Monday, November 26, 2012

Festive Chocolate Rum Cake Truffles - Wing It, Don't Fling It!

More festive treats ahead! This Wing It, Don't Fling It treat isn't actually a result of a screwed up recipe (it's an early Christmas miracle!) These little Chocolate Rum Cake Truffles were made from a tasty chocolate cake that was going to be getting stale soon. We are only two people, there is only so much cake we can eat while it's still fresh!

Rum Cake Truffles
Chocolate Rum Cake Truffles dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with ground white chocolate.


Rumless cake before truffling

That's the bit of cake that I used to make the truffles. It wasn't much, but it gave me eight delicious little truffles. I know that some of you might be thinking that a monkey could have made cake truffles and it's not necessary for me to describe how I made them, but if there is one person reading this that doesn't know how to turn a cake into cake truffles - then the following paragraph is for you!

To turn leftover cake into truffles, you will need to either whiz the cake in a food processor until it's nothing but cake crumbs, or you could also crumble it manually with a fork if you don't have a food processor. Then stir in a splash of rum (one tablespoon was more than enough for this little bit of cake, but only you know how boozy you want it!) and enough coconut milk to make it doughy. It shouldn't be crumbly, but it definitely shouldn't be soupy. It should be like a soft playdough. Now you're ready to form little balls with your tasty "playdough" and start thinking about your coating. You can roll them in cocoa powder and be done with it, which is the easiest and quickest way to go. Or you could roll them in shredded coconut, or ground up chocolate chips, or ground nuts. If you want to dip them in melted chocolate chips, like I did, you will need to nuke the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals at 50% power (stirring every 30 seconds) until they are melted. I don't do double boilers. Dip your balls in the melted chocolate (say nothing) one by one and place them on a sheet of wax paper to set. You can sprinkle some ground up white chocolate or coconut or nuts on top of the truffles while the chocolate is still soft! If you prefer a softer, more ganache-like chocolate coating, you can add about 1/2 tablespoon of coconut milk per 1/2 cup of chocolate chips before you melt them.

Rum Cake Truffles

Let's crack one open and get in its face...

Rum Cake Truffles

I think they look rather festive and winter-wonderlandy with the white chocolate on top, don't you? Stay tuned for a Strawberry Santa Hats video coming soon to a blog near you! :)


12 comments :

  1. Great, frugal idea. Like cake balls, but somehow less gimmicky. Nummy!

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  2. Omg! I have a cinnamon bun cake that I made that was way too dry. I have more than half left of a two tiered 6" cake. I'm totally going to make these truffles. I think I can add moisture to them to make them more yummy and then roll them. What a great idea. My hero! I was just looking at the cake this morning and thinking how much I hate to throw it away. Yay!

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    1. Throwing away food sucks! I hope you can save your cake by turning it into delicious little truffles. Let me know how it goes! :)

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    2. Oh my! So yum! We can't believe it's the same cake. I added too much milk (oops!), so I added a bit of cocoa powder and, voila! Yummy cinnamon-chocolate cake truffles. Now if I can restrain from eating several in a row. Thanks again!

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    3. That is awesome, Cindy!! I'm so glad you were able to save your cake! Eat a couple of extra truffles for me, will you? Nice save with the cocoa powder too! Doesn't chocolate always make everything better! :D

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  3. So, will the two of you be able to eat all the truffles before they get stale? Or did you add enough rum to preserve them for a while.

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    1. There is one left now! We always do this - when there is one left of anything, I leave it for Mr. Wing-It and he leaves it for me. In the end we either end up throwing away the last cookie/cupcake/truffle, or we cut it in half and split it. Aren't we cute? :P

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    2. Very. You should post a photo of the two of you cutting the last one in half.

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    3. That would be something! Getting Mr. Wing-It to get his picture taken is more challenging than getting me to publish mine here! :D

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  4. River, I didn't know! I thought you were gonna mash and add frosting a la Bakerella. I like the sound of these more!

    xo
    kittee

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    1. I love Bakerella's cake balls! She has some snowman cake balls that are so cute! Maybe I'll try to make some with melted buttercream instead of candy melts (I don't think they make vegan candy melts)

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