Nothing wows people like a
Chocolate Cabbage Cake
and I decided to make mini versions
which is the size of a large head of cabbage.
I usually start with a full cake baked
in a ball cake pan or two metal bowls
but I wanted something small and simple.
So I started out with a cake ball a little smaller
than a baseball - about 2.5-3 inches in diameter.
This super moist, super large cake ball
started out as a - surprise - bakery cake.
Our Macy's grocery store has a really good bakery
and this is one of the moistest chocolate cakes
I have had. Mixed in with their super thick
layer of chocolate buttercream (and yes, their
frosting is yummy too,
especially stirred right into the cake),
this made the most
delicious, moist and gooey chocolate cake
ball ever! Of course you can make your favorite
chocolate cake and frosting or use a leftover.
Did you know cake gets moister after several days
as it begins to absorb the moisture from the frosting?
Just break the cake and frosting up in a bowl,
and then form it into a ball. You want
this to be sticky and gooey so that you can't wait
until your next bite.
Now comes the fun part, wrapping your little
moist cakes in cabbage leaves.
I wanted to get radicchio to mold my chocolate
on, but the store only had green cabbage so I
chose the smallest head I could find.
Melt candy melts in the microwave. I used
about one and one half cups white and 6 to 8
discs of green. You could do this all in white too, or
milk chocolate. Any color would be fun, even
pink, but I wanted a green cabbage cake.
Paint the melted candy onto cabbage leaves.
This cake ball is so small that painting
the bottom of the cabbage leaf with candy melts
didn't work so I decided to use the top of the leaf
and curve it more by letting it cool between
two bottles. This worked great.
The coolness of the leaves made the chocolate
set up quickly. Just peel the leaf off the chocolate.
Then, while it is still a little soft, I was able to
cut the bottom of the chocolate leaf so it would
sit flat on the mini pedestal. I easily peeled the
chocolate off the top of the leaf and was able to
reuse the leaf time and again. You will need about
5 to cover. I did mine one at a time to make
sure I was getting the right size and curve of leaves.
Start with the leaf on the
top of the cake to cover the cake as you look down
Use a little of the melted candy as glue
on the bottom of the leaf and where the
Continue overlapping leaves around the cake ball.
The beautiful thing is that if the leaf doesn't
work out, you can just remelt it in the microwave
with the bowl of candy melts.
I can't wait to serve these to my girlfriends!
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