Halloween is coming up and each year it makes me nostalgic. Some of my favorite costumes of my childhood = a Dalmatian, a UPS Driver (my stepfather, Steve, has worked for UPS for 33 years), and a kangaroo. But, even more than the costumes, I love the sweet treats and being able to visit those that I love.
A Side Story:
Nothing will be able to top my kangaroo costume - It was a full bodysuit that was handmade by my Nanny: it had ears, a pouch, legs, and a tail. Funnily enough, I became notorious on Main St. in Russell Springs that year; I loved the costume so much that I continued to wear it after the holiday. In fact, I wore it until I outgrew it. How funny is that?
As a child, I always looked forward to trick-or-treating at my Great-Grandmother Belva Ovaline's house; instead of candy, she would have "other" treats for us. Some years it was an apple, some it was an orange - we even got cash sometimes! - but, it always made a statement because it wasn't your typical Halloween candy.
I've been thinking a lot about her this year and how poignant of a memory that is for me; thus, I wanted to make an extra-special Halloween treat for those that I love. My hope is that they, too, will remember these fondly.
I wanted to make an adult, miniature treat that would be easy to transport, festive, and finger lickin' good. As all of my friends and family associate me with being Kentucky Proud, I decided that I needed to incorporate Ale-8-One into the recipe to make it extra special; from there, after a couple of iterations, I developed a new recipe for y'all:
my Ale-8-One Cake Balls.
- 1 Box of White Cake Mix (and all needed ingredients on the back of your respective brand: i.e. eggs, oil, water)
- 1 Container of White Icing (16 oz)
- 1/4 Bottle of Ale-8-One
- 1 Bag of White Almond Bark
- 1 Jar of Sprinkles (Orange and Green for the Season!)
- 1 Dash of Vanilla Extract
- According to the instructions on your box of cake mix, add the needed ingredients and mix until well-combined and smooth.
- Add 1/4 bottle of Ale-8-One and the vanilla extract to the batter, combining well.
- Bake at the appropriate temperature and allow cake to fully cool.
- Add the cake to a large mixing bowl; using a fork or a spoon, crumble it into small pieces.
- Combine the crumbles with 4/5 of the container of white icing. Mix until uniformly combined.
- Roll the mixture into small balls, placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. After doing so, place the cake balls in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (or very briefly in the freezer, around 10 minutes). The cake balls should be cool and firm, but not frozen.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white almond bark according to the listed instructions. Stir it often.
- Place one ball at a time into the bowl to be coated with the almond bark. Spoon the coating over the ball, lift it out of the bowl, and allow excess to drip off.
- Place the newly-dipped cake balls again on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Add sprinkles immediately, as you want to place them before the coating hardens.
- If there is extra coating around the cake balls, it is easy to break off (if desired) once cool.
- I enjoy placing a toothpick in each one, as it enables the cake balls to be easily picked up. If you purchase decorative ones, it's also a nice way to add a finishing touch!
Why give your loved ones candy when you can give them this delicious treat? Everyone that has sampled one loved it -- and they immediately complimented the dimension of flavor that the Ale-8-One added. If you are a fan of my Ale-8-One lemon cake, you could also use that recipe to create the cake crumbles!
Oh, and side note: parents/adults need treats when trick-or-treating, too! If you want to be a top-shelf Kentucky host or hostess, have some Ale-8-One chilled and ready for the adults to grab on their way out. Perfect for the occasion, Ale-8-One has miniature bottles ("minis") and they are now available in Louisville-area Kroger stores!
Around the holidays, I am thankful for tradition. It is for this exact reason that I am thankful for Ale-8-One. So many of my childhood memories are associated with the drink; as an adult, that sentiment is stronger than ever, which I am immensely grateful for.
There's pride - and then there's pride in our locality here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That, to me, is in a different league.
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.
Y'all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Ale-8-One; all opinions expressed, as always, are my own.