Friday, December 16, 2011

Good Food: Christmas in a Ball

Imagine you could take the essence of Christmas, wrap it up in a little ball, cram it in your mouth and allow that Christmas essence to explode in your face, in a good way.  Well, these little gems may not truly explode, but they do have a certain something that certainly makes people do a double take.

I’ve found myself watching the cake ball/cake pop trend over the past few years.  I must confess I’ve not been exactly chomping at the bit to try my hand at this latest baking fad.  I’ve had an opportunity to try a few cake balls/pops myself and have found myself too often underwhelmed at their flavor and texture.  To be sure, many are quite a delight to look at, much as a fondant draped cake may be a site to behold.  But for me, if you cut past the beautiful exterior only to find a mediocre or even disappointing dessert hiding there, I just can’t help but find myself let down.

Cake balls, however, are somewhat the rage right now, and I felt I really needed to give it a shot, if for no other reason than to be ‘with it’, at least in baking circles.