cake ball cake

When it comes to decorating cakes and cake balls, I will be the first to admit that I prefer working on actual cakes more than cake pops…

But today, I am sharing a fun way to merge both into a “cakeball cake” 😀

I have made this “cakeball cake” many times. Sometimes, I use real cake and sometimes I use styrofoam cake dummies.

But, keep in mind that if you are using real cake, you need to use a firm pound cake recipe to handle the weight of the cake balls.

To make this cake, you will need the following supplies:

Styrofoam cake dummy or pound cake
Cake balls
Melted candy melts (brown and yellow)
Gift wrapping tissue paper (yellow)
Cake board

These are the steps:

Step 1:

Make cake balls.
Insert a toothpick instead of a lollipop stick.
Dip them in brown candy melts.
Let the chocolate set and then drizzle some melted yellow candy melts.
If you are new to making cake balls, I highly recommend reading the detailed directions, tips and tricks for making perfect cake balls  by my fellow CakeJournal contributor, Renee.

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Step 2:

Push these cake balls, on a styrofoam cake dummy or a pound cake.
Start from the sides of your cake and work your way to the top of the cake.

NOTE 1: I know I have said this before but I will repeat it again….If you are using real cake instead of a styrofoam dummy, make sure it’s NOT a very soft and airy cake. The only cake that has worked for me is a firm pound cake. All my other cake recipes have been too soft to handle the weight of the cake balls and they start falling and make a huge mess!

NOTE 2: If you are using real cake, then you can frost the whole cake in a thin coating of buttercream but I don’t recommend filling it.

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Step 3:

You will notice white styrofoam showing through the gaps between the cake balls! Well, that’s just ugly and needs to be covered up immediately 😉
To do so, you can attach gum paste flowers OR real flowers OR you can attach gift wrapping tissue paper flowers like me.
Start off by cutting out square shapes of yellow gift wrapping tissue paper.
Make sure they are all about the same size.

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Step 4:

Now, hold the square sheet in your hand and start crumpling it near the bottom.
You will end up with something that resembles a pretty ruffled flower.

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Step 5:

Twist the bottom and it will start to look like a little stem.
Tape a toothpick around this stem.

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Step 6:

Use scissors to snip off the random edges of the flower until it’s more cute and rounded.

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Step 7:

Make as many flowers as you need.

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Step 8:

Push the toothpick ends into all those gaps between the cake balls…

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Keep doing this until all those gaps are hidden.

And you are done!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Happy caking everyone!