Exciting news!

Mr. How Sweet cleaned my stand mixer today. Too bad I didn’t notice until after I started mixing up a batch of cookies. I certainly did a number on it tonight, so maybe he will clean it again for me tomorrow if I behave.

I made a few more cookies tonight: Mother Lovett’s orange cookies (which look nothing like hers always did), oreo balls and red velvet cake balls.

[the perk of red velvet batter… pink dish water]

[I gave these sad oranges a second life when I juiced and zested them for the cookies]

[Mr. How Sweet loves red velvet cake balls. He has been talking about them all year. So I decided to “let” him roll the balls.]


[i want to swim in fresh orange juice glaze]

I’ll show you the finished product tomorrow. I’m currently up to my elbows in chocolate.

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47 Responses to “Balls to the Wall.”

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing — December 23, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    Red Velvet Cake balls are freaking AMAZIN!! And you just reminded me that I forgot to make them this year :(


    • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 2:36 am

      You still have time!


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    Rachel — December 23, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    haha… I hope you had him resize the cake ball. Can’t wait for the finished products!


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    Tiffany @ Conor & Bella — December 23, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    That is why I want a microplane….I tried zesting an orange with a cheese grater. Not so good.

    Can’t wait to see the finished products!


    • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 2:36 am

      Oh you need one!


    • Kristine — December 23rd, 2010 @ 2:39 am

      I also have to zest with a cheese grater!!


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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — December 23, 2010 @ 2:36 am

    yuuum – i love red velvet!!!!


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    Kristine — December 23, 2010 @ 2:38 am

    I made Red Velvet cake today too for cake balls! Technically I’m making mine into Santa hats for Christmas. Your cake looks better than mine though. I tried a new recipe and it fell apart but I still think it will work!


    • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 2:38 am

      Well it’s okay if it fell apart because you have to smash it up anyway, right?


      • Kristine — December 23rd, 2010 @ 2:40 am

        That’s why I think it will be okay… as long as it’s not too dry. It smelled good when baking so I think that’s a good sign!

  6. #
    Jess — December 23, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    Those red velvet cake balls look AMAZINGGGG!


  7. #
    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — December 23, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    Cake balls are one of the first on my list once I have a kitchen back to cook in!


  8. #
    Mary @ Bites and Bliss — December 23, 2010 @ 3:07 am

    Oh red velvet’s one of my favorites- these must be amazing!


  9. #
    Sana — December 23, 2010 @ 3:10 am

    Those are some big balls. *giggle giggle*


  10. #
    allison @ livingoneday — December 23, 2010 @ 3:14 am

    i cant wait to post the chocolate mint cakes i made today. i put on on the how sweet fb wall, but i took a bunch more pics, and im wrapping them all up tomorrow as gifts, so ill link my post here and you can read. thanks for the AMAZING recipe!!


    • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 3:17 am

      Ack! I can’t see it on the wall for some reason?


  11. #
    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — December 23, 2010 @ 3:15 am

    I love being in the kitchen with Tony! Looks like you two are having fun! I want to swim in that glaze too! Yum!


  12. #
    Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish — December 23, 2010 @ 3:17 am

    What a good hubs. I love when Mr. Fish cleans too. :)


  13. #
    Tulika — December 23, 2010 @ 3:32 am

    Those red velvet cake balls look YUMM!!! Can’t wait to see it in its entirety tomorrow!


  14. #
    sassysinglemama — December 23, 2010 @ 3:36 am

    I’m silly because I have no idea what a cake ball is haha. I love red velvet cake though! Could you fill me in on what you do to make them?


    • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 3:38 am

      Oh girl! They are SO simple. Make a cake – I just make one in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Crumble it in a bowl and add 1 container (or about 1 1/2 cups) of frosting. Mix until combined, refrigerate, then roll into balls and coat with chocolate!


      • sassysinglemama — December 23rd, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

        Thanks so much! I’m going try these as soon as we are finished moving. So excited

  15. #
    Healthy chocoholic — December 23, 2010 @ 3:40 am

    Yum!!! Can’t wait to see the final results!


