I usually prefer simple recipes, but these little babies are all about process. They are somewhat time-consuming, so try them on a rainy day or when you're in the mood to putter around the kitchen. Making them is actually good, messy fun – like playing in the mud, but tastier! And if run out of steam mid-way and don't feel like going through with the entire recipe, the good news is you can just make the chocolate cake and frost it – and skip the "squishing" part.
- 1 1/2 cups flour [I used whole-wheat pastry flour]
- 2 T soy flour [as an egg replacer]
- 1/4 cup best-quality cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup canned, unsweetned pumpkin
Cake Ball Frosting
- 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- Non-dairy milk, if needed, to thin frosting
- About 2 cups dark chocolate chips or buttons, minimum 60% cocoa, please!
- Decorations: sprinkles, sugar crystals, non-pareils, etc
Makes about 28-32 balls, depending on size
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8" x 8" cake pan [Shape doesn't matter because you will squish up the cake after it's baked!].
Mix dry cake ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl and beat in the dry ingredients, about a cup at a time, until very smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 28-32 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting. Mix everything in a large bowl and combine until very smooth using a mixer.
This is the fun part: when cake is cool, crumble it up with your hands [the kids can help, here!] and mix it it with the frosting until just combined. Don't over-mix or it won't hold together. Put this batter in the 'fridge for an hour or two to help it hold its shape.
Line a large cookie sheet or two with waxed paper and using a melon scoop or your hands, form chilled batter into 1-inch balls. Put back into the fridge for another hour or so.
Melt 1/2 the chocolate chips in the microwave at 60% power, with a tiny drizzle of canola oil. Use a fork to dip the balls into the melted chocolate and place on the waxed paper. Decorate while the chocolate is still warm. Melt the remaining chocolate if and when you run out and keep going. You can freeze these balls for up to one month.