Mar 30, 2013

Skinny Easter Egg Cake Balls


Low Fat Cake Balls

A fun Easter dessert idea, cake balls decorated as Easter eggs! Put them in a basket and watch them disappear.

We are all ready for the Easter bunny in my home. We painted some eggs, we made cake balls, maybe we'll even get to see the Easter bunny himself.

These cake balls were fun to make, and are made lighter than traditional cake balls by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no oil, no butter required! Because I use a cake ball pan, there's no need to mix the cake with frosting, which is time consuming and adds a lot more fat and calories.


Aren't these just the cutest?!  And yes, they taste just as good as they look. To make them look like Easter eggs, we drizzled some colored chocolate on them, used some sprinkles, and just played had fun playing around with them.  I packed some in small boxes to give away as Easter gifts.


You can come up with countless ways to decorate cake balls, using the same basic recipe with this Nordic Ware Cake Pop Pan I purchased at Target. I highly recommend buying 2 pans if you plan on making these to speed this up. The candy melts were from Wilton, which I purchased at Michael's.



Skinny Easter Egg Cake Balls
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:
48 • Size: 1 cake ball • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pt
Calories:
102.5 • Fat: 4 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Sugar: 7 g
Sodium:
68 mg


Ingredients:


  • 16.5 oz package yellow cake mix(or flavor of your choice)
  • 6 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt (Chobani)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 48 oz Wilton colored candy melts (20 oz used total, calculated in n.i)*
  • sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a the cake pop pan with baking spray.




Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until combined. Place the batter into a pastry bag or large ziplock bag with the tip cut off.


Pipe the batter into the prepared cake pop pan and bake about 18 minutes (I rotated the pan after 10 minutes to be sure they baked evenly). Let it rest 5 minutes before opening the pan.


Place cake balls on a wire rack and repeat with remaining batter. Using a scissor, cut the seam off the balls.

Refrigerate the cake balls for about 45 minutes, this helps the chocolate stick to the cake.




Melt some of the white chocolate melts in the microwave according to package directions, careful not to burn the chocolate. Insert the tip of a bamboo skewer into the melted chocolate, then into the cake ball (this helps hold the stick in place) and dip each ball into the chocolate, then onto a sheet of wax paper.



To cover the little hole you get from the skewer, dip the stick in the melted chocolate, then onto the hole.

Repeat with the remaining balls and chocolate topping with sprinkles as you dip before the chocolate hardens, or drizzle with chocolate if desired.

Makes 48 balls.


*I weighed the chocolate on each ball to calculate the nutritional info. Although the recipe calls for 48 oz of chocolate, not all of it will be used, but you will still need to buy extra so you have enough to coat the cake balls. I calculated 0.4 oz of chocolate on each cake ball.

Sprinkles and decorations not included in n.i.

54 comments :

  1. Super Cute idea! Wish I'd seen this before I headed to the grocery this morning.
    Happy Easter!

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    1. Well, It is almost Easter in 2014 and I am soooooooo glad I found this. Our family loves cake balls so this is perfect....

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  2. These are so beautiful. You never fail to inspire me in the kitchen! :)

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  3. these look adorable, how do you get the shape back to round because after setting the balls to harden on the wax paper, the shape of the ball is not quite as a circle anymore.

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  4. I got my ten year old a cake pop maker for christmas so this could be the step up from decorating eggs! Which is sooo last year ;)

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  5. These are really cute, but they are different than the original cake balls/truffles, with the frosting mixed in. Basically, these are cake baked into the shape of balls - and don't taste anything like the ones with the frosting mixed into them. Those have more of a truffle consistency and are much richer, moister, etc. But, these are very cute!

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    1. I was wondering if that was the case... You answered my question! :)

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  6. Beautiful! Love the colors!! Happy easter

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  7. such a great idea! I wish you posted these earlier in the week so I could run to the store to pick up all those ingredients and made them for my family. Oh well, maybe next year!

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    1. I know, I ran out of time :(
      Next year!!

