Spicy Cocoa Cake Balls

 This recipe is easy to make and looks wonderful! With only a few ingredients, these cake balls are crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and have a crunch from the nuts.


Spicy Cocoa Cake Balls


Ingredients 

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 

1 1/2 cups white sugar 

1/2 cup cocoa powder 

2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp salt 

2 eggs 

2/3 cup milk 

1 tsp vanilla extract Nut Mixture 

2 cups finely chopped pecans or walnuts 

3 Tbsp white sugar 

3 Tbsp brown sugar



Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined.

3. Gently fold in the nut mixture until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.

4. Drop teaspoons of batter onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart (depending on how big your molds are).

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cake balls turn golden brown and can be easily removed from the molds with a small spatula. [NOTE: There was one time when I let these go too long in the oven and they became burnt as well as hard - if you're still not sure about their readiness, keep an eye on them so that you can catch them in time.]

6. Flip each cake ball over and remove the mold (if used). Let the cake balls cool for about 5 minutes, then roll each one into a little ball, making sure to lightly press down to make them compact.

7. Place on wax paper and let cool completely before coating with powdered sugar. [NOTE: The easiest way I've found of getting the powdered sugar to stick is this: first melt a few tablespoons of butter in a bowl, then dip each end of each cake ball into the butter, place onto a plate and immediately cover with powdered sugar.


Spicy Cocoa Cake Balls