Naomi Blackburn of the Pub & Grub forum has come up with another winner, so when Wednesday rolls around bake up something special and have a Mid-Week-Mixer party. Invite the book club gals or some neighborhood pals and serve these yummy treats. For more of Naomi’s fabulous recipes, follow her at http://thepubandgrubforum.blogspot.com

I do huge baking for holiday trays. It started off for my library to say thank you for all the wonderful things they do and spread to other recipients. Last year, one of the librarians had asked me about adding cake balls to the trays because she had them at one point and loved them. Not wanting to disappoint her, I went on a recipe search, and true to form, Allrecipes.com came through for me!

I love this recipe. It is so simple and uses few ingredients. The results were fantastic. I continue to get requests for these lil gems and have used multiple combinations of cake and frosting to come up with some unique finger desserts.

What I loved about this recipe that can be added is that we did a white chocolate stripe that had almond extract added. It made the recipe a bit more special!

Some of my most requested:

  • Devils Food cake and      Vanilla frosting rolled in either nuts or mini chocolate chips (chocolate      almond bark)
  • Red Velvet cake and      Cream Cheese frosting (vanilla almond bark)
  • German Chocolate cake      and German Chocolate frosting sprinkled with chopped coconut and pecan      pieces (chocolate almond bark)
  • Carrot cake and Cream      Cheese frosting (vanilla almond bark)
  • Lemon Cake and Vanilla      or Cream Cheese frosting (vanilla almond bark)
  • Lemon Cake and      Chocolate frosting (chocolate almond bark)

Some decorations:

  • finely chopped nuts
  • drizzled chocolate
  • colored sugar
  • cake sprinkles
  • melted chocolates

It is really hard to screw these bad boys up!!

So, here we go!


1 box cake mix, your desire
1 container prepared frosting, your desire
1 package almond bark, your desire
Ball decorations, see examples above


1) Bake cake according to package directions for 9×13 pan. Allow to cool for 1 hour when finished.
2) Remove from pan to large bowl. Break cake up to very tiny crumbs.
3) Add canned frosting and stir until well blended. Place bowl in refrigerator of 1 hour
4) Remove and scoop mixture into 1 inch or larger balls (the smaller ones are better) , place the scoops on a cookie sheet and return to refrigerator for another hour.
5) Prepare a water bath for melting the almond bark by placing a pan with water, bringing it to a boil and placing another pan or large bowl over the steaming water. Place bricks of bark in pan and allow to melt. If the bark thickens, it can be thinned using small amounts of canola oil to desired consistency.
6) CAREFULLY dip the chilled balls in the warmed bark. Allow excess to drip off.
7) If desired in a second water bath, melt white chocolate chips. color with yellow food coloring and almond or lemon extract (use sparingly and add to desired taste..extract sneaks up). Drizzle with desire designs.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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