Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Balls

So a cake ball is, traditionally, crumbled up cake mixed with frosting, right? Sure that gives you great options for certain specially cake balls: German Chocolate, Hummingbird, etc. But what about those cakes that have no frosting to call their own? I decided to give one of those cakes a cake ball shout-out, and it turned out even better than expected.


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Balls

Ingredients
  • 1/4c butter 
  • 1c brown sugar 
  • 20oz pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved  
  • 6oz maraschino cherries without stems, drained 
  • 1 box yellow cake mix 
  • oil and eggs called for on cake mix box 
  • white chocolate baking bark
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, drop butter in 9x13 pan and melt in oven. 
  2. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. 
  3. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar, place a cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices.
  4. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. (Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup.)
  5. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  6. Bake 42 to 48 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, and let the cake cool completely.
  7. Crumble cake, pineapple, cherries and brown sugar goo into a food processor and mix until combined.
  8. Scoop into balls using your 2t cookie scoop and put in the fridge to chill.
  9. Melt your white chocolate bark and coat your cake balls; return to fridge to set.
The fruit and the melt-y brown sugar made for a great binder for the cake. I didn't add any extra liquid. Using the food processor was a good idea as it distributed the cherries and pineapple throughout the mixture. I might prefer this cake in ball form: it was a lot less messy and easier to eat this way. And, man, it was good.

1 comment:

  1. I am doing cakes for a 40th the following weekend. I intend to do a carrot cake (by request) and either a sheet cake or outrageous brownies. I like to do 2 desserts so that everyone has a choice, and to ensure no-one is deprived. But there is no reason to make 2 full-on birthday cakes!

    As well, This upside down chocolate german cake is very good.

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