PKU Friendly Cake Balls

IMG_4102Cake balls (like these) have become a favorite dessert in our family, but until now Paul has not be able to partake due to his PKU dietary restrictions. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Go here.) Kati and I put our brains together and are excited to have created a version just for him! We did this, in part, to enter a PKU Friendly Recipe Contest sponsored by Nutricia North America. Wish us luck.

Like “regular” cake balls, the flavor possibilities are almost endless depending on the frosting you choose. And, the great thing is, depending on the size of the cake ball, they contain as little as 1mg of phe each! What a treat!


PKU Friendly Cake Balls

2 cups WEL-PLAN Baking Mix
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ sticks margarine, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 TBS colored sprinkles, if desired
1 can phe free frosting (there are many brand/flavor options!)
10 cubes Kroger (store brand) white bark coating

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9-inch round cake pan.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine WEL-PLAN baking mix and baking powder. Add margarine and beat with mixer until combined. Stir in sugar, and then add vanilla. Gradually mix in water. Pour cake evenly into greased cake pan.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cake is ready...

Cake is ready...

4. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.

We opted for three bowls so that we could try three different icing flavors...

We opted for three bowls so that we could try three different icing flavors...

5. Mix thoroughly with approximately half of the can of frosting. (It may be easier to use your fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy!) Add more frosting if the consistency of the mixture is not conducive to rolling into little balls. If you’d like to make “funfetti”-like cake balls, stir in about 2 TBS of colored sprinkles.

We tried these flavors...all phe free and all tasted great!

We tried these flavors...all phe free and all tasted great!

Adding the frosting...

Adding the frosting...

6. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. It should make 30-36.

Funfetti and Strawberry...yum...

Funfetti and Strawberry...yum...

7. Chill in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

8. Melt bark coating per directions on package.

9. Roll balls in coating and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in bark coating and the tap off extra.) If desired, add sprinkles for decoration.




 10. Allow coating to dry…and then…ENJOY!

Yummy cake balls...PKU kid approved! And non-PKU adult approved!

Yummy cake balls...PKU kid approved! And non-PKU adult approved!

(Total phe for recipe: 40mg. Note: other types of white bark coating can be used,
but you must consult the PKU Food guide for phe amounts. The Kroger store brand is phe free.)


6 Responses to “PKU Friendly Cake Balls”

  1. A New PKU Food Recipe « What a world… Says:

    […] It was Amy’s idea and we are using the recipe to enter a PKU Food Recipe contest. Check out this post on Amy’s blog to see the details of making PKU-friendly cake balls. (She also has a link on […]

  2. BLC Says:

    Mmmm those look delish. Xoxo-BLC

  3. Mom Says:

    Way to go!!! You are a terrific auntie!!

  4. Brenda Says:

    These are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing. We were inspired by the brownie bite ghosts in Williams Sonoma catalogue in the fall and made something similar. We formed the brownie balls, stuck a lollipop stick in and froze. We dipped in white almond bark and then with the chocolate almond bark made eyes. They were very cute and all of the kids loved them at our clinic.

    It was nice meeting you over the weekend.
    Take care,

  5. Kristen Says:

    So cute! I have some extra bark coating from Easter treats I made today…I may just have to make low-pro cake balls tomorrow:)!!!!

    My best,
    Kristen Vanags

  6. Tia Alger Says:

    yum these look great

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