  16. #
    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen — December 23, 2010 @ 3:50 am

    Love the red velvet cake balls!!


  17. #
    Stephanie — December 23, 2010 @ 3:52 am

    i made those red velvet cake balls a few weeks ago and they were insanely delicious! instead of using premade cream cheese frosting i made my own though – omg i can still taste them now haha. good thing i still have some in the freezer – naked, sans chocolate – that just need a quick dunking! they freeze wonderfully btw :)


  18. #
    Kelly — December 23, 2010 @ 4:47 am

    You look so productive. I have to say, I tried making cake balls and I found myself utterly disapointed. (Not your recipe mind you.) I think they are just not for me. Even though my end product looked like all the pictures they just tasted like pre-chewed cake to me. I was so disapointed because everyone seems to be raving about them and heck, there is a whole book about cake pops, but I think it might just be one of those rare foods that is not for me. ::Sigh:: Yours look beautiful though. The color is just spectacular.

    And how much do I want a husband to clean my kitchen toys. I also love that you say your cookies don’t look quite like hers, I feel that way about my version of my grandma’s beef stew. Hers is always better.


  19. #
    Red Deception — December 23, 2010 @ 4:49 am

    Those red velvet chocolate balls look yummy. Please share the recipe!


  20. #
    Katie — December 23, 2010 @ 5:05 am

    I’m posting about a similar ball tomorrow.

    I wish I had a stand mixer. I think I’d sell my (unborn) first child. Which actually isn’t saying much since I don’t plan to have kids. But they don’t need to know that part.


  21. #
    Alaina — December 23, 2010 @ 5:06 am

    Hmm, is there anything that can’t be more decadent in ball form? Haha


  22. #
    Bailey Benoit — December 23, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    I’m trying to comment on the lovely sweets but I can’t stop laughing about the title… giggles… my mixer broke.. been doing it by hand this week… hope Mr. santa gets me a new one.


  23. #
    Taryn — December 23, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    I have to say…just reading the ‘title’ made me chuckle! After reading it…I’m craving all the above. Have you ever tried cream cheese with the red velvet?


    • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 11:48 am

      Yes! That is what I mixed them with. :)


      • Taryn — December 23rd, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

        Oh! I thought you said frosting….my bad.

        • Jessica — December 23rd, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

          Oh! Sorry for the confusion. I make the red velvet cake balls with cream cheese frosting, not regular cream cheese. I made the oreo balls with regular cream cheese. And I’ve made pumpkin spice balls with regular cream cheese, but I really think I like the cake balls with frosting better!

  24. #
    Lindsey (HIP LIP) — December 23, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Wow – this is so crazy. My grandmother makes those exact same orange cookies and they are my mom’s favorite. I went to her house last year to learn how to make them bc no one in our family can quite replicate them. I had never seen them anywhere else! So neat!


  25. #
    Amy @ Serve At Once — December 23, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    Um, I will be your stand-in guinea pig when Mr. HowSweet’s not around. ;)


  26. #
    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 23, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    i am so bad about cleaning my mixer, i’d love if my husband would do it for me!


  27. #
    Wei-Wei — December 23, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    LOL that is a humongous ball of cake and frosting. :D


  28. #
    Kat — December 23, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    I desperately need a stand mixer. And a husband that will clean it.


  29. #
    Krystina (Basil & Wine) — December 23, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    LOL I approve of the size of Mr. How Sweet’s balls.

    Ignore me.


  30. #
    angela — December 23, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    I made red velvet cake balls this week, too! http://wp.me/pvuam-kz Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!


  31. #
    Martina Dotson — December 24, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Thanks so much! I’m going try these as soon as we are finished moving. So excited


  32. #
    Kari — December 27, 2010 @ 6:34 am

    Okay girlie…you have to spill. Where in the world can I find that beautiful blue toaster you posted a picture of?? It’s gorgeous!!


    • Jessica — December 27th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

      Unfortunately I have no idea! I just pulled it off of google images!


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