I have spent the weekend delving into the sweet tooth heaven that is the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook by Christine Tosi. Starting with the cereal milk ice cream, (recipe to follow- definitely the best ice cream I’ve made at home so far, and one of my favourite ice creams ever!), I then started perusing the internet looking at pictures of other fantastic creations from this New York bakery.
One picture that kept popping up was the Cake Truffle, in particular Birthday Cake Truffles, sold by the bakery. These looked absolutely amazing, and combined two of my favourite things, truffles and cake. I couldn’t locate a recipe for these bite sized cake balls, but after reading a number of blogs from people who had tried them, or made something similar it seemed it was simply a case of crumbling a cake, mixing it with icing and rolling into balls. Perhaps with a quick roll in something to coat to improve the appearance. Obviously the quality and flavour of your original cake and icing will effect the ball. I’m not sure this is quite how Momofuku does them, as the menu seems to feature binding ingredients such as liquid cheesecake (further experimentation to come!), but it was a good starting point.
I had a couple of cakes in the freezer after a Saturday baking frenzy that resulted in three cakes and only two people to feed, so I thought I would experiment with those.
One cake was a banana peanut loaf and the other a mandarin and yogurt cake. I quickly whipped up some salted caramel butter cream for the banana and chocolate butter cream for the mandarin, crumbled them up and mixed them in. I then rolled the mixture into balls, rolled the banana cake in shredded coconut and the mandarin one in icing sugar and chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours.
The resulting balls were amazing, dense and moist like the part of the cake that comes in contact with the icing and is really soft (my favourite part!). They were definitely a huge improvement on the cakes themselves which were a little dry. A great use of any slightly old/dry cake really, but probably tastes even better with a fresh moist one.
You could really do this with any cake you enjoy, or even a packet mix. The icing possibilities are endless and these little bites make great, transportable treats. I think next time I will chocolate coat them, and there will definitely be more than one next time!