I was a pretty picky child when I was younger, but there were few things I wouldn't eat if they were dipped in chocolate. I even distinctly remember even being coaxed into chomping a confection dipped cricket while on vacation once. But the cordial cherry was my nemesis. And every year, beginning in the Winter and rolling straight through Valentine's Day, boxes upon boxes would appear in our pantry cabinet. When Momma caught on to my disgust for the candy she began integrating them forcefully into boxes of ordinary chocolates simply to dissuade my appetite for sneaking one. While she could clearly tell the difference I wasn't about to risk biting into shell that very well might begin leaking a syrupy liquid.
What Daughter Says: When in doubt, turn it into a cake ball.
Cordial Cherry Cake Balls
***Click for Cordial Cherry Cake Balls recipe.Ingredients:
1 Box White Cake Mix (and ingredients to make it)
1 Tub White Frosting
8oz Maraschino Cherries (with stems)
1 1/2 C Semi-Sweet Melting Chocolates
Rum Extract (optional)
1. Prepare and bake boxed cake mix, per the (egg white only) instructions, in a greased 9" x 13" pan. Allow cake to cook entirely before flipping it onto a clean work surface. Trim all brown edges and surfaces with a knife or cake leveler. Place browned cake leftovers in a separate bowl (I usually make separate cake balls with them as they will not be as pretty (white) against the cherry.)
2. Combine approximately half of your tub of frosting with the white cake and rum extract (optional) until the texture is even and mold-able, but not too dry. The cake should hold it's shape when rolled into a ball.
3. Using a cookie scoop drop 1 TBS rounded balls of cake ball mix onto a piece of parchment paper. Using your finger gently create a pocket int he middle of each cake ball. Wipe all of your maraschino cherries off with a dry paper towel, trying to soak as much liquid from them as possible. Gently place the cherry into the divet in your cake ball, and roll the cake around the cherry to envelop it.
4. Dip each cake ball, by the stem, into a double broiler of melted chocolate or Wilton's melting pot. Adjust the thickness of your dipping chocolate by adding shortening until the chocolate evenly coats your cake balls without running off (too thin.)
5. Place your Cordial Cherry Cake Balls on a clean piece of parchment paper and refrigerate 2-3 hours to set, or until ready to serve.