This spring- green is the new pink, and navy is the new black. Trust me, I just know these things.
Are cake bites the new cupcake?
Cupcakes are all the rage, but these cake bites, they might just have something to em. These Strawberry Vanilla treats were inspired by Hilary and Bakerella. I fell hard for their Red Velvet Cupcake Balls and had to create my own.
So here you are! Cake shaped candy! What a wonderful world!
The inside of these little nuggets are soft, cakey, and have a hint of strawberry. The outside is silky milk chocolate that has hardened to a crunch. These Strawberry Vanilla Cake Bites are charming and delicious.
Strawberry Vanilla Cake Bites
adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook
For the Cake
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg white, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
For the Strawberry Binding
1/3 cup strawberry preserves
2 heaping Tablespoons of marshmallow Jef Puff
14 ounces milk chocolate for dipping.
To Prepare the Cake
Put a rack in the middle of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour one 8-inch round baking pan, knocking out excess flour.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer, on medium high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla, and beat until thoroughly blended, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed and add flour mixture and milk, alternately in 3 batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, and mix until batter is just smooth, do not overmix. Batter will seem loose.
Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake until cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cake will still be pale in color, not golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan on a rack, then invert on a rack to cool completely.
While Cake cools, mix together the strawberry preserves and Jef Puff.
When cake is completely cool, crumble into a large mixing bowl. Add the strawberry mixture and mix together with hands This will be messy. Mix until the cake and preserves are thoroughly incorporated.
Shape cake mixture into 1 inch balls or squares by pressing the cake mixture together with your fingers and rolling in the palms of your hand. Place the shaped cake bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Once all the bites have been rolled, cover and place in the fridge for 20 minutes (I left mine overnight, no problem).
Melt milk chocolate in the microwave, or over a double boiler. Dip chilled cake bites into the melted chocolate and place back onto the baking sheet. Once all balls are dipped, place in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden the chocolate.
Yum and Yum.