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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780762445769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762445769
  • ASIN: 0762445769
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Wall Street Journal
“Where conventional slices often fall short, the so-wrong-they're-right spheres of decadence offer cake and frosting in every bite.”

Cosmopolitan
“The decadent, dough-like consistency of these yummy treats are so surprising (and satisfying!) that they disappeared within minutes of arriving at the Cosmo office when we decided to do a taste test. Good luck not devouring them before you give 'em to the lucky recipient!”

Food Network Magazine
“Never mind cupcakes. The new bakery trend: cake balls.”

Salon
“Move over macarons: These treats are small, Southern, filled with sugar—and may be the next hot dessert trend.”

Market Block Books blog
“OMG!!! This is a sweet and awesome little book. It has lots of great ideas and you don’t need those annoying sticks that end up getting thrown away. So, delicious and economical! Stop drooling and start baking!”

Dallas Morning News
“Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon, founders of Dallas’ Cake Ball Co., have produced a slender, practical volume of recipes that includes detailed instructions with photographs showing how to produce the perfect cake ball every time.”

Stir It Up! Blog on The Christian Science Monitor
“Reading the recipe titles alone made my mouth water and reach for a mixing bowl. … Beyond showing you how to make cake balls, "Cake Balls" provides a fantastic list of flavor combinations and ideas of how to use and decorate with cake balls.”

About the Author

Robin Ankeny was a wine consultant for a number of years before she became the founder of The Cake Ball Company in 2006.
Charlotte Lyon is co-owner and marketing director of The Cake Ball Company. She has a business and marketing background, used to have her own freelance design business, and did advertising for numerous food accounts. Visit them at cakeballs.com.

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Customer Reviews

A very fun book, with lots of unique ideas for cake balls.
Andrea LeMahieu
Have made several cake ball recipes from this book and they were each a big hit.
Stacy
The recipes look simple and are easy to follow and they have great color photos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ducky on September 11, 2012
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We had a blast making these cake balls and everyone thought we'd purchased them at a bakery! Yum! The balls went together just as book described. Refrigerating them rather than freezing them was a better option, as the cake ball expands as it thaws cracking the chocolate coating. We added crystal sprinkles onto the WET chocolate, which made them sparkle very prettily. Also used a1 1/2" scoop to form cakeballs. Have fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea LeMahieu on December 31, 2012
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A very fun book, with lots of unique ideas for cake balls. If you are looking for a cake ball recipe book this is the one I would recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Harker on March 2, 2013
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I have made several different flavors. They truly are not hard to make and taste like bon bons! Great little book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2012
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I love baking and by making cake balls it allows me to enjoy all the sweets I love to make without eating as much. Lol. This book has a lot of great recipes and better yet they weren't all based from box mixes they gave you the recipes for the basic cakes that were going to be used. I can't wait to"get the ball rolling" (sorry I couldn't help it) & start making a few batches for my New Years Eve party!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James F. Campbell on January 15, 2014
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After seeing cake balls on TV and being unable to find them for purchase I decided to make them myself. This book appeared to be the best choice I could find on Amazon so I ordered it and started making the recipes. The basic recipes for cake and icings to use to make the balls are good and easy to follow (I haven't tried using commercial cake mixes or canned icings). So far I've been very successful using only the information from this book.

Using the basic recipes and instructions you can make a variety of different cake balls by experimentation. I have also used the recipes exactly as given for a number of balls and have never been disappointed. I do tend to add more icing to the crumbled cake for making the balls, but that's a matter of taste. Although I can't compare this book to others (I've only used this one book) I don't think you could go wrong with this excellent, to-the-point book. It has excellent photos of the finished cakeballs along with a lot of practical advice on each step of making the cakeballs.

I have personally tried the following recipes, all with great success: Chocolate Toffee, Chocolate Butterscotch, Chocolate Pistachio, Triple Chocolate, Cinnamon Streusel, Irish Cream, Dreamsicle, Tres Leches. I created my own creations using brownie mix and Andes Mints. When you dip the frozen cookie balls in your coating (I use melted chips, mostly) the coating hardens very quickly leading to nice, smooth coatings that can be placed on your plate with almost no disturbance to the beautiful coating. Don't hesitate trying the drizzling of the cakeballs for a nice, professional-looking finish. I add little items to the top to code the types of balls, such as a small piece of Andes Mints, a chip of chocolate, a sprinkling of colored sugar, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gazza on November 1, 2013
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Good ideas for taking a basic recipe and customizing for your own creations. Great photos. Simple, concise format. Good addition to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Rose on December 4, 2012
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I liked the book as it had some good ideas. I am glad I don't have to put everything on a stick. I had a hard time with my first recipe but I believe it was because of the chocolate I was using. I have found it is easier to dip the cake rolls in chocolate if I add a little bit of Crisco shortening to the chocolate. It seems to go on easier and looks nicer when it hardens.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on December 4, 2013
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My biggest complaint: So many of these recipes taste very similar.

I also found that the recipes make a huge amount of cake balls, so unless you're making them for a party, or you don't mind having 50+ cake balls that all taste the same, then cut the recipe in half.

My tip: Find two recipes you want to try that each take the same kind of base cake (be it white, yellow, or chocolate) and make a half-recipe of each.

My second tip: The quality of chocolate you use makes a huge difference. Don't skimp.
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