Oh hey, guess what today is? That’s right, it’s Cake Day.
Oh right, I think it’s also . . . ELECTION DAY. I promise, you won’t see a politically related post on this blog for oh, about four more years. But today, I am saying this: Go vote! Just do it. There may be a long line, and you may think that your one vote won’t make a difference, but the truth is that with the right to vote, comes the responsibility to vote.
In honor of today, I really wanted to do an election themed dessert. However, since I decided this late last night, I used a cake mix. I know, I know, it’s not a fancy-pants original dessert, but hey, everyone gets short on time. Using cake mix is not a crime.
I did, however, make my own frosting for . . . cake balls! In case you’ve been living under a rock you haven’t heard, cake balls result when a particularly lovely individual mashes up a delicious, freshly-baked cake, combines it with a whole tub of frosting, and shapes them into spheres. They can then be covered in chocolate coating or, if you’re lazy like me, eaten (gasp) without any coating.
So if you want a quick, easy dessert to accompany the chaos of Election Night, are throwing together an impromptu watching party, or are avoiding the coverage and just want to eat some red white and blue cake . . . this one’s for you. But only if you voted. No cake for the rest of you.
Election Day Cake (Cake recipe taken straight from KidzWorld, frosting is my own)
Yield: 1 cake, or about 30 cake balls
Election Day Cake
- 1 box white cake mix
- Water, vegetable oil, and eggs are called for on cake mix box
- Red food coloring
- Blue food coloring
- 3 oz confectioner’s coating, if desired to cover cake balls
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- Red & Blue food coloring (if desired)
Election Day Cake
- Heat oven as directed on the box (depending on your pan, this may be 325 or 350 degrees F).
- Generously spray bundt cake pan (or similar) with non-stick cooking spray.
- Make cake batter as directed on box.
- Separate batter into 3 separate portions (about 1 1/4 cups each). Leave one bowl as is, then add blue food coloring to the second bowl and red food coloring to the third bowl.
- Pour the red cake batter into the bottom of the pan. Pour white batter on top (don’t mix) and the blue batter on top of the white. Don’t mix any of the colors together.
- Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If desired, frost/decorate with vanilla buttercream frosting.
Election Day Cake Balls
- Crumble cake while it’s still warm into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix well.
- Use a small scoop to form into balls of cake.
- If desired, cover in melted confectioner’s coating.
- Whisk butter until fluffy, then whisk in powdered sugar until a paste-like texture is achieved.
- Add vanilla extract and whipping cream.
- Whisk until desired texture is achieved.
- If desired, add food coloring.