You can simply make these treats as red, white and blue cake balls, or double your fun factor by adding a cherry stem to look like the fuse.
Start by baking a white cake. Follow the directions that use egg whites, or your cake will look yellow.
Crumble the cake, and mix it with the can of frosting. Stir in a teaspoon of almond extract as well. The almond and cherry flavors go so well together.
Drain and rinse your cherries, then dry them well.
Wrap a couple of teaspoons' worth of cake ball mix around a cherry.
Repeat until all your cherries are covered. You will end up with some extra cake ball mix. Then refrigerate the balls for at least 30 minutes.
When you're ready to decorate, use a plastic fork with the center tines broken off to dip a cake ball into blue candy melt. I then use another fork to drizzle candy melt over the exposed end. Pull the cake ball out, and gently tap the fork on the bowl to shake off excess candy melt.
Now you can dip the ball into sprinkles.
You can also decorate it with a candy star. If you're using cherry stems, make sure to poke it into the top of the cake ball before the candy melt hardens.
Repeat these steps with your remaining cherries.
These cake balls can be eaten in one delicious bite, so you might want to have one cut open on the tray so people can see they're just as cute on the inside as the outside.
Make sure to use a white cake mix and egg whites only to get the nice red, white and blue look. The cherry stems are optional but really help to show that there are cherries inside.
Prep time: 45 minutes | Bake time: 30 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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