Haniela's: 4th of July Cake Bites

4th of July Cake Bites

Monday, June 18, 2012

Today we are going to be making little cake pops that are not shaped into balls but cut into small rectangles. How easy is that!
If you are making these for kids, I'd recommend omitting the alcohol otherwise go for it, it makes the cake even more delicious. 
I dressed them into white blue and red, to celebrate upcoming 4th of July but you could do any colors you'd like.

American Flag Cake Bites (about 18 + pieces, depends on how big you cut the cake mixture)
About 5-6 cups of cake crumbs ( you can use delicious Chocolate Chip Pound Cake)
1/2cup raspberry preserves
3tbl raspberry liqueur
1 cup vanilla cream cheese frosting
1/3cup to 1/2  cup Red Merckens Chocolate Wafers
1/3cup to 1/2 cup Blue Merckens Chocolate Wafers( this color is little brighter, you can also add  Navy Blue Americolor Oil Candy Color to achieve darker color. Don't use regular food colors, you have to use oil based food color, those are suitable to work with chocolate)
Piping bags or small sandwich bags
Large  meat fork, heat proof bowl

  • Once baked cake is cool, break it up into pieces and transfer pieces into a bowl, then using your hands break it up into even smaller pieces until you have fairly fine cake crumbs.
  • In a separate dish combine together cream cheese frosting, raspberry preserves and liqueur. Add cream cheese mixture into the cake crumbs and using a wooden spoon stir until everything comes together into a ball
  • Between 2 pieces of wax or parchment paper roll the cake  mixture into about 3/4 inch thick. Chill for 30 minutes and then cut into small rectangles.
  • Chill for another 10-15 minutes. In the meantime melt white dipping chocolate in a heat proof bowl over simmering water.
  • Line a tray with wax paper, dip each rectangle cake bite in the chocolate. I like to use large meat fork for this.I take the cake bite and place into the melted chocolate, gently, very gently flip the cake piece and then using the fork lift it up, resting the fork's handle on the side of the bowl, gently tap the handle to remove excess chocolate from the cake. Lift the coated cake and place it onto the the tray layered with wax paper. Continue with remaining cakes.
  • Once all the cakes are coated, place the tray into the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the fridge and using melted red and blue chocolate pipe stripes onto the white cake bites. Let the chocolate set in the fridge for another 10 minutes. Store cake bites in the airtight container in the fridge layered between pieces of wax paper.
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package of cream cheese
½ stick of room temperature butter
1 1/2 cup  of powdered sugar(use more if desired)
1tsp vanilla extract
1 to 2 tbl milk or  heavy cream

  • Using  mixer butter until smooth, add cream cheese and mix until smooth, add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined, increase the speed and beat for 2 minutes  until smooth, add vanilla extract, add milk or heavy cream and beat until smooth.

 4th of July Cake Bites

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