Cake 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.
4. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.
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.
6. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. It should make 30-36.
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!
(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.)