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  8. Amazing...Happy Easter...

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  9. very very cute:) too bad I don't have candy melts at hand...
    Happy Easter!

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  10. These look so good and so pretty!!!! Happy Easter

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  11. those are adorable! i need to get one of those pans, people make the cutest darned things with them :)

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  12. These are so cute! I love the pastel-Eastery colours!

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  13. These are beautiful! I've never made cake balls other than by mashing up the cooked cake with frosting. I like that you used Greek yogurt in them!

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  14. How did you get the candy melts to be so smooth? When I use them after heating them up the candy melt in the microwave is not smooth.

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    1. Maybe you over microwaved them, just do it 30 seconds at a time, stirring until melted.

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    2. The key is to microwave in short bursts and to stir as much as possible between microwaving.

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    3. And adding shortening to the candy melts

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  15. These look like a lot of fun. Not only for easter, but other occasions too. I'll probably try it with Oikos greek yogurt though.

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  16. These are SO cute and I had no idea about a cake ball PAN! I will be investing in one shortly! :-)

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  17. They like a lot of fun. Not only for Easter, but on other occasions as well. I will try to probably with Oikos Greek yogurt though.
    Breville Smart Oven

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  18. So cute! I love them and I love how you made them less calories!!

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  19. These would be wonderful for a baby shower too. Just adorable.

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  20. I have not jumped on the cake ball wagon (yet) but these are just the cutest idea. And one I want to try!

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  21. Your instructions say to let the cake balls dry, then add the sprinkles. How do you get them to stick?

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  22. Instead of the melts could I use sugar free morsels? (I am a diabetic). Will morsals be too rich and will it hold?

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  23. I followed the recipe down to a T and mine look like tumours. They still taste nice though...

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  24. These are by far the cutest Easter treat I've seen this week Gina! Great job!

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  25. These look great. I will keep them in mind!

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  26. I have been on a skinnytaste roll this weekend, i love that these recipies auto populate in calorie tracker apps. I can't wait to try these!

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  27. Yum these look so cute and delicious!!

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  28. If these taste as cute as they look, we're in trouble! PS I found the cake pop pans at TJ Maxx for $13 and one even priced at $7!

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  29. such a clever idea!
    I want to try this even though easter ended haha
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  30. They are the cutest I have seen this Easter.

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  31. These are so cute! I love the colors, absolutely gorgeous!

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  32. I am so going to make these next year for the kiddos!

    they are so cute...

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  33. I love the idea of making skinny cake balls. After Valentine's Day I got a cake pop pan on sale at Target and I have been excited to try it out. Target had candy melts on clearance after Easter so I bought them too. I want to try a skinny recipe, but I don't want to use store-bought cake mix as the base because I can only find mixes that have partially hydrogenated oils in them. If you can come up with a recipe from scratch I'd be so grateful!!

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    1. I did try but didn't work out so great, I will have to see if I can again.

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    2. do you think the skinny angel food cake would work as a cake ball?

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  34. What are the texture of the cake balls? I make cake pops the traditional way adding frosting to the cake. Does using greek yogurt and egg whites change the texture of the cake? I would prefer to do it that way but I want the texture of the original cake balls. Thank you.

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  35. I love this idea. I'm going to use it for the holidays and make cake pop ornaments for my office.

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  36. It may help you stay skinny but your heart will not appreciate it. Most box cake mixes have partially hydronated oil in them which is a trans fat. Trans fats are the reason for heart disease. Try homemade cake mix instead. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/trans-fat/art-20046114

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  37. What kind of a pan is this? One that has a cover while you bake? I'm trying to find a good baking pan to make these

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  38. Hi, what do you mean by "using scissors cut the SEAM of the balls?

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  39. What do you use to drizzle the chocolate on to make the designs?

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  40. These were amazing and they turned out perfectly, they were a huge hit with my family on Easter Sunday. I wrote about it on my blog: http://thebarmywife.blogspot.com/2014/04/post-graduation-day-21.html

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