Friday, August 3, 2018

The Answer to Evolution is Cake Balls

When it comes to the question of evolution, the answer is cake balls. Always.

I have to tell you that the perpetual question of what came first, the chicken or the egg, has always been a fascination. Much time and energy has been spent trying to figure this one out. Like a Rubik's Cube it was part fun, part challenge, all interspersed with exasperation. I mean, how can there be a chicken without the egg, but how can there be the egg without the chicken? One of them had to have come first, but how can that be? Often I hear a one word answer "G-d". But that is not enough of an explanation for those of us dominated by our logical side.

I recently read that there is an actual scientific answer to the whole chicken and egg puzzle and honestly, it was a let down. I always thought I wanted to know, that perpetual curiosity is frustrating. Turns out I was wrong. The answer ruined the question.

But for me, it's not what came first anyway, it's where it went from there. The reconfiguration from good to better to best. Ask not where it began, ask just how very far it can go.

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Mocha Cinnamon Cake Balls

When it comes to my Mocha Cinnamon Cake Balls I can easily tell you what came first, the cake. Actually I can follow the blood line even further back than that. It's genesis was the drink. In the beginning I created the Chata Iced Coffee. One taste and I saw that it was good.

Next came the cake. Yes, I could have left it at that (not really), but how to have more of it without walking around all day with a drink in my hand? After all, what would the neighbors think? 

It took a day for the idea to fully form, and another to bring it to fruition. If the drink is good, Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares are even better (if I do say so myself, and I do). And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And on the fourth, and fifth day we ate cake.

Here's the thing about cake, though. It requires a plate and a fork. When we had demolished about half of it, I realized how much easier my life would be if this cake were more portable. Think less dishes, less crumbs on the floor, more "pop in your mouth".

On the sixth day I created balls.

And I saw what I had made and behold, it was very good. 

As much as the family loved the cake, the cake balls were . . . well . . . the balls. I mean take a drink, interpret it into a cake, then roll it into a ball and cover it in chocolate? Just when you thought it couldn't get any better and whoomp, there it is.  

And on the seventh day, I rested. 

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Mocha Cinnamon Cake Balls

Printable Recipe

NOTE: This recipe calls for 1/2 of the recipe for my Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares. To make ahead, make the cake squares recipe and serve half of them as cake squares. With the other half of the recipe, follow directions below. When the balls are frozen, put them into a sealable bag in the freezer and leave there up to a month or until ready to make these cake balls.

Ingredients (makes about 30):
1/2 recipe of my Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Squares (including frosting) click HERE for recipe
1/4 cup chocolate syrup

12 oz dark chocolate chips 
3/4 cup chocolate jimmies (sprinkles) 

*Place the cake squares (half of the full recipe), including the frosting, into a large bowl. Drizzle the chocolate syrup over the top and mix well.
*Roll into 3/4 inch balls. Place on a pan in the freezer and leave for about 2 hours or until hard. NOTE: To make these later, place the balls into a sealable plastic bag and leave in the freezer for up to a month.
*Place the sprinkles onto a small plate. Melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave, at 15 second intervals, until they are completely smooth when stirred.
*One at a time, press a toothpick into each of the cake balls, dip in the melted chocolate, press the top into the sprinkles, place on parchment paper, gently remove the toothpick and allow to set before serving.


  1. My love language is cake.
    Carol Cassara

  2. I would sure love to have someone make these for me. But that's not going to happen.....Alana

  3. Oooh! Everything you love in a delicious and convenient little ball of delicious and more delicious? Life just doesn't get better!
    (And you're so right. It doesn't matter how it started. Only where it goes!)

  4. These look seriously amazing!! Coffee, chocolate and cinnamon, what's not to love!


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