Cantaloupe cake bites that look and taste like the real thing
Every year it seems like watermelon is the king of summer fruits. There are tons of recipes for watermelon goodies, but why not more cantaloupe-flavored treats? Here's one to add to the mix: cake bites flavored and shaped like real cantaloupe.
Do you love all the melons that come out in the summer? I mean, I love watermelon as much as the next person, but cantaloupe is one of my favorites too. Why is it always left out of the treat fun? Google "watermelon treats," and you'll find a million recipe ideas at your fingertips, but there are far fewer for cantaloupe. So to change that, I bring you cantaloupe cake bites.
They look and taste like cantaloupe too. Well, as much as they can, since cantaloupe has such a subtle flavor. These do use fresh cantaloupe, which are cooked down to intensify the flavor.
The cantaloupe reduction is added to the cake batter to flavor the bites. Use the baked cake to make the cake bites (crumble up the cake, adding a little frosting to allow you to roll them into balls). Then they are dipped in light green melting candy wafers (to look like the green part of the cantaloupe rind).
Then they are dipped again in light peach-tinted melting candy wafers for the outside.
See? Cantaloupe can be fun too.
Cantaloupe cake bites recipe
- 1 cup chopped fresh cantaloupe, very ripe
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Boxed white cake mix, plus the ingredients called for
- 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
- About 1 cup each candy melts in peach, light green and white
- Vegetable oil
For the cantaloupe reduction
- To a stovetop saucepan, add the cantaloupe.
- Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the pan.
- Heat on low-medium, mixing until the cantaloupe reduces down to about 1/2 cup.
For the cake bites
- Mix together the ingredients for the boxed cake mix. Take about 3 cups of the batter, and add 3/4 of the cantaloupe reduction to it. Bake in the oven according to the box directions. (I baked it as cupcakes, and this amount made 6 cupcakes.)
- Once the cupcakes have cooled, remove the liners, and add the cupcakes to a bowl. Crumble up the cupcakes, and add the frosting and the rest of the cantaloupe reduction.
- Roll into balls (6 to 8, depending on the size).
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the green candy melts according to the package directions. Dip the cake bites into the melted candy to coat them. (It can be a little messy, but that's OK for this layer.)
- Freeze the cake balls for 2 hours.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white and peach melting candy wafers according to the package directions. Add a little vegetable shortening to the mix (about 1 teaspoon) to make the candy more fluid. This will help to create a smoother coating.
- Remove the cake bites from the freezer, and immediately dip them into the peach-colored candy. Coat well.
- Once the candy has hardened, enjoy your cantaloupe cake bites.