Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Peppermint Cake Balls & Mardi Gras/Valentines/Galentines

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cake Balls 
for your Valentine ... or Galentine 

In New Orleans, it has just been party, party, party! Yesterday was Mardi Gras and I was covering the holiday for Nat Geo. So, I am a little late with my Valentine's and Galentine's plans.  I'm pretty sure hungover couples across New Orleans are scrambling to do some last minute Valentine's shopping. But have no fear, my fancy sounding (but easy) dark chocolate peppermint cake balls are here!

Easy, decadent dark chocolate peppermint cake balls. 

1 box Dark Chocolate Cake Mix (Chocolate is ok if you are in a jam)
1 can Dark Chocolate (or Chocolate) Frosting
2.5 teaspoons Peppermint Extract 
1 teaspoon almond or arak extract
Peppermint Sprinkles 
Dark Bakers Chocolate 

Combine the cake ingredients as directed. 
Stir in 1.5 teaspoons of peppermint extract and one teaspoon almond extract.  
Bake the cake as directed.
After cooling, combine cake with icing. 
You should start with half the can of icing 
and see if the dough is sticky and can be easily rolled into a ball.  
If not, add more icing until reaching desired texture.
Roll into 1” ball shape. 
Melt bakers chocolate and stir in the remaining peppermint extract 
- you can add more to taste. 
Decorate with peppermint sprinkles.
Enjoy with your Valentine or your Galentines

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