled cake.  Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet.  Chill the rolled balls in the refrigerator for several hours. 

Melt the candy melts or almond bark as directed on the package. Thin with a bit of oil or Crisco if necessary.  Dip the cake into the melted coating and cover completely.  Sprinkle immediately with graham cracker crumbs.

Let dry on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you share your own do-over moment at Facebook.com/Frigidaire, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children's U.S. programs. Plus, Frigidaire will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over.

What would YOU do-over? 

49 comments:

  1. Oh, there are so many things I would do over, like the time when I accidentally stepped on a bride's train as she was walking and ripped it off her dress. Yeah. These truffles are absolutely brilliant!

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  2. Wow, these look fantastic! They would be a great hostess gift for the summer.

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  3. I had those bangs too! Except mine were early 90's bangs & I was in the 5th grade. Yikes! What were we thinking? I ever wonder if our styles nowadays will ever get as bad as they did in the 80's. We had some wild trends going on back then. Fortunately, I was still just a babe, so I never got too deep into some of the more outrageous styles.

    Your truffles are gorgeous. I honestly don't think the slight imperfections that you point out are a bad thing. They're still pretty & add character. But maybe that's why I'd never, ever make it as a pastry chef!

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  4. These sure do look and sound delicious!

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  5. YUMMMMMMYY!!

    Check out my baking blog: http://bakingcraze.blogspot.ie/

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  6. Your Key Lime truffles look and sound delicious!

    You know, perhaps having worn my hair short since my early twenties, I had never heard of the term *mall claw*. I looked it up. Seeing some pictures I can see why they came up with that name :)

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  7. These sound and look delicious! I also have difficulties with cake pops - how does Bakerella do it!?

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  8. These look perfect to me, Bridget! I know they taste amazing. So, do overs? I can think of so many... Where to begin? Maybe the day I walked into high school with the back of my skirt tucked into my hose. Of course the boy I had an enormous crush on would be the one to tell me.

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  9. I'll eat all those imperfect ones for ya. It'll be like they never even happened. Kinda like a do-over. Kinda. ; ) These really look delish!

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  10. I taught an entire (college) class with my pencil skirt on backwards... slit up the front. Epic fail.

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  11. Your pre-do-over recipe looked perfect and amazing to me! Seriously, every single thing you post is pretty darn perfect :)

    I need Key Lime extract in my life!

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  12. I cannot win, but I would do my wedding all over, I am over 40 pounds lighter now, 140 lost in total, but that is another story, and I would have the biggest ever candy and desert table and cake bar and ice cream. I would probably gain that 40 pounds back in one night!

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  13. Oh my gosh. I so feel your hair pain...thanks to my unruly curls, I sported the girl version of an afro for the beginning of my elementary school years. What I wouldn't give to do THOSE school pictures over...

    And I think your cake balls look fantastic! :)

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  14. Love the Key Lime idea! I saw a secret on pinterest about how to make cake pops perfect on the bottom. When your done set the bottom onto of an un-melted circular candy melt- makes it perfectly smooth on the bottom. View link for details. http://pintsizedbaker.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-make-perfect-bottomed-cake-pops.html

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  15. If I spend too much time thinking about the things in my life I'd do-over, I'm just going to get depressed.

    But baking-wise? I'd love to take another stab at making a Reese peanut butter cup cake. My first attempt... came out looking nothing like a peanut butter cup! Definitely have to figure out a new technique and tackle it again.

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  16. O.M.GeeeZeee on THE MALL CLAW!!!!!!
    These cake balls are too CUTE!
    How FAB would it be to see BAKERELLA roll a CAKE BALL!
    Key Lime Pie = YUM!
    Do over for me:
    Don't head to a pier on Bainbridge Island for a photo shoot with Bridget at sunset when the wind is whippin'!!!!!

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  17. Bridget these are GORGEOUS!!! LOVE them...Key Lime is one of my favorites.

    Also love your do-overs...you're the cutest thing ever :)

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  18. Bridget...you can't post this while I'm trying to lose 10 pounds! Those looks so good. Key lime desserts are my favorite.

    As for a do-over, I'd love to do-over the horrid perm my mother gave me my junior year of high school. It was just before picture day, and I BEGGED her not too...because I knew she wasn't the best amateur hair-stylist. Sure enough, I had an afro the size of Texas in that school picture. I can't even look at it to this day...it makes me shudder!

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  19. you never fail to amaze me with your sweets!

    Amanda

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  20. Oh I just love your honesty. And...uh... I'm ashamed to say I had that SAME hair style :/ What were we thinking?!?!?

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  21. Yum!! I bet they would be a great dessert following a dinner of homemade tamales! (tee hee hee)
    Seriously though, my mouth is now watering and they look scrumptious!
    You do amaze me!

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  22. I love key lime! And those bangs were bad, but remember.....everyone had them!

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  23. I'd pretty much redo 1999-2004 if I could, but I guess everything for a reason,
    Right?

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  24. I've learned that truffles coat better if you don't chill them. I roll them and immediately coat them. Since then, my truffles never crack or ooze cake and come out super smooth.

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  25. I'm going to be honest here...I was looking at your cake truffles and thinking "man, how the heck does she get them so smooth!" Ha! Mine turn out much bumpier than yours. Maybe I should find Angie and just sorta stand near her in the hopes of greatness rubbing off? Looks like it worked for you!

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  26. those sound so delicious! love the flavor combos!

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  27. Key Lime yuuuum!! I would've been stalking Angie too watching greatness in action. Your car story made me laugh. :) I would do over swerving my car and sending myself into a ditch...to miss hitting a cat...on the very first day I got my license. Yep.

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  28. Truffles aren't supposed to be smooth and round. They are supposed to look like the mushrooms that are rooted out by pigs in France. Homemade things aren't supposed to look like they came from a factory. That's the whole point.

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  29. I would do over the veil I bought for my wedding. I bought one that I had to wear my hair down with since it sat on top of my head. I didn't realize this until later. I wanted to wear my hair up. I also would not have held my bouquet at my bellbutton in every pictre!! It blocked my waist and made me look heavier in every pictre. As you can tell, I have thought about this a lot over the past 12 years! Wouldn't do over the marriage though, much better trade off!

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  31. Oh my you make me laugh - how on earth did you explain the rear ending to your parents?!?! Wow - i would have melted! These truffles look awesome! You are so lucky to have seen Bakerella work her magic!!!

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  32. Great truffles! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has cracks, bumps and cake peeking out sometimes when making them.

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  33. Never made a lime cake - but this recipe sounds awesome. Had to laugh at your "do-overs". And who hasn't had issues w/cake bites/truffles, pops, etc...I made a tutorial just for that: common cake pop issues & tutorial(http://blog.candiquik.com/?p=3020).
    Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Sometimes, those moments are more valuable as funny life stories than as times of regret! I for sure was laughing along with you at these :) Love your cake truffles, btw!

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  38. I have always been somewhat intimidated by cake truffles and cake pops... These look absolutely fabulous, and I love the key lime flavor!

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  42. Hi there. Can I use key lime juice instead of the extract? If so, how much? Thank-you!

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