Oct 20, 2013

Skinny Mummy Cake Balls



Easy Halloween cake balls made light by using a box cake mix, egg whites and fat free Greek yogurt – no no butter required!

Madison is having a Halloween party in school and I'm in charge of bringing the cupcakes, so I thought cake balls would be perfect for 4 year olds – and less mess than icing on cupcakes.  For an easy Halloween theme I decided to go with mummies and I think they turned out pretty darn cute. These are super easy – if I can make them so can you!


Cake pops were made popular by the very talented Bakerella who I'm actually going to meet next week, I'm so excited! Her cake pops are just darling and if you ever buy her books she's got tons of ideas. The traditional method of making cake pops is by crumbling cake with frosting and forming them into balls. My skinny version is so much quicker – I simply use a cake pop pan.



I played around with a few cake pop pans and machines out there and realized they are not all created equal. After testing out several, I had the most success with the Nordicware cake pop pan, which is only about $17 at Target. I actually own two so I can bake them both at the same time.

These are FAR lighter than traditional cake pops, but you'll still need some self control as they are dipped in white chocolate. Candy melts (available at Michael's) were used to coat the balls. They usually melt perfect for me but this time it was a little thicker than I liked so I had to add a drop of oil to thin it out. I may play around with other brands of white chocolate to see which melts the best.


One tip from making these several times: if you don't need to decorate so many cake balls you can bake them all and decorate what you need, then freeze the rest. Then thaw them to use for another day.


Skinny Mummy Cake Balls
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 48 • Size: 1 cake pop • 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
  • 6 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt (Chobani)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large egg whites
  • baking spray
  • 48 oz Baker's white chocolate (20 oz calculated in n.i)*
  • mini chocolate chips for the eyes
  • 1 wooden skewer

Directions:

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

Combine the cake mix, yogurt, 1 cup water and egg whites 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 the 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 chocolate in the microwave according to package directions, careful not to over heat the chocolate. If it's too thick add a drop of oil to thin out. Use the wooden skewer and insert into the cake ball, then dip in melted chocolate. Let the excess drip off then place each ball on parchment or wax paper.


Place remaining chocolate into a piping bag and drizzle onto the tops of the balls to make a criss-cross effect to resemble a mummy wrap.


 Place the mini chocolate chips over the chocolate for eyes and set aside to dry.




Makes 48-50 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.

25 comments :

  1. Such a cute idea for the kids!!!

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  2. awe these are adorable!!!

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  3. Yummy! They look so delicious and adoable, perfect for a party! I have to try, definetely! :D
    Have a nice day!
    xoxo

    http://www.sparklyfashion.com

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  4. BillieGirl2010/20/13, 12:47 PM

    An even lighter idea would be to use sugar free cake mix. I use it in recipes all the time and is amazing - and diabetic friendly!

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  5. Any trick for keeping them from sticking in the pan? I can only get about half to come out & the rest are always broken. (I have the same Nordic Ware pan)

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    1. You have to spray the pan with baking spray, mine never stick or break.

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  6. Such a great idea for a Halloween party dessert! I've never made cake balls before, but this is definitely making me want to try them out.

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  7. So cute! Great idea to freeze the ones you don't need.

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  8. How adorable!!!! And so simple to make!

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  9. These are so cute and would be perfect for a kids party! I'm envisioning little orange pumpkins or little brown owls...time to get experimenting! Thanks for the cute idea :)

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  10. What a wonderful idea! My daughter's birthday is this weekend (she'll be 14) and this is great treat for when her friends come over.

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  11. Great ideas. Will make these for all of the little girls in the family. Of course, the adults will have to sample first!

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  12. What can I use instead of cake pop pan?

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  13. OMG- these are SO cute! You never disappoint.
    The Grass Skirt

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  14. This is so stinking cute and creative!

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  15. Question: Does each "cake pop" pan make half a ball? How does that work to make actual balls? Never worked with such an item, but I'd love to make these for our Halloween party at work. Thanks!!!

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    1. The pan comes with two sides, you just put the batter on one side because the second half has a hole to allow for it to be baked. The two pans attach and the batter when it gets baked expands into the shape of the pan. At the end, you end up with a ball when the two halves are separated after cooling.

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  16. Wonder if you could use a mini muffin pan in a pinch? Spray with non-stick cooking spray before pouring the batter in. I will try it out and let you know. TLW from PA. Great idea!!

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  17. I've been searching for something cute and fun to take to my office halloween pot-luck and these look perfect! I was wondering how I could bake these without buying a cake pop pan since I'm not a frequent baker?

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  18. The pan from target is great thanks for the recommendation. Works so much better then the machine .

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  19. These are great! I love how easy these look... I think even I could make them. I've included this post over on my Halloween Mummies DIY roundup over on lemonthistle. Thanks for the awesome content!

    http://lemonthistle.blogspot.ca/2013/10/halloween-mummies.html

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  20. I made these for my October birthday celebration at work. Everyone loved them!